In the interest of sharing what we know and hopefully attracting more wonderful people to the farm, we are launching a Summer Farm Internship with two openings.
The position description follows, and if you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this along or direct them to the idealist.org website, where the listing is also posted. We are flexible, so please approach us with any interest!
Interns will have the opportunity to participate in most aspects of running a small, organic, not-for-profit farm, and to learn skills for working with adults with developmental disabilities. With the assistance of other staff and Growers (adult employees with developmental disabilities) interns will take part in planting, harvesting, composting, managing weeds and pests, and staffing the CSA pick up.
Training on the following topics will be provided in the form of readings and on the job learning: crop life cycles and management, pest identification and management, weed identification and management, soil nutrient management, sustainable agricultural practices, and CSA structure and operation. In addition, interns are encouraged to participate in educational and social activities on the farm, including the annual farm tour, the end of season silent auction and supper, solar house events and educational offerings on Saturday CSA pick-ups. Interns will accompany staff, when appropriate, on excursions to other farms and be introduced to local businesses and producers.
The ability to work patiently and positively with adults with developmental disabilities is a must. No farming or gardening experience necessary, but a willingness to work outdoors in all types of weather, get dirty, and keep a positive attitude are essential. Good social skills and a readiness to work with volunteer groups, CSA customers, and farm visitors a must.
The Red Wiggler Summer Internship begins June 29th and ends August 21st. Interns will work 20 hours over the course of Tuesday through Saturday. This is an unpaid internship.
Please contact Liz Phelan with a letter of interest at Volunteer@RedWiggler.org. Applications will be considered and offers will be made on a rolling basis. Last day to apply is June 10th 2009.