Poughkeepsie Farm Project needs interns!

posted December 29, 2008

logoGreat opportunity for wannabe greenhorns…

The Poughkeepsie Farm Project seeks farm and program interns for spring of 2009!

Do you want to be a farmer, sustainable agriculture educator, or community food advocate? Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s Farming for the City program provides interns with weekly workshop style trainings and field trips, hands on experience growing food and providing education and outreach to the community, and meaningful employment which makes a real difference in the community.

Interns work with PFP staff and members to grow 10 acres of mixed vegetables, operate a CSA, run a farmers market, teach children and aboutpfpslideteenagers about food and farming, practice and promote seed saving, and lead outreach efforts to increase food access and awareness of food in the City of Poughkeepsie. Interns also have the opportunity to participate in the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program.

In 2009 we offer four full-season internships, either 7 or 9 month positions. We also offer three summer fellowships for college students and two junior internship positions for high school students. There are opportunities to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills through weekly workshops and to contribute to a wide variety of activities at the PFP. At the same time, interns focus on learning management skills in their area of interest. Farm interns focus on learning skills necessary in managing a farm (such as tractor work, harvest management, management of CSA and farmers market booth, and business management). Program interns lead educational activities, manage a seed project and conduct public outreach as well as gaining agricultural skills through hands-on farm work. Compensation includes a weekly stipend, vegetables, and training.

We’re seeking dependable and good-natured interns with an active interest in farming, education and access to food; good communication skills; the ability to take initiative and a desire to be a part of bringing about positive community change. Interested candidates are requested to apply by February 15, 2009; however, the positions will remain open until filled. For more information, or to receive an application, contact Wendy at wendy@farmproject.org and visit our website at www.farmproject.org.