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Summer Internship, Rolling Acres Farm, IA

Posted: March 31 2009

Summer Internship for 2009
Denise O'Brien and Larry Harris of Rolling Acres Farm are looking for summer intern(s) who are looking for a unique experience on a small farm in Iowa. This internship will be will focus on 1) producing crops for a CSA, 2) being involved in regional food system work, and 3) assisting Denise with on the ground work of organizing the Community Food Security Coalition annual conference to be held in Des Moines, Iowa October 11-13, 2009.

Skills needed:
·Willing to work hard
·Love of the out of doors
·Sense of humor
·Interest in the politics of food and regional food systems
·Driver's license
·Knowledge of small equipment is good but not required.
·Web construction and/or blogging/twittering experience desired but not required
Room, board and a stipend will be provided. There will also be the possibility of extra paid work with Harrisdale Homestead http://www.harrisdale.com/ working with pumpkins and herbs.
The Harris O'Brien's have been farming on the Harris farm for thirty three years using organic practices. Small farm equipment as well as manual labor is a part of the daily operation. They are interested in providing people with the experience of farming but also in helping get people started in farming. They operate a small CSA and sell at a local farmer's market. This spring they are constructing a hoop house that will be used for food production. Denise has extensive experience in work that has helped create a local food system in Southwest Iowa. She also serves on the Iowa Farm to School Council.
The farm raises turkeys and chickens that are sold locally and to Iowa State University and Grinnell College dining services.
There will be opportunities to attend Practical Farmer's of Iowa field days, workshops sponsored by the Leopold Center and other learning experiences as available and as fit with the farm production schedule.
Iowa has led the way in food systems work. This internship will provide an opportunity to experience a wide range of a regional food system work from production to institutional food buying.
Send cover letter, resume and two references to:
Denise O'Brien or Larry Harris: [email protected]
712-243-3264 or 712-249-3197