Internships

PLENTY FARM INTERNSHIP 2018 REVISED

Plenty! is seeking farm interns for the summer and fall.  Follow the link above or read the announcement below.

Plenty! is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nourish people and community by growing and sharing food. Plenty! Farm is home to the Plenty! Fresh Food Pantry as well as the center for several food sharing programs and educational gatherings. Plenty values freshness in programs and generosity in giving and receiving. Plenty! is a welcoming and inclusive community. The farm rotates 2 acres, a 2100 sq. ft. high tunnel and a small greenhouse through mixed annual and perennial vegetable and fruit production using organic management. (For more information about Plenty!, please visit www.plentylocal.org). Floyd is a creative community in the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering abundant recreational and cultural opportunities.

Educational opportunities: Interns’ primary focus will be the farm. Interns will gain beginning-level knowledge and skills for small scale sustainable agriculture. Interns will gain experience and perspectives on other scales and approaches to agriculture through visits to area farms for gleaning and other activities. Interns will explore ideas and practices related to food access, food security and food sovereignty. They will have hands on involvement in community level strategies for diverting food waste for hunger relief, building food skills and food sovereignty. They will further explore inter-organizational approaches to building community health and well-being.

Skills desired: Interns are expected to have some knowledge of organic farming / sustainable agriculture but no prior experience is necessary. A strong interest in food production as it relates to food security, nutrition access and community building is preferable. Interns need to be friendly, have strong communication skills, be willing to interact with the public, and work with volunteers of all ages.

Internship Details: Plenty Farm provides a unique opportunity to learn hands-on fruit and vegetable production on a working (non-commercial) farm that is focused on service to the community. Most food grown on the farm goes to the food programs such as the food pantry, produce home delivery, Preschool Produce and Community Lunch. Plenty! partners closely with local farms, schools and other community organizations to further common goals in Floyd County.

The farm uses hand tools for most field work, a tractor for primary tillage and drip irrigation. The farm has one high tunnel and a small green house for season extension and propagation.  Interns should be prepared to work in all weather on a variety of tasks that follow the seasonal needs of production. Daily tasks include bed preparation, direct seeding, transplanting, weeding, cultivation, pest identification and management, harvesting, cover cropping, and mulching. Interns will work directly with the farm manager. There may be times when interns are needed to work with farm-related Plenty! Programs off-site such as school gardens. Interns that work a full season will have the opportunity to develop independent work skills.

Term: Plenty Farm! is seeking interns beginning in late April to work through the season to late November. Plenty! is seeking at least one intern for the entire season. Two additional intern positions may be broken into smaller periods to accommodate school schedules and other commitments. Certain work periods as well as some rotating evening and weekend assignments are required and will be discussed during the selection process. Plenty! is willing to work with students to tailor their intern experience to gain school credit.

Supervision and evaluation: Interns are supervised by the Farm Manager, an experienced farmer and market grower with a strong professional and service background in food access and community development. Interns develop educational plan for their internship with the Farm Manager. Interns receive ongoing feedback and participate in a formal final evaluation.

Stipend: No stipend is available. This is an unpaid internship. Interns work on the farm part-time to permit off-farm work for income.

Housing: No housing is provided, however; we can assist in locating affordable options in the community if needed. Personal transportation required for travel to and from off site local housing.

Food: Produce from the farm is available. Interns are encouraged to attend the weekly community lunch that is cooked at the farm. Interns are encouraged to use the food pantry as needed. Interns may use the kitchen facility at the farm when they are onsite as operations permit.

Application: Applicants must provide contact information for three references, a cover letter, and a resume. Interview required and a farm visit strongly encouraged. Application materials should be submitted to Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Farm Manager: emailed to plentyfarmer@swva.net or mailed to 192 Elephant Curve Rd., NW Floyd, VA 24091. You may also make phone inquires at 540-745-3898.

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