Civic Agriculture Internship
Educational opportunities: Interns’ primary focus will be the farm, but there are many opportunities to learn and participate in initiatives to reduce food waste and increase access to food for all people. 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 sovereignty and diverting food waste. They will have hands on involvement in community level strategies for diverting food waste for hunger relief, educating for food and growing 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 and abilities. Interns must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Interns must be able to lift 50 pounds.
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, 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 farm 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. Non-farming activities will include collecting food and gleaning at other farms, participating in and teaching Plenty! Civic Agriculture Internship 2019 Page 2 of 2 classes about growing, and other food skills, and diverting other food waste. Interns will work directly with the Farm Lead. There may be times when interns are needed to work with farm-related 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 March 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 Assistant Director, 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 Assistant Director. Interns receive ongoing feedback and participate in a formal final evaluation. Stipend: This is an unpaid internship. A limited transportation stipend may be available to interns traveling from nearby locales. Intern commitments are part-time to permit 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 site visit strongly encouraged. Application materials should be submitted to Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Assistant Director, emailed to email@example.com or mailed to 192 Elephant Curve Rd., NW Floyd, VA 24091. You may also make phone inquires at 540-745- 3898.
Farm Lead Position
Plenty! is seeking a Farm Lead to assist with farm operations at Plenty! Farm for the 2019 growing season. This is a seasonal position. Plenty! Farm has two (2) acres of cultivable land, a high tunnel and a small greenhouse. Plenty! grows annual vegetables and fruits in rotation with cover and forage crops and maintains perennial fruits and herbs. The Farm Lead will work under the supervision of the Assistant Director. The Farm Lead supervises farm interns and volunteers as needed. This person must possess competency in small scale agricultural production with organic management practices, having a minimum of three (3) years of experience working on a farm and at least one (1) year of experience supervising others. The Farm Lead must be able to work independently. Because Plenty! Farm is a thriving community space, the Farm Lead should possess good communication skills and an enthusiasm for working with and managing volunteers and interns of diverse backgrounds and skills. All Plenty! staff will abide by and model the Good Neighbor Policy*. The Farm Lead is responsible for grounds maintenance. Farm Lead will assist with farm maintenance as needed. Farm Lead will assist with food collection and deliveries to and from local farm and community partners as needed. Experience in high tunnel and greenhouse production are helpful. Hours are flexible to accomplish the needs of the farm. Some weekends and evenings may be required. Already scheduled weekend workdays include March 23, March 30, April 13 and April 27. Required knowledge and skills: Ability to execute farm production from propagation to harvest, knowledge of organic management practices and resources, ability to construct and manage drip irrigation, knowledge and effective practice of farm and food safety practices, ability to use farm equipment (simple machines and hand tools), ability to supervise interns and volunteers, effective communication skills, a demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse social, economic and cultural origins, ability to lift 50 pounds, must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record as well as the ability to use web-based database for record keeping. Desired skills: Ability to operate a compact tractor, ability to operate a riding mower and weed eater, ability to manage growing in high tunnels and greenhouses, ability to drive a standard transmission. About Plenty!: Plenty! is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nourish community and preserve Floyd County traditions by growing and sharing food while enlivening the greater conversation about sustainable food practices. Plenty! Farm is home to the Plenty! Fresh Food Pantry as well as the center for several other food sharing programs and educational gatherings (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. Application: Please submit a resume and cover letter by February 21, 2019 to Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Assistant Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hire period: March through November Pay rate: $13/hr.
Hours per week: 20-25
Request for applications: February 6, 2019
Closing date: February 21, 2019