The garden intern will provide the main support for the maintenance of the grounds, garden and farmland. The garden intern may collaborate with the culinary intern when on site to integrate the use of local organic products in cooking. The project offers an exceptional opportunity to integrate into the life of an Italian village, learning ancient techniques of biodynamic food production, preparation, preservation and convivium. You will meet peers in a small setting, share skills and inspire an appreciation and respect for agricultural traditions. A special project is encouraged, such as documenting traditional agricultural practice or taking an oral history.
Specific garden intern tasks include:
Planting, weeding, watering, cultivation, harvesting and post harvest preservation of fruits and vegetables.
Assisting in promoting soil fertility, crop rotation, garden planning, pruning, irrigation, pest and disease management.
Compost building and application.
Daily maintenance of all common exterior spaces including sweeping, hosing and white washing as necessary.
Maintaining a daily work log.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Work experience in organic farming. Degree in natural sciences, horticulture or a related field preferred. A strong interest in the culture and history of Italy and cucina Italiana. Candidates with a basic proficiency in Italian will be given preference. Physical strength, maturity, an intense work ethic, motivation and independence necessary. Due to the site conditions, all work is done by hand. There are no mechanized farm tools with the exception of a small rototiller. Strength and stamina are a must. Ability to lift 50 to 75 lbs, manage a wheelbarrow and use all garden hand tools a must. Experience in an international context preferred. Love of life, food, family and tradition, plus curiosity, sense of adventure and of humor is a plus!
Compensation: Spartan quarters, $300 monthly food allowance plus all you can eat from the garden. A round trip ticket from the East coast or a contribution of same value from an alternate location. Candidate must agree to a liability waiver and have current health insurance. To apply send CV, an up to two-page cover letter that includes a brief description of how your skills, interests and experience are a good match for this project; contact information for two references. Application deadline April 15, 2011 to VillaLetiziaPraiano@gmail.com
Final candidates will be interviewed in person or via skype.