Food Project Farm Internship in Colorado – 2018 Spring, Summer, and Fall Internships Available
Growing Gardens’ mission is to enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture. We envision people experiencing a direct and deep connection with plants, the land and each other. Growing Gardens unites the Boulder County community through urban agriculture projects, such as: The Cultiva Youth Project (Ages 12 – 19), The Children’s Peace Garden (Ages 3 – 11), Community Classes, the Community Gardens, the Growing Gardens Food Project, and the Longmont Food Project Farm (a joint project with the YMCA Boulder Valley).
The focus of the Food Project Farm Internship will be to support production and programming on the Food Project Farm, a one-acre garden and educational site located in Longmont. Situated in the middle of a USDA food desert, produce from the farm is principally donated to local food banks and distributed to low income families in the community. It is also the goal of the Food Project Farm to educate local youth about garden ecology and sustainable food growing practices through farm-based environmental educational programming.
The Food Project Farm Internship requires a great deal of hard work, focus, and care. It is also deeply rewarding.
Assist the Farmer in all aspects of farm operation:
- Greenhouse management
- Seeding, transplanting, thinning, and fertilizing seedlings
- Cultivation and weeding techniques
- Organic pest and disease management
- Soil sampling and fertility management
- Assist, teach, and oversee volunteers and groups of volunteers with greenhouse and field-related tasks
- Work with local nonprofit partners to manage donation program logistics.
- Maintenance of vermicomposting bins and hot compost
- Infrastructure development and site maintenance
- Maintenance of fruit trees and perennials
- Operation and maintenance of tools and equipment
- Installation and operation of irrigation systems
- Harvesting, washing, and packing of crops for donation
Assist the Program and Education Coordinator to:
- Teach farm-based programming to children and teens, ages Pre-K to High School, on the farm and in local classrooms covering the following topics:
o Plants and Planting
o Insects and Pollination
o Harvesting, Preparing, and Eating
- Lead community groups on experiential tours of the farm site.
- Positively interact with the public during community events.
Knowledge and Skills the Intern May Acquire:
- Small scale organic vegetable production techniques
- Experience operating and maintaining tools and equipment
- Ability to lead diverse populations of volunteers in hands-on activities
- Exposure to the operations of a non-profit, community-based organization.
- Experience assisting in farm-based educational programming for children and teens
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