Garden Program Intern and Culinary Intern, New York City Farm

The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm in New York City Seeks: Garden Program Intern and Culinary Program Intern The Sylvia Center (TSC) aims to address issues in children’s health by increasing access to the experiences of growing food and transforming it into a healthy meal. They inspire young people to discover good nutrition through thoughtful, delicious experiences with healthful, seasonal fruits and vegetables, on the farm and in the kitchen. Theyare hiring 2 Educational Program Interns for the 2012 growing season, 1 Garden Program Intern and 1 Culinary Program Intern. These interns will work in collaboration with each other, with the Education Director at Katchkie Farm, and with additional TSC staff as needed. These internships are designed to provide individuals that currently have experience in the fields of gardening / farming and culinary work the opportunity to learn how to use their skills to teach: food literacy, self-efficacy in the kitchen, and the importance and nutritional value of eating seasonally and locally.  At the end of the internship, the interns will feel prepared to work in the fields of farm-based and culinary education for children. Each internship is a six-month position (May – October) and may be renewed for additional seasons.  The internship will take place at Katchkie Farm, a 60- acre organic vegetable farm located in Kinderhook, NY (just 30 minutes south of Albany). At this location TSC has its own Children’s Garden where participants plant, weed, and harvest the vegetables. In an open-air kitchen they prepare the vegetables they have harvested into a healthy meal they share at communal tables. Reporting to the Education Director at Katchkie Farm, both interns are responsible for assisting the Education Director with day-to-day operations of the educational farm and maintenance of the Children’s Garden including: leading and instructing children during our weekly educational programs, doing garden work, caring for farm animals, and working on administrative tasks.  Interns will also work with TSC staff to develop, prepare for, and conduct various off-farm educational programs, activities, and events including: farmers markets, weekend programs, and community outreach events. Interns will receive training in the pedagogy of teaching gardening, cooking, and natural science to children; in basic organic gardening; and in Sylvia Center teaching methods and culinary techniques. Additional learning opportunities may include visits to other farm-based education programs and food-focused operations, gardening workshops, working with local food-centered businesses, and readings in relevant topics. FOR MORE INFORMATION about The Sylvia Center and these paid internships, please contact Julie Cerny, Education Director and Garden Manager. Sylviacenter@katchkiefarm.com

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