QBG Farm and Compost Internship, NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical GardenQueens Botanical Garden (QBG), in partnership with the Department of Sanitation of New York’s (DSNY) NYC Compost Project, is seeking seasonal interns for the QBG Farm & Compost site. QBG Farm & Compost site is a place where New Yorkers can participate and learn about urban farming and composting through tours, workshops, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Fruit and vegetables are grown with a focus on soil health and care, without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Crops harvested are shared with seasonal interns, volunteers, and donated to emergency food relief programs. Interns will support NYC Compost Project staff in running and maintaining one acre of intensively planted, mixed vegetable, fruit and flower production and educational areas. Interns will also help support on-site composting operations. They are looking for dedicated, hard-working individuals with a keen interest in urban farming and composting. Timeframe: Farm interns must be able to work Mondays and Thursdays over a three to six month period of time between May and October. Program Objectives:
- Gain skills in urban farming through planting, tending, and harvesting crops
- Prepare and store fresh produce for donation
- Learn about maintaining healthy soils via compost, cover crops, and mulching
- Learn how to create and manage compost according to National Organic Program guidelines.
- Create an in depth awareness about food scrap recycling in NYC
- Self-motivated, excellent communicator, with the ability to work alone as well as with others
- Commitment to being present and punctual on work days
- Willingness to work outdoors in all weather; able to lift up to 40 pounds
- Ability to perform diverse, sometimes repetitive, tasks that can be physically demanding.