The Rodale Institute is now accepting applications for Internship Positions in the Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) Program for the 2015 growing season. The ASC Program is a modified farm share program based on 5 acres and offering affordable payment plans to make fresh, local, organic produce accessible to 180 families the community.
Internship participants will be trained with responsibilities in every aspect of operating a small local organic grower’s business; it is an educational internship with real life responsibilities.
Individuals who are serious about taking the next steps towards starting their own sustainable, organic growers business should apply. Applicants should have some farming experience, be able to lift up to 40 lbs, and expect to be working in seasonal environmental elements.
Hands-on training and responsibilities will include: seed starting, greenhouse production & seasonal extensions, transplanting, pest & weed management, soil health, introduction to large equipment, harvesting, processing, marketing, customer relations, and working with community partners. In addition the internship program will follow a comprehensive curriculum exposing participants to training in business planning & marketing, nutrition education, and designing a crop plan.
Interns will graduate from the full-time 8-month program (April – November) considered an Ambassador of the Rodale Institute and can expect a continued developing relationship with our organization.
Individuals from urban areas are encouraged to apply (i.e. Allentown, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York, etc)
Please send completed application, resume and cover letter to Cynthia James, ASC Program Manager at the Rodale Institute. firstname.lastname@example.org
Compensation will include and intensive educational experience, housing, food from the farm and a modest stipend.
Rodale Institute (www.rodaleinstitute.org), in Kutztown, PA, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1947 by organic pioneer J.I. Rodale to study the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people. Since then, the Rodale Institute has been dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research, education and outreach. For over sixty years, we’ve been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing our findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.
Rodale Institute is an equal opportunity employer.