St. Joe’s Farm Internships in Ann Arbor, MI

St. Joe's Farm

Help us grow a healthy community at The Farm at St. Joe’s Farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan – 2018 Internships Available

Background

The Farm at St. Joe’s is a national leader in the new and innovative field of hospital-based farming, located on the hospital campus of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our mission is to grow a healthy community by empowering people through food, education, and relationships. We use sustainable practices to grow a diverse array of vegetables in three hoop houses and outdoor fields. Our produce is sold at our weekly farmers market in the hospital main lobby, donated to hospital clinics, distributed to hospital staff and community members through our community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and served in the hospital cafeteria.

St. Joe’s Farm Internship description

We are looking for a Summer Farming Intern to help with our agricultural operations. Interns must have completed one year of college or equivalent. Roles for our Summer Farming Intern include the following:

  • Work closely with Farm Manager in all aspects of sustainable vegetable production
  • Lead volunteer workdays
  • Establish and create systems to communicate standardized operating procedures (e.g., vegetable washing procedure, kale bunching procedure)
  • Improve The Farm’s compost system and investigate opportunities for composting waste from neighboring institutions
  • Develop recipes that incorporate farm produce, prepare recipes, and offer samples at the farmers market
  • Coordinate partnerships with, and develop educational materials for, hospital clinics that receive weekly vegetable donations
  • …and other roles depending on the intersection of the intern’s interests and Farm’s needs

Dates and hours

This internship has a flexible start and end date, though mid-May through August is preferred. There will be an opportunity also to extend through fall. Interns will be expected to work four full (approximately eight-hour) workdays per week.

Compensation

The St. Joe’s Farm internship is unpaid, but interns will be part of a cohort of summer interns and will be provided ongoing educational opportunities about horticulture, ethnobotany, food justice, nutrition, and public health. These will be through lectures, discussions, field trips, and classes with other members of the summer internship cohort. Interns will have the opportunity to work in a truly unique farming environment and learn about the growing field of hospital-based farming from one of the country’s leaders.

How to apply for the St. Joe’s Farm Internships

If interested, please email your cover letter and resume to our Project Coordinator, Lauren Moscoe, at lauren.moscoe@stjoeshealth.org on or before March 2, 2018.

More information about our program, this internship, and other internship opportunities is available on our blog, stjoefarm.wordpress.com.

 

To learn more about farming jobs and internships or to post an opportunity on beginningfarmers.org, go to: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/internship-and-employment-opportunities/

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