Food Hub Internship Opportunity at WEI

The Women’s Environmental Institute needs a volunteer or intern (starting May 2017) to help with the administration of the North Circle Food Hub, a project designed to create a new regional food system with small organic farms growing produce for our local communities. The job would include assisting the North Circle Food Hub Coordinator and helping with distribution of produce to our customers.  Inquiries should be sent to jz@w-e-i.org with a letter of interest and CV or resumé.  We are especially interested in applicants who want to bring fresh, organic, healthy produce to our local North Branch and Isanti communities. Please, help us make a difference.

2017 Farm Internships

EARLY SUMMER TERM: May 22 – July 3 (two interns)

LATE SUMMER TERM: July 5- August 31 (two interns)

FALL TERM: September 1 – October 30 (two interns)

WEI provides a formal and structured internship program for individuals interested in learning how to do organic farming. We admit two interns per term. Interns will be paid for 26 hours per week (Tuesday through mid-day Friday).  WEI will provide modest living accommodations during workdays at the Eco-retreat Center on the farm campus in North Branch, Minnesota (near the little town of Almelund). Residency includes bedroom, kitchen and laundry room facilities, excess farm produce for cooking, Wi-Fi, and a media room and library.

For more information contact Jacquelyn Zita (jz@w-e-i.org), WEI Farm Manager. Positions will be held open until filled.

We especially want students interested in becoming or considering sustainable organic farming as a career possibility.

Enrollment in WEI Farm Internships is limited to one term, with few exceptions. Upon completion of that term, an intern can continue to work on the farm as a volunteer or apply (when available) for a farmer employee position. Every effort will be made to introduce farm interns to all aspects of sustainable organic farm production during their internships.  Interns are required to assist WEI on one Saturday at the Mill City Farmers’ Market. 

Early Summer Internship: May 22 – July 3 Internship: focus on early summer crop production greenhouse management, transplanting, seeding, weed and pest control, soil enhancement strategies, orchard management/care of new seedlings, harvesting, packing, preserving and storing, succession and companion planting, crop rotation, cover cropping, composting, principles of farm management, record-keeping, farm and food safety training, and tool and machine maintenance.


Late Summer Internship:
July 5- August 31  focus late summer crop production and season extension strategies, final season seeding, succession planting and transplanting, weed and pest control, soil enhancement strategies, orchard management/care of new seedlings, harvesting, packing, preserving and storing, cover cropping, seed collection, tool and machine maintenance, principles of farm management, record-keeping, farm and food safety training, tool and machine maintenance. early winterization of fields and orchard care, and preparation for fall apple harvest.

Fall Internship:
Sept. 1- Oct 30: focus on fall crop and apple harvesting and season extension strategies; assistance at harvest festivals, weed and pest control, soil enhancement strategies, fall orchard management/ winterization of new seedlings, garlic planting, harvesting and packing skills, cover cropping, winterization of fields and orchard, seed collecting, inventory and preservation of seeds, principles of farm management, record-keeping, farm and food safety training, tool and machine maintenance.

WEI can assist students who want to receive post-secondary credit or certification credits from their preferred institution. These directed studies and service training opportunities can be tailored to meet the needs of both institutions (WEI and the post-secondary affiliate) as long as the internship meets the requirements of the WEI student farm internship program.

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WEI Farm Interns Summer/Fall 2017

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  • EARLY SUMMER TERM: May 22-July 3

    LATE SUMMER TERM: July 5-August 31

    FALL TERM: September 1 – October 30

    WEI offers several different farm internships for the 2016 season. The internships includes residency at the farm Monday evening through Friday afternoon. Interns are introduced to many aspects of organically certified farming, framed within a 26 hour paid workweek. Questions: call for Jacquelyn 651-583-0705 or contact jz@w-e-i.org.

 

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