Yale Sustainable Food Program

Opportunities at Yale

OPPORTUNITIES AT YALE

LAZARUS SUMMER INTERNSHIP IN SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

Type: Farm
Location: New Haven, CT
Description: Since 2003, the Yale Sustainable Food Project has awarded six Yale College students an opportunity to engage in the food movement through direct, hands-on learning at the Yale Farm and in the broader community. Each summer, a select group of Lazarus Summer Interns: learn how to cultivate our one-acre urban plot at hand-scale, using organic methods including seeding, pest management, crop rotation, and irrigation; learn how to harvest and effectively market vegetables to urban consumers; become familiar with agricultural economics; learn the critical thinking skills necessary to manage complex agricultural systems; hone teaching and public speaking skills while hosting groups and volunteers each week; gain a unique understanding of food security issues in New Haven; improve credibility for jobs within and outside the food movement; participate in weekly courses to expand their understanding of topics related to food, agriculture, and the environment; take a series of field trips to farms and organizations across Connecticut and New England.
The Yale Sustainable Food Project is dedicated to educating the next generation of food literate leaders. The Lazarus Summer Internship can act as a springboard for students who are looking to incorporate tenets of sustainable food and agriculture into their course of study at Yale and their subsequent careers. Click here to learn more.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Time of year: May - August
Food and housing provided? Housing not provided; lunch provided one day per week
Stipend or tuition? $3,000 upon acceptance and an additional $1,000 upon completion of an independent project 
Contactsustainablefoodproject@yale.edu


EVST SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL FELLOWSHIP

Type: Fellowship
Location: Global
Description: Fellowship applications welcomed from all Yale undergraduates (except for graduating seniors) interested in learning about environmental issues this summer. The summer experience should provide the student with a substantive environmental research or training opportunity. Possibilities include interning with an environmental organization or governmental agency or working on a research project in the field/laboratory at Yale or at another institution. Students should investigate and select a suitable project, internship or training program before applying for the internship program. Applicants should discuss and develop their summer plans with a member of the Yale faculty in their area of interest. Click here for more information and application instructions.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Time of year: Summer
Stipend or tuition? Stipends are awarded
Contact: sara.smileysmith@yale.edu


FARMS

BROOKFIELD FARM

Type: Farm
Location: Amherst, MA
Description: 26 acre vegetable farm with a steady 520 CSA members, Brookfield farm has been in existence since the 1970s in various forms.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: Brookfield Farm is a living learning center and becoming an apprentice provides a comprehensive experience of our farm, from the inside out. Apprentices work in all aspects of the farm’s production, from soil preparation to harvest, from tractors to hand hoes, from administration to marketing farm products. During the course of the full season, apprentices are given the information and time to learn the essential skills needed to manage a mixed organic/biodynamic farm on their own. In return apprentices are expected to give their labor for the daily working of the farm. This is a management training position - if you are looking to learn how to manage a farm, not just how to “go out and hoe.” You also can participate in the CRAFT program – visits to organic and biodynamic farms in the Northeast. 
Skills students can expect to learn: see above
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year: April 1 until day before Thanksgiving
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Full season
Food and housing provided? Housing provided; Food is farm produce and weekday lunches
Stipend or tuition? $750/month; full health insurance
Website: www.brookfieldfarm.org
Contact: info@brookfieldfarm.org


MILLSTONE FARM

Type: Farm
Location: Wilton, CT
Description: Millstone Farm is a 75-acre property in Wilton, CT which utilizes sustainable agriculture production to cultivate local, regional and global communities. This working, community farm serves as an educational outreach hub, supporting other farmers, community organizations, school groups and restaurateurs who are interested in learning more about the practice of sustainable agriculture, its implementation and its impact on local economies and food quality. Activities include; bio-intensive vegetable and fruit production, maple syrup harvest, and a focus on heritage breed animal husbandry for eggs, meat, and wool. They produce for local restaurants, Wilton’s only family-owned supermarket and other small local markets, and a small CSA. They strive to use best farm practices, encourage their implementation, and promote awareness about their positive impact on local economies, the community and quality of life.
Program Description: The apprenticeship program was inspired by Millstone Farm’s current partnership with the Wilton High School apprenticeship program, where a limited number of high school students have the opportunity to apprentice on the farm for the last five weeks of their senior year, and often roll-over to become our summer employees. However, with a limited time frame, these students do not have the chance to learn about the seasonal stages of bio-intensive farming. The Yale Sustainable Food Project students retreat at the farm, and many others, young and old, pass through and are inspired by Millstone Farm. Having a Master Farmer at the farm is also an impetus to start the apprentice program. The program is centered on immersion, where apprentices will experience a farming lifestyle by living on-site and contributing to the diverse workload. Apprentices will have initial training and thereafter be expected to complete certain tasks and chores with minimal supervision. However, by nature of farming, the apprenticeship will be a continuous learning experience, where new lessons are added to the ‘curriculum’ as the season unfolds.

Their goal is to create a social space for learning, where apprentices can interact with the growing family of farmers, consumers, restaurateurs, teachers, students and community members. Apprentices will also play a key role in the farm’s function and success, and have field trip opportunities which will improve their understanding of local food systems and the reciprocal relationships and dynamic partnerships that sustain the local food network. Students can develop their interests around good food, farming, and food education while honing their skills and personal knowledge. The overarching goal of Millstone Farm is to rebuild more self-sustaining communities. This includes a community-based focus in food systems, to train future farmers in small farm management, create conscious consumers and chefs, and provide insight into a diversified, small-scale market and how to grow, purchase, preserve, and serve homegrown food. 
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year:Summer season (May through September) and 2013 season (January/February through November)
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: 5 months
Food and housing provided? Yes
Stipend or tuition?Apprentices will receive pay depending on experience.
Website: http://www.millstonefarm.org/


SIENA FARMS

Type: Farm
Location: Sudbury, MA 
Description: Siena Farms is an award-winning 60-acre market farm growing diversified produce on the fertile soils of the Sudbury River valley, twenty-five miles west of Boston. They distribute their produce through a 750-member CSA, the Copley Square farmers’ market, the Siena Farms South End farm store, and area restaurants including family-owned Oleana and Sofra. Produce is grown using the traditionally sustainable farming practices of modern organic agriculture, free of chemical herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers.

Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Program Description: Siena Farms is seeking reliable, hardworking, and dedicated individuals motivated by a strong interest in sustainable agriculture to join the apprentice team. As an ambitious and innovative farm operation that has grown over seven years to include a four-season CSA and year-round farm store, Siena Farms offers a unique learning environment. Apprentices will participate broadly in the farm’s daily operations, including production, harvest, and marketing, and will work closely with the management team. Training will be both formal and informal, and apprentices will gain extensive hands-on experience. Those with demonstrated aptitude for a particular aspect of the operation will be encouraged to take on responsibility in that area, with the potential to return for additional seasons. As a working apprenticeship on a fast-paced production farm, this position requires mental and physical stamina. The ideal candidate will have some experience farming and will be a flexible team player who enjoys working both independently and under direction, maintains a good attitude, and has the desire to learn and improve throughout the season.

Skills students can expect to learn: In-house training sessions on harvest, production, and marketing techniques, farm safety, soil fertility practices, and pest and disease management practices; Introduction to our extensive array of tractors and implements; Access and orientation to farm planning materials including crop plans, field plans, soil tests, etc; Opportunities to participate in bi-weekly EMass CRAFT tours (visit www.emasscraft.org for details)
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year:April through December 
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Full seven-month season. Some flexibility on start and end dates possible. 
Food and housing provided? Weekly CSA vegetable share provided along with discounts at Siena Farms South End, Oleana, and Sofra; housing not currently provided 
Stipend or tuition? Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience 
Website: www.sienafarms.com

Contact: Jess Camp at jess@sienafarms.com


FOUR SEASON FARM

Type: Farm
Location: Harborside, ME
Description: Organic farm; Barbara and Eliot have a series of books on organic gardening published; Barbara also writes a weekly column for the Washington Post and Eliot has a line of farm tools. The two of them lecture frequently.
Program Description: Contact them directly for more information 
Website: http://www.fourseasonfarm.com
Contact: Four Season Farm
609 Weir Cove Road
Harborside, ME 04642 


GROWING POWER

Type: Farms, Non-profit organizations
Location: Chicago, IL
Description: Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: Interns will assist Growing Power in all aspects of community food systems, urban agriculture, small farmer outreach and youth development via innovative sustainable approaches. All Interns can intern as an academic credited experience. A positive attitude, ability to receive constructive criticism and strong work ethic is mandatory. Interns will receive supervision, intensive hands-on training and skill sets acquisition with the opportunity to conduct and implement independent projects.
     • An emphasis on hands-on physical labor and practice, very important.
     • Ability to work as a member of team, flexibility in work assignments as needed
     • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, staff and management
Valid drivers license required; 2 week intensive training commitment (Growing Power, Milwaukee, WI) prior to work on Chicago Projects. Requires ability to handle, feel objects, tools and to reach with hands and arms. Ability to lift heavy objects 75lbs. + from different location, use wheelbarrow, wagons, etc. 
Skills students can expect to learn: Urban gardening
Languages spoken / language requirements: English
Time of year: Internships available year-round 
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: This is a 6-day per week, 8-12 hours per day experience. It is intensive and requires at least an 8-week commitment.
Food and housing provided? Milwaukee interns will have the option of on-site housing if accepted. All Interns will receive a Farm-City Market Basket weekly.
Stipend or Tuition? Limited stipends available
Website: http://www.growingpower.org/ 
Contact: Erika Allen, erika@growingpower.org for Chicago, and will@growingpower.org for Milwaukee


LAUREL RIDGE FARM

Type: Farm
Location: Litchfield, CT
Description: Laurel Ridge Farm is a 700 acre farm located in Litchfield, CT. We have approximately 220 acres of pasture and hay fields that currently support 82 beef cows. We feed our cows only fresh grass in the pastures during the growing season and hay during the winter. Our beef is slaughtered and butchered at nearby USDA approved facilities, and we market individual cuts of beef at our own farm stand, at local farmer’s markets, and to local restaurants and retailers. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Unstructured
Description of program/internship: We are seeking self-motivated individuals who have a strong interest in local sustainable agriculture and an equally strong work ethic. Agricultural experience would be an advantage, but we are also willing to train interns who have a sincere desire to learn about grass fed beef production and marketing. 
Skills students can expect to learn:

-Daily moves of cattle from pasture to pasture
-Daily feeding and moving free range chickens and egg gathering
-Trim and maintain fence lines
-Monitor and maintain water troughs
-Harvest hay crop
-Selling at local Farmer’s Markets and at our farm stand
-Installation of fencing on new pastures
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year: Any
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: We require a minimum of 12 weeks of available work with actual dates of work dependant on the individual’s academic schedule
Food and housing provided? Housing provided
Stipend or tuition? $225 / month
Website: www.lrgfb.com
Contact: john@lrgfb.com


LIVE POWER COMMUNITY FARM

Type: Farm
Location: Covelo, CA
Description: Founded in 1973 by Stephen and Gloria Decater, Live Power Community Farm is a 40-acre, solar electric and horse-powered, diversified, certified biodynamic farm. Four acres are devoted to an intensive vegetable garden hosting some 60 varieties of vegetables and herbs. We use a glasshouse and cold frames to propagate vegetable and flower transplants, and grow home orchard fruits and field and forage crops for hay, grain, and pasture. Animal husbandry includes draft horses, dairy and beef cows, feeder pigs, sheep, and laying hens. We butcher and process meat animals, and bake bread in our outdoor, wood-fired brick oven. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: Designed to teach apprentices how to run a small-scale farm without needing capital investment, risk, or living expenses. Each apprentice has individual goals set, there are weekly training workshops, and “training carried on in the context of a working farm” is the most important aspect. 
Skills students can expect to learn: Gardening, farming, livestock care, draft horse care and use, equipment maintenance (solar electric and greywater systems), business skills, food preservation, hosting and organizing class visits (for more detailed list, see http://www.livepower.org/Apprentice/skills.html
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: None, but must be a hard worker
Languages spoken/language requirements: English

Time of Year: March through December for full season; shorter opportunities sometimes available
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: see above
Food and housing provided? Yes 
Stipend or tuition? Unpaid, no tuition, but also included are weekend sessions with the Biodynamic Association of Northern California apprentice-training program
Website: www.livepower.org
Contact: Application here: http://www.livepower.org/Apprentice/applying.htmland phone number 707-983-8196; standard contact form on their website for more information


LOCALITA’ IL PIANO

Type: Farm
Location: rural mountainous area about 20 minutes outside of the town of Spoleto, in the province of Perugia, region of Umbria, Italy
Description: organic 20-hectare family farm with orchards, vineyards, woods, olive groves, animals (donkeys, horses, goats, sheep, poultry, etc), pasture, vegetable/herb/flower garden, permaculture “forest garden”
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Un-structured: we try to tailor activities and tasks to the interests of each intern, as possible.
Description of program/internship: We are looking for people who are passionate about sustainable agriculture and would like to gain hands-on experience in crop production and all aspects of farm management. We ask interns to work an average of 6 hours per day, 6 days per week, generally helping around the farm and participating in various projects depending on their interest and capabilities.

Many of our tasks are outdoor and physically demanding, for example: planting trees, weeding, shoveling manure, irrigating garden and orchards, digging, feeding animals, repairing fencing. Seasonally we also harvest fruit and vegetables, make jams/wines/liquers, haul pruned branches, cut firewood, bale and stack hay, rotate the animals though the pastures, etc. Depending on individuals’ skills and interests, interns can participate in various other farms tasks such as supervision of farm volunteers (part of the WWOOF program), work in the agriturismo/B&B (mainly meal preparation), website management, and building a strawbale barn among other projects.
Skills students can expect to learn: vegetable/flower/fruit production, food preparation and preservation, animal husbandry, general farm and pasture management, 
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: Positive attitude and a curious mind are more important than experience, though previous experience (especially with vegetable crops and animals) is appreciated. Interns must be prepared and able to work hard physically.
Languages spoken/language requirements: We speak fluent English, fluent Italian and some Spanish, and prefer that interns be fluent on one or more of these languages.
Time of year: Year-round or seasonal internships are possible, depending on the interests of the intern (ie- a person interested in orchard management would probably want to stay from spring pruning through fall harvest).
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: We prefer to have a trial period of one month to make sure the intern is compatible and happy on the farm, with a potential stay up to 1 year. Shorter stays possible.
Food and housing provided? Yes
Stipend or tuition? Generally none other than free room and board, but depends on skills and capability of intern (ability to supervise farm volunteers, previous experience with CSA and veg crop production). There is a 25 euro fee to cover insurance
Website: www.localitailpiano.it (under construction)
Contact: Darcy Gordon and Adolfo Rosati, gordondarcy@gmail.com


MOON IN THE POND FARM

Type: Farm 
Location: Sheffield, MA
Description: Established in 1991, MITP is a small, diverse, sustainable, permaculture farm where the relationship of people to nature is constantly explored in a myriad of ways that include animals, crops, self-sufficiency, sustainability, conservation of heirloom vegetable varieties and seeds, conservation of historic livestock and traditional and modern farming techniques; all while attempting to fill the needs of today’s culture and society. We raise heritage breed animals for meat (nearly ten thousand pounds annually) and heirloom vegetables, eggs, honey, fruit, and more which we sell locally directly to families, partly through our unique CSA (Community Supported Agriculture program) at the farm and at local farmers’ markets. We are involved in a great number of projects that involve community and education. The farm includes: 1 acre veg. Market Garden, 10 Dorset sheep (and 12-18 lambs for meat), 150+/- acres pasture and hay, 2 dairy cows, (+ calves), 15 Scottish Highland cattle (beef), a working Lineback Ox, 3 Large Black (Cornwall) pigs (and as many as 30 piglets raised for pork), 40 Speckled Sussex and Plymouth Rock laying hens, and 100-200+ meat birds, 8 Pilgrim geese (meat and eggs), 40 Khaki Campbell Ducks (meat and eggs), 120,000 (give or take a few) honey bees (three hives), Shiitake mushroom production, etc.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship:

Full-year Apprenticeship: This is a good position for someone who wants a full, deep understanding of small, very varied modern homestead-like farming; someone interested in learning about, and participating in farm life and community building. Running the full year’s cycle from planning to implementation, to harvest and back to planning, this is an intensive, in-depth, comprehensive program that results in a solid working knowledge of the many facets of a real farm: food production, CSA, community, marketing, organic techniques and farm life, science, philosophy, etc. An apprentice at MITP is required to learn and practice a broad range of skills and take responsibility for farm tasks. Program starts in late winter (Jan.-Mar.).

Internship: For people who have a limited amount of time for an abbreviated version of our apprenticeship. Any amount of time is considered, though longer terms (3-4 months) will be given preference. Generally interns are accepted for the summer months and stay in tents, although housing might be available during colder months.

Skills students can expect to learn: mucking, mulching, milking, mowing, herding, haying, harvesting, watering, weeding, weeding, seeding, feeding, fencing, foraging, planting, transplanting, picking, staking, raking, building, recording, studying, observing, reporting, etc., etc. 
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: None 
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of Year: April / May to October, with some Fall and Winter internships available
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Full season desired, but shorter periods are welcome too (will have to camp and monetary compensation may be different)
Food and housing provided? Tenting for interns who are here in the summer months. Indoor housing in farmhouse or a cabin on the farm for yearlong apprentices or winter interns. Full board provided: All organic, mostly from the farm–veggies, meat, eggs, milk, yogurt, honey, fruit, etc., etc. All apprentices share meal prep and eat together. 
Stipend or tuition? Interns: $100/week (for interns staying 5+ weeks) ;Apprentices: $200/week.

How to apply: For details on internship and apprenticeship deadlines, visithttp://www.mooninthepond.com/programs.html#apprenticeships.
Website: http://www.mooninthepond.com
Contact: dom@mooninthepond.com; 413-229-3092


THE PHILO APPLE FARM

Type: Farm 
Location: Philo, CA
Description: Apple orchard, small garden, some animal husbandry – certified organic but using the biodynamic framework. There is also an agritourism element. 
Program Description: A live-work situation designed for people who want to gain experience in apple farming. 
Website: http://www.philoapplefarm.com
Contact: karen@philoapplefarm.com


SIENA FARMS

Type: Farm
Location: Sudbury, MA
Description: 40 acres of fields, 15 in vegetable production, in the Sudbury River Valley newly established in 2006 by the Kurths. They have a CSA and are looking to expand.
Program Description:  Contact them directly for more information
Website: www.sienafarms.com
Contact: 978-479-0019


WOODBRIDGE FARM

Type: Farm
Location: Salem, CT
Description: We are a diversified biodynamic farm raising beef and dairy cattle, pigs, turkeys, chicken, bees and horses. We grow vegetables for our vegetable CSA (community supported agriculture) – a program where people become a member of our garden for the season and pick up their vegetable share weekly. We are in the process of building a cheese-making facility as well as a farm store. Our farm is located in the idyllic New England landscape of forests and stonewalls – while it is only 10 miles to the coast and both New York City and Boston are not even 2 1/2 hours away.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Mostly unstructured 
Description of program/internship: Opportunity to learn farm activities; some discussions; largely self-motivated
Skills students can expect to learn: Feeding and caretaking of the livestock, pasture rotation and management, seed propagation, transplanting, weeding, mulching, greenhouse management, harvesting and post harvest preparation as well as the use of biodynamic preparations.
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of Year: Growing season
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: not specified
Food and housing provided? Shared house for interns; vegetable share
Stipend or tuition? $500 / month stipend
Website: www.woodbridgefarmonline.com
Contact: woodbridgefarm@sbcglobal.net


EDUCATIONAL FARMS

CHEWONKI FOUNDATION

Type: Educational Farm
Location: Wiscasset, ME
Description: Maine Coast Semester for highschoolers, Camp Chewonki for Boys, wilderness trips, Outdoor Classroom for local schools, traveling natural history programs and a “Pathways to a Sustainable Future” program.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: Environmental Education Teacher and Teaching Internship with the Traveling Natural History program: In the spring and fall our teachers lead group challenges and teach natural history with the school programs. Each summer they take on a leadership role in camp leading trips or teaching nature, art, photography, or group challenges. Teachers who come with trip leading experience are often called upon to lead summer wilderness trips.
Skills students can expect to learn: Teaching environmental education and working with children.
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of Year: End of March until November
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Full season
Food and housing provided? Yes
Stipend or tuition? $520 biweekly paycheck; health insurance
Website: www.chewonki.org/about/outdoorclassroomtripleadingopportunities.asp
Contact: dotlamson@chewonki.org


D-ACRES

Type: Educational Farm 
Location: Dorchester, New Hampshire
Description: D Acres was founded in 1997. The mission of the organization is to function as an educational center that researches, applies and teaches skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming. Striving to improve the human relationship to the environment, the center functions as a demonstration farm to role model exemplars of healthy living. Sharing a communal living situation, individuals come to respect and share values of interdependence and love of nature. In addition, the organization supports educational activities directed toward improving the quality of life of residents and the larger community. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: The internship program requires a minimum of 26 hours a week. Assignments are decided at the regular farm community meetings and include (but are not limited to): organic farming, forestry, light construction, landscaping, tending the animals, and participation in the local farmer’s market.  Outside of required hours, all members of the community participate in basic tasks such as meal preparation and housekeeping in the community building. 
Skills students can expect to learn: Organic farming, light construction, gardening, forestry, animal husbandry, farmer’s market
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: Need some experience in above skills for Internship, but no experience necessary for Apprenticeship
Languages spoken/ language requirements: English
Time of Year: Year-round
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Internship minimum of six weeks required; Apprenticeship can be less
Food and housing provided? For interns, $20/week fee for room and board; Apprentices fees are $20/day, $125/week, $400/month, and $100/week after a one-month period 
Stipend or tuition? Internship: 26 hours p/wk work expected; $20 fee for room and board; Apprenticeship: $20/day, $125/week, $400/month, and $100/week after a one-month period; perks include organic groceries, seasonal produce, use of telephone in evenings, wireless internet, use of library, workshop and facilities; access to all on-site workshops and yoga classes and field trips
Website: http://www.dacres.org/index.html
Contact: info@dacres.org or (603) 786-2366


EMANDAL

Type: Educational Farm 
Location: Willits, CA
Description: Emandal runs a Family Camp summer program as well as Environmental Education programs throughout the school year. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Both kinds of programs available

Description of program/internship: Positions available: Naturalists (environmental education), Facilities Assistant / Animal Caretaker, Gardener and Gardener Assistant, Garden Intern, Cooking Enthusiasts, Clothesline Concierge (housekeeping position), Seasonal Support Staff, Office Manager 
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: various – none for most, but some necessary for Head Naturalist, Facilities Assistant (handyman experience needed) and Gardener
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of Year: Spring through Fall
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Check website athttp://www.emandal.com/camp/jobs.html.
Food and housing provided? Shared facilities with private rooms; all food provided
Stipend or tuition: see http://www.emandal.com/camp/jobs.html (varies by position), perks include being part of the Emandal community, proximity to the Eel River, and access to phone and internet
Website: www.emandal.com
Contact: wickprichard@emandal.com


FARM AND WILDERNESS

Type: Educational Farm, Non-profit Organization
Location: Plymouth, VT, USA

Description: Farm and Wilderness is an educational institution in Plymouth, VT which runs six progressive Quaker-based summer camps, each with its own small farm. Farm apprentices assist with running these small farms. In the spring we set up the farm for the camps, and in the fall we focus on school groups visiting the main farm. We have nearly every vegetable, most common farm animals, orchards, hayfields, and pastures. Our focus is on organic and sustainable agriculture, community living, and service to children.

There are 6 different summer camps for young people ages 4-17, which emphasize creating supportive communities, exploring personal challenges and enhancing wilderness and outdoor skills. Farm and Wilderness also maintains working farms which operate throughout the year, and also runs educational programs on farming and sustainability for local schools and visiting groups. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured 
Description of program/internship: Each and every year, there are approximately 200 Seasonal Summer Positions at Farm & Wilderness. These positions include camp counselors, camp program staff, lifeguards, drivers, cooks, health workers, maintenance workers and other camp support staff.

F&W offers Farm Education Apprenticeships and Facilities Crew for people 21 and older who are seeking a more intensive community living and work experience. These work crews began in the early 1970’s simply to insure that the buildings, grounds, animals, and gardens for the F&W summer camps were well maintained, improved, and prepared for the following summer. “Crew” has evolved to have its own educational components and an emphasis on community building, leadership training, and specific work apprenticeships. Various internship positions available: farm and gardening, outdoor education, maintenance/carpentry.
Skills students can expect to learn: Farm & Wilderness interns do a variety of work, including teaching outdoor education to school and other groups and maintaining and improving F&W’s facilities, farms and forests. An F&W internship is both a job and an opportunity to acquire new skills by working with dynamic education and resource staff in the areas of Organic Farming, Maintenance, Carpentry, Retreat Center, and Outdoor Education.

There is extensive training on community building, safe communication, and child development for summer staff. New staff generally attend a five-day Skills Week and then all staff attend an eight-day Staff Week at their camp.

Level or type of experience/skills necessary: Farm and Wilderness hires skilled, talented and committed camp counselors and summer program staff. At F&W, the focus is entirely on the campers, and our work is to provide them with an excellent summer. The organization looks for people passionate about and experienced in working with children, particularly in a classroom or outdoor education setting, and willing to be a role model. Strong candidates are committed to community, and have technical skills to offer, such as ceramics, lifeguarding, wilderness tripping, and animal husbandry.
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year: Internships run from early April to early November or from early September to early June, Summer staff work from June to August
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Varies with program 
Food and housing provided? Yes 
Stipend or Tuition? Interns receive a stipend of $200 per week plus room and board, inquire for summer staff pay
Website: http://www.farmandwilderness.org
Contact: John Strickland: 802-422-3761, john@farmandwilderness.org (summer staff), Eric Baierlein: eric@farmandwilderness.org (farm internship)


GREEN GULCH FARM ZEN CENTER

Type: Educational Farm, Non-profit Organization
Location: Muir Beach, CA, USA
Description: Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, also known as Green Dragon Temple (Soryu-ji), is a Buddhist practice center in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition offering training in Zen meditation and ordinary work. There is also an organic farm. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured 
Description of program/internship: Green Gulch is a Soto Zen Buddhist community and thriving organic farm located just north of San Francisco, nestled in a valley bordered by Mount Tamalpais, the Golden Gate National Recreation area, and the Pacific Ocean. For twelve years, we have offered a residential apprenticeship program in organic gardening and farming. The apprenticeship emphasizes meditation practice, study/instruction in Buddhist teachings, and hands-on work experience and instruction in organic gardening/farming methods. Apprentices follow a daily schedule of meditation and work practice. Work and weekly seminars focus on many aspects of farming and gardening including soil fertility/preparation, the sowing, transplanting, cultivation, and harvesting of vegetable crops, raised-bed flower, herb and fruit culture, on-site composting, the tending of perennial fruit and ornamental plants, sales at farmers market, etc. Seminars also include local field trips and instruction by visiting teachers in areas such as botany, integrated pest management, soil fertility, composting, farm management, etc.
Skills students can expect to learn: Zen Buddhist meditation, organic farming 
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: Willingness to learn and live in community, experience with Buddhism and meditation are helpful but not required
Languages spoken/ language requirements: English
Time of year: Mid-April to mid-October, apply in January 
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: 2-week stay required prior to beginning of internship, internship duration may be flexible
Food and housing provided? Yes 
Stipend or tuition? 2-week trial period costs $20/day, remainder is free 
Website: http://www.sfzc.org/ggf/default.asp 
Contact: (415) 354-0425, ggfdirector@sfzc.org


HIDDEN VILLA

Type: Educational Farm
Location: Los Altos Hills, CA
Description: Hidden Villa serves about 50,000 visitors from SF Bay Area and beyond every year through their Environmental Education Program, Summer Camp, and community involvement. Their mission is to teach key concepts of ecology and environmental stewardship through farm and wilderness experiences, to teach interns environmental education, social justice, organic farming or animal husbandry, to give the community a CSA, provide travelers a Hostel, and generally provide a community space for retreats, hiking, farming and education. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: 1 each of Animal Husbandry, Agriculture, and Community Programs and then 6 Environmental Education interns; all 10 interns live together in a house with kitchen and bathroom facilities (four share bedrooms); Monday “enrichment classes” in animal husbandry, sustainable agriculture, horticulture, education, and non-profit administration; Environmental Education interns work with the summer camp. 
Skills students can expect to learn: see website for each type of internship
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of Year: Various: Agriculture Internship March – March (1 yr); All others from September – August (also 1 yr)
Lengths of Stay: one year incl. holiday, vacation, sick leave
Food and Housing: Housing is shared and provided, and food is seasonal produce, and meat and dairy from the farm when available
Stipend or tuition? $525 / month stipend for Agricultural Intern; $525 / month for Env. Education interns with additional $50 / month for those sharing rooms; Community Programs $625 / month; Animal Husbandry $625 / month 
Website: www.hiddenvilla.org
Contact: Steph Thurman, sthurman@hiddenvilla.org


NORTH COUNTRY SCHOOL/CAMP TREETOPS

Type: Educational Farm
Location: Lake Placid, NY
Description: Boarding school and summer camp with farm program
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured internship and / or research projects
Description of program/intership: Internships are available to learn about and conduct a variety of agricultural practices: animal husbandry, greenhouses, gardening, maple sugar production, and forest management. As well, interns are involved in providing experiential education, role modeling, and activities for the students and campers. Interns with appropriate horse riding experience are also sought. 

Research Opportunities for students interested in pursuing a particular project or thesis. Some suggested topics are: Sociology/Nature Deficit Disorder - This school is renowned for instilling a sense of biophilia, love of nature, call it what you will. With a focus on children interacting with plants and animals, this is a good place to study something along those lines. Agriculture & Forestry Assessments An assortment of farm animals, acres of garden, dozens of acres of pasture, and hundreds of forest acres means there are any number of inventory, trail design, grass or fertilizer trials, etc. that we can benefit from having done.
Skills students can expect to learn: Seed, transplant, weed, and harvest, soil building (mulching and composting), lead work crews, community work projects, organic pesticides, meals from garden produce, storage preparation, plant / animal record keeping, research related to plant / animal / forest systems, daily barn chores, barn activities (animal maintenance, stall cleaning, administering medicines), general carpentry, maple syrup production, firewood preparation, sugar bush management, forest management
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of Year: fall and spring
Lengths of Stay: Internships – 3 months minimum, up to 1 year 
Food and housing provided? Yes 
Stipend or tuition? Some stipends available; basic insurance provided
Yale Alumni? Yes
Website: www.nct.org
Contact: Mike Tholen (mtholen@nct.org) and Kat Tholen (ktholen@nct.org)


RAINBEAU RIDGE

Type: Educational Farm
Location: Bedford Hills, NY
Description: Primary work is on a goat dairy and vegetable farm in Bedford hills that offers farm education programs. Internships offer individuals the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, growing, non-traditional farm business. Interns will have a unique chance to be hands on in all aspects of market gardening, livestock care, and ag education. We value excellence, have high standards and appreciate individuals who can work in a fluid environment. Responsibilities will be commensurate with experience, drive and initiative.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: Rainbeau Ridge offers two internship positions, from March 1 through November 1, with housing and stipend, that will incorporate responsibilities in the areas of livestock, cheesemaking, market gardening and ag education (for children). Specific job descriptions will be crafted to match candidates depending upon skills, background and interests.  Interns will work a five day work week. A typical day will involve morning livestock chores (feeding, haying and watering) with an eye on animal health status. Knowing the animals by critically evaluating and observing them daily is essential. Training will be provided in
order that interns master morning milkings of our two dozen dairy goats. Working the
market garden (from seeding to harvesting to on farm sales) or taking a significant role our children’s programs will be a large part of the job.

In addition to being part of a small, dynamic team, interns will select a topic or project, taking ownership of the issue and producing independent product by the end of the season.
Skills students can expect to learn: Small-scale sustainable agriculture and agriculture education program management
Time of year: March- November
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Minimum 4 months commitment, longer stays available
Food and housing provided? Housing provided along with cable, phone, internet to right candidate; Board is not provided but excess harvest is as available.
Stipend or Tuition? $1000 per month
Website: www.rainbeauridge.com 
Contact: info@rainbeauridge.com


SPANNOCCHIA FOUNDATION

Type: Educational Farm, Non-profit organization, Cooking & Food Preparation 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Description: The Spannocchia Foundation is a group of committed members that supports educational programs, environmental conservation, and research at the Castello di Spannocchia – an educational center based on an organic farm in Tuscany, roughly 12 miles west of Siena, Italy. Today Spannocchia consists of 1,100 acres of forests, pastures, and crops. About 900 acres are harvested for forest products; 130 acres are cultivated for grains, legumes, and animal pasture; and 15 acres for grapes, olives, and fruit. In addition to maintaining 800 olive trees and a large vegetable garden, Spannocchia raises local heritage breeds of farm animals and produces regionally-recognized salumi (salt cured pork) products.

The mission of the Spannocchia Foundation is to encourage global dialogue about sustaining cultural landscapes for future generations. We are committed to: promoting sustainable organic agriculture and forestry practices, supporting research and education on the ecological and cultural history of the Tuscan region of Italy, providing a venue for artists whose work and presence complement the Foundation’s mission, and becoming a valued, recognized member of the local community in Tuscany. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: The Internship Program (of which there are two, the Farm Intern ship and the Guest Internship, the latter of which is more focused on work at the retreat center, cooking, housekeeping, maintenance) is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people by providing them with a unique educational experience on a community oriented organic farm in Tuscany, Italy. Tenuta di Spannocchia’s 1100-acre pastoral estate serves as an active model for responsible stewardship through collective effort.

Program participants learn about the Italian language, local cultural history, conservation, maintenance and restoration, animal care, and organic farming and gardening by means of hands-on work experience with local Italian farm staff, and structured educational endeavors such as twice-weekly language study, weekly educational presentations, and bi-weekly field trips that are interspersed throughout the workweek.

The Farm Internship Program is a hands-on learning experience during which interns work alongside our Italian farm staff to help run our diversified organic farm in rural Tuscany. This experience is an introduction to the various themes of Spannocchia including farming, agricultural tourism, sustainability, community living and Tuscan culture. Each week consists of 30+ hours of manual labor complimented by bi-weekly Italian language instruction, educational presentations, and bi-monthly fieldtrips to surrounding areas of interest. Independent travel and exploration of the surrounding regions of Italy is highly encouraged to provide an even broader experience to participants.
Skills students can expect to learn: Italian language, ecological and cultural knowledge of the surrounding area, range of skills needed to run an organic farm, challenges and experience of communal living
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: A willingness to take direction from others is imperative - tolerance of a regimented schedule and a commitment to staying positive is a must!
Languages spoken/language requirements: Italian (not required), English
Time of year: Year-round 
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: 3 months 
Food and housing provided? Yes 
Stipend or tuition? No stipend, and the costs are a $250 Education Fee, $30 Spannocchia Membership Fee, 25 Euro WWOOF Italy Membership Fee 
Part of the Slow Food/Terra Madre network? Yes
Website: http://www.spannocchia.org
 


COOKING & FOOD PREPARATION

AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME

Type: University study & education, Cooking & Food preparation

Location: Rome, IT

Description: Non-profit fellowships available for artists and scholars with opportunities to do work in gardens and in a superb sustainable dining program.  Center for research and study that also offers on-site housing and board.

Is it a structured or unstructured program? Definitely structured program for artists, possibly also structured program in the kitchens.

Description of program/internshipThrough the American Academy in Rome’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Program, artists and scholars of any nationality may apply to rent living and working space at the Academy.  Visiting Artists and Scholars are accommodated in the various buildings on the Academy’s eleven-acre property on top of the Janiculum Hill. The administrative offices, the Library, the gallery, the public rooms and most of the living and working spaces are contained in the McKim, Mead & White building, known as the Academy building. The remaining apartments are located in buildings adjacent to the Academy building. The McKim, Mead and White building is off limits to any child under 18.

Skills students can expect to learn: Research skills, possibly also gardening and sustainable cooking

Languages spoken / language requirements:  English, Italian helpful

Time of year: Year-round. Applications reviewed three times per year.

Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: For visiting scholars and artists program, minimum is two weeks, maximum is four months.

Food and housing provided? Living space rental is available on location, food provided for fee.

Stipend or Tuition? Room and board starting at 305 Euros per week.

Website: http://www.aarome.org/programs/visiting.htm

Contact: For more information on the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program, contact Pina Pasquantonio (p.pasquantonio@aarome.org), Assistant Director for Operations.


NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

AARSTIDERNE

Type: Non-Profit Organization
Location: Denmark
Description: Thomas Harttung is a biodynamic farmer and food activist/entrepeneur in Denmark who is the co-founder of Aarstiderne.com (meaning The Seasons in Danish), a farm based organic food business that delivers organic produce, meat, dairy, bread and dry goods to the doorstep of more than 35.000 families around Denmark. Founded as a CSA in 1997 (emulated upon Michael Ableman’s Fairview Gardens in CA), Aarstiderrne soon grew out of the CSA-model, became incorporated in 1999, took in “green” venture capital in 2001 and 2004 (The Triodos Venture Capital Fund), and bought back the shares in early 2006. There may be internship positions available with this organization. 

Thomas Harttung (see internship above) is also the chair of the Danish Research Centre for Organic Farming, DARCOF, which is a government funding body and coordinator for Organic Research (www.darcof.dk). They may also have internship or research positions available. Contact darcof@agrsci.dk for more information. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Unstructured
Description of program/internship: Contact organization for details
Skills students can expect to learn: Learn how to be a CSA associate in Denmark’s widely successful organization
Languages spoken / language requirements: English, Danish 
Website: http://www.aarstiderne.com/omaarstiderne/English 
Contact: info@aarstiderne.com


CALIFORNIA CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMERS

Type: Non-profit, Government and Policy 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Description: CCOF promotes and supports organic food and agriculture through a premier organic certification program, trade support, producer and consumer education and political advocacy. From apples to zucchini, from almonds to wine, CCOF is involved in every facet of organics, with over 750 different organic crops and products, including livestock, processed products and services. 
   CCOF provides certification services to all stages of the organic food chain from farms to processors, restaurants and retailers. CCOF certifies to the USDA National Organic Program standards and CCOF international standards. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured 
Description of program/internship: Work with Supporting Mentors implementing CCOF projects. Project Interns will receive training in organic farming practices and certification, as well as internal CCOF operations. Project Interns should anticipate a high level of commitment to CCOF. 
   This program is designed to teach interns about CCOF’s operations and allow this knowledge to further the goals of the organization. Furthermore, this program aims to help interns gain skills and experience for future career opportunities. 
    In order for the goals of this program to be met, interns and mentors are expected to commit at least six months with CCOF, working at least fifteen hours per week. During this six month period, growth will occur as interns are trained in organic certification, tested on this knowledge, introduced to mentors, and placed with a project. 
    The internship is unpaid, but the experience and benefits to be gained are invaluable. Interns will build their portfolios and gain experience in their areas of interest through their projects. 
    Interns should also expect to be involved with office functioning at CCOF headquarters. In addition to specialized projects that focus on a particular facet of CCOF, interns will be exposed to the organization as a whole entity through their office duties. These jobs will be varied, and will help staff members work more efficiently. 
    The benefits of the CCOF program span many levels. At the individual level, interns will gain valuable experience working in the organic industry and developing job skills. At the organizational level, CCOF will benefit from projects relevant to its goals of advancing in the organic movement. At the community level, local communities will benefit from outreach programs and new availability of organic information and resources. On the whole, this program is a necessary step in transitioning to a healthier way of life with organics. 
Skills students can expect to learn: Interns will gain valuable experience working in the organic industry and developing job skills and portfolios. Adding interns to the organization will provide smoother functioning overall and will lead to expansion of the organization in new ways, such as graphic design, international certification, and organic education for youth through individual intern projects.
Time of year:

September 16CCOF Internship Application Deadline

September 21 & 22: Group Interviews for Internship

October 2 – 30: Certification 101 
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: A six month commitment is required. CCOF is willing to invest a wealth of time and resources to Project Interns. For this reason, Project Interns must be willing to commit six months to working with the organization. Given this time frame, CCOF can ensure that its interns receive proper training and have exposure to many facets of the organic community.
Food and housing provided? No
Stipend or Tuition? No
Website: http://www.ccof.org/intern.php 
Contact: Lizi Barba lizi@ccof.org or (831) 423-2263 ext. #25.  


CITY SEED

Type: Non-profit Organization 
Location: New Haven, CT
Description: CitySeed is a non-profit that seeks to engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture. It manages the four New Haven farmers’ markets, including the Wooster Square market attended by the Yale Farm. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Unstructured
Description of program/internship: Volunteer opportunities in market publicity, market operations, fundraising or possibly with the New Haven Food Policy Council
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year: any
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: no stay
Food and housing provided? no
Stipend or Tuition? no
Website: www.cityseed.org/volunteer/index.shtml

Contact: info@cityseed.org 


COMMUNITY ALLIANCE with FAMILY FARMERS

Type: Non-profit Organization
Location: Davis, CA
Description: The Community Alliance for Family Farmers aligns farmers with purchasers (purchasers are both individuals and institutions). The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Varies by internship.
Description of program/internship: Interns can work with a variety of non-profit organizations focused on initiatives in the following categories: The Biological Farming Program, which builds and supports communities of farmers, agricultural professionals, and public institutions dedicated to the voluntary adoption of a whole systems approach to farm management. This approach is flexible, maintains long-term profitability, and conserves and enhances water, soil and air resources; and the Community Food Systems program, which connects consumers to food producers providing information, access and education through practical, community driven projects. 
Skills students can expect to learn: Farm skills, community organizing, food and farm policy
Languages spoken / language requirements: English 
Time of year: Varies by internship
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Varies
Food and housing provided? Varies
Stipend or Tuition? Varies
Website: http://www.caff.org/jobs/employment.shtml
Contact: allyse@caff.org



DC CENTRAL KITCHEN

Type: Non-profit, cooking and food preparation

Location: Washington DC

Description: The kitchen offers multiple internships in its various branches. There are around 10-15 interns every summer and there is a program of speakers and activities for them to engage more deeply with the work of the kitchen. However, the work depends very much upon the department.

Is it a structured or unstructured program? There is a structure of intern activities, but interns spend most of their time working directly with their supervisors and can be spread in office spaces around the city.

Description of program/internship: The Research and Development and Data Management interns work in the main office of the kitchen on projects that keep the organization running and promoting new ideas. The outreach interns with First Helping spend at least half the day traveling around the city delivering food and working with clients on food security and other issues. The Adult Education interns work with the kitchen’s culinary job training program.

Skills students can expect to learn: Non-profit management, direct service skills–depends very much on the internship.

Languages spoken/language requirements: English

Time of year: Summer

Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Not specified

Food and housing provided? lunches are provided

Stipend or Tuition: negotiable

Website: http://www.dccentralkitchen.org/internship.php

Contact: cparham@dccentralkitchen.org


THE FOOD PROJECT

Type: Non-profit Organization, Educational Farm, University Studies & Education
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Description: The mission of The Food Project is to grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. We produce healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs and provide youth leadership opportunities. Most importantly, we strive to inspire and support others to create change in their own communities.           Since1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Each year, we work with over a hundred teens and thousands of volunteers to farm on 31 acres in rural Lincoln, MA and on several lots in urban Boston. We consider our hallmark to be our focus on identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in unusually responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work. Each season, we grow nearly a quarter-million pounds of food without chemical pesticides, donating half to local shelters. We sell the remainder of our produce through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) crop “shares” and farmers’ markets. Locally, we also partner with urban gardeners to help them remediate their lead-contaminated soil and grow healthier food.
     We create productive, multicultural youth and adult communities through shared labor and learning about ourselves, the land, and others. We integrate young people of all backgrounds in meaningful work throughout the entire organization. This creates a multi-age, multicultural community that is dynamic and effective in accomplishing change.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured 
Description of program/internship: Team Leaders of the Summer Youth Program head diverse groups of urban and suburban teenagers who work together throughout the summer. SYP Team Leaders work with their crew on rural farms, on farm lots in the city, in hunger relief organizations, at our Farmers’ Markets, and during social curriculum workshops throughout the summer. During all activities, including group activities and fieldwork, SYP Team Leaders are responsible for the safety and well being of the crew in all settings. The Food Project staff trains SYP Team Leaders for a week prior to the beginning of the Summer Youth Program. SYP Team Leaders also receive weekly feedback from the Site Supervisors as well as informal daily guidance from the supervisors and other Team Leaders. This is a job you will never forget and requires a substantial commitment of time and energy. 
     Individual volunteers are also an important part of our agricultural program, especially those that can make a commitment to help once or twice a week throughout the season. The farm staff depends on them to help with planting, weeding, and harvesting, especially on those days when groups are not signed up. Individuals help us run the wash station, set up the CSA, pack crates for distribution to the Farmers’ Markets or hunger relief organizations, and even lead volunteer groups.
The work of the organization depends fundamentally on the participation of young people, so The Food Project is committed to increasing the range of opportunities and scope of responsibility available to young people within the organization.

    The Fellowship program was designed to provide an opportunity for an alumnus to have a continuing and more substantial involvement in the organization. Currently, a Food Project Fellowship is a full-time, one-year staff apprenticeship position. With close supervision, Fellows take on staff responsibilities in one or more areas of the organization. During their year, they design and conduct a research project.?
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: The SYP Team Leader applicant must have
– Prior experience working with teenagers
– Interest in community service, the environment, and multicultural teambuilding
– Ability to motivate a group of young people while fostering their potential
– Openness to one’s own personal growth
– The capability to uphold the high standards set by the community 
– Ability to work in a team as well as independently
– Be dependable, organized, flexible, and have a sense of humor
– Background and experiences that reflect the rich diversity of the young people who participate in the program
– Ability to perform demanding physical labor
– A high school diploma and must be 20 years of age by June 24, 2009
– At least one year of college (preferred)
Contact The Food Project for qualifications for Fellowships. There is nothing required to be a volunteer. 
Languages spoken/language requirements: English 
Time of year: SYP Team Leaders must be available for 3 months in the summer (check in early spring for exact dates), including two Saturdays and some evening requirements
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Varies with program 
Food and housing provided? No 
Stipend or tuition? The stipend for SYP Team Leaders is $520.00 per week. Both the Lincoln/Roxbury and North Shore sites are accessible by public transportation, the cost of which is paid by The Food Project. Contact The Food Project for pay information regarding Fellowships 
Website: http://www.thefoodproject.org 
Contact: Volunteering; participate@thefoodproject.org, Jobs:jobs@thefoodproject.org
General Inquiries: info@thefoodproject.org, Phone: (617) 442-1322


THE GARDEN PROJECT

Type: Non-Profit Organization, Educational Farm
Location: San Francisco, CA
Description: In 1992, The Garden Project was founded with a mission unlike any organization in the country: to provide job training and support to former offenders through counseling and assistance in continuing education, while also impacting the communities from which they come. Today, The Garden Project continues this mission – innovatively empowering both former offenders and at-risk youth through training and education while transforming the urban environment. The Garden Project model for community change is an integrated, community-wide, systemic response to crime, high rates of recidivism, and unemployment which links crime and poverty with stewardship of the environment and the community. The United States Department of Agriculture hailed The Garden Project as “one of the most innovative and successful community-based crime prevention programs in the country.”
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: We do employ a farm manager and supervisors who are not participants but, essentially, we allow our participants to learn about all the facets of the process. The vegetables grown by The Garden Project Apprentices are distributed at community centers to needy seniors and families. Our vegetables also help to support cooking classes. The plants started in our greenhouse are donated to schools and other community organizations. Each year The Garden Project delivers hundreds of Halloween pumpkins to police stations that distribute the pumpkins to needy families.
     In addition to our organic farm, we have a perennial ornamental nursery and a California Native Plant Nursery. Garden Project Apprentices (former offenders) perform the daily tasks necessary to maintain the farm and make deliveries under the direction of a supervisor and the farm manager. Earth Stewards Apprentices (at-risk young adults) work on projects as stipulated by our partner and contractor, The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. In addition, Earth Stewards maintain the native plant nursery.
   We take volunteers on a project-by-project basis. For security reasons, we are unable to offer many volunteer opportunities.
Skills students can expect to learn: Farming, cooking, education
Languages spoken / language requirements: Spanish may be helpful
Time of year: Year-round/ varies
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Varies
Food and housing provided? No
Stipend or Tuition? No
Yale alumni? Contact the YSFP for info about people who have done this internship in the past.
Website: http://www.gardenproject.org/thegardenproject.htm 
Contact: feedback@gardenproject.org (Catherine Sneed)
Phone: 650-266-9513


JUST FOOD

Type: Non-Profit Organization 
Location: New York, NY
Description: Just Food is a non-profit organization that makes fresh locally grown food available and accessible to all New Yorkers by connecting rural farmers, urban gardeners, and NYC residents. Through workshops, hands-on trainings, cooking demonstrations and our commitment to food justice advocacy, Just Food continues to increase public awareness around the connections between healthy farms, healthy communities, and a healthy environment. We work to build a more just food system. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: Just Food is seeking AmeriCorps*VISTA members to work closely with our staff and our partner organizations to build the capacity of our programs, the New Farmer Development Project, and community-based CSA and City Farms initiatives through the following positions: CSA Program Site Associate (3), Fresh Food For All Program Associate, Farmer Outreach Associate, Volunteer and Intern Coordinating Associate, New Farmer Development Project Associate, and Site Leader. Visit www.justfood.org to see more detailed position descriptions. Qualified candidates visit www.americorps.org to apply AND send materials to info@justfood.org
Skills students can expect to learn: see website
Languages spoken/language requirements: English 
Time of year: any
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: required by AmeriCorps VISTA
Food and housing provided? AmeriCorps VISTA program
Stipend or Tuition? AmeriCorps VISTA program
Website: www.justfood.org
Contact: charlotte@justfood.org


NEW ENTRY SUSTAINABLE FARMING PROJECT

Type: Non-profit organization 
Location: Lowell, MA, USA
Description: We are a non-profit organization that assists people with limited resources who have an interest in small-scale commercial agriculture to begin farming in Massachusetts. The broader goals of NESFP are to support the vitality and sustainability of the region’s agriculture, to build long term economic self-reliance and food security among participants and their communities, and to expand access to high-quality, culturally appropriate foods in underserved areas through production of locally-grown foods.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Unstructured
Description of program/internship: We would be willing to receive young visitors at our farms to meet farmers and learn about their production and marketing strategies, successes, and challenges. We also have volunteer opportunities which involve helping the World Peas Cooperative (a marking coop of NESFP farmers) with logistics surrounding CSA share packing and distribution.
Skills students can expect to learn: We have the expectations that students can learn about sustainable farming systems by visiting our farms and speaking with small scale enterprise farmers who work within local markets. Students will also receive hand’s-on experience and get an insider’s view of the workings of a farmer-run CSA. The existing volunteers who help out with CSA share packing and distribution will receive some needed help.
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: No specific skill set required, only that people have an appreciation for diverse cultures and love of ethnic foods.
Languages spoken/language requirements: Khmer, Spanish, and English spoken (only English required) 
Time of year: June-September 
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: June-September
Food and housing provided? No
Stipend or tuition? Neither
Website: http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/
Contact: jennifer.hashley@tufts.edu


THE PEOPLE’S GROCERY

Type: Non-profit Organization, University Studies & Education
Location: Oakland, CA, USA
Description: People’s Grocery is a community-based organization in West Oakland that develops creative solutions to the health, environmental and economic challenges our community faces every day.
     Our mission is to develop a self-reliant, socially just and sustainable food system in West Oakland through community-based, youth-focused and innovative social enterprises, urban agricultural projects, educational programs and public policy initiatives that foster healthy, equitable and ecological community development.
We are building an independent food system and a local economy grounded in community partnerships and a local knowledge-base. We want to give people the tools to control their own food supply and help our community to become more self-reliant.
Our activities include:
– Educating residents about sustainable agriculture, heath/nutrition, and food justice
– Providing employment, entrepreneurial business training and life skills for youth
– Developing food-related enterprises and small businesses
– Developing methods of low-cost food distribution and marketing
– Supporting local family farms, organic farms and farmers of color
– Strengthening the ability to produce food locally through urban agriculture
– Advocating for policy changes at the governmental and institutional level
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Unstructured, with range of volunteer opportunities (farm, office, education), and People’s Grocery is also open to incorporating new skills and talents in ongoing or developing projects
Description of program/internship: Volunteer farming/gardening/harvesting at weekly workdays at five different area gardens. Office work includes running errands, data entry, mailings, special projects, and whatever comes up that day. Education programs look for volunteers to teach cooking and gardening in the after school program. 
Skills students can expect to learn: The day-to-day workings and skills needed to run an organic farm, more about the local food system in the California bay area, leadership and cooperative skills with people from different ages and backgrounds
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: Varies with position, although energy and a willingness to learn are important for all positions
Languages spoken/language requirements: English, although fluency in other languages is useful
Time of year: Year-round, with some changes to the farm workdays schedules depending on the time of year
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Paid interns are asked to make a 3-month commitment. Unpaid interns are asked to make a 2-month commitment
Food and housing provided? No
Stipend or tuition? Paid and unpaid internships available 
Website: http://www.peoplesgrocery.org/ 
Contact: marcelo@peoplesgorcery.org; for volunteering at farm workdays, contact farm manager Jason Uribe at (510) 504-3664
 


THE RODALE INSTITUTE

Type: Non-Profit Organization 
Location: near Kutztown, PA
Description: The Rodale Institute completes ground-breaking research at the Experimental Farm, working to study, prove and communicate the soil health=human health connection. Rodale-style farming has changed over the years - from organic to low-input to sustainable to regenerative - but the intent is unchanged: to provide more healthful food by creating and maintaining healthy soil. Central to the success of The Institute are its goals:
• To help people rediscover that the food they eat is a primary tool in achieving optimum health and avoiding illness and disease
• To reach out to young people and become partners in reshaping public attitudes
• To make soil quality as important to the public as air and water quality
• To encourage more people to grow, sell and buy organic food
• To build consumer demand for food grown by regenerative farmers
• To include regenerative farmers, food companies and food stores on the same team as medical and other health-care professionals.
• Respect and interpret that the mind and the soul require nourishment as part of total human health and a regenerative way of life.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: Internships are available in four departments: Research, Education and Outreach, Communications, and Demonstration and Operations.
     Research: The Research Department investigates a number of scientific and regenerative farming issues, including cover crop practices, organic weed management, organic no-till systems, influences of agricultural practices on water quality, and effects of mycorrhizae and other soil biota on crop and soil health, and yields. The Department also oversees the “Farming Systems Trial”, the oldest continuous trial in the US that compares organic and conventional farming systems. To support this research, our interns work with staff researchers to lay out experimental field plots, assist with greenhouse plantings, conduct lab experiments, tend and maintain experiments, collect and process samples, and enter data for statistical analysis and interpretation. This work involves physical activities in the field, lab work, and computer use, operating both in teams and individually. Motivation and attention to detail are vital for the success of our research. 
     Education and Outreach: To outreach information gleaned from our research, The Institute hosts conferences, seminars and workshops, special events and farm tours for a wide range of audiences. These projects take place in the course of the summer and all staff and interns apply their skills as needed. Interns may be involved in the planning, development and implementation of on-site events as well as development of curriculums for K-12 and higher education audiences in print and electronic format. 
     Communications: To articulate through words, images and design the Institute’s leadership role in public policy, research-based training and journalistic support for sustainable and organic agriculture. Research, writing, editing, fact checking, photography, image creation, drafting presentations, public speaking, reader service and information dissemination are critical skills employed in a dynamic team environment. 
     Demonstration and Operations: The demonstration and operations department operates a 333-acre certified organic research and education facility. We manage the day-to-day tasks necessary to conduct all research field trials, maintain farm/garden areas and landscape grounds activities. Interns in the farm operations department have the opportunity to participate and gain hands-on experience in individual areas as well as the farm as a whole. New for 2008: We will be adding a farm/garden area focused on the principles of “natural agriculture”, and our interns will participate in the construction of that garden from design to implementation 
Skills students can expect to learn: see above
Languages spoken/language requirements: English 
Time of year: April / May through November / December ; Apply in early January
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: full 6 – 9 months usually; shorter lengths of stay are possible
Food and housing provided? Neither, but assistance with finding housing provided
Stipend or Tuition? $10/hr; 40hr weeks
Website: www.rodaleinstitute.org
Contact: info@rodaleinst.org


ROOTS OF CHANGE

Type: Non-profit Organization
Location: San Francisco, CA
Description: Roots of Change (ROC) is a collaborative of diverse leaders and institutions unified in common pursuit of achieving a sustainable food system in California by 2030. ROC is an emerging alliance; its purpose and beliefs will continue to evolve as the community of allies grows.
Also see information about the program’s Planning Fellows, leaders who have shown a commitment to moving California’s agricultural into a more sustainable system. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Unstructured
Description of program/internship: Varies by internship. For a full list of ROC projects and member organizations, see http://www.rocfund.org/projects/index.php 
Skills students can expect to learn: Varies by internship
Time of year: Varies
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Varies

Stipend or tuition? All internships unpaid 
Website: www.rocfund.org 
Contact: Tiffany Nurrenbern, tiffany@rootsofchange.org; phone: 415.391.0545 x15
 


SLOW FOOD USA

Type: Non-profit organization
Location: New York, New York, USA, with other locations around the world
Description: Slow Food USA is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of North America through programs and activities dedicated to Taste Education, Defending Biodiversity and Building Food Communities. Slow Food USA believes that pleasure and quality in everyday life can be achieved by slowing down, respecting the convivial traditions of the table and celebrating the diversity of the earth’s bounty. Our goal is to put the carriers of this heritage on center stage and educate our membership about the importance of these principles. 
     Slow Food U.S.A. oversees Slow Food activities in North America, including the support and promotion of the activities of 170 local chapters, each called a “convivium,” that carry out the Slow Food mission on a local level. Each convivium offers educational events and public outreach that promote taste education, that advocate sustainability and biodiversity and that connect producers and “co-producers.”
     Our national programs include the Ark of Taste & Presidia, dedicated to identifying and revitalizing food traditions that are at risk of extinction; one of our major projects is Renewing 
     America’s Food Traditions (RAFT), a collaboration of seven organizations working to conserve the flavor and diversity of America’s heritage foods. Slow Food in Schools is a unique garden-to-table program that educates children about the values of eating locally, seasonally, and sustainably. Our international project, Terra Madre, connects a network of 6,000 small-scale food producers from 150 countries, including over 700 producers from the US, united by a common goal of global sustainability in food.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured job opportunities, 
Description of program/internship: Variety of positions available at different convivium
Skills students can expect to learn: Those who wish to work with Slow Food, regardless of the details of their position, can expect to be challenged and continually informed about issues relevant to the food we eat. 
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: Varies with position
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year: Varies with position
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Varies with position
Food and housing provided? No
Stipend or tuition? Stipend/pay varies with position, student membership is $30
Part of the Slow Food/Terra Madre network? Yes 
Website:http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/about_us/employment_and_internships
Contact: Nathan Leamy at internships@slowfoodusa.org


SOIL ASSOCIATION

Type: Government and Policy, Non-Profit Organization 
Location: England
Description: The Soil Association is the UK’s leading environmental charity promoting sustainable, organic farming and championing human health. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Varies
Description of program/internship: Full-time positions currently available as well as unpaid volunteer positions. The Soil Association is part of an England-wide partnership programme – ‘Making Local Food Work’ - with 5 other national organisations, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, to explore the potential for ‘social enterprise’ to provide greater access to local food. Community Supported Agriculture, buying groups and food co-ops are all types of local food ‘social enterprise’. From April 2008 - March 2012 the Soil Association will be running a new CSA and organic buying groups project that will promote the concepts widely, provide practical support to new initiatives, organise training and learning opportunities to identify and encourage best practice. This project is part of their ongoing work on developing self-sustaining re-localised food systems.
Example of a volunteer position: Enthusiastic individuals needed to contact Soil Association licensees to promote the marketing support on offer. Please let us know if you have experience of Excel, but this is not vital. All volunteers are entitled to receive up to £5 a day towards lunch expenses. Travel costs are also paid (subject to distance), receipts must be provided. Volunteers will also receive a year’s membership to the Soil Association. Office hours are 9am - 5.30pm, Monday - Friday, with an hour for lunch.
Skills students can expect to learn: Varies by position
Languages spoken / language requirements: English
Food and housing provided? No
Stipend or Tuition? Varies by position
Website: http://www.soilassociation.org/web/sa/saweb.nsf/Aboutus/Jobs.html 
Contact: recruitment@soilassociation.org


SOLAR LIVING INSTITUTE

Type: Non-profit organization
Location: Hopland, CA
Description: Established in 1998 as a spin-off from Real Goods Trading Company, the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization whose mission is to promote sustainable living through inspirational environmental education. The Institute provides practical, education by example and hands-on workshops on renewable energy, green building, sustainable living, permaculture, organic gardening and alternative, environmental, construction methods. The Institute is headquartered at the Solar Living Center, a gorgeous 12-acre renewable energy and sustainable living demonstration site visited by nearly 200,000 people annually in the heart of Northern California’s wine country in Hopland, California. Since its inception nearly two million visitors have experienced the Solar Living Center.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured 
Description of Program/Internship: Five areas of focus: Site Maintenance, Landscape, Workshops: Renewable Energy Focus, Workshops: Sustainable Living, and Events 
Skills students can expect to learn: None specifically; those expected with any non-profit internship 
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of Year: March 1 - November 19, 2010 
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: see above
Food and Housing provided?
Housing – Sleep in personal tents; all interns share a 30ft diameter yurt with kitchen and dining area; “Intern Village” has cob fire circle, greywater system, shower house, office / library and more – must provide your own tent;
Food - weekly food allowance is provided for use at the local food coop plus garden produce 
Stipend or Tuition? Food stipend
Website: www.solarliving.org
Contact: 707-744-2017


SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE COALITION

Type: Non-profit Organization 
Location: N/A
Description: The Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is a national alliance of grassroots family farm, rural, and conservation organizations from across the country that together advocate for federal policies and programs supporting the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. The national alliance of grassroots groups take common positions on critical federal food and agriculture policy issues and provides financial support for collective representation before Congress and federal administrative agencies. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured and unstructured program possible 
Website: http://www.sustainableagriculturecoalition.org

Contact: awitteman@sustainableagriculture.net


WINROCK INTERNATIONAL

Type: Non-profit Organization 
Location: Offices in Little Rock, AR, Turner’s Falls, MA and Arlington, VA, USA, however volunteer placements are overseas 
Description: Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment.

    By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured 
Description of program/internship: There are a wide variety of internships and volunteer opportunities available, including carpentry, research related to farming and agriculture, and problem-solving with members of the community
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: Winrock’s U.S. volunteers come from all walks of life - men and women, working adults, or retirees. They have in common a desire to share their experience and help people help themselves.

    The purpose of the Volunteer Technical Assistance Program is to help increase food quantity and quality, improve the effectiveness and environmental sustainability of farming and marketing operations, promote ecotourism and other environmentally friendly businesses, increase efficiency of energy use, and build entrepreneurship and business management skills. To achieve this mission, volunteers provide expertise in a wide variety of areas, including agribusiness, enterprise development, marketing, international trade, food processing, credit and financing, farming, agricultural sciences, training, organizational development, and renewable energy.

    In addition, all volunteers are required to submit an end of assignment report, describing the activities and results of your assistance to the host. An expense report is also required to account for allowable expenses and to provide documentation for USAID that allows Winrock to seek reimbursement for expenses incurred under the Volunteer Technical Assistance Program.
Languages spoken/language requirements: Depends on internship, but usually only English is required 
Time of year: Depends on internship 
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: All positions are for between 2 and 6 weeks, most around 2-3 weeks
Food and housing provided? A per diem to cover housing, meals and incidental expenses is provided, as well as round-trip economy airfare and en route expenses (including the costs of passports, visas, and required immunizations).

    The type of housing varies from country to country and depending upon whether you are based in an urban or rural region. In urban regions, volunteers are typically housed in moderate quality hotels, guesthouses, or apartments that the program leases. In rural regions, you may be asked to stay with the host, or in more rustic settings. Lodging information is provided in the scope of work for each assignment.
Stipend or tuition? Neither
Website: http://www.winrock.org/index.asp 
Contact: To learn more about volunteer opportunities, e-mail us atvolunteer@winrock.org


UNIVERSITY STUDY & EDUCATION

CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL FARMING SYSTEMS

Type: University Study & Education

Location: Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA

Description: Research center and farm affiliated with North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. These partners work closely with state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations (for example, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Rural Advancement Foundation International, Farm Bureau), farmers, and citizens to provide agricultural research, extension, and education for our state. The development of CEFS is a national model for partnership, innovation, and interdisciplinary cooperation.

    CEFS conducts research and outreach out of six distinct units: the Pasture-based Beef Unit, the Dairy Unit, the Alternative Swine Production Unit, the Organic Cropping Systems Unit, the Farming Systems Research Unit, and the Small Farm Center. Each Unit provides research opportunities for faculty as well as demonstration models for farmers, extension agents, and students.

Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured

Description of program/internship:The CEFS sustainable agriculture internship, launched in 2000, has traditionally focused on hands-on and classroom learning primarily about production systems. Summer Research Interns will work closely with a CEFS faculty member for variable length times depending on the project and needs of the student and faculty member. There will be a core 8-week period (June 4-July 27) where all interns will participate in a more formal learning program in addition to their association with the particular faculty mentor. During this 8-week period, research interns will work in their selected field of study, focusing on mentoring with research faculty on a targeted project(s) and possibly undertaking a carefully supervised research project of their own four days per week. A written report and presentation will be due upon the completion of the research internship.

    Apprentices come to learn the basics of running a small farm in eastern North Carolina in a practical hands-on manner by working with the Farm Manager, Extension Personnel and University Researchers at the Small Farm Unit on a daily basis. They assist with the daily tasks associated with a small farm and additionally help with educational outreach and assist research scientists in a variety of work assignments.
     All CEFS workshops are free to apprentices and attendance/participation is highly encouraged.

Skills students can expect to learn: The goals of the CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Research Internship Program are to allow students to:
– Understand the scientific process and leave with knowledge and techniques of data   collection and analysis as it relates to sustainable agriculture systems
– Improve professional development and collaborative learning-interactions with farmers, extension agents, researchers, non-governmental organizations and the community
– Evaluate and critique sustainable agriculture systems from a broad systems perspective
– Appreciate the challenges, constraints, and benefits of sustainable agriculture

Level or type of experience/skills necessary: No skills required, however the internship and apprenticeship programs seek highly motivated undergraduate students with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture. As the applicant pool is much larger than the number of students who can be admitted to either program

Languages spoken/language requirements: English

Time of year: March-October (Apprenticeship, with possibility for shorter commitments), June-August (Internship)

Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Some flexibility with apprenticeship, 8-weeks for internship

Food and housing provided? Housing provided (for apprenticeship, possible for internship), no food provided

Stipend or tuition? Apprenticeship stipend $100/week, and Internship receives stipend if housing not provided

Website: http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/

Contact: Internship; Lisa Forehand 919-513-0954, lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu
Apprenticeship; John M. O’Sullivan Small, johno@ncat.edu, 336-334-7957

Steve Moore, srmoore2@ncat.edu, 336-549-9525


THE EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD

Type: University Study and Education
Location: Berkeley, CA and New Orleans, LA
Description: The Edible Schoolyard, in collaboration with primary schools, provides urban public school students with a one-acre organic garden and a kitchen classroom. Using food systems as a unifying concept, students learn how to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious seasonal produce. Experiences in the kitchen and garden foster a better understanding of how the natural world sustains us, and promote the environmental and social well being of our school community.

    In addition to the permanent garden staff, The Edible Schoolyard garden employs two Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Americorps members each school year. The Americorps members serve as garden teachers and youth mentors. When not working with the students, they care for the garden by pruning, propagating plants, composting, and watering.

    BAYAC is an Americorps agency that places members in schools and non-profit organizations that directly serve youth through tutoring, mentoring, health education, and gardening. They receive a monthly stipend as well as an educational award upon completion of the 1700 hours of service. Americorps members typically spend three days a month on team and personal/professional development in addition to their full-time commitment to the garden.

Is it a structured or unstructured program? Students may work out their own volunteering schedule with the coordinators at each Edible Schoolyard program, or they may apply for a more long-term commitment through BAYAC Americorps (http://www.bayac.org/about/index.html) to be placed as a volunteer into a Bay Area Edible Schoolyard, community garden or other volunteer opportunity.

Description of program/internship: Berkeley location– Because The Edible Schoolyard is integrated into a public school, volunteers must be certified to work with children at the office of Berkeley School Volunteers before beginning their commitment. Please contact Michelle Khazai at BSV, 510.644.8833, or online atwww.bpef-online.org/volunteers.html. Throughout the school year, each grade level is scheduled for blocks of time in the kitchen and garden. Your time as a volunteer will begin at the same time as one of these blocks – please contact The Edible Schoolyard office for dates.

    Volunteers typically spend one 90-minute class period working with a class of 30 students each week in either the kitchen or garden. Committing one day a week at a regular time works best with our volunteers’ schedules. This consistency is most rewarding for students, since it allows them to build relationships with volunteers over a ten-week block of classes.

    Volunteers work with sixth, seventh, and eighth grade science classes in the garden. This provides students with invaluable opportunities to work and interact with people of all ages and backgrounds, while experiencing the pleasures of gardening and the natural environment. Volunteers may work alongside students and teachers, occasionally supervise small groups on their own, or work alone outside of class time to maintain the garden itself. During each class, students, teachers, and volunteers meet in an opening circle, divide into small groups, and take on tasks like amending soil, planting and harvesting, and composting. Each class ends with cleanup and coming together as a group to share reflections on the day’s activities.

    In the kitchen, the volunteer typically works alongside students as they prepare a delicious dish from garden produce, set the table with flowers and a tablecloth, and sit together to share food and conversation. Cleanup follows, and the class gathers for a reflective closing circle. Kitchen classes emphasize tasting (with all the senses), learning cooking skills using real tools, and creating a sense of community by fostering conversations between adults and students. 
     Students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades come to the kitchen classroom as part of their English, History, and Electives classes. Following the introduction given by kitchen teachers, the class divides into three groups, each led by an adult, around the worktables and cooking stations.

Skills students can expect to learn: Farm education, cooking
Time of year: Year-round, varies by program
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: None, except that the BAYAC Americorps program requires at least 450 hours.
Food and housing provided? No
Stipend or Tuition? Only through the BAYAC Americorps program
Website: http://esynola.org/index.php?page=home (Edible Schoolyard in New Orleans) 
http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/homepage.html (Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley)
http://www.bayac.org/ (Bay Area Youth Consortium Americorps)
Contact: See websites.


THE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

Type: University Study & Education, Writing & Art 
Location: Vershire, VT
Description: The Mountain School of Milton Academy is an independent semester program that provides high school juniors the opportunity to live and work on an organic farm in rural Vermont. Each semester 45 academically motivated students from public and private schools around the country join us for a challenging and rewarding intellectual and interpersonal experience. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured; full time and part time employment
Description of program/internship:

As of August, 2009, a farm manager position is available. Checkhttp://www.mountainschool.org/podium/default.aspx?t=104852 for current availability.
Skills students can expect to learn: N/A 
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year: school year
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: graduate resident is a 1 year position; others part-time for school year
Food and housing provided? Only for graduate resident
Stipend or Tuition? Salary
Website: www.mountainschool.org
Contact: susie.rinehart@mountainschool.org


UC SANTA CRUZ CENTER FOR AGROECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

Type: University Studies & Education
Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Description: The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system. On the UCSC campus, the Center operates the 2-acre Alan Chadwick Garden and the 25-acre Farm. Both sites are managed using organic production methods and serve as research, teaching, and training facilities for students, staff, and faculty.
     Since 1967, over 1,000 graduates of the summer apprenticeship have gone on to apply their training in a variety of ways around the world: developing their own commercial farms, market gardens, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects, starting inner-city community gardens, working as environmental educators, participating in international rural development projects, managing organic landscaping businesses, and pursuing degrees in agricultural studies.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: The Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture provides training in the concepts and practices of organic gardening and small-scale farming. This full-time program is held at the Center’s 25-acre Farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden on the UCSC campus.

     The six-month apprenticeship offers instruction and daily work experience in organic gardening and farming, focusing on ecological interactions amongst plants, soils, climate, insects, and pathogens. In a hands-on education approach, apprentices work alongside staff in the greenhouse, gardens, fields, and orchards, as well as attend lectures, demonstrations, and field trips. Apprentices are exposed to the different aspects of growing plants organically on both a hand-dug garden scale and a tractor-cultivated field scale. The apprentices selected to attend the course each year are interested in practical training that will prepare them to teach others and/or to run their own operations.
     This is a full-time program involving strenuous physical work five days a week. The program’s work, class, and activity schedule is generally from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM on weekdays. Apprentices are expected to participate fully in the program by being available for those hours every day. Examples of daily activities include bed preparation, transplanting, seed sowing, watering, weeding, thinning, composting, harvesting, produce handling, storage, and marketing. Rotational positions of responsibility, such as cooking, cleaning, greenhouse managing, watering, and market coordinating tend to require different and/or longer hours.
Skills students can expect to learn: Topics covered during the six-month course include soil management, composting, pest control, crop planning, irrigation, farm equipment, marketing techniques, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) practices.
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: The goal of our program is to train future organic farmers, gardeners, teachers, and community leaders. Therefore, in our selection process we strive to choose the individuals who seem most prepared to maximize their training and to then use it for their work, to start their own operations, and/or to teach others. 
     In choosing individuals who will live and work together for 6 months, we are in effect creating a community. Out of the pool of applicants, we attempt to achieve a balance of interests, geographical and cultural origins, ages, and gender. Consequently, there is no one “preferred” type of applicant. We carefully consider each application in relationship to the entire pool of applicants. While the people selected share a strong interest in organic farming and gardening, they come from diverse backgrounds.
     That said, the selection committee looks highly upon applicants who demonstrate thoughtful consideration of what this program offers and the degree to which it fits their long-term learning/professional objectives. Again, we encourage applicants to attend the Apprenticeship Orientation Tour and volunteer alongside us. We feel this gives applicants a better understanding of the hands-on, rigorous nature of the program along with the reality of the living scenario here.
     Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year: The Apprenticeship is full-time (40 hours a week) and runs continuously from mid-April to mid-October. In 2008 the course will begin April 21 and end October 24. Most program activities take place Monday-Friday, but apprentices need to be available for occasional weekend greenhouse and watering duties (on a rotational basis), for our annual Spring and Fall Plant Sales, and the annual Fall Harvest Festival. Apprentices have a 5-day break approximately mid-way through the program.
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: Duration of the program

Food and housing provided? Apprentices are given the option of living at the Farm (free of charge) in their own tents. Apprentices share the Farm Center kitchen and dining room, library, bathrooms and solar showers. By its nature “tent life” is a somewhat rough existence, certainly not for everyone, but the advantages of living at the Farm are many. Most apprentices choose this option either for economic reasons or because they feel a greater connection with the land and with each other. Renting in town is another option, although rent in Santa Cruz starts at $550/month for a room in shared housing.
     Group food supplies are purchased in bulk at a cost of about $85/month per person.
Stipend or tuition? Tuition for the six-month course is $4,250, additional expenses of approximately $350 for tools and books. Scholarships are also available. 
Website: http://casfs.ucsc.edu/ 
Contact: phone: (831) 459-2321, email: apprenticeship@ucsc.edu


YESTERMORROW SCHOOL

Type: University Studies & Education, Non-profit Organization 
Location: Warren, Vermont, USA
Description: Yestermorrow is the only school in the nation to offer a curriculum that integrates design education with hands-on building experience. Yestermorrow offers workshops and courses for novices and enthusiasts as well as a professional curriculum for students, architects and builders. Ranging from furniture making to home designing and building, Yestermorrow courses emphasize a holistic, informed, and ecologically sensitive approach to design and the use of materials.

    Yestermorrow is located in a fairly rural area in the heart of the Mad River Valley of central Vermont. The area is known for its scenic landscape and multitude of recreational opportunities (skiing, hiking, kayaking, cycling, etc).
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: The Internship Program is dedicated to provide a unique educational experience working and living as part of the Yestermorrow community. Program participants learn basic design/build skills as well as non-profit administrative skills by means of hands-on work experience, and at the same time are able to take a variety of courses offered by talented faculty from all over the country.

     The Interns provide Yestermorrow with critical support in the day-to-day operations of the School while participating in hands-on learning opportunities both in and out of formal classes. The interns each contribute approximately 40 hours of manual labor per week in exchange for housing, a $50/week stipend, and one week of class per month (plus weekend workshops on a space available basis).

    The majority of the work at Yestermorrow is manual labor of some sort, so be aware that you may spend days or weeks on tasks like roofing, gardening, sheetrocking, or plastering and painting. 
     The work at Yestermorrow varies according to the season, what classes are in session, and sometimes the work is project-based. Seasonal work includes things like mowing the grass pathways and setting up for lecture series nights (summer) and shoveling snow (winter). Building renovations tend to be ongoing and depend on the current capital improvement priorities of the Board. When classes are in session (about 90% of the time), a fair amount of the work at Yestermorrow revolves around class preparation-making sure the materials are ready, classrooms and woodshop are clean, tools are sharp, and the overall campus is clean and welcoming. There are also many daily and weekly chores that are part of the routine, such as cleaning the bathrooms, taking out the recycling, compiling student course evaluations, or watering the plants.

    Occasionally, there are large long-term projects happening during a session that require lots of help from the Interns and may take weeks or months to complete (recent examples include building doors to the woodshop, sheetrocking the Main Studio, renovating the Chalet basement into living quarters, and building our new library space). The responsibilities of the interns change on a daily basis; there is always something new and unexpected that comes up- in one day an intern may be asked to do some daily tasks (for example, stocking the kitchen with breakfast supplies), give a tour to a potential student, and install some trim on a new window. On the same day, another intern might end up going to town to take the recycling and put out catalogs at local businesses, then design a poster for an upcoming class, and make a run to the hardware store for plumbing supplies. 
     General responsibilities of the interns include, but are not limited to: 
-Supporting the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the School. 
-Providing administrative and project support to staff and instructors as needed. 
-Helping with campus construction and maintenance projects. 
-Assisting with planning and coordination of classes, lectures, and special events. 
Skills students can expect to learn: Much of what interns can expect to learn will come from the classes he/she decides to take. For each month of their internship, interns participate in one week of classes. They are also welcome to participate in weekend workshops on a space available basis. For class listings check the website.

     Interns will also learn basic design/build skills, have access to the schools facilities (woodshop, tools, art supplies, etc…), and will get experience with non-profit administration. 
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: We try to create a diverse and dynamic group of people with many skills, interests and varying backgrounds, so that each individual can offer a new or different perspective to the group. While we appreciate knowledge or skill in a particular area, everyone participates in different areas of the work of the School. Therefore acceptance to our program does not depend solely upon experience, but rather on a combination of the various qualities we feel an applicant can contribute to our community. 
Qualifications for the position include: 
- A passion for design and construction. 
- An interest or background in architecture, carpentry, woodworking, planning, design, engineering, or environmental studies is helpful. 
- Ability to have fun and remain flexible while maintaining organization and attention to detail. 
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
- Learning objectives that coincide with the school’s mission. 
We work hard here at Yestermorrow, but we also like to have fun. We look for adventurous people who can balance work and play, are very flexible and have positive attitudes about life and work, and can enjoy life in a rural setting. 
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year: The Internship program is divided into two 6-month sessions. Check website for dates. 
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: 6 months 
Food and housing provided? Yes
Stipend or tuition? No 
Yale alumni? Bo White, F&ES 08’ (robert.a.white@yale.edu) , Max Piana, currently attends F&ES
Website: www.yestermorrow.org,http://www.yestermorrow.org/interns/dbinfo.htm
Contact: Kate Stephenson: kate@yestermorrow.org, Dan Eckstein:dan@yestermorrow.org


GOVERNMENT & POLICY

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP

Type: Government & Policy, Non-profit Organization
Location: N/A
Description: The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know. It shames and shakes up polluters and their lobbyists. It rattles politicians and shapes policy. It persuades bureaucracies to rethink science and strengthen regulation. It provides practical information you can use to protect your family and community. (from their website)
Is it a structured or unstructured program: Structured, office based internship 
Description of program/internship: Development, Government Relations and Social Media internships available
Skills students can expect to learn: fund-raising; experience in the environmental non-profit world in DC
Level or type of experience/skills necessary: strong communication, computer skills necessary for all
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of Year: Any
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: 3 month minimum for some, others flexible; can be part time
Food and housing provided? Not provided (except for donuts and burgers on Fridays)
Stipend or Tuition? Unpaid
Website: www.ewg.org and www.ewg.org/jobs
Contact: internships@ewg.org


US CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON AGRICULTURE

Type: Government & Policy
Location: Washington, DC
Description: The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and House Committee on Agriculture are chaired by Sen. Tom Harkin (IA) and Rep. Collin Peterson (MN-7). They have general jurisdiction over federal agriculture policy and oversee relevant federal agencies. 
Is it a structured or unstructured program? structured
Description of program/internship: Congressional Committee internship on The Hill
Skills students can expect to learn: How congressional committees operate, agricultural policy
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year: any
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: various
Food and housing provided? no
Stipend or tuition? various
Website: http://agriculture.house.gov or http://senate.agriculture.gov
Contact: To apply for a position with the Committees or one of their 11 subcommittees, please contact a member of your congressional delegation or visithttp://agriculture.house.gov and http://senate.agriculture.gov


UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Type: Government & Policy
Location: various 
Description: The USDA is a large government agency responsible for a multitude of aspects of agriculture in the United States. Their mission areas are: Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services; Food , Nutrition and Consumer Services; Food Safety, Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Natural Resources and Environment; Research, Education and Economics; and Rural Development.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? Structured
Description of program/internship: Many different programs and internships are offered throughout the country for college students in all areas of study.
Skills students can expect to learn: various
Languages spoken/language requirements: English
Time of year: various
Possible lengths of stay/any required time of stay: various
Food and housing provided? Sometimes
Stipend or tuition? Most positions are paid; some unpaid
Website: http://www.usda.gov/da/employ/college-students.htm
Contact: various; see website for contacts on specific positions


WRITING & ART

CHELSEA GREEN PUBLISHING

Type: Writing & Art 
Location: White River Junction, VT
Description: Chelsea Green sees publishing as a tool for effecting cultural change. Our purpose is to stop the destruction of the natural world by challenging the beliefs and practices that are enabling this destruction and by providing inspirational and practical alternatives that promote sustainable living.
Is it a structured or unstructured program? None listed; contact them for information
Website: www.chelseagreen.com