Students or Instructors in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture have recommended the following internships:
The Farm School’s Learn To Farm program has set the standard for a rigorous, practical, real-world agricultural education located in Athol, MA. The year-long program for adults is designed to build the skills to succeed in a wide-range of agricultural fields — small discussion-based classes are balanced with long hours in the greenhouses, fields, forests and barns. You’ll fill your mind with practical understanding while teaching your hands and body the rhythms of serious farm work. The program is open to anyone age 18 or older, and a typical class has 12-16 members with an age range from 18 – 60. It runs from October to September. Generous scholarships are available. Admissions are rolling – they encourage you to apply early and applications received before April 1 will be given priority. A full year’s college credit is available for Sustainable Food and Farming majors at the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture.
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is accepting interns! CISA strengthens farms and engages the community to build the local food economy. CISA is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. They began this work more than 20 years ago, and thousands of people in our region have contributed to their success and impact. More than 250 farms participate in the programs, and the number of residents who are committed to supporting local agriculture grows every day. The Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown® program, the longest-running agricultural buy-local campaign in the country, connects farmers and the community, improving farm business viability and enhancing the quality of life for residents across the region. Please see here for their internship opportunities.
Interested in mushrooms production? Fungi Ally is accepted interns for 10-20 hours/week. Tasks would include harvesting, packing orders, cleaning, mixing substrate and deliveries. Preferably a 3-6 month commitment, offered September-November, January-April, and May-August. Pay is $11/hr. Please email Wille: email@example.com
Essex Farm in Essex, NY offers an impressive full-diet CSA and you might remember the book that was written about the farm, The Dirty Life by Kristen Kimball. Please see here for additional info. Housing options exist for interns. Owner and farmer Mark Kimball suggests texting his cell phone to inquiry about internships, as they do not have great cell reception at the farm: 518-570-6399.
Book and Plow Farm in Amherst, MA is a diversified vegetable & livestock farm. The farm works closely with Amherst College to provide vegetables for the dining hall and educational programming for the students. In addition, the farm supplies wholesale produce to restaurants, food hubs, and other institutions beyond Amherst, as well as a CSA share geared towards the academic calendar.
Laughing Dog Farm consists of 3+ acres of raised beds, greenhouses, inter-planted perennials, vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruit and nut trees, as well as a small herd of delightful, multi-purpose, dairy goats.
Boston Area Gleaners (a non-profit dedicated to rescuing surplus farm crops for people in need) is interested in having interns for the summer and fall months. Please email Matthew Crawford for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Ones Farm is 63-acre family-owned farm in South Amherst, MA. They grow tree fruit (peaches, Asian pears, plums, and over 50 varieties of apples), raspberries, melons, pumpkins and garlic. They also press their our own apple cider, make their own apple cider vinegar, and sell pies made with their fruit. They use natural growing methods (holistic and certified through the Certified Naturally Grown program).
Primary sales outlets are our fruit CSA and an on-farm farm stand. Livestock includes a flock of laying hens, and a barn cat. For internship info please see here. Summer farm internship runs from June through August (10-12 hours/week). Fall internship runs from the end of August through November(12 hours/week). A $200 stipend is available for each internship.
Since 1982, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding our neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger. They distribute food to member agencies in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. These independent pantries, meal sites and shelters are on the front lines of emergency food assistance in our region, playing a crucial role helping individuals, families, seniors and children.
There is a lot of opportunity locally at the Amherst town-owned land, Fort River Farm. In addition to a Sharing Garden, there is quite a bit of land that will be utilized as an incubator farm for a few interested growers. Please see here for more info and contact Renee Ciulla at email@example.com for more info, or Stephanie Ciccarello, Amherst Sustainability Coordinator, at CiccarelloS@amherstma.gov.
Simple Gifts Farm in Amerst, MA (walking distance from campus!) grows organic vegetables in addition to raising chickens, cattle and pigs.
Green River Farms in Williamstown, MA welcomes student interns interested in learning all aspects of maintaining their 5,000 apple trees, 1,500 blueberry bushes, hydroponic greenhouse as well as one or two conventional greenhouses, and possibly bringing farm animals back to a dormant petting farm. $10/hour. Best to always have work gloves, safety glasses, work boots, and sun protection. Please contact Lucy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Broadfork Permaculture, based in Montague Center MA, is a permaculture-based landscaping cooperative. We focus on building edible and ecological landscapes, including fruit/nut orchards, annual vegetable beds, pollinator gardens, rain gardens, and more. We focus on supporting our clients' long-term relationships with the land, through stewardship, education, and food production. We have been a worker-owned cooperative since 2011, and are a proud member of VAWC (Valley Alliance of Worker-Cooperatives). Internships include time spent on client sites, at our demonstration site, and in co-op meetings. Best Contact: Evelyn Lane ~ email: email@example.com
Abundance Farm is a Jewish food justice farm and outdoor classroom located in Northampton, Massachusetts. Abundance Farm is a unique collaboration at Congregation B'nai Israel with the Northampton Survival Center and Lander-Grinspoon Academy to support local food security and to create a unique, outdoor learning environment. Abundance Farm is a beautiful urban oasis where people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds are drawn for nourishment, community, and learning. Abundance Farm is offering four internships for college credit this season: Vegetable Production, Permaculture Orchard Design, Pick-Your-Own Facilitator, and Summer Educator. Visit their website for more details about the internship possibilities.
Stout Oak Farm in Brentwood, NH grows 5-acres of certified organic vegetables for a farm store, CSA shares, farmers’ markets, and wholesale accounts. The vegetables are delivered to local restaurants through Three River Farmers Alliance, a farmer-owned distribution service.
Gallatin Valley Botanical is a certified organic farm in Bozeman, Montana, cultivating around 12 acres of vegetables, herbs, and small fruits. They believe diversity is crucial to their success, both in crop planning and in marketing. They grow up to 150 varieties of produce and market them to a 180-person CSA, twelve restaurants, the Community Food Coop, and two summer and one winter farmers markets in Bozeman.
For those of you interested in beekeeping...internships are offered with Best Bees located in Boston and throughout New England.
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Apiary Inspection Program Team is seeking two (2) undergraduate student interns for summer employment. The internship will consist of collecting samples and summarizing results for the USDA Honey Bee Survey as well as assisting in the management of the State Apiary located at the UMass Agricultural Learning Center Farm. Students will be responsible for performing the following duties consisting of, but not limited to: handling live honey bees/hives, lifting hive equipment, sampling honey bee hives for pests, parasites and pathogens, performing hive health evaluations, recording/summarizing data and any other tasks necessary for apiary management. Students will be provided training, personnel protection equipment and all supplies needed to perform these tasks. Students will be compensated at a rate of $12/hr for a maximum of 288 hours per person. Internships will run from May-August 2017 and weekly schedules can be flexible depending on the availability of the students. Honey bee samples will be collected in the field from apiaries located throughout Massachusetts so willingness and ability to travel/provide transportation is required. Mileage will be reimbursed at a rate of $0.45/mile for a maximum of 2,798 miles. Students may also receive course credit for their work based on prior arrangements made with UMass. Preference will be given to individuals that are planning to take courses during Fall 2017, given the desire to have students continue working with MDAR for academic credit(s) by managing the State Apiary and extracting honey. Please contact Kim Skyrm: email: Kim.Skyrm@state.ma.us or Call: 413-548-1905
And if you're interested in soil & plant tissue and the associated tests that are conducted at the UMass Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Lab...Tracey Allen would love interns especially in the summer and starting middle of March. You can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great opportunity and is conveniently located right on UMass Amherst campus in the basement of Paige Hall.
Nuestras Raíces is a grassroots urban agriculture organization based in Holyoke MA. There mission is to create healthy environments, celebrate “agri-culture,” harness our collective energy, and to advance our vision of a just and sustainable future. Please see here for volunteer opprtunities!
Several opportunities exist at the non-profit, Northeast Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in Massachusetts. Please email Allison Houghton at: email@example.com
Earth Matters Farm in Ka’u Hawaii frams organically on 3 acres. Stockbridge students have had exceptional experiences WWOOFing here...
Big Island Farms, Big island Table Experience (BITE), and World Sacred Gardens would like to invite you to join an upcoming Hawaii internship programs, on their organic permaculture farm. Big Island Farms is located on the tropical Hamakua coast of Hawaii's Big Island, five miles from the breathtaking Waipio Valley and historic Honokaa Town. Through this interdisciplinary education model, which incorporates classes, tangible hands on experience, field trips and guest speakers, students will actively pursue their passions, learn to broaden their world views, and work towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Check out the website www.kawaiikalia.com to see full program details and email at: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Malama Kauai is a farming/education non-profit on Kauai, Hawaii, whose Director of Operations is from Massachusetts and very interested in connecting with UMass: www.malamakauai.org/mk/about-mk-2/jobs-volunteer
SPRING BREAK in Kauai, Hawaii! UMass students are able to receive 2 credits for attending this independent study. During the retreat students will be working in 5 different gardens and landscapes over the course of 8 days, including the most productive organic farm on Kauai, a community food garden, a taro lo'i (patch) and doing ecological restoration work as well. Students will also be practicing self awareness skills, eating fresh local foods, and visiting stunningly beautiful and powerful sites. The following links provide more information:
VETERAN FARM SANCTUARIES
Green Meadows Farm in South Hamilton, MA farms organic vegetables on over 10 acres, raise pigs, sheep and chickens, offers a 400-member CSA and several events throughout the year. The farm is steeped in rich history and plan to begin offering educational opportunities, jobs and housing for veterans. Please contact Heidi (email: email@example.com) or Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org) with inquiries.
Vets and Veggies in Athol, MA offers housing to veterans that are interested in learning how to become a sustainable farmer. Through a small scale sustainable farming operation veterans will be guided through the process of planning crops, planting, integrated pest management, and proper harvesting techniques. Veterans will work together and create a local food systems for the residents in the community. Please contact Jake at the following email: JakeAlexander@vetsandveggies.com
Spannocchia Foundation, Tuscany, Italy. The Farm Internship Program at Spannocchia is a hands-on learning experience during which interns work alongside an Italian farm staff to help run a 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.
Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies is the first academic center for food and culture studies in Italy, and partners with UMass Amherst. Please explore the multitude of courses and programs offered in Italy throghout the year!
Ecothropic: Offering this year's learning-journey courses to Chiapas, Mexiso and Baracoa, Cuba
The Farm des Quatre-Temps in Hemmingford, QC, Canada run by Jean-Martin Fortier. Internships are for serious future farmers who are offered the opportunity to work with Jean-Martin who started and runs Les Jardins de la Grelinette in Saint-Armand, QC, Canada. This is one of the best examples of a profitable, and time-and-energy-efficient market garden enterprise.
Project Alba is a social enterprise located in Cambodia that works with traditionally small rice farmers and assisting them in the transition to sustainable vegetable production. Our staff is a diverse group, with representatives from Cambodia, India, France, England, and the United States. We are seeking interested students and alumni to fill internship positions within the Research and Development division of the company. The work is diverse and can be tailored to the expertise and interests of interns. Internships can range between 3 months and 1 year. Topics that will be covered in this position are: irrigation technology, sustainable cropping systems, new cultivar trials and selection, insect and disease identification and management, IPM practices, composting, soil nutrition, and Extension curriculum development. Interns work closely with managing staff, local farmers, and field agents. Knowledge of Khmer is not needed. Airfare is provided with all internship lengths, and a living stipend is supplied to interns staying for 4+ months. Stipends are variable based on experience and education. For more information about Project Alba internships or to apply, please email: Kate Fiedler, R&D Manager (email@example.com)
For information on how to register for an internship as a Sustainable Food and Farming student, see: