2015 Just Roots Farm Internships

Internship Opportunities!justrootsJust Roots Farm, Greenfield  MA

Farm Education and Administration Intern
Interns will work on and be mentored in event planning, marketing, educational curriculum development, research on existing farm-to-school models, and farm administration. You may be asked to help with assistant teaching new pilot programs, working with other interns and students and doing independent work at the farm.  For information, contact Educational Director Annie Burdett.
Herbal Medicine and Conservation Intern
Interns will work on conservation research and implementation, maintenance and development of gardens at the farm including a conservation site, herbal medicine garden and educational garden. This will include general hands-on farm/gardening assistance with medicinals, natives, and invasive eradication as well as helping to develop a more comprehensive site plan and implementing new practices at the farm.  For information, contact Educational Director Annie Burdett.
A few members of our 2014 farm crew with farm managers Bill and Aaron. (left to right) Rachel, Braeden, Bill, Aaron, and Gina
A few members of our 2014 farm crew with farm managers Bill and Aaron.
(left to right) Rachel, Braeden, Bill, Aaron, and Gina
Farm Internships

We are a small, diverse farm where we all do a little bit of everything. Interns can expect to assist in all manner of farm operations – primarily, soil, crop, pest and weed management in the field and green houses. Typical tasks include seeding, transplanting, weeding (both by hand and with tools), harvesting, caring for animals, etc. During our CSA and farmers market season, interns will have rotational responsibilities at these marketing outlets. Specific responsibilities will vary depending on season. Just Roots manages several unique programs on the farm and in the community that interns can plug into, whether your area of interest is marketing, writing, research, medicinal herbs, conservation, farm to school, hunger relief, nutrition and cooking—the list goes on. Farm management will work with interns to craft an individualized educational experience. Education will be primarily field-based but will also include some reading.

There are four seasonal farm commitment options:

  • Full-season (March – Nov)
  • Spring (March – May) 10-15 hrs/wk
  • Summer (May – Sept) 15-20 hrs/wk
  • Fall (Sept – Nov) 10-15 hrs/wk
 Farm management will work with interns to develop a consistent weekly schedule that accommodates school and other regular commitments. Details on start and end dates can be discussed during interviews. Please include the season you wish to intern for and your weekly availability in your cover letter.

The farm internship program is geared toward college students and individuals who are seeking hands on farm experience, and looking to grow their knowledge of farm operations in order to build the skills necessary for a career in farming, farm education, etc. Previous experience/knowledge in farming and food systems is a bonus, but not required. Interns should have a positive attitude, be enthusiastic and active learners, have good time management, communication, and organizational skills, be able to lift up to 40lbs, prepared to work their scheduled shift in a variety of (safe) weather conditions, and work well individually as well as with a team. Applicants must be at least 15 years old to be considered.

The internship is unpaid and housing is not included, though college credit is available for interns enrolled in school. Stipends are available at participating colleges and universities. Contact your internship or program advisor for information. Interns have access to free vegetables and are invited to attend Just Roots workshops and intensives free of charge.

How to Apply:
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to farm manager, Aaron Drysdale (aaron@justroots.org). Please include the season you are interested in applying for, your projected weekly availability, and why you’d like to intern on the Greenfield Community Farm.


NOTE: UMass and Five College students can earn academic credit for working at Just Roots.  Contact John Gerber for information.  And if you are looking for a farming and/or marketing internship experience for spring and or summer, you can find several search engines for jobs and internships on the Stockbridge School web page here “Finding Work and Internships.



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