Get Involved

getInvolved.83113726_stdStudents in the Sustainable Food and Farming major in the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture have the opportunity to “learn by doing” – one of Levi Stockbridge’s favorite sayings.

Toward that end…. here are a few opportunities to GET INVOLVED!

Local Hero Intern with CISA

cisaThe Local Hero internship is a great way to learn about CISA’s work and what it takes to run a Buy Local campaign.  CISA works with over 200 farmers and an additional 100 plus businesses who participate in our Local Hero program. This spring we will be in the middle of our annual membership drive and providing technical assistance workshops, resources and one-on-one support to farms and businesses.  We are looking for someone who is organized and interested in these topics to:

1) Perform outreach/support to Local Hero restaurant members;
2) Assist in data entry and analyzing surveys from wholesale growers, technical assistance workshops, and our year-end evaluation;
3) Research for specific topics of technical assistance needs;
4) Calls and outreach to Local Hero members; and
5) Tabling and outreach for CISA and the Local Hero program.

– See: http://www.buylocalfood.org/about/people/internships/

UMass Permaculture Garden Volunteers

Volunteering in the permaculture gardens is a great way to meet awesome people and get the chance to gain hands-on permaculture gardening experience. We are eager to teach if you are eager to learn! Come see our 1/4 acre garden, home to over 150 different species of plants!  Earn credit by committing to work either Monday and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am – 11:00 am (3 hours total per week).  Apply TODAY by sending an email to info@umasspermaculture.com

Small Ones Farm – Amherst, MA

smaloneOur internship programs offer a variety of hands-on work and training experiences on our working farm.  Interns have the opportunity to assist with core farming tasks under the supervision of experienced farm staff.  We seek mature college students who have a genuine interest in sustainable farming, are willing to tackle a range of farm tasks, are able to work both independently and on a team, are able to handle physically challenging outdoor work in all kinds of weather, and are reliable (i.e., arrive on time, maintain a consistent schedule, etc.).   For more information, see:

Abundance Farm – Northampton, MA

Abundance Farm is currently accepting applications for three different internships (one to focus on vegetable production (sept-oct and march-may), one on our fruit orchard (sept-nov, march-may) and a third to focus on media and marketing (march-may).  Click on these links to find out more about each internship.

All interested students should reach out to our Farm Manager, Tory Field at tory@abundancefarm.org

Fungi Ally Apprenticeships

Fungi Ally is a mushroom cultivation and education business based out of Hadley MA. We currently grow about 150 pounds of shiitake and oyster mushrooms and are moving into a new warehouse space. This fall we will be building new grow rooms, lab space, and continuing to provide mushrooms to local farmers markets, co-ops and grocery stores.

We are looking to hire two apprentices for the fall of 2015.

  • The apprenticeship will run from September 2015-January 2016
  • Between 20-40 hours per week. A weekly stipend depending on the hours agreed upon.
  • Involved in all aspects of running a small mushroom farm

Contact Willie Crosby at;fungially@gmail.com

Volunteer at All Things Local – Downtown Amherst

atlAll Things Local is a cooperative market which provides opportunities for local farmers and crafters to sell their products for a fair price.  Volunteers are needed to help with promotion, education, and managing the store.  Please fill out this survey so we can meet the cooperative’s needs while making the best use of your time and skills! We need your help to make this cooperative successful, and we sincerely appreciate your contribution! Thank you in advance.

If you have questions regarding volunteering, please contact Allison at allison@allthingslocal.coop

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For more information on internship and apprentice opportunities, see:

Finding Good Work in Sustainable Food and Farming

And to get credit for these opportunities, contact John Gerber before September 18, 2015 for fall semester!

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