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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.”