Organic Ag Internships in Jamaica

We have been hosting interns for a few years now, and we really appreciate the energy, enthusiasm and good ideas that the interns bring.   I am attaching the organic farming internships that are available this year at the Yerba Buena Farm in Jamaica.  See:

If you have any questions, please email me at or call (802)748-1941.

Agape Adams

More local jobs in sustainable food and farming

Small Ones Farm –  Amherst, MA

Assistant Farm Manager – 2012


General Description

Small Ones Farm is 63-acre family-owned farm in South Amherst, MA.  We have a 5-acre orchard (apples, peaches, Asian pears, plums), 750 row feet of raspberries (open-air and high tunnel), and .5 acre of melons, pumpkins and garlic.  We also press our own apple cider, make our own apple cider vinegar, and we sell pies made with our fruit.  We use natural growing methods (holistic and certified through the Certified Naturally Grown program).  Our primary sales outlets are our 83-member fruit CSA and our on-farm farm stand.  Livestock includes a flock of laying hens, brooding chicks, a 750 lb. pet Yorkshire pig, and a barn cat.  Our pig is expecting piglets in February, so we may have 8-10 additional young pigs on the farm this summer. We also run a summer farm camp for young children and host school groups in the fall.  We offer community service projects for high school students and college-credit internships in collaboration with UMass, Amherst.  Check out our website for more information about our farm-  We seek an Assistant Farm Manager to help manage and operate all aspects of production, production control and distribution.


Specific duties:

ü  Orchard maintenance, including thinning, epicormic pruning, tracking insects/disease, mowing.

ü  Maintain melon/pumpkin/garlic and berry crops (watering, weeding)

ü  Livestock maintenance including care of brooding chicks, laying hens, pig and piglets.

ü  Infrastructure repair and maintenance, including construction of high tunnel in spring.

ü  Tractor operation.

ü  Harvest of all crops.

ü  Participate in summer farm camp and school group visits.

ü  Assist in planning, preparation and distributions for CSA.

ü  Assist in management of farm stand/farm shop operations.

ü  Clean up/winterize orchard and farm.

ü  Participate in strategic planning and management of farm operations.

ü  Supervise college interns and community service groups.

Dates:  April 1 through December 15, 2012.

Days/hours:  Monday through Friday, with some Saturdays in the fall during CSA distributions.  Hours vary from 40-50/week.

Application deadline:  February 15, 2012.

Minimum qualifications:  At least one (preferably 2-3) years of farming experience, preferably organic farming.  Values consistent with organic, environmentally sustainable operation, dedicated to high-quality products, and committed customer service.  Enthusiasm, initiative, solid interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, ability to supervise and motivate others, and good humor are required.  Also required is ability to lift 50 lbs. and valid driver’s license.  We are a non-smoking farm.

Wage/Salary/Benefits:  $1500/mo stipend, farm produce.

Application requirements:  Please send resume, letter of interest, and names/contact information for 3 references to  If you have any questions about this position, please contact us via email or at (413) 253-6788.  We will contact qualified applicants to schedule a farm visit and interview.


Nutritional Analyst/Farm-to-School (F2S) Coordinator

Weston, MA

The Weston Public Schools seeks a Nutritional Analyst/Farm-to-School (F2S) Coordinator to maintain the district’s nutritional database and coordinate the Farm-to-School program and implement green initiatives in the cafeterias.  The essential duties and responsibilities are as follows:

Nutritional Analyst

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date ingredient and price database of all products used in the cafeterias;
  • Standardize recipes for nutrition, portion and cost control;
  • Perform nutrient analysis on all menued items and post on the website;
  • Proactively collaborate with nursing staff to assure nutrient and allergen information is communicated on a timely and accurate basis
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to enhance job skills and stay current on nutrition regulations; and
  • Generate and print production and recipe worksheets daily for all kitchens.

Farm-to-School and Green Initiatives

  • Coordinate, sustain and expand Farm-to-School (F2S) program through the sourcing of local farms and local foods;
  • Collaborate with other Metro West communities to develop collaborative purchasing agreements around locally grown produce;
  • Initiate taste testing of locally grown items throughout the district on a monthly basis;
  • Assist schools in the ordering, processing and serving of local foods (local food directories, seasonal food guides, local food recipes, order forms, etc.);
  • Organize monthly events to highlight locally-grown products (apple week, Food Day events, etc.) system wide;
  • Collaborate with Principals and Leadership Team members to develop partnerships between the classroom and local farms to promote nutrition and wellness;
  • Act as point person to the Community and District Green Teams for all food service related items;
  •  Seek grant funds to advance Weston’s F2S program and sustainability efforts;
  • Create and maintain school garden(s); Oversee the cafeterias composting, recycling and sustainability efforts; and
  • Perform all other assignments as directed by the Food Service Director or his/her designee.

This position works 7.5 hours per day, 220 days per year. The position will require some non-standard work hours including nights and weekends.  We are looking for someone with a college degree in agriculture and/or nutrition.  Experience in nutrition education in a K-12 school system, garden creation and maintenance.  Grant writing experience a benefit.  Ability to obtain certification in food safety and sanitation within 6 months of hire date; and demonstrated interest working with children in a school environment.  Salary range: $30,000 – $35,000, plus benefits.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter, resume, two letters of reference to:

Lisa Hollis

Weston Public Schools

89 Wellesley Street

Weston, MA 02493



Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

JOB DESCRIPTION: The VISTA volunteer will work in Western Massachusetts to increase enrollment in the SNAP program of vulnerable, hard to reach residents. The VISTA will work with community partners, volunteers, and Food Bank member agencies to increase opportunities for enrollment and access to SNAP benefits. The position includes coordinative and administrative responsibilities along with supervision of volunteers.


Farm Internship –  Cohasset, MA

Description: Holly Hill Farm is a 5 acre certified organic vegetable, flower and herb farm in Cohasset, MA, about an hour south of Boston. We grow a wide variety of crops to supply our farm stand, the Cohasset farmers’ market and a few local restaurants.
Details: We are seeking one apprentice to join us mid-May through September. Applicants must be physically capable of the long hours and hard work that farming requires and emotionally capable of maintaining a sense of humor in the midst of heat waves and crop failures. Prior farming or gardening and tractor experience would be great but is not required. Must not be shy of responsibility, capable of working alone, but also enjoy working together with others.
Compensation: $150/ week with a raise half way through, and a bonus for staying through to the end of your commitment, as well seasonal produce and eggs from our chickens. Housing and some shared meals are included.

Contact Fred Beddall:

More local food/farming jobs in Southern New England

Sugaring Interns Wanted in Wendell, MA

Want to learn all the ins and outs of sugaring, from tapping the maples, collecting buckets, boiling, bottling and making syrup, creme and  maple sugar? Join me for a few hours each week from late February until early April in Wendell, MA and learn this centuries old sustainable harvest from beginning to end.

We’ll be tapping sugar maples in Wendell MA, and boiling the sap off in a timber frame sugar shack over a wood fired evaporator until the run stops in late March or early April. Best of all, you get to keep a portion of the “crop”- pure, sweet maple syrup from stately trees.  The work is physical, lifting buckets of sap and syrup and hauling firewood to the evaporator, but it’s also a lot of fun. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact :

Joe Laur

313 Farley Rd

Wendell, MA 01379



Cool Internship in Southampton, MA

Posted January 9, 2012

General Description: Sunflower Farm (located on beautiful Tripple Brook Farm in Southampton) is proudly owned and operated by Riverside Industries, Inc.  Riverside Industries is a non-profit that provides services to developmentally disabled adults and supports them in their mission to lead full and empowered lives.  The purpose of this job is to work in conjunction with Riverside staff & clients to expand and improve Sunflower Farm and incorporate a newly constructed greenhouse into the program.  RSI/Sunflower Farm specifically seeks self-starters, students with the creative vision and follow-through needed to design and implement independent improvement projects.  Projects include: Designing and building an irrigation system; researching and implementing adaptive tools and techniques for those with physical limitations; developing an accompanying curriculum; bookkeeping; organic certification; product marketing.

Essential Job Functions:  There are many duties which comprise the full range of staff responsibilities embodied in the Sunflower Farms Internship position.  Each of these duties is considered essential for the performance of the job.  They are not listed in order of priority. 

  •  Harvesting, drying herbs.
  • Growing vegetables organically.
  • Weeding, pruning, pest control
  • Involve RSI clients with decision-making where appropriate.
  • Ensure that all participants’ rights under DDS are observed.
  • Exercise good judgment in all aspects of the job.
  • Demonstrate considerate, cooperative, and constructive attitudes and behaviors in working with participants, participants’ significant supports, other employees with the clients.
  • Ensures participants’ health and safety by adhering to safety and health standards as prescribed by regulations, company policies, assisting with fire drills, escorting participants to and from vans and other activities, taking attendance, reporting incidents, responding to emergencies and following OSHA standards.

This position is not only an opportunity to learn about small-scale, organic farming, but also to provide support to an underserved community of people.

Contact; Nick Isherwood at:


Farm Manger in New Milford CT needed

Are you looking for a job like this one–full-time, with a benefit package that includes health care and the opportunity to take over management of a 100+acre preserved farm in New Milford that, for the last eight years, has built a well-respected agro-educational program for high school and college youth in our region.

Friends of Sullivan Farm is a new 501-C-3 established in New Milford to both oversee and ensure survival of the town-owned farm on Route 202.  Youth in the program raise their own produce, tap sugar maples and make maple syrup in their state-of-the-art sugar house, hay what they don’t cultivate and sell seasonal produce at their onsite farm stand, through two farmers markets and to area retail outlets.  The program has sent a number of young people on to pursue agricultural careers and related programs in college and ag schools.

I look forward to hearing from you if you know of such a candidate–or folks who would know one.  Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions.  Katy Francis, a member of Friends of Sullivan Farm, who is cc’ed on this email, leads the search committee.  Her contact information is also available on the job description.

With many thanks,

Julie Bailey,
Friends of Sullivan Farm

860-350-2259 (landline)
917-825-7560 (cell)
juliane.bailey (Skype)


Farm Manager Wanted in Rhode Island

Managing Director, Farm Fresh Rhode Island. Office located in Pawtucket RI.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island (Farm Fresh) works to grow a local food system that values the environment and the health and quality of life for area farmers and eaters. Part incubator, part activator, Farm Fresh programs link local farmers and buyers by building RI’s capacity in three areas: growing the local food supply, defining new models for the local food system and building local demand for good food.

Farm Fresh’s vision focuses on preserving our farmland and agricultural/culinary knowledge, building healthier communities, increasing access to fresher food and improving the impact of food production and distribution on our environment, all while strengthening community-based businesses. Farm Fresh’s primary goal is to support the growth of a New England abundant with diverse family farms and fertile soils, where locally and honestly produced foods are at the heart of every dinner table.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a 501c3 non-profit organization. The FY2011 operating budget of Farm Fresh programs is approximately $2.25 million.

More information and a full list of programs can be found at

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to

No phone calls please. Applications are due: January 30, 2012.


Nature and Kids Job in Montague, MA

Check out this sweet job opportunity!

21st Century After School Program needs 2 people who are enthusiastic about nature and kids. Co-teach two hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:15-5:15. Compensation $15/hour. Requirements: two year degree or equivalent experience, must LOVE kids, have experienced nature intentionally through time, have good boundaries, pass a CORI, and possess small group management skills. Other small opportunities may come available as time goes on… Submit letter of interest and resume with relevant experience via electronic or snail mail to:

Christine K. Bates
21st Century Program Director
Montague Elementary School
413-863-9326 x228

NEFOOD Jobs Listing

Jobs listed at NE FOOD

Field Staff (Seasonal)

Community Harvest Project, Inc. 

37 Wheeler Road

North Grafton, MA

A non-profit organization with a mission to build an engaged and healthier community by bringing volunteers together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. 25 hours per week (mid-April – mid-October;  May – August available for students). Hours generally between 8am – 3pm; with some weekends required (8am – 12:30pm). Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Kristin Bafaro at



Boston area, MA

A non-profit school garden program that works with public schools to build capacity to integrate the school garden into teachers’ curriculum and the school culture. CitySprouts operates as a district-wide program in Cambridge Public Schools, and in schools in the Boston area as a member of the Massachusetts FoodCorps Initiative. June 18 ‐ August 16, 2012. Hours: Monday‐Thursday, 8:30 ‐ 4:30 (30 hours/week). Unpaid. Applicants receiving funding and/or course credit will be given preference in selection process. Send resume and letter of interest by March 1st, 2012 to: Kim Goldstein, Program Manager,

Part-time WIC Nutritionist 

Roxbury WIC

Boston, MA

16-24 hours per week position – great for students who want to gain some experience in counseling or community nutrition!  Conveniently located on the Orange Line in a brand new state of the art health center. To apply, send your resume + cover letter to Syrah McGivern, MS, RD, (617) 989-3107


NY Sun Works Event Internship

New York City Please email all resumes to


The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm 

Kinderhook, NY

The Sylvia Center (TSC) aims to address issues in children’s health by increasing access to the experiences of growing food and transforming it into a healthy meal. Please send via email: cover letter, resume, and 3 references + (name, relationship, phone number, and email address) to Julie Cerny,Education Director, The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm.

Antibiotics Campaign Intern

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC

Full-time, paid. The UCS Food and Environment Program seeks to transform our agricultural system into a more sustainable enterprise. As part of this endeavor, we are a leading voice in the effort to end the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. This practice causes antibiotic resistance, a growing crisis in human medicine. The antibiotics campaign intern will provide support for our campaign, working to improve our presence on Capitol Hill and our work to organize key constituencies in support of reform. Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to and include “antibiotics campaign intern” in the subject line. Please also add in your cover letter where you heard about the position and your salary requirements.  Email materials by Word or PDF only.  No calls.   Deadline: ­­­­­­­­­­­­January 20, 2012 or until filled. Online:

Head Farmer

2 openings for the right couple

White Gate Farm

East Lyme, CT

White Gate Farm, located on 100 picturesque acres is seeking a full-time farmer to head up crop production and participate in other aspects of this certified organic farm.  We have 3.5 acres under cultivation plus 2 large hoop houses where we produce vegetables year round. We grow many varieties of vegetables, berries, and flowers, and raise poultry and lamb, which we mainly market at our on-site farm stand, open two days a week. We also sell to restaurants and to Dinners at the Farm, hosted by us each summer.  We are expanding our operation to include a new commercial kitchen where we will make value-added products and offer cooking classes. This is a full-time, live-in position. We will take special interest in a career-minded couple looking for a multi-year commitment.  The normal work week for the head farmer is Tuesday through Saturday with one evening, when the farm stand is open.  If head farmer and partner have all required skills and experience and can divide work to meet farm operational needs, two full time positions are available. To apply, please submit cover letter and resumé by February 15 to Pauline Lord at

Community Garden Manager

Bullis School

Potomac, MD 

School with 650 students in grades 3-12, is seeking a capable part-time gardener with a passion for growing vegetables and involving students in Bullis’s innovative community garden, currently comprising 1,500 sf of growing area in 6 raised beds with built-in irrigation. 10-15 hours per week on school days, late February through mid December, plus winter planning and seed ordering time. Requires experience in organic gardening/farming, a strong back, ability to work well with teachers and students, and a strong intolerance of weeds. Offering approximately $20/hour based on experience. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to Todd McCreight, business officer,


Cricket Creek Farm

Williamstown, MA

A small grass-based dairy in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  We make several award-winning cheeses.  We are looking for 2-5 interns to join us for 2012.  Interns would help in cheese making, general farm work, or both – depending on experience and interest. Ideal candidates would be interested/able to stay for 1 full year, we request an absolute minimum of a 7 month-stay.  Ideal start date is April 1, but no later than May 15, 2012.  End date no earlier than Dec 15, 2012. Email a resume, 3 references, and answers to the list of questions on the Intern page of our website (  Or call (413) 458-5888.


Farm Manager

Sullivan Farm

New Milford, CT

Friends of Sullivan Farm, a 501-C-3 entity, seeks a full-time Farm Manager with experience in natural growing practices for this 100-acre+preserved farm. If interested, please contact Katy Francis, Search Committee Chair, at 860-354-7137 or Proposed start-date: Feb 1, 2012.


Managing Director

Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Pawtucket RI

Farm Fresh Rhode Island is part incubator, part activator. Farm Fresh programs link local farmers and buyers by building RI’s capacity in three areas:  growing the local food supply,

defining new models for the local food system, and building local demand for good food. The FY2011 operating budget of Farm Fresh programs is approximately $2.25M. More information and a full list of programs can be found at Please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to No phone calls please. Applications are due: January 30, 2012.



President (chief executive)

Glynwood Center, Inc.

Cold Spring NY 

One of the nation’s premier nonprofit organizations in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural community development seeks a new President (chief executive). We invite letters of interest and resumes.   The letters (to “Glynwood President Search Committee”) should spell out the candidate’s career involvement and credentials regarding the issues and qualifications outlined in this announcement and articulate the candidate’s personal professional vision.  Materials must be submitted in electronic form (only), as attachments in PDF format, addressed to; subject line: “<your name> – Glynwood President Submission.”  Submission must be received before midnight February 10, 2012.  All submissions received on or before that date will receive full and serious review.  We anticipate that the hiring will take place on or before June 1, 2012.


Communication/Media Intern

Washington Youth Garden

U.S. National Arboretum

Washington, DC

Seeking an energetic, creative individual with strong communication and social media skills to assist small staff with managing and advancing the organization’s communication systems.Application due January 19th, 2012. Please email resume, cover letter, and references to


Farm Based Education

Friends of Holly Hill Farm

Cohasset, MA

Summer 2012. Learn organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices. Participate in Farm Based Education Program (school groups, summer programs, workshops). Develop lesson plans for implementation at the farm. 8 week commitment / 20 hours per week. Internship slots available from April 30 – August 17, 2012. Jon Belber, Education Director,



Director of Advocacy Resources

Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Help guide the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity’s rapidly-expanding work on food marketing to young people. Coordinate and lead the Rudd Center’s work to educate and inform community organizations about issues related to food marketing, and develop resources to help identify and implement appropriate strategies for intervention. Please apply for this position through Yale’s job posting website. You can search this position by the Requisition ID Number: 15190BR

Urban Grower (full-time)
Common Good City Farm
Washington, DC

The Urban Grower is responsible for planning, organizing and managing all the activities of the half-acre Farm. The Farm produces food using sustainable agriculture and permaculture ethics and practices. For full description and to apply, visit

Workshop Coordinator (part-time)
Common Good City Farm
Washington, DC

The coordinator is responsible for overseeing the programming, promotion, and logistics of our series of educational workshops on the farm. For full description and to apply, visit

Mobile Market School Educator
Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture
Washington, DC

Like kids, local food, food justice, and child nutrition?  This could be the job for you! Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture is hiring a part-time Mobile Market School Educator to lead educational programming on Arcadia’s traveling farmers’ market bus, and coordinate local food taste tests in DC cafeterias.  Full application information at

Assistant CSA Manager
Farmer Dave’s
Dracut, MA

Full-time position. Application details can be found here:

Fair Food Fund
Boston area

The Fair Food Fund to invests in enterprises that connect New England family farms with the growing demand for local/regional, sustainably-produced food. In doing so, our goal is to enhance the financial viability of small- and medium-sized New England farms. Fair Food Fund is seeking an intern to help develop the Fund’s business plan. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Alex Linkow, Fair Food Fund Program Director, at This is a part-time contract position, with compensation of $15/hr, paid monthly, 5-10 hours of work per week for 12-15 weeks with the possibility of extension. Application deadline: December 16, 2011

Public Relations/Communications Intern 2011-2012

Interns are expected to contribute between 5-10 hours per week for publicity tasks. To apply, please send letter of inquiry, resume, and 3 references to Mindy Harris, PR Coordinator –, or call 781-209-1233.

Culinary Class & Special Events Intern
Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Full or Part Time Flexible/Nights/Weekends. $10 per hour. Contact:,

Lead Gardens Educator
Gardens Coordinator
Groundwork Somerville
Somerville, MA

Lead Gardens Educator to begin January 2nd 2012 to manage and run Groundwork Somerville’s nature and garden-based elementary after school programming. The Lead Gardens Educator will support our Gardens Coordinator with our additional winter and spring programming including: The Somerville Maple Syrup Project, April Vacation Week Camp, and Gardens Consulting.

Gardens Coordinator to start March 26th.  The Gardens Coordinator will supervise and/or run all “healthy EDUCATION” programming.  It is our hope that this will be a stepped process with the Lead Gardens Educator transitioning into the role of Gardens Coordinator to ease into management of such a multifaceted position in our vibrant community-based environmental non-profit organization.

Both positions are contingent on continued funding. As a core program, Schoolyard Gardens is a primary priority for the organization. For more information or to apply, please visit

VISTA Position
Sustainability and Nutritional Program Utilization Coordinator

The Pennsylvania Afterschool /Youth Development Network, in collaboration the Afterschool Alliance, seeks a AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer to serve as the Sustainability and Nutritional Program Utilization Coordinator from February 1, 2012- January 31, 2013. Fifty percent (50%) of the member’s time will be devoted to  working state-wide and specifically in five targeted 21st Century Learning Center Program /communities in the south central and southeastern regions of the state  to develop systems that promote and support the provision of afterschool and summer enrichment program meals and snacks. The VISTA candidate must be identified by December 14. If you are interested or have any questions, please  contact Kacy Conley at or call 717-763-1661 ext 210.

Director of Food Services
Cambridge Public Schools
Cambridge, MA

The Cambridge Public Schools seeks applications from dynamic and innovative food service professionals to manage and develop the food service program for an urban school district with 13 schools and more than 6000 students. The Food Service Director oversees a budget of $2.5M, one Assistant Director and all full and part time Food Service staff district wide. In addition, the Director is responsible for supervising district-sponsored programs such as: the school breakfast program, the school lunch program, the afterschool snack program and the fruit and vegetable snack program. The ideal candidate will possess a keen understanding of the changing landscape of child nutrition programs and be committed to change and improvement. More information and application instructions at:  Wait a few seconds for the Cambridge Public Schools Human Resources page to come up and then  look under Administrative Job Postings.

Apprentices and Interns
Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s Farming for the City Program
Poughkeepsie, NY

Apprentices and interns work with PFP staff and members to grow mixed vegetables on 14 acres, operate a CSA, run a farmers market, teach children and teenagers about food and farming, and lead outreach efforts to increase food access and awareness of food in the CIty of Poughkeepsie.  They also have the opportunity to participate in two Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) programs. Interested candidates are requested to apply by December 15 (apprentices) or February 15 (interns), however, positions will remain open until filled. For more information and an application, visit our website at

Youth Programs Coordinator
Community Cooking Educator
Nutrition Center of Maine
Lewiston, ME

The Nutrition Center of Maine (NC) was founded by St. Mary’s Health System to promote community healthy through organizing, advocacy and education. Located in the heart of downtown, the Nutrition Center serves as a healthy food hub in the midst of Lewiston’s most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods. These are full-time positions eligible for benefits. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. To learn more information about the positions, contact the Nutrition Center Director: Kirsten Walter at or (207) 513-3845. To apply visit: and search under “service”.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Sustainable Food and Farming

This is the time of year students planning on graduating from our Sustainable Food and Farming major in May are busy looking for employment opportunities.  I’ve posted some general advice on finding good work, including some links to useful jobs sites.

I also post jobs and internships on occasion to my Just Food Now blog page if they are in Western Massachusetts.

To see what some of our recent graduates are up to , check out the “graduates” link above.

Students in the major generally focus on growing good food, farm education, advocacy and public policy. They study topics from permaculture and organic farming to medicinal herbs and community food systems.

Our Sustainable Food and Farming major helps to prepare students for careers with small, organic and community farms, non-profit advocacy and policy agencies, government organizations, and food and farm related educational institutions.  SF&F offers students flexibility in choice of courses and therefore requires a close working relationship with an academic advisor.

For a few thoughts on employment in this area, please see; Yes, but are there jobs?


New Classes in Sustainable Food and Farming

Here are some of the new classes we are offering in Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass this year:


STOCKSCH 290U – Urban Agriculture Online (3cr).  Offered by Helena Farrell during the winter term through Continuing and Professional Education online.  Satisfies a production requirement in the Sustainable Food and Farming major.

PLSOILIN 100 – Botany for Gardeners Online (4cr). Offered by John Gerber during the winter term through Continuing and Professional Education online.  Satisfies Biological Sciences General Education requirement for UMass students.


PLSOILIN 265 – Sustainable Agriculture Online (3 cr).  Offered by Katherine Campbell-Nelson through Continuing and Professional Education online.  Satisfies a production requirement in the SFF major.

PLSOILIN 398E – Student Farming Enterprise class (5 cr).  Earn credit while learning to manage an organic farm.  Practical experience and lots of hard work (and fun).

STOCKSCH 397P – Food Justice and Policy (3cr).  Offered by Catherine Sands on Monday from 9:05-12:05pm and Wednesday 9:05am-10:10am.  Satisfies the requirement for Community Food Systems or a Social Systems requirement.

STOCKSCH 297W – Herbal Approaches to Women’s Health (2cr). Offered by Brittany Nickerson on Tuesday from 4:00-6:00pm.  Bundled with another one credit course may count toward a Biophysical Systems requirement. –  FULL

STOCKSCH 297S – Shamanism and the Modern World (1cr). Offered by Leryn Gorlitsky on Tuesday from 4:30pm-6:30pm.  Bundled with a two credit course may count toward a Biophysical Systems requirement.

PLSOILIN 398B – Permaculture Design Certificate at Sirius Community in Shutesbury, MA.  Four weekends in January-April 2012.  (3 cr).  UMass credits offered as PLSOILIN 398B (Agricultural Practicum for UMass and Five College Students)  –  For information, contact Kay Cafasso at;


Other spring classes are listed under the “Spring Classes – 2012” heading on this page.  Or see majoring in Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass for more information.

Marketing Internship in Amherst, MA

Internship Available

Five College and UMass Students interested in academic credit and practical experience please consider applying for this internship at the Wednesday Market a Kendrick Park in Amherst.  Non-students are also welcome to apply.

The internship will focus on marketing and publicity for the farmers market. All qualified applicants need to be good writers, have the ability and drive to work independently, and be an outgoing spokespeople for the market. The internship will involve writing regular press releases for local news outlets. The internship will also involve organizing marketing activities; from placing adds to flyering.  Lastly, the internship will involve weekly updates of the markets blog and sending a weekly reminder the to customer email list.

The applicant would also need to be able to be at the market for at least part of the market hours to run the EBT/credit/debt machine and with other on site logistics. This will probably be time commitment of 8-10 hours a week.

And if you have questions, contact Danya at:

And for internship credits, contact John at:

For a video look at the market!