New York State: Poughkeepsie Farm Project seeks Apprentices and Interns

5 Jan

Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s Farming for the City program provides participants with hands on experience growing food and providing education and outreach to the community, weekly trainings and field trips, and meaningful employment which makes a real difference in the community.  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, practice and promote seed saving, 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.
 
In 2011 we offer two 7 month apprenticeships and two 11 week internships.   There are opportunities to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills through weekly workshops and through exposure to a variety of activities at the PFP.   Farm apprentices focus on learning skills necessary in managing a farm (such as tractor work, harvest management and CSA management).  Summer interns will be involved in youth summer education programming in addition to hands on farming.  Compensation includes a weekly stipend, vegetables, and training. 
 
We’re seeking dependable and good-natured apprentices and interns with an active interest in farming as well as an interest in working towards a just and sustainable food system; good communication skills; the ability to take initiative and a desire to be a part of bringing about positive community change.  Interested candidates are requested to apply by February 1, 2011 (March 1 for summer interns); however, the positions will remain open until filled.  For more information and an application, visit our website at www.farmproject.org

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