Massachusetts: Sustainable Nantucket seeks Agricultural Interns

9 Jan
Sustainable Nantucket is a non-profit organization established in 2000 that is cultivating a healthy Nantucket by building a better local food system which in turn means a stronger economy for the island. We are actively expanding sustainable agriculture, on-island farm growth, encouraging entrepreneurial cottage industry, and helping to create new networks for our local agri-business community.

Internship Description:

The Sustainable Nantucket Agricultural Internship works in cooperation with individual island
growers and within our Farm to School Program. Each intern will be placed with a mentor
whose business corresponds as closely as possible with that of the interns’ goals, interests and
skills. The Program will extend from June – August (start & end dates are flexible and will be
considered on a case by case basis), culminating in 200+ hours of on-site work. There are 3
different types of positions available, including Private Farm/Small Grower, Farm to School
and Value-Added Food Product Interns.


In order to receive university credit, in addition to the on-site work, Sustainable Nantucket will
require 5 short passage readings and responses. Each reading will not exceed 20 pages, and each
response will be between 2-3 pages long. At the end of each internship, the intern will have an
exit interview and will submit a brief essay (1-2 pages) evaluating the intern’s experience.



Upon completion, the intern will be proficient at:

•Sustainable agriculture and/or food production methods (on site)
•The business of running a successful farm, and/or CSA
•Creating local merchant relationships
•Operating a farmer’s market booth
•Contextualizing this experience within the wider perspective of the nonprofit mission of
Sustainable Nantucket.

Program Administration:

Sustainable Nantucket will act as coordinator and liaison between intern, grower/food
producer and university program.


Housing for the summer is the responsibility of each intern, however if needed Sustainable
Nantucket will help facilitate an affordable housing search.
Available Positions:


•20 hours weekly
•3 days a week
•2 days in the field, working directly with the individual grower.
•3rdday will take place each Saturday morning from 6:30am – 2pm at Sustainable

Nantucket’s Farmers and Artisans Market, including aspects of:
a. Preparing/packaging product
b. Selling

c. Set up & display
d. Customer relations & networking
e. Breaking down farm stand.
•Responsibilities on farm may include (but are not limited to):
a. Weed & pest management
b. Sheet mulching
c. Green house care
d. Composting
e. Propagating & transplanting
f. Harvesting
g. Packing
h. Delivery
i. CSA coordination
•Paid $7.00 an hour by Grower


•30 hours weekly
•4 days a week
•3 days would include:
a. Assisting the Farm to School Garden Manager in garden related tasks
b. Helping teach summer program students
c. Assisting Sustainable Nantucket & Food Service Director in gleaning and
preserving the garden bounty for the following school year.
•4th day will be spent coordinating Youth Council Farm Stand at Market



•Responsibilities may include (but are not limited to):
a. Similar garden duties as private farm intern
b. Preserving garden produce
c. Gleaning from local farms
d. Assisting Garden Manager with instruction of summer program students
e. Help sell/coordinate garden produce at Sustainable Nantucket’s Farmers and
Artisans Market.
•Paid $7.00 an hour by Sustainable Nantucket


•20 hours weekly
•3 days a week
•2 days working directly with food producer in product making process
•3rd day assisting sales at the Market or other retail venue

•Intern will be involved in all aspects of production including:
a. Sourcing materials
b. Production process
c. Preparing/packaging
d. Customer relations
e. Sales
Paid $7.00 an hour by Food Producer



1. Food, INC.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter and
Poorer – And What You Can Do About It. – Karl Weber
2. Diet for a Hot Planet – Anna Lappe
3. Slow Food Almanac – Slow Food International Movement
4. Four-Season Harvest – Eliot Coleman
5. Deep Economy – Bill McKibben


To apply, please contact Morgan:

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