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.

Curriculum:

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:

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

PRIVATE FARM/SMALL GROWER:

Hours:
•20 hours weekly
•3 days a week
Program:
•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:
•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
Compensation:
•Paid $7.00 an hour by Grower

FARM TO SCHOOL:

Hours:
•30 hours weekly
•4 days a week
Program:
•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:

•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.
Compensation:
•Paid $7.00 an hour by Sustainable Nantucket

VALUE-ADDED FOOD PRODUCTS:

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

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

 

Readings:

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: Morgan@sustainablenantucket.org

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