Alaska: APU’s Spring Creek Farm seeks Summer Intern

27 Feb

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Summer Internship at Alaska Pacific University’s Spring Creek Farm, Palmer, AK

Spring Creek Farm is looking for a summer organic farming intern to work from May 1 to August 31. We are sustainably managed CSA farm in our 5th year. We are located on Alaska Pacific University’s 800 acre Kellogg Campus, a mix of fields and forests under the Talkeetna Mountains in beautiful Palmer, AK. The CSA farm program grows vegetables on a little more than an acre for 50 members, 2 farmers’ markets, and a local restaurant. Much of the remaining land owned by Alaska Pacific University is leased to a hay farmer. The campus is also home to APU’s graduate program in Outdoor and Environmental Education, a home school outdoor enrichment program, and other environmental education programs.

Interns will learn the details and work involved in running a small
farm by working alongside the Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager
in running the CSA farm. Responsibilities may include seeding,
transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting, preparing vegetables for
CSA and market, attending CSA drop, working at market, and more. Work
schedule will generally be 5 days a week with 8 hour work days, though
occasional longer hours may be requested. Weekend chores (watering,
opening greenhouses) will switch between all employees, so each intern
will be responsible for weekends about once every 5 weeks.

This is our second year managing a farm, and we have a lot to share
about the ups and downs of being a beginning farmer. Our systems are
not set in stone, so this would be an opportunity to learn actively
alongside the farm manager and assistant farm manager. Along with
vegetables we will possibly be raising meat chickens for personal
consumption. Tours and work days on other small farms in the area are
a possibility if there is interest.

Experience and skills required: Farming experience is welcomed but not
necessary. Willingness and ability to work outdoors in all conditions.
Must be excited about farming and growing good food. Good work ethic
and a sense of humor required.

Compensation: Interns are expected to work 5 days/week in exchange for
housing, fresh produce in season, education on organic agriculture,
and a stipend of $400/month. Each intern must take a week of paid time
off to see Alaska and take a break from farming. Vehicle access to buy
food in town (4 miles). We also have a few beater bikes. The farm is
located near many hiking trails in the surrounding mountains.

Sleeping quarters are private platform wall tents with mattresses.
Lows average in the mid 30s in May, so bring sufficient sleeping gear.
Shared indoor facilities include bathrooms, a kitchen fully stocked
with cookware, computer lab with internet access, and indoor living
space.

If interested in the position, email your resume, a cover letter
telling why you are interested in sustainable agriculture at Spring
Creek Farm, and contact information for two references to
mrooney@alaskapacific.edu

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