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Heifer International’s Farm – GARDEN INTERNS NEEDED

Contact information
Farm Address:
216 Wachusett Street
Rutland, Massachusetts,

Primary Contact: Heather Packard
Primary Phone:
    Number: 508-886-2221
    Email: heifer.farm@heifer.org

Website: http://www.heifer.org/volunteer

Internship information
General Farm Description: "Heifer International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization working to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. There are open residential volunteer positions at Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts which is a learning center. Volunteering for Heifer changes lives ? including yours! <br /><br /> To apply please email heifer.farm@heifer.org or you can also call us 508-886-2221. For more information visit www.heifer.org. Thank you for your interest! "

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: ASAP
Internship Ends: 12/16/2016
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 7+ months

Internship Details:


Responsibilities are to work with the Garden & Education Coordinator to:
1. Lead and facilitate education activities with program participants as scheduled both at the farm and in the community;
2. Cultivate an understanding of shared goals for the season as well as the long-term vision;
3. Commit to working on part of a team that values communication, feedback, trust, hard-work, support, and a positive atmosphere;
4. Participate in all aspects of organic vegetable production for use on our on-site kitchen and farm stand;
a. Planning and record keeping
b. Seed propagation, greenhouse maintenance
c. Raising beds, direct seeding, transplanting
d. Soil fertility (spreading compost, soil amendments, mulches)
e. Trellising, watering, pruning, and other cultural needs
f. Pest and weed management
g. Harvesting, washing, packing
h. Cover cropping and season extension
i. Tool, equipment, & shed organization, maintenance, repairs
5. Participate in all aspects of post-harvest procedures;
a. Washing produce and managing distribution
b. Maintaining a clean and organized walk-in cooler
c. Root cellar packing and maintenance
d. Setting up and running the farm stand
e. Making deliveries off-site to restaurants, food banks, etc.
6. Maintain Global Village gardens which model (to the degree possible) the vegetables grown in various countries Heifer works with;
7. Assist in maintenance of the farm?s beehives, flower and herb gardens, root cellar, agroforestry plot, and compost piles;
8. Assist the kitchen crew with food preservation in the fall: canning, freezing, root cellaring, dehydrating, fermentation, and value-added products;
9. Facilitate groups of diverse ages and abilities in garden work projects and facilitate discussions about food systems, sustainable agriculture, and how our work relates to Heifer International?s mission;
10. Learn about issues of hunger and poverty, the mission of Heifer International, and how Heifer Farm?s programs connect with Heifer?s work around the world;
11. Perform other tasks as interests and needs dictate.

Educational Opportunities: Learn how to grow organic vegetable gardens. Learn about Heifer International's work around the world to end hunger and how to facilitate field trip programs teaching the farm's visitors about this work.

Skills Desired: "Volunteers must be 18 years of age and fluent in English. 1. Willingness and ability to learn and facilitate Heifer Farm?s experiential education tours and programs to diverse (gender, ethnic, age, religion, etc.) groups of program participants; 2. Knowledge of plants and general gardening methods; 3. Enthusiasm to learn organic vegetable production techniques; 4. Willingness and ability to work long hours outdoors in all weather conditions; 5. Organization skills in managing garden records; 6. Willingness and ability to facilitate large tour groups and service projects; 7. Willingness and ability to create and improve garden education materials; 8. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; sense of humor; positive attitude; strong work ethic; physically fit; non-smoker to avoid transmittance of Tobacco Mosaic Virus; able to drive farm trucks; 9. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team; 10. Ability to do physical tasks quickly and well; 11. Willingness & ability to share housing (including room) with a diverse group of other Heifer Farm volunteers & participate in the household community including housekeeping chores; 12. Willingness to be cross-trained and assist in other farm areas when needed. "

Meals: Fresh vegetables in season and leftovers from program participants meals are provided to volunteers when possible. The stipend is provided to cover your food expenses.

Stipend: "Perks: Cost of Living Reimbursement Stipend of $196 per two-week stipend period; On-site, communal-style housing provided; Access to farm vehicles for local transportation; Access to free health insurance through MassHealth if needed; Heifer Gift Shop discount during term of active service."

Housing: Free shared housing is included.

Preferred method of Contact: Email or Phone