2022 Internship Program
Application deadlines and instructions at the end of this page!
Growing to Give is offering a hands-on opportunity for young adults with a strong commitment to regenerative farming and food sovereignty. The opportunity to grow, harvest, and distribute fresh produce will give interns a broader understanding of the deep connection between hunger, environmental degradation, human health, and climate change. Our interns will interface with volunteers and a vibrant cross-section of people and organizations addressing food insecurity and food systems issues in Maine. Farm work is often strenuous; interns must feel physically capable of and willing to work hard in all types of weather, including heat. Good communication skills and the ability to take initiative and work collaboratively are vital for a successful internship with Growing to Give. Interns will be properly and thoroughly trained for any new task.
In addition to carrying out daily farm work, interns will have the opportunity to develop independent projects that align both with our mission and their unique interests and skills. Interns will receive support from the Farm Director and the Farm Manager to design and carry out their individual projects over the course of the internship.
In 2022, we’re offering:
- Full-time summer internship positions with work hours totaling between 350 and 400 hours over 10 to 16 weeks (earliest start date is May 15). Work hours would primarily be in the morning through mid-afternoon, Monday – Saturday (with Sunday and one weekday off), with some flexibility based on weather and production plan.
- Part-time internships are available during the spring (March, April, May) and fall (September, October, November) semesters, and can be negotiated to meet student schedules.
Farming is a highly cross-disciplinary field. To farm sustainably is to operate in a system vastly more complex than what we’ve come to expect from industrial agriculture. An organic farmer replaces chemicals with intimate knowledge, a deep understanding of what is happening within the soil: how a single input might affect the entire ecology of the farm, how each crop responds to changes in climate, the natural rhythms of pest cycles. We incorporate a range of permaculture and organic farming practices that work in concert with nature, rather than against it. Our approach is ever-evolving based on cumulative years of trial and error, the design of natural ecosystems, scientific research, community-level initiatives, cultural knowledge, relationships with other local businesses and nonprofits, and the wisdom of our Growing to Give community members. While we function as a non-profit, the techniques and approach that we use are translatable to small-scale market farming.
Interns will grow their intimate understanding of the farm’s seasonal and biological rhythms through:
- Seedling propagation
- Growing in greenhouses and tunnels
- Bed preparation
- Soil amendment application
- Direct seeding and transplanting
- Disease management, pest control, and irrigation
- Harvesting and preparing food for delivery
In addition to modeling sustainable agriculture and improving the health of the land, we are always seeking to broaden our positive impact in a variety of ways: through educational offerings, by optimizing our recipient experience, and by building a welcoming space that invites community participation. Based on the Intern’s interests, skills, and learning goals, projects/opportunities could include (but are not limited to) the following areas:
- Development and implementation of a feedback system between Growing to Give and our recipient sites in order to better inform the type/amount of vegetables offered, including diversifying our offerings to include more culturally appropriate foods
- Research, implement, and assess the efficacy of leading practices in the realm of regenerative agriculture, with special emphasis on incorporating biodynamic and indigenous practices
- Assist in the development and delivery of our on-farm education programming for youth groups, including possible integration of small-scale vermicomposting and beekeeping
- Participation in small-scale research on the effect of carbon-sequestering biochar as a soil amendment on plant health and vegetable yield
- Help Growing to Give achieve outreach and fundraising goals by representing Growing to Give in the community, assisting with event planning, and establishing relationships with local organizations to build our volunteer base and grow business sponsorships
If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and a cover letter that outlines why you think you would be a good fit for our program to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full-time internship: April 1, 2022
Part-time internship: rolling basis
Please note: Given the small size of our organization, our internships are currently unpaid and participants are responsible for finding their own housing. You may be able to receive assistance from your school; it is the responsibility of the student to check with their institution regarding requirements to receive funding and/or academic credit before they accept a position.