Agriculture Supporting Communities Internship Positions at the Rodale Institute

We are now accepting applications for five Internship Positions in our new Agriculture Supporting Communities (ASC) Program for the 2012 growing season. ASC is a unique twist on a traditional CSA that makes fresh, organic produce accessible and affordable to just about anyone.  Participants will be trained and involved in every aspect of setting up,
producing, and running a small local organic grower’s business.  This includes hands-on training in seed starting, greenhouse production & seasonal extensions, transplanting, pest & weed management, soil health, urban growing techniques, harvesting, processing, marketing, customer relations, and working with community partners.  In addition to an Organic Grower’s Guide, interns will receive written resources and training in Business Planning and Nutrition Education.

Interns will graduate from the 8-month program armed with the knowledge and confidence to start their own ASC business in their own communities. They will receive a Certification from the Rodale Institute as well as continued support beyond their term at the Institute. Applicants should have some gardening experience and be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Interns will receive housing, a seasonal produce share, and a food stipend in exchange for 40 hours per week.  Individuals from urban areas are encouraged to apply (i.e. Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York, etc)

Please send resume and cover letter to Cynthia James, Food Production Specialist at the Rodale Institute.  cynthia.james@rodaleinstitute.org

Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1947 by organic pioneer J.I. Rodale to study the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people.  Since then, the Rodale Institute has been dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research, education and outreach. For over sixty years, we’ve been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing our findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.

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