Gardening the Community
This opportunity is a Miller Worley MHConnect internship and is available to Mount Holyoke students only. Lynk funding required.
Location: Springfield, Massachusetts
Position title: Intern
Duration: June-August (10 weeks)
Local expenses: GTC does not offer housing but can help locate. We can provide a bike if needed. Interns have access to GTC food all summer.
Description: The intern will assist in managing, developing and evaluating our CSA program, and will work with GTC youth and staff to implement a new system for selling wholesale to interested restaurants, markets and corner stores. In addition, the intern will help us develop and implement systems for tracking our production and sales and evaluating our impact. This summer internship a great opportunity to get exposure to food justice work in an urban context, to learn about urban agriculture and sustainability, and to get to know GTC Board, staff and youth members and engage with a wide variety of local businesses and community members in Springfield. Community building is important to us and interns become a part of that community. While we outline specific responsibilities for the position here, we are also open to designing additional work or fine-tuning the work to fit the student’s particular skills and interests.
About Gardening the Community: Gardening the Community is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities. We develop concrete solutions to meet the food security needs of our neighbors while also working on broader food justice initiatives that impact the food system more broadly. Founded in 2002 as a project of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), GTC has developed from a small, summer only program for 5-10 youth in Mason Square to a staff of 5 running year round programs and organizing initiatives. We are the first program in the city of Springfield to own land utilized strictly for urban agriculture.
We grow thousands of pounds of produce on once dilapidated parcels of city and privately held land. We sell our produce at the Mason Square Farmers Market, a Mobile Market, and our own farm stand. This year, we are hoping to sell more regularly to local restaurants and markets. We also run a CSA (also known as a Farm Share) program with our partner farm, the Next Barn Over (Hadley, MA) called GTC EATS!. This program provides a weekly assortment of fresh local food to neighborhood residents on a sliding scale, and aims to increase access to healthy, affordable produce in what has been described as a food desert by many health and government officials.
For more information, visit Gardening the Community.
- Passion for working on food and racial justice issues; interest in urban agriculture, sustainable living and youth development
- Awareness of social and racial justice issues as they relate to youth of color in New England; comfortable working with youth, especially youth of color
- Work experience with community-based organizations preferred; experience in leadership or supervisory role helpful
- Outgoing, engaging personality, comfortable working in diverse, multi-racial and intergenerational setting
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Computer/social media skills (Essential: Excel, Google docs, Facebook. Desirable: Instagram, Twitter);
- Ability to set up and organize spreadsheets; quantitative skills a plus
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Able to work in a somewhat chaotic environment
- Comfortable working outdoors and pitching in with the work of an urban farm as needed
- Spanish speaking skills a plus!