Hampshire College Farm Center

Please noteThis opportunity is a MHC Miller Worley Center for the Environment Leadership Fellowship and is available to MHC students ONLY.

Duration: 8-10 weeks, 40 hours/week

Location: South Amherst, Massachusetts

Position Title:  Farm Intern

Housing: There is no housing available at Hampshire College. Interns must secure their own housing and transportation.

Description: Interns will work alongside the CSA Manager and other farm interns to carry out the daily operations of organic vegetable production on the Hampshire College Farm. Normal farm working hours are Monday-Friday 7am-4pm with a one hour lunch break. Some weekend hours will be required. Interns will set up a work schedule with the CSA Manager at the beginning of the internship. 

Responsibilities include:

  • greenhouse seeding and watering
  • field preparation
  • transplanting and direct seeding
  • weed control including tractor cultivation and hand hoeing
  • organic pest control
  • planting and managing cover crops
  • assisting Hampshire College professors with on-farm research

Qualifications: The Hampshire College CSA is looking for interns with a strong commitment to learning about sustainable agriculture.  Farm work is often strenuous labor that requires physically challenging tasks. It is important for interns to feel physically capable and willing to work hard in all types of weather. When interns are introduced to new tasks they will receive appropriate training. Benefits include occasional trips to other local farms and farm conferences including the NOFA summer conference as well as some veggies, flowers and herbs.

Funding: $3000 is available through the MHC UAF System

How to Apply: Apply through LyonNet by midnight on February 17th, 2017. Please provide a resume and cover letter, plus a short (one page or less) essay on why you want to intern at the Hampshire College Farm. What do you bring to the position and what do you hope to learn? Please send at least one letter of recommendation to Danielle van Over at dvanover@mtholyoke.edu.

(Letters of Recommendation should be send directly to Danielle Van Over

About the Organization: The Hampshire College Farm Center is a working farm, as well as a research, education, and outreach facility, dedicated to sustainable agriculture. Created in the late nineteen-seventies as an experimental project of the Natural Science faculty, the Farm Center continues to be a place where students and faculty integrate science and alternative technology as a means for testing sustainable methods of farming. The Farm Center is a thriving educational center, providing agricultural programs for the college, local community members, and school groups. Students and faculty develop research projects and take advantage of work study opportunities; local community members participate in workshops and buy organic vegetables through the Community Supported Agriculture program. Visitors and volunteers are welcome to tour the Farm Center and are encouraged to get involved. If you are interested in meeting our staff and learning more about our animals and enterprises, please contact us.

For more information: Hampshire College Farm Center