Hampshire College Farm Center

Duration: 2014 Summer Season May 2014 Ending date: September 2, 2014

Location: Amherst, Massachusetts

Position Title:  Farm Intern

Housing: Housing will not be provided. Students are responsible for finding their own housing.

For more information: Hampshire College Farm Center

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

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: $3500, ($3000 - Available through the Miller Worley Center dispensed through the MHC UAF System. Additonal $500 provided by Hampshire College Farm Center)

How to Apply: Students must apply to this position through LyonNet by Midnight Feb 28. Students must provide a resume, cover letter, and 3-page writng sample. These can be uploaded to LyonNet or emailed directly to center-environment@mtholyoke.edu .

(Letters of Reccommendation should be send directly to center-environment@mtholyoke.edu )

Other Information:
Throughout the summer, interns will be given written learning materials including information on soil health, plant fertility, weed, disease and insect ecology as well as specific crop rotation plans, seed orders, planting schedules and cover crop plans. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct their own on-farm research projects if they wish.

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.