Know your Food – Know the Farm

Duration: 5 and ½ days a week, mid May – August, 2013.

Location: Northern, NM (Chimayo, Espanola, Pojoaque, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe)

Position Title: Food Systems Intern.

Housing: Simple on farm housing will be provided.

The intern position offers an individual the unique experience to work with 3 diverse farmers / families.  The intern will learn the how food has been traditionally grown in the high desert and how farmers are adapting modern technology to build a sustainable business. This internship involves not only learning the farming techniques but about how the local food movement and system functions while asking participants to contribute by supporting farmers with their technology and critical thinking skills.  All farms provide one with the opportunity to develop or practice Spanish language skills if desired.
The three farms featured include: Santa Cruz Farm owned by Don Bustos. This 3 acre Certified Organic farm using vegan production methods has been in his family for over 400 years. Don is a leader in the national sustainable food movement and is the director of the American Friends Service Committee in NM. Rocio’s Produce is a family farm run by two sisters who originally hail from Mexico and grow their produce naturally.  They have been selling their veggies and traditional crafts at the Santa Fe Farmers Market for 10 years. Lovely Day farm is a brand new family farm run by a young couple Serafina (MHC grad) and Dennis with their children.  They grow a small area of land intensively both for market and home consumption as well as managing an 11 acre property. Serafina is a founding member of the Cosecha Del Norte Farmers Co-op and is also an employee of the New Mexico Acequia Assocation (NMAA). All of the farmers are eager to share their decades of experience while participating in a learning exchange with students.

Interns will work one day a week with Santa Cruz Farm, one days with Rocio produce, 3 days a week with Lovely Day Farm and half day Saturday’s at the Santa Fe Farmers market with the above mentioned farmers.

The bulk of the project will revolve around participating in daily farm work and creative participation by co-creating a project with one of the farms (this could be a writing, marketing, research, language building, an artistic project etc). We will also create regular discussions with participants in the local food movement. The student will also have the option of working with Serfina through the NMAA- a wonderful non-profit defending traditional water rights of New Mexican Agriculturalists. This internship is an excellent opportunity for examining where praxis meets theory in building a more sustainable culture. Students from diverse academic backgrounds will find many topics to explore, from ecology, politics, economics, spirituality and much more. We also do our best to make excursions to unique NM sites and events.

The ideal candidate needs to be willing to think sustainably and consider a systems approach. The student must be cultural sensitive and comfortable working outdoors under physically demanding circumstances. Students must be flexible as they are working with the changing needs of the crops and families. The farms seek individuals who are willing to work hard in the field but also willing to apply their formal learning abilities. The student must be able to work well in a team and independently.

Funding: 3,000
Available through the Center for the Environment Summer Leadership Fellowship Program; see application instructions.

Along with the Universal Application students must submit a cover letter describing their interests, experiences, and how this internship fits their career interest, a resume, writing example and three references with contact information.