MHC Food Justice Intern

This opportunity is a Miller Worley MHConnect internship and is available to Mount Holyoke students only. Lynk funding required.

Location: South Hadley, MA

Position title: Food Justice Intern

Duration: June-August 2019

Housing: Students are responsible for finding their own housing.

Description

The Food Justice Intern will assist with planning, managing, cultivating and harvesting from the Food Justice Society Vegetable Garden, in addition to securing and delivering produce through various outlets as designated by the Food Justice Society. The intern will work to develop and maintain systems for crop planning and for tracking and evaluating the productivity of the garden, managing harvest and sales records, and documenting the garden’s impact on the community. The intern will also develop interpretative materials designed to promote awareness of the project and to communicate the goals and accomplishments of the Food Justice Society and Mount Holyoke’s initiatives towards sustainability in general.

This internship is a collaboration between and overseen by the Botanic Garden and Dining Services in the interest of furthering the campus-wide initiative towards sustainability and to provide exposure to issues of food security in the local community. Alongside staff at Dining Services, the intern will have the opportunity to examine current campus food systems and to pursue and establish relationships with local food producers. The intern will also work with Dining Services on other existing projects, such as maintaining the herb-growing chamber in the Dining Commons and coordinating the incorporation of dehydrated food waste into an active composting system.

In addition to working in the Vegetable Garden and with Dining Services, the intern will spend a few hours each week assisting the Botanic Garden staff and interns on various projects including basic maintenance and upkeep of the gardens and greenhouse, including plant propagation and weed management.

Responsibilities

Collaborating with the Food Justice Society (FJS) before the end of the spring semester to establish goals and create a crop plan for the growing season

Overall management of the FJS Vegetable Garden including:

  • Seeding, cultivating, and harvesting crops
  • Maintaining the raised beds and grounds around the garden including:
  • Building new beds, mulching, mowing, raking, etc.
  • Post-harvest management including:
  • Washing and storing crops
  • Securing outlets for and delivering produce on and off-campus
  • Maintaining planting and harvest logs
  • Documenting where produce is sold and/or donated to
  • Further developing and maintaining a social media account for the Food Justice Society in order to promote awareness and to cultivate interest in the mission
  • Develop and organize accessible educational and interpretive materials about the Vegetable Garden, the FJS, and campus sustainability initiatives to be displayed on site
  • Plan for fall production in the Vegetable Garden and
  • Plan student work days for the fall semester, including potential trips to local farms for gleaning
  • Work with Dining Services (DS) staff to review existing on-campus food systems and to identify new potential resources for purchasing local food for the campus community
  • Build a composting system and coordinate with DS to incorporate the dehydrated food produced by the kitchen
  • Create signage to be displayed alongside campus-grown produce served in the Dining Commons to promote awareness of the FJS Garden and local food initiatives
  • Work with DS to increase and improve the productivity of the herb-growing chamber in the Dining Commons
  • Compile a summary of crop production and projects over the course of the growing season to be presented to the FJS members at the start of the fall semester

Qualifications

  • Sincere interest in organic agriculture and a strong desire to be involved with all aspects of maintaining a vegetable garden
  • An interest in organic agriculture, food and/or social justice as a career path is desirable
  • Passion for working on food and social justice issues and an interest in sustainability and the local community
  • A strong work ethic and the ability to fully participate in the activities and duties of the internship
  • Outgoing, engaging personality, comfortable working in a collaborative setting, taking direction and working efficiently
  • Self-driven work ethic and the ability to work on one’s own and to initiate relationships with other organizations
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and in a variety of physically demanding scenarios, including being able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Computer/social media skills (Excel, Google docs, Instagram, etc.)
  • Ability to set up and organize spreadsheets; quantitative skills a plus
  • Experience in leadership or supervisory role helpful

Application Instructions

Students must apply to this position through Handshake by February 22, 2019. But must complete Step 1 of the Lynk UAF application by February 15, 2019 at 5 pm, in the Applications section of the Self Service area on my.mtholyoke.edu.

In your cover letter, please discuss both the experience you bring to the internship and the skills and experience you hope to gain (in no more than a page). Please also list contact information for two references that can speak to your work or school experience.

The Miller Worley MHConnect process also requires an advising meeting with the Asst. Director of the Miller Worley Center (email internships_mwce@mtholyoke.edu) as well as a faculty reference (submitted via this form: http://bit.do/mwcefacultyref) before February 22.

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