St. Paul, Minnesota
Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA)
TITLE: HAFA Intern
COMPENSATION: $1200/month, June – November 30th
SUPERVISOR: Depending upon the assigned area, Farm & Research or Alternatives Markets, the supervisor could be the Executive Director, the Senior Organizer, or one of the HAFA Organizers.
The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a membership based nonprofit organization that works with Hmong American farmers in the Twin Cities and the surrounding metropolitan area. The mission of the organization is to advance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of these farmers and their families. Many Hmong farmers face numerous obstacles to farming including lack of access to land, capital, training and alternative markets besides the farmers’ market system. Through cooperative farming, education and advocacy, HAFA works with Hmong farmers and their families to create a path to wealth creation not just income generation.
This internship is an incredible learning opportunity for anyone looking to get first-hand experience pioneering a local food hub, piloting innovative sustainable agricultural practices, helping to solve challenges faced by farmers in the local food system, and helping to run a bourgeoning cooperative farm.
HAFA interns are expected to work a minimum of 30hrs. a week on a number of assigned activities. Interns should be prepared to work hard and in a variety of different weather conditions. Interns should arrive to work on time, complete their assignments efficiently, and act respectfully and professionally to fellow colleagues and farmers.
All interns are expected to assist with the HAFA farm maintenance activities, which include land maintenance, loading and unloading produce and special events on the HAFA Farm. In addition, the following activities are areas of specialization for HAFA interns.
Alternative Markets Program (AMP)
- Communicating with farmers and staff about upcoming orders and contract deliverables
- Communicating with institutional partners and CSA members about upcoming orders and contract deliverables
- Cleaning and maintaining the rinse station, packing shed and cooler area in accordance with food safety standards
- Packing, loading, tracking, cleaning and maintaining all packaging, small equipment, materials, and protocols associated with the AMP in accordance with food safety standards
- Washing, sorting, packing, loading and unloading produce for institutional sales
- Conducting due diligence tests on farmers and their produce
- Performing data entry
- Other duties as assigned
HAFA Farm Research Projects
- Maintaining HAFA demonstration projects on bee hives, cover crops, pollinators and pea trellis
- Maintaining HAFA crops such as watermelons, cucumbers and corn
- Communicating with farmers, staff and technical experts about research projects
- Collecting soil and water tests
- Conducting ground and building maintenance on the farm
- Interacting with farmers to ensure compliance with HAFA Farm protocols and to ascertain farmers’ thoughts about the farm
- Preparing the farm for the September Open House
- Other duties as assigned
Prospective candidates MUST have reliable transportation. HAFA prefers interns who can work through the month of November. HAFA is an equal opportunity employer. The ability to speak Hmong and knowledge of Hmong culture and customs is a plus. If interested, please send your resume, cover letter, 3 references and a writing sample to: Zoe Hollomon at Zoe@hmongfarmers.com. Please put “Farm Hand Applicant” in the Subject Line.