Spring Creek Farm hiring Interns

Palmer, Alaska

Spring Creek Farm is excited to announce farm internship positions for summer 2016! We are a program of Alaska Pacific University located in Palmer, Alaska growing a variety of mixed vegetables for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, farmer’s markets, APU dining services, and Alaska Tilth which provides fresh produce to the most vulnerable members of our community.

What we offer

Interns will learn a variety of skills rooted in ecologically sustainable agriculture. There will be opportunities to engage in the local farm community through workshops, farm visits, and potlucks. We fully immerse interns in the beauty and challenges of growing food in the sub arctic, demonstrating season extension techniques, food storage, and cold soils management. Interns are an integral part of our operation and play a vital role as we work to create a more resilient food system in Alaska. Historically interns concurrently enrolled college have been able to receive credit for this internship through their home institution. Opportunities also exist to teach in our learning garden, implement permaculture designs, attend Alaska Tilth cooking demonstrations, and meet other agricultural goals.

What we expect from interns

The position runs from the beginning of May to the end of September. Flexibility for a university schedule is possible for the right applicant. Interns must be steadfast and enthusiastic workers. They are required to work 32 hours per week, during which time they will participate in all aspects of small scale sustainable farming from greenhouse propagation to harvest and marketing. Work takes place rain or shine and is very physically demanding.

Compensation

$300 monthly educational stipend, and fresh produce.

Accommodations

Interns are housed on the farm, in 8’x10′ wall tents, and supplied with a cot or air mattress. They have full access to a shared house with bathrooms, kitchen, computer lab, washing machine/dryer and indoor living space. The farm is 3 miles from downtown Palmer. Regular trips to town are made for supplies and socializing.

Requirements

The ideal candidate is passionate about the food movement, can lift 50 pounds, and has a willingness to work hard in the field rain or shine. Some farming or gardening experience is preferred. Must be at least 18.

Application

Please send three references, a resume and cover letter to:
Megan Talley mtalley@alaskapacific.edu

View the full job description here: Spring Creek Farm Internships

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