Vegan Farm Internship 

Interns will be part of a team emphasizing a dynamic exchange of ideas that will improve the productivity and efficiency of the vegan farm. In addition to direct participation with all aspects of the vegan farm, interns will be encouraged to gain knowledge of growing techniques through reading, discussion, volunteering at other local farms, interaction with extension agents, online and offsite presentations and workshops.  Also, interns will work with the landscape around the barns and offices and the landscape of the larger sanctuary to enhance the beauty of the sanctuary, provide habitat for wildlife and improve the lives of the animal residents 

Benefits

  • Be an integral part of a model veganic farm located on a beautiful animal sanctuary
  • Learn to grow vegetables and fruits through direct participation
  • Improve the lives of all animals by demonstrating the benefits of veganic agriculture

Duties and Responsibilities

Internship involvement will vary depending on the months of participation.  However, interns will be introduced to all aspects of farm development.  These include:

  • Plant propagation from seed, cuttings, division and grafts 
  • Planting of trees, small fruits and vegetables from starts grown on-site or purchased from wholesalers
  • Establishment of beneficial plant borders
  • Soil amendment and bed preparation
  • Irrigation and supplement fertilization
  • Composting
  • Weed control
  • Pest identification and integrated pest management
  • Harvest and successional planting
  • Seed saving
  • Food preservation
  • Fruit tree pruning and care
  • Ornamental landscape maintenance
  • Land stewardship of the 600-acre sanctuary
  • Construction of mobile cold-frames and drying houses

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the vegan philosophy of least harm
  • Desire to research areas of interest and apply the knowledge learned
  • 40 hours a week for a minimum of 8 weeks March-October
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Physically able to lift at least 50 lbs, and perform other physically demanding chores
  • Reliable
  • Comfortable working individually and in a group

Currently, the micro-farm is designed to provide food for the resident animals, staff and volunteers.  However, this year we will introduce limited sales of produce to visitors. Primarily, interns will be asked to assist with the established plans for vegetable and fruit production and will be encourage to present new ideas that will improve the production and efficiency of the micro-farm. 

The micro-farm at Animal Place does not exist as an isolated project.  This internship will include work with the ornamental landscape around the barns and offices and the natural landscape of the larger sanctuary to enhance the beauty of the sanctuary provide habitat for wildlife and improve the lives of animal residents.  Our hope is that this broad exposure to the many aspects of horticulture at Animal place will foster an ethical approach to agricultural and landscape ecology.

In addition to direct participation with all aspects of the micro-farm and land stewardship, interns will be encouraged to gain knowledge of growing techniques and landscape ecology through reading, discussion, volunteering at other farms, interaction with extension agents, online and offsite presentations and workshops.   Interns will also be given the flexibility to initiate and lead projects that reflect their own interests.   New ideas and projects will be tested in the field with a constant focus on reducing energy use and labor, always within the vegan philosophy of least harm.

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