Organic Farm Internship

Hours per week

Duration: 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month

Published

10/31/2018

Address

1 Sisters of Providence
St. Mary-of-the-Woods
IN
47876
United States

Description

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice is an educational ministry of the Sisters of Providence. Our mission is to teach, care, and inspire for all creation. At WVC you'll find forestland, a 7 acre certified organic garden, orchards, pollinator habitat, a small apiary, a flock of chickens, and a herd of about 40 alpacas. The produce grown at WVC is used in kitchens on campus and sold to our Community Supported Agriculture program members, in our Farm Store and local farmers’ market. We do value-added processing such as dehydrating, fermenting, and pickling for our CSA and for retail sale,. The alpaca manure is used for compost in the garden and their valuable fiber is harvested annually to create handmade yarns, scarves, hats, shawls, and other garments.

Duties: Interns at WVC are expected to participate in regular field work in our gardens and with our animals, field trips, educational seminars, and occasional extracurricular enrichment activities (e.g., regional farming conferences). Most costs associated with these activities are covered by WVC as part of the internship program. Specific duties of the intern’s program will be determined based on their goals and time of year, but will revolve around regular small farm operations, e.g., land & soil management, pasture management, animal care & husbandry, planting, scheduling, regulation compliance, etc. The intern will also complete a project in their chosen area.

Qualifications: Applicants must be physically fit, capable of lifting at least 50lbs, must be able to use a shovel and wheelbarrow easily, and able to work in a variety of weather conditions. Previous experience with animals is preferred if working with the alpacas, but not necessary to apply. Above all, we encourage a willingness to learn and ability to self-direct.

Benefits

Benefits include a private room, farm produce, a daily community meal with the Sisters of Providence, a $150 monthly stipend, and access to WVC workshops and retreats, such as felting, weaving, spinning, cooking, alpaca husbandry, and more. Household items such as laundry soap and cleaning supplies are provided.

How To Apply

If you're ready to explore an internship you can begin by first completing the application below.

Application for Internship at White Violet Center


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