Internship Details: Interns at Rhizosphere Farm learn mostly by doing. The program is primarily hands on, and interns will spend most of their time weeding, planting and harvesting. They will also go to farmer’s markets, keep records, and do deliveries. By working each day to refine these skills and immerse yourself in the rhythm of the work, you will learn to inherently become more efficient and effective at small-scale farming. This program is particularly well-suited for those seeking to connect and work with nature and those considering a future in farming. Unlike conventional classroom learning, interning integrates body and mind by strengthening the body, developing endurance and flexibility, and cultivating the mind through direct observation and building intuition through experience.
Meals: Partial board is provided. Along with the bounty available in the field, a list of ingredients is provided, and shopping is done each week. Lunchtime meals are usually as a group, and individuals take turn cooking. Some evening meals will be enjoyed together as well. A separate full kitchen is available at all times for individual cooking.
Skills Desired: Most of our applicants are seriously considering farming or gardening as a career. Apprentices do well here if they are open to what there is to learn and not necessarily attached to a specific agricultural philosophy or technique. Prior field experience can be very helpful but not as important as a willingness to meet the demands of the farm each day. It is essential that you: –Are able to commit to the entire season mid April through October and have a good work ethic –Are physically able to do field work, which involves a combination of stamina, strength and flexibility –Are able to work well with others in a team, have good communications skills, and are prepared contribute time and energy to the well being of community life
Educational Opportunities: Along with field work, interns will have several informal classes that will enhance their farm practice. We will discuss topics such as soils, greenhouse management, and others. Given the limits of time and focus, discussions are designed to introduce these topics as a springboard for students further research since most subjects involve a lifetime of study. We hope that apprentices finish with a good framework and continue to delve into the subject matter as the need and interest arises. In addition, field trips will be arranged to other farms to provide for a more well-rounded and diverse view of sustainable agriculture in the area. Often, interns will work for a bit with the host and receive a guided tour in order to gain a deeper understanding into various specialties of farming.
Stipend: Interns receive room and partial board. There is a monthly stipend to be paid at the end of each month (currently $450/month) Extra pay for farmer’s market shifts.
Housing: Housing is provided in a renovated space in the barn. There is a large, heated room with both a bedroom space and a kitchen dining area. Its a bit like a cross between camping and a studio apartment. The living quarters is close to the house where there is access to a modern bathroom and laundry.
Are you interested in signing up? We’d love to hear from you! Call us at 712-310-3715 or 402-813-9991.