World Farmers seeks two part-time summer interns to contribute towards marketing and production of a wide variety of ethnic crops at the Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster, MA. This year, not only are we establishing an Immigrant Farmer Marketing Cooperative, but we will also sell produce through a CSA in Boston, farmers markets throughout the state, grocery stores in Worcester and possibly even a mobile farm stand bus!
For over 25 years, immigrant farmers from different parts of the world have been growing culturally significant produce at Flats Mentor Farm. Many of these immigrant farmers are successfully translating their previous agricultural experience into small-scale enterprises at the Flats Mentor Farm and in the United States. Since 2005, farmers from six different African countries have joined the FMF community, which now consists of over 80 farmers. This wonderful and diverse group of people comes together at Flats Mentor Farm with hopes to grow healthy food for their communities, connect with the land in a new country and gain extra income by selling high-quality produce. In 2012, World Farmers began efforts to establish a farmer marketing cooperative, which will assist farmers in selling their produce and offer a series of trainings in both beginning enterprise skills and fundamental agricultural methods to increase farmers’ capacity.
Interns will be responsible for activities involving crop production, produce distribution, selling at farmers markets, CSA distribution, direct sales to stores, website design and customer communications. This is an excellent opportunity for those desiring experiences in cross-cultural engagement, produce marketing and contributing directly towards healthier local food systems. Interns will work in a range of environments, including the farm, the office and farmers markets.
Positions are part-time from early-May 2013 to late August 2013 with possibility of starting earlier in spring or ending later in fall depending on intern availability.
A valid U.S. Driver’s License is required to apply.
Experience in the following areas is preferred:
- Growing vegetables for markets using sustainable methods
-Selling at a farmers market or operating a CSA
- Maintaining a regularly updated website or blog
- Writing newsletters or conducting interviews
- Cross-cultural communication and sensitivity
- Knowledge of Swahili, Kirundi or Hmong languages would be exceptionally valuable
Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1st, 2013