About the Program
The North Farm Intern experience will include support of an organic diversified vegetable production facility that focuses on four-season production in a northern latitude climate. The site serves also as an outreach and education facility – promoting development of farmers that want to contribute to the local food system. The intern will be expected to assist with vegetable production, harvest, marketing and storage. They will also be involved in applied research opportunities related to season extension. Organizational and record keeping skills are vital as every practice is well documented on the farm. There may also include some periodic farm facility development and maintenance, including small, on-farm construction tasks. There will be substantial opportunities to assist Extension staff in delivering programs and working alongside Apprentice Farmers that are hosted at the site. Learning objectives will include, but not limited to: diversified vegetable production in an organic system, understanding season extension technologies, developing strategies to market vegetable crops, and conducting outreach with farmers – experienced and new – that want to learn more about the work at The North Farm. Work will be primarily supervised by Ashley McFarland, Center Coordinator and Collin Thompson, North Farm Manager.
North Farm Educational Programs
The site host for the intern organizes and executes multiple educational programs throughout the season. The intern will gain experience in understanding the logistics behind event management and have the opportunity to develop curriculum, give presentations, and assist with evaluation of these programs, which reach a wide array of audiences. These events include, but are not limited to:
How to Participate
Internships are open to eligible Michigan State University students. To view internship opportunities, visit https://msu.joinhandshake.com/jobs/606837.