Sustainable Agriculture Adult Internship Program
An opportunity for adults interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in sustainable urban agriculture through hands-on experience, instruction and support from mentor farmers.
Who We Are: The Grow Dat Youth Farm’s mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Young people are hired to grow food for their community and participate in a 19-week leadership development program from January to June. By using organic growing methods, we grow vegetables, herbs, fruit and mushrooms from October to July and cover crop during the hottest months.
About the Internship:
Grow Dat is interested in hosting 4-6 interns per year. Applicants may choose either a 6-month internship period (January – June) or a 10-month internship period (September-June).
Work with our farm team on our beautiful 4-acre site in City Park to help reach our production goals. Over the course of the internship, interns will advance their knowledge and experience in:
- Garden/Farm planning
- Weed recognition and abatement
- Soil building & mulching
- Compost creation and maintenance
- Cover crop selection, methods and rotation
- Irrigation design and installation
- Greenhouse & seedling propagation
- Planting & transplanting
- Succession planting
- Harvest techniques, post harvest handling, marketing
- Record keeping
- Tool use and maintenance
- Leading volunteer groups on farm tasks
- Receiving regular constructive feedback from Farm Manager and Farm Assistant
- Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
- Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and perform a diversity of farm tasks
- Must be able to accept constructive criticism
- Must have positive attitude and be able to work as part of a team
- Work hours: 12 hours per week, schedule flexible based on schedule
Compensation and Benefits:
The internship is un-paid but includes benefits of weekly donated farm produce, strong mentorship from the Farm Manager and Farm Assistant, and an opportunity to work with a diverse team of youth and adults committed to building more sustainable and food-secure New Orleans. School credit can also be coordinated.
* If interested in applying or have additional questions, please contact Farm Manager, Leo Gorman: firstname.lastname@example.org, 504.616.1777