Accepting Applications for the 2019 growing season.
Do you want to learn about organic agriculture in depth through a season-long paid opportunity? We are excited to offer students a season long experience that starts in January and spans the entire growing season. Our goal is for students to gain a comprehensive view of organic farm management, practice leadership and practical farming skills, and strengthen our organic agriculture program at the University of Minnesota through more continuous involvement with the student farm.
Applicants have the option to participate in one or more seasons of work, with preference given to students opting for the full three seasons. Apprentices will participate in all aspects of the farm from helping create the crop plan, to implementing it throughout the growing season, and marketing the crops we grow. The apprenticeship also includes a 1 credit directed study class during Spring semester, where students will dive deep into theory and practices behind organic growing before we move into the field at the end of spring semester. We will also have weekly meeting with all apprentices to create weekly and seasonal plans, work hours during spring semester will be fairly flexible options for M-F work. (HORT 3090 will be Fridays from 12-3pm and include our weekly meeting).
A sample seasonal schedule looks like this:
Spring: 7 (paid) hours per week. Activities include ordering seeds, growing microgreens, making soil blocks, planting seeds, preparing and planting greenhouse and high tunnels, record keeping, and supervising volunteers. Although a large sum of our work spring semester will take place in the greenhouse, by the end of the semester we will be working outside on the farm.
Summer: Part time (20-30 hours/ week) or Full time (up to 40 hours/ week often includes executing a summer research project). Activities include marketing the farm’s produce, coordinating volunteers and outreach efforts, helping raise chickens, manage weeds, pests and diseases on the farm and /or carrying out on farm research, and more!
Fall: 10-15 hours per week. Activities will include harvesting and marketing (early fall is one of the busiest times of year on the farm!), and end of season wrap up.
The apprenticeship is available to students currently enrolled in any U of M degree program. Applicants interested in the Apprenticeship Program at Cornercopia should complete the application and submit it to Courtney Tchida either by email at email@example.com or to the MISA office (in person 413 Hayes Hall or by mail in to 411 Borlaug Hall 1991 Upper Buford Circle St. Paul, MN 55108). The Cornercopia Apprenticeship Program is funded in part by the Martha Anderson Fund for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture.
Applications received by Monday November 26th, 2018 will receive top priority.
The apprenticeship will start January 25th 2018.
Additional opportunities available:
Interested in conducting research on organic growing methods? UROPs & the Johnson Research Internship are available and the farm has a long history of hosting research projects.
Just interested in learning more but already have a summer commitment? Students can enroll in Hort 3090 during Spring Semester complete the farm apprenticeship directed study.
Interested in completing your require Internship credit at the Farm? Students can enroll in HORT 4096 to fulfill their Internship credit requirement.
Summer internships May- October are also available.
Questions? Contact Courtney Tchida firstname.lastname@example.org