Mother Earth Farm is an 8-acre food bank farm run by the Emergency Food Network. Located in the Puyallup River valley, the farm uses organic practices to grow about 100,000 pounds of fresh produce a year for Pierce County food banks and hot meal sites. Mostly focused on vegetables, Mother Earth also has an orchard, beehives, and a small herb and flower garden. We work closely on all farm tasks with a crew of incarcerated people from the Washington Correctional Center for Women in Gig Harbor as an educational and job-training program. The farm also relies on the work of volunteers, hosting individuals and groups from our surrounding community. Internship Responsibilities
The farm is dedicated to providing workers with excellent instruction, feedback, and open appreciation for their labor, and interns will benefit from and be expected to actively participate in all aspects of this education and communication. Interns will gain an understanding of the whys and hows of sustainable, community-based agriculture as well as realities of food insecurity in Pierce County and will be involved with all aspects of vegetable and fruit production on the farm. Daily work will include cultivation, transplanting, plant propagation and harvesting of over 80 different varieties of organic vegetables. An important part of intern responsibilities will also involve working with community volunteers and engaging them in the work of the Emergency Food Network. This will include tasks such as giving tours, supervising volunteers, and submitting photos and write ups for use in EFN’s social media.
Education, connection to community resources and the local farming community will also be available. Continuing education credits through WSU are accessible provided interns participate in on-farm learning opportunities.
This is an unpaid position with the possibility of a stipend.
While the farm managers and EFN staff will provide training on organic farming methods, supervising volunteers, and more, interns are expected to meet the following qualifications:
* Positive, flexible attitude
* Good communication skills and a willingness to work on them
* Enthusiasm for physical labor
* Able to work outside in all conditions
* Ability to work in a group and alone
* Desire to participate in community
* Experience working with diverse groups desired but NOT necessary
* Previous gardening and farming experience desired but NOT necessary
Please note, this is not a paid position.