Farm Intern

  • Internship
  • Part Time
  • San Jose

Website veggielution Veggielution

Veggielution connects people through food and farming

Who We Are

Veggielution connects people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San José. With the support of the City of San José, Veggielution broke ground in 2008 at Emma Prusch Farm Park, a former dairy farm that was deeded to the City of San José in 1962 to demonstrate the rich and diverse agricultural history of Santa Clara Valley.

In partnership with the City of San José, we offer Community Engagement, Environmental Education, and Food Sovereignty programs. Our goal is to engage residents from throughout Silicon Valley, with a special emphasis on fostering community and family engagement in the low-income, working immigrant community of East San José. We believe that through shared conversations and experiences, healthy food and outdoor learning, Veggielution can help to build community in East San José and change attitudes and policies toward low-income residents by strengthening diverse and multicultural social networks.

We are a diverse, tight-knit team of inquisitive, creative people committed to constant learning in pursuit of social change. We invest in each other’s growth and development as people and as professionals.

The Opportunity

We are looking for an energetic, responsible team member to work with our small and highly collaborative team. Veggielution’s farm internship program immerses participants in our urban farm’s daily activities and programs. The intern will work alongside the Veggielution Farm Manager to help with all aspects of growing food and maintaining our 6-acre urban farm, including: greenhouse work, irrigation, soil health management, pest and disease control, harvest, and fruit tree care. They will help the Farm Manager to ensure that farm program engagement at Veggielution is safe and welcoming to all who visit and volunteer. They will be invited to join Veggielution staff on periodic visits to other regional urban farms to learn and grow our professional networks. Our Ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in a college or community college program. They will be highly driven by our mission to connect people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San José.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Create a welcoming and inclusive space for all visitors to Veggielution
Assist the Farm Manager with:
Planting, managing and harvesting a wide variety of crops
Managing greenhouses
Composting
Caring for a small flock of laying hens
Adhere to Integrated Pest Management and soil health best practices
Adhere to a comprehensive set of farm and food safety procedures
Staff our weekly mobile farm stand at the entrance to Emma Prusch Farm Park
Other related duties, as assigned
What You Can Bring

We are searching for candidates with:

A commitment to the mission and vision of Veggielution
A commitment to racial and social justice and equity
A flexible and adaptable work ethic
The ability to work independently as well as on a close, collaborative team
Enthusiasm for meeting new people from diverse backgrounds with sensitivity to differences (of race/culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and age)
Conversational Spanish language proficiency preferred

Physical and Schedule Requirements

Availability to work 6 hours on Friday afternoons as well as another 6 hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays (final schedule to be determined in coordination with Farm Manager.)
Routine lifting of farm tools and equipment (up to 50 lbs unassisted)

The physical demands described here are representative of what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with differing abilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation: $15/hour

Duration: This is a temporary, part-time (12 hours/week) position from March 1 – November 30, 2020. 

How to apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to cayce@veggielution.org

To apply for this job email your details to cayce@veggielution.org