IFFS is very excited to share our NFG Internship program to assist in the work of the Nutrition, Farms and Gardens Programs! These internships are a valuable training experience for participants, an ideal way to get involved in your local community and work on growing a sustainable and accessible local food system. We hope the experience will be valuable to participants in providing them with skills as well as a broader understanding of issues related to food insecurity in our community.
Email the contact person listed below if you would like a Volunteer Internship Application.
Wake Community Gardens (2 positions) Contact Lara@foodshuttle.org
- Seeking two graduate level interns to assist in the management of two Wake County Community Gardens by helping engage community and youth, plan educational activities, lead small research projects and attend to garden needs. Interns will also assist with Urban Ag projects focused on increasing food access, creating jobs for urban youth and food justice advocacy.
- Required: experience working with youth/community; knowledge of gardening; enthusiasm and dependability.
- Desired: Spanish-speaking. Minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for at least 12 weeks. Great opportunity for hands on experience, training and mentorship from nutrition, farm and garden experts.
Raleigh Urban Ag Program (3 positions) Contact Maurice@foodshuttle.org
- Seeking three Urban Ag Interns that share passion for youth, soil and food. The interns will help direct community food justice awareness programs. The base of these programs is healthy community food access. The interns would help with urban soil creation and production: composting as a community is paramount. The interns will assist with creating soil in an urban environment from both a production and a policy viewpoint. The interns will help with research and advocacy based around urban, young adult job creation.
Teaching Farms (3 positions) Contact: Neal@FoodShuttle.org
- Work with our Farm Manager to specialize in an area of operation, including livestock, vermi-composting, pest control, greenhouse production, and vegetable production at IFFS Teaching Farm in Raleigh. This is a hands-on working position with project deliverables, such as instruction manuals, signage, and standard operating procedures.
Durham Community Garden (2 positions) Contact Abbey@foodshuttle.org
- Work with our youth garden employees to develop opportunities for selling produce they grow in the garden. Fall garden hours are Monday evenings and Saturday mornings so availability one or both days is needed. Internship will involve marketing, developing procedures and customer relations as well as mentoring teens.
Regional Farmer Training Programs (3 positions) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is the newest Regional Outreach Training Center for Will Allen’s internationally recognized community food organization Growing Power. We are seeking an intern to help put together our first annual “Plant the Pavement!” workshop series, a set of intensive hands-on urban ag workshops co-taught by Growing Power and IFFS Staff.
- Required: A demonstrated interest in community development, sustainable agriculture, or social justice. Full day availability November 8-11.
- Desired: Bilingual (Spanish), experience with curriculum development, graphic design skills.
- The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, United Piedmont (CRAFT-UP) is a coalition of new and established farmers dedicated to creating a more just and sustainable food system in Central NC through farmer-to-farmer trainings, social events, and community resource development. We are seeking two interns to assist with outreach to regional farmers, event planning, and developing a comprehensive public database of available farm land in the region.
- Required: Outgoing personality, comfortable speaking in public and developing new relationships, excellent writing skills, and access to transportation to rural areas.
- Desired: basic knowledge of market farming, Bilingual (Spanish), experience with community resource mapping, web development skills.
Program descriptions, Internship Logistics, and more information available here: http://foodshuttle.org/_public/documents/87/Food_Shuttle_Nutrition_Farms_and_Gardens_Volunteer_Internships_Fall_2012.docx