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Volunteer Farm Education and Field Intern

Internship Responsibilities

Description of Education Portion: This individual will assist the Education and CSA Program Coordinator with field trips attended by individuals, of all ages, many of which have developmental disabilities. Field trips are hands on and involve exploring the fields, cooking activities, and other activities related to environmental stewardship. Other tasks include: assisting with the maintenance and development of the Discovery Garden, assisting with interpretive signs around the farm, incorporating Red Wiggler growers (persons with disabilities that work at the farm) into tours and activities, writing portions of our weekly CSA newsletter & entries for our “Farm Notes” blog. Time allocation: May & June = 20hrs/week, July & August = as needed, at least 10hrs/week.

Description of Field portion: With the remaining hours, this individual will assist farmworkers with disabilities in everyday farm tasks, including planting, harvesting, composting, weeding, pest management, and some CSA and Farmer’s Market staffing, and assisting with events while keeping a positive attitude and maintaining a healthy and inclusive work environment.

Skill Set Required

 Interest in working with youth and adults with developmental disabilities  Interest in farm-based education & sustainable agriculture  Able to keep a positive attitude!  Able to work in a team as well as independently  Dependable  Comfortable leading tours and working with volunteer groups  Able to perform demanding physical labor  Ready to work outdoors in all weather

Training: No prior farm experience or knowledge is necessary, only a desire to learn and a proactive attitude. Red Wiggler Staff and Growers will provide training in areas of farm-based education and organic vegetable farming, including: Seed-starting, planting, weeding, irrigating, organic pest management, organic nutrient management, use and care of hand tools, record-keeping, harvesting, and post-harvest distribution.

Internship Location

Germantown, MD

Details

Semester: Spring (Feb - May), Summer (Jun - Aug), Fall (Sep - Dec)
Year: 2019
Hours per week: 40 hours/week
Workdays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pay: Yes, $390.00/month, weekly vegetables stipend

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: May 31, 2019
Required Documentation: Resume, Cover Letter
Application Instructions Submit letter of interest and resume to Darlene at darlene@redwiggler.org. Please include examples of experiences that demonstrate your ability to work with diverse populations and why you would like to become a part of the Red Wiggler community.

Additional Information

In addition to hands-on training and education, we participate in the Chesapeake Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) programs. Interns are strongly encouraged to participate these gatherings which provide learning and networking opportunities with area farmers and educators. We also offer monthly on-farm seminars on topics of interns’ choosing. Opportunities are available for interns to work on an independent project, with the help of Red Wiggler staff and grower(s). This project would be designed to benefit both the intern and Red Wiggler.

Headquarters

23400 Ridge Road
Germantown, Maryland 20876

About Red Wiggler Community Farm

Red Wiggler Community Farm is a sustainable farm located in Montgomery County, Maryland where people with and without developmental disabilities come together to work, learn and grow healthy food.

Founded in 1996, Red Wiggler was created to provide meaningful employment and healthy food for adults with developmental disabilities. On our 12-acre campus, Red Wiggler’s participants cultivate vegetables on seven acres and sell or donate this produce to a diverse population. 

Our core values include:

  • Reconnecting people with the source of their food and the local community.
  • Creating an environment of respect, cooperation, integrity, and innovative thinking.
  • Ensuring purposeful work and equal treatment for all stakeholders.
  • Fostering opportunities for outreach and meaningful education of youth, adults, and employees.
  • Building local food security for our community.
  • Being a catalyst for community collaborations and volunteerism.
  • Practicing environmental stewardship through sustainable farming practices and careful attention to watershed and habitat protection.
  • Conserving resources and reducing our carbon footprint through thoughtful decisions about our built environment, program development, and energy use.