Washington State University
Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
Summer Internship Program in Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
S&S Homestead Farm, Lopez Island, Washington
An excellent opportunity is available for 1-2 summer interns on a small, integrated organic farm on Lopez Island, Washington. These internships will provide opportunities for hands-on experience as well as research projects on a self-sufficient farm that produces vegetables, eggs, dairy products, meats and livestock, emphasizing sustainability through biodynamics.
Individualized programs, which will be developed by a guidance team consisting of the student, representatives of the student's academic department, WSU's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR), and Henning Sehmsdorf (Adjunct Professor, CSANR, and farmer) will be implemented in two, complementary ways:
· Guided farm work emphasizing the practices of biodynamic agriculture, including integration of animals, flowers and vegetables; composting; soil preparation; seeding and transplanting; weed and pest control; irrigation; harvesting; processing and marketing.
· Independent readings, as well as on-farm research or applied projects as appropriate. Interns are expected to keep reflective journals, write reports on their readings and discuss their work at weekly farm seminars. A final, comprehensive project or demonstration will be evaluated by the guidance team.
The choice of on-farm research or applied project is up to the intern. A list of suggested projects that are practicable on this farm during the internship will be sent upon request. Interns select one or more of these projects depending on the length of their stay on the farm.
Student interns who have completed an undergraduate degree or are in a graduate program are preferred. Well-qualified undergraduates will be considered. Interns interested in academic credit should arrange for this through their departmental faculty contacts at their home institutions. On-farm housing, shower, laundry, and access to a fully equipped kitchen as well as food from the farm available at cost. Interns are required to provide their own health insurance coverage.
For interns to get the maximum benefit, the farm owners would like to host them for the entire planting/growing/harvesting season if students' schedules permit (April through October). The minimum stay is early May through mid-August.
For more information and an application form, contact email@example.com, or call 360-468-3335. See also our website at http://csanr.wsu.edu/DemoFarms/