Interviews: March 8-April 8, 2018
INTERNSHIPS ON AN ORGANIC COMMERCIAL PEONY
Three kinds of positions are available:
INTERN LEVEL I: minimum one month stay including at least two weeks in July.
Interns participate in farm activities for 30 hours per week, flexible schedule, and complete at least 3 study modules in sustainable agriculture, 3-4 hours weekly. Farm activities will include:
- Weeding and monitoring the 7400 peony plants for plant pathogens and insect pests.
- Watering and feeding with organic manure tea on a bi-weekly schedule.
- Clipping and removing plant parts as needed.
- Disbudding (removing side buds) in the early part of the flowering season.
- Working in the organic food garden as needed.
- Helping with farm buildings as needed (light construction some afternoons), using sustainable building techniques.
- Study modules will include plant pathogen identification, composting techniques, sustainable building techniques, and field trips to different types of farms, including farms with livestock.
INTERN LEVEL II: minimum 6 weeks to two month stay including last two weeks in July, from July 15 to July 31st. Interns participate in farm activities for 30 hours per week, flexible schedule, and complete at least 5 study modules in sustainable agriculture, 3-4 hours weekly. LEVEL II INTERNS will have the opportunity to become proficient in all aspects of peony field management, including operating irrigation, water-harvesting, and drainage management systems. Farm activities will include all of the Level I activities listed above, and the following additional activities:
- Managing rain water-harvesting techniques.
- Driving the 4-wheeler and possibly the farm truck.
- Assisting with applications of mycorrhizae enhancers.
- Field management including drainage systems, windbreaks and borders.
- Study modules will include those listed above for the LEVEL I, and also include modules covering water systems, native plants, and optional study of a foreign language (French, Spanish, or Chinese).
VOLUNTEERS: minimum stay 2 weeks, up to three months at any time from mid May to mid September. Participating in study modules is optional. Volunteers participate in farm activities for 30 hours per week, flexible schedule. Volunteers receive certificates, but do not get internship credit.