Thursday, April 3, 2008

Farm Internship Curriculum and Handbook

There has been a lot of interest in farmers and farmers’ markets organizing internship opportunities for college students.

Hosting an intern takes a lot of work, but can be very beneficial for both the student and the producer. A friend of mine passed along this link that might take some of the guess work out of organizing an internship.

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Farm Internship Curriculum was designed to be used by individual farmers during the course of the workweek. Ideally, a farmer will use the In-Field curriculum when he or she is demonstrating a new task to interns.

Its companion Handbook, was authored by Maud Powell and developed and tested by Oregon farmers and interns. The handbook details successful methods of recruitment, hiring, negotiating with, training, and managing interns.

NEWS: Our farmers’ market intern Charlotte Jackson starts Monday, April 7. Be looking for blog posts from her next week.

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