Agro-Ecology Internship

Interns at our 11 acre, 11 year old, Catholic Worker farm will learn about, participate in and make invaluable contributions to all farm activities. Ethical food production & distribution, ecological land use, and community building comprise our primary identity and mission. Using organic and sustainable methods, we grow a diverse variety of vegetables & fruits for distribution to local food donation venues, volunteer workers, and paying members in roughly equal proportions. The farm also practices beekeeping for honey production and tends a small flock of poultry for eggs. Land stewardship activities include prairie restoration, cover cropping & permaculture-inspired practices. We promote community interaction by sponsoring regular public potluck discussions and a variety of classes & workshops, as well as participating in community events and groups. Interns will be gaining leadership experience working alongside, training & managing volunteers from the local community. In addition to making immediate impacts on our farm's mission, interns play a vital role in the daily life of the farm, including preparing & sharing meals, and also help the farm team with consensus decision-making. Other activities could include carpentry, seed saving, candle making, food preservation, spiritual reflection, and music. Agro-ecology interns will also have the opportunity to contribute to unique projects based on interests and skills. Want science experience? Help us manage our on-farm research. This year we will again take part in replicated, controlled experiments in collaboration with the Practical Farmers of Iowa. Make observations, collect, and analyze data. Want teaching experience? Teach kids at the summer food & learning program in town, or teach kids and adults in summer classes at the farm. Want design, art, or writing experience? Focus on our newspaper, CSA newsletters, or web presence. Or, focus on another aspect of the farm, like prairie or fruit production. In this 2019 season, we plan to focus on 3 aspects of our relationship to climate change. First, how personally and community-wise we can help lessen our contribution to climate change. Secondly, what adaptations to the changing climate can we make for resiliency in our immediate environment. Thirdly, psychologically and spiritually how we can we deal with the repercussions of the unprecedented changes in our ecology. Also in the summer of 2019, Mustard Seed Farm hopes to host interns that have experience and/or enthusiasm for contributing to improving aspects of our system design. The farm has continued to grow successfully with our mission goals over the years, evolving in new ways and with new team members (including interns). However, this coming summer we plan to spend more time focusing on how to more effectively meet our goals through bettering our organizational system, improving our infrastructure, more fully utilizing human resources and introducing a Sheep Grazing System. Our farm draws from Catholic social teachings and is part of the Catholic Worker movement. We welcome persons of all backgrounds, spiritual beliefs, genders and sexualities. We expect 30 hours of work per week towards the farm’s mission, more than half of which would be in the manual labor of food production. In addition, interns will contribute to daily living tasks and participate in farm events. Simple room & board are provided. Plenty of learning, working, and fun are close at hand at our rustic rural Iowa location, near Ames, in Boone County. Instructions to apply: Send cover letter with personal goals for an internship with Mustard Seed, resume, and 2 references to [email protected] Applications will be considered in order received, with a final deadline of March 15, 2019. Internships can occur between May 1, and October 15, with a minimum length of 8 weeks. For more information: Contact Nate Kemperman, (515) 231-2002 [email protected] -or Alice McGary, (978) 471-8414 [email protected] Also visit: