Seminary Hill Farm covers 10 acres of the 80-acre campus of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. It is our mission to teach small-scale farming and produce good food for all in pursuit of a just, sustainable, and generative world. The farm produces vegetables for the campus dining hall, a community supported agriculture operation, and partners with multiple non-profit organizations to address food insecurity. Regenerative growing practices are continually evolving and include crop rotations, cover cropping, composting, mulching, and mindful tillage.
Position Description: Seminary Hill Farm Fall Intern
2022 Fall Internships are available between August 22 and Nov. 11, 2022. Applications are also being accepted for a March 2023 start date. Interns fully engage in stewardship tasks for seasonal vegetable production, delivery, and farm-to-table processing for the Seminary Hill Farm kitchen. Prior farming and gardening experience not required. See: seminaryhillfarm.org for the full position description.
Wage and hours: interns will work 40-hour weeks ($12/hour, no overtime) while participating in all aspects of day-to-day farm work. Work hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., or 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m if helping with CSA distribution. Intermittent 4-hour shifts on weekends – with corresponding 4 hours off during weekdays – are required.
Food: Interns will have lunch at the dining hall (when open) and a free CSA share.
Housing: On-campus, unfurnished student housing is provided.
Academic credit: Interns who are also students can receive academic credit through approval and process of their home institutions.
Campus amenities: Interns are able to utilize the Dickhaut Library and participate in campus student activities and events.
Schedule: Fall Internships are available between Aug. 22 and Nov. 11, 2022. Applications are also being accepted for a March 2023 start date. Start and end dates are flexible. Please indicate your preferred start date in your application.
Application deadline for August start: July 31 or until positions are filled.
Farm intern overview: Interns fully engage in stewardship tasks for seasonal vegetable production, delivery and farm-to-table processing for the Seminary Hill Farm kitchen. Prior farming and gardening experience is not required. Farm tasks include:
Seeding, seedling and transplant production, planting, and maintenance of fruit and vegetable crops
Harvest, post-harvest handling and packing of farm products
CSA, food bank and nonprofit distributions
Small and large equipment and hand tool utilization and maintenance
Crop water and soil moisture management (sprinkler, drip irrigation, mulching)
Pest management (monitoring, treating, and application of materials and techniques) of weeds, insects, wildlife destruction and diseases.
Internships are conducted in a collaborative environment with opportunities for multi-dimensional exploration and growth, including:
Day-to-day work-flow coordination, management and team-advised decision-making processes
Directing, teaching, and learning from each other and visiting volunteers
Incorporating life skills into self-designed, land-based independent projects
Participating in extension opportunities such as regional farm tours, on-site guest lectures and self-care activities
Daily communal lunch featuring Seminary Hill Farm produce, an important part of the farm day, allowing additional interaction with our permanent farm team, our chef/farmers, and a range of guests.
Physical requirements: Must have the range of motion, strength and stamina to accomplish the farm work listed above, as well as the ability to work outside in all types of weather.
Who can apply: The intern experience is open to all who have a calling to steward the land and engage in justice-oriented personal and community development.
To apply, email resume and cover letter to Erin Wiggins: email@example.com. Letters of recommendation are not required but can be helpful in your application.