Summer Farm Internships!!

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 The University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm is teaming up with Crop Sciences Instructor Erin Harper to have a summer intensive, small farm internship. This combined classroom/practicum internship will deliver 15 hours of instruction every week along with the expectation that participants will work on the farm for 25 hours a week (total of 40 hours). Five credits will be awarded to students who successfully complete the program’s instructional sessions and assignments. Work will be paid at a rate of $10/hr. The basic schedule will be farm work from 7am to 12pm and instruction from 1 to 4pm Monday through Friday. Interns will take turns setting up and running the market stand on the Quad every Thursday and we will take 6 field trips to local farms and agricultural institutions throughout the summer.

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The program will cover topics that include small farm equipment, soil science, pest and disease identification and control, organic farm methodology, weed management, irrigation systems, various crops and crop families, sustainability, marketing, farm stand operation and more.

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Official program dates are May 27th to August 17th. Additional work is available between August 17th and the beginning of fall semester.

Applicants should send a one-page cover letter that describes why they want to be a part of the program and a resume including two references to uiucssf@gmail.com. Everyone who applies should be prepared to do a working interview on the Sustainable Student Farm during weekday business hours between March 6th and March 15th. Applications are due March 3rd.

We are excited to be able to offer this program and aim to create a fun working and learning environment where we share experience, share work and share food. But farm work is hard work so all applicants should be ready to show up and do what needs to be done. Interns need to be able to lift 40 lbs.