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INTERNS ARE A VITAL PART of our farm! Youth Farm Interns will learn about sustainable agriculture, farm management, production farming, community outreach, or youth education alongside experienced urban farmers and food justice advocates.

2017 Urban Agricultural Internships

Urban Agriculture Internships are available for a full season or partial season commitment. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please read the full position description before applying to make sure this internship is right for you! Fill out an application HERE

Full Season Commitment:

Thursdays, 8a-3p. March 23rd-November 16th

Partial Season Commitment:

Thursdays, 8a-3p. Minimum commitment of 3 months

Spring Internship: March 23rd-June 29th  

Summer InternshipJune 1st – September 28th

Fall Internship: August 3rd – November 16th

Position Description:

2017 Youth Farm Urban Agriculture Interns assist Farmers in a variety of farm tasks: seed sowing and planting, bed preparation, irrigation, weeding, pest and crop management, harvesting and post-harvest handling, bouquet making, and carpentry! Internships are especially suited for those interested in small-scale production farming, restaurant and CSA sales, and local flower wholesale.

By committing 7 hours a week for the full or partial season, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in how a farm evolves throughout the growing season, from early sowings of tomatoes and peppers in spring, to garlic planting and cover cropping in late fall.  By returning to the same farm each week, you will observe the minute changes that unfold, and gain the skills needed to nurture a healthy, sustainable, and productive farm over a season. By participating  in weekly harvests, you will be introduced to the pace, efficiency, and skills necessary to work on a production farm, and will see how the intersection of social justice, education, and production farming can create a lasting, impactful farm project.

Interns will work on the farm on Thursdays, which primarily serve as harvest days for our restaurant and Friday flower CSA accounts. Our pace approximates a for-profit/production farm’s, as the produce harvested on this day brings in vital income that ensures the sustainability of Youth Farm programming. In the spring, we will focus on seed starting, bed prep, planting and crop management;  come June/July, our focus turns to harvesting vegetable and flower crops for restaurants, as well as bunching Friday CSA bouquets; starting in September, we will transition to pulling crops and getting the farm ready for winter months. Throughout the season, interns will have the opportunity to learn about composting systems, irrigation, pest management, and general crop maintenance.

For more information, email erin@bkfarmyards.com

To apply, fill out the online application HERE

2017 Youth Programs Internship

Interested in working with youth in urban agriculture, food systems, and food justice? We’re looking for a youth programs intern! Check out the description below and apply with Sawdayah at sawdayah@bkfarmyards.com.

Project Description:

The Youth Farm is a unique partnership between the High School for Public Service and Green Guerillas. It is a 1 acre diversified education and production farm engaging the school community and surrounding neighborhood in farm-based experiential learning. Farm products are sold at a weekly farmers market increasing community access to fresh affordable food. During the school year, we engage students weekly in a workshop series called Go Green!, our after school Farm Club, and the Youth Farm Leadership Council (YLC). Each program addresses sustainability, agriculture, food systems, health and nutrition, and food justice through lessons on the farm and in the classroom, research and action projects, culinary workshops, art projects, and indoor growing lessons. Every summer we hire six to twelve youth from the high school to be a part of our Summer Youth Program, which provides them with training in leadership, horticulture, food justice, nutrition, and community organizing.

Position Description:

The Youth Farm seeks an intern to help facilitate research and action projects and activities in Farm Club, YLC, and Go Green! as well as assist in school and community-wide outreach for youth programming. The Youth Intern will work closely with teen students, the Director of Youth Programming, and the co-advisor for Farm Club. The position begins no later than March 1 and ends on June 23 for (6-10 hours/week).  The Intern may continue on through the summer for our Summer Youth Tillers Program if available (hours increase to 10-20 hours/week). The applicant should be an enthusiastic self-starter, preferably with experience in gardening or farming, lesson planning, organizing schedules, team management, and motivating and inspiring teens. The ideal candidate should be equally comfortable taking initiative and working collaboratively in a close-knit team environment, and eager to gain more experience in the realm of farm-based food justice education.

Roles and responsibilities may include:

  • Helping to facilitate Farm Club and YLC research and action projects (examples include worm bin management, research on sourcing for cafeteria school lunches, and an indoor aquaponics garden)
  • Assisting in Go Green! Lessons or projects
  • Assisting in Summer Youth Program interview process
  • Assisting in communication and outreach to school community about Youth programs and opportunities
  • Motivating and working alongside youth to engage them in program activities ranging from irrigation and weeding to food preparation and promoting program events
  • Supporting teens in the creation of a team environment
  • Working with farm team to evaluate how youth program objectives are being met
  • Supporting documentation of youth work

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching or other facilitation experience
  • Some farm/garden and composting experience preferred
  • Social media and outreach experience
  • Research experience
  • Experience supervising teens
  • Outgoing and engaging personality
  • Experience with non-profits, urban farming, food preparation, food and environmental justice, and/or nutrition a plus
  • Administrative experience (experience with Microsoft Excel and Word, bookkeeping, etc.) a plus
  • Familiarity and relationship with the South Crown Heights/E. Flatbush community, a plus

This position is unpaid, however we can offer experience in developing lesson plans, curriculum development, and facilitating; leadership opportunities in facilitating youth; building community with key environmental, agricultural, and food systems individuals and institutions; and serve as a reference for future jobs or internships. 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Sawdayah Brownlee at sawdayah@bkfarmyards.com. The letter should include details of your availability, as well as details about your relevant experience. The position will be open until filled.