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Shalom Farms Seeks a Farmer in Residence Intern [VA]


Shalom Farms Seeks a Farmer in Residence Intern: End of February – November 2017

The Farmer in Residence will assist the farm staff (including farm manager, assistant farm manager, and volunteer coordinator) in all manner of farm work.

The Farmer in Residence will also be asked to lead volunteers in farm tours and work. The scope of the residency will include produce delivery to and engagement in one or more of Shaloms’ four urban based programs. The farmer in residence’s involvement in off-farm food access activities will be determined by his/her interest and the needs of the organization.

The Farmer in Residence must have a strong desire to learn and a willingness to work hard. Farming or gardening experience is strongly preferred. The Farmer in Residence must be prepared for strenuous labor under potentially extreme weather conditions.

We will work with the Farmer in Residence to develop a curriculum to further his/her education in sustainable agriculture, food security issues, and nutrition. Mid-season potlucks and farm field trips to meet other farmers and interns are common.

Farmers in Residence will participate in all aspects of farm life: seeding, transplanting, soil amending, harvesting, processing, packing, distribution, and more.

A driver’s license and clean driving record is required.

Shalom Farms is a nonprofit community farm project with the overarching goal of increasing access to healthy food in the Richmond region, particularly in low-income urban neighborhoods.

Our approach is two-fold – 1) we meet immediate need by making fresh produce available at low or no cost to people with limited food access, and 2) we work for long-term transformation of the food system by providing educational opportunities in diet, health, and agriculture.

After growing produce on 6 acres in rural Goochland County (about 35 miles west of Richmond) for 8 years, Shalom is opening the 2017 Season on a new farm site in Midlothian. Our production area will increase slightly, to 8 acres.

We grow about twenty basic vegetable and fruit crops, all chosen for their widespread appeal and accessibility in the communities we serve.

While not certified organic, we use organic methods, emphasizing soil care through composting, mulching, cover cropping and other practices that enhance microbial life. We do not use any synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, or pesticides.

Our produce is distributed to the central Virginia Food Bank (FeedMore), to over 25 community partners, and throughout Shalom’s own four programs.

Shalom Farms engages over 5,000 volunteers and visitors annual in all aspects of farm work. Farmers in Residence should be ready to work with volunteers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

 

For a quick glance at Shalom Farm, visit the website.

Farmer Residency dates: End of February – End of November 2017 Hours per week: 40+

Compensation: Modest living stipend, produce, housing stipend and/or on-farm housing available, to be negotiated on a case by case basis.

Location: Midlothian, Virginia. Rt. 288 and Hugenot Trail.

Application deadline: reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled

To apply for this position, please send cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references to volunteer@shalomfarms.org