Adelante Mujeres and La Esperanza Farm is hiring a Farm Intern!

Intern with will work at La Esperanza Farm, a program of Adelante Agricultura and Adelante Mujeres. Adelante Agricultura provides resource-limited, aspiring Latino immigrant farmers and farm workers with the training and skills necessary to farm using organic methods and to successfully market their products. Intern will help lead organic vegetable production of the Demonstration Plot at La Esperanza Farm.

Intern will work with the Sustainable Farming and Conservation Educator AmeriCorps Volunteer to refine the farm plan for the Demo Plot, do general farm maintenance (planting, transplanting, preparing soil, weeding, harvesting, washing etc), coordinate other farm volunteers and maintain detailed records of the farm throughout the season.

Internship will run from March 2013 to November 2013 for 10 hours a week with flexible work hours.

Please see position description below for more information.

To apply please send a cover letter and your resume to Laura Fralich at lfralich@adelantemujeres.org. Application Deadline: February 15th, 2012.

La Esperanza Farm Intern Position Description (2013 Season)

Placement Agency: Adelante Mujeres, a 501c3 nonprofit community-based organization in Forest Grove, OR.

Organizational Mission: The mission of Adelante Mujeres is the holistic education and empowerment of low-income Latina women and their families.

Program Placement: Adelante Agricultura (work will take place at La Esperanza Farm, an educational farm in Forest Grove that utilizes organic practices).

Project Overview: Adelante Agricultura provides resource-limited, aspiring Latino immigrant farmers and farm workers with the training and skills necessary to farm using organic methods and to successfully market their products. Intern will help lead organic vegetable production of the Demonstration Plot (a plot of about 40ft by 200ft in size) at La Esperanza Farm. The purpose of the Demo Plot is to serve as an educational resource for La Esperanza Farmers of intensive farming methods and the production of lesser-known yet highly marketable vegetable varieties.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of Adelante Mujeres and to organic agriculture.
  • Minimum of one year of experience in gardening and/or farming (preferably organic).
  • Highly self-motivated and willingness to work outside in all types of weather.
  • Creativity and interest in experimenting with intensive organic farming techniques.
  • Ability to coordinate and supervise other volunteers in their work on the Demo Plot.
  • Reliable transportation to and from La Esperanza Farm in Forest Grove.
  • Preferred Qualification: Spanish-speaking ability and experience working with Latino families (not required).

Commitment: A minimum of 10 hours per week from March 2013 to November or December 2013. Work schedule is flexible; all work is performed outdoors.

Intern Responsibilities:

  1. Work with the Adelante Mujeres Sustainable Farming and Conservation Educator AmeriCorps volunteer to refine the farm plan for the Demo Plot.
  2. Take the lead on production of the Demo Plot. This work will include starting seeds in the greenhouse, preparing soil for planting, transplanting and direct seeding of vegetables, weeding and other maintenance, harvesting and produce washing, among other tasks.
  3. Coordinate and supervise other volunteers in their work on the Demo Plot.
  4. Maintain detailed records throughout the growing season (planting, harvesting, soil amendments used, hours volunteered, etc.)

Benefits to Intern: No monetary compensation will be provided by Adelante Mujeres for this internship but there are a variety of other benefits. The intern will gain valuable hands-on experience in organic farming and will be able to design and implement intensive agricultural techniques (such as companion planting, trellising, succession planting, etc.). The intern will be able to take home a significant amount of produce for his/her own use.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and your resume to Laura Fralich at lfralich@adelantemujeres.org. Application Deadline: February 15th, 2012.

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