Poughkeepsie Farm Project Seeks Applicants for Green Jobs Internships.
Poughkeepsie Farm Project is a farm-based non-profit organization committed to cultivating a just and sustainable food system in the Mid-Hudson Valley. On our member-supported farm in the City of Poughkeepsie, we grow fresh vegetables and fruit for our CSA, train future farmers, provide hands-on educational programs, and improve access to healthy locally-grown food.
Poughkeepsie Farm Project's Green Jobs Internship Program provides interns with the foundational knowledge to pursue a career in urban agriculture and farm education. Over the last 15 years, more than 60 alumni have completed our training programs. Our interns work on a 15-acre farm with PFP staff to grow over 200 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and fruit. We provide food for a nearly 600 member CSA and to several local institutions while contributing to Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s larger mission of working toward a just and sustainable food system in the Hudson Valley. PFP’s numerous education programs reach several thousand children, teens, and adults each year.
Who we invite to apply
We seek dependable, good-natured individuals with active interests in food, farming, and working with children. Applicants should have good communication skills, the ability to take initiative, and the desire to be part of an active farm community. Applicants should be able to comfortably lift 25 pounds and engage in repetitive work, in all weather conditions. Applicants MUST be City of Poughkeepsie residents aged 17 to 24 or Poughkeepsie High School students to be eligible for this internship.
Educational Benefits and Compensation
Both paid and unpaid internships are available. Applicants with more experience in farming, gardening, and/or teaching will be considered for the paid internships. Over the course of the season, interns will develop skills in a wide range of farming and teaching tasks including:
Greenhouse seeding and maintenance
Transplanting and farm bed preparation
Crop management, pest control, and irrigation
Harvest and CSA distribution set-up
Tractor and equipment safety
Effective instruction for children
Using gardens to teach
Building community and developing a conducive learning space
Leading cooking workshops for children
Funding for this internship is provided in part by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Poughkeepsie City School District, NYS OCFS, and Dutchess County Division of Youth Services.