2019 Hungry World Farm Internship Program

Hungry World Farm seeks hard-working, team-oriented individuals (age 18+) desiring to learn about, and participate in, small-scale, diversified farming and holistic land management. We welcome self-motivated, creative, and willing learner-workers to partner with us to develop and sustain our educational farm. Each intern will tend to a unique set of responsibilities while also contributing to the general farm work with others. Interns can expect to devote 25-30 hours/week toward specialized intern roles and 10-15 hours/week toward more general farm projects. We desire that interns will learn about many aspects of diversified farming operations while dedicating themselves specifically to the development of a particular area of HWF’s work, with interns’ experience being shaped by their unique interests and skill-sets while serving HWF’s broader mission and vision. Interns should leave with a broadened understanding of holistic, diversified farming, sharpened skills pertaining to a particular part of the farm, and strong experience in a wide variety of farm activities. Interns can expect to work hard, have fun, and learn plenty. We want to facilitate a collaborative, community-oriented environment with lots of learning, sharing, and laughter to go along with the work!

Internship duration: 2-6 months

Dates: Flexible; April/May – October/November

Housing : On-farm housing provided

Compensation : $300/month stipend

If interested, please contact Stephan at 309-360-5728 or

We look forward to talking with you.

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Pastured Livestock Intern: Assist in daily care (feeding, watering, general health, etc.) of HWF livestock. Assist in management of rotational grazing program. Construction of chicken and rabbit “tractors” and other livestock shelters. Routine fence work and development of new pastures.

Market Garden Intern: Help with all activities (production, processing, sales/distribution, etc.) related to maintaining diverse market gardens.

Berry Intern: Assist in management of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries and U-Pick operation.

Perennial Plants Intern: Help develop and maintain mixed perennial plantings; assist in the development of flower and herb gardens.

Winter/Spring Intern (February-May, 2019): Assist in pruning of perennial plants, plant propagation and seed-starting. Early season preparatory work.

Farm Learning Center Intern: Develop interactive displays. Create and collect educational materials. Assist in HWF teaching efforts and hosting of visitor groups.

Food Processing & Product Development Intern: Assist in the processing and preservation of farm produce. Assist with learning days to teach about processing and storage of food. Help to develop value-added products.

Grounds & Maintenance Intern: Assist with mowing and general maintenance of grounds and fields.

Waste-to-Resources Intern: Locate and collect organic materials. Management of compost piles. Demonstrations and teaching about composting and diverse approaches to soil health. Make compost teas, develop fertility amendments, and apply amendments around property.

Independent Study/Research Project Intern (Dates flexible May-August): Design and conduct study or research project through collaboration with HWF and professor/advisor within your discipline of study. Possible topics include: water quality, soil or pasture health, biodiversity, etc.

“Living in a hungry world” Intern: (15 hours/week) provide farm team with reading materials and reflection opportunities. Help facilitate group conversations and dialogue about our lived response in today’s world. (25 hours/week) general farm projects.

Francis & Clare Intern: Manage invasive plants and promote balance and healthy diversity across HWF property, particularly at the Daisy Hill native hillside prairie.

Other/Custom Position: Do you have other interests you would like to explore and areas of HWF you would like to help develop? Contact us to consider custom opportunities.