INTERNS

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                  Hungry World Farm

Internship Program

Come learn and grow with us as a HWF intern!

For the 2021 farm season, we seek four interns:

  • 2 summer interns, June 1- August 15
  • 2 full season interns, April 1- October 31

A strong intern candidate is someone who:

  • Wants to farm! Is seriously considering farming as a life vocation.
  • Is ready to work cooperatively with a team.
  • Is willing to work hard, and to balance hard work with restorative rest and play.
  • Is inquisitive and teachable; eager to learn about biological systems, soil, food systems, plants, animals, human relationship with all the above.
  • Desires to grow in loving relationship with self, neighbors (human and non-human), and God.
  • Desires to live in community with others, sharing meals, household responsibilities, etc.
  • Is willing to practice and grow in skills of active listening, direct communication and conflict resolution.
  • Loves the outdoors and whole-body engagement in living and learning.

Your Time At Hungry World Farm

Through farm work, conversation, study and participation in farm community life, interns will…

  • Learn about regenerative agriculture, including soil health, annual and perennial crop systems, and intensive grazing.
  • Encounter various agricultural systems through visits to other farms, videos, and books.
  • Pursue a topic of interest to research through study and experimentation on the farm.
  • Share in the labor of the farm, cooperating with other interns and volunteers, under supervision of farm staff.
  • Share in the farm’s fresh, local food.
  • Be provided with comfortable living space on the farm.
  • Be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for relaxation and recreation on the farm’s 175 acres.

In a typical week, an intern can expect:

  • About 25 hours engaged in experiential learning through farm work in gardens, with livestock, or general farm maintenance.
  • About 10 hours of focused learning (field trips; presentations by HWF staff, interns, or guests; intern-guided reflections/conversations; recommended reading/viewing, and more).
  • About 5 hours of participation in farm community gatherings is encouraged. These gatherings may include: shared meals, team-building, prayer circle, bonfires, outings.
  • Work and learning will take place Monday through Saturday. Interns are encouraged to find rest and renewal on Sundays.

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Typical experiential learning farm tasks include:

Gardens and produce: maintenance of production areas, bed preparation (e.g. tarping for occultation, “flipping” beds / transitioning crops, spreading compost, etc), seeding and transplanting, hand-weeding, trellising, pruning, harvesting, wash/pack activities, product distribution and sales, and more

Animals: feeding/watering chores, moving portable fencing, rotating animals, putting hay in the barn, building and repairing fences and shelters, other infrastructure projects, livestock health

General: creating/maintaining walk paths, trails and borders; string trimming, mowing, infrastructure projects, composting and management of raw materials, cleaning and building maintenance, other start-up projects

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HWF is still young!! Expect varied projects, some of which may feel mundane, yet which are significant to farm functioning.

Internship Details

  • Internship duration:
    • Full season interns: April 1 to October 31
    • Summer interns: June 1 to August 15
  • Housing : Interns will share on-farm housing with other interns.
  • Food: Some fresh produce, meat and eggs are provided. Interns may purchase additional food from the farm, at local grocery stores or farmer’s markets.
  • Stipend : $300/month is provided toward living expenses.

Interested? Have questions? Please contact us at 815.303.2667 or karla@hungryworldfarm.com. We look forward to talking with you!

When ready to apply, please submit the following:

  1. A brief cover letter and résumé
  2. HWF Internship Application (below)
  3. Background Check Release form (below)
  4. A signed copy of our Internship Memo of Understanding (below)

The application deadline for the 2021 season has been extended to February 28, 2021. You may submit your application materials via e-mail (karla@hungryworldfarm.com), or mail to Hungry World Farm/ P.O. Box 386/ Tiskilwa, IL 61368.

Following a successful interview, potential interns are strongly encouraged to schedule an exploratory visit to the farm in February or March. 

IMPORTANT DOWNLOADS

Download, Read and Fill in the application forms for our Internship Program, then email them back to karla@hungryworldfarm.com

Hungry World Farm Internship Application

 

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HWF Background Check Release Employment/Internship

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Hungry World Farm
Memo of Understanding

 

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