Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Acorn Community Garden Intern

Co-op / Organization: 
Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Acorn Community
Location: 
Mineral, VA
Type of Organization: 
Agricultural, Worker, Association/Federation
Brief Description of Organization: 
Acorn Community is an egalitarian, income-sharing, intentional community. We farm for our food as well as for seed crops and variety trials for our seed company.

 

Website: 
www.acorncommunity.org
Number of Members: 
30
Dress Code: 
Casual
Position Title: 
Acorn Community Garden Intern
Position Duties: 

This position requires full participation in the Acorn Community, with 42 hours of work a week. 

Assist in our trial, seed, and food gardens. Garden work may include planting, weeding, harvesting, trellising, seed saving, and other farm work. Please note that much this is relatively strenuous outdoor work and that Virginia summers are very hot. Additionally, community residents generally all pitch in in some aspect of the household, such as dishwashing, cooking, cleaning, etc. Residents work a total of 42 hours per week. It is our expectation that garden interns work at least 20 of their weekly hours in the gardens, though it is fine to do more. Remaining hours can be made up of household work, child care, office work, building work, or whatever other work the intern would like to do.

Position Training: 
Our experienced gardeners will be on hand to show interns how to do a wide variety of garden tasks. Additionally, there will be opportunities to visit other farms and attend workshops and other educational events.
Skills Development & Learning: 

Interns will learn about many aspects of organic gardening, including planting, crop care, harvesting, trellising, and seed saving. They may also, if they choose, participate in and learn about activities such as building (there are often building and repair projects happening), animal husbandry, seed office work, food processing, and community process.

Other details of working conditions: 
There are no climate controlled living spaces.
Compensation ($): 
$75, paid monthly
Room Included?: 
Yes
Board Included?: 
Yes
Relocation Stipend?: 
Yes
Working Hours: 
Flexible
Total Hours of Work Per Week: 
Residents work a total of 42 hours per week. It is our expectation that garden interns work at least 20 of their weekly hours in the gardens, though it is fine to do more.