YMCA of Central Ohio

Urban Farm Internship

The Hoover YMCA Park Learning Garden is a 1.5 acre organic farm located in Lockbourne, Ohio. The Garden was established in 2011 as a cooperative effort between the YMCA of Central Ohio, Local Matters and the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. The Learning Garden grows organic produce for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and for local food pantries and non-profits which serve families in need of food or job training. The Learning Garden is also an integral part of the YMCA summer youth camp. Campers, age 7-15, spend 2-3 hours per week in the garden, learning about growing fresh vegetables and assis

We are seeking 5-6 interns this summer to specialize in one of the following areas:
• General Farm Assistance (3-4 interns):
Primary roles include assisting in food production and farm maintenance, specifically in greenhouse operations, planting and harvesting at the farm. Interns will be immersed in the day-to-day work of a community urban farm. Interested candidates can also assist with leading volunteer groups. Specifically, interns will:
o Receive training in organic vegetable production, everything from seeding to harvest.
o Learn proper tool and equipment use, care and maintenance.

• Youth Program and Education (1 intern):

Primary roles include assisting Program Coordinator with summer youth program, that aims to provide youth age 15-18 job and life skills, while increasing knowledge of growing and eating healthy food. Interns will work side by side with staff and youth program participants at the farm, facilitating positive youth development. Opportunities to be involved in farm education through school and recreation center field trips also exist. Specifically, interns will:
o Receive training in positive youth development programming.
o Support community education initiatives at the farm.
o Gain knowledge in growing organic vegetables.

All Interns Will:
• Receive exposure to small-scale farming methods.
• Make positive contributions in the farm communities.
• Learn teamwork and leadership skills.
• Receive farm produce.
•    Hoover Y-Park can provide free housing for the season for up to 3 interns

Desired Skills:
 Demonstrated commitment, reliability, punctuality, and responsible behavior.
 Willingness to learn and remain flexible and adaptive
 Willingness and ability to work hard in less than ideal conditions.
 Demonstrated passion, motivation, and creativity to improve their community.
 Gardening or farming experience is a plus, but not required.

Farm Logistics:
 Farm activities require standing, bending, squatting, and heavy lifting, sometimes upwards of 50 lbs.
 Dress should be modest, comfortable, casual clothing that you don’t mind if it gets dirty. Dress in layers; wear sturdy shoes with closed toes. Interns should be prepared to work outdoors in all types of weather. Hats, sunscreen, rain coats are encouraged when necessary.

Time Commitments:
We host interns both in the summer and fall and ask for a minimum of 10-12 week commitment. Start dates for summer cycle are in May and fall cycle are in the end of summer (Aug/Sept). Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 10-15 hours/week. Interns will establish a consistent weekly schedule with the Farm Manager at the start of the internship.

Interns will receive a weekly CSA share from the farm and have the unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in the development a small-scale growing operation. While we cannot provide monetary compensation at this time, we can provide college credit for the internship.
How to Apply:

Deadline for summer internships is April 15, 2017. Deadline for fall internships is July 15, 2017. Applicants should submit a resume and brief letter indicating relevant experiences, motivations, and what you hope to gain from this experience. Also include your availability for the internship. Please also indicate any college credit or other school requirements you may be looking to fulfill.  If planning to receive credit, students are responsible for coordinating with their college to bring the appropriate paperwork.

Branches for Application Submission:

Hoover Y Park