In addition to the development and hands-on application of specialized skills, our internships include trainings and discussions designed to build a deeper knowledge of: Global Growers programs and vision, the local food system we are working to build, food sovereignty in a broader context, and our economically and culturally diverse local communities. We work with universities to support class credit and university sponsored programs. The internships are unpaid, however we offer food shares and can contribute to transportation expenses for interns from low-income households.
spring Program Overview: February 1 - April 19
What Global Growers Offers:
● Class credit or cooperation with university sponsored programs
● Fresh food share (exact amount and items are dependent on harvest and season)
● Invitations to community events, meetings, and opportunities for networking
● Scholarship to one Georgia Organics or Wylde Center training of choice (up to $50)
Global Growers Orientation: February 1, 2014
● Background and vision of Global Growers
● Overview of the local food movement in local and national contexts
● Introduction to Clarkston, GA and the refugee resettlement process
● Review Global Growers handbook (reading materials for foundational knowledge; references for relevant organizations; local food guide; research and resources)
● Weekly check-in meetings with supervisor for support, guidance, and professional development
● Workdays at production sites: Learn what is happening in and on the ground
● End of Season Celebration: A local foods potluck (each intern will receive a $10 stipend to be spent at a local farmers’ market to prepare a dish to share)
These hands-on internships require independent and group work in multiple locations (Decatur, Grant Park, Clarkston, Stone Mountain). The time commitment is at least 15 hours/week. Demonstrated skills as a reliable self-starter are required. Multi-cultural, international experience, and fluency in Kirundi, Swahili, or other local refugee languages a plus. Ideal candidates have:
< ● A commitment to community development
● A serious interest in the local foods movement
● Energetic and self-motivated work habits
● A mind for efficiency, innovation, and inquiry
● Open and positive communication skills
● The willingness to learn no matter how much you already know
Farm Production Internship: Learn about organic agriculture, from seed to field to harvest to market.
The Farm Production internship will support production at various farm and garden sites, including community gardens, market gardens, and training farm. Specific responsibilities include:
● Assist with farm maintenance, greenhouse management, planting, harvesting, and record-keeping
● Learn and implement principles of organic farming at different production sites in DeKalb County (limited MARTA accessibility), in cooperation with international growers
● Participate in and coordinate activities during volunteer workdays
● Assist with planning, organizing, and hosting Global Growers’ spring farm events
● Requirements: must be able to lift 30 lbs and provide own transportation
● Availability: Saturdays 8am – 4pm, plus 1-2 other days/week to work consistently (Tuesday – Friday).
Download application here and submit to Robin at info[at]globalgrowers.net by January 15th.