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What is an Internship Program?

The FARRMS Internship Program provides beginning farmers and ranchers real world training in sustainable agriculture.

Participants in the FARRMS internship program live and work full time on a host farm for an entire growing season, receiving ongoing instruction and learn in-depth skills unique to the host farmer's operation.

The goal of the FARRMS internship program is to prepare beginning farmers and ranchers with the fundamental skills and concepts of operating a successful farm.

Fast Facts about the program

  • Duration is typically three to six months. Based on available funding, interns and farms may apply for an additional six month internship.
  • May be part-time or full-time
  • Room and board is provided along with a small stipend of $200 per week
  • Internships promote agricultural, career and/or personal development

How do internships benefit farmers?

  • Provide a source of highly motivated pre-professional farmers
  • Interns bring new perspectives to old problems
  • Increased visibility of your operation
  • Quality candidates for seasonal positions or projects
  • Freedom for farm management to pursue other projects
  • Flexible, cost-effective work force not requiring a long-term commitment
  • Proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees or partners
  • Your image in the farming community is enhanced as you contribute your expertise to the educational experience

Participating Farms Expectations:
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  • Provide arrangements for room and board.
  • Provide leadership, adequate training to complete tasks, specific and meaningful work, and a mentor relationship.
  • Evaluate the intern's progress and performance
  • Support the education of the intern by providing time for educational opportunities
  • Meet regularly with the intern

Ideal Intern Candidates will:
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  • Possess a strong interest and passion in farming as a career
  • Be hard working and able to complete tasks in a timely manner regardless of the weather
  • Be flexible, positive members of a team and community
  • Show timeliness and attention to detail
  • Work creatively to solve problems
  • Be willing to learn about the sustainable agriculture and food justice movements
  • Possess strong physical labor skills (e.g. squat, sit, stand, bend, lift, walk, carry)
  • Possess the ability to both follow and give directions, seek assistance
  • Be willing to work early morning hours, evening hours and weekends; in all weather conditions
  • Be able to work well with others while maintaining the tasks given
  • Possess a good attitude, even working at mundane and routine tasks.

 

The FARRMS Program consists of:

Field-based education and on-farm work experience (avg 30-60 hours per week)
: The majority of this program is focused on learning by doing, while under the supervision and mentorship of your host farmer. Participants will work both cooperatively and individually to accomplish the daily farm work. These tasks will vary according to each farm and it's production methods.

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Orientation: An orientation session will be held at the beginning of the season to introduce the program and meet the other farmers and interns. Questions will be answered, expectations will be outlined and a potluck for networking will be held.

Farm Tours:
FARRMS has funds for interns to travel to two to four farm tours or field days at other farms across the state. Our partner organizations, such as NPSAS and the ND Grazing Lands Coalition, host six to 12 field days every summer. Please contact our office before making the trip to discuss the details.

Potlucks: Summer is a busy time for farmers. We will have a potluck at the mandatory orientation in the spring. We realize interns come and go and would like to schedule 3  potlucks over the summer to discuss books, socialize and compare notes.

Internships Start: March to May

Internships End: Typically August to November

Number of Interns accepted: 5-20

Number of Interns per farm: 1-3 interns per farm are allowed. Farms must be able to accomodate and house the interns.

Application Deadline: Early applications are encouraged to ensure placement. The program will accept applications on an ongoing basis. While FARRMS advertises and networks interns and farms, farmers may advertise and interview interns and still participate in the FARRMS program. All farms and applicants will be required to complete a 2016 application.

Minimum Length of Stay: Varies from farm to farm. Farmers and interns may reapply for a second six-month (or less) internship based on available funding.

If the farmer and intern find they are not a good fit after a two-week trial, interns are encouraged to inquire about relocating to another farm in the state.

Room and Board: Arrangements made with each farm.

Stipend/Tuition Reimbursement: Stipend will be $200 per week of completed work, tuition for the education programs or conferences is $250. Any conferences and or mileage to field trips must be preapproved by FARRMS staff.

Host farmers are required to offer close supervision and mentoring to promote mastery of the basic skills needed to operate their farm. Interns are exposed to all aspects of the farm operation and develop skills throughout the growing season.

OTHER obligations: Each intern will be expected to keep a weekly accounting of chores and learning experiences on the time sheets. At the end of the internship, FARRMS requires a written report or evaluation to be provided to interns and farmers.

This will assist FARRMS in evaluating the progress and success of each intern throughout the season as well as seeking future funding for the program.

If you have questions, please contact Jonathon at 701-486-3569 or email info@farrms.org.