Farmers Market Internships

FARRMS and Dakota College at Bottineau have teamed up to offer internships at farmers markets in ND. Interns spend a summer gaining marketing skills and helping a local farmers market grow.

Applicants must apply by May 21 and will be notified as to acceptance by May 26.

Farmers Market Internships start June 13, 2020 and end September 27, 2020.

Interns receive a stipend of $200 per week issued every two weeks.

Interns will…

  • attend orientation on June 13, 2020, from 10:00am to noon (via video conference).

  • complete enrollment paperwork and a background check.

  • work with their market manager to create a learning and activity plan.

  • complete weekly learning assignments on marketing and farmers market management.

  • participate in weekly video conference learning sessions on Monday evenings from 6:00 – 7:15pm.

  • support farmers market managers in outreach and market coordination. This may include creating ads and posters, advertising through social media, recruiting new vendors, coordinating planning meetings, helping markets implement COVID-19 safety guidelines, and helping vendors accept SNAP EBT at farmers markets.

  • take weekly customer census counts to determine whether marketing activities result in increased customer numbers.

  • submit weekly experience reports documenting their learning.

  • submit weekly customer counts from their market.

  • enroll in the farmers market manager’s online training course. (Dakota College at Bottineau offers this course free of charge for interns. Those who complete the course receive a $400 stipend.)

Six farmers markets will host interns in 2020.

  • BisMarket

  • Minot Farmers Market (Oak Park)

  • North Prairie Farmers Market

  • Red River Market

  • Spirit Lake Mobile Farmers Market

  • Town Square Farmers Market

Farmers Market Managers will attend orientation with their interns on June 13, 2020 by video conference. Managers will create a learning plan with the intern and will support the interns in achieving their learning goals and marketing activities.

Program History

The farmers market internship program is a partnership between FARRMS and Dakota College at Bottineau to expand ND’s farmers markets. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, farmers market managers will receive training and interns so they can better respond to consumers’ needs. A needs assessment was conducted in 2019 to determine what customers are seeking and what sorts of marketing farmers market vendors are already doing. The findings of the needs assessment will be incorporated into farmers market manager trainings provided in 2020 and 2021. This project is funded by a USDA AMS Farmers Market Promotion Program grant.

Training Course

(701) 867-2921

PO Box 22, Tuttle ND 58488, USA

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