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Internships/ Educational Opportunities

Internships

Several of our Member Farms offer internship opportunites for those interested in a hands-on working exposure to community-scale sustainable agriculture.  While internship experiences vary fom farm to farm, most farmers expect a summer-long commitment and offer a structured educational component as part of your experience.  Some farms also welcome WWOOF volunteers for varying periods of time.  Please keep in mind that securing an internship can be quite competitive and contact farms early in the Winter if possible.  Also, remember to ask specific questions about compensation, living arrangements, and schedule in order to avoid misunderstandings and frustration later.

For a good general explanation of farm internships including questions to ask during an interview, read these two great articles from MOFGA  (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association):
Choosing a Farm and a Mentor: Tips for Prospective Apprentices
Meeting Prospective Mentors: Guidelines for Apprentices

If you're ready to commit to spending a summer working hard outdoors and learning about sustainable agriculture, click here for a list of ACAA Internship Opportunities!

  

Workshops and Classes on Eco-Farming and Gardening  

Alaska Master Gardener's Program
Though not specifically focused on sustainable gardening, the Alaska Master Gardener's Program has both in-class and online classes and certification programs.  Several regionally local chapters.  A good resource for other local classes and programs.

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center
Calypso offers the following educational opportunities for adults:
    * Ecological Gardening Workshops are offered from February – October.  Please visit their website for schedules
    * Garden Tours - call to arrange a farm or school garden tour.

Cooperative Extension Services
CES offers many classes on everything from "Chicken University" to canning and seed starting.  Not necessarily "organic," but a great resource.  Look for specific class offerings by regional CES offices by clicking on the "distrcits" button on the home page to find your local office.

Good Earth Garden School
A broad range of classes on eco-gardening, composting, and many related topics, taught by someone who has been teaching and practicing organic agriculture for years.

MatSu College
MatSu College offers an annual hands-on class on organic gardening.

Spring Creek Educational Farm
Spring Creek Farm offers a number of workshops on topics related to eco-gardening.  Please check their website for currrent listings.

 

Educational Opportunities for Youth

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center
Calypso offers the following educational opportunities for youth:
    * Farm Field Trips are offered from May – September.  Any type of groups are welcome to schedule (including
       small family groups).
    * Engaging Alaskan Teens in Gardening (EATinG) is the summer program associated with the Schoolyard Garden
       Initiative.  Youth aged 12-18 are welcome to apply for positions as Student Gardeners at any of the school locations. 
       The 2011 EATinG application will be posted on Calypso’s website in early April.

Spring Creek Educational Farm
Spring Creek Farm offers a variety of farm-based educational programming for children and families.  Check their website for details.

For more resources and links to national and web-based agriculture-based education programs, see our Farm-Based Education for K-12 and Beyond section in our Resource Center.