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Wellspring Farm Intern Application
This internship takes place on a certified organic farm that offers 115 shares for the regular 2017 season and 70+ fall/winter shares. Interns will experience and participate in every aspect of managing a diversified vegetable farm, including greenhouse seeding, direct seeding, transplanting, weeding, irrigating and harvesting. In addition to the CSA, we participate in a weekly Farmers Market and sell to a handful of restaurants. Interns will take part in all aspects of food distribution, as well as, staffing the market booth. After spending time on our farm, interns will learn much of what is necessary to run a small-scale, certified organic veggie farm. There are TWO internship positions available.The long season internship runs from the beginning of April through the beginning of November. The short season internship is from the beginning of May through the end of September.

In general, work hours are determined by the season and workload. We do our best to maintain a sustainable work schedule, aiming for an average of 50 hours per week. This includes an hour for lunch each day. Please note that hours fluctuate depending on time of season and the weather. Depending on the needs of the farm, interns may be expected to work longer days during busier months.

Educational Opportunities: An intern curriculum will be provided and followed to ensure interns are achieving core competencies and meeting their personal goals throughout the season. Wellspring is also a member of CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training), FairShare and WLFN. Interns gain access to the benefits of these regional networks of over 75 farms, representing a wide diversity of farming practices and scales of operation. Other learning opportunities include participation in Wellspring's education classes which may include Home Gardening and Cooking classes; an Intern Garden Plot where experiments are encouraged. (All after work or as the regular farm schedule permits.)

Stipend: $500/month, veggies from the farm and many other staples are provided.

Meals: Lunch is eaten together with the farm team two days/week with interns each taking one day, every other week to prepare the meal. Basic staples and kitchen space are provided for other meals. Eggs provided by small flock of hens.

Housing: Each employee has a bedroom. Kitchen, bathrooms and living space are shared with other farm team members.

Daniel (2016 Intern) & Paige (Worker Share) Harvesting Spinach
INTERNSHIP APPLICATION
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Are you interested in the long season or short season internship? The long season internship runs from the end of April through the beginning of November. The short season internship is from the beginning of May through the end of September.
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Health: Do you have any conditions (allergies, physical limitations, etc.) that may impede your ability to complete the tasks involved with this internship position? Please state Yes or No and provide details below.
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INTERN QUESTIONNAIRE
What gardening or farming experience have you had?
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Why are you interested in organic/sustainable agriculture?
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What interests you about Wellspring, specifically?
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Do you enjoy physical labor? If yes, why?
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Do you enjoy working outdoors? If yes, why?
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Do you anticipate making sustainable agriculture part of your long-term career goals?
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How do you anticipate Wellspring Intern Program would work for you and your goals?
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What do you hope to gain from the experience?
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Have you lived in community, or had roommates other than your family before?
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Are you comfortable eating and cooking communally at times? Why or why not?
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Are you confident in your ability to keep communication flowing (open and honest with feelings) and are you willing to communicate directly to resolve conflict in a professional and civil manner? Please express any concerns you may have regarding communication and feel free to list examples if you feel it is applicable.
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Do you have a valid driver’s license?
Is there anything on your driving record that might prevent Wellspring from obtaining coverage for you when operating Wellspring vehicles/tractor?
If you answered yes to the question above, please explain.
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Can you drive a manual/standard transmission vehicle? (It's OK if you answer "No".)
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What are your challenges or areas where you would need additional support/understanding?
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What are your personal interests beyond growing food?
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Fun Questions... because what's life without a little whimsy?
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A penguin walks into the room holding a sign. What does the sign say?
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