Agriculture & Alternative Food Networks Opportunities

Farming and agriculture opportunities are wonderful ways to work hard, live in new places, and see how food production works up close. Lots of farms are looking for extra hands during the summer to plant and harvest; farmers’ markets need managers and volunteers to run the market. Many farms and farmers’ markets offer paying positions or compensation (like housing and farm produce).

Local opportunities:

Harvard Community Garden internship   The Harvard Community Garden hires two interns to tend the Harvard Community Garden, assist at the Harvard Farmers’ Market, and create food-related programming. The Interns have housing, a meal plan, and stipend.

City Sprouts, Summer Fellows City Sprouts, a program that brings gardens and food programming to public school communities. They accept up to six college students to help maintain the gardens and supervise programming over the summer.

Market Manager Positions: Farmers’ markets look for market managers and volunteers to run the manager table, help set up tents, run SNAP/WIC transactions. Find a listing of Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets here. Many of these markets have contact information listed – call the markets and ask whether they need any help for the upcoming season.

Farm Employment Directory: A Guide to Finding a Farm Job in Massachusetts: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (at Tufts University)

Land Jobs Bulletin Board : A community bulletin board for farmers, farmers-to-be, volunteers and land owners in Rhode Island and Massachusetts that features lots of job listings.

Northeast Organic Farming Association

Northeast Food and Farm Network (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group)

National and International Opportunities

World Wide Opportunities on Organic FarmsThe WWOOF directory lists farms looking for workers. Most of these farms will provide housing and food in exchange for volunteer times. There is a wide variety of farms on the WWOOF database, so research the farm thoroughly before arranging to work there.

WWOOF USA

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Center Internships

Interested in farming as a career? Organizations exist to help support, mentor, and provide resources to aspiring/beginning farmers. Here are two based in New England:

New England Small Farm Institute 

New Entry Sustainable Farm Project

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