internships

Here's a picture of 4 awesome interns from 2014, and 3 awesome farm-team members:

Do you ever wonder what life is like on an organic vegetable farm? Do
you have a desire to grow and distribute healthy vegetables and
fruits? Do you yearn to make an impact on local food justice? Do you
want to get serious about lowering your carbon footprint? How about
gaining experience in community-based, consensus decision-making?
Mustard Seed Community Farm, near Ames IA, would be an excellent place
for you, and we have great opportunities for interns this 2018 season.

Interns at our 11-acre Catholic Worker farm will learn about,
participate in and make invaluable contributions to all farm
activities. Ethical food production and distribution, ecological land
use, and community building comprise our primary identity and mission.
Using organic and sustainable methods, we grow a diverse variety of
vegetables and fruits for distribution to local food donation venues,
volunteer workers, and paying members in roughly equal proportions.
The farm also practices beekeeping for honey production and tends a
small flock of poultry for eggs. Land stewardship activities include
prairie restoration, cover cropping and permaculture-inspired
practices. We promote community interaction by sponsoring regular
public potluck discussions and a variety of classes and workshops, as
well as participating in other community events and groups. The
interns will be gaining leadership experience working alongside,
training and managing volunteers from
the local community .

In addition to making immediate impacts on our farm's mission, interns
play a vital role in the daily life of the farm, including preparing
and sharing meals, and also help the farm team with consensus
decision-making. Other activities could include carpentry, seed
saving, candle making, food preservation, spiritual reflection, and
music.

Agro-ecology interns will also have the opportunity to contribute to
unique projects based on interests and skills. Want science
experience? Help us manage our on-farm research. This year we will
again take part in replicated, controlled experiments in collaboration
with the Practical Farmers of Iowa. Make observations, collect, and
analyze data. Want teaching experience? Teach kids at the summer food
and learning program in town, or teach kids and adults in summer
classes at the farm. Want design, art, or writing experience? Focus on
our newspaper, CSA newsletters, or web presence. Or, focus on another
aspect of the farm, like prairie or fruit production.

Our farm draws from Catholic social teachings and is part of the
Catholic Worker movement. We welcome persons of all backgrounds,
spiritual beliefs, genders and sexualities. We expect 30 hours of work
per week towards the farm’s mission, more than half of which would be
in the manual labor of food production. In addition, interns will
contribute to daily living tasks and participate in farm events.
Simple room and board are provided. Plenty of learning, working, and
fun are close at hand at our rustic rural Iowa location, near Ames, in
Boone County.

Instructions to apply:
Send cover letter with personal goals for an internship with Mustard
Seed, resume, and 2 references to mustardseedbee@gmail.com.
Applications will be considered in order received, with a final
deadline of March 15, 2018. Internships can occur between May 1, and
October 15, with a minimum length of 8 weeks.

For more information:
Contact Nate Kemperman, 515-231-2002, mustardseedbee@gmail.com
-or Alice McGary, 515-460-1467, mustardseedbee@gmail.com