Community News: WFAN offers work experience opportunities on Iowa farms

From the Women Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN), an Iowa Environmental Council member organization.  The Iowa Environmental Council also posts opportunities like this on the jobs page of our website.

Women interested in gaining hands-on experience with a variety of farm work are invited to apply for one of 12 open on-farm work opportunities on two remarkable Iowa farms during the 2012 growing season.

WFAN’s Harvesting Our PotentialSM program will coordinate applications and evaluations for these open positions; each position pays a $1,000 stipend and includes room and board. The on-farm positions may be structured as college internships or non-academic on-farm mentorships, depending upon the needs of the individual. Only those 18 and older may apply.

  •  Two positions are open at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center, near Orient, IA. The early season position runs May 14 – August 3, 2012. The late season position runs August 20 – October 19, 2012 (the timeframes may be changed to fit the goals of the mentee(s)). Both provide a wide variety of learning experiences in fruit and vegetable production at the Center’s organic farm, which provides food for the Center’s public meeting facilities and a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. In addition to work on the farm, mentees will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as field days, prairie and youth programming, CSA delivery and customer service, staffing local farmers’ markets, and menu development with the on-site chef. Visit the farm at www.wallace.org.
  • Up to 10 positions are available at New Shoots Farm near Emmetsburg, IA. Work opportunities range from vegetable production to grass-fed beef and pastured chicken production, to operating an in-town restaurant and retail store, or a combination of all three. Start and end dates vary. New Shoots Farm is a Soper Farms start-up enterprise, featuring a new 16,000-square-foot processing facility and two attached year-round greenhouses on 100 acres. The processing facility includes an aerobic/anerobic compost power generation system designed to wean the facility from the grid. Soper Farms is a collection of 1,000 acres around Emmetsburg that also includes conventional and organic row-crop production. Visit the farm at www.soperfarms.com.
 To learn more about these opportunities and to receive an application form, please visit the WFAN website at www.wfan.org, or call Leigh Adcock, WFAN executive director, at (515) 460-2477.
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