Internships

Internship Opportunities

2021 Intern, Tess Wilson showing off her mapping project.

The Horn Farm Center is an educational non-profit farm and welcomes college students for unique internship learning opportunities. Some areas of focus include:

  • Woodlands Restoration & Stewardship – working and learning about biomimicry-based restoration with our Woodland Steward
  • Regenerative Farming – working and learning in our perennial polyculture production fields with our Farm Manager
  • Greenhouse & Plant Sale – working with our Farm Manager on plant nursery production in our greenhouse for our annual plant sale
  • Research & Development – ecology research projects
  • Watershed Restoration – learning about watershed protection, best management practices, riparian buffer installation and maintenance
  • Agroforestry
  • Fundraising & Development
  • Communications & Outreach

Greenhouse Management Internship

Educational Outcomes:

  • Objective: Train and work with HFC Farm Manager in our greenhouse, specifically for the purposes of growing and propagating nursery plants organically for our annual Plant Sale event on May 7, 2021.
  • Throughout the course of the internship the student will learn:
    • Production planning and seeding schedules
    • Seasonal greenhouse management – temperature, humidity, energy efficiency, irrigation/watering systems
    • Plant propagation techniques – seeding, root cutting, divisions, transplanting
    • Soil and Growing Mediums – understanding constituents
    • Materials & Methodology
    • Introduction to Plant Anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, chemistry, biology, genetics
    • Irrigation – watering, water testing, understanding plant nutrition
    • Plant Health Management – foliar sprays, root dips, seed coats
    • Plant Sale Management – budgeting, pricing, product placement, retailing

Responsibilities

  • Assist Farm Manager with greenhouse management including seeding, inventory, materials, plant propagation, watering, and climate control
  • Follow production plan, seeding and plant propagation schedules, and general direction

Requirements

  • Ability to work well and collaborate with a diverse group of staff and volunteers
  • Dependable, consistent, and participate during agreed up schedule
  • Follow HFC Code of Conduct and Health & Safety Guidelines
  • Student must provide their own transportation to the farm
  • Must be available during our annual Plant Sale on May 7, 2021
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds

Benefits:

  • We do not offer a cash stipend for this program. Here’s what we do offer:
    • Free tuition to all of our classes and workshops for six months, starting at the beginning date of your program (some restrictions may apply)
    • Foraged foods, herbs, mushrooms, produce as available
    • A certificate of completion and a professional reference

Program Details:

  • Supervisor: Andrew Horn, Farm Manager
  • To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to farmmanager@hornfarmcenter.org