As a Bemidji Food Shelf Farm Helper, you will implement the production and harvesting of crops to supply the food shelf and provide support as needed to Farm outreach and fundraising projects. Other interests, skills, or ideas you would like to develop during this internship can be discussed as possible special projects. The candidate should be able to lift 40 lbs, bend, dig and perform other farm-related physical labor and be comfortable being outdoors for long hours in a variety of conditions (rain or shine or bugs). Candidates must have a willingness to learn and good people skills to interact productively staff, volunteers, supporters and visitors.
Below are the major responsibilities of the Farm Helper:
- Learn about small-scale food production in action as it relates to environmental sustainability and community food security.
- Learn basic food production skills if needed; be inquisitive and ask question of the staff about how and why things are done.
- Communicate regularly and clearly with Farm staff, volunteers and other interns.
- Assist with special projects which may range from infrastructure additions and improvements to constructing raised bed gardens off-site.
- Ensure that tools and machinery are used safely, kept in operating order, and stored properly. Training will be provided.
- With the Farm Manager, implement Farm tasks such as tilling, planting, thinning, mulching, watering, weeding, fertilizing, harvesting and cleaning of produce.
- Assist with crop fertility, pests and diseases as organically as possible.
- Harvest, clean, and store produce to supply ‘Food Shelf’ store as needed.
- Stock & label the produce ‘department’ in the Food Shelf ‘Store’.
- Assist with the composting of farm and food waste.