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Farm and Market Intern

Center for Land-Based Learning

West Sacramento, CA, USA

Job Type

Part-time, Weekdays

Salary

$16.00

Mandatory Qualifications

Interns must be 16 years old by June 10th, 2024. River City High School students must have completed at least one course in one of WUSD’s Career Technical Education Pathways. View qualifying courses here. Yolo High School and Washington Middle College students must have a recommendation form filled out by a teacher or counselor. All participants must have also viewed an online informational session about the internships offered by the Home Run team. If you were unable to attend a session, please watch the full recording here.

Responsibilities

The intern position will split their time between helping at our Riverfront Urban Farm in The Bridge District of West Sacramento on Mon-Wed-Fri and helping on our Mobile Farmers Market truck Tues and/or Thurs. As a Farm Intern, the candidate will assist the CFP Coordinator (Lead Farmer) with duties involved with running a small, urban farm from field maintenance, to succession planting, harvesting, and produce packing. As a Market Intern, the candidate will assist the CFP Coordinator with operations related to running the mobile farmers market from set-up and sales to closing and breakdown. 15 hours will be at Riverfront Farm are Mon, Wed, and Fri from 7:30am12:30pm. Five hours will be working the Mobile Farmers Market truck on Tues and/or Thurs. We will work with the intern to create a mobile market schedule that works for them on Tues and Thurs.

About the Business

The Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL) is rooted in providing agricultural and environmental education to both high school students and adults. CLBL’s Community Food Program addresses local food access challenges by connecting farmers and communities throughout Yolo County. By making this connection, a community can work together to build a more equitable and resilient food system and increase access to fresh, healthy food. CFP outreach initiatives include the Mobile Farmers Market, Community Food Ambassador program, and Riverfront Urban Farm.

The Mobile Farmers Market operates in West Sacramento and Woodland helping to increase access to local, seasonal, sustainably-grown produce. It serves ethnically diverse, low-income neighborhoods throughout Yolo County identified as food insecure by the USDA. The market season is from May to November. There are five stops in West Sacramento on Tuesdays and Thursdays and five stops in the greater Woodland area on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Riverfront Farm was established in 2017 and serves as a demonstration urban farm. It is operated by the Center for Land-Based Learning in partnership with Fulcrum Properties and the City of West Sacramento. Located in The Bridge District, Riverfront Farm is one- third of an acre and is in production from March to November. It grows a variety of heat-tolerant, culturally-relevant crops to supply the Mobile Farmers Market.

Preferred Abilities

The candidate must be hard working and dedicated. We are lean crew and rely on the
people who say they are going to show up. We are most interested in a candidate who
is curious and wants to learn about their local food system.

Learning outcomes

  • Intern will learn about working in a team to accomplish a common goal

  • Intern will learn the power of bringing work full circle from growing food to selling the food they grew.

  • Intern will learn the environmental, economic and community health benefits of regenerative farming and local food systems.

Special Project

Either building something for the farm, digital marketing campaign or SOP manual for working the mobile market truck. Will be chosen after assessing interns skills and interests.

Additional Information

When working at Riverfront Farm, they will be on the farm from 7:30-12:30 M-W-F. We start when the temperatures are cool so we can finish before it gets too hot. The intern will be outside this entire time and be okay with being outdoor doing farm chores (manual labor) for this entire time. When working the Mobile Farmers Market, they will be in our warehouse in the morning getting the food ready for market, then on the truck selling the food and at the end of the say breaking down. The Mobile Farmers Market is on Tues & Thurs.

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