One Week to Go! Summer Urban Ag Internship Applications Due March 8 at Growing Power in Chicago

SUST students at RU are encouraged to check out this summer internship opportunity with one of our key community partners, Growing Power. RU undergrads have done service-learning work at Growing Power’s Chicago Lights Urban Farm in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood on Chicago’s Near-North Side for several years under the auspices of SUST 230 Food, SUST 350 Service, and PLS 391 Natural Science classes.

RU students worked at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm for SUST 350 Service & Sustainability (M. Bryson, May 2012)

RU students worked at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm for SUST 350 Service & Sustainability
(M. Bryson, May 2012)

Here’s the announcement and application info from Growing Power:

Summer interns maintain Growing Power Chicago’s eight farms. Responsibilities include bed preparation, planting, watering, pest management, fertility application, harvesting, packaging, marketing, and delivery. Please note that farming is hard work and only individuals serious about learning to farm need apply.

Interns receive invaluable training and experience, a $100/week stipend, a Jr/Sr Farm-to-City Market Basket each week, and additional produce from the field.

SUST majors Maria (left) and Conor help Chicago Lights farm manager Lauralyn put together a hoop house pole, May 2012 (Photo: A. Mayes)

SUST majors Maria (left) and Conor help Chicago Lights farm manager Lauralyn put together a hoop house pole, May 2012
(Photo: A. Mayes)

Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.  Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.

Our vision is to inspire communities to build sustainable food systems that are equitable and ecologically sound, creating a just world, one food-secure community at a time.

Applications are due by March 8, 2013. Download the application and email your completed application to chicago@growingpower.org. Applications will not be reviewed until after March 8. People of color, women, working class, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

For the application, please click here. Email chicago@growingpower.org or call our office at 773-376-8882 with any questions.

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