We are accepting applications for 2021 Interns!
We seek to inspire ecologically-minded agriculture & partnership with land & people. Through our developing demonstration orchard & vineyard, we aim to educate in sustainable agriculture while strengthening the health of people & the environment.
Founded in 2016, we have a 40+ acres, including a 5 acre vineyard and over 500 fruit and nut trees and shrubs. In 2018, we began to develop a low environmental impact management plan for the vineyard despite few blueprints for organic or biodynamic vineyards in the midwest. In 2020, we added hair sheep to help maintain weeds and fertilize the vineyards and orchards.
On the Grounds: Learn about all the aspects of our agroecosystem, including how we grow grapes organically, establish apple, pear and chestnut orchards & a vegetable garden, & graze a small flock of sheep in the vineyard & orchard. Work in the vineyard & orchard providing routine care & management such as planting and mulching trees, vines and shrubs, moving the sheep, planting and tending a vegetable garden. We also ask our interns to use their talents to help us share the word about sustainable agriculture and the work happening at Gathering Ground by writing articles, doing social media, giving workshops or presentations to community members.
Around the Island: We will help you find a part time job with an Island farm or farm-to-table restaurant to learn what’s it like in the day to day behind the scenes of a local food system through hands-on experience.
Weekly Seminars: Reading & Discussion on current issues in agriculture and food studies.
- No experience is necessary, though a desire to work outside with plants and animals is a must.
- DURATION: The Internship is 6 weeks during June/July
- PAY: Stipend for GG work & hourly wage for farm/restaurant work.
- HOUSING: We will help you find housing if you do not already have a place to stay on the Island.
- Email us with questions.