Friday, January 29, 2016

Farming Opportunities: ECO City Farms and Neighborhood Farm Initiative

ECO City Farms Offering Apprenticeships and Internships
ECO City Farms, a nonprofit, educational urban farm with two locations in the greater Hyattsville area, is looking for interns and apprentices for the Spring/Summer 2016 season. ECO’s apprenticeships and internships offer an immersive, hands-on opportunity to learn about sustainable urban agriculture by working directly with experienced farm staff. In addition, you make a significant contribution to ECO’s programs. Apprenticeships are for those who’ve demonstrated a long-term commitment to farming. It is a weekly 16-hour commitment. Apprentices receive a weekly CSA bag, in-kind opportunities for workshops, courses and farm visits, and a weekly travel stipend. Internships are for those who want to get a feel for urban farming without making a huge commitment. It is a weekly 6-hour commitment. Interns are unpaid, but receive in-kind opportunities for workshops, courses, and farm visits. For more information and application instructions, visit Contact Farm Manager Emily Hanak with any questions. 


Neighborhood Farm Initiative Scholarships
The Neighborhood Farm Initiative has scholarships available for their Kitchen Garden Education Program. Participants plant, tend to and harvest their own plots, while NFI provides all supplies, materials and hands-on instruction, and support, to grow successfully. The program runs from April to October at the Fort Totten Community Garden. Qualified, low-income candidates will be able to participate in the program at no cost. The program is suitable for families, for seniors, for young adults, and for anyone who has the time to commit and an eagerness to learn. Ideal scholarship candidates will have a demonstrated need and be already motivated to improve their diet and their health. They must also have easy access to the Fort Totten Metro Station. Visit for more information, or contact Ann Beman at (202) 215-2522 for an application.   

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