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Snapshot

Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2021

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences, School of Integrative Plant Science

Overview

This internship is in-person.

Fellows are expected to work with the farms for an estimated 8 hours per day, 5 days a week (varies per farm context) for two months.

Opportunity Description

The Lund Fellows Program for Regenerative Agriculture provides Cornell undergraduate students across disciplines with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and understanding of natural ecosystems and to learn about ecological and social approaches to agricultural systems. 

The Lund Fellows Program provides students opportunities to gain applied experience working on an agroecological farm and contribute to the farm in meaningful and helpful ways, while learning about the process and considerations involved in managing such an enterprise.

We work to spread awareness about the value and mission of agroecological biodynamic, organic, regenerative, and sustainable approaches to farming, strengthen relationships between the university and local farms and provide assistance to small farms that could not otherwise fund summer internships. 

Host farms participating in the Lund Fellows Program were prioritized based on the following values:  

  • Explicitly uses agroecological, biodynamic and/or organic farming methods
  • Diversified farm (not just certified organic with industrial farming approach)
  • Small-scale farm (less than 200 hectares)
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) farmers when possible

Position description: 

  • Support perennial food production specifically regarding the continued care and maintenance of our fruiting shrubs and trees. As someone who is learning how to maintain an orchard, we’d love to work with the intern to create a fruit care guide for the Foodway or consider together ways to train residents and volunteers how to care for these special members of the food forest.
  • Support our on-going soil research based on work with Carbon Sponge in 2020. With this work, the intern would support regular data collection, compost production, and soil care on site. This project is still evolving and would be a good opportunity to help design a community soil training program and/or support caring for soil conservation.

Basic qualifications and preferred experience

We’re looking for an intern able to work in the outdoors, support in-person or virtual programming. An ideal candidate may have some background in urban food systems, food production, fruit production, and/or an interest in soils, and an understanding of the climate crisis. As a community of color, candidates of color are appreciated and encouraged to serve in this position. Furthermore candidates that come with a cultural competency around racial equity are preferred.

Internship schedule

This is internship is a full-time position with 40 hours per week on site or in a hybrid approach. 

About the farm

We are the Bronx River Foodway, an edible food forest located inside Concrete Plant Park. The project was launched by NYC parks, but continues to be managed by the Bronx River Alliance in collaboration with neighborhood residents and community partners.

As the Bronx River Alliance, we are the coordinated voice for the river and work in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor so that it can be a healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resource for the communities through which the river flows. The Bronx River Foodway is a newer addition to the Bronx River, established through grassroots organizing and in part through inspiration by Swale, a floating food forest that was docked at the park in 2016.

Since its inception in 2016, the site has grown to include a native sensory garden (with pollinators and medicinal plants), a berry walk, nut grove, and small orchard all of which is accessible to visitors by visiting the park. In our network of city parks this is the only site where foraging is permissible, in fact its encouraged. With this in mind, most of our work has been focused on introducing visitors to the site’s edible plants and introducing the safe ways to harvest and use these foods.

The site has also grown to include a public demonstration garden where more common recognizable vegetables and fruits are grown (mostly annual). As well as development of native meadow, which has served both native animals and insects as well as the forager looking for a more wild space to forage among. These sites continue to be influenced by stakeholder decision making as well as through seasonal change.