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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

Internship description

The intern will be responsible for field activities including planting vegetable crops, setting up irrigation, weeding, harvesting, and general farm maintenance. Interns will also assist with high-tunnel crop production, cut flowers, constructing new raised beds, and supporting research activities associated with hydroponics and alternative soil, crop, and pest management strategies. 

Basic Qualifications and Preferred Experience

No prior experience required.  Interns should be prepared to work outside regardless of weather conditions. 

Internship schedule 

Interns will work 35 hours / week between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm on Monday through Friday. 

About the farm

Dilmun Hill Student Farm is a student-run farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell University's campus for more than a decade. Students are provided with opportunities for experiential learning, group collaboration, and research. The 2021 season will focus on increasing food security in the region by growing vegetables for the Cornell Food Pantry and the Friendship Network Donations. 

Additional information

We follow NYS and Cornell University protocols regarding COVID-19.  Interns will be required to participate in equipment safety training.