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.
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
We are looking for someone who feels comfortable working in a non-hierarchical family farm setting, is easy to get along with, and has a great work ethic. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in farming or cider-making, ideally both. Experience is not necessary, but you must be willing to learn to do the following: operate farm machinery like tractors, do manual repetitive labor all day for days, work outside in the cold and heat, work inside in a damp chilly cider barn, work alone or with people, talk cider, drink cider, taste cider, sell cider and almost never do the same thing for very long. We value diverse perspectives. Someone who enjoys children is a plus. Women, indigenous, and people of color are highly encouraged to apply. We are an LGBTQ safe space.
Basic Qualifications and Preferred Experience
- Required: Able to work in non-hierarchical family farm setting, great work ethic, able to work in a diverse team. Able to learn on the job.
- Preferred: Strong interest in farming, cider-making or both, someone who enjoys children.
About the farm
Eve's Cidery is a small family farm producing naturally fermented ciders from our own organically-grown fruit and from wild-foraged apples and pears in the hills of Van Etten, located at the intersection of the Finger Lakes and the Northern Appalachian Plateau, traditional lands of the Cayuga Nation and Haudenosaunee Confederacy, in upstate New York.
Notes about location/accommodations
Our farm is located in Van Etten, and there is no public transportation. There is a very rustic accommodation, which is basically a room in the barn with access to a shared bathroom with a shower and a sink where dishes could be washed. The sleeping area is not climate controlled and could be hot, or buggy so the student intern would need to be willing to stay under these rustic conditions, or travel to Van Etten daily from another location.