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
The intern supports all production and maintenance needs of our two farm sites: the 2.75 acre Columbia Street Farm and the 1.1 acre Wolcott Street Farm. Under the guidance of the Farm Manager, the intern will perform a variety of tasks including but not limited to seeding, watering, planting, harvesting, greenhouse care, processing produce, weeding, composting, mowing, mulching, and pruning. They will also work at our various food distributions setting up displays, facilitating transactions, connecting with community members, and supporting outreach. They will regularly work alongside high school-aged youth apprentices as well as lead adult volunteers as they engage in a variety of farm tasks. There will be space for the intern to take on a special project based on their interests as well as the needs of the farms.
Basic Qualifications and Preferred Experience
- Ready to work outside, in all types of weather;
- Open to direction, works well in a team;
- Willing to take initiative and lead farm tasks with groups of youth or adult volunteers;
- Commitment to social justice;
- Ability to work collaboratively with those from various racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds;
- Outgoing, personable, able to effectively engage with community members;
- Able to lift up to 50 pounds.
Tuesday - Saturday, 8am - 4pm
About the farm
Red Hook Farms is a youth-centered urban farming and food justice program in Red Hook, Brooklyn. . We create opportunities for teens to expand their knowledge base, develop their leadership skills, and positively engage with each other, their community, and the environment. We operate two urban farm sites, and our programs include a teen farm apprenticeship, three weekly farm stands, a CSA, and a school workshop program. Since 2001, we have strived to transform vacant lands into vibrant urban farms, improve access to healthy, affordable produce, and nurture a new generation of green leaders.