Starting a Farm from Scratch: Part 1
by Chris Grataski
Roots Internship Program is for students who wish to push the skills and their understanding of what it takes to makes Roots happen in an intensive two and a half month position. During this time interns will live on site at Roots, work alongside instructors and volunteers, participate in all courses, receive five mentoring days from instructors, and build their connection to the natural world through study.
We will be accepting four individuals for the positions with applications due by March 15st. Dates: May 28th 2015-August 24th 2015
We are also open to altering start and end dates. In several cases interns have started early or ended late. As long as every has their needs met and communication is clear, direct, and timely, we try to be flexible.
These are flexible given references and past experience, however, it is important for both intern and staff that we have met and worked together before committing to an internship. Ideally applicants would have:
Interns responsibilities will span many areas of Roots operations. In times between courses interns will assist with maintaining and improving the facilities and the land. Before, during, and after courses interns help in the kitchen, help instructors prepare course materials and exercises, help students during workshop time and help orchestrate the various jobs needed to run our courses. On occasion interns will help in the office or with errands in town. Interns will be expected to meet these roles to the best of their ability and be flexible and ready to learn new skills pertaining to their roles.
In return for your hard work and time...
It is our goal to compensate interns fairly for the sacrifice of their time and work. Throughout their stay at Roots interns will have access to our facilities and resources, to be complimented by five days of instructor to interns mentoring throughout the program. Interns will find that the more they put into the skills during off times the more they will learn from instructors. During off time interns are welcome to stay at Roots and to further and test their skills.
Interns also receive:
Off Dates: June 3, 15-16, 22 July 4-5, 11, 18, 28-29 Mentoring dates: June 13-14, 23 July 12, 19
Living at Roots
The school is an amazing place to live, and walking the trails, drinking from the springs, and experiencing the wildlife here is a privilege we work hard to respect. While living on the land interns will provide their own shelter, either by tent, tarp, or building a shelter in their off time. During classes food will be provided by the school. During the off times interns will have access to the kitchen, food storage, and basic staples such as rice, beans, and oatmeal, as well as occasional garden help to be translated into fresh vegetables and a membership to a local organic CSA for the intern team. In addition to this interns will receive a $100 monthly food stipend. With access to the school house kitchen and workshop it is a plush or as rustic as you want it to be.
How to apply...
In order to apply for the internship program please download the application form and send it back to us or contact us and we will send you an application to fill out and return. After we receive your application we will contact you for an interview. Remember, there are only four positions available for the summer, and applications are due by April 15th.
For more information or to apply to the Roots Internship, contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.
Once you have taken a course at Roots School you are eligible to come back to that course as a Volunteer. Coming back to a class you have already taken offers you the opportunity to focus on what you may have missed or seek further instruction for questions you have run into while practicing at
home. Coming back into a focused learning community has inspiring influences on us all and volunteering can serve as a link back to your initial experience of learning. As a volunteer you will gain the experience of helping students new to the information and skills. Often times it is in helping others that key questions of our own are answered
Volunteers help with the logistical aspects of the sch
ool and their work is extremely varied, from helping us to get students settled with parking and camping to helping prepare for demonstrations, and help with meals. When not helping out, volunteers are responsible only for their education.
If you are interested in volunteering for a course you have already taken, please contact us soon, as we can only accept two or three volunteers per class. Please only apply if you enjoy working hard to support others as the learn and experience.
For more information or to apply to volunteer, contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.