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The 2017 Urban Farm Summer Internship is a great opportunity for a select number of current college students to learn and practice a variety of skills related to urban farming and small scale mixed vegetable production.

Our Farmers work hard to be both efficient and experimental with our farming practices as we establish a beautiful and diverse ecosystem in the city. Under the direction of the Farm Manager, Interns will learn about soil preparation, crop care, harvest, and marketing of produce as they support the day-to day operations of JVTF’s original 3-acre Urban Farm campus in the heart of downtown Birmingham.

While the work will be hard, there are perks to being a Farm Intern! This is a tremendous opportunity for growth and learning. These skills and experiences are applicable in a variety of environments, and we hope they will challenge you in new and positive ways.


Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF)

Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Birmingham, Alabama. We design innovative, hands-on food education programs that improve student learning and increase student access to healthy food. We achieve this by building out extensive teaching farms on school campuses and providing our seven partner schools with full-time instructors who collaborate with teachers to develop and deliver programs and curricula that align food and nutrition concepts with learning goals in math, science, social studies, engineering, and language arts.


The Urban Farm

JVTF has called a city block in downtown Birmingham home since 2007 and continues to host thousands of students, community gardeners, and visitors annually. The downtown site hosts our partner schools for week-long education programs and also serves as a collaborative partner with Phillips Academy, a neighboring Birmingham City School. Though your primary responsibilities are as a farmer, you will be a steward of our farm as a site for educational initiatives, in addition to the production of high quality, organic food.


What We Look For

  • a positive attitude and the ability to hear, reflect upon, and implement feedback
  • a demonstrated interest in understanding organic and sustainable growing practices
  • a passion for education
  • a high degree of self-reliance, confidence, and initiative
  • an ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of individuals
  • Individuals who are capable of lifting 50+lbs and participating in the demands of farm work for full days in varying weather


Duration and Compensation

This is an unpaid position. Interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week in shifts from 8-12 and/or 1-5 between May and August. College credit must be coordinated by the student themselves at the institution’s discretion.


To Apply

To apply for this position please submit a letter of interest with the subject ”2017 Summer Internship” to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Deadline: April 1, 2017.


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