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Sustainability Education at Better Farm

Nicole Caldwell


Joined: Jan 21, 2013
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Location: Redwood, NY
Better Farm (www.betterfarm.org) is a sustainability education center and artists' colony in Redwood, N.Y., offering year-round educational workshops, internships, artist residencies, gallery showings and events, and an ongoing commitment to sustainable living and community outreach.

Better Farm’s Sustainability Internship Program offers individuals an immersive, introductory crash-course in sustainability initiatives. Interns will receive a hands-on education in a myriad of seasonal topics related to sustainability and environmental issues, including:
* organic small-scale farming and gardening
* greenhouses and four-season farming
* compost methods
* alternative building and energy
* rain and graywater collection
* aquaponics
* chicken care
* community outreach initiatives (supper clubs, volunteer work at area farms, workshops, presence at local events)
* homesteading (organic cooking, canning/preserving, splitting wood)
* outdoor survival

Better Farm's Sustainability Internship Program runs in one- to three-month intervals. Those attending will receive daily assignments and chores all related to sustainability initiatives and organic farming, as well as the opportunity to design and implement projects on their own. Upon completion of all units and responsibilities, interns will receive a certificate from Better Farm. College students may additionally receive course credit for completion of Better Farm's Sustainability Internship Program (pursuant to agreement by that individual's school).

Interns are immersed from day one in the local culture while working alongside other residents at Better Farm and in the Redwood community. Interns are expected to do their share in maintaining the condition of Better Farm as well as its peaceful environment. Those accepted for internships at Better Farm are expected to work seriously—and to conduct themselves in a manner that aids fellow residents in their endeavors.

Many sustainability specialists visit Better Farm throughout the year to offer mentoring and guidance to students interested in coming here to work and gain valuable experience. Additionally, interns have the option of taking any workshops and participating in any excursions or field trips scheduled during their time at Better Farm.

Interns live on-site and communally on the Better Farm campus in shared rooms. For more information and to download the application, visit http://www.betterfarm.org/sustainability-internship.


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