The Pfeiffer Center internship, a full-time, one-year program that combines academic work with hands-on field experience, is intended for individuals who want to broaden and deepen their understanding of organic sustainable agriculture and the biodynamic approach.
A strong emphasis is placed on the study and practice of biodynamic principles and techniques, including agricultural handwork, plant care, pest management, making and using compost, bed preparation, crop rotation, succession and companion planting, greenhouse work, beekeeping, orchard management, and more. Those with the interest and ability can also work with our team of draft horses, both in animal care and fieldwork.
Interns work and interact with many people every day; the internship is a social rather than a solitary experience. Candidates must be physically fit, and willing and able to do a wide variety of tasks. Some gardening experience and familiarity with biodynamics is helpful but not necessary. Most helpful are an open mind and a positive disposition. Students in education, agriculture, environmental sciences, and related fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be US citizens or legal residents.
Internships last twelve months. Interns typically work 40 to 50 hours per week, with four weeks of vacation in December and early January. Most workshops take place on Saturdays, and there are also farm tasks on weekends. Interns are expected to attend and support all offered workshops. Summer-only internships are not usually available.
An application form, medical form, and personal interview are required. A work-along of one or two days is often part of application process. There is a $10 application fee. Applications are accepted year-round. Starting dates are flexible.
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