Contact informationFarm Address:
10401 Scott Street
Houston , Texas ,
Primary Contact: Justin Myers, Chief Agricultural Officer
Secondary Contact: Jennifer Fridley, Director of Education
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Located on 7.5 acres just 12 minutes from downtown Houston, Hope Farms serves as a complementary and critical layer to expand the Recipe for Success Foundation mission to combat childhood obesity by addressing community health in a powerful and new way. Located on 7 aces in view of Houston's downtown skyscrapers in the Sunnyside neighborhood, Hope Farms grows over 50,000 pounds of produce a year. The farm is a valuable resource for local residents and the city at large, providing access to healthy, cooking, gardening and nutrition education programs for all ages. We train and provide small-business incubation, co-op services and workforce readiness for U.S. Veterans, preparing them to be urban agri-preneurs. The farm is also a gathering place, offering a weekly market, and public events that celebrate local food and the power of shared meals to build community.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 5/15/2019
Internship Ends: 8/31/2019
Number of Internship Available: 5
Application Deadline: 04-31-2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 2 months
The Hope Farm Internship is a unique position that offers the dynamic opportunity to gain deep experience and diverse skills in the realm
of sustainable agriculture. Working directly with the Chief Agricultural Officer and Farm Manager, the intern will be involved in all aspects of the farm, including: planting and maintenance of sustainable and organic vegetable production; community engagement and education; direct marketing and sales; and helping to establish a farming model for long-term success.
Summer Interns work between 20 and 40 hours a week over a minimum 2-month activation. (Start and stop dates are flexible)
Interns participate in key training objectives and responsibilities (which include but are not limited to) Food Production:
+ Hope Farms seeks to utilize small scale, intensive organic growing methods to maximize and optimize production of fruits and vegetables on the urban farm. Houston's year round growing season offers the opportunity to grow a large array of diverse crops utilizing a variety of growing methods.
+ Active support of a year round diversified vegetable farm, including planting; cultivation; pest, disease and weed management; irrigation; compost systems; harvest and post-harvest handling; quality control; sales and distribution.
+ Active support of the on-site farm stand, CSA program, restaurant and farmers' market sales and deliveries, in addition to community markets utilizing the mobile Rolling Green Market.
+ Active support in raising poultry for egg production and managing bee hives for honey production, in addition to general ecosystem benefits.
Educational Opportunities: Hope Farms offers a formal 2,000 curriculum to veterans who want to become professional urban agri-prenuers. Our interns benefit from participation in lectures, seminars and lab work incorporated into our training program during the time of their tenure.
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Meals: field lunches
Preferred method of Contact: email