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Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi
1342 Lake Valley Dr.
Starkville, MS 39759
Contact: Alison Buehler, Mike Buehler
Last Updated: 03-09-2011
General Description: Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi has members all over the state of MS who are engaged in sustainable farming. You would be able to visit several farms during your stay, and help at farmer's markets and environmental shows.
The home where you will stay is in Starkville, MS, home to Mississippi State University. We have two spare bedrooms and three children! We run a small CSA out of our home, have chickens, and a fruit orchard. We also have a solar array, a system of cisterns, and a greenhouse.
If you would like experience with a non-profit group who is focused on improving the local foods system, this internship is for you! Learn everything about how to grow naturally in the deep south.
Internship Starts: June 1
Internship Ends: July 31
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: May 1
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 Weeks
Meals: Meals are included, but not always prepared for the interns. Interns are welcome to use the kitchen, but with three children, I can't always promise a meal.
Skills Desired: Essential Duties:
Maintaining garden sites including:
Moving compost and other organic materials;
Building living biological worm systems;
Watering plants and maintaining systems on a daily basis;
Picking up waste streams from area partners, e.g. coffee grounds, boxes, and other food waste;
Harvesting and processing produce;
Building of new aquaponic systems and vermicompost bins; and
Erecting hoop greenhouses.
Presenting, marketing, and outreach for Gaining Ground around the region.
Ability to assist in basic grant research, writing, and reporting.
Retail sales at seasonal farmers markets.
Teach and work with youth on site and in local schools, camps, and youth centers.
Record keeping and evaluation.
Educational Opportunities: Interns at Gaining Ground learn a broad range of skills connected with running a non-profit organization including outreach, public presentations, fund raising, communication, and web management. Additionally, Interns work on specific hands-on projects tailored to their specific interests. These projects are written up in an intern plan-of-study at the beginning of the internship and evaluated weekly by intern advisers. Independent projects have included learning to run a farmers market and hosting an educational conference. Projects could include: designing and building a model of strawbale or cob housing, creating and running a CSA, working with youth to promote healthy eating, working with farmers to help create a vibrant local food system, etc, etc. Interns work 4-5 days per week, averaging 20 hours of work per week. It is intensive job training experience and requires at least an 8-week commitment.
Housing: Live in one of two of our upstairs bedrooms. We live on the first floor. Home has air, electricity, and water.
Preferred method Of Contact: phone or email
Internship Details: Interns at Gaining Ground learn a broad range of skills connected with running a non-profit organization including outreach, public presentations, fund raising, communication, and web management. Interns work 4-5 days per week, averaging 20 hours of work per week. It is intensive job training experience and requires at least an 8-week commitment.