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FIELD Program, WSU Extension Jefferson County
Contact: Anna Webster-Stratton, FIELD Coordinator
Last Updated: 05-04-2012
General Description: http://county.wsu.edu/jefferson/agriculture/fieldinterns/Pages/default.aspx
Jefferson County FIELD is an educational internship program that provides a multidisciplinary study into sustainable agriculture. Developed by farmers and the Jefferson County WSU Small Farms Team, the FIELD program combines formal instruction with a farm-based internship on an Olympic Peninsula farm.
Internship Starts: March 2012
Internship Ends: November 2012
Number of Interns: 4
App Deadline: Rolling admissions
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 Months
Meals: Please inquire with individual host farms about their room, board, and living stipend policies.
Skills Desired: All FIELD interns must be able to attend a minimum of one trimester (3 continuous months) and possess valid health insurance. Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree, who are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or who can demonstrate equivalent qualifications will be preferred.
Educational Opportunities: 2012 Units of Study:
- Integrated farm production systems
- Soils and nutrition
- Crop production
- Livestock production
- Adding value in farm production systems
- Marketing and business planning
- Food systems
Interns may receive up to 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 3 Washington State University academic credits for each FIELD 3-month trimester completed (maximum 9 credits for a season.) CEUs are appropriate for interns who are not, and do not plan to be, enrolled in a degree program. Academic credits may be more desirable for those currently enrolled in a degree program. Interns are responsible for determining if credits are transferable to their home institution.
Stipend: Please inquire with individual host farms about their room, board, and living stipend policies.
Housing: Please inquire with individual host farms about their room, board, and living stipend policies.
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Internship Details: http://county.wsu.edu/jefferson/agriculture/fieldinterns/Pages/default
Each FIELD intern is paired with a host farm mentor who provides comprehensive instruction in the operations of their farm. Farm-based learning is supplemented by weekly intensive workshops in such diverse subject areas as humane animal slaughter, water law, ag building, cider production, business planning and marketing.
FIELD interns, mentors, and the Jefferson County WSU Small Farms Team collaborate to create individual learning plans that guide each student through their course of study and a culminating independent project. While intern schedules vary between host farms and may change throughout the trimester, interns may expect to complete roughly 20 hours of work-study duties and 20 hours of formal instruction each week.
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