Women interested in gaining hands-on experience with a variety of farm work are invited to apply for one of 12 open on-farm work opportunities on two remarkable Iowa farms during the 2012 growing season, says Leigh Adcock. She is executive director of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network, headquartered in Ames.
WFAN's Harvesting Our Potential program will coordinate applications and evaluations for these open positions; each position pays a $1,000 stipend and includes room and board. The on-farm positions may be structured as college internships or non-academic on-farm mentorships, depending upon the needs of the individual. Only those women who are 18 years old and older may apply.
WFAN offers opportunity for women to gain on-farm work experience in 2012
Two positions are open at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center, near Orient in southwest Iowa. The early season position runs May 14 to August 3, 2012. The late season position runs August 20 to October 19, 2012. However, the timeframes may be changed to fit the goals of the women who are being mentored.
Both of these positions provide a wide variety of learning experiences in fruit and vegetable production at the Wallace Center's organic farm, which provides food for the Center's public meeting facilities and a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. In addition to work on the farm, participants in this program will have the opportunity to take part in activities such as field days, prairie and conservation programs, and youth programming. Participants will also assist with CSA delivery and customer service, staffing local farmers' markets, and menu development with the on-site chef at the Center. Visit the farm at the Wallace Center's website
Up to 10 positions are available at New Shoots Farm near Emmetsburg, in northwest Iowa. Work opportunities range from vegetable production to grass-fed beef and pastured chicken production, to operating an in-town restaurant and retail store, or a combination of all three. Start and end dates vary. New Shoots Farm is a Soper Farms start-up enterprise, featuring a new 16,000-square-foot processing facility and two attached year-round greenhouses on 100 acres. The processing facility includes an aerobic/anaerobic compost power generation system designed to wean the facility from the grid. Soper Farms is a collection of 1,000 acres around Emmetsburg that also includes conventional and organic row-crop production. Visit the farm's website.