CSA Internship

Website Homeless Garden Project

Details
Schedule: 20 hours per week, from May 20, 2022, to October 21, 2022
Salary: This is a volunteer, unpaid internship. If you are using this internship to gain course credit or seek
out grants with your college, please include this information in your cover letter.

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP), founded in 1990 and based in Santa Cruz, California, provides job
training, transitional employment and support services to people experiencing homelessness. In addition,
HGP operates a thriving community education and volunteer program. Our programs take place on our
3.5 acre organic farm and related social enterprises.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and hardworking intern who will support our Community Supported
Agriculture (CSA) program in the Spring and Summer. The CSA Intern will lead member pick-up and
u-pick hours and will develop the weekly newsletter to members.

CSA: CSA members provide crucial support to HGP by investing in the farm by making a commitment to
buy produce from HGP each week during the harvest season and paying in advance for the produce.
Their commitment to sustainable agriculture and transitional jobs enhances HGP’s planning and financial
stability and creates a community of people who are deeply committed to HGP’s success. In return, we
seek to provide CSA members with quality and diverse organic produce, tips and recipes for using the
produce, and news and stories about the farm, trainees and our programs that enhance their community
experience. HGP also operates its Feed 2 Birds program which donates CSA shares to local agencies
serving individuals who may not otherwise have access to fresh organic produce.

Responsibilities

Farm
● Manage and check off CSA customer pick-up and u-pick
● Manage and check off Feed 2 Birds agency pick-ups
● Welcome and engage CSA members and visitors at the farm
● Assist in harvest, wash/pack, and quality control of produce
● Perform farm work as needed to support farm and CSA production
● Manage any additional farm stand purchases during CSA pick-up and u-pick hours

Administrative
● Create a weekly CSA newsletter (interview staff/trainees, write farm narratives, take regular
photos of the farm and the work, promote HGP events, research recipes, etc.)
● Support CSA record-keeping using Excel and Google sheets.

Qualifications
● Self-motivated, detail-oriented individual
● Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines
● Dependability, flexibility, and ability to maintain confidentiality
● Superb communication skills, both written and verbal
● Interest in sustainable agriculture and social justice
● Ability to work independently and with others, including staff, volunteers, donors, and vendors
● A demonstrated commitment to HGP’s mission and values
● Excellent ethical standards and personal integrity
● Completed or working toward a college degree, preferred

Intern Will Gain:
● Diverse skills and hands-on experience for a growing nonprofit organization
● Experience supporting Homeless Garden Project CSA coordination and communications
● Education around sustainable agriculture and Organic crop production
● Experience building relationships with a wide range of community members
● Opportunities to contribute and implement creative insights and feedback regarding CSA and
value-added enterprises
● Opportunities to interact with professionals in both nonprofit and for-profit sector

Work Schedule/Time Commitment
Start Date: May 17th, 2022
End Date: October 18th, 2022
Commitment: ~20 hours per week

CSA U-Pick/Pick-Up Hours
Location: HGP Farm
Tuesday: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Friday: 10:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 3:30PM

Newsletter
Location: Remote
~ 2-4 hours each week

To apply for this job email your details to darrieg@homelessgardenproject.org

Nonprofit Connection Santa Cruz County is a 501(c)3 corporation, Federal Tax ID# 87-2130376