Gardening Internship

The Mountain offers Garden Internships, also known as the Sustainable Agriculture and Experiential Education Internship Program, in conjunction with our Many Hands Peace Farm and in support of The Mountain’s overall commitment to conservation.  Typically, there are two internship sessions offered each year, one in the spring and the other in the fall.

Submit an application for a Garden Internship

Intern Learning Opportunities

This Sustainable Agriculture and Experiential Education Internship program was started in 2014 and is designed to support interns’ professional development through experiential education.  Up to four interns are hired to live, learn, and work at The Mountain per session. The 22 or 16 week internship sessions include educational off-site field trips to local farms, conferences, and workshops in Western North Carolina.  There is also a practical focus to grow organic produce for use in The Mountain kitchen.

Aside from acquiring farming skills, interns learn techniques in experiential education through facilitating educational workshops, volunteer work days, and team building activities.

Personal Projects

Interns select a personal project to complete during their internship. Examples of past projects include: mushroom log cultivation, blacksmithing hand tools, planning an edible food forest, researching and teaching about wild edibles, and building and planting a kitchen herb garden.

The internship program includes the completion of specific goals in the acquisition of practical skills related to the following topics:

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Composting and vermiculture
  • Greenhouse management
  • Crop management and crop succession
  • Soil science and bed preparation
  • Pest and disease management
  • Poultry management

 Farm to Table Program

  • Sowing and transplanting
  • Harvest and post-harvest care
  • Education and outreach
  • Garden-kitchen coordination

Leadership and Facilitation

  • Group processing
  • Facilitation of the low-course and initiatives
  • Facilitation of the high-ropes challenge course
  • Personal development – social media or group facilitation
  • Professional staff meeting engagement
  • Volunteer, youth, and adult group facilitation

Intern Supervision

  • Interns will be mentored by The Many Hands Peace Farm Manager

Intern Perks

  • Shared on-site housing
  • Meals in the Dining Hall 
  • $200 per month stipend
  • Membership in the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT)

Intern Expectations

  • Work 40-50 hours per week, primarily in the garden.
  • Design and implement a personal project
  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Engage as a team member, supporting the learning and work of other interns, volunteers, and guests 

Submit an application for a Garden Internship

Additional information on internship session dates, application deadlines and other requirements for internship are on our Intern Application.