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Better Farm's Sustainability Education ProgramBookmark This
31060 Cottage Hill Road
Posted: March 07 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 8 Part-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionBetter Farm is a 65-acre sustainability education center, artists' colony and organic farm nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands Region of Northern New York. Through educational workshops, artist residencies, sustainability programming, and an ongoing commitment to green living and community outreach, we strive to apply the "Better Theory" to all our endeavors while offering the curious an opportunity to expand, grow, and flourish. Our Sustainability Education Program equips individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to create a more sustainable future. Students will gain hands-on experience growing their own food, building their own green-living systems, acting as responsible land stewards, and serving the community. This certificate program provides immersive training that will arm individuals with everyday solutions to environmental challenges we face as a global culture.
ResponsibilitiesBetter Farm's Sustainability Education Program runs in one- to three-month intervals year-round. Participants receive daily assignments and chores related to sustainability initiatives and organic farming (including readings and research), as well as the opportunity to design and implement individual projects. Upon completion of all units and responsibilities, interns receive a certificate in sustainability from Better Farm. College students may additionally receive course credit for completion of this program (pursuant to agreement by that individual's school).
Individuals are immersed from Day One in the local culture while working alongside other residents at Better Farm and in the Redwood community. Sustainability specialists visit Better Farm throughout the year to offer additional mentoring and guidance; and students may take any workshops scheduled during their time at Better Farm. Program participants live on-site and communally on the Better Farm campus in shared rooms. A flat fee of $500/month is required to cover education costs, room and board.