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2023 Fall Internship

Start date: 09/02/2023(flexible)Duration: 12 Weeks
Unpaid InternshipPlus benefits16 - 24 hrs/wk

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The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is seeking a number of interns to join our team and support our efforts to change the food system in Detroit. We want someone who is eager to learn, passionate, and has strong interpersonal skills.

This is an unpaid volunteer internship, room and board are not provided.

Responsibilities include:

- Field Work: Most field work is done by hand, and includes seeding, planting, weeding, watering, trellising, harvesting, hauling, washing, and packing produce for market.

-Market Saturdays: Prepare produce and process sales during our weekly on-site market.

-General Farm Maintenance: Tool and equipment care, farm and property upkeep


-Interest in gardening or farming.

-Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, farm outdoors in all weather conditions.

-Capable to intern at least two (2) days a week.

-Open to work most Saturdays to support Community Market Days

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About The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is based in Detroit's North End community. Our mission is to use urban agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community in an effort to empower urban communities, solve many social problems facing Detroit, and potentially develop a broader model for redevelopment for other urban communities. Our primary focus is the redevelopment of a three-acre area in Detroit's North End, which is being positioned as an epicenter of urban agriculture. This space is heavily themed by "adaptive reuse of the built-environment" in which we are hoping to demonstrate everything from best practices for sustainable urban agriculture, Effective strategies for increasing food security, cost-competitive and scalable models for blight deconstruction, and Innovation in Blue and Green infrastructure.
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Skills you'll need for this internship

    field work
    power tools
    positive attitude
    works well individually
    works well in groups
    intercultural awareness

Skills you'll learn in this internship


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Benefits for this internship

  • Hands on training in small scale, sustainable farming practices. Access to farm fresh produce.


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What happens after you send in your application?

The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is actively interviewing now. Due to the volume of applications, The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative has indicated that they will not follow up unless you are selected for an interview.

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Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Detroit, MI | $3,203/mo

  • Housing/Rent$1,392

  • Miscellaneous$853

  • Food$385

  • Transportation$297

  • Utilities$276


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