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Market Garden Internship Program opens at Stepping Stone Farm.

Market Garden Internship Program opens at Stepping Stone Farm. Applications due by 31 July 2020.

Aspiring market gardeners are invited to apply for internships at Stepping Stone Farm, a unique training facility on a working farm 8kms west of Moruya NSW.

Starting in September 2020, the one year hands-on and immersive training program will be led by Joyce Wilkie, a farmer and educator with more than 35 years’ experience. Interns can expect to learn all aspects of running a successful

commercial market garden including planning, preparation, production, sales, distribution and using adaptive farming practices.

The 2020 inaugural internships are offered free with no fees, full time (35 hours a week) with some flexibility to allow students to work part time in paid employment if necessary. Wages or other payments are not offered to interns in the program. Interns are expected to support themselves financially for the 12-month program and organise their own accommodation near Moruya and reliable transport to and from the training farm.

Stepping Stone Farm Inc is an initiative of Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla Inc (SAGE), a not-for-profit, community based organisation whose mission is to create and support a NSW South Coast sustainable fair food economy and food sovereignty for local communities. SAGE manages the award-winning SAGE Farmers Market and e-Market in Moruya, supports charities with food and runs a popular program of education and events. The aim of the Stepping Stone Farm intern project is to create jobs, secure the food supply and serve the community.

Applicants should ideally have 12 months farming, gardening, or relevant experience and be aiming to establish or work in a commercial market garden business at the end of the program. You must be able to work in Australia, speak English, and have literacy skills necessary to study, communicate and operate a business. You should also be physically fit and able to do manual farm work.

Applications must include a resume with your personal details, references and a covering letter addressing why you believe you would be a suitable applicant. Also include relevant work or life experience, any relevant future plans and how you would support yourself during the 12-month program. You may be asked to agree to a police check prior to engagement.

Please email applications by the closing date of 31 July 2020, and any enquiries to secretary@sageproject.org.au


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