Detroit Urban Ag Internships for UM Students – Summer 2019

The University of Michigan Sustainable Food Systems Initiative (SFSI) is collaborating with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Oakland Ave. Farm to offer paid internships for UM students during the summer of 2019
Teal Harrison, EEB, 2018 intern at D-Town Farm
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To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Lilly Fink Shapiro (finkshap@umich.edu) by April 15, 2019
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Internship Description
Interns will be involved with a variety of tasks necessary for the progress, maintenance and growth of the farm, including but not limited to: hoop house and field production, Irrigating crops, harvesting and preparation of crops for markets, maintaining farm landscaping, feeding Oakland Avenue Farm’s chickens, collecting the eggs, and cleaning the coop, conducting inventory of machinery, equipment and tools, implementing animal and insect control measures and maintaining records on planting, soil amendments, crop or soil diseases, and crop yields.
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D-Town Farm Details
The work at D-Town Farm is guided by a value system that affirms the need for a equitable, racially just food system.  Interns will be expected to be interrogate their own values and assumptions as they participate in this transformative process. Interns will work with D-Town farm staff, under the supervision of DBCFSN’s executive director,  Malik Yakini. D-Town Farm is located at 14027 W. Outer Drive in Detroit.
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Oakland Ave Farm Details
Oakland Avenue Urban Farm is an inclusive environment where we treat everyone with dignity and respect regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or race. We are a campus where everyone is welcomed.  Interns will work with Oakland Ave Farm staff under the supervision of Oakland Ave Farm Manager, Billy Hebron, providing a variety of tasks necessary for the advancement of goals of the farm.  Oakland Ave Farm is located in Detroit’s North End at 9227 Goodwin St.