Certified Intern Host Farm Program
Are you passionate about training the next generation of farmers and growers? Do you employ sustainable and ecological production on your farm? If so, partnering with OEFFA to become a Certified Intern Host Farm might be a good fit. The Certified Intern Host Farm Program supports the education and training of beginning farmers by connecting potential farm interns with experienced, engaging host farmer educators. Internships are similar to offering employment, but they also offer an additional educational experience.
Certified Intern Host Farms commit to providing educational experience on farm production methods through demonstration and mentorship to interns. Host farmers must complete a guided self-study and help interns fulfill their learning goals.
Benefits to host farms:
- Certified Intern Host Farms receive a free registration to attend OEFFA’s 2022 Rooted and Rising Conference.
- OEFFA will prioritize your listing in Seasonal Farm Jobs page to help you attract highly motivated workers.
- Connect to a network of other intern-host farms to share experiences and support.
- Access resources in mentorship, communication, equity and inclusion.
- Receive support from OEFFA staff through technical assistance, supplemental intern education, and farm check-ins.
Host Farm Certification Steps
- Submit a Seasonal Farm Jobs listing.
- Select at least three resources from the Certified Intern Host Farm Self Study below to read and review. They can be from the same category, or multiple categories.
- Complete the Self-Study Reflection and Commitments Agreement.
- Earn designation as a Certified Intern Host Farm on the OEFFA Seasonal Farm Jobs site and a scholarship to OEFFA’s annual conference (scholarship limited to the first eight certified intern host farms per year).
Certified Intern Host Farm Self Study
Internship guidebooks and employee standards
- Farm Internship Handbook Rogue Farm Corps
- Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers in the North Central Region SARE and Bertrand Farms
- Writing Effective Job Descriptions University of Wisconsin Extension
- Attracting and Maintaining Employees on Organic Vegetable Farms University of Wisconsin Extension
- The First 30 Days: Orienting New Farm Employees Ohio State University Farm Office Resources
- Food Justice Certification Farmer Fact Sheet Agricultural Justice Project
Agricultural educator skills
- Make Content Relatable SARE Sustainable Agriculture through Sustainable Learning
- Engage Positive Emotions SARE Sustainable Agriculture through Sustainable Learning
- Give Learners Choice SARE Sustainable Agriculture through Sustainable Learning
- Identify Mental Models SARE Sustainable Agriculture through Sustainable Learning
- Provide Opportunities for Practice and Application SARE Sustainable Agriculture through Sustainable Learning
Employer communication skills
- Active Listening to Improve On-Farm Communication University of Maine Extension
- The Farm Business Culture, University of Wisconsin Extension
- Facilitating with a Trauma-Informed Lens University of Wisconsin Extension
- Managing Employee Conflict University of Wisconsin Extension
- The Case for Reparations Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic
- How the USDA Distorted Data to Conceal Decades of Discrimination Nathan Rosenburg and Bryce Wilson Stucki, The Counter
- Yes Native Americans Were the Victims of Genocide Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
This list is not comprehensive and we are always looking to expand and improve our farmer-educator resources. If you have a different self-study material on farmer educator resources that you would like to use to supplement this list, please email to OEFFA’s internship coordinator Lainie Rini, firstname.lastname@example.org, for approval.
This program is supported by NIFA USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (2019-49400-30033).