Certified Intern Host Farm Program

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 

  1. Submit a Seasonal Farm Jobs listing. 
  1. 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.
  1. Complete the Self-Study Reflection and Commitments Agreement
  1. 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

Agricultural educator skills

Employer communication skills 

Anti-racism resources 

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, lainie@oeffa.org, for approval. 

This program is supported by NIFA USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (2019-49400-30033).

OEFFA
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
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Columbus OH 43214

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