March 18, 2021 @ 10:00 PM

South Lansing Urban Gardens (SLUG), a program of South Lansing Community Development Association (SLCDA), is seeking a summer urban garden intern to increase the availability of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables among residents who face food insecurity. We grow year-round in a greenhouse, hoop house, and open air plots. We grow and donate healthy food, teach a variety of gardening classes, and support those already growing in our community. The internship requires 20-25 hours a week for approximately 14 weeks, from mid-May through August. Interns have flexibility to schedule hours around classes. We offer a $2,000 stipend and weekly seasonal produce baskets.

Please send a resume and cover letter to gardens@southlansing.org by April 5, 2021. The final decision will be made by April 23, 2021. Questions? Call 517-374-5700.

The intern will work primarily at the Hill Community Garden, assisting in all aspects of food production, packaging, and donation to local food pantries. Our goals are two-fold: 1) to support SLUG as we strive to increase capacity and productivity in our gardens and 2) to provide the intern with a quality, hands-on experience in community-based, sustainable urban food production. Tasks to be performed include:

• Starting seeds and transplanting crops
• Cultivating plants (watering, pruning, pest control)
• Maintaining growing spaces (weeding, mulching, mowing)
• Harvesting produce and packaging it for donation
• Working alongside community gardeners and volunteers
• Assisting with the installation of a new hoop house
• Optional - teaching youth gardening classes, based on intern skill and desire
Ideal candidates will be:
• Enthusiastic about growing food and ready to share the joy with others
• Excited to work within a racially, culturally, and economically diverse community
• Able to work independently, with initiative to perform tasks without prompting
• Willing to work outside in all weather conditions.
• Pursuing a degree related to urban agriculture, environmental justice, sustainable food systems, food equity, etc., is a bonus.