Our internship program is a unique opportunity for future farmers to get training in natural process farming. Eight interns join the Green String family for a six week intensive; to live, learn and work.
Interns work 24 hours a week in the production garden under direction of instructors. Each weekday at 1:00 PM, the intern group will receive a two hour lecture focused on the foundations of natural process gardening/farming. Each intern will maintain their own hand-worked plot, filling out the 40 hour work week.
Competition control (hand weeding/hoeing)
Harvesting fruits and vegetables
Interns have lessons weekday afternoons. Bob Cannard teaches the majority of the lessons and covers all practical aspects of natural process farming, from seed selection and pruning, to tool maintenance and forest renewal.
Room, board, and tuition
Each group of interns lives in a four bedroom house on the farm. We provide seasonal vegetables and fruit from the farm, as well as a limited amount of eggs, olive oil, meat and preserves that Green String produces. Staple foods such as beans, flours, sugar, and grains are provided. Interns are hired as employees of Green String Farm and will have tuition, room and board deducted from their paychecks.
Participants must be at least 18 years old, legally permitted to work in the US, and in good physical condition.
We host interns two times a year. Work activities vary from season to season, but all interns receive the same basic instruction.
Please do not apply unless you can commit to the entire six week term.
March 23 – May 4
September 21 – November 2
As much as we’d like to accommodate every person who wants to participate in our program, limited space makes that impossible. We try to select applicants who will get the most out of the internship experience.
Goals in line with the experience and teaching we provide
Commitment and perseverance
Sincere interest in learning and teaching
Good work ethic
Cooperative and helpful community member
Term applications due
Submit completed application and your resume by email, snail mail, or by dropping it off at the Green String Farm store by the deadline. Our address is 3571 Old Adobe Road, Petaluma, CA 94954 – see greenstringfarm.com for map and directions. After we receive applications, we may contact you for and interview. If at all possible, we like to have applicants visit the farm for the interviews – it gives us a chance to meet you in person, and it gives you a better sense of the program. We will conduct interviews over the phone for applicants not in the area.
We will notify applicants of our decision one month before the start of the term.
We offer a graduate program for up to four students immediately following their internship term. The graduate program is a six month commitment. The graduate semester gives students and opportunity to gain experience working full time on a farm, putting knowledge gained about natural process farming techniques into practice, teaching others and continuing to learn work and live at Green String.
Graduate students work 20 hours maintaining the student production garden and teaching the next intern group. The remaining 20 hours a week students have the opportunity to work with our experienced Green String Farm crew. Here they receive exposure to large scale production, sales operations, and continue to develop the rudimentary skills studied as an intern.
Weeding, hoeing, competition control
Harvesting fruits and vegetables
Graduates will receive two classes from Bob Cannard weekly. These classes allow students to digest and implement the skills/ideas covered during the internship. Resulting in the student’s capacity to develop a highly diversified skill set and further study the generosity of nature.
Each group of graduates lives in a three bedroom house on the farm. We provide seasonal vegetables and fruit from the farm, as well as a limited amount of olive oil, meat and preserves that Green String produces. Staple foods such as beans, flours, sugar and grains are provided.
Graduates are hired as employees of Green String Farm and will have tuition, room and board deducted from their paychecks.
Participants must be a graduate of the Green String internship program. With that said, student’s attitude and effort during the internship term plays a large factor in the selections for open grad positions. Students interested will need to apply for the grad program toward the halfway point of their internship.
We host graduates two times yearly. Work activities vary from season to season, but all graduates receive the same basic instruction.
Please do not apply unless you can commit to the entire six month term.
May 4 – Nov 2
Nov 2- May 4