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Job Training at reVision House Urban Farm

This internship has shown me that there is a bigger picture in life. It lets me know that I am not the only person living on this earth, and in order to accomplish my goals, I must work hard and educate myself on the world around me.

-- Cookie, Former Intern

 

At reVision Urban Farm, we integrate agriculture, aquaculture, and enterprise to help teach young, homeless mothers transferable and practical job skills. Up to four shelter residents work as paid interns on our urban farm. In 2004, our farm employed 10 shelter residents throughout the year and five local high school students as summer agriculture interns.

For many, the internship is a first job. Beyond teaching basic job skills, our training program provides experience in small-scale organic farming, aquaculture, greenhouse management, seedling production, marketing, and community outreach.

Interns also serve as teachers and mentors to local youth who visit the farm from after-school, community, and childcare programs. For instance, in December 2003, three of our interns, Jasmine, Melinda, and Elizabeth, helped to launch our Preschool Education Initiative with Lena Park Community Development Center in Dorchester. Our SPROUTS program developed age-appropriate gardening curriculum for preschoolers, teaching young children about fruits and vegetables, while reinforcing basic cognitive skills. Past interns have worked with the New England Aquarium and the Boston Nature Center to enrich their education and training experience.

Farm Interns:

Melinda, age 22, employed since October 2003


Hello! My name is Melinda, and I am an intern for Re-Vision Urban Farm and live at Re-Vision House. I've lived here since September. I have a two-year-old girl named Amaya. Working at the farm was a new step I took because I would never see myself doing work like growing, planting, and taking care of fish. But most of all, I like my job because it's fun and the people I work with are very out-going and nice to be around.

Barbara, age 25, employed since February 2004

 

My name is Barbara and I’ve been working at the farm since February. Working in the greenhouse is a great experience for all the interns here at Re-Vision House. We not only plant, grow, and harvest vegetables, but also have the privilege of eating the fruits of our labor. We’re a great team and have learned a lot in the past months and learning is what the Re-Vision Urban Farm Internship program is all about.

 

Summer Youth Internship:

Every summer, reVision House Urban Farm hires five high school students to work as agriculture interns for six weeks. Here are their thoughts about the experience:

 

 

By Shatya Spriggs, Alaina Kinds, Rosemary Brown, Christina Deburgo, and Erin Guertin

 

We believe this job helped us connect with our community and environment. We have learned to grow sustainably to ensure that families get the best produce. Through this job, we’ve learned how to distinguish plants from weeds. Every Tuesday morning, we harvest fresh vegetables to prepare food for the community lunch on Wednesday. All the food is made with our produce, with help from kids working at The Food Project. On Thursday, we go to the Farmer’s Market to sell our produce. We have also had an aquaculture workshop which taught us how to test water quality, pH, and dissolved oxygen content in the fish tanks.

 

Throughout this job, we have made great friendships with the staff and each other which we won’t forget.

 

 

 

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