FoodChain has a wide variety of intern opportunities for students. We would love to supplement your educational experience with real hands on work on our farm, developing curriculum, or learning the ins and outs of running and fundraising for a small nonprofit! In order to intern with us, we ask that you plan out a project for your time here that has accomplishable goals given the time frame of your internship and fits well within the frame of FoodChain’s mission and needs.
Apply to be an intern and send us a cover letter and resume. We look forward to working with you!
The indoor aquaponics farm will accept interns who are interested in growing and maintaining the FoodChain farm. This could include work in expanding the output of our farm, including new ways to sell what we produce (e.g., restaurants or CSA), trying new produce in our experimental rooftop system, or working with our brackish prawn program to grow aquaculture marketing in Central Kentucky.
The Processing Kitchen will accept interns interested in creating marketing initiatives around the locally processed products coming out of FoodChain’s Processing Kitchen. This can be for 1) meal kits 2) lightly processed local fruit and vegetables. Intern(s) would create materials to advertise to institutional buyers, distributors, as well as direct consumers. Also, if you have an interest in graphic design, event planning, or fundraising we would love to have your help and ideas for current and future projects!
Farm to School Intern
Our Farm to School Program focuses on bringing local food and accompanying education to schools in Fayette County. The program is comprised of an advisory council with representatives from our local health department, city government, school representatives, and various non-profit and for-profit businesses and organizations. We have two available internships for summer 2019. One will work to further engage and educate students on local food systems. The other internship will be focused on bridging gaps and developing partnership and initiatives to connect Fayette County Public Schools to the Farm to School program.
The Processing Kitchen will accept one intern interested in researching affordable nutritious recipes that utilize products available locally. Part of this will be working on finding affordable ways to create healthy and delicious meals. In addition, there will be recipe testing, record keeping, free tastings in the community with feedback collection, and creating printed materials for dissemination with products from the Kitchen.
Cook. Eat. Grow. Intern
This cooking program focuses on teaching youth culinary skills, food safety and the nutritional benefits of eating fresh, whole foods. There are a variety of tracks this internship could take, including curriculum development, coordination of resources, and even facilitating lessons. We focus these classes on encouraging youth to try fruits and veggies that are in season and exploring their food preferences all while increasing skills and confidence in the kitchen.
Power of Produce Intern
This summer program engages youth at the Lexington Farmers Markets to learn about fresh food and agriculture through interactive games. Participants then receive two dollar vouchers to purchase their own produce directly from farmers. An intern in this program will take full initiative by planning activities and taste tests, recruiting volunteers, and executing the program at Saturday markets.
Summer Food Service Program
Summer Food Service Program ensures that youth (0-18) who qualify for free and reduced lunch in our community will still have access to lunch during summer break. All of the meals we serve are creative, from scratch dishes that incorporate 100% local produce purchased directly from KY farms. Many kids in low income communities experience “The Summer Slump,” where the average student loses up to a month’s worth of math and reading during the months they are out of school. During these meals we would like interns to develop curriculum for fun, educational activities that engage the kids who are there for lunch.