2017-18 SAGE Market Gardener Internship
The annual position of the SAGE Market Gardener Intern is now open for applications.
The position is a fantastic introduction to market gardening. This is a nine-month position, commencing in late August, to learn many aspects of market gardening, without any upfront costs, and with direct guidance by a local market gardener/s.
Applications close 31st July, 2017.
What is it?
During the program you will learn many things, from the importance of fertile, and biologically active soil, through to direct sales of produce and familiarising with the local food network. A strong focus will be on gardening and production skills whilst learning how to operate food production as a business, to prepare you for a career in market gardening.
You will also receive coaching by an experienced business executive to assist in approaching market gardening as a viable enterprise. Learn how to manage your income and expenses, set up a business, manage your money and set goals for the future.
Who is SAGE?
Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE) is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation whose mission is to create and support a NSW South Coast sustainable fair food economy and food sovereignty for local communities.
Established in 2009, SAGE began as an education and demonstration project for sustainable agricultural and horticultural practices. Our intent was to create the opportunity for people in the region to redress the loss of healthy food growing and cooking skills through education in all disciplines of sustainable agriculture and gardening.
In 2013 the first market gardener internship was opened, and every year since, SAGE has successfully trained a new vegetable grower who, upon completion, has found their own little place in our ever developing local food system. This is an ideal outcome.
Who should apply?
Market gardening is a demanding, outdoors work environment. It is important you have good general health, and enthusiastic to partake in physical activities. This is an un-mechanised system requiring plenty of hand tool work. It is highly beneficial for you to have a logical and somewhat practical mindset, with good decision making skills and a medium level of autonomy. There are all sorts of hurdles, and challenges in small-scale agriculture you will need to navigate through.
This year, there is a biodynamic element to the program. There will be a very basic application of biodynamics to the garden, how to get started in biodynamics and advice and encouragement with where and how to learn more. Please understand this is not a biodynamic course as such, simply a demonstration and exposure to an extremely effective and truly sustainable method of agriculture.
Situated on the far south coast NSW, Moruya. Roughly 4.5 hours south of Sydney and 2.5 hours east of Canberra, with all the goodies that comes with a coastal lifestyle, various water systems and large national parks. There is also fertile agricultural land and a vibrant and progressing local food system.
If you have a desire for a career in market gardening and visions of clean food production, this is for you. There is a new wave of agriculture, its small scale, viable and very rewarding and this is a great way to get started with your own food production business.
CONTACT THE MARKET MANAGER