Abundant Table Farm Project – Paid Farming and Food Justice Internships for 2013-2014 Program Year

The Abundant Table Farm Project

 The Abundant Table Farm Project (ATFP) is a one to two year Episcopal Service Corps (ESC) internship for young adults[1]  interested in farming/gardening, living in community with others, vocational discernment, spiritual reflection and engaging in community justice building.

The Abundant Table Farm Project is a program of The Abundant Table, which is a non-profit organization rooted in the Episcopal Church and based in Ventura County, CA.  We have a community house church, a small organic farm (Join the Farm!), Farm to School educational projects, and Farm to Faith outreach projects.

Along with our farm based internship, we partner with other community organizations to provide full-time internship opportunities addressing issues of food access, health and nutrition education, and agriculture. Potential internship placements include:

o   Work on a five acre organic farm

o   Work in a Community Garden (prefer Spanish speaker) – – with an emphasis on volunteer management, youth education and food system issues

o   Work in an Assisted Living Facility for older adults — with an emphasis on food system issues in the elder care arena, nutrition, developing a garden for the residents and kitchen

o   Work at a grassroots child/parent education center (requires Spanish speaker) — with an emphasis on child and family nutrition, small scale gardening, and community liaison (reception/admin work)

While our internship experience changes from year to year, you can expect the following components:

o   Intentional communal living.

o   An intern position with wither a local land-based organization such as a small scale organic farm, a community garden, an assisted living community, a community family center, etc.

o   Community organizing, spiritual formation and/or youth education opportunities

o   Social, theological, spiritual, and personal reflection on experience.

You will also be incorporated into our larger organizational community, which includes the Abundant Table house church, Join the Farm! Farm to School project, and the wider Ventura County food justice community.

This project will equip interns with practical and spiritual skills for creating sustainable community and agriculture. ATFP participants will leave our program with first-hand knowledge of issues related to the above mentioned disconnect–including environmental sustainability; organic, small scale agriculture vs. industrial agribusiness; community health and access to unprocessed foods, especially as it relates to disadvantaged communities; immigration and labor issues – and a passion to work for justice around these issues.

More Info:

 Program Year: September 1st through July 31st


  • Housing
  • $400 monthly stipend minus taxes
  • Health insurance
  • Access to the produce grown.

Please note: This internship includes strenuous work, demanding schedule, little vacation, and the need for good communication skills is very important as there are plentiful requests for engagement with the community.


To Apply: http://www.episcopalservicecorps.org/program_apply.php

(We used the ESC application process for our initial screening of applicants. If your application is chosen, we will provide additional questions and set up an interview.)

 Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until we fill all the positions (4-5 interns for the 2013-2014 program year). However, the sooner we have your application the better, so don’t delay!

For more information contact:





[1] Most participants are between the ages of 21 to 30, however we are open to considering applicants as young as 19 if they are ready for the program.

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