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 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.
While our internship experience changes from year to year, you can expect the following components:
- Intentional communal living.
- An intern position with a local land-based organization such as a small scale organic farm, a community garden, a native plant nursery, an assisted living community, etc.
- Community organizing, spiritual formation and/or youth education opportunities
- 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.
ATFP seeks to provide an alternative model of living for young adult interns interested in vocational discernment around spirituality, community, and stewardship of Creation. We hope to create a space where interns can negotiate what it means to live out the gospel message within the local community and the broader church, in our current context of human beings alienated from each other and the earth.
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.
Program Year: September 1st through July 31st
- Monthly stipend minus taxes
- Health insurance
- Vacation time
- Access to the produce grown.
- Three to four retreats over the course of the year
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.
(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 2012-2013 program year).
To apply: You will need to submit an initial application through the Episcopal Service Corps website: www.episcopalservicecorps.org . Please make sure to mark Abundant Table Farm Project in your process and answer the essay questions in relation to your interest in the farm project.
Need more info: e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1-888-707-6513
Website: www.theabundanttable.org and www.jointhefarm.com and http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Abundant-Table/242248432482619