New interns sought for Teen Ag Crew
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is offering teens ages 14-18 paid internships through the Teen Ag Crew program at Erickson Fields Preserve, located at 164 West Street in Rockport. Interns will gain hands-on experience in sustainable agricultural practices and learn about their local food system from food production, processing and distribution to consumption and waste management. The produce they raise will supply food pantries, public schools and restaurants. The hours will be part-time from mid-June through late August.
MCHT’s Teen Ag Crew has been an open door for many teens entering the workforce. No previous farming experience is required, just a desire to be outdoors, work hard in a team and learn new skills. The work is both challenging and rewarding and contributes to the midcoast community by partnering with Good Shepherd Food Bank and other hunger relief initiatives to address food insecurity. Last year, the Teen Ag Crew distributed more than 16,000 lbs of produce from their 4-acre garden.
“Teen Ag Crew is a great first-time job,” remarked Aaron Englander, Erickson Farm Manager. “It gives teens the opportunity to make a positive impact on their community, expand their resumes, and expand their social circles beyond the walls of their schools.”
The application deadline is Friday, April 10. Teens interested in applying may email or call 207-236-2739.