Teen Ag Crew Leader, Charlie Cooper, holds head of cabbage harvested at Erickson Fields.
Teen Ag Crew Leader, Charlie Cooper, holds head of cabbage harvested at Erickson Fields.

Teen Ag Crew Internship – Summer Session

Jun 21, 2021 - Aug 27, 2021, 12:00 am, at Erickson Fields

ROCKPORT – Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a state-wide land conservation organization, 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 internship will be part-time and offered during three sessions: Spring (4/20-6/17), Summer (6/21-8/27), and Fall (9/7 – 10/29). Interns will receive training for COVID-19 safety protocols and be provided PPE.

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 agencies to address food insecurity. Last year, the Teen Ag Crew distributed more than 20,500 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, develop their resumes, and expand their social circles beyond the walls of their schools.”
 
The application deadline is Friday, March 26. Interested teens may apply online at aldermere.org/teen-ag-crew or call 236-2739 to request a paper application.