The UW Farm strives to build and strengthen connections between our growing spaces and academics on campus.
We support many education opportunities including courses, labs, capstone, practicum, field work, internships, volunteer credit and non-credit bearing opportunities, field trips, and tours.
We are also a selected site for Carlson Center for Leadership and Service-Learning. Before COVID-19, we regularly host and instruct over 300 student volunteers per academic year who volunteer as part of an assignment for a course. At this time we are able to host remote experiences, see listing below.
Students interested in conducting research at the UW Farm should submit a proposal to the farm manager (email@example.com ) and the related faculty member approving credit before or at the beginning of each quarter. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the project of interest with the UW Farm Manager before submitting a proposal.
The proposal should include the following:
One page describing the proposed project: problem, methods, expected outcome(s), including relevant literature
One page summarizing:
Relevance and potential benefits to the farm
Cost / funding needs and (if applicable) potential funding sources
Space requirement and availability
How the project will satisfy capstone, credit, or other requirements for the student researcher
State which college or school you are enrolled
Which faculty will be approving, grading, mentoring your project/internship
The farm manager will review and may send inquiries to the Farm Advisory Committee for review.
Student researchers must submit a .pdf and powerpoint of the final report to be archived.
Farm Internships and Practicum
The UW Farm hosts internships every quarter. Each internship is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Depth of experience is determined though Learning Goals developed with faculty advisor beyond the descriptions below. Deadline to apply is the second week of the quarter. See Links for below for faculty that approve/process, farm internships and experiences.
All UW Farm interns are required to complete a minimum of 3 hours of farm work (either virtual or in-person depending on COVID-19 Operations Plan Amendment approval) per week (or 30 hours total required for one credit) or 6 hours per week (or 60 hours for two credits) for each quarter, or ten weeks, with the farm’s crew and volunteers in addition to their projects.
General Farm Internship – Offered every Summer quarter + September – primary responsibility is to join the farm team and take an active role in growing food for the community, campus dining and the food pantry. You will volunteer 12 hours (two days) a week for two credits beginning the summer quarter and continuing until the last two weeks of September. You will learn the following skills – crop rotation, direct seeding, transplanting, application of soil amendments, tomato growing including trellising and pruning, plant families, IPM, harvest techniques, how to read a crop plan, soil blocking and more.
Farm Education Internship – Offered every quarter, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer – primary responsibility is learning the history of the farm, its practices and operations in order to give tours and conduct outreach. You are the “face” of the farm. Updating the website, signage, the Guide to the UW Farm, History, and tabling at events, and training other tour guides are also responsibilities. You will learn the complete history of a campus urban farm, the student farm movement, by reading Fields of Learning, and environmental pedagogy.
Organic Farming Internship – Offered every Summer and Fall – primary responsibilities are reading the WSDA organic program information, performing seed inventory, farm rotation maps, soil tests, fertilizer and IPM logs and all things needed to pass NOP organic certification. You will learn how organic certification works and what is necessary to pass an inspection by WSDA.
Food Safety/GAP Internship – Offered every Summer and Fall – primary responsibilities are updating our Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), food safety manual, signs, logs and performing a food safety workshop at the end of your internship. You will learn the national standard for food safety protocols on farms in the US and what is necessary to pass a food safety inspection by WDSA.
Nutrition Education Internship – Offered every Spring, Summer and Fall – primary responsibility is researching and writing for The Weekly Dirt newsletter sections, The Nutrition Corner and This Week’s Recipes. Easy week the intern researches a produce item that is grown by the farm and posts a recipe and nutrition and/or cultural information. By the end of the internship you will add your work to, “An Urban Farm Journey with Food, recipes and nutrition information and reflections gleaned by student interns at the UW Farm.” You will learn nutrition content of various vegetables and fruits grown in the PNW and also cultural backgrounds of food grown around the world.
Nutrition Analysis Internship – Offered all quarters – GRADUATE STUDENT only – primary responsibility is to analyze the produce grown at the UW Farm for its nutritional content and evaluate the UW Farm CSA program for nutritional data as compared to health recommendations by the USDA. Goal is to determine if the farm’s CSA program provides sufficient nutritional content required for a single individual, or more. You will learn nutritional requirements of a population, individual and national standards and to what extent raw produce may affect human health.
Farm Production Internship – Offered Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – primary responsibility is to input production data (pounds, ounces, bunches, heads, etc.) of produce grown at the farm in order to determine impact. You will learn production record keeping practices, what are the highest volume crops and why, potential of campus farms to feed the public, and farm business skills.
Food Pantry Liaison Internship – Offered Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – primary responsibility is to be the point person between the UW Farm and the UW Food Pantry. Participate in harvests each week and prepare, catalog, calculate the market or “street value,” and record the volume of produce donated to the pantry for food insecure individuals on the UW Campus. You will learn how to record food data, how to harvest, wash and pack produce according to organic and food safety regulations, and learn much food is donated to the food insecure community and its impact.
Vermiculture Internship – Offered every Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – primary responsibilities are to care for and monitor the worms who eat our food waste at the UW Farm Vermiculture facility. THIS INTERNSHIP WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL SPRING 2021. Details coming soon!
Informatics Internship – Offered every quarter, this internship is available to Information School students or those wishing to help improve and create a platform for optimizing the UW Farm impact and assessing best use of historical digital records, social media, educational information and presence by reviewing and optimizing in any one of those categories. The goal is to make UW Farm resources more accessible and to increase efficiency.
Links for Applying for Farm-based Internships for Credit: