The Old Fort

Education Garden and Internship Opportunities

Hoop house and shed with rainbow in background

A one-half acre education garden was established in 2006 to work with Fort Lewis College students and community members.  It serves as the hub for student interns, cooperative extension programs and small variety trials. A high tunnel was added in 2010 for season extension crops like peppers and winter greens. A second high tunnel will begin production in Summer, 2017.

Food grown in this space is used to supply the Campus Farm Stand, wholesale accounts, farmers markets in Farmington and Cortez, the Old Fort Market Garden CSA and Sodexo dining services.

OLD FORT MARKET GARDENS INTERNSHIP - SUMMER 2017

Veggies in the sunLearn how to farm on a small-scale market garden…. and fulfill internship credits by farming!

Between May 1 and August 15, Old Fort interns participate in daily farm operations from 8am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Fridays. This unpaid internship prepares aspiring farmers for future opportunities in farming programs at the Old Fort and beyond!

Intern opportunities include:

  1. Field work in Education Garden and Farmer-In-Training plot:  Interns assist with soil prep, seeding, planting, irrigation, weeding, and harvesting. Experience the full growing cycle and gain skills in all aspects of vegetable production!
  2. Marketing Old Fort produce:  Interns help staff the Old Fort Farm Stand and contribute to packing and delivering CSA shares, produce for restaurants, and FLC dining hall orders. Experience the joy of selling what you’ve grown!
  3. Leadership and teamwork:  Interns assist with teaching and supervising groups of volunteers in garden work. A chance to teach others your hard-earned skills!

Email the garden manager Elicia at ewwhittlesey@fortlewis.edu 

Download 2017 Intern Application