We Grow Microgreens, LLC founded and operated by urban growers Lisa Evans and Tim Smith, specializes in growing highly nutritious microgreens, edible flowers and unique plants using sustainable growing practices.
We Grow Microgreens, LLC expanded to almost an acre of land in Hyde Park conveyed by deed by the City of Boston in March of 2019. The couple built an aesthetically beautiful, water conserving and energy efficient glass greenhouse that melds into the fabric of a residential neighborhood. The couple selected a high-quality glass greenhouse for the farm that allows neighbors to see the lovely greenery during all months of the year. The glass greenhouse has translucent solar panels on part of the roof and two rainwater tanks collecting 7,000 gallons of rainwater so that the business can have a greater capacity of sustainable growing practices of microgreens, edible flower production and unique tropical plants resulting in increased yield and conservation of resources. The Farm includes a Community Preservation Act funded landscaped community walking path with wildlife attracting plantings designed by Landscape Architect Wes Wirth.
The couple has been successful in winning fifteen grants from the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture, Governor Baker and the City of Boston. They were awarded Microenterprise of the Year by the Small Business Administration in 2019.
GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION
The farm is looking for an intern to assist in agricultural education in a hands-on environment at our Hyde Park, MA Farm which includes a glass greenhouse, two high tunnels, farmstand and soon to be constructed raised garden beds. Both Lisa and Tim have extensive experience teaching in the Boston Public School system and are certified teachers in Massachusetts. Lisa has her professional licensure. They plan to utilize these educational skills in expanding We Grow Microgreens, LLC to offer educational programming. Our newly constructed high tunnel provides a safe and comfortable environment for educational programming, year round. Proposed classes include “How to Grow Microgreens,” Yoga amongst the plants, and “Gardening Basics.”
The intern would help with the creation of the lesson curriculum, assisting with teaching classes and overseeing both the marketing of and sign-up of all educational programs. Classes could range anywhere from kindergarten and elementary school students to adults hoping to learn more about microgreens growing.
Lisa and Tim are currently teaching horticultural classes at the Department of Youth Services correctional facility a few hours a week. Lesson planning for these classes will also be needed. Due to COVID-19, participation for the intern in these classes will be remote until restrictions are lifted.
Any class held at the Farm will be in person with social distancing measures put in place. The classes will take place in well ventilated high tunnels.
The farm is looking for an Undergrad or Grad student studying in the field of education or who has a focused interest in pursuing a career in environmental education. The ideal candidate is outgoing, self-directed and creative and has a passion for sustainable agriculture. The intern will work both independently and as part of a team. The intern will also assist in other areas of the farm.
The farm is currently in the final stages of construction and business building. A grant for the construction of 200 raised beds has recently been awarded, and the assembly of these will begin in the winter months. The intern will be expected at times to help with basic construction projects like these.
We are attending farmer’s markets throughout the winter months and need assistance in marketing these markets and our online pick-up services. You will have the opportunity to learn about marketing through social media in the agricultural and horticultural realms. You will get first hand marketing experience at farmer’ market and the farm’s farmstand by promoting and selling the products. Lastly, you will learn about growing microgreens and harvesting techniques. This is a start-up farm, so you will wear many hats. We welcome any suggestions in building our budding business.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Drafting of lesson curriculum for various environmental education programs
- This includes classes devised by Lisa and Tim, but the intern is also able to propose their own ideas for classes
2. Assist in leading educational programs
3. Build raised stone beds
- Learn about stone masonry
- Plan layout of raised beds
2. Build raised wood beds
- Simple carpentry
- Use of circular saw
- Plan layout of raised beds
5. Grow microgreens, edible flowers and unique plants
- Learn seeding techniques
- Learn growing and watering techniques
- Learn harvesting and packaging techniques
6. Assist at Farmer’s markets selling produce
7. Assist at Farm-stand selling produce
8. Collaborate with other individuals on the farm
9. Be a role model for teen employees that already work on the farm
10. Help with social media is always welcome
11. Assist with selling microgreens at farmer’s markets
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE JOB
- Experience with and interest in education
- Undergrad or Grad student in Education
- Ability to take direction
- Ability to deliver friendly and efficient customer service
- Ability to use a screwdriver and a hammer
- Willingness to work in cold weather outside in the mud. It could be forty degrees outside and the ground could be muddy.
- Technical skills are helpful
- Ability to measure accurately
- Read the construction manual and accurately follow the directions for assembly of the flood benches and high tunnels.
- Like dogs
- Simple construction skills helpful
- Cultural sensitivity as our customer base is multicultural
- Hours to be discussed in interview
- Start date to be determined
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references.
Our website is www.wegrowmicrogreens.com
Farm is located at
21 Norton Street
Hyde Park, MA 02136