Shefa: Teen Internship and Apprenticeship 2019


Welcome to Shefa!  

Shefa is a wonderful opportunity to spend the summer outside, with a community of young people who together practice building the skills to create a more beautiful, just, and sustainable world!  If the below description speaks to you, please submit your application for this summer on Abundance Farm!

Our Shefa "Internship Track," is open to any incoming 9th-12th graders.  The Internship offers an introduction to farming, food justice, and community building.  Interns will be introduced to many of the skills it takes to run a one-acre urban farm and will also learn about the systems and structures that situate this farm within the larger food system.  Interns will also practice self reflection and community building through games, workshops on identity and justice, and leadership development.

Our "Apprenticeship Track," is for Shefa alumni who have already completed the Internship during a prior summer and want to further deepen their farming and food justice education and develop leadership skills.  The Apprentice Track is also open to individuals the summer after their 12th grade year.  The Apprenticeship offers the opportunity for Shefa alumni to build off of the skills they have learned in previous summers and practice teaching these skills to peers and community members. Apprentices will also be given training and opportunities to lead community building activities for their peers. Apprentices will receive training, support, and feedback as they develop as leaders throughout the session.

While Abundance Farm is a Jewish community project, this program is open to people of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds.  We will be exploring farming, food justice, and community building through a Jewish lens, and we will also be exploring these topics through other lenses and other identities.

To get a stronger feel for the community we're building here in our Shefa program, you can read Summer 2017's Milk With Dignity letter (click to read here), or browse the zine they created together featuring art, writing, photos, and more (click to read here).

Both the Internship and Apprenticeship positions require an application and an interview.  Space is limited for both positions.

Program Goals

Participants of the Shefa Program will:

Farm Work

  • Develop skills such as seeding, planting, plant care, harvesting, seed saving, and compost production;

  • Maintain, design and care for the fruit tree orchard;

  • Learn about the history of small scale, justice-oriented sustainable farming;

  • Cultivate a relationship between the Northampton Survival Center and Abundance Farm and the wider Northampton community through the Pick-Your-Own program;

  • Organize and lead community events in the garden;

Food Systems Exploration

  • Situate and analyze Abundance Farm's efforts and contributions within the larger Northampton food shed;

  • Cultivate a practice of making change on a personal, inter-personal, cultural, and systemic level within the food system;

  • Learn about and engage with larger-scale movements for food justice;

Personal Growth and Community Building

  • Develop personal and community practices in reflection, awareness, and growth ;

  • Explore personal social identities and how they relate and intersect with our food system and community;

  • Develop leadership skills and explore our capacity to create change within our own communities.

Required Qualifications:

  • This is a “get your hands dirty” internship!  We will be doing hard work on hot summer days. Farm work is physically challenging (and rewarding)!  Interns and apprentices should arrive each day with motivation and energy - ready to jump into each day’s work.

  • Interns and Apprentices should be interested and excited to learn about both the nitty gritty (which weeds to pull up) and the big picture (global food movements and food justice).

  • Interns and Apprentices should have the ability to stay focused, complete tasks, and work both independently and in groups.

  • Please note: In response to participant feedback, this year Shefa will consist of a single, 6 week session which will run four days/week (Monday-Thursday).

Shefa Schedule:

This year, Shefa will take place for six weeks, on a Monday-Thursday schedule, from 9-3 each day. Shefa will begin on Monday, July 8th, and conclude on Thursday, August 15th. In the interest of building the strongest possible community, applicants who can participate in the FULL 6 weeks will be given preference.


-Interns will earn a stipend of $100 per week.  

- Apprentices will earn a stipend of $150 per week. 

In addition, all participants will receive a community service certificate.

To apply, please fill out one of the following forms:

Shefa Teen Internship Application

Shefa Teen Apprenticeship Application

Application Process:

Once an application has been filled out, we will be in touch to schedule an interview. During the interview, participants will have a chance to ask questions about the program, and we will make sure that participant and program goals are compatible. Afterwards, staff will review the applicant, and be in touch as to whether the applicant has been accepted.

Applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis- space is limited so it is to your advantage to apply early!  We look forward to hearing from you and will follow up with next steps! Feel free to reach out to Rose, the Director of Shefa, with any questions at

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