Internship Curriculum

Intern Curriculum

Classes are one day a week (Thursdays after lunch) and last about one hour with a hands on component (which may include a field trip).  At the end of each class interns will complete their worksheets and at the end of the internship there will be an open book/open note final exam.  Interns will be presented with a Certificate of Completion at the end of the season.

Classes are in the following:

  • Composting
  • Cover Crops
  • Crop Rotations
  • Community Supported Agriculture
  • Direct Seeding
  • Entomology
  • Farm Record Keeping
  • Financial Records
  • GMO’s
  • Goat Husbandry
  • Grazing Systems
  • Greenhouse Basics
  • Hedgerows
  • History of Food and Agriculture
  • Irrigation
  • LEAN for the Farm
  • Mushroom Production
  • Plant Pathologies
  • Poultry Management (layers, broilers, ducks, turkeys, quail)
  • Seeds
  • Soil Science
  • Swine Management
  • Transplanting
  • Water Harvest through Keyline Design
  • Weed Management
  • Ecological Farming
  • Harvesting
  • Marketing

Focus Enterprise

Interns have a focus enterprise in which they will spend about 20 hours a week taking an Morganic Farm Enterprise and improving it.  An intern may have more than one focus enterprise during the summer.  Interns will learn about and review the budget and marketing plan for their chosen enterprise(s) and have the liberty to expand it–thus increasing the amount of money they will make at it.

Enterprises include the following:

  • CSA Organic Vegetable Garden Management
  • Raising Pigs
  • Raising  Layers (chickens, ducks, or quail)
  • Raising Meat Birds (Red Ranger, Turkey, Duck or Quail)
  • Raising Rabbits
  • Raising Sheep
  • Raising Goats (Dairy or Meat)
  • Mushrooms
  • Cottage Industry: such as- soap making, jam, value added product, etc…
  • Hatching Chicks
  • Nursery plants, compost
  • Farm Market

Aspects that may be used to enhance an Enterprise:

  • rotational grazing
  • water catchment systems or greywater systems
  • alley cropping in pasture
  • compost building/nutrient cycling
  • plant, insect and animal identification
  • property mapping/site design
  • utilizing contour
  • no-till farming
  • mulching
  • herbal health care for animals
  • permaculture
  • other?

Although we want to know what you are interested in and will do our best to help you learn them, be advised some enterprises are seasonal.  So we may be engaged in them at only certain times of year for only 1 or 2 weeks.  We have a pretty good library in which the intern can read/view from in the evenings and days off to learn more on specific topics.  All books, journals and DVDs must be “checked out” so as to keep track of their whereabouts.  We are also available at meal times for discussions, and periodically for demonstrations and questions.  Interns may find it helpful to keep a journal, as these days will fly past and it will help you remember details you learned each day.