internship:

ORGANIC MARKET GARDENING

This internship focuses on small-scale organic growing. Using our established market garden, interns learn how to plan their garden layout, make beds, plant a variety of crops, plan what goes where, prepare for a bumper harvest, sell in the market and much more.

This is the organic market gardening experience from garden layout to market.

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Learning Outcomes Include

— Garden designs, planning and layout,
— Tools, resources and other considerations,
— Propagating healthy seedlings,
— Bed preparation,
— Soil fertility and management,
— Harvesting, washing and preparing produce,
— Proper use of Bio Effectors,
— Irrigation strategies,
— Plant monitoring,
— Startegies for establishing and leveraging markets for your produce,
— How to grow and interact with markets, fom direct supply of our restaurat to farmer’s markets and other suppliers.

*Please be advised that learning outcomes are dependent on what is needed on the farm. QVdL will do its best to accommodate the learning desires of the intern, however these learning outcomes are ultimately defined by the work which is needed to be done on the farm.

A day in the life of an Organic Market Gardening Intern

7:00am  Wake up and hit snooze.

7:10am  Wake up for real and grab some breakfast.

8:00am  Go to the White House and meet your mentor.
Have a quick chat about the day’s work which is harvesting vegetables for the weekly market.
As you harvest, your mentor and you keep a log of quantity and quality of each item.

10:00am  Have a quick break for some food, and then back to work.
You finish loading the truck and grab some produce for lunch.

12:00pm  Head back to Lama Village.
It’s your day on the Cooking Team so you help prepare the meal for yourself and the other interns. The salad is made from food you harvested from the garden.

12:45pm  Lunch with all the interns.

1:45pm’ish  Clean your plates and tidy up the kitchen.

3:00pm  As you’ll be helping with the market you have the afternoon off.

5:30pm  Head into town with your mentor to set up for the weekly market

6:30pm  You and your mentor manage the Quinta Vale da Lama stall at the weekly market taking orders, balancing the books and distributing produce.

7:30pm  Dinner at the market.

9:00pm  Pack up the market stall.

10:30pm Arrive back at Lama Village and find that the other interns have saved you dessert.

11:00pm Collapse in your bed.

About the internship

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