Ward Sinclair Memorial Internship Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- DEADLINE MARCH 15,1997
WARD SINCLAIR MEMORIAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
To honor the late Ward Sinclair -- a gifted farmer, renowned writer, and
passionate champion of alternative agriculture -- the Henry A. Wallace
Institute for Alternative Agriculture awards one internship each year to a
person desiring "hands-on" experience of working on a farm that produces and
direct markets food in ways that enhance the sustainability of agriculture,
and with a private nonprofit organization that supports sustainable
production and marketing.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE WARD SINCLAIR MEMORIAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM?
This program gives one person each year an opportunity to be directly
involved in producing and marketing food, and to work with a sustainable
agriculture organization supporting direct marketing. Through "hands-on"
experience, the intern will gain new or enriched personal knowledge and
appreciation of the rigors of farm work, the challenges of direct marketing,
and the satisfaction of fostering sustainable farming opportunities.
WHERE WILL THE INTERN WORK?
In 1997, the intern will spend roughly half of the internship working at the
Flickerville Mountain Farm and Ground Hog Ranch in Dott, Pennsylvania, and
the other half with the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture
(PASA) in Millheim, Pennsylvania. The Flickerville Mountain Farm and
Groundhog Ranch was established and co-managed by the late Ward Sinclair.
Ward also helped to found PASA, whose mission is to develop, support, and
promote sustainable food and farming systems in Pennsylvania. On the farm,
the intern will be supervised by Cass Peterson, the owner and manager.
Cass, a member of the Henry A. Wallace Institute's Board of Directors, is
also a founding member and former vice president of PASA.
WHEN, AND FOR HOW LONG, ARE INTERNSHIPS OFFERED?
The internship will be for three to six months. The intern will live and
work on the Flickerville Mountain Farm during the period from late spring to
early winter. The work with PASA may precede or follow the farm experience.
HOW WILL THE PROGRAM BE MANAGED?
The Wallace Institute will manage the application and selection process,
provide financial support, and monitor and assist in guiding the program.
The Institute will also arrange and host an informal discussion with the
intern at the beginning and conclusion of his or her internship. Also
contributing to those discussions will be Cass Peterson and Timothy Bowser,
Executive Director of PASA.
CAN INTERNS RECEIVE ACADEMIC CREDIT?
Student applicants desiring credit for an internship experience must show
evidence that their college or university is able to administer such a
program and to provide the necessary faculty supervision and guidance needed
to ensure that the internship satisfies all requirements concerning
off-campus learning experiences.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Persons of any age, sex, race, formal education, and religion who
demonstrate an unusually keen interest in, and personal commitment to, the
ideal of sustainable agriculture production and/or marketing and associated
career opportunities. Individuals with or without prior agricultural
backgrounds can apply.
WHEN SHOULD YOU APPLY?
Applications should be sent to the Henry A. Wallace Institute for
Alternative Agriculture, 9200 Edmonston Road, Suite 117, Greenbelt, Maryland
20770, by March 15, 1997.
WHAT SHOULD THE APPLICATION INCLUDE?
The application should consist of a letter describing the applicant's:
o Reason or reasons for applying;
o Proposed internship (purpose, scope, and content);
o Personal interests, hopes, and plans related to sustainable farming and
o Estimated travel and living expenses (apart from room and board on the
farm, which will be covered)
HOW WILL INTERNS BE SELECTED?
Applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Wallace Institute, along
with Cass Peterson of Flickerville Farm, and Timothy Bowser of PASA.
Criteria used to rate applications will include the imagination and
innovativeness of the proposed internship, its feasibility, the applicant's
commitment to its purpose, and the likely benefits it might have for other
people involved in farming and the direct marketing of food, either today or
in the future.
WHEN WILL APPLICANTS BE NOTIFIED?
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process no
later than April 15.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, write or call:
Neill Schaller, Associate Director
Henry A. Wallace Institute
for Alternative Agriculture
9200 Edmonston Road, Suite 117
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770
Phone (301) 441-8777
FAX (301) 220-0164
THE HENRY A. WALLACE INSTITUTE FOR ALTERNATIVE AGRICULTURE is a national,
non-profit organization that seeks to increase understanding and adoption of
an environmentally sound, productive, economically viable, and socially
responsible agriculture. The Institute is an information source, a "think
tank", and a voice for alternative agriculture in the nation's capital. In
addition to publishing the American Journal of Alternative Agriculture and a
monthly newsletter, it sponsors symposia and outreach activities. The
Institute's board of directors includes farmers and other leaders in the
alternative agriculture community.