Gain experience in diversified farming
TISKILWA — Arriving at Hungry World Farm in the last half of May, Drake Selock from Essex, James Dunmore from Queen, Pa., and Tom Whittington from Powell, Ohio, began working as produce interns.
Hungry World Farm interns learn about many aspects of diversified farming operations while dedicating themselves specifically to the development of a particular area of HWF’s work, with interns’ experience being shaped by their unique interests and skill sets while serving HWF’s broader mission and vision.
The interns share with Hungry World Farm and the broader Tiskilwa community their enthusiasm, love of learning, desire to help build a healthier, more just and peaceful world, and their strong work ethics.
Dunmore commented: “I stumbled upon Hungry World Farm through some connections at school and further online research. It seemed to be a unique opportunity that only presents itself once in a while, and I felt moved to look further into it. I am excited to explore and learn this summer with HWF and the surrounding communities of Willow Springs Church, Tiskilwa and Princeton.”
Interns volunteer for 35 to 40 hours a week. Each week is filled with a variety of farm work from planting, weeding, harvesting and preparing for sale at farmers’ markets or CSAs. Hungry World Farm interns leave with a broadened understanding of holistic, diversified farming, sharpened skills pertaining to a particular part of the farm, and strong experience in a wide variety of farm activities. Interns can expect to work hard, have fun and learn plenty.
“My experience at Hungry World Farm has been full of great opportunities to learn from people who know what they are doing. The team here helps keep myself and the other interns interested in educational outputs and keeps us included in all the day-to-day processes of organic farming. I am incredibly grateful for the time I have here and the people that I am sharing it with,” Selock said.
A fourth intern, Nomakhosi Ndlovu, concluded her volunteer role on the farm on July 10 and is now back in Zimbabwe, her home country in Africa. As Ndlovu departed, she reflected: “Caring for the land while serving with HWF has been a healing experience in different spheres of my life. It made me more aware of God’s presence in my surroundings.”
The staff and volunteers continue to facilitate a collaborative, community-oriented environment with lots of learning, sharing and laughter to go along with the work.
Hungry World Farm began in the fall of 2017 as a nonprofit organization. Hungry World Farm invites all people to reflect on the theory and practice of food production and consumption in deep consideration of hungers in the global village.
Located east of Tiskilwa, the farm includes tillable land, a blueberry patch, woods and a native hillside prairie. Hungry World Farm utilizes the farm as a textbook for healthy, sustainable food production and seeks to empower individuals and communities to strengthen local food systems and reflect on their own consumption and systemic impact on the environment.
Along with the interns, the HWF team currently consists of two lead farmers, a steering committee/board of directors, four resident volunteers and a growing number of local volunteers.