This is a short update to advise EWF’s partners and other community members that we have begun recruiting our cohort of Habitat Restoration Interns for the Fall 2023 Internship. The Native Agriculture Biodiversity Accelerator (NABA) is our social and economic development project which is funded by USDA and other generous funders. Microenterprise development provides important service to our communities while strengthening social and economic growth. Applicants must be motivated to form a microenterprise that can eventually provide multi-generational prosperity for their families.
We are offering paid training, technical assistance, and mentoring to Native Americans and the wider community of BIPOC individuals who may be interested in owning and operating their own habitat restoration, native plant nursery, or other environmental, agricultural, or horticultural business, including value-added food and medicines. The announcement is now posted on our website.
Native educators and Western science professionals will provide mentoring and technical assistance that integrates Native American habitat restoration practices with Western science principles. This includes training in organic transitioning, cover crops, and dry farming to strengthen our climate readiness. We will also integrate agroforestry this fall to strengthen the biodiversity of the soil by interplanting organic heirloom vegetables with Blue Elderberry and other Native plant species.
The Internship will be held three days a week for ten weeks extending between mid-October and mid-December 2023. Training includes 60 hours of indoor classroom education on our 2-acre farm in Salem, OR plus 120 hours of experiential service-learning activities on an organic farm in Lebanon, OR which has been maintained free of herbicides, pesticides, and other contaminants for decades. Participants will receive a $3,000 stipend for successfully completing the internship. You can email Sara at email@example.com with questions, or apply here.