MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s PEAS Farm is recruiting students for its popular summer farming internship. This six-credit class lets students get their hands dirty on a 10-acre vegetable farm, doing everything from sowing seeds and transplanting to irrigating and harvesting.
The PEAS Farm, located in Missoula’s Rattlesnake Valley north of campus, grows tens of thousands of pounds of produce for its 100-member Community Supported Agriculture program, the Missoula Food Bank, the WIC program and a mobile market for seniors.
PEAS Farm interns learn about propagation in the greenhouse, season extension, transplanting, direct seeding, farm planning, use of cover crops, harvest and post-harvest care of vegetable crops, drip and overhead irrigation, tractor implements, hand and mechanical cultivation, composting, weeds and pests, Community Supported Agriculture management and distribution, orchard care and more. Farm interns also learn to cook for the class and to collaborate with other Missoula community groups.
The 2016 summer PEAS class runs from May 18 to Aug. 29. Students learn farming skills from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, the class will take field trips to other farms in the area. Students also get two weeks of their choosing off during the summer.
Current UM students can enroll through CyberBear using course number ENST 396 for the undergraduate internship and ENST 590.80 for graduate student internship. Applicants who are not current UM students also are eligible to enroll. PEAS Farm credits often are transferrable.
For more information visit the PEAS internship website at http://www.cas.umt.edu/evst/undergraduate/opportunities.php.