MISSOULA – The University of Montana PEAS Farm is recruiting students for its popular summer farming internship.
The 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 Women, Infants and Children 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, CSA management and distribution, orchard care and more. Farm interns also learn to cook for the class and collaborate with other Missoula community groups.
The 2017 summer PEAS Farm class runs May 15 to Aug. 30. 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 off of their choosing during the summer.
Current UM students can enroll in ENST 396 or ENST 590.80 through CyberBear. Applicants who are not current UM students are eligible to enroll. PEAS Farm credits often are transferrable. For registration information visit http://www.umt.edu/summer/studentinfo.php and click on “Summer Semester 2017 Only Admission Status.” For more information visit the PEAS internship website at http://hs.umt.edu/evst/opportunities/peas/default.php.