Are you interested in sustainable food systems? Do you want to complete internship rotations on a farm? The Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN) Dietetic Practice Group’s School to Farm Program has just the rotation for you! As a dietetic intern or student, you can partake in experiential on-farm learning while completing competencies or earning credit hours. The School to Farm Program provides opportunities for nutrition and dietetic students and interns to immerse themselves within a farming operation that is focused on using sustainable agriculture practices.
On-farm experiences can expose dietetic interns and students to food production practices and distribution and retail operations that other classroom and internship rotation sites cannot provide. Dietetics interns and students will gain a nuanced understanding of sustainable, resilient, and healthy food and water systems from the soil to the table and back to the soil by learning from farmer preceptors.
Two farms currently participate in the School to Farm Program, both co-owned and run by RDs who are members of AND and the HEN DPG (please click the links to learn more):
To learn more about the program and eligibility placement requirements for students/interns, you can find the student handbook here: School to Farm Student Handbook.
Student Application Process
- To apply, complete the program application available here: School to Farm Student Application. Applications are received on a rolling basis. In the application, you will be asked to include two references. The School to Farm Program will then send a form to your references to complete within two weeks of receipt. The student is responsible for making sure that the references complete the form within that time.
- If you are accepted into the program, you will be connected to a farm via email by the School to Farm Program chair. The program will do its best to take farm preferences into account.
- It will then be up to the student and the farm to arrange internship dates and determine other expectations that are agreed upon by both parties.
HEN DPG provides an opportunity for students/interns to apply for a scholarship to defray the travel costs and other expenses for participating in the School to Farm Program. More information about the Joraan Forbord Memorial Scholarship is available here: HEN Scholarships.
Comments from students/interns who have spent time on these farms range from "I could have stayed much longer" to "Participating in the work involved with growing food makes me appreciate food so much more."
We are Seeking Farmers!
The Program is seeking Farmers who would be willing to host dietetic students/interns. Several participating farms are owned/managed by a Registered Dietitian (RD), but the program is also open to farms with owners/managers who are able to facilitate meaningful learning experiences for nutrition and dietetic students and interns. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Please address all questions and other inquiries to the HEN DPG School to Farm Program Chair at email@example.com
School to Farm Competencies
-Local Food System Investigation