Ecology Action's 8-Month Internship 2023:
8 months to certification online or onsite

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Ecology Action offers 8-month online and onsite internship programs where qualified participants who want to be key GROW BIOINTENSIVE resources for their region can get involved in hands-on demonstration, teaching and research in sustainable agriculture and closed-system food production.

Through these programs, participants learn to use the unique, closed-loop, soil-building, resource-conserving, sustainble organic approach to food production developed by Ecology Action and master farmer John Jeavons over almost 50 years of research and applied farming. In addition, they learn about positive social solutions and practical skills to address food security issues. The internship focuses exclusively on the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming technique and the low-technology lifestyle appropriate to development work, and results in certification as a GROW BIOINTENSIVE teacher. The 8-month programs begin in April and run through November of each year.

These internships are intended for people who already have an established understanding of the GROW BIOINTENSIVE (GB) method and want to take their skills to the next level. Specifically, we have developed these internships for people who:

  • Have already taken a workshop or other course in the GB method, or are involved in established projects and programs that use the GB method already;

  • Are interested in an in-depth understanding and experience of why GROW BIOINTENSIVE works and how to modify it for other climates, soils and cultures; and

  • Expect to be actively involved in public service in this kind of work (with selective preference given to those who have a strong interest in applied sustainable farming and/or demonstrate a significant ability to use the skills they gain through an internship to benefit their communities and the planet).

Our internship programs are an opportunity for you to assist Ecology Action in its mission to teach people to grow food and increase soil fertility while conserving resources, with both direct and indirect learning occurring in the process. During the internship, emphasis is placed on the ability of participants to learn to farm and develop GROW BIOINTENSIVE diet and sustainability designs and approaches, in the belief that the most creativity and strength come from people joining forces and working as a team after they have fully developed strength and independence. We have found that skill levels can be dramatically upgraded with this type of training.

Programs Available:

8-Month Online (Zoom-based) Internship

Ecology Action currently offers an 8-month Online (Zoom-based) GROW BIOINTENSIVE Internship Program to highly qualified individuals around the globe.

Formerly, all interns spent 8 months onsite at Ecology Action, returning to their homes after completing the program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently offering an onsite internship. Instead, we are offering an online program for US and international interns which spans 8 months and covers the same content as the onsite internship (see below), but is structured to provide web-based participants with an optimal learning experience, while causing as little disruption to their normal schedule as possible. The structure of the program is as follows:

Ecology Action’s 8-Month Online Interns will learn practical skills as well as learning/teaching techniques through an web-based (Zoom) classroom and curriculum. All participants must complete a series of reading, practical and field assignments as a part of this program. By the end of the program, interns will have gained a comprehensive understanding of how to design, plan and manage a small-scale biologically intensive mini-farm as well how to teach the GROW BIOINTENSIVE(GB) method to others.

The 8-month online internship runs from April 5, 2023 to November 29, 2023. online classes will be held on Tuesdays from 8:30am-5pm Pacific Standard Time. Each class includes a 1½ hour break for meals/rest. No classes will be held during the month of August.

Cost: Applicants should note that this is an unpaid, fee-based internship program with limited scholarship opportunities. Program fees include tuition, books and other reading materials, as well as administrative expenses. Program fees are non-refundable. The cost of the internship is $4,750 per person. Do not send payment until you have been notified of your acceptance to the program. Once you are accepted, you will receive further information on schedules, preparation and payments. Not included: any and all other costs associated with the time and activities performed in association with the program. For example, any costs related to housing, food, supplies, utilities, internet, living expenses, medical insurance or expenses, travel, incidental costs, etc., are entirely the responsibility of the participants.

If you are interested in this program and require assistance with the costs described above, we recommend that you seek sponsorship from an organization in your country that helps with rural, agricultural or community development. Ecology Action sometimes provides this program for a reduced tuition and administrative costs to highly qualified internation applicants who are able to provide partial funding from local sources.

Program Location: Your home
Application Deadline:
February 4, 2023
Participant Notification
March 4, 2023
Program Begins: Apr 4 - Nov 18, 2023

Click here to download a sample curriculum/syllabus for the online 8-Month Internship. Please remember that this is a sample and the actual curriculum, while it will cover these topics, may vary, depending on the instructor. You may also find it useful to look at the onsite 8-Month Internship description as a reference point.

This program is in development. If you are interested in applying for this internship, click here to fill out and submit an application.

8-Month Onsite Internships:
Victory Gardens for Peace Mini Farm, Mendocino, CA


IMPORTANT NOTE, READ FIRST: The hosting of onsite internship programs is contingent upon COVID-19 safety regulations. If safety considerations make it necessary to cancel an onsite internship program before it begins, registrants will be provided with a full refund of all fees. If a program is cancelled after it begins, participants will either receive a pro-rated refund based on the work completed, or be provided with online coursework and guidance necessary to complete the internship as a distance-learning program, or the opportunity to transfer to a future program, whichever makes the most sense for the progress of the participants, as determined by the program coordinators.

For all onsite internships the following applies: No scholarships available. Participants from USA only. Negative COVID test req’d. Arrive 10 days before classes start to quarantine.


This internship is open to US and international applicants who meet the prerequisites listed above, and requires that participants live full-time at the program site in Mendocino, CA for the duration of the program; The program includes a combination activities: lecture and demonstrations, study, field work, teaching, and "living the method". This combination is designed is so that participants learn Ecology Action's processes both theoretically and practically, and can understand the processes that are involved in starting this type of work (GROW BIOINTENSIVE farming, low-tech living, teaching the method to others) as well as performing these activities over the long-term.

Cost: $8,850 (US residents) - US$20,950-$22,950 (international participants - scholarships sometimes available)

Program Location: Ecology Action's Victory Gardens for Peace Mini Farm, Mendocino CA.
2023 Season:
Application Deadline:
January 5, 2023 (Earlier applications preferred)
Participant Notification
by February 5, 2023
Arrive Onsite No Later Than: Mar 20, 2023 - Program Runs Mar 21 - Dec 2, 2023

Applicants should note that this is an unpaid, fee-based internship program. Program interns will be placed at the Victory Gardens for Peace Mini-Farm near the town of Mendocino, California. Internship fees are non-refundable. A $2,250 deposit is due within one week of acceptance. Partial Scholarships available to those who qualify.

Click here to see a full course description, including schedule, curriculum, reading list, a breakdown of program expenses.

This program is in development. If you are interested in applying for any of these internships, click here to fill out and submit an application.

Additional 4- and 6-Month Onsite Internships
are offered in 2023 at Victory Gardens for Peace

Click here for more information