Botildenborgs urban farming and social sustainability internship

Botildenborg is a prize winning meeting place and an urban farm in Malmö that uses food and farming as tools to create a more sustainable food system together with Stadsbruk’s methodology

Botildenborg’s internship in urban agriculture is an experiential learning program designed for students, beginning farmers, urban and community gardeners with an interest in applying their knowledge in commercial local food production and entrepreneurship.

Program Duration

Each internship lasts for 8 weeks starting in March until October.

When

We provide internships positions for the following periods.

Week 13 – 20 full

Week 19 – 26 full

Week 25 – 32 full 

Week 31 – 38 three spots left

Week 37 – 44 three spots left 

Where

Botildenborg is located in the neighourhood Rosengård in Malmö Sweden. 

The application process for the 2022 season is now open.

Overview

As the demand for locally and ecologically grown food increases, it’s undeniably more important than ever to also increase the number of local growers around cities.

Our goal is to inspire and train new entrepreneurs in small-scale farming who are interested in being part of the local food movement, and want to contribute to the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of their communities.  

Botildenborg’s internship in urban agriculture is a 8 week experiential learning program designed for students, beginning farmers, urban and community gardeners with an interest in applying their knowledge in commercial local food production and entrepreneurship. We are looking for applicants who Ideally have a vision for how the knowledge and skills developed during the program will fit in with their future goals.

Botildenborg

Botildenborg is an award winning meeting place and urban farm in Malmö where food and farming are used as tools to bring resiliency to communities and aim for a sustainable future. 

Botildenborg’s gardens offer experience for wide range of participants with different interests.

About the gardens

A school garden where children from age 4-6 get to experience nature and learn where our food comes from in the middle of the city.

We also run a social garden where people from different backgrounds and walks of life get to make new friends and experience gardening together.

Market garden & Stadsbruk

We run a market garden as an educational farm using ecological practices, with the aim to spread knowledge and teach skills in urban farming. This is why the market garden is partly run by interns throughout the season. The produce is sold to local restaurants, cafés and our own kitchen. 

Lastly, as part of the project Stadsbruk we have a testbed garden dedicated to urban farmers that want to start up their farming business. We believe that if cities are to become more self-sustaining, we also need to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to farm within the cities. 

What you will gain for the internship

We can offer you an inspiring, real-life experience in creating a long lasting societal change using urban farming and social gardening practices. During your time with us you will gain skills in how to:

  • Run a commercial market garden of 15000 square meters
  • Participate in our school garden program where you will work with children from the ages 4-6 
  • Work with our social gardening projects focused on building bridges between cultures and communities 
  • Running our summer café and farm shop during the weekends 

You will also be provided work clothes and daily lunch from our kitchen.

Program duration

The Internship’s period is 8 weeks and is offered in the following periods from spring to fall:

Week 13 to 20, week 19 to 26, week 25 to 32, week 31 to 38, week 37 to 44.

Students are required to attend the farm Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm, and a few hours during the weekends in summer.

Physical requirement

Please note that our responsibilities in the field are physically demanding and take place in rain or shine. Students are encouraged to apply for the program only if they are comfortable with the physical requirements of farming.

Criteria for selection

The selection committee looks highly upon applicants who can articulate the ways in which the program fits their long-term learning and professional objectives, as well as applicants who have demonstrated experience in or a commitment to organic agriculture and local food systems.

Feedback from our past interns

The organization of the internship is great, it allows you to learn and experiment directly on the farm with a top team, in a friendly atmosphere! You leave inspired, skilled, and with new friends.

Avignon, France

The time with Saba and his team on the farm was meaningful on so many different levels. I got to know a super fun network of people that were doing inspiring work within their community but also on a broader European level. The little fun Fika breaks were also great!

Münster, Germany

The best part was the good atmosphere, listening to music together while working and having lunch together. What I have also learned to appreciate is the exchange with the interesting people who are on the farm.

Münich, Germany

It was a priceless opportunity to learn things from the inside, being treated respectfully, having an opportunity to significantly increase my knowledge on a matter, and being majorly inspired! We had numerous theoretical educational opportunities provided to us by Saba and Cyrille. I recommend it to everyone!

Donetsk, Ukraine

It was a great experience, I think if anyone is interested in setting up their own business or interested in working in small scale agriculture, doing an internship at Botildenborg is a must as you learn so much by doing. I was so motivated after that I now have my own farm outside of Barcelona.

Barcelona, Spain

We worked intensely and efficiently but conducted with so much passion and joy. Botildenborg is a really warm welcoming multicultural energy bubble. I learned so much about farming and business and feel very empowered to pursue small scale farming projects myself in the future.

Stockholm, Sweden

My experience included learning how to grow microgreens, crop rotation planning, installing irrigation systems, harvest estimations and deliveries to restaurants, just to mention a few.
I’m thankful for the trust and including attitude of my ambitious internship supervisor, Saba

Malmö, Sweden

Beginning my internship in the early season was such a valuable experience, and I realized the importance of good planning. By the end of my internship I felt very confident in my abilities to run a small-scale farm. Working at Botildenborg was like being part of a family! Playing good music, laughing and having fika brakes always left me with a smile at the end of the day.

Oslo, Norway

The application process for the 2022 season is now open.

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