Class of 2021 High School Interns

High School Paid Internship Program

The paid summer high-school internship program is one of our key programs at the farm created to tap into the incredible abilities of the high school students living in Morristown. Students hit with messages of challenges about health and climate change need a place to empower them for the future. 

The internship is about more than performing tasks at The Urban Farm. Students learn leadership and problem solving. They learn to see projects through to completion. On a farm, from day to day, the work can change depending on many factors including weather. Learning to assess challenges and determine the best course of action with the leadership of the farmers are important life skills.  Some days are about weeding and harvesting, and playing music in the field but even then the social connections being made are important building blocks for their health- spending time with other students, volunteers, families and children.


The importance of learning teamwork and developing socialization skills are outcomes of the program that your funding makes possible. In spite of the many days of hot, humid weather, each student overwhelming recommends the program being available for others. They love to take home and enjoy the fresh produce of their labor too- and they try lots of new ones!

The base funding for the program comes from a local family foundation who strongly believes in the need for youth opportunities that tap into their potential to serve and grow. In 2021 we had students reaching out in numbers we haven't seen before. Individual donations in 2021 made it possible to double the number of high school students working alongside Farmer Shaun and Farmer Marley from a wide diversity of backgrounds.

There are so many benefits of meaningful employment for the next generation- social, emotional and physical. Learning new skills and learning about food systems helps reduce fear about climate change and lays the groundwork for future innovative solutions. We hear so many positive comments from the students and the parents about this time spent on the farm. 

Your donations prioritize the youth of our community- on an individual level as each of these students has a unique story and on a community level where they will grow up and make a difference!

Click here to apply for the 2022 program. APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, JUNE 10th.

TEEN Summer Drumming Sessions
2021 Farm Apprentice, Chris Rodriguez, of Rhythms, Roots and Branches, will lead bomba-inspired drumming sessions this summer at The Urban Farm, with a season ending batey.

Learn rhythms with roots in Puerto Rican bomba drumming  for teens aged 13-18. The central value within bomba is respect: respect for oneself, respect for one’s ancestors, respect for others, respect for nature, and respect for future generations. 

Using bomba percussion instruments to create music, Chris and the teens will explore topics such as reconnecting with our senses; reconnecting with nature; remembering and honoring our ancestors; using music to feel and process emotions; and navigating conflict and building connection with our peers.

Walk away with ways to maintain emotional, mental, and social wellness. This core sense of the harmony within and between self and other (human, plant, and animal) is the basis for sustainable living, including sustainable farming like at The Urban Farm.

Know and feel the rhythms within yourselves and who learn how to balance them to create and sustain networks of connection, and mutual support that can nourish generations to come. 

Sessions are:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-3 pm
July 5th - August 24th

Rain dates are Thursdays from 1-3 pm.

No charge for sessions.

15 teens per session. No previous experience or musical talent needed. Instruments will be on site.
Bring water. We'll put our phones away for the sessions. 

Registration link:

Parents/guardians  click to complete one waiver that covers all activities this season.
Location: The Urban Farm, 31 Hazel Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
Email for more information

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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