Food Related Winter Term Opportunities

Listed below are winter term opportunities related to food work coming to our attention. We’ll be updating them as we receive more, so check back (and feel free to pass on cool projects you’re hearing about)!

•Spend Winter Term at Mariposa Food Co-op in West Philadelphia:

For almost 40 years, Mariposa has been providing our members access to healthy, locally grown, and sustainably produced food. We have grown from a buying club of a few dozen members to a full-service storefront open every day of the week, with over 1,000 members. In the past few years membership has skyrocketed and demand for our product has increased.

January 2012 could quite possibly the most exciting month in Mariposa Food Co-op history. In January, the co-op will open a new store, five times the size of our current location. This is the culmination of a 3-year and $2.5 million expansion project. We bought and are currently renovating an old bank building and are turning into a community-owned grocery store.

Mariposa Food Co-op would welcome any and all bright, energetic students interested in spending the month with us preparing for our grand opening. This would be particularly of interest to students interested in retail co-ops, worker co-ops, food justice, urban food access issues and community economic development. There will be many ways to plug in, from working on the retail floor, shadowing store managers to assisting in the membership and marketing departments planning the grand opening event or signing-up new members.

More information can be found at Inquiries about spending winter term interning for Mariposa Food Co-op should be sent to Leah Pillsbury, at

•Food Sovereignty Tour to Cuba with Food First

Food Sovereignty Tours, a project of Food First/Institute for Food & Development Policy, takes you to the front lines of the global food movement to meet the farmers, consumers, scholars and policymakers working to make food sovereignty a reality. With a 35-year history of generating analysis about the global food system and supporting movements for progressive change, Food First has been called one of the country’s “most established food think tanks” by the New York Times. We invite you to join one of our upcoming delegations.

Cuba Organic: Revolution and Evolution, January 12 – 23, 2012
Explore the institutions and resources put into place in order to make Cuba’s organic revolution possible on this food sovereignty “road trip” from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. With renowned agroecology expert Fernando Funes as your guide, you will examine the ongoing evolution of Cuba’s agrarian revolution and learn firsthand about Cuba’s struggle to take control of its food system in the face of global market exclusion. Please contact Carol with any questions about this trip. Call toll-free 1-800-497-1994 ext. 251 or


Cooking and Food Education at the Oberlin Early Childhood Center

From the OECC: The Oberlin Early Childhood Center is looking for students interested in working with food and kids over their Winter Term!  We are accepting full or half credit projects and are interested in designing a job both around a) the students goals and skills and b) our needs.  We have many regular tasks that we need assistance on from chopping fruits and veggies to preparing some of the regulars (granola, breads, snacks, applesauce, etc.)  If students have a particular focus in art, nutrition, physical wellness or anything else related to food we are interested in pursuing those ends as well.  We also have a small greenhouse that could use a green thumb. Contact Dave Sokoll at dusokoll [at]


Check back later for more updates!


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