Category: Upcoming Events

Funding Experiential Learning Opportunities Spring 2019/Summer 2019

The CALS Alumni Organization welcomes applications from all undergraduate majors in CALS. Funding is made possible through income distributions from the John ‘Buster’ Beier Memorial Excellence Fund and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Organization Excellence Fund in Memory of Glenn Anderson, Jr.

The Scholarship Committee of the CALS Alumni Organization will assist in selecting recipients of the awards from a pool of candidates established by the Office of Alumni Relations.

Awards will appear as a credit on the students’ accounts for the semester in which they are enrolled.  Funding can be applied to either spring or summer 2019.

Application located here:

CALSAO Application 2019

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The MarketPlace Internship, Pulaski, VA

The Marketplace is the Town of Pulaski’s popular farmer’s and artisan’s market, held during the summer months at Pulaski’s Historic Train Station. The Marketplace brings local growers, farmers, craftsmen, artists, chefs, and musicians together for a unique community event for the entire family. At the heart of the Marketplace’s mission is to bring members of the greater Pulaski community together to celebrate fresh, local food and the strong spirit found in throughout our Town, Pulaski County, and the greater New River Valley region.

The Town of Pulaski seeks a motivated intern to assist the Marketplace Manager, Deputy Town Manager, and other members of Town staff with logistical support for the 2018 Marketplace. The internship will last for the duration of the Marketplace season (May 15 – August 28). The selected intern must be available from 3pm until 9pm each Tuesday during the Marketplace season and will be expected to log additional support hours throughout the week, not to exceed 15-20 hours per week.

Click Marketplace Internship Application (002) for more info and application.

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Summer Course at Smithsonian

Virginia Food System Leadership Institute

June 3-29, 2018

Conducted by 4-VA: GMU, JMU, VT, UVA

Hosted by: George Mason University

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

CONS 497 & CONS 597: Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute (VFSLI)

The Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute (VFSLI) fosters rising leaders in the area of sustainable food systems by combining pertinent content knowledge in food systems, competency development in leadership, and a means for students to gain practical skills and hands-on experience related to job opportunities and infrastructure improvement in local and regional food systems. The course is aimed at graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, and food system practitioners looking for a professional development opportunity.

VFSLI is an interdisciplinary program delivered by a faculty team representing four public universities in Virginia: George Mason, James Madison, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. The course is a project of the Virginia Sustainable Food Coalition (VSFC), whose mission is to harness the intellectual, human, and economic capital of colleges and universities to foster the emerging local food economy in the Commonwealth.

For more info, please see flyer. Only six students from each university can enroll. Please let Mike Ellerbrock (mebrock@vt.du) know if you are interested.

See AAEC VFSLI GMU Info for more info.

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Smithfield Plantation Internship

Interested in Agronomy and gardening? Enjoy helping your community and gaining knowledge and experience relevant to crop and soil sciences? If so you may be interested in the Smithfield Plantation Internship Program.

Located on Smithfield Plantation Road in Blacksburg, Smithfield Plantation is a Historic example of a pre-revolutionary plantation. In conjunction with the Sustainable Food Corps at Virginia Tech, Smithfield hosts a community garden with 10×10 plots offered at $10. The focus of this internship will be care and maintenance of the gardens.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

-working with a team of volunteers, museum staff, and independent gardeners in the community plots
-engaging and communicating with staff and guests
-engaging in manual labor in the gardens
-managing the garden effectively through direct, electronic, or other means
-helping to develop and improve outreach programs and create presentations
-being able to manage the unique needs associated with the protected historic property while performing the duties of a garden intern
-being a steward of the property with respect to policies and historic standards
-recruiting, training, and supervising gardeners and volunteers

Criteria for consideration:

-knowledge or interest in garden plants and identification (preferred but not required)
-flexible schedule that can merge with the growing season
-has skill sets and has taken classes related to gardening, landscaping, soil sciences, or agriculture (preferred but not required)
-has an understanding of the history of Smithfield
-must be willing to sign a liability waiver
-must not have any felony convictions or misdemeanors

If this sounds like an internship you would be interested in, please complete the Smithfield Plantation Internship Application and return it to April Danner of Smithfield Plantation, 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060, or email it to

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Civic Ag and Food Systems Minor Course Offering

A course you might consider registering for this Spring 2018:

ALS 4204 Concepts in Community Food Systems (3 cr): A comprehensive examination of the economic, political, socio-cultural, health and environmental issues related to community food systems and agricultural practices. Topics include: local, regional, and global food systems development and sustainability, food production and biotechnology, food sovereignty and security, and population and environmental health. Analyze models, strategies, and policies within local, national, and global food systems.

See flyer here:

ALS_4204-5234G S18 Flyer

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Agronomy Club Peanut Sale

It’s that time of year again, the Agronomy Club Peanut Sale! Help support our students and Virginia Agriculture! The attached order form with payment is due to me by November 1, 2017.

If paying by check, please make checks payable to “Agronomy Club at Virginia Tech”. If paying by credit card via PayPal, contact Jamie Hodnett at

Your support is greatly appreciated! It helps this student organization to provide professional and personal development for its members.

Agronomy Club Peanut Sale order form 2017

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Sinking Creek Land and Cattle, LLC Summer Internship

Internship: 2 weeks in July 2017

We are willing to work with you if you need more time in order to receive school credit.

We are accepting 2 interns.

Interns will receive housing plus a stipend.

Interns will:

  • Gain experience with both management of grass-fed beef and commercial beef
  • Gain an understanding of maternal herd management, terminal herd management, bull herd management, and heifer development
  • Responsible for care and maintenance of farm including barns, riding arenas, cattle working facilities, and equipment
  • Assist in record keeping of cattle herds and horses
  • Market grass-fed beef directly to customers
  • Gain experience and knowledge of Federal, State, and Non-Profit Programs overlaying the agricultural industry; EQUIP, CREP, NRCS and TNC, etc.

Sinking Creek Land and Cattle’s requirements:

  • Must be currently involved in a college or university to be considered
  • Write a one page essay during your internship
  • Bring new ideas to our organization
  • Create a presentation about what you learned, what you enjoyed, and what you would change about the farm and internship program

Application deadline: April 14th.

Application here:

Sinking Creek Internship Application

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Steger Poetry Prize

Undergraduate students at Virginia Tech in all fields are invited to submit a poem to The Steger Poetry Prize contest, established by President Emeritus Charles W. Steger and University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni. The first place prize is $1,100. The second place prize is $500 and third place is $300. The prize is administered by Professor Giovanni and judged by a committee of faculty from various disciplines at the university.

Please read these instructions carefully.  Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered for the Steger Poetry Prize.

Deadline: Friday, March 17th (by 11:59 pm).


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Global Challenges in Food, Energy & Water: Causes, Impacts & Solutions

Study Abroad, Fall Semester ‘17

Among the many challenges facing humanity is developing the food, energy, and water systems needed to sustain those who are leaving poverty, enjoying better health, and joining the global economy over the next several decades.

This increasing global affluence, combined with increasing population, presents great challenges in meeting global demands for food, energy and water resources. This study abroad program invites VT’s brightest minds to tackle those challenges.

For more info, click here.


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