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Evaluating Extension Programs for Organic Seed Production Systems

Evaluating Extension Programs for Organic Seed Production Systems: the impact of participatory, farmer led education on the Olympic Peninsula.  

Internship Details

  • Mentor: Laura Lewis, Director, WSU Food Systems Program
  • Location: WSU Food Systems, Port Hadlock, WA
  • Dates: May 29 – August 2
  • Stipend: $4,500. (Housing Provided. Costs of Travel Covered)


Join the WSU Food Systems Program for an engaging summer internship program evaluating and developing an Extension program for organic seed production systems.  WSU FSP and the Organic Seed Alliance have collaborated on participatory, farmer focused programs to support organic seed production in NW WA.  WSU and OSA will work together to develop a day-long event that highlights sustainable seed production systems and innovative business practices for new and existing seed farmers and food system stakeholders.  The intern will work closely with FSP faculty, staff, local organic farmers, and the broader FSP state-wide team.  The primary goal of the internship is to assist in the development of an organic seed systems networking event and report. Additionally, this internship takes place on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, with access to student housing on a 26-acre, certified organic production farm and opportunities to connect, learn, and grow with food and farm thought leaders across the region. 

Learn Outcomes

The student will gain invaluable experience about curricula development for seed systems and intensive vegetable production systems and how to plan and execute a Food Systems Program Extension program. The work schedule will involve attending and participating in meetings with the Organic Seed Alliance and WSU FSP, attending any FARMWALKS during the summer that are held throughout the state with the WSU FSP, reviewing previous evaluation data from participatory seed programs for organic production, and analyzing data and communicating outcomes, impacts, and future recommendations.