Braden Biel, Dania LaScola, Erica Berejnoi, Scott Cloutier, Joshua MacFadyen, Does Inclusivity Really Matter? The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Farm-Based Internship Programs, The Solutions Journal, Volume 9, Issue 4, October 2018, ( Abstract: Introduction Opportunities to work in the food system, at many scales, are plentiful but, often, only for a select few. Greater diversity and inclusivity is needed to both educate a diverse audience on food system practices and welcome newcomers to the space. Many small-scale and sustainable farms throughout the United States offer farm-based internship and apprenticeship programs, providing immersive education and training on all aspects of running a small farm. These internship programs are an opportunity to connect a larger, younger, and more diverse population with sustainable agriculture, and offer pathways to social empowerment that could be particularly important for many underserved and marginalized individuals.1 In this paper, we share some evidence on farm-based internship program diversity and inclusivity by drawing on a qualitative study conducted on farms throughout the United States. Specifically, we explore how inclusive farm-based internship programs are and what … Topics: Agriculture & Food