Free at Last Intern

Free at Last Intern

Interested in breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, helping to reduce incarceration in communities of color, promoting healthy lifestyles and building job skills in East Palo Alto? Consider this exciting new opportunity to work with Collective Roots and Free at Last in 2012.

In 2012 Collective Roots will begin an exciting partnership with Free at Last, a local drug rehab and prison re-entry program in East Palo Alto. Free at Last provides community-based, culturally appropriate bilingual treatment, intervention, and prevention services designed to reduce exceptionally high rates of substance abuse and HIV infection and to break the cycle of addiction, reunite and rebuild families torn apart by intergenerational addiction, provide alternatives to incarceration, and foster economic self-sufficiency.
Collective Roots and Free at Last will work together to establish a market-scale garden in each of the two Free at Last residential rehab homes. The gardens will provide fresh produce for use in cooking, as well as to sell at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers Market. Collective Roots will provide cooking, nutrition, and gardening education for residents, as well as job skills training in marketing and selling produce at the Farmers’ Market.

Internship Description

The Free at Last intern will participate in all tasks in the development and implementation of this project, including:

  • Coordinating volunteers for garden installations
  • Planning, installing, and maintaining gardens
  • Developing composting system for gardens
  • Planting fruit trees at gardens
  • Teaching cooking, nutrition, and gardening classes to residents
  • Certifying gardens for sale at East Palo Alto Community Farmers Market
  • Supporting residents in sale of garden produce at market
  • Helping residents develop long-term garden maintenance plan

The Free at Last Intern will work 5-10 hours a week, depending on availability. The intern will report directly to Nicole Wires, Food System Change Coordinator at Collective Roots. This is an unpaid internship opportunity, however it does offer opportunities to attend trainings in food justice and local community food security.


Relevant experience is desired but not required! All applicants with a general interest in food justice issues and an eagerness and energy to contribute will be considered.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to