Native Youth in Agriculture

Internships with NAAF

NAAF’s 2023 internship is available now. Read more about past internship projects in 2022 and apply for our 2023 internship cohort below.

WLC - D.C. Leadership Conference

NAAF sponsored 21 Native students to go to the 2022 Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in July. 

National Agriculture in the Classroom

NAAF sponsored a cohort of teachers to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Annual Conference.

Fall, Spring, and Summer cohorts

The Native American Agriculture Fund Internship program provides currently enrolled college students in good standing with their University or educational institution an opportunity to sharpen professional development skills, offer learning experiences tailored to supporting Native Agriculture, grant-making, and the space to pursue areas they are individually passionate about. Interns will gain a deep understanding of the NAAF mission as they build organizational skills and complete special projects with experienced NAAF staff. 

Spring of 2023 Internship Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on December 14, 2022. Summer of 2023 Internship Applications will open in April of 2023. 

The Native American Agriculture Fund is proud to partner with the National FFA Organization to sponsor Native American high school students to attend the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in Washington, D.C. Eligible students must be members of a chartered FFA Chapter. WLC is the premier leadership conference offered by the National FFA Organization and operates on a curriculum based on the principles of: “Explore, Encourage, Advocate and Serve”. NAAF recognizes the importance of engaging Native youth in all aspects of Native agriculture and is invested in supporting the future of Native agriculturalists as they step into their future careers. Applications will open annually in March.    

National Agriculture in the Classroom

2022 National Ag In the Classroom

Saratoga Springs, NY

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) partnered with the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) to encourage teachers of Native American students to attend the 2022 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. The teachers at the conference had access to learning about multiple areas of agriculture including hydroponics, soil and land health, new agricultural technology, as well as specialized topics such as dairy production and climate change impacting agriculture producers.  

The teachers selected for this sponsorship were those who teach pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students at a Tribal government-operated school, a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) school, a BIE-supported school, a school on a reservation teaching Native American students, a non-reservation school that has a high percentage of Native American students, or a teacher with a Tribal affiliation. 

Teachers at the 2022 NAICC

Teacher's Corner

Hear about the National Ag in the Classroom conference from the teacher’s themselves! Featuring Erika Payton, Jennifer Crossthwait, and Amber Bales.