The Institute for Regenerative Agriculture is an Affiliate Program at Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery, 45 miles north of Charleston, SC. It is a rare opportunity to live for 10 months on a working farm at the monastery. It offers committed men and women 18 to 40 years old, of any or no faith tradition to contribute to the sustainable earth movement and develop an alterative to industrial farming. They will experience how small farms can once again become integral to the local communities they serve. Interns will learn how to grow vegetables from seed and learn the business of selling their produce. The Institute will be comprehensive in scope in order to create a more vibrant accessible local food system and to value the connection between good fresh food and health. They will gain intensive hands-on gardening skills as well as classes on the science behind what makes things grow, current trends and farming procedures. The Institute is an integral part of the Abbey’s mushroom farming.