- Published on Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:37
Apply now to serve on the UMSFP Leadership Team!
We are looking for students to act as the UMSFP Leadership Team, and fill 8 slots spread among 4 different leadership positions. Although these positions are unpaid, student leaders will gain leadership experience that will be valuable in future careers as they run and shape the UMSFP as a team. The existing Leadership Team will help and guide each successive team to ensure a smooth transition of leadership and offer training in specific roles as needed. The Leadership Team will always operate to improve the quality of food education, strengthen our community, and help in producing food sustainably.
Click here to apply! We are accepting applications until Wednesday March 11 at 11:59 pm.
Responsibilities of all UMSFP Leaders
All UMSFP Leaders will be responsible for keeping up to date on the food work going on around campus. Successful candidates may already be involved in this work and will be interested in the larger food movement in cities across the United States and globally.
Specifically the Leadership Team will
» Spend around 5 hours per week working to further the UMSFP
» Meet once weekly as a group to discuss progress on specific projects and plan for the future
» Represent the UMSFP at meetings with faculty, staff and community members
» Represent the students that elect you by serving as their advisory board representatives at monthly meetings
» Be self motivated and willing to work with diverse groups of people on a number of projects
» Take part in publicizing the UMSFP’s successes and work
You will be primarily responsible for spreading information about what the UMSFP and our member groups are doing as we improve our food system at UM and elsewhere using social media, our newsletter and other outlets.
Specifically your responsibilities will include
» Publicizing events using the weekly UMSFP newsletter, Facebook and our website
» Responding to general questions by the public and interested students
Strong candidates will have
» Excellent written communication skills
» Experience writing for websites and a willingness to learn simple web coding
Your focus will be on maintaining existing collaborations with professors and their classes and developing new projects that will provide teaching opportunities for profs, education for students and the option for community improvements outside the classroom.
Specific responsibilities include
» Reaching out to professors to discuss possibilities for collaborations with their classes
» Maintaining existing relationships with professors and documenting positive partnerships
» Facilitating the Living Learning Laboratory program (launching this spring!!) at the Campus Farm and satellite gardens. This program features a web-based application process for projects, research events, and course collaborations. Academic Ambassadors will review applications, approve collaborations, and coordinate implementation with the applicants and the respective Farm or garden staff.
Strong candidates will
» Be comfortable talking in front of groups about the sustainable food program
» Be organized, punctual and creative as you begin relationships with new professors
Your concentration will be in supporting UMSFP Member Groups and strengthening our entire organization’s network with other units like the Graham Institute, the Office of Campus Sustainability and groups operating outside of UM, like Slow Food Huron Valley.
Specific responsibilities include
» Helping to coordinate collaborative activities among the UMSFP member groups and ensure their success
» Establishing ties to organizations in Ann Arbor, Michigan and around the US
» Coordination of the monthly Member Group Council meetings and member group potlucks
Strong candidates will have
» Strong facilitation and conflict resolution and motivation skills
» The ability to identify partners in the community and maintain relationships with them
You are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the UMSFP, keeping sight of the overarching mission to provide education, build community and grow food and ensuring that the organization as a whole can meet these goals by seeking funding and documenting successes.
Specific responsibilities include
» Identifying, and applying for, funding for the program
» Linking activities to the core mission and conveying that message to potential donors
» Ensuring documentation, transparency, and smooth transitioning of leadership
» Scheduling and initiating meetings (e.g., Leadership Team and Advisory Board)
» Taking lead role in coordinating UMSFP events (e.g., Harvest Festival)
» Keeping track of finances
» Being consistent liaison between Leadership Team and Advisory Board
Strong candidates will
» Be flexible and able to assist other team members as needed on their specific projects
» Be able to sell this program to potential funders and strategic allies
» Be level headed and able to calmly work through issues as they arise
» Be visionary thinkers
- Published on Monday, 23 February 2015 12:20
Organic Landscape Gardening and Farm business based in Ann Arbor is looking for full-time and part-time help, April-November, 3-5 days/week. There is a potential for winter work depending on work availability and qualifications.Work on landscaping crew as a team to efficiently and effectively carry out various gardening maintenance and installation jobs.
Tasks: weeding, mulching, pruning, planting, etc.
- Is able to work outdoors April – November
- Understands the impact of the daily detail work on the overall success of the business
- Can work independently and as a team member
- Has knowledge of and/or interest in organic gardening/landscaping/farming
- Has a positive attitude and good sense of humor
- Has good communication skills
- Ability to follow verbal & written instructions
- Has experience doing strenuous physical labor. Strong and in good physical condition. Able to lift and carry 50 lbs up and down stairs
- Can and will enthusiastically work a long day in (sometimes extreme) outdoor conditions
- Driver’s License
- Flexible schedule with occasional evening and weekend availability
- Ability to perform a wide array of tasks
- Has a strong work ethic
- Has a desire to constantly learn, be challenged, and grow
- Is self-motivated and enthusiastic, especially under time pressure
- Has demonstrated problem-solving ability
- Perform gardening tasks efficiently
- Fill out time-sheets throughout the day accurately and completely; turn in timesheets daily
- Work safely following safety guideline in Landscape Crew Team Manual
- Arrive prepared for work with water, lunch, and with appropriate work clothes
- Maintain positive relationships with all team members
- Maintain open lines of communication with supervisors
- Work collaboratively as a team to get jobs done
- Immediately report broken/missing tools and equipment
- Keep track of tools on job sites; make sure all tools are put away in designated location
- Ensure that all vehicles are kept clean
- Ability to shift gears as jobs & weather necessitates
- Have a positive outlook
- Occasionally you may be asked to work on our farm
- Attend and actively participate in team huddles
- Commit to stay with Nature and Nurture through date worked out in advance of taking the job
- Conduct all work in accordance with Nature and Nurture Guiding Principles & Landscape
Crew Team Manual
- Reports to job supervisor & company owners
- Published on Monday, 23 February 2015 12:10
Farmhand Position at 9 Bean Rows
General Description: 9 Bean Rows is a diverse food business located in Suttons Bay, Michigan. A farm, bakery and restaurant help accomplish the company’s mission of increasing the availability of locally grown and handcrafted artisan foods year round. The farm produces a wide variety of seasonal vegetable crops for distribution to CSA members, farmers’ markets, farm-to-school, and the restaurant. The farm is in the process of becoming certified organic and has always used sustainable practices, emphasizing no-till management of the soil and season extension techniques.
Brief Position Description: A small team of Farmhands are guided by the Farm Manager to execute daily tasks and achieve weekly goals related to vegetable production. Farmhands assist in preparing seedbeds, planting and seeding, managing weeds, making minor irrigation and hoophouse repairs, and harvesting. Farmhands are expected to listen carefully to detailed task instructions and understand the significance of the task to the overall farm, such that they may execute tasks with precision and care. Work may at times be physically strenuous and/or performed in undesirable weather; a worker with good physical health and a steady, positive attitude will perform well in this work environment.
This position is appropriate for individuals interested in food production, regular exercise in the outdoors and the aesthetic of clean fields and beautiful produce. The Farm Manager will work with the Farmhand to achieve any personal learning goals for the season, to satisfy internship requirements and/or for personal growth.
- Previous farming or gardening experience
- Good physical health; able to lift 50 lbs and work a 10-hour day
- Attention to detail
- Pride in the quality of one’s work
- Ability to clearly communicate
Compensation: $8.50-10/hr, based on experience. Limited bread and vegetables. Potential housing.
When: Farmhands are most needed during the traditional growing season, from April to November. However, this is flexible; for example, we understand students will need to return to fall classes in late August. A full-time commitment of several months is desired. The standard work week will be consistent, with four 10-hours days.
- Published on Monday, 16 February 2015 01:35
From: Nature and Nurture
Description of Nature and Nurture
We are the owners of Nature and Nurture, Mike Levine and Erica Kempter. We have been doing organic landscape maintenance, fruit and vegetable gardening, and consulting for 20 years. Our farm was purchased in 2013 and we are in the exciting process of moving and expanding to the farm. We live on-site year round. We are transitioning to become a certified organic farm and are on track to do that by 2017. We are located in Scio Township about 8 miles west of downtown Ann Arbor (pop. 117,025). The closest town is the city of Dexter (small town, pop. 4,160), about 2.8 miles to the north.
Our farm is situated on 80.6-acres of wetlands, woods, and clay-loam fields with diverse topography. We have at least 40 acres of fields and the rest is wooded. We produce shiitake mushrooms which are sold to local restaurants. We grow vegetable seeds and sell them online through Nature and Nurture Seeds. Extra produce is sold through various avenues. We have a fruit tree nursery and young orchard. We teach organic gardening classes. All of these projects will be expanded at our new farm. In addition, we will be planning, designing, and implementing permaculture, edible forest projects, and restoration agriculture. A local farmer will be growing organic hay on many of our acres. We will be continuing our landscape gardening business which is primarily offsite at various residences in the Ann Arbor area.
Our Internship Overview
We are looking for self-motivated interns with a positive attitude and good work ethic, who would like to work on a bio-intensive, medium-sized, organic farm. Responsibilities may include soil preparation, planting, weeding, harvesting, irrigation, seed cleaning, and working on basic farm infrastructure (helping build fences, hoop houses, etc). We hope to create an opportunity for those with culinary interests to be involved with farm-to-table cooking (lunch) for the Nature and Nurture community which will be about 7 people this year. This is our second year at the farm and there is much to accomplish. We do not have sleeping quarters for interns, but we can discuss (on a case by case basis) options for interns who may want to sleep in a tent and share our bathroom and kitchen facilities.
We offer lunch, produce, education, and a stipend dependent on experience and performance. The growing season is from April through November; however we have some flexibility in this area. Preference will be given to interns who can commit to the whole season. Interns who are involved in seeds will need to commit through October (seeds are cleaned in August, September, and October).
This internship is experiential and will focus on hands-on application of sustainable agriculture principles and practices. Erica and Mike are both teachers and are committed to the education of interns. Interns who have a special interest may do additional projects in the following areas:
- Growing and marketing of produce
- Seed growing, harvesting, and cleaning
- Shiitake mushroom growing
- Restoration agriculture/permaculture
- Organic invasive species control
- Fruit growing
- Nursery Propagation
Lunch is provided at the farm so we can eat together. There will be a rotating cooking schedule and interns are expected to cook which provides farm-to-table cooking opportunities. Cooks will prepare the meal and clean up right after we eat including washing and drying cooking dishes/pans right after we eat, wiping tables, counters, and stove area, and sweeping floors. The rest of us pitch in to clean their own dishes, clear the table, put the food away, and minimize impact on the inside of the house.
All farm workers are REQUIRED to have lunch together as a community in order to share life, answer questions about the day’s events, and discuss the direction for the rest of the day.
We have a 3 bedroom farmhouse. The common areas in the main farmhouse are the kitchen, the dining room, the back bathroom, and the back porch which are shared with Erica and Mike. The rest of the house is Erica and Mike’s private space. We don't wear shoes in the house and we must be vigilant to keep the floor clean. Everyone should clean up after themselves in the common areas and put their personal items away.
We have a washing machine, a dryer, clotheslines, and detergent available for personal use, as needed.
Also, we do not allow smoking of any kind or burning of candles, incense, lanterns, etc. in any buildings on the farm and also in any areas where food/produce is being handled. Tobacco smoke in the greenhouse or in the fields is strictly prohibited due to tobacco mosaic virus (tobacco smoke contains a virus that can infect tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and potatoes) Abuse of drugs and alcohol will not be tolerated!
This internship is a work-learning experience, so you can work after required hours if you want. Minimally we ask that our interns make a commitment of 3 days per week (days of the week to be agreed upon and will generally stay the same) and work 9am -5:30 pm on their scheduled days. If you miss a day we expect you to make it up on a different day. We allow 1⁄2 a day off per month for sick/missed/vacation days and they are cumulative. We may begin earlier during the heat of the season. Lunch is around 11:30 and is a 1⁄2 hour long. Occasionally, you will be expected to work later than 5:30 if there is an unfinished project, if a frost is coming or there any pressing farm emergencies. It is generally understood that workers might need short (10 or 15 min.) water/snack breaks in the morning or afternoon. If it's really hot out, we might end the day early and go swimming at any of a number of local lakes. Our farm has a hiking trail and you are welcome to hike the land after work.
REQUIRED Work Parties/Open Houses
We will have various events including volunteer work parties, tours, workshops, social events, and a fall harvest party. It is expected that interns will help out before, during, and after events. We will let you know as these events are scheduled.
Our friends/customers might come with or without their children to play in the backyard, or just walk about the farm and explore. We ask that you greet them if we are not around to host and make sure they are content, safe, and don’t do things that make extra work for us. We expect you to help be our eyes and ears on the farm.
The stipend is based on experience, performance, and how things go for us during the season. Our stipend starts at $200 for the first month (training, orientation, getting to know routines, etc.). This is a trial month. If everything is working well for you and for us by the end of the month, then we expect you to stay until the end of your committed time period. We are counting on you to live up to your commitment. If you need to end your internship with us for reasons beyond your control, WE NEED AT LEAST 2 WEEKS NOTICE ahead of time (more notice is preferred). Monthly stipends based on a 3 day work week will be $250-300 or more. Your stipend amount depends on a lot of factors mentioned above, but especially upon performance (initiative, strong work ethic, consistent work focus, troubleshooting problems, responsible behavior, etc.). Stipends are disbursed on the first day of the month following the month worked.
This is our second year with interns so it will continue be a learning experience for all of us. We will provide a simple lunch, toilet paper, first aid supplies, water, and a reasonable share of produce from the farm to take home when there is surplus. If you want something really exotic for lunch that we don’t have, you may need to buy it yourself. We ask that our interns/farm crew supply your own personal hygiene products (sunscreen, bug repellent, etc) and use your own calling card or cell phone for outgoing long distance calls.
- rain coat and pants
- work boots, hiking boots, or rubber boots (no bare feet during work time)
- cell phone or calling card for long distance phone calls
- water bottle
- pocket knife
- warm clothing (polar fleece, wool, polypropylene etc.) for Fall & Spring Work
- long underwear for Fall & Spring Work
- Sun hat
- Bug repellent
Optional Items (Extras are on the Farm)
- work gloves
- favorite cookbooks or recipes
- musical instrument
- slippers for inside the house
- Published on Monday, 16 February 2015 01:18
This VISTA position will support two initiatives at Augsburg College that focus on community-serving health and food programs: Campus Kitchen and the Health Commons. The Campus Kitchen at Augsburg College works to make healthy food accessible to all in and around the Cedar Riverside Neighborhood to provide for basic needs, service learning, leadership development, and genuine engagement between the college and the community. We have four components that work to make learning happen though connections with food and the community: food to share, food to grow, food to buy, and food to know. Learn more at: http://www.augsburg.edu/campuskitchen/ The Health Commons are health focused drop-in centers in a local context. The Augsburg Central Health Commons has served downtown Minneapolis, where the majority of participants are homeless or marginally housed, for 22 years. Simple hygiene items, diapers and socks are provided free of charge, and nurses and nurse practitioners are available for health questions, blood pressure checks, foot care and connections to resources. The focus is being a place that is welcoming to all visitors and building relationships with all people. It is our belief that without a community of people who care, health is negatively impacted. The Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside was founded 3 years ago. It operates on the same principles as the Augsburg Central Health Commons, but the participant population in much different. Most visitors are East African immigrants interested in educational groups such as exercise, nutrition and parenting classes. On Fridays, we provide mobile care in various community settings (e.g., public housing or mosques) and provide one-on-one health consultation, massage and Healing Touch. This Health Commons represents a partnership with Augsburg College, University of Minnesota Medical Center and the East Africa Health Project. Learn more about Health Commons at: http://www.augsburg.edu/nursing/.