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Kalamazoo Valley Community College Seeks Experienced Produce Grower

Kalamazoo Valley Community College is currently seeking a full-time Production Manager for the Food Innovation Center at the new Kalamazoo Valley Bronson Healthy Living Campus. This position will be responsible for the operations of a high-tech growing facility, including indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse production spaces. The Production Manager will also support educational programs offered at the facility and the operations of an on-site Food Hub.

Visit jobs.kvcc.edu for full position details and required qualifications, and to apply. Applications accepted through 8/9/2015. KVCC reserves the right to close this job posting early should a significant applicant pool be established prior to published closing date.

2016 Application for Organic Farmer Training Program at MSU Now Available!

The Organic Farmer Training Program offers nine months of intensive instruction in year-round organic farming. The program focuses on diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits, and herbs for local markets.  Participants manage all aspects of a 15-acre certified organic farm, including passive solar greenhouses used for year-round production in cold climates. Participants also manage the Student Organic Farm's field and hoophouse production, use equipment, create business and production plans for their future farm businesses, travel around the state to visit dozens of other farm and food businesses, and engage in direct marketing of produce. Produce is grown for the farm’s primary markets, including a 48-week CSA, seven-month on-campus farm stand, and sales to campus dining services.  

Participants develop competencies in farm skills and business planning through skills trainings, individual advising meetings and engagement in the daily operation of the farm. Hands-on training is combined with workshops, lectures, readings and assignments that build participants’ knowledge and understanding of organic farming principles and practices.  The program is designed to give participants a strong background in production skills, as well as the knowledge, management, and decision-making skills necessary to operate a diversified small farming business.  

Scholarships available! Merit and need-based scholarships are made possible by funds raised at our annual Hoophouse Gala, sponsored by MSU Residential and Hospitality Services. We are proud and excited to be able to offer these scholarships in order to decrease barriers to training for new and beginning farmers.

 

Early Application Deadline: September 1st. Application fee waived! 

 

Visit our website for full program description and application:

http://www.msuorganicfarm.org/organic-farmer-training-program.html 

Contact us at:

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517-230-7987

Academic Specialist -The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is accepting applications for an Academic Specialist to support existing CRFS initiatives, including the Michigan Good Food Fund.  This position will provide outreach and business assistance to Michigan food businesses to increase good food access in low-income communities.  

Please click full position description for more details about the position and to submit an application on the MSU Jobs Website. 

This is a full-time, annual year position.  Applications will be accepted until Monday, August 17, 2015, or until a suitable candidate is identified.  To apply, visit the MSU Jobs Website jobs.msu.edu and search for faculty/academic staff posting #1627.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Karen Sturdivant, CRFS Managing Associate Director,at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .  Questions about the position should be directed to Rich Pirog, CRFS Senior Associate Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please DO NOT APPLY directly to Karen Sturdivant or Rich Pirog; you must apply on-line to the MSU Jobs Website

2015 Soil Not Oil International Conference

Join the:
2015 Soil Not Oil
International Conference

Practicing Sustainable Agriculture to Restore Ecosystems and Mitigate Climate Change 
September 4th & 5th, at 8:30 AM
Richmond, California 

Richmond Memorial Convention Center 
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804
REGISTRATION
 
Inspired by Dr. Vandana Shiva’s book, "Soil Not Oil," the 2015 Soil Not Oil International Conference will examine the crisis on food security while highlighting the implications of oil-based agro-chemicals and fossil fuels in soil depletion and climate change. The first edition of this conference will focus on educating, through national and international experiences, about the multiple problems and possible practical solutions that surround the profound consequences resulting from synthetic enhanced agriculture in industrialized nations.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Vandana Shiva, will join international leaders, farmers, scientists, community members and environmental and food justice advocates for two days of plenary presentations, workshops, networking opportunities and classes on a variety of interrelated topics.  The conference is expected to be the largest environmental justice gathering in California.

The conference organizer, Soil Not Oil Coalition, is a cross-sector, multi-level and inter-ethnic alliance of over 50 organizations, scientists, farmers, businesses and individuals coordinated by the Biosafety Alliance.
 
Get the knowledge you need to support the movement and advocate for a sustainable future for all living beings.

For more information, registration or volunteering opportunities go to:  http://soilnotoilcoalition.org/                    

or contact them at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

FoodLab Membership Services Administrator

FoodLab Detroit is a community of good food businesses and partners who are committed to growing a just, green, healthy, and thriving “good food” economy in Detroit.

Position Summary:

This is an ideal role for someone who is dedicated, detail-driven, and looking to support a great organization working towards a more just, green, healthy, and delicious Detroit.

 

Have you been looking for a way to get more involved with the FoodLab community? Are you detail-oriented and organized? This position might be for you!

 

This is a part-time position paid hourly with a guaranteed 10 hours/week of work (up to 20 hours of work on busier weeks). There may be opportunities for increased hours or transition to a salaried role, dependent on performance and funding.

 

The Membership Services Administrator will report to and be coached by FoodLab’s Membership Director. We are looking for someone who can start work in August or September 2015.

 

Read more about this opportunity and how to apply here!

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