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Local Food Specialist AmeriCorps VISTA

POSITION OVERVIEW: Growing Hope is currently recruiting applicants for six VISTA service member positions for 12-month terms of service, to begin November 3, 2015 and to run through November 5, 2016. See below for details, but please note application deadline is Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Growing Hope is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy local food access. All VISTA members will help to strengthen food security, enhance local environments, improve health & nutrition, and provide educational opportunities to community members throughout Washtenaw County— particularly in ways that strengthen access for low-income families— through different roles at Growing Hope and our partners. VISTA members will work to increase organizational capacity by developing program models, partnerships & collaborations, training, and securing financial and human resources.

The goals of this VISTA project include:

-- Maximizing year-round food availability for low-income households

-- Cultivating healthy eaters among low-income youth & adults to increase well-being and reduce risk of chronic disease

-- Training youth & adults as urban farmers, and expand opportunities to serve in this area

-- Developing economically-viable models of urban agriculture

-- Building enduring capacity of these efforts to maximize impact of organizations & projects in urban ag and food security through collaboration and volunteerism;

Documenting success & impact using common metrics Each VISTA member will focus in one of the areas below, although some responsibilities/projects may be shared and adjusted based on the strengths and interests of each member. 

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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

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!

Nutrition/Gardening AmeriCorps Position

It is that time of year again, the Power of We Consortium is recruiting 8 new AmeriCorps members for the fall 2015!

Members will serve October 6, 2015-September 30, 2016 and receive training, a living allowance, an educational award at the completion of the service term, and loan forbearance for qualified student loans.

Commonly known as the “Domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps is a national service program that offers paid positions with significant professional development opportunities to individuals of all ages looking to make a difference in our community. They spend their days face-to-face with community members and volunteers. The Power of We Consortium focuses on two goals to increase food security and reduce obesity and related chronic disease for Ingham County residents:

1) adult and youth nutrition education

2) food donation and gardening

Please check http://powerofwe.org/americorps/americorps-state/position-openings/ for position details and application instructions. Deadline to apply is August 3, 2015 by 5p.m.

For more information about the Power of We Consortium and the AmeriCorps State program, please go to powerofwe.org or https://www.facebook.com/pwcamericorps

If you have any questions, please contact AmeriCorps program director, Andrea Villanueva at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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