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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.

2015 Student/Farmworker Alliance Encuentro Application

On September 10-13, the Student/Farmworker Alliance is continuing the decade-long Encuentro tradition by bringing together brilliant SFAers – past, present and future – to lay down some solid groundwork for the upcoming year: finding new, creative ways to strengthen the SFA network and to continue fighting alongside farmworkers against corporations that continue thinking they have no responsibility in ensuring human rights for farmworkers in their supply chain. 

 

Here's an inside scoop of what to expect at this year's gathering:

•Launching back-to-school escalation plans around the Wendy’s student

                boycott 

•Strategizing new ways to continue building the Publix campaign 

•Building strength and solidarity across grassroots movements for justice

•Sustaining the future of SFA's organizing through skill-building workshops

                and other development tools

 

So with all that said, the application for this year's Encuentro is LIVE and waiting to be filled out by SFAers throughout the Fair Food Nation!  Apply to join us this September in iTown!

 

If you've got ideas or questions you'd like to share, just drop them a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or give them a ring at 239-657-8311

Washtenaw County - Farm to Institution Researcher

Farm to Institution in Washtenaw County

Request for Application: Researcher

 

About the Project:

 

Washtenaw County Food Policy Council (WFPC)

The WFPC is a coordinated effort recognized by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners working toward the vision of a healthy community and thriving local food system that:

  • Provides access to healthy and culturally appropriate food for all residents

  • Values and preserves community land for food production

  • Maximizes the use of local, regional and seasonal food

  • Meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations

  • Promotes a food system that promotes economic development and a local economy within and around the food system

In July 2014, WFPC approved a Policy Agenda outlining and summarizing 23 main goals to support healthy, fair, affordable, and sustainable food in Washtenaw County. “Researching, analyzing and reporting on information about the local food system” is one of four core strategies employed by WFPC to work toward these goals and support a viable, economical and sustainable local food system in Washtenaw County.

 

Accelerating Farm to Institution in Washtenaw County

This research project is Phase 1 of WFPC’s efforts to address Policy Agenda item #12, which states: “encourage institutions to adopt policies and practices leading to the purchase of 20% of food products locally by 2020.”  Phase 1 research will provide an up to date outlook of farm-to-institution in Washtenaw County (including barriers and opportunities), in order to inform the development of high-impact projects to accelerate local food purchasing by institutions in Washtenaw County.  

 

The intention is to catalyze farm-to-institution initiatives, thereby increasing support for local farmers and food sector businesses, ultimately helping to grow the local food economy, increase local food system jobs, ensure better access to good food, and increase local wealth by investing in our communities and local economy.

 

This project has been funded by a grant from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners as part of Public Act 88 Funding.

Goals of “State of the County: Farm to Institution in Washtenaw” Project:

 

  1. Conduct research on current progress, policies and infrastructure related to local food procurement in Washtenaw County by institutions in major sectors including K-12 schools, health care, colleges/universities, government agencies and correctional facilities.

  2. Identify, detail and provide a nuanced understanding of critical challenges preventing the expansion of local food purchasing by WC institutions; and

  3. Identify key levers, opportunities and evidence based approaches for addressing the critical barriers and challenges in order to increase local food procurement by WC institutions.

 

Researcher Job Description:

The Advisory Committee for this project is seeking a researcher to conduct a literature review, research design, implementation and reporting components of this project. The intention of the research is to:

  1. Assess, summarize and update what is known about the current practices, opportunities and barriers related to local food purchasing by institutions in Washtenaw County (WC);

  2. Produce report on Opportunities to Catalyze Local Food Procurement by Institutions in Washtenaw County. Report will provide an overview/synopsis of main barriers and opportunities revealed by current literature and will update the current outlook with additional detail focused on issues related to price within local purchasing and profitability for local farmers.

  3. Identify and report on key levers for change & actionable opportunities for increasing and accelerating local food purchasing by Washtenaw County institutions.

 

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Gather existing research, instruments and protocols, with regards to local farm to institution efforts and local food purchasing by institutions in Washtenaw County (WC), and surrounding region when applicable

  • Review, synthesize and summarize existing information; identify gaps and key areas for further inquiry to characterize the nuanced barriers, opportunities and levers for change in local food purchasing by WC institutions.

  • Work with Leadership Team and Advisory Committee to define specific research questions based on preliminary scoping and analysis.  

    • The intention is for this project to build on existing research broadly characterizing barriers and opportunities by digging deeper into a select set of key issues identified.

  • Develop a mixed methods research plan, with appropriate instruments and protocols; conduct research to investigate defined research questions.

  • Create a written analysis of findings and recommendations.  Develop fact sheet summarizing key findings and recommendations.  Develop dissemination plan in collaboration with Leadership Team and participate in mutually agreed upon set of research dissemination activities.

 

Preferred Skills:

  • Strong understanding of institutional food supply chains, institutional foodservice operations and institutional purchasing

  • Knowledge of the components of a healthy food system

  • Familiarity with key stakeholders and supply chain players in local and regional food system for Washtenaw County

  • Strong data collection and analytical skills

  • Ability to build rapport and relationships in a short timeframe

  • Experience writing summary report based on research and analysis

  • Experience conducting a literature review

  • Ability to work independently to complete tasks, and work collaboratively both in-person and through virtual communication

 

Project Leadership

The Ecology Center and Michigan Voices for Good Food Policy are providing leadership for the coordination and implementation of this research project, with support from WFPC and key food system stakeholders who will serve in an advisory capacity.  The researcher will report to the project Leadership Team and work in collaboration with the project Advisory Committee.  The Leadership Team consists of Nicki Milgrom (Ecology Center), Caitlin Joseph (WFPC), and Lindsey Scalera (Michigan Voices for Good Food Policy).

 

Compensation:

The term of this research project is from date of hire to December 31, 2015.  Final deliverables are due no later than January 30, 2016.  This project is budgeted with a negotiable rate for the researcher position. Total project compensation range is $9,000 to $11,000, including any travel expenses and other costs associated with research activities and production of final project deliverables.

 

How to Apply:

Individuals interested in the research position should submit the following information to Caitlin Joseph, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by July 17th, 2015:

  • A cover letter highlighting your interest, career experience and applicable skills

  • A current, updated professional resume or CV

  • A copy of or link to published research or related work you’ve authored/conducted

  • A brief proposal (no more than 1 page) outlining how you would approach the project, including preliminary scoping, key stakeholders/stakeholder groups to engage, basic research & analysis plan, and anticipated budget for your proposal

Allen Neighborhood Center - Exchange (Food Hub) Manager

Established in 1999, Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, MI serves as a hub for capacity building, neighborhood enhancement, and for activities that promote the health, safety, stability, and economic well-being of Eastside residents and other stakeholders.   Signature projects include the Hunter Park GardenHouse, Allen Street Farmers Market, and Allen Market Place, a multi-functional food resource center and food hub.  These programs have emerged from ANC’s inclusive neighborhood forums, designed to address emerging issues, (e.g., food security and food access), and ensure the development of pioneering, resident-driven strategies for community improvement.

We are seeking a full-time Exchange Manager who will:

Provide aggregation and distribution services to increase sales of regionally grown food and food products to commercial and institutional buyers, e.g., restaurants, hospitals, schools, caterers, grocers, buying clubs, etc.

·Manage the online website (www.allenmarketplace.org), an online marketplace associated with the Exchange.

·Coordinate Veggie Box program (multi-grower CSA) logistics, marketing, sales, etc.

·Manage dry & cold food storage operations.

·Develop newsletters & other marketing materials for buyers and producers.

·Develop, coordinate & promote a robust schedule of educational workshops & events (ex. business planning, food safety, marketing & branding, etc.) taught by educators from partnering organizations.

·Support the development of the local value-added industry by linking growers and food entrepreneurs with the AMP Kitchen to create value-added products, with the option of distribution through the Exchange.

·Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and interns involved in the Exchange.

·Link growers & food producers to proper licenses and food safety procedures.

·Evaluate and write reports showcasing program effectiveness.

Minimum Qualifications

· A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team player.

·Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail as they manage multiple tasks/projects.

·Experience in managing and creating relationships with multiple partners, patrons, and neighbors.

·Entrepreneurial energy, high level of initiative, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, and teamwork.

·Excellent verbal, written, communication and customer service skills.

·Ability to develop, implement, nurture and evaluate programs.

·Skills in web management and other computer & online programs.

·Passion for strengthening the local food system and for the ANC mission.

·Commitment to Lansing’s Eastside, its residents, stakeholders as well as strategic partners throughout the mid-Michigan region.

·A bachelor’s degree in relevant area of study, or professional experience in relevant area.

·Flexible availability required (some nights and weekends).

·Experience in food programs and Michigan produce seasonality.

·Valid Michigan driver’s license.

·Management experience in business or non-profit organization preferred.

Compensation

Full-time position (40 hours/week) to begin end of August 2015.

Salary commensurate with experience; benefits available.

Cover Letter & Resume due Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Submit to: Rita O’Brien, Allen Market Place Associate Director

Allen Neighborhood Center

1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912

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