Located on south Whidbey Island, Washington, the Good Cheer Food Bank has a .4-acre intensive, volunteer-based, garden growing over 5000 lbs of produce annually for the food bank. The Whidbey Institute has a .4-acre garden that is the living classroom for service learning programs and provides produce to the Food Bank and Whidbey Institute programs. The Good Cheer Garden and the Whidbey Institute are partnering to offer a 7-month training in community gardening and leadership skills, from April – October 2011.
We are seeking a motivated individual who wishes to gain skills for future leadership positions in the field of sustainable community gardening. This training will combine hands-on, practical growing skills in small-scale food production with the leadership skills needed to initiate and manage community gardening projects, to coordinate volunteers, and to implement education and outreach programs.
In this program, community gardening primarily refers to food bank gardens, school gardens and other non-profit gardens that rely on volunteers, community outreach and community support to grow food. P-patches and shared community plots will be a secondary focus.
The apprentice will assist the garden coordinator in all aspects of garden production, and develop leadership skills in project management, volunteer coordination, and community outreach. After the initial phase of training, the apprentice will move into a leadership position on selected garden and outreach projects. Field trips to other community gardens, and study, will also be a part of the training.
For more information, go to http://goodcheergarden.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/community-gardening-leadership-training/