DC: Common Good City Farm seeks Green Tomorrows/Farm Education Program Fellow

20 Apr
About Common Good City Farm
Common Good City Farm (formerly called the 7th Street Garden) is an urban farm and education center growing food for low-income residents in Washington, DC and providing educational opportunities for all people that help increase food security, improve health, and contribute to environmental sustainability. Our Mission is to grow food, educate, and help low-income DC community members meet their food needs.
Our Vision is to serve as a replicable model of a community-based urban food system.
Green Tomorrows (GT) is a gardening and education program providing fresh food to low- income individuals or families in DC. The program is similar to a “work for food” program, though we like to think of it more as a “learn for food” program. In exchange for two or more hours per week of instructional, hands-on work on the farm, participants receive a bag of fresh farm fruits and vegetables. GT participants are encouraged to attend free Growing Gardens Workshops to further their learning experience and/or to count as their two hours for that week.
Farm Education: Classes and groups of all ages tour or volunteer on the farm and receive hands-on farm education. Topics taught are designed to meet groups’ specific interests. Youth Education activities are open to neighborhood kids and topics include: Where Food Comes From; Botany Basics and Photosynthesis; Composting; Insects and Pollinators; Nutrition and Health. Youth in these programs learn to work together and gain a sense of responsibility by planting seeds and caring for the plant until maturity. These young people also gain valuable knowledge and experience through intergenerational exchanges with older participants in other Common Good City Farm’s programs.
JOB SUMMARY:
Mission:
 To represent in our community Common Good City Farm’s mission to grow food, educate, and help low-income DC residents meet their food needs
 To help expand the reach of our produce through increased enrollment in the Green Tomorrows program
 To foster an appreciation for fresh, healthy food and its associated positive environmental impacts
 To make Common Good a centerpiece for a vibrant, diverse LeDroit Park community
Primary:
 In collaboration with the Farm Manager and Executive Director, develop recruitment and outreach plans which include door-to-door publicity canvass to inform neighbors of the opportunities and scope of the Green Tomorrows program.
 Form working relationships with local community organizations to expand awareness of the Green Tomorrows program— including churches, social services, civic and tenants associations, and Howard University.
 Maintain open lines of communication with participants and encourage increased attendance.
 Achieve a minimum of 15-20 total enrollees in the Green Tomorrows program, whose attendance is regular.
 In collaboration with the Farm Manager and Executive Director, plan and publicize meetings and harvest dinner(s) for participants.
 Assist with recruitment and set-up for scheduled workshops for participants including cooking demonstrations.
 Assist Farm Manager with distribution of weekly shares of produce to participants.
Administrative:
Green Tomorrows Program
 Manage recruitment, enrollment, paperwork and administrative tasks related to the program.
 Develop and distribute flyers to inform area residents and GT participants of events.
 Organize Green Tomorrows program binders and maintain accurate attendance records.
 Research recipes that are simple, easy to understand and use farm produce— compile recipes in a standardized format for use by Green Tomorrows participants.
Education Program
Develop and ensure completion of youth information, parental permission slips, liability waiver, and daily attendance forms and maintain filing system for these forms.
In communication with the Farm Manager and interested teachers, schedule 2-3 school group visits per month.
Assist Farm Manager in preparing for and hosting groups of students on the farm
Other related duties may be assigned.
Competencies:
 Friendly, outgoing demeanor
 Interest in urban agriculture and food systems work
 Passion for community relations and outreach
 Ability to organize and maintain good records
 Telephone and computer skills
 Comfort working outdoors, in diverse neighborhoods, and with a variety of age groups
 Spanish language proficiency a plus
WAGE: Stipend
HOURS: Flexible with some evening and Saturday morning hours- 20-30 hours/week
DURATION: six to nine months starting in May 2011
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
To Apply: Send résumé and cover letter to Pertula George, pertula@commongoodcityfarm.org
by April 30, 2011
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