Veggielution is a non-profit community farm dedicated to creating a more sustainable food system in San Jose, California. We empower people to change the way they think about food by getting their hands in the soil, connecting with the land, and tasting the fruits of their labor. We make the food we grow available to the community at affordable prices. In low-income communities like ours, it isn’t just about the personal choice to eat healthier – that choice often isn’t available.
The Santa Clara Valley, its soil, ecosystem, and watershed are important resources for future generations. We are a catalyst for food system change by providing local community with access to a unique open space, access organically grown local food, and educating people about cooking and gardening. We are uniquely equipped to bring people from different backgrounds together in a shared vision of a organic, local food system.
Our Members can expect to be fully integrated into the Veggielution team, where we emphasize open communication, innovation, and taking personal responsibility for our own success. We are looking for self-motivated people who are ready to become a major part of our farm community.
About Silicon Valley HealthCorps
School and community gardens promote healthier eating and physical activity while enhancing civic engagement and our sense of community. They are a proven solution to the obesity epidemic, making nutritious food and physical activity more readily available to people of all ages. In an innovative new partnership, The Health Trust has joined together with AmeriCorps and ten local organizations to form the Silicon Valley HealthCorps. The goal of this collaboration is to use gardens, farm to school programs and the work of 46 AmeriCorps volunteers to bring fresh fruits, vegetables and education to residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Click here to learn more.
Full Time Member: Youth Coordinator
This member will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating our educational programs, under the direction of the Executive Director and Education Manager. You will work with children of a wide variety of ages, elementary, middle, and high school, and deliver appropriate curriculum to each level. During the school year, you will develop and teach garden lessons with classes at a local elementary and middle school. This position will require a high level of autonomy and initiative, as we are just beginning to partner with two schools, and you will be responsible for helping to form those partnerships. During the summer you will work with our Education Manager to help facilitate our third summer of the Dig Crew, our high school youth program. Youth in this program work on the farm, learn about the food system, nutrition, cooking, and farming. We also emphasize team-building, communication, leadership, and a strong work ethic. You will also work to engage families on the farm by managing the children’s garden and planning Family Day once per month.
Full Time Member: Food Access Coordinator
This member will play a major role in farm operations and produce distribution, under the direction of the Farm Manager. In 2010, Veggielution grew 15,000 lbs of food, 70% of which was donated or sold at low-cost to the community. Creating food access for low-income families is one of our main goals. You will be responsible for managing and tracking community food distribution through our Farm Stand, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and soup kitchen donations. You will also help manage and facilitate approximately 100 farm volunteers per week through our 4 weekly workdays. During our Summer Dig Crew program, you will help plan and manage farm work for up to 30 high school youth. Many of our youth and volunteers come to us with little or no gardening or farming experience. One of your roles will be to demonstrate and teach the skills we use on the farm.
Full Time Member: Community Engagement Coordinator
This member will deepen and support Veggielution’s connection to the community, under the direction of the Executive Director. Community is the life blood of our organization. You will focus on engaging new families and individuals in our workdays, Farm Stand, and other programs through presentations, tabling, and more, as well as keeping our current volunteers and participants involved through volunteer recognition events, our monthly newsletter, and website. You will also organize a 6-week cooking class for low-income families, and a few one time cooking and gardening workshops. Professionalism and and a friendly attitude are very important for this position, as you will represent Veggielution in the community. Our farm is located in a predominantly Latino neighborhood, so Spanish language skills are vital for reaching out effectively.