Michigan – Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities hiring Fellows

Traverse City, Michigan
Are you passionate about increasing access to healthy food for all members of a community? Apply today for a Food Equity Fellowship with the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities based in Traverse City, MI.

Groundwork is seeking a dynamic post-graduate or mid-career professional who will work with Groundwork to help increase access to healthy food in communities throughout northwest lower Michigan.

As a Fellow you will work with nonprofit staff on important projects, build policy expertise and gain valuable professional development skills. This fellowship is an excellent opportunity to experience food and farming policy advocacy while working for a well-established, community-based nonprofit organization.
Responsibilities will include:
  • Developing, designing, and maintaining resources used by anti-poverty advocates throughout the region
  • Developing comprehensive “healthy food environment” plans for area food pantries, including developing content for a toolkit on how to create a food pantry environment centered around equity and health;
  • Surveying food insecure families in Benzie and Antrim counties, and interviewing willing participants in order to provide a qualitative summary of rural food insecurity to accompany quantitative data;
  • Preparing written or video content about Groundwork’s food equity work for the website and social media;
  • Conducting research on grant opportunities, partnerships and other program resources;
  • Collaborating with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for training and communications with local advocates (including teachers, parents, school administrators and community members);
  • And, generally supporting the Food & Farming Program Director as needed.
Professional Requirements 
The candidate must demonstrate:
  • Experience in, and passion for food and farming issues, particularly in food and health equity;
  • Experience organizing community leaders around social justice initiatives;
  • Strong writing and communications skills;
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms, specifically Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Personal Qualifications
Groundwork seeks the following qualities in successful candidates:
  • Strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for resiliency principles;
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Self-directed working approach and initiative;
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor;
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills;
  • And, a sense of humor and positive outlook.
Duration and Term Dates
The Spring Fellowship term lasts from January 15th – June 15th, 2018.
Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure
This is a paid fellowship position requiring a minimum of 25 hours per week. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $4,000. Other benefits include access to an incredibly vibrant community in northern Michigan and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish our region.
To apply, please complete the Fellowship Application by November 17th, 2017. Selections will be made in early December.
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Michigan – Tamarack Camps hiring Farber Farm Manager

Ortonville, Michigan

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position:         Tamarack Camps, Farber Farm Manager                            
Reports To:     Camp Maas Associate Director

Tamarack Camps, established by the Fresh Air Society, builds a vibrant community by providing enriching Jewish camping experiences for children and families, respectful of financial ability.

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Position Summary & Accountabilities:

New Farm Development

The Farber Farm Manager (FFM) is a new position at Tamarack Camps. We are looking for a farm manager who will help lead in the construction, management and programming of the Farber Farm.  The FFM will be an integral member of the planning team to fully establish agricultural and educational operations on our new site. The FFM will work very closely with staff and lay leadership, under the direct supervision of the Camp Maas Associate Director.

Specific farm development objectives include:

  • Develop soil building, including irrigation, tilling and chiseling, as well as planting and managing of a cover crop in the main farm fields and orchard.
  • Provide leadership in finalizing the development of the design for beds, irrigation, paths, and plantings of main farm fields and orchard.
  • Manage increasing areas of production as they are planted.
  • Participate in planning of landscaped areas of the site and implement planting of edibles, natives, and other perennials – in specific planting beds, along paths and edges, and exterior of the site.
  • Finalize and implement plans, infrastructure/mechanics, and routines for future animal care.
  • Provide leadership to develop an overarching vision incorporating Tamarack Camps’ core values and mission to its new agricultural operations.
  • Develop a vision and plan for composting and nutrient cycling on the site, including all organic waste generated on site and considering use of organic waste from nearby sources, (i.e., kitchen).
  • Complete interior of propagation greenhouse and propagate for spring planting.
  • Collaborate with new Farm Educator on crop plans and timeline to deliver curriculum for Campers in summer of 2018, as well as for Outdoor Ed.

Farm Management

The FFM is responsible for the operation of the Farber Farm in accordance with best science-based practices in organic growing methods. The expectation is that the farm will be designed and managed to optimize efficient food production, effective education and training, and resource conservation. Responsibilities cover all aspects of production (including propagation), orchards, composting, pest management, irrigation, and animal husbandry (eventually goats, bees, chickens). The crop plan (annuals, orchard, edibles across the farm) should be oriented to serve the Farm’s camp community, the wider Metro Detroit Jewish and general communities.

The FFM is responsible for maintenance of all planted areas of the Farber Farm and adjacent sites, including those areas that do not produce food. This includes irrigation, pruning, weeding, pest-management, mulching, and anything else required to maintain the health and beauty of the planted areas, which may include: farm field beds, orchard installation and maintenance, the nearby Sensory Garden, as well as the large, uncultivated field. The FFM will work with the Camp Maas Associate Director to ensure proper coordination of activities and staff management around the site.

Facilities

The FFM is responsible for overall farm maintenance (with support as needed from the Camp’s Facilities Manager) as well as cleanliness and maintenance of all farm tools and the production, growing, processing, storage, and other areas used by and managed by the farm team. The FFM will also work with the agency CFO to create and manage the farm budget.

The FFM will be responsible for building his/her team, e.g., identifying the work of seasonal farm woofers/fellows, Farm Apprentice/Assistant; (these are currently un-funded positions, but based on the vision, may be added). The FFM is also responsible for collaborative planning and ongoing work with the Farm Educator.

The FFM is responsible for taking a continual improvement approach to farm operations protocols, systems, and procedures as well as instructional materials, while maintaining appropriate continuity and predictability with the camp program staff, farm workers, and other staff.

Youth, Family, and Public Programs

The FFM also works with Tamarack Camps Adventure & Retreat Center to ensure that camp and other year-round visitors to the farm are integrated into the farm in meaningful, productive, and educational ways. The FFM is responsible for supporting the Farm Educator in identifying appropriate farm tasks for students, campers, and adults during various year-round programs.

Additional Roles and Responsibilities

The FFM may be occasionally asked to work in areas outside of the responsibilities described above. This is a start up farm, so flexibility, working with team members and lay leaders, and thinking “outside the box” is essential.  The FFM participates in weekly staff meetings and other organization-wide meetings and processes, and performs administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the farm.

Qualifications, Experience, and Education:

Three to five years prior experience in farming and farm management required. BA or associate degree in farming agriculture related field preferred.

Salary, Benefits, Schedule:

Full-time annual salary of $45,000-$50,000 (based on experience), plus year-round housing.

The FFM will also receive all benefits as described for year-round employees of Tamarack Camps.

If interested, please contact Sean Morgan, Associate Director at smorgan@tamarackcamps.com or 216-952-9033

Michigan – Allen Neighborhood Center hiring AmeriCorps Positions

Lansing, Michigan

NEW ANC Ameri-Corps Job Positions

Allen Neighborhood Center of Lansing, MI  is seeking candidates for three full-time AmeriCorps positions. The AmeriCorps term is October 16, 2017 – September 26, 2018. Resumes and cover letters are due to Andrea Villanueva by August 7 at 5 pm. Please note in your cover letter that you are interested in applying for a position at ANC and include which position(s) you are most interested in. AmeriCorps service delivers rich experiences in community-building! You may email your resume and cover letter to: Avillanueva@ingham.org.

Position Descriptions:

AmeriCorps is a national service program that offers members a small living stipend and education award in exchange for a term of service, and is commonly known as the “domestic Peace Corps.”

Michigan – UnderToe Farm hiring Farm Assistant

Kewadin, Michian

UnderToe Farm is seeking a dedicate and hardworking farm assistant for the 2017 growing season.

UnderToe Farm is a small scale community supported farm serving the greater Elk Rapids region. We seek through our community supported Farm Share program, a farmers market, direct retail grocers, and a local wholesale distributor.

We need a seasonal and part-time farm hand to help us with all tasks on the farm to help us grow our operation. This is a physical and emotionally rewarding position in which you get to grow organic food for the local community. Pay rate is $10.00/hr.

Please contact Adam with inquiries, interest, or questions
231.676.4813
Info@undertoefarm.com

Michigan – Faith Hope & Love Productions hiring Garden Production Manager

Detroit, Michigan

Job Description for Garden Production Manager

Faith, Hope & Love Productions

Faith Hope and Love Productions is a conglomeration of 2 production gardens with 2 hoop houses and an orchard.  We are looking for a passionate and experienced individual to coordinate our garden operations.  The ideal candidate is organized, resourceful, driven and enthusiastic about our mission and committed to being a key player in our organization.  This is a full time position.

Vision of our Farming:  Faith, Hope & Love Productions serves to inspire and invoke a deeper sense of awe and wonder toward Creation Care Theology through means of localized food production and neighborhood beautification.  By including community stakeholders to participate in this work, we aim to improve access to healthy foods, share and distribute appropriate agricultural knowledge to our residents and foster powerfull self-sufficiency habits to better equip rising stewards of His Kingdom.

Mission:  To cultivate a new generation of eaters and growers in our neighborhood and abroad by expanding production, creating good food advocacy and teaching and empowering others to join us.

Job Description:

The role of the Garden Production Manager is to manage the maintenance and production of the gardens and orchard known as Faith, Hope & Love productions.  The manager will oversee teen workers, interns and volunteers who will be working in the gardens.  The manager will also coordinate the distribution and sale of produce upon harvesting.

Responsibilities include:

Oversee the food production gardens

  • Manage daily upkeep, planning, planting, maintenance & harvest of vegetable, herbs and flowers;
  • Participate in the management of the budget and sales records;
  • Communicate regularly with clients to fulfill orders, harvest and plan subsequent plantings based on their needs.

Lead and manage in the implementation of garden plans and maintenance duties including but not limited to:

  • Performing general garden maintenance –debris removal, lawn care, weeding, pest control;
  • Repair of irrigation systems and hoop houses.

Qualifications:

  • Gardening experience, education or degree
  • Experience with garden maintenance and use of garden tools and equipment
  • A positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Passion for sustainable food production
  • Able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • A PASSION for the mission of CDC
  • Must be faith-friendly and able to accept those who pray in meetings and elsewhere.
  • Knowledge of the Detroit market preferred
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Know how to use gardening equipment and have the ability to maintain it

Position is available in March.  To apply please send resume to ljohanon@detcdc.org.  For more information on our organization, please visit our website at www.detcdc.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michigan – Lake Divide Farm hiring Interns

Waterloo Township, Michigan
Lake Divide Farm
Contact: Helen Chandler

 

General Description: Lake Divide Farm is named for the unique way the Huron and Upper Grand watersheds divide the property in half. It is located in Jackson county, Michigan on 54 acres of open and wooded land. We grow vegetables and fruit on 5 acres and sell primarily at farmers’ markets. We use organic practices and will be getting certified this year. We are dedicated to using the most sustainable and ecologically sound available to us. We are always learning and looking for sounder practices with the long term health of our ecosystems and communities in mind. To find out more about us visit our website or facebook page.

This is our first year growing in Michigan. For the past four years, we operated Whistling Wolf Farm in Hunterdon county, New Jersey. To get a broader picture of our ideals, feel free to visit www.whistlingwolffarm.com or Whistling Wolf Farm’s facebook page.

Internship Starts: 04-01-2017 and 05-01-2017
Internship Ends: 11-30-2017
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: Until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: full season

Skills Desired: Interns should have an upbeat attitude and strong work ethic, an interest in sustainable farming, enjoy learning, and be physically able to work long hours outdoors in the range of conditions nature provides. Experience with farm work or other types of outdoor work is desirable but not required.

Educational Opportunities: There is no substitute for hands-on experience and interns at Lake Divide will gain plenty! This is an excellent opportunity for someone considering farming as a career because it offers involvement and discussion of all aspects of the business as well as a chance to experience the cadence of the growing season. Interns will also work directly with the farm owner/operators Helen and Jim, providing a chance for discussion and to ask as many questions as they can think of. As the season progresses, the reasons for farm choices (varieties, timings, cultural practices etc) will be discussed and clarified. Interns will have access to all educational materials in our library and are invited to take an active role in their farm education. We will provide direction to materials and resource that will help interns gain an in-depth understanding of their choice of topics. At the end of the seasons, interns will be invited to participate in a season-end review of the farm where we will discuss successes and failures and lay groundwork for changes to made for following year.

Stipend: $8.90/hour plus produce

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: The internship is 5 days per week and 40 to 50 hours/week depending on the time of year. The days for the position starting in April are Monday through Friday. The days for the position starting in May are Tuesday through Saturday. This is an education position that offers the opportunity to take part in all farm tasks including but not limited to farm planning, greenhouse work, transplanting, fieldwork, and harvesting, as well as running a farmers’ market stand.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, along with your resume and two references to helen@lakedividefarm.com

Michigan – GrowTown hiring Market Garden Grower

Detroit, Michigan

Market Garden Grower 2017 season

GrowTown is accepting applications for a market garden grower(s) to participate in the development of the Penrose Market Garden in Detroit, MI. This opportunity is for landless but skilled growers ready to take initiative and who can work collaboratively with GrowTown and other community stakeholders towards an extraordinary outcome and exciting urban agriculture model. Onsite housing is provided.

The Penrose Market Garden is a GrowTown project with the following mission:

A Viable Market Garden demonstration project: Financially viable and replicable demonstration of the Small Plot INtensive SPIN-Farming business model that has been documented to generate $68,000 and more per ½ acre.

2017 is the second season of development for this entrepreneurial market garden business in Detroit, Michigan. The Penrose Market Garden is being developed by GrowTown to be a profitable sub-acre urban market garden business that generates significant income for a market grower. The GrowTown model integrates this local food business into an urban affordable housing development and neighborhood.

This is a pilot project of the neighborhood development concept GrowTown which was a 2010 Buckminster Fuller International Challenge semi-finalist. The project is also a recipient of a 2015 Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit grant.

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of an innovative community development project. Our work environment is highly disciplined and entrepreneurial. We are looking for a grower or partner growers to bring their skills and enthusiasm to the Penrose Market Garden and participate in building a successful, groundbreaking urban agriculture model.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight and management of Market Garden operations.
  • Crop Care: Growing, maintenance, management and sales of crops.
  • Manage crops using organic, high productivity practices.
  • Insect and weed control, fertility monitoring and general field observation.
  • Practice 4 season vegetable production and season extension.
  • Manage, maintain and perform simple repairs of all Market Garden equipment: irrigation, tunnel house, cooler, gates, fences, etc.
  • Keep detailed records of expenses, sales, crop schedules, yields, successes and failures.
  • Manage and direct supplemental labor, if required, for market garden operations.
  • Maintain Market Garden and grounds in a professional and attractive condition.
    The Penrose Market Garden is a neighborhood center and community asset and appropriate maintenance of the facility is required, just as in any other urban business or endeavor.
  • Friendly and open interaction with neighbors and visitors and ability to positively engage in community relationships at the garden.
  • Work as a team member with community partners.
  • Work respectfully and cooperatively with the Penrose Village property management team.

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