Virginia – Weathertop Farm hiring Apprentices

Floyd County, Virginia

Seeking to fill 2 more spots for apprentices at Weathertop Farm in Virginia

Weathertop Farm is a small 62-acre family-owned and operated farm located in scenic Floyd County, VA.  We are located just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 14 miles from the town of Floyd, renowned for a thriving artist, music, and local food scene.

We are dedicated to holistic regenerative agriculture through multi-species rotational grazing and intensive management. No antibiotics or hormones are used, and all livestock eat from pasture that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Our diverse business includes raising and selling pastured chickens, eggs, pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and lamb.

Weathertop Farm accepts 3-4 apprentices each year for the duration of our May – November season. We’re looking for folks interested and passionate about preserving sustainable agriculture systems within our local food-shed communities. Apprentices must be ready to work hard doing manual labor in all kinds of weather. We expect apprentices to put in approximately 40-50 hours a week on average, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season & farm schedule. You can expect to work alongside the farmers for some tasks, and independently for others.

What we expect of you:
no previous farming experience necessary, but these are qualities we’re looking for:
-a positive attitude
-willingness to try new things
-enthusiasm & flexibility
-commitment
-personal initiative
-cooperation for working with others
-ability to follow directions
-ability to do manual labor

-ability to repeatedly handle & lift 50 lb feed sacks.

-basic carpentry or mechanical skills are a plus but not required
-good people-person, comfortable in a sales setting interacting with customers.
-no smoking, no drugs

-not being distracted by personal technology (cell phone, etc) during the workday.
-Commitment to the whole season from April through mid-Dec.

-Having your own vehicle is a plus, though not required (no public transportation available)

 

Our farm encompasses a diverse multi-generational community of family, friends, neighbors & visitors, from grandparents down to young children, all of whom participate with the farm at various times and in varying degrees, so patience, flexibility and understanding are a must. We care a great deal about our farm community and value diversity and equality and welcome anyone who is kind and conscientious to join our team. Couples welcome!
Work will include but is not limited to:
Daily care of animals (morning & afternoon)

Collecting & cleaning eggs

Daily portable-fence moving

Daily pasture-pen moving

Handling animal feed in 50-lb sacks on a daily basis

On-farm poultry processing (on average once-twice/week)

Occasional building projects

Deliveries

Farmers markets

On-farm sales

 

What you can expect from us:

To learn about the nitty-gritty details of raising animals first-hand, and what the daily work is like on a farm as well as the bigger picture of how we plan for the year and how a pasture-based system operates. You can expect a lot of time from us for conversations about farming and related issues, and ample opportunity to ask whatever questions you have.  Through this experience you can gain an understanding of the daily ups and downs and ins and outs of a farming season, and because of the diverse range of tasks we require help with (from raising animals to butchering to sales & marketing) we hope you would gain an understanding of how the diverse multi-species grazing operation of our farm is integrated into one business and functions as a whole. When possible we will do our best to cater to individual preference and teach you more about whatever interests you the most.

Housing provided:

Private 2-bedroom attic apartment with full kitchen & bath (including composting toilet), heating & wifi. Furnished with the basics.  All utilities included. To be shared with 2 apprentices already working here.

 

Meals:

We welcome apprentices to join us for lunch daily, and sometimes for dinner, too, other meals you will be responsible for yourself.  You will have access to food that is grown on the farm.
Stipend:  $600/month.
Day(s) off:  alternating Saturdays/Sundays off, and occasional weekday afternoons.

Several vacation days allowed, but must be planned around farm schedule.

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Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Farm and Food Education Fellows

Staunton, Virginia

Farm and Food Education Fellowship

*Applications due 2/19*

Now in its seventh year, the Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully funded 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with food related non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). AMI is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education based in Staunton, VA.

Phase I – Farm Study (April 22-October 31, 2018)

  • Explore local food system leadership opportunities and participate in school gardens, farmers markets, and other community events.
  • Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, permaculture design, and community development through expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.
  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more on our mountain farm in Highland County, VA.
  • Stay in handcrafted cabins, study in wifi-equipped common spaces, and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
  • Receive $1,000 upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Work (January 2- December 31, 2019)

  • Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education in Highland and Augusta Counties, Virginia.
  • Contribute to projects such as: growing food and increasing food access, teaching nutrition and cooking, creating infrastructure for local food systems, and developing school gardens and site-based curriculum.
  • Build leadership skills through monthly professional development sessions and continuing education opportunities.
  • Receive an annual salary of $18,000 (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly).

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.  Applicants invited to participate in the Fellowship must pass a background check.

Applications are due by February 19, 2018 and are available at: www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete. For more information please e-mail jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org or call 540-886-0160.

 

AMI admits participants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws.

Virginia – Weathertop Farm hiring Apprentices

Floyd County, Virginia

Seeking apprentices for 2018 at Weathertop Farm in Virginia

Weathertop Farm is a small 62-acre family-owned and operated farm located in scenic Floyd County, VA. We are located just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 14 miles from the town of Floyd, renowned for a thriving artist, music, and local food scene.

We are dedicated to holistic regenerative agriculture through multi-species rotational grazing and intensive management. No antibiotics or hormones are used, and all livestock eat from pasture that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Our diverse business includes raising and selling pastured chickens, eggs, pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and lamb.

Weathertop Farm accepts 2-3 apprentices each year for the duration of our May – November season. We’re looking for folks interested and passionate about preserving sustainable agriculture systems within our local food-shed communities. Apprentices must be ready to work hard doing manual labor in all kinds of weather. We expect apprentices to put in approximately 40-50 hours a week on average, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season & farm schedule. You can expect to work alongside the farmers for some tasks, and independently for others.

What we expect of you:
no previous farming experience necessary, but these are qualities we’re looking for:
-a positive attitude
-willingness to try new things
-enthusiasm & flexibility
-commitment
-personal initiative
-cooperation for working with others
-ability to follow directions
-ability to do manual labor

-ability to repeatedly handle & lift 50 lb feed sacks.

-basic carpentry or mechanical skills are a plus but not required
-good people-person, comfortable in a sales setting interacting with customers.
-no smoking, no drugs

-not being distracted by personal technology (cell phone, etc) during the workday.
-Commitment to the whole season from April through mid-Dec.

-Having your own vehicle is a plus, though not required (no public transportation available)

Our farm encompasses a diverse multi-generational community of family, friends, neighbors & visitors, from grandparents down to young children, all of whom participate with the farm at various times and in varying degrees, so patience, flexibility and understanding are a must. We care a great deal about our farm community and value diversity and equality and welcome anyone who is kind and conscientious to join our team. Couples welcome!

  • Work will include but is not limited to:
    Daily care of animals (morning & afternoon)
  • Collecting & cleaning eggs
  • Daily portable-fence moving
  • Daily pasture-pen moving
  • Handling animal feed in 50-lb sacks on a daily basis
  • On-farm poultry processing (on average once-twice/week)
  • Occasional building projects
  • Deliveries
  • Farmers markets
  • On-farm sales

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Virginia – Project GROWS hiring Farm Manager

Various Locations, Virginia

PROJECT GROWS

FARM ASSISTANT

SUPERVISOR: FARM MANAGER                               

Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, garden-based education and 2) access to healthy local food.

Project GROWS cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 15,000 pounds of food each year. Our produce is donated or used in educational programs, and the remaining is sold: to members, at farmer’s markets, and wholesale to restaurants in order to sustain our programming. Project GROWS manages a 25-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and two local farmers markets (North Augusta and Waynesboro farmers markets).Both of our markets accept SNAP benefits (supplemental nutrition assistance program) and offer double dollars programs for families using their SNAP at market. We hold a youth-run farm stand in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, and a Health Department farmers market serving families participating in the WIC program (women and infant children). We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.

General Statement of Responsibilities

The Farm Assistant will work closely with all members of the PG team including the PG Executive Director, Farm Manager, Education Manager, and Food Access Coordinator. The Farm Assistant will directly assist the Farm Manager with all aspects of fruit and vegetable production at the farm including: research, crop planning, planting, harvesting, weeding, pest management, irrigation, post-harvest handling, establishing wholesale relationships, coordinating CSA deliveries, sales, and leading volunteer groups.

In addition to on-farm production responsibilities, the Farm Assistant will participate in

  • hands-on garden, nutrition, and cooking education (field trips, summer camps, in-school lessons, farm-to-school events)

  • community events & education outreach at partner organizations

  • farmer’s markets

  • special events

  • volunteer management

  • administrative tasks as needed.

Applicants must possess a strong work ethic, be willing to learn and be able work efficiently and follow direction. Applicant must be able to lift 50+ pounds regularly and be comfortable working outside including during hot, cold, and inclement weather. Experience with tools and experience working on a vegetable farm are helpful, but a willingness to work hard and try new things is most important. Preferred experience and knowledge of working with children and youth from diverse backgrounds. Has intimate knowledge of the flow of a full season in a production garden. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and an ability to manage various community relationships.

Other Requirements:

  • Cell phone communication

  • Reliable transportation

  • A valid driver’s license

  • Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

Compensation:

This is a full-time, seasonal 40 hours per week position and we are looking for a candidate who can make an 9 month commitment, from March 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018 (there is some flexibility). Salary is $12 per hour. This position may require occasional weekend and/or evening work. Project GROWS is an education-based farm. We are interested in teaching an assistant the values and techniques required to manage/run a small farm.

Educational Goals of Farm Assistant:

  • To share the skills and knowledge involved in sustainable farming.

  • To offer assistant an example of a successful organic farm so that they can learn the cycles of the growing season, crop rotation, succession/companion planting, and market farming.

  • To give assistant first hand working knowledge with specific crops, so that they can have a solid foundation of farming experience.

  • To support the hands-on learning that comes through hard work in the fields with educational resources and leadership opportunities.

  • To gain experience working with and facilitating youth groups and volunteers at the farm.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email laura@projectgrows.org with a brief introduction and resume.

For more information about Project GROWS: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectGrows

 

Virginia – Weathertop Farm hiring Apprentices

Floyd County, Virginia

Overview:

Weathertop Farm is a small 62-acre family-owned and operated farm located in scenic Floyd County, VA.  We are located  just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 14 miles from the town of Floyd, renowned for a thriving artist, music, and local food scene.

We are dedicated to holistic regenerative agriculture through multi-species rotational grazing and intensive management. No antibiotics or hormones are used, and all livestock eat from pasture that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Our diverse business includes raising and selling pastured chickens, eggs, pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and lamb.

Weathertop Farm accepts 2-3 apprentices each year for the duration of our May – November season. We’re looking for folks interested and passionate about preserving sustainable agriculture systems within our local food-shed communities. Apprentices must be ready to work hard doing manual labor in all kinds of weather. We expect apprentices to put in approximately 40-50 hours a week on average, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season & farm schedule. You can expect to work alongside the farmers for some tasks, and independently for others.

What we expect of you:
no previous farming experience necessary, but these are qualities we’re looking for:
-a positive attitude
-willingness to try new things
-enthusiasm & flexibility
-commitment
-personal initiative
-cooperation for working with others
-ability to follow directions
-ability to do manual labor

-ability to repeatedly handle & lift 50 lb feed sacks.

-basic carpentry or mechanical skills are a plus but not required
-good people-person, comfortable in a sales setting interacting with customers.
-no smoking, no drugs

-not being distracted by personal technology (cell phone, etc) during the workday.
-Commitment to the whole season from April through mid-Dec.

-Having your own vehicle is a plus, though not required (no public transportation available)

Our farm encompasses a diverse multi-generational community of family, friends, neighbors & visitors, from grandparents down to young children, all of whom participate with the farm at various times and in varying degrees, so patience, flexibility and understanding are a must. We care a great deal about our farm community and value diversity and equality and welcome anyone who is kind and conscientious to join our team. Couples welcome!

  • Work will include but is not limited to:
    Daily care of animals (morning & afternoon)
  • Collecting & cleaning eggs
  • Daily portable-fence moving
  • Daily pasture-pen moving
  • Handling animal feed in 50-lb sacks on a daily basis
  • On-farm poultry processing (on average once-twice/week)
  • Occasional building projects
  • Deliveries
  • Farmers markets
  • On-farm sales

For a more detailed description of daily chores and the work involved see here

What you can expect from us:

To learn about the nitty-gritty details of raising animals first-hand, and what the daily work is like on a farm as well as the bigger picture of how we plan for the year and how a pasture-based system operates. You can expect a lot of time from us for conversations about farming and related issues, and ample opportunity to ask whatever questions you have.  Through this experience you can gain an understanding of the daily ups and downs and ins and outs of a farming season, and because of the diverse range of tasks we require help with (from raising animals to butchering to sales & marketing) we hope you would gain an understanding of how the diverse multi-species grazing operation of our farm is integrated into one business and functions as a whole. When possible we will do our best to cater to individual preference and teach you more about whatever interests you the most.

Housing provided:

Private 2-bedroom attic apartment with full kitchen & bath (including composting toilet), heating & wifi. Furnished with the basics.  All utilities included. To be shared by 2-3 apprentices.

Meals:

We welcome apprentices to join us for lunch daily, and sometimes for dinner, too, other meals you will be responsible for yourself.  You will have access to food that is grown on the farm.

Stipend:  $600/month.
Day(s) off:  alternating Saturdays/Sundays off, and occasional weekday afternoons.

Several vacation days allowed, but must be planned around farm schedule.
Opportunities for education:
-Access to our farm books along with some recommended reading assignments.

-Opportunity to learn all about pasture rotational grazing
-Opportunity to learn poultry processing as well as marketing and sales
-Chances to visit with other farms and alternative food systems in Floyd

-Possible occasional workshops in the area

-Possibility for part-time winter work after spending one season here. This could also include a trip to a winter farming conference.

-If things go well there may be potential for full-time employment, only after you’ve spent a full season with us.

Opportunities for recreation & entertainment
-Meet other apprentices in Floyd to socialize & network with them
-The nearby town of Floyd has a thriving food, music & arts scene
-Proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway offers lots of options for hiking & camping
-Nearby Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech, is a great college town with lots going on

-Nearby Roanoke is an up & coming city with a broad range of offerings.

Application process:
-Please read through all relevant information here as well as on our website (weathertopfarm.com) so you are familiar with our farm and what is involved in the apprenticeship.

-In addition to the written application, whenever possible, we will require an in-person visit, (which could be an overnight or weekend stay if needed).  If not possible then we require a Skype interview.

-Please contact us at info@weathertopfarm.com with any questions.

Downloard Apprentice Application in pdf

Download Apprentice Application as word document

 

Virginia – Shalom Farms hiring Farm Manager

Richmond, Virginia

Farm Manager (Westwood Site)

About Shalom Farms:

Shalom Farms is a non-profit organization working with communities to increase access to healthy food and the support to live healthy lives. We work with thousands of volunteers from all backgrounds each year to produce more than 200,000 pounds of produce. We distribute this produce throughout the Richmond area through a variety of programs and partnerships.

Job Description:

This year Shalom Farms is undertaking a major organizational expansion in the establishment of a second 5 acre farm, centrally located in Richmond’s Northside on property known as “The Westwood Tract” belonging to Union Seminary. The farm will be the largest operation of its kind in the city, and one of the largest in the region. During 2018 the Farm Manager will work closely with the Director of Farm Operations to ensure the farm is developed in a way that meets the rigorous standards of our existing agricultural operations. However, the ideal candidate will have the experience and skill to quickly take ownership and leadership of the project and will, as appropriate, be given autonomy to oversee the operations on the Westwood Site. This position, particularly during the first year, will be very demanding. It requires someone with significant agricultural experience as well as the temperament and interpersonal skills to lead untrained volunteers and partners, sometimes under stressful conditions. The Farm Manager will work with a broader organizational team to explore and develop ways for this new project to complement our existing agricultural and food access programs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Planning & Recordkeeping:

1.      Under the supervision of the Director of Farm Operations, develop a crop plan consistent with organic standards to achieve harvest goals for our various distribution channels.

2.      Develop detailed annual farm budget.

3.      Maintain thorough records, including daily work log and inventory, and collect and analyze data pertaining to seeding, pest management, production, distribution, volunteer management, etc.

  • Farm Production & Management:

1.      Implement crop plan, using organic strategies, to achieve harvest goals for various channels of distribution.

2.      Create weekly and daily work plans based on the week’s schedule of program participants, interns, volunteer individuals and groups.

3.      Construct, install, or maintain all out-buildings, equipment, irrigation systems, and tools.

4.      Perform machine and tractor work as needed.

5.      Oversee and coordinate on-time harvest, delivery and, as appropriate, payment for produce.

  • Volunteer and Intern Management:

1.      Manage communication and scheduling with volunteers and visiting groups

2.      Lead educational programming including farm tours and lessons for visitors of all ages

3.      Conduct outreach for volunteer and educational programs as needed

Candidate Qualities:

  • Passion for sustainable agriculture and a desire to work collaboratively with others who are committed to environmental justice and food justice.
  • Comfortable working alone
  • Commitment to social justice and health equity, and an understanding of structural racism and inequity.
  • Possesses strong communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi task in stressful situations.
  • Creative, strategic, and analytical thinker with the ability to manage multiple projects   and prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Shows excellent leadership and supervision skills in management of interns and volunteer groups of sizes, ages, and skill levels.·
  • Comfortable working in a faith-based setting.
  • Comfortable performing office tasks and proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Comfortable with public speaking.

Experience:

  • Three or more years of experience working in sustainable/regenerative agriculture with a track record of progressive increases in responsibility and leadership.
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with diverse groups, including ability to reach across racial, ethnic, generational, socioeconomic, rural/urban and religious lines.

Requirements:

  • Drivers’ license and good driving history
  • Ability to drive box truck
  • Ability to lift 60+ pounds
  • Ability to work Saturdays
  • Willingness to work in all weather conditions

Time Requirements:

The time requirements for this position vary with the agricultural season. In general, the applicant should expect to work significantly over 40 hours per week April through September, 40 hours per week in March and October, and fewer than 40 hours per week November through February. These hours should only be used as a guideline and may change according to weather, staffing, number of available volunteers, and other factors.

Salary:

Commensurate based on experience.

Benefits:

Shalom Farms offers highly competitive benefits, including high quality company-paid health insurance, a retirement plan with company match, and modest professional development funds.

How to apply:

To apply for this position, please send cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references to westwood@shalomfarms.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For more information, feel free to email, visit our website www.shalomfarms.org, or find us on Facebook and Instagram (@shalomfarms).

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Virginia – Project Grows hiring Food Access Coordinator

Augusta County, Virginia

PROJECT GROWS

FOOD ACCESS COORDINATOR

SUPERVISOR: FARM MANAGER

Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, gardenbased education and 2) access to nutritious local food. Project GROWS
cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 25,000 pounds of food each year. We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.

General Statement of Responsibilities

The Food Access Coordinator (FAC) will work closely with all members of the PG team including the PG Executive Director, Farm Manager, Farm Assistant, and Education Manager.
The FAC will primarily be responsible for 3 core areas of food access programming:
 Farmer’s markets: management, planning, promotion, fundraising, programs, and oversight (North Augusta Farmer’s Market, Waynesboro Farmer’s Market, Youth-Run Farm Stand in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, Health Department WIC (women and infant children) market)
 Farm sales & donations: (develop relationships with partner organizations such as the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and cafeteria managers at local public schools, assist with CSA member promotion and relationship management, establish wholesale partners, develop systems to record data)
 Community outreach & marketing – volunteer appreciation events, and summer volunteer night series, community garden work days, working with community partners on off-site garden development.
Other Job Responsibilities Include:
 Develop systems for tracking quantitative and qualitative data in order to accurately measure the impact of food access programs in the community and be able to relay that information via grant reports
 Work closely with community partners to develop additional food access programming in the community
 Chair a Food Access Program committee of the board
 Participate in farm tasks, garden education, special events, volunteer management, and administrative tasks as needed.
 Assist in leading farm tours and occasional workshops as well as willingness to speak at conferences, and to donor groups and other community groups.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:
 Most importantly, Project GROWS seeks a flexible individual who is willing to take part in all PG responsibilities and be part of a dynamic team
 Excellent communication and leadership skills, and ability to work well with variety of customers, vendors, and community members including youth from diverse backgrounds
 A minimum of 2 years nonprofit or related work experience
 Detail-oriented with considerable attention to customer service, and timely communication
 A track record of success working in a cooperative team environment requiring a high level of planning, communication, and documentation
 A desire to improve our local food system, work to understand the underlying causes of barriers to food access in our community, and come up with creative solutions as part of a team
 Strong work ethic with a willingness to learn and work efficiently, as well as able to follow direction

Physical Attributes and/or Environmental Issues
The position is very much a “textured” position requiring of the Food Access Coordinator to be both comfortable in an outdoor setting gardening, comfortable working  independently in an office setting, as well as comfortable providing instruction and/or workshops to youth and adults on and off-site.
Other Requirements:
 Cell phone communication
 Frequent computer and internet access
 Reliable transportation
 A valid driver’s license
 Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
 Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

Compensation
This is a paid position starting at $15-$18 an hour negotiable based on experience.
This is a year-round, 30 hr/wk position. Benefits include paid time off and a share of farm produce. Applicants must be available to work most Saturdays during the farmer’s market season (May to September).

TO APPLY
Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to Jenna Clarke, Executive Director, at jenna@projectgrows.org.