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UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES: 

AMERICORPS: FARM TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR 

Each position differs slightly but our two areas of focus are:  

 

Increasing locally grown in school meals: assisting Food Service Directors, non-profit organizations, agricultural service organizations, and farmer cooperatives to incorporate more locally grown foods in school meals (read: spending time on farms with farmers and in school cafeterias to make serving locally grown easier because when kids know where what they're eating came from, they're more likely to eat it).

Spending time in the garden classroom: responsibilities may also include helping preK-12 teachers and staff implement garden based learning curriculum (read: playing in the soil with kids and taste-testing garden-grown in the classroom to help change attitudes about healthier eating).

 

Time commitment: 

AmeriCorps positions throughout the state will be available beginning in January. 

Our positions will be 900-hour, half-time positions, to be served over the course of 9 months. Members should expect to serve time nights and weekends. 

 

Locations: 

Slatyfork: Linwood Alive Daycare (seeking 1 member)

Linwood's school garden is growing - again, and they need help! The high tunnel is moving in soon - member will assist day care's staff with growing good food to share with area schools. (Yes, the daycare's garden facilities plan to serve the nearby elementary school lunches!) (Linwood is located near Snowshoe in Northern Pocahontas County.) (Full description)

Southern WV: RESA 1 (seeking 1 member) 

Out of RESA 1 Office in Beckley, WV, this member will assist area farmers, farm service providers, and schools to increase locally grown foods in school meals and help teachers utilize school garden spaces. Member will provide services based on need and capacity in Boone, Logan, Mingo, McDowell, Raleigh, Mercer, and Summers Counties. (Full Description)

 

Eligibility requirements:

Candidates must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, and background check.

 

Recommended knowledge, skills, and experience:

  • Experience in education, nutrition, agriculture, public health, or community development;

  • Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture;

  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills in a team setting;

  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills;

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Working knowledge or word processing, spreadsheet software, email program and ability to efficiently perform internet searches;

  • Ability to work independently and proactively;

  • Ability to travel within the state;

  • Valid driver’s license.

 

If you are interested in learning more or have questions, please email Emily Landseidel, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator at: farmtoschoolwv@gmail.com.

 

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