AmeriCorps School Farmer

Common Threads Farm

About the organization

Common Threads connects kids to healthy food in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the table. We want kids to grow up making food choices that are good for their bodies, their communities, and the environment. Founded in 2007 and based in Bellingham, Washington, Common Threads is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes a “seed to table” approach to food production, good nutrition, and environmental stewardship. Most of our programs take place on public school grounds, during the school day. Additionally, Common Threads runs after-school gardening and cooking programs at schools and low-income apartment complexes, and spring/summer camps in our school gardens and at our urban farm site.

Common Threads celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all volunteers and employees. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can people at Common Threads achieve their fullest potential and

Duties

The AmeriCorps School Farmer will serve in a support and collaboration role with the Food Educators and will be selected based largely on their agricultural skills (as opposed to teaching and cooking skills.):
Support school-based gardening and greenhouse management in collaboration with the Food Education team (staff and AmeriCorps members)
Develop and maintain crop plans for school gardens and greenhouses
Develop and implement training for Food Educators on a variety of farming and gardening topics
Lead school-based garden lessons during spring and fall and cooking lessons during winter
Lead or support after school gardening and/or cooking clubs (school-based and low-income apartments)
Lead camp-style programs during spring break and summer camps
Manage the recruitment, supervision, and appreciation of program volunteers
Manage administrative tasks, including email communications, collecting and tracking data
Support community events and other relevant food education opportunities for families
Complete a minimum of 1700 hours within a 11.5-month service term from August 18, 2020-July 30, 2021

Compensation:
Living allowance totaling $15,000 during term ($1304.35 per month x 11.5 months)
Education Award from the National Service Trust in the amount of $6,095 upon successful completion of service
Health care coverage
Child care allowance for qualified members
Food stamp eligibility
Opportunity to learn and grow as part of a team
Professional development

Qualifications

Minimum requirements:
Must be at least 17 years old and a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
Basic computer skills
Willing and able to travel to multiple service sites (via personal vehicle, Common Threads’ vehicle, bike, etc.)
Willing to serve long hours outside in all weather
Passionate, committed, creative, flexible, detail-oriented, capable of working both independently and as a team
Have strong agricultural skills and experience in growing food

The ideal candidate will also have a solid background working with kids.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply, complete an online application and submit a resume and cover letter to Laura Plaut at [email protected]

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