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10 Feb 2022

Temporary Food and Farm AmeriCorps Project Lead

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps – Posted by recruitment Richmond, Vermont, United States

Job Description

Program Overview

The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ Food and Farm Program is a dynamic youth development, diversified agriculture and food security initiative. We believe in the power that food has to connect us to the land, our community, and each other. We engage young people in organic farming and culinary education on our historic 400-acre campus in Richmond, Vermont where we grow organically certified vegetables and pasture-raised chickens that are distributed to more than 400 families through our nationally recognized Health Care Share project. The Heath Care Share is a public health initiative that connects Vermont families who experience barriers to accessing locally grown produce or have a diet-related disease with a weekly vegetable share they pick up at partnering medical centers.

We also raise laying hens for eggs, pigs for meat, and additional vegetables, flowers, and herbs that we sell through our vibrant, on-site farm stand. Each year the program provides approximately 65 employment opportunities to youth and young adults from Vermont and around the country who are essential to the daily operations of the farm.

In addition to farming, the program has a strong food component which seeks to deepen the connection between the work we do in the field and the food on our plates. These projects are made possible through VYCC’s partnership with AmeriCorps (A*C) and SerVermont.

Position Summary

Everyone on the Food and Farm Team works together to support the Health Care Share initiative, the food program initiative, and overall maintenance of the farm, but each Project lead also focuses on specific areas of the Food and Farm Program.

Project Leads focus on one aspect of farm operations for the duration of the season and take on significant responsibility in their specialty role:

Production Project Leads (2) – Support crop production for the duration of the season, from planning to harvest, including training and supporting crews in the field
Position Description

Food and Nourishment Project Leads (2) – Mentor Members in learning to prepare (and enjoy!) healthy meals with produce from the farm
Position Description

Health Care Share Project Lead – Supports enrollment of new Health Care Share members, writes weekly newsletter to members, and oversees logistics of share distribution

Position Description

Community Engagement Project Lead – Welcomes and leads volunteer events, connects the farm to the community through social media and the farm stand.

Position Description

Location: Richmond, VT
Dates: March 14 or May 23- October 21, 2022
Weekly living allowance: Residential members: $438/week non-residential members: $528/week
Education Award: Eligible for Segal Education Award upon completion of service: $4,441.
Housing: potential for on-site shared housing
Application deadline: hiring on a rolling basis

How to Apply

Apply on our website - Leader Application

Job Categories: Farming. Job Types: Temporary.

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