Community GroundWorks is seeking an experienced educator and grower to develop and manage the Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm, an innovative, regional farm-based education program for a diverse population of over 1,000 elementary, middle and high school children from area schools and community centers. Successful candidates will have experience in program management, sustainable food production and hands-on environmental education.
The Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm Manager will start on March 1, 2013. The position is 20 hours per week from April through October, and 10 hours per week from November through March. The weekly schedule is somewhat flexible but will depend upon the availability of partnering organizations.
Please submit resume or CV, cover letter, and three references to Nathan Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is February 8, 2013.
About the Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm
The Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm, a partnership between Community GroundWorks, Madison Metropolitan School District and the Goodman Community Center, engages a diverse population of over 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students in hands-on, farm-based education in an outdoor classroom. Youth are actively involved in the entire process of running a small-scale organic urban farm—from raising seedlings in the East High School greenhouse to harvesting produce at the Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm and packing the food for delivery to the Goodman Community Center’s Fritz Food Pantry. Youth farmers are immersed in community service as they strengthen food security in the community by providing fresh vegetables to the Food Pantry. The 1/2 acre farm is located on land adjacent to Kennedy Elementary School on the east side of Madison.
During the school year, students work at the farm, in the greenhouse or in the classroom to explore a variety of topics focused on sustainable urban agriculture. In the summer, youth farmers work three days a week planting, tending, harvesting, washing and packing the produce for delivery. To read more about the day to day experiences of the farmers, please see the following blogs posts here and here.