(WILLIMANTIC) Community Farmer, GROW Windham (PT)

GROW Windham, a food justice and youth leadership program in Willimantic, is seeking a passionate and wholehearted Community Farmer to work with us to cultivate urban growing spaces, youth empowerment, and community development.

Position Title: Community Farmer
Organization: GROW Windham
Location: Willimantic, Connecticut

About GROW Windham

GROW Windham cultivates relationships and creates space for youth, community members, and food system partners to work together to build a stronger community and local food system. We do this in three ways: by empowering youth, through our Windham Youth CORE program and collaborations with school- and community-based youth programs; by supporting local growing spaces, including our own Thread City Family Garden, a youth-led, half-acre community market-garden in Lauter Park, Willimantic; and by integrating our food system, through backbone support of the Windham Community Food Network.

Learn more about GROW Windham.

Position Responsibilities

GROW Windham’s Community Farmer works alongside our Windham Youth CORE Program Coordinator, youth staff members, and the GROW Windham Program Director, to:

  • Grow the Thread City Family Garden: Coordinate the development of the Thread City Family Garden, working alongside youth to:
    • Cultivate annual and perennial fruits and vegetables
    • Develop planting and crop rotation plans
    • Research and implement best practices for sustainable, no-spray agriculture
    • Implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to ensure harvest and worker safety
    • Maintain garden administrative requirements, including record-keeping, invoicing, managing garden budget and expenses, and compliance with CT Department of Agriculture
  • Build and nurture the garden community: recruit, manage and host volunteers and interns from the community, local schools and youth programs, and universities, to support garden development
  • Cultivate youth leadership within the garden and food system: Co-facilitate the Windham Youth CORE Program, with the program coordinator and youth staff, including
    • Planning and facilitating workshops and workdays and
    • Mentoring Windham Youth CORE members to develop garden and food system projects and steer garden development
  • Cultivate the garden as a community learning and gathering space:
    • Develop partnerships to co-create and host workshops for local students and community groups, around diverse themes, such as sustainable growing practices, food justice, and food system and community development
    • Support annual community events at the garden
  • Integrate the Thread City Family Garden and other local growing spaces into the local food system:
    • Participate in and cultivate local and regional community growing networks
    • Building partnerships that promote local food justice and community development
  • Participate in GROW Windham program development:
    • Participate in regular staff meetings, with youth and adult staff
    • Support grant writing and fundraising, and project development and evaluation
    • Actively participate in personal and professional development around food justice, anti-racism, critical consciousness, food system and community development, and sustainable agriculture

Ideal Qualifications

The ideal candidate has, or is committed to cultivating, the following:

Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledge and experience growing organic/no-spray vegetables and produce in New England
  • Experience building relationships in diverse communities
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience facilitating groups and recruiting and managing volunteers, including promoting cooperation, team-building, problem-solving, and shared leadership
  • Experience working with youth in formal and/or informal educational settings
  • Experience/eagerness to learn about social justice advocacy/community organizing
  • Experience/eagerness to learn about planning and managing projects
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Drive Applications, and social media
  • Highly-desired experience includes:
    • Bilingual (Spanish and English) and knowledge of and connections to the Windham community

Characteristics

  • Self-starter: able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Self-awareness: ability to step back, create space for other voices, and center youth and community voices
  • Strong organizational skills, including an ability to multi-task and work through multiple priorities
  • Creative, flexible, and patient
  • Effective problem-solver
  • Rich interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, and dedication to promoting anti-racism, equity, and inclusivity
  • Passion for food justice and community development.

Other Requirements

  • Physical ability to walk, lift, bend and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Flexible schedule: Ability to work weekends and evenings throughout the year
  • Drivers’ License and personal transportation are helpful but not essential

Hours

Average of 15 hours/week, July 1, 2020-October 31, 2021, with the option to renew, pending anticipated funding. Hours will vary depending on the season, ranging from 8-10 hours per week during the Winter, and up to 30 hours per week during the growing season. To support a smooth transition, the Community Farmer will be offered mentorship from our current farmer this growing season.

Salary

$18-20/hour DOE. This is a staff position with partial benefits.

Special Requirements

Must be 18 or older (no maximum age), and eligible to work in the U.S.

Education Level

No minimum required.

Deadline to Apply

We are interviewing applicants on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled.

Target start date is July 13, 2020.

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume by email to info@growwindham.org

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