- Published on Sunday, 09 February 2014 22:51
Dear UMSFP Member Groups:
You need funds. We have some! UMSFP has been given $1,000 to support your work during the Winter 2014 semester. Starting February 17, your group can apply for a mini-grant of up to $200 to support any kind of collaborative initiative you are planning this semester. Be it a workshop, a field trip, a hoe-down, or a dinner, we want to know what you’re up to and how we can support your efforts!
- Published on Sunday, 02 February 2014 02:37
Seeking Beginning Farmers!
Tilian Farm Development Center is a program of Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP) and was born out of the aspirations of local food and farm advocates in Washtenaw County in collaboration with Ann Arbor Township. As a Center, Tilian works to facilitate new farm business development in order to increase diversified production for local markets, year-round in the SE Michigan food shed. Through its Farm Incubator Program, beginning farmers work to transition from farm experience to building a new farm business, or to expand their existing farm enterprises.
The incubator program encourages beginning farmers with access to land, educational opportunities, production training, and marketing possibilities while they start their own farm enterprise. Tilian provides the opportunity for beginning farmers to take their dreams and make them a reality.
- Published on Sunday, 02 February 2014 02:33
The University of Vermont seeks applicants for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Food Systems, a new tenure track faculty position that will contribute to the University’s faculty leadership in food systems scholarship, teaching, and outreach. Applicants should demonstrate a record of food systems scholarship and expertise, a strong understanding and experience with a systems-approach to food and sustainability issues, and experience working with a variety of research methods.
- Published on Sunday, 02 February 2014 02:28
Conservation Begins Here...
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is seeking qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire high school students with the 2013 Southeast Michigan Summer Conservation Corps, a partnership with three leading land conservancies in Southeast Michigan. You can make a difference this summer by being a part of a program that promotes youth leadership development, environmental stewardship and exposure to Green career opportunities in Southeast Michigan.
Summary: Lead and mentor a crew of high school students in completing various conservation, natural resource management, and stewardship projects designed to build an ethic of community and environmental stewardship. Projects include a range of activities such as invasive species control, mapping, trail maintenance, way finding, and other tasks as directed by Conservancy leadership. In addition, leaders are responsible for day-to-day planning, facilitating environmental education curriculum, planning enrichment activities, and program reporting.
- Published on Sunday, 02 February 2014 02:24
This intern will help develop and assist in operationalizing systems to utilize waste veggie oil to power our converted F-250 diesel pick-up truck used to deliver garden materials and install veggie gardens with families of all incomes. This intern will research and compile best practices in waste veggie oil collection, filtering, and use. The truck is already converted to accommodate the duel system of waste veggie oil and diesel; intern position will work on setting up fuel collection systems (arranging pick ups from restaurants), building fuel filtering and storage systems, and developing operational guidelines/training (photo documentation, how-to guide) for Growing Hope use of the vehicle and systems. A great hands on opportunity to learn and contribute! Interns will gain intimate knowledge and foundational skill in areas such as collection, storage, filtration, use and upkeep of vegetable oil as vehicle fuel. If intern is available for further hours, assistance is also needed in conducting feasibility study for compost collection service and anaerobic digester.
Growing Hope's Farmers Markets aim to increase access to fresh and healthy food while supporting our local economy and developing our downtowns and communities. We are looking for 2 dedicated interns for the 2014 season to assist with the coordination of the three Farmers Markets, The Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market, The Depot Town Farmers Market and The Wayne Farmers Market. Ideally a Farmers Market Intern will be able to commit to a full season of work, May-October, but half season commitments may be considered.
Growing Hope is seeking a Nutrition Education Intern to assist with the Healthy Sampling and Demonstration Station at our Tuesday and Wednesday Farmer’s Markets. The position will run from June through October; preference will be given to applicants that can work through October. Intern will work approximately 15 hours per week total, and must be available to work Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well as meet once/weekly with the Growing Hope Nutrition Educator for planning purposes. Intern must have a car and be willing to use it to transport materials to and from market. At this time, this is an unpaid position, though we are in the process of soliciting funds to make it a paid internship.
Growing Hope is looking for two interns to assist with our Garden Programs. The first internship will begin in March and end in April, the second would begin in May and end in June. It would be preferable that the intern work 15-20 hours a week, ideally on Fridays along with some Saturday and weekday mornings or afternoons. Both internships could be filled by the same person if they are looking for a longer opportunity. As the Garden Programs intern this person will assist with Home Vegetable Garden Installs--shoveling compost, helping build kits and beds, loading the truck and organizing Home Vegetable Garden Group Install Days They will also assist with Garden Programs workshops and mailings--printing and collating materials, set-up, tear-down of the class space and taking photos. The intern will be expected to be on-site for our Open Yard hours, in which Growing Gardens members can drop-in to pick up their seeds and plants, and ask gardening questions. They will also work on data entry projects for various Growing Gardens programs.
Growing Hope is looking for and intern to assist in researching, scheduling and posting on our social media pages. These posts will be based on our marketing strategy. This intern will regularly write, design and send e-newsletters. As well as, create web and blog content and simple video content. This intern will be in charge of developing a press kit and archiving past press materials. Lastly, they will be responsible for working with Google Adwords. The intern will be required to commit to a range of 8-15 hours with the flexibility to pick their schedule times. An 8 week minimum commitment is required.