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Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice VISTA
Agraria and Springfield Ohio Urban Plantfolk (S.O.U.P.), a community group, are partnering on development of Melrose Acres, an urban farm and education center in South Springfield, an area marked by food insecurity. Initial funding for Melrose Acres was provided in 2020 by a $500K 4-year USDA Community Food Projects grant, which enabled purchase of a 7.46-acre parcel for food production and an adjoining house as well as program development. Melrose Acres works to build community-based solutions that empower individuals and families to make informed choices about the foods they eat; identify pathways to access healthy foods in their community; learn about regenerative food production practices and skills that can be employed in any residential space; and facilitate strategic partnerships with regional organizations, institutions and area schools and universities. Agraria is dedicated to regenerating our bioregion with a primary focus on the health of both our environment and our communities. SOUP’s goal in South Springfield is to provide multi-faceted solutions to food access and insecurity. The center has established relationships with Wittenberg University and Central State University Extension as well as organizations in Springfield and Dayton to provide educational programming for school-age children and adults, training for beginning farmers, and opportunities for research. The site has a production garden, a perennial berry garden, a fledgling orchard, chickens, bee hives and a hoophouse for season extension. The adjoining house has been updated to house educational and community programming.
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Member Duties : Support Melrose Acres Urban Agriculture Center, an urban farm and education center aimed at increasing food access & food security in South Springfield, Ohio. The VISTA will support increased food production on site, community engagement and educational programming related to food production, food access & healthy eating. Duties include coordinating support for on-site food production & farm maintenance; coordinating distribution of food through seasonal farm stands & other venues; development of media campaigns & promotion of Melrose Acres via print, online & social media platforms; design, development & distribution of marketing materials; support for project reporting by grant coordinator, including photographing events & activities; help with outreach & partnership development, including support for a roundtable or open house event at Melrose Acres; identification of funding opportunities; support for grant writing & on-site training as needed at Agraria.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Housing . 
Skills :
Youth Development ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing ,  Education ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Community Organization ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  General Skills . 
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Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice VISTA

Program Start/End Date
01/17/2023  -   01/16/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO  

Accepting Applications
From  03/04/2022  To  01/17/2023 

Contact Susan Jennings
131 East Dayton-Yellow Springs Road
Yellow Springs   OH   45387

Listing ID 110028


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