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On-Farm Fresh Produce Storage Development Coordinator
 
 
 
Since 1965, Rural Resources Community Action, located in Northeast Washington, has worked to provide community access to a myriad of resources and services by networking with more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies. The Rural Food Systems of Rural Resources Community Action, supports the community by increasing access to locally grown fresh produce through programs such as: Farm to Food Pantry, Farm to Food Bank, and Farm to School. In the 2021 growing season, these programs provided support to over 13,000 individuals in Colville’s surrounding counties. Our program will develop designs and plans for a stand-alone on-farm fresh produce storage facility that’s accessible, economical, food safe, and appropriately scaled. This design will be utilized by the very small farms and orchards who supply Farm to Food Pantry programs, and other hyper-local small scale wholesale sourcing efforts. Designs created will be shared amongst community partners statewide. In this position, Rural Resources Community Action partners with Harvest Against Hunger, a program incubator and catalyst utilizing a team of AmeriCorps members in the Harvest VISTA program who build sustainable, community food security programs. These range from gleaning projects, to regional food security assessments, to expanding community-run gardens and food bank farms. AmeriCorps members serve with their projects for a year: recruiting and coordinating volunteers, addressing challenges and management related to food supply chain, creating systems to collect data and evaluate programs, and growing organizations through storytelling, development and fundraising. They benefit from professional development and team building in a nationwide cohort. Harvest Against Hunger and the Harvest VISTA Program aims to involve the larger community in addressing food insecurity.
 
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Member Duties : In the role of On-Farm Fresh Produce Storage Development Coordinator VISTA, the AmeriCorps member will be responsible for researching and developing a root cellar program to enable and support local farmers to store surplus fruits and vegetables, to promote accessibility of nutritious, fresh food throughout the winter months in Northeast Washington. The member will be coordinating the project through the following deliverables: building partnerships to increase community buy-in and develop a list of key features for a small scale on-farm winter time produce storage facility, developing a farm produce storage facility design and framework for building (i.e., costs, licensing requirements, etc), identifying funding and material sources, and creating promotional material to continue local engagement throughout the project. The AmeriCorps member will work with Food Systems staff and receive support with identifying and building networks.
 
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Hunger ,  Health ,  Community Outreach . 
 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Environment ,  Economic Development ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Education ,  Trade/Construction ,  General Skills . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
On-Farm Fresh Produce Storage Development Coordinator

Program Start/End Date
08/29/2022  -   08/28/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  05/09/2022  To  07/25/2022 

Contact Maria Mendez-Francisco
1201 1st Ave S
Seattle   WA   98134
206-236-0408
maria@harvestagainsthunger.org

Listing ID 110769


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