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CFS VISTA Project: Incubator Farm Development S VISTA 2022
As a CFS VISTA member, you will serve among a cohort of Community Food Security (CFS) VISTA members throughout Iowa, sponsored by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, & will have frequent opportunities to share knowledge within this community through regular cohort-wide meetings & site visits. In addition to all standard AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, you will engage regularly with thought leaders in local food via the Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network & Regional Food Systems Working Group, in addition to being invited to professional development opportunities coordinated by a VISTA Leader in your cohort. As an Incubator Farm Development VISTA, your service will contribute to the development of an incubator farm in Northeast Iowa which will provide a key pathway into the farming profession for underserved populations. You will familiarize yourself with the incubator farm model by researching success stories and holding discussions with leaders in the field, becoming an expert in the local and statewide landscape of laws, incentives, and other factors contributing to the ease or difficulty of establishing an incubator farm. You will also promote the formation of partnerships which will lead to an incubator farm’s creation, working with such entities as extension agencies, local farmers and land-owners, community-based organizations representing populations identified as having a strong interest in farming, civic leaders, and educational institutions.
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Member Duties : As a Community Food Security VISTA Project in Iowa VISTA member, you will research existing incubator farms’ organization & processes. You will have the opportunity to speak with incubator farm leaders regionally and nationally. You will conduct a community needs assessment among potential users of the proposed incubator farm; identify & contact key community leaders & partners to assemble a planning team under the Leighty Foundation grant guidelines; and develop communication strategies to promote the long-term value of the incubator farm for the region. Gathered information will provide foundational materials for our community partners to consider as we work to establish an incubator farm in the Cedar Valley. You should work alongside diverse groups of people with accountability & compassion; be eager to establish & maintain positive working relationships; & have an equity centered mindset, excellent communication, & interpersonal & organizational skills.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Environment ,  Community Outreach ,  Education ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Leadership ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills . 
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CFS VISTA Project: Incubator Farm Development S VISTA 2022

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  

Accepting Applications
From  06/14/2022  To  07/29/2022 

Contact Clarissa Klostermann
8106 Jennings Drive
Cedar Falls   IA   50614

Listing ID 113011