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Nourish Iowa: Community Garden and Farm Strategist VISTA
As a Nourish Iowa VISTA member, you will serve among a cohort of members whose service is building a more equitable food system throughout Iowa, sponsored by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, and 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 food systems via local, statewide, and national coalitions and associations, in addition to being invited to professional development opportunities coordinated by a VISTA Leader in your cohort. Nourish Iowa members are also eligible for free enrollment in Iowa State University's Local Food Leader certification course. Please visit our website for more openings and information about current living allowance rates and benefits. As an Incubator Farm Development VISTA based at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education in Cedar Falls, 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 Community Garden and Farm Strategist VISTA, 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 well 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 : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Children/Youth ,  Hunger ,  Environment ,  Technology ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Trade/Construction ,  Social Services ,  General Skills ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  First Aid ,  Education ,  Counseling ,  Public Health ,  Communications ,  Urban Planning ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Writing/Editing ,  Youth Development ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Law ,  Recruitment ,  Environment ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Team Work ,  Computers/Technology ,  Business/Entrepreneur . 
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Nourish Iowa: Community Garden and Farm Strategist VISTA

Program Start/End Date
02/13/2023  -   02/12/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  

Accepting Applications
From  01/01/2023  To  12/31/2023 

Contact Sarah Steinmeyer
8106 Jennings Dr
Cedar Falls   IA   50614

Listing ID 113011