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CFS VISTA Project: Farming & Operations Coordinator S 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. Feed Iowa First (FIF) is a grass-roots community of business, faith organizations, schools, farmers, and volunteers that unite in relationship-based service to help our neighbors to ‘Combat Food Insecurity by Growing Food and Farmers’. We believe access to fresh, healthy produce can and does transform lives. Fresh, healthy food is a basic human right, and ensuring access to it is key to building vibrant communities where citizens can reach their full human potential. FIF is the main producer and provider of fresh produce to food pantries in Linn County. We distributed over 50,000lbs of nutrient-dense produce back into our community in 2021. After the 2020 Derecho, we had the unique ability to pivot and directly meet the needs of our most vulnerable Linn County residents.
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Member Duties : You will be involved in: Grow Don’t Mow: Feed Iowa First (FIF) manages 20+ urban farm sites in Linn County growing nutrient-dense produce to distribute to the community free of charge. Each site has a Site Ambassador acting as liaison between the site & FIF to ensure farms are bountiful & morale is high. Distribution: FIF partners with food pantries, apartment complexes & resource centers to distribute produce directly to the community. Serving over 4,400 households each year, you would assist with weekly pantry drops, apartment deliveries & the Veggie Bus. Grow Some Rows: FIF partners with rural farmers to grow large amounts of nutrient-dense produce in town. You should be able to work in all different weather conditions; lift & carry 50+ lbs; 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 : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Environment ,  Health ,  Education ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  General Skills ,  Leadership ,  Environment ,  Communications ,  Team Work . 
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CFS VISTA Project: Farming & Operations Coordinator S 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 113013