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Nourish Iowa: Local Food System Education & Outreach VISTA
As a Nourish Iowa 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. In this position, you will be placed with Field to Family in Iowa City, a mission-driven nonprofit that provides food system education; supports a shared vision of a community food system that enhances our economic, environmental and community health; and expands access to locally grown and produced food to all citizens in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids region. Field to Family works to increase access to local food in Iowa so more people in institutions such as schools, retirement communities, colleges, universities, and hospitals can enjoy meals grown by farmers a few miles away everyday. We envision a strong and community-based Eastern Iowa local food system with infrastructure to support a thriving wholesale market for foods from the region that are high quality, fairly priced, and sustainably produced. Your service will contribute to greater equity in Iowa City’s local food system for farmers and residents considered Socially Disadvantaged by the USDA.
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Member Duties : As a Local Food System Education and Outreach VISTA with Field to Family, your service will build capacity by enhancing the organization’s educational programming through coalition building, community organizing, resource sharing, outreach and promotion. With staff guidance, you will lead the development and implementation of a Farm to School education plan, including a portfolio of content for producers and schools intended to be accessible to farmers, school administration, educators, families, and children in Johnson, Linn, and neighboring counties. This will include expanding on an existing Farm to Classroom portal and connecting students’ learning with current and future school gardens and other interactive experiences. 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 : Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Health ,  Technology ,  Community Outreach ,  Environment ,  Hunger ,  Education . 
Skills :
Counseling ,  Law ,  Urban Planning ,  Recruitment ,  Education ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Youth Development ,  Social Services ,  General Skills ,  Team Work ,  Public Health ,  Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Leadership ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Writing/Editing ,  Public Speaking ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Environment ,  Computers/Technology . 
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Nourish Iowa: Local Food System Education & Outreach VISTA

Program Start/End Date
02/12/2024  -   02/11/2025

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  

Accepting Applications
From  02/01/2023  To  05/01/2024 

Contact Sarah Steinmeyer
8106 Jennings Dr
Cedar Falls   IA   50614

Listing ID 115923