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TMA UMD Campus Food System Education Project
The Campus Food Systems Education Project at the University of Maryland, College Park is a partnership between the Department of Dining Services, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and the Coalition for Terps Essential Needs. Through existing close collaboration, these entities enhance campus and community food literacy by supporting and managing three programs, Campus Food Gardens, Terp Farm, and the Campus Pantry. The Campus Pantry serves UMD students, faculty and staff experiencing food insecurity by making free shelf-stable and refrigerated/frozen groceries available and accessible on campus. It also operates a Teaching Kitchen that offers cooking and nutrition classes for the community. The three Campus Food Gardens grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs for donation to the Pantry. They also offer lessons to campus and community members about sustainable agriculture, urban gardening, and healthy lifestyles. Terp Farm is a 5-acre sustainable vegetable operation that grows exclusively for UMD Dining Services, including donating to the Pantry. All of these spaces support learning and employment opportunities for UMD students. The TMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will support the three main goals outlined to foster a Hunger-Free UMD: 1) build capacity for the Campus Food Gardens and Terp Farm to support campus and community food security, 2) build capacity for the Campus Pantry Teaching Kitchen to offer comprehensive learning opportunities, and 3) expand food literacy both on and off-campus through student and youth empowerment. At the end of this project, there will be an established program manual, training modules, and organizational structure to coordinate between the UMD Campus Food Garden and UMD Campus Pantry. With the foundational work of the VISTA servicemember, the Food Gardens, Pantry and Teaching Kitchen will eventually be able to be operated by student staff.
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will spend their time between the UMD Campus Pantry, Terp Farm, and the three Campus Food Gardens in order to facilitate fresh produce harvest deliveries to the Pantry, as well as gardening, cooking, and nutrition education at the Pantry’s Teaching Kitchen. This is a very active position with an exciting diversity of tasks that are visible on the University of Maryland, College Park campus and in collaboration with off-campus partners working to alleviate poverty and increase community food security. On a day-to-day basis, the VISTA member will work under the supervision of either the Green Dining Manager or the Community Learning Garden Manager, who work in close partnership. At the end of the project, the VISTA member will have established a Campus Food System Education program, UMD Campus Food Garden comprehensive program manual, training modules, and organizational structure to coordinate between the UMD Campus Food Gardens, Terp Farm, and UMD Campus Pantry.
Program Benefits : Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Meal Plan ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

TMA UMD Campus Food System Education Project

Program Start/End Date
07/17/2023  -   07/15/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Associates degree (AA)

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MARYLAND   Washington/Baltimore  

Accepting Applications
From  03/08/2023  To  05/31/2023 

Contact Larry Tumlin
University of Maryland
College Park   MD   20742

Listing ID 117153


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