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ACEnet Food and Farm Development VISTA 2021
 
 
 
The Appalachian Food Chain Diversification Program VISTA position will provide capacity building support to a diverse partnership of non-profit economic development, community- based organizations, local food champions, farmers and producers working on solutions to healthy food access in rural Appalachia Ohio. This position will work with lead organization, ACEnet, to design evaluation, training and infrastructure support to provide farming & specialty food entrepreneurs with the resources, infrastructure, skills and strategies to start and expand their operations into profitable businesses that support sustainable livelihoods, while simultaneously increasing the diversity and safety in the local food economy. The target geographic area for this program includes 7 southeast counties identified as part of the Appalachian region including: Athens, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Muskingum and Perry. These counties have been classified by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) as either distressed, at risk or in transition. Many of these counties are also designated as USDA StrikeForce zones due to their persistent levels of poverty, low food access and limited entrepreneurial support systems. Target counties are included for two primary reasons: they are economically distressed, and have robust pre-existing relationships with capacity builders who can assist farmers to access markets, increase wholesale readiness and process value-added farm products. This project is specifically focused on increasing ACEnet’s Training & TA staff capacity in 1) identifying the needs of and opportunities for low to moderate income individuals who want to start a farm and/or specialty food enterprise, 2) delivering comprehensive and up-to-date training curriculum in food safety & processing to farm & food entrepreneurs and 3) assisting these entrepreneurs access new market opportunities.
 
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Member Duties : The Appalachian Food Chain Diversification Program VISTA position will provide capacity building support to a diverse partnership of non-profit economic development, community- based organizations, local food champions, farmers and producers working on solutions to healthy food access in rural Appalachia Ohio. This position will work with lead organization, ACEnet, to design evaluation, training, and infrastructure support to provide farming & specialty food entrepreneurs with the resources, infrastructure, skills and strategies to start and expand their operations into profitable businesses that support sustainable livelihoods, while simultaneously increasing the diversity and safety in the local food economy.
 
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Community and Economic Development . 
 
Skills :
Conflict Resolution ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Computers/Technology ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Youth Development ,  Writing/Editing ,  General Skills . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
ACEnet Food and Farm Development VISTA 2021

Program Start/End Date
06/07/2021  -   06/06/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO  

Accepting Applications
From  02/16/2021  To  05/05/2021 

Contact Leslie Schaller
94 Columbus Rd
Athens   OH   45701
7405923854
vistaleader@ohiocdc.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 59097


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