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ShareCorps- Franklinton Farms- Urban Farmer
Franklinton Farms’ connects people to each other and the land through farming, gardening, and food. While our neighbors are rich in history, loyalty, generosity, and ingenuity, many in our community struggle with poverty and all that often comes with poverty. According to the City of Columbus, “Franklinton suffers from lower than average income, life expectancy, and education, and higher crime rates, infant mortality, and housing cost burden." These factors culminate in Franklinton having the lowest life expectancy rate for the state of Ohio—a mere 60 years old. Many of our neighbors have been systemically or functionally excluded from getting a hold of nutritious foods… except that they have one of Columbus’ most productive urban farms embedded within their neighborhood! We believe in the enormous capabilities of supported, empowered residents and envision a neighborhood and food system that respects the land, values all people, and celebrates community! From our beginnings as a small community garden in 2007, we now have 4 program areas: Farming (year round on 12 scattered Franklinton sites covering about 1.5 acres), Food Access (variable pricing/donations of produce), Beautification (improving ecology through pollinator/community gardens), and Garden Education (in our permaculture-style Learning Garden with all ages and through home gardening). Summer is extremely busy… and we need help! The SAs will support all of our programs. There are both positions available for Farming AND Garden Education—and all positions will support volunteerism. Through these roles SAs will empower impoverished neighbors to take ownership of their food choices and feel comfortable in the natural world. VISTAs will uphold and expand neighborhood beautification, instilling additional opportunities for pride and enjoyment to all neighbors. VISTAs will cultivate a love for and knowledge of nature and nutritious foods through garden education and sustainable urban agriculture.
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Member Duties : You can't feed people without food… and food comes from FARMING. The URBAN FARMER will learn to grow fruits and vegetables with a team in a highly productive urban context. Farming can be hard! This person will work outdoors in all weather (heat, rain) and will need to enjoy physical (sometimes monotonous) labor. Our farm is a market-style social enterprise, meaning we sell the veg at full price to those who can afford it. We also make this hyper-local, ethically grown produce available to low-income neighbors through our Food Access programs and community garden spaces. About half of the produce is sold on Saturdays at a farmer's market, the remainder is distributed through a weekly neighborhood produce delivery (CSA), a small Farmstand, and for free to neighbors in need. We also plan to launch our Food Truck this summer! People interested in running their own farm would be a great fit. This position works with Michelle, who's been farming around the world for nearly two decades.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Health ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Entrepreneur/Business . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Trade/Construction ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Leadership . 
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ShareCorps- Franklinton Farms- Urban Farmer

Program Start/End Date
05/31/2022  -   08/08/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO  

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2022  To  05/21/2022 

Contact Maureen Allen
867 W Town St
Columbus   OH   43222

Listing ID 93928