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Franklinton Farms Summer VISTA
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 multiple positions available for Farming, Garden Education, and Builder/Beautifier—and all positions will support volunteerism. 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 : There are 3 types of positions available at FF: URBAN FARMER will learn to grow fruits and vegetables with a team in a highly productive urban context. Farming is the first step to making fresh veggies and fruits available to low-income neighbors! GARDEN EDUCATOR will support trauma-informed and garden-based learning for 100+ neighbors at our permaculture-style Learning Garden. Program activities may include baking in our outdoor woodfired oven with women in recovery, singing day camp songs with preschoolers, or teaching teens how to make herbal sun tea. BUILDER/BEAUTIFIER will utilize their building skills to creatively address structural challenges of operating the farm and community gardens. This includes grounds maintenance/pollinator plant care to enhance ecological diversity and agricultural productivity across the farm and improve interactive access to community garden spaces (repairing structures such as benches and garden beds).
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Children/Youth ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Trade/Construction . 
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Franklinton Farms Summer VISTA

Program Start/End Date
06/05/2023  -   08/13/2023

Work Schedule Summer

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO  

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2023  To  05/20/2023 

Contact Maureen Allen
867 W Town St
Columbus   OH   43222

Listing ID 93928


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