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SMIF Small Farm Local Foods Economic Opportunity VISTA
The goal of this project is to build an expansive framework that identifies the opportunities and needs of an active food system in Southern Minnesota, which equitably serves all small-scale farmers, food makers, and consumers in need of nutritious, locally grown food. The project will build the capacity of small farmers, including emerging farmers who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); and “makers,” in the areas of marketing, financial literacy, and other business supports to build capacity of food producers to serve communities’ needs for fresh local produce, protein, and cottage-made products and create stronger pathways to economic prosperity for emerging farmers. Year 2 of the project will focus on developing upon the learnings of Year 1’s community assessment. The VISTA will continue to convene an Advisory Committee to support the development of technical assistance or other programming, continue community based research to refine the learnings from Year 1, research funding opportunities, facilitate collaboration between technical assistance providers, and collaboratively develop technical assistance programming.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will support Renewing the Countryside, Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota and Minnesota Farmers' Markets in 1) identifying and engaging with the region's food system stakeholders, including local food producers, food makers and emerging farmers who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) to build trusting relationships and gather feedback on what they need for strengthening their path to greater economic prosperity; 2) participate in the design team for a Local Foods Summit to strategically build the local foods economy in partnership with the FEAST! Local Foods Network and the Destination Medical Center in Rochester; and 3) continue assessment of key areas of opportunity in business support including financial literacy and other business education to strengthen capacity of local small-scale farmers and food maker needs and the organizations who support them.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Business/Entrepreneur ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Leadership ,  Communications ,  Team Work . 
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SMIF Small Farm Local Foods Economic Opportunity VISTA

Program Start/End Date
02/14/2022  -   02/13/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  


Accepting Applications
From  09/10/2021  To  12/30/2021 

Contact Barbara Gunderson
525 Florence Ave
Owatonna   MN   55060

Listing ID 99180