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Franklinton FoodHealth&Wellness_Urban Farm Expansion
 
 
 
The Franklinton Food-Health-Wellness Corps is a 10-member, neighborhood-based, AmeriCorps VISTA project that builds community-food-system capacity with community organizations that serve in Columbus, Ohio's west-side neighborhood of Franklinton. Franklinton is one of Columbus' most underserved communities, and many residents are adversely impacted by various economic, environmental, and social issues. Approximately 15% of residents are unemployed, 66% of households live at or below the poverty line, and more than 50% of residents experience some level of food insecurity. The VISTA program will involve VISTA members working with a wide range of social service agencies throughout Franklinton to help build the capacity of food-health-wellness initiatives throughout the Franklinton neighborhood. Service sites include an urban farm, a hospital affiliated health and wellness center, a family housing stabilization agency, an Episcopal faith community, and a community bicycle shop. This VISTA position is hosted by Franklinton Gardens (FG). FG is a 2.5 acre nonprofit urban farm that is dedicated to growing and sharing food, creating beauty, and building community with neighbors. FG operates a network of food production sites, manages a community food distribution system, and hosts various educational programs and community events. The VISTA member will work exclusively on building the production capacity of our urban farm. VISTA will work with farm manager to identify how to most efficiently increase 4-season fruit and vegetable production while maximizing labor opportunities provided by FG's vast volunteer and intern resource.
 
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Member Duties : Member will work with Franklinton Gardens (FG) Farm Manager to increase the efficiency of FG's biointensive urban farming operation. Member will be involved in: farm construction projects; developing more efficient planting, harvesting, weeding, and irrigation methods; improving produce storage infrastructure and storage processes; and developing additional season extension infrastructure. Member will work to efficiently integrate FG volunteers and interns into farm operation. Ideally, this position will increase production efficiency to the point that it will create opportunity to add additional farm staff by the end of the member service term.
 
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
None
 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Trade/Construction . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Franklinton FoodHealth&Wellness_Urban Farm Expansion

Program Start/End Date
08/08/2017  -   08/12/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO  

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2017  To  06/28/2017 

Contact Nick Stanich
867 W Town St
Columbus   OH   43222
614-233-1887
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 71810


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