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OneStar: New Farm Institute Program Development VISTA
New Farm Institute (NFI), a nonprofit created in 2012, provides farm-based education to engage people of all ages and abilities in healthy foods and sustainable farming. NFI’s initiatives build upon the education and outreach efforts begun in 2006 by the founders of Green Gate Farms, a community-based, certified organic family farm with locations in Austin and Bastrop, Texas. Each year, thousands of people visit, volunteer and learn on Green Gate’s 5-acre urban farm and 35-acre rural farm. NFI's goal is to take our existing farm-based education curriculum -- cooking, gardening, canning, marketing, natural building, carpentry, etc.-- and expand it. The community adjacent to the urban farm is Hidden Valley, High Meadows, a low income neighborhood of about 600 manufactured homes established in the 1970s. NFI wishes to expand our programming to meet the needs of all our neighbors, especially these children ages 8-15 and their parents.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will build New Farm Institute's organizational capacity to fight poverty by utilizing our existing farm-based education curriculum -- cooking, gardening, canning, marketing, carpentry, etc.-- and expanding it to the under-served populations living near our community-based urban farm. Our staff emphasize welcoming neighbors and guiding them to healthier food and have invested in materials and staff needed for LoneStar SNAP and FMNP programs. Currently, NFI provides scholarships to our summer Farm Camps and offers informal after school activities, but parents and students have asked for more. Plans include establishing a community garden, providing job training, offering a year round after school program,as well as providing access to health fruits, vegetables, meats, and other farm products. Having a VISTA volunteer to document and expand this curriculum will provide staff with a strong foundation for programming and fundraising growth.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Children/Youth ,  Hunger ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Education ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Environment ,  Community Organization ,  Communications . 
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OneStar: New Farm Institute Program Development VISTA

Program Start/End Date
03/12/2018  -   03/15/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TEXAS  

Spanish preferred

Accepting Applications
From  11/06/2017  To  01/29/2018 

Contact Erin Flynn
8310 Canoga Ave
Austin   TX   78724
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 76714