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Stewards VISTA: San Juan Conservation District
Groups throughout the San Juan Basin are currently working to return the community to its agricultural roots to boost the economy, and mitigate the downturn in the fossil fuel industry. As part of the push for a return to agriculture in our district, school garden and community agriculture initiatives are receiving new support and interest. Community and school gardens are seen as a way to address food insecurity, provide education and agricultural training, and address urban conservation challenges such as noxious weeds and storm water. Garden-based education programs, frequently referred to as “Farm to School”, create win-win-win situations for students, local agricultural producers, and the community as a whole. Studies have shown garden-based curriculums improve student science scores, and increase both knowledge of nutrition and consumption of fruits and vegetables. This creates increased demand for local produce, which helps farmers and the local economy. The community as a whole also benefits from decreased rates of childhood obesity and diabetes, preservation of open space, and benefits to wildlife and the environment. These are all challenges facing our area, and there are many opportunities for improvement. The VISTA will work with local after-school programs, school and community gardens, local agricultural interest groups, and other partners to improve the knowledge of, access to, and adoption of Farm to School curriculum and associated lessons on soil, water, local food, and environmental stewardship. They will also collaborate with these partners to build capacity for youth gardening initiatives, in order to increase opportunities for hands-on education and exposure to local foods. VISTA will build on and strengthen the existing agricultural network in the community, and support partner organizations in their efforts to support local producers, alleviate poverty, and improve food access through an expanded local food system.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : The VISTA’s main project will be to implement Farm to School curriculum pilot programs to serve after-school programs in the District, and use these as an opportunity to train teachers for future implementation in the classroom. VISTA will also facilitate planning, technical assistance, and training for existing school gardens, to ensure their success and hold them up as models for future gardens at new locations. The goal of these trainings is for teachers and garden managers to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to continue these programs into the future. In addition to these primary efforts, the VISTA will maintain and update online resources related to community agriculture, assist with our quarterly Newsletter, research and apply for grants and other funding opportunities, and participate in partners’ ongoing economic development campaigns supporting local foods and local agriculture. *Bachelors in Agriculture, Environmental Science, or related field preferred**
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Hunger ,  Health ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Environment ,  Public Speaking ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Agriculture . 
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Stewards VISTA: San Juan Conservation District

Program Start/End Date
07/22/2019  -   07/20/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW MEXICO  


Accepting Applications
From  05/06/2019  To  07/05/2019 

Contact Ryan Tant
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 81165