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E3.19 Northeast RSDP Agriculture and Food Systems VISTA
The Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NERSDP) is a unique citizen empowered experiment within Extension to create and increase cross-pollination between communities in Northeast Minnesota and the University of Minnesota’s resources. The NERSDP community and University work uses a lens of sustainability within four focus areas; Agriculture and Food Systems, Clean Energy, Natural Resources and Resilient Communities. This VISTA member will focus on Agriculture and Food Systems along with Resilient Communities to work on building a more just, equitable and sustainable food system. The VISTA member, with the collaboration and mentorship of David Abazs, the executive director of the NERSDP will help build the capacity of the NE food systems network and further its goal by strengthening communication, coordination, people to people exchanges in partnership with all involved. This whole-community systems and partnerships approach will attempt to bring together the many different individuals, communities and organizations working separately on this issues. Utilizing and building upon VISTA members skills in leadership, community engagement with the widening network of understanding about the capacity of the University of Minnesota and within the active communities, the impacts of the work could be transformative and life changing. The skills of the VISTA member brings with them and the added life skills learned along the way, will provide for a full and rich experience. The VISTA member will be one of 16 Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps cohort members serving in Northeast Minnesota. Although each member is serving in a unique position, cohort members will also jointly complete one community service project of their cooperative design. The position will work in areas of need in Duluth, MN, adjoining towns and rural areas including Aitkin, Pine, and Itasca Counties , along with the Iron Range and North Shore Communities.
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will collaborate with individuals &organizations of the agriculture & food systems network to 1) Unite the groups & individuals working on food system in NE Minnesota. With a focus on hunger, access, & production issues, find ways to connect & coordinate urban & rural food system efforts. Increase the collective function through this coordination & build capacity; 2) Establish a representative Agriculture & Food Systems Committee to coordinate information gathering, food systems education, food hunger & access, & production systems issues. Establish organizational operations with and for the group including group process, identifying collective goals & objectives, & developing a short & long term plan of action; 3) Identify models that work to alleviate hunger, models of successful food access options, & models of locally owned & produced food systems with an assumption of being equitable, just & sustainable. Economic assessments should accompany these models.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Education ,  Health ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Children/Youth ,  Hunger ,  Environment ,  Community Outreach ,  Tribal . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Computers/Technology ,  Social Services ,  Urban Planning ,  Communications ,  Recruitment ,  Public Speaking ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Public Health ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Environment ,  Trade/Construction ,  Writing/Editing ,  Education ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Leadership . 
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E3.19 Northeast RSDP Agriculture and Food Systems VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/04/2019  -   08/03/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/01/2019  To  06/15/2019 

Contact Jodi Slick
2014 W Superior St
Duluth   MN   55806
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 87667