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E3.20 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 24 Ecolibrium3 Resilience 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.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : Applying skills in leadership, community engagement, communications and research, collaborate with individuals and organizations to 1) Unite the groups and individuals working on agriculture and food system in NE Minnesota. With a focus on hunger, access and production issues, connect and coordinate urban and rural food system efforts, and increase the collective function 2) Lead a representative committee to coordinate information gathering, food systems education, food hunger and access, and production systems issues. Provide and increase organizational operations capacity with and for the group around group process, identifying collective goals and objectives, and developing a short and long term plan of action 3) Identify models that work to alleviate hunger, models of successful food access options and models of locally owned and produced food systems with an assumption of being equitable, just and sustainable. Economic assessments should accompany these models.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Environment ,  Hunger ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Urban Planning ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Computers/Technology ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Conflict Resolution . 
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E3.20 Northeast RSDP Agriculture and Food Systems VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/03/2020  -   08/02/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  


Accepting Applications
From  03/31/2020  To  07/10/2020 

Contact Jodi Slick
2014 W Superior St
Duluth   MN   55806

Listing ID 95171


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