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E3:20 Food Justice VISTA- Community Gardens and Local Foods
Increase healthy food access for low-income residents while growing your skills in community outreach, food systems building, research, volunteer management, education, and marketing. The Local Food Systems Coordinator VISTA will work collaboratively at the Duluth Community Garden Program and with the Local Foods Local Places initiative to increase food access for low income residents in Lincoln Park and strengthening the local food system. The Duluth Community Garden Program (DCGP), started in 1977, works to cultivate healthy neighborhoods by providing access to land, resources, and community. DCGP stewards 21 community gardens across the city of Duluth, renting out over 200 garden plots which provide fresh produce to over 900 individuals. About 45% of DCGP gardeners identify as low income. The DCGP VISTA will build organizational capacity to offer quality educational programming on gardening and food preservation topics to support low income community gardeners. The VISTA will also build upon and improve systems to help recruit, train, manage, and retain volunteers for garden projects, events, and organizational committees. These objectives will improve DCGP’s effectiveness in our anti-poverty and equity work. The Local Foods Local Places (LFLP) initiative seeks to increase access to healthy and locally available foods in Lincoln Park, a Duluth neighborhood that qualifies as a USDA-certified food desert. This initiative has roots in the LFLP Food Summit, which took place in Fall 2019 with the EPA, local leadership, neighborhood organizations, and people who care about local food. A plan was created that focused on identifying viable land and potential land use in Lincoln Park, increasing resident access to and knowledge of local and nutritious foods, and possible creative ideas to address needs of the community around local food. The VISTA member will work on implementation of the established LFLP plan.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : 1. Research best practices for an organization of DCGP’s size, capacity, and mission 2. Build upon DCGP’s volunteer recruitment and training efforts 3. Create and implement a volunteer recognition and retention program 4. Grow and enhance DCGP’s gardening and food preservation education programming 5. Create and implement a marketing plan for these activities to ensure that programs are used by the Duluth community, particularly low income Duluthians 6. Engage with local stakeholders including farmers, business owners, and residents 7. Conduct landscape asset analysis of Lincoln Park neighborhood 8. Create spatial analysis of land in Lincoln Park and identify potential high-impact uses of available land 9. Research best practices for increasing food access in low-income semi-urban environments 10. Iterate and track implementation of LPFP action plan
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Stipend ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Environment ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Business/Entrepreneur ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Computers/Technology ,  Architectural Planning ,  Law ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Public Speaking ,  Social Services ,  General Skills ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Environment ,  Urban Planning . 
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E3:20 Food Justice VISTA- Community Gardens and Local Foods

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/01/2020  To  07/31/2020 

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

Listing ID 96223