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|Farm Intern at Leavings Farm||April 2, 2012|
|Leavings is a small, highly-diversified permaculture homestead with re-forestation as our primary focus. We are in the early stages of establishing a small market garden to include myriad fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, with an emphasis on medicinal, perennial, unusual, multiple-use, and hardy varieties. We raise livestock—a mixed poultry flock of ducks, geese, chickens, and guineas; a small herd of goats; and honeybees—primarily for our own sustenance|
and for the ecological services they provide. Arts, crafts, and creative expression are an essential compliment to our work on the land. We are constantly attempting to balance all of our endeavors in the effort to situate them within a holistic system. Leavings is located in the central Appalachian deciduous hardwood forest bioregion, in the eastern foothills of the Shenandoah mountain range, in the watersheds of the Swift Run, North Fork Rivanna, and James Rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. The farm sits at an average of 570 feet above sea level, on a 45-acre parcel near the town of Stanardsville in Greene County, Virginia.
For the 2012 growing season, Leavings is looking for individuals with an interest in growing quality food to join us as interns. We offer rustic accommodations, delicious meals, a small monthly stipend, and experiential education in exchange for your eagerness to learn, willingness to work, and ability to cooperate. Values of respect, honesty, awareness, consistency, and a sense of humor are also required. The ability to withstand the Virginia heat and humidity is essential. You will be integrated into all aspects of farm life, and will receive broad gardening lessons in planning, composting, seeding, irrigation, equipment, planting, mulching, harvesting, and cleaning—plus organic gardening and forest management principles—and animal lessons including feeding, nutrition, health care, pasture management, pasture rotation, breeding, kidding,
milking, and processing. Leavings is also home to many species of wildlife, and most of the land will remain a minimally-managed refuge. Interns are encouraged to explore those facets of small-scale farming, self-reliance, and conservation of most interest personally, and we include plenty of time in the daily schedule for discussion, questions, and feedback.
We are also very much engaged with the historical, social, intellectual, and ethical aspects of farming, including research into such topics as: the origins of agriculture, indigenous and pre-modern food-growing practices, the ascent of mechanization, central-Virginia food traditions, poverty and malnutrition, herbal medicine, appropriate technology, greenwashing, government agriculture policy, urban/rural relationships, carbon sequestration, geology and hydrology, plant and animal breeding, land access for small farmers, peak oil, food security, cooking, and many other realms of inquiry. We are continuously adding to our already extensive library of nature and farming books, most of which deal with cutting-edge permaculture-related
principles and practices. We also subscribe to many farming periodicals, and intend to begin expanding our collection of historical agricultural texts. All of these references are available for intern use.
This is an exciting time for the small-scale farming community, and we will gladly help you to find your niche within it. If you wish to discuss the possibility of a one-week to three- month commitment as an intern at Leavings, or have any questions, please call Melissa and Paul at 434.990.0239. We look forward to hearing from you.
|Coordinator, DC Food System Workgroup||March 7, 2012|
|Bread for the City seeks a full-time Coordinator to work with the DC Food System Organizing Workgroup.|
In 2009, a group of organizations and individuals began meeting to discuss the creation of a food policy council to foster collaboration across the food system and address the root causes of injustice. Our vision is for a nourishing community in which all Washington, DC residents can enjoy a nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate diet provided by a local, sustainable food system that fosters health, equity, interdependence, and self-reliance. This position will coordinate the formation of a robust, representative advisory body to realize this vision.
|Regional Field Organizer, Real Food Challenge||March 5, 2012|
|The Real Food Challenge Field Organizer Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for recent college graduates to get first hand experience as part-time organizers and food movement leaders. Through this 14-month program, Fellows engage in intensive student organizing projects on a regional and national level while also honing their leadership skills and food systems knowledge through our participatory learning curriculum and engaged Fellowship community.|
|Intern - Sustainable and Equitable Food Systems||February 25, 2012|
Full-time Intern, Sustainable and Equitable Food Systems – Arlington, VA
Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants
for an internship with the Wallace Center at Winrock International. The responsibilities, duties and
qualifications are described in the attached position description.
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around
the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.
Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and
leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities
with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource
management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Since 1983, the Wallace Center at Winrock International has been a key organization in fostering a more
sustainable food and agricultural system in the United States. Wallace Center, a business unit within Winrock
International, is a leader in developing market based solutions that link more people and more diverse
communities to “good food” – food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable. The Wallace Center is improving
the ability of small- and medium-sized producers to expand their markets; building capacity among nonprofits
and for-profits to strengthen market linkages; and increasing access to fresh and healthy foods for historically
underserved populations in both urban and rural areas.
The focus of Wallace Center is on developing market-based solutions that link a larger number of people and
communities to healthy and sustainably produced food that supports a viable farm community, development
of capacity among non-profits to facilitate enterprise development, building capacity for community-based
food systems and expanding marketing channels to link urban and rural communities.
Applicants may go to Winrock’s Job Page at www.winrock.org to complete an online application, submit a current resume and cover letter by February 29, 2012. Winrock International is an equal opportunity and
affirmative action employer.
Successful candidate will receive $12/hr. Benefits are not included with this position.
March 5, 2012
September 7, 2012 (Flexible, 3-6 months)
|Good Food Jobs||February 16, 2011|
|Good Food Jobs is a gastro-job search tool, designed to link people looking for meaningful food work with the businesses that need their energy, enthusiasm, and intellect. The site posts opportunities with farmers and food artisans, policy-makers and purveyors, retailers and restaurateurs, economist, ecologists, and more. (It also clearly appreciates alliteration when it can get it.)|
|Food Corps||February 8, 2011|
|A year of AmeriCorps service in school gardens and kitchens.|
|Food Justice Fellows||January 29, 2011|
|Food Justice Fellows are a group of faith-based organizers connected to the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP). PHP will arrange for at least one training/networking opportunity for the Fellows. Small support grants from PHP (given through the presbytery, a congregation or local organization) may also be available to help the Fellows with food justice/local food economy events they may organize in their region. PHP will correspond and do conference calls with the Fellows regularly to exchange ideas and provide updates on the U.S. and global food sovereignty movement as a way to stay abreast of developments and to be connected with common work inside and outside the church. The Presbyterian Hunger Program staff and Food Justice Fellows will provide each other with mutual support, accountability and camaraderie. Hunger Action Enablers, Mission Advocates and other leaders throughout the PCUSA are potential resources and connectors.|
|Farm Work – Charlottesville area farm||January 23, 2011|
|Notice from New Branch Farm in Albemarle County: |
"Looking for a Farm Assistant for 2011 season. Would be responsible for all aspects of field work (seeding to harvesting of vegetables, flowers, and herbs) and selling at weekly farmers markets. Season would be March-November. Minimum of 1 year farming experience is required. This position would be a good fit for a person with some experience who wants to have more responsibility and learn more about all aspects of running a farm while receiving guidance and mentoring. Receives a weekly stipend with possibility for bonus based on season/sales (bonus reviewed 3 times a season). For more information: contact Steph at firstname.lastname@example.org"
|TEDxManhattan Fellowship: Changing The Way We Eat||December 3, 2010|
|In an effort to highlight innovative work and new ideas within the sustainable food and farming movement, TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” is offering a limited number of fellowships for the 2011 inaugural event.|
As a Fellow, you will receive these benefits:
Free attendance to the February 2011 TEDx event
Exposure to the TEDxManhattan community
Your work highlighted on the TEDxManhattan website
At least one Fellow will be given the opportunity to speak at the next TEDxManhattan event
|BoldFood Fellows Program with Uganda, Kenya, and the United States||November 9, 2010|
International community organizers, Critical Mass Leadership Education (CMLE), Growing Power, the Mazingira Institute, and Environmental Alert have teamed up to deliver a one-year, trans-Atlantic partnership between adult leaders and professionals in Uganda, Kenya and the United States focusing on food security as it relates to urban and peri-urban agriculture. A coalition of institutions, community organizations, and political leaders will provide programming and internship opportunities to facilitate the two-way exchange between the African countries and the U.S. to improve food security as it relates to the social, cultural, political, and economic factors in food production, equitable distribution, and non-degradable environmental practices.
Twenty-one U.S. adults under 35 years of age from Colorado and Wisconsin currently at work or study within food security, nutrition, policy-making, media, and/or community development arenas will be selected to participate, along with 32 adults from Kenya and Uganda. The U.S. participants will travel to East Africa for a two-week exchange that will involve substantive learning, short-term fellowships, and knowledge sharing.
The 32 adults from Kenya and Uganda, who work in agriculture, education, government and/or community organizations, will travel to Colorado for one week of intensive learning before beginning Professional Fellowships in either Colorado or Wisconsin for six weeks with local agricultural experts, nutritionists, food growers, policymakers and media personnel. A final five-day summit in Washington D.C. will complete the exchange for the African participants.
Individuals focused on the impact of the participation of women, the very poor, policy making, nutrition, land management and tenure, market-access, trade imbalances, and education in the food system are particularly encouraged to apply. The BoldFood Program is primarily focused on the non-technical aspects of food system development as we are looking for applicants who contribute to food security in a variety of ways including social, cultural, economic, political, and ecological. Additionally, individuals who use and utilize cooking, urban planning, policy development, and market development to increase food security will be considered. Selected applicants will have demonstrated a passion for the issue, be involved locally, regionally or nationally, and have a sense of civic virtue. Online learning and collaborative projects with food sovereignty professionals from Kenya, Uganda, and the U.S. will be a key part of the program. This program seeks "delegates" who are energetic about developing their skills to further their work in food security.
BoldFood is being administered by Critical Mass Leadership Education and funded by the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in partnership with over 20 organizations in the U.S., Kenya and Uganda. U.S. Residents are required to have U.S. Citizenship in order to Apply or Participate.
|Sterling College Sustainable Food Systems Director||February 16, 2010|
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Sow the wind, reap a storm
September 16, 2013
Keep the pause button on GM pressed
September 16, 2013
The True Story About Who Destroyed a Genetically Modified Rice Crop
September 16, 2013
Local families getting help finding fresh produce
August 20, 2013
Monsanto Drops GM in Europe
August 13, 2013
Examining the Health Effects of Fructose
August 13, 2013
Union of Concerned Scientists' Report: "The $11 Trillion Reward"
August 13, 2013
January 6, 2013
New York's urban farms face a climate reality check
November 19, 2012