[permaculture] SF Bay Farm Gig Opening

M T margothell at gmail.com
Sat Dec 5 16:31:35 EST 2009

I wish everyone would start saying where their land is. On this list, there
may be folks from every continent represented, let alone- from almost every
state in the U.S. This Job Corps opportunity sounds fine, but where is it?

On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 10:50 AM, Patrick <forgeadams at yahoo.com> wrote:

> The Treasure Island Job Corps Center Community Farm
> TIJC was awarded funds by the Department of Labor Job Corps Center Green
> Projects Grant Program to construct a sustainable, organic farm on a
> three-quarter parcel within the center grounds. The farm will be constructed
> in 2010 and operate thereafter.
> The farm will provide organic food for students, staff, and island
> residents; promote healthy life styles by making nutrient-rich
> organically-grown food available; enhance student learning by educating
> students about sustainable principles; encourage youth to learn about
> ecology, gardening, and composting; and serve as an open gathering space for
> community events.
> The Community Urban Farm’s primary goal is to make organic produce readily
> available on Center for students, staff, and island residents. Most students
> enrolled in Job Corps come from low-income urban areas that are underserved
> by supermarkets, making eating healthy a difficult choice. The farm attempts
> to increase access to organic foods which are typically unavailable to
> low-income populations due to high cost, The Center will integrate organic
> produce into the daily menu of the cafeteria, serve organic dishes at the
> Center’s student-run restaurant, and provide the local community with access
> to a monthly farmers market.
> The cultural shift associated with the implementation of the farm
> highlights the vast effect it will have on student health and the Center’s
> learning environment. The use of organic produce in the student-run
> restaurant will enhance culinary students’ knowledge while simultaneously
> providing local residents with the opportunity to taste the flavorful
> produce of a successful harvest. By incorporating the produce into the
> operation of the restaurant, it will allow culinary students to practice
> what gourmet restaurants are known for—using local organically-grown produce
> in their menus. Students will gain a greater understanding of new culinary
> trends and heirloom varieties of produce and, ultimately, become more
> employable in San Francisco’s large high-end restaurant market.
> Farming is becoming an increasingly important trade and exposing students
> to a multitude of farming techniques will strengthen their understanding of
> agricultural production. Our food system is currently becoming more
> localized due to the increase in the price of petro-chemicals. It is
> becoming increasingly unfeasible to transport crops large distances. As our
> oil supply continues to diminish food prices will continue to surge;
> localization is the key to driving costs down while simultaneously having
> fresh and nutrient-rich produce available for all.
> It is critical to expose students to this reality and educate them of the
> importance of recycling. The farm is essentially a visual demonstration of a
> closed loop recycling system. The main input of the farm is food waste from
> the cafeteria, which will be turned into a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer
> by using a technique called vermicomposting. The compost is required for the
> farm to operate. Students will physically see their food scraps be used to
> feed the farm, which will connect them to the actual process of agricultural
> production.
> The greatest benefit of farming is that is allows anyone with an interest
> to participate. The farm will develop student work ethic and give them the
> skill-set required to become urban farmers. It will teach students how to
> develop high yields in small areas. The hope is that students that
> participate will develop a skill-set that they can bring home to their
> low-income communities after they graduate. The farm’s purpose is to educate
> our community about urban agriculture, hopefully change the status quo and
> bring nutrient-rich produce into the underserved areas of our society.
> Full time / Salary / Exempt / Compensation: DOE
> Bachelor’s Degree and degree or certification in agricultural studies
> required. Five years minimum experience with agriculture operations and
> management. Teaching experience required. Previous experience with
> nutritional education programs, organic crop production, and Spanish
> language proficiency preferred.
> 1.  Supervise the construction phase of the new Treasure Island Community
> Farm and its subsequent educational agricultural programs.
> 2.  Responsible for budget tracking and providing supervision and expertise
> for farm projects, such as installation of garden beds, orchards, irrigation
> system, composting systems, etc.
> 3.  Considerable knowledge of the techniques and methods involved in
> planning, organizing and coordinating recruitment and training programs for
> volunteers and students.
> 4.  Responsible for daily maintenance of farm, equipment, and farm’s
> life-cycle (seedling propagation, crop planning, planting, amending,
> cultivating, pest management, crop rotation, pruning, animal husbandry,
> beekeeping, making compost, harvesting, etc.).
> 5.  Communicate and enforce farm and greenhouse procedures and maintenance
> schedules to program participants.
> 6. Develop a horticultural education program to teach Job Corps students
> about farm operations and involve vocational trades in farm’s daily
> operations.
> 7.  Provide initial student orientation, screening and training; develop
> and implement training programs.
> 8. Develop materials, manuals, and resource information for volunteers,
> staff and students.
> 9. Develop and handles volunteer/student work schedules and assignments.
> 10. Maintain records on volunteers and students time contributed to the
> farm as well as farm records on inputs and outputs.
> 11. Organize volunteer program to assist with farm’s operation and create
> marketing program to encourage community participation in the program.
> 12. Establish and maintain community linkages and serves as the primary
> contact and resource to outside organizations that want to participate in
> the farm’s operation.
> 13. Considerable knowledge of available resources within the local Bay Area
> community.
> 14. Develop appreciation and incentive programs for members of the
> volunteer staff.
> 15. Develop news media announcements and other recruitment information aids
> such as brochures, newsletters, and fliers and Participate in promotional
> and public relations activities for the Treasure Island Community Farm.
> 16.  Assist in scheduling, designing, planning, developing, staging and
> staffing special events.
> 17. Ability to plan and organize a variety of programs for groups of
> various sizes and establish and maintain effective working relationships
> with a wide variety of people.
> 18. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
> 19. Manage the overall performance benchmarks of TIJC Community Farm.
> 20. Perform other duties as assigned.
> Interested parties should e-mail a resume, cover letter and references to:
> Willow Rosenthal, TIJC Farm Consultant; willow at cityslickerfarms.org
> Equal Opportunity Statement: All qualified candidates will receive
> consideration for all positions without regard to race, color, religion,
> sex, age, national origin, disability, political affiliation, marital
> status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors.
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