[permaculture] SF Bay Farm Gig Opening

christopher nesbitt christopher.nesbitt at mmrfbz.org
Sat Dec 5 16:50:33 EST 2009

Treasure Island is in the SF bay.
On Dec 5, 2009, at 3:31 PM, M T wrote:

> 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?
> Thanks.
> 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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Christopher Nesbitt

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