Mother Earth Farm, a project of the Emergency Food Network, is looking for an Americorps VISTA Summer Associate to help achieve our mission “to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.”
Mother Earth Farm is an 8-acre food bank farm run by the Emergency Food Network. Located in the Puyallup River valley, the farm uses organic practices to grow about 100,000 pounds of fresh produce a year for Pierce County food banks and hot meal sites. Mostly focused on vegetables, Mother Earth also has an orchard, beehives, laying hens, and a small herb and flower garden. We work closely on all farm tasks with a crew of incarcerated people from the Washington Correctional Center for Women in Gig Harbor as an educational and job-training program. The farm also relies on the work of volunteers, hosting individuals and groups from our surrounding community.
Summer Associate Responsibilities
The farm is dedicated to providing all workers with excellent instruction, feedback, and open appreciation for their labor. The Summer Associate will gain an understanding of the whys and hows of sustainable, community-based agriculture as well as realities of food insecurity in Pierce County. An important part of the associate’s responsibilities will involve working with community volunteers and engaging them in the work of the Emergency Food Network. This will include but is not limited to tasks such as volunteer outreach, giving tours, supervising volunteers, and submitting photos and write ups for use in EFN’s social media. In order to effectively engage volunteers, the Summer Associate will be involved with and become knowledgeable about all aspects of vegetable and fruit production on the farm. Daily work will include cultivation, transplanting, plant propagation and harvesting of over 80 different varieties of organic vegetables.
Education, connection to community resources and the local farming community will also be available.
While the farm managers and EFN staff will provide training on organic farming methods, supervising volunteers, and more, the Summer Associate is expected to meet the following qualifications:
• Positive, flexible attitude
• Good communication skills and a willingness to work on them
• Enthusiasm for physical labor
• Able to work outside in all conditions
• Ability to work in a group and alone
• Desire to participate in community
• Experience working with diverse groups desired but NOT necessary
• Previous gardening and farming experience desired but NOT necessary
Americorps VISTA Benefits
1. Associates receive a living allowance for the time served, which is equal to the amount received by full-year members serving in the same area. Monthly stipend for this position: $973.
2. A $1,212 Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust or a $125/month summer stipend.
3. Associates do not receive:
· Health care
· Life insurance
· Child care allowances
· Relocation allowances
Application process is rolling. All applications due May 20. Position starts June and ends August. Please apply via this link: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=60165&fromSearch=true