Whidbey Island Nourishes

Contact information
Farm Address:
PO Box 1642
Langley, California, 98260

Primary Contact: Melinda Gardiner
Primary Phone:
    Number: 360-221-7787
    Email: whidbeyislandnourishes@gmail.com

Website: https://whidbeyislandnourishes.org

Internship information
General Farm Description: Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN) is a volunteer-powered, nonprofit organization dedicated to nourishing youth on South Whidbey. WIN collaborates with the South Whidbey School District and their School Farms Program to host of team of AmeriCorps members who teach culinary and nutrition education and support farm-based learning at the South Whidbey School Farms. About the School Farm - Since 2014, the South Whidbey School Farms Program has grown fresh vegetables using organic practices integrated with garden-based curriculum linked to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. Our robust farm-to-classroom program is a specialist farm science class taught to 650 students K-6 at the SW Elementary School weekly and 50 students in farm elective and CTE Agriculture daily at the SW High School. The students are the farmers, and their school farm-grown produce is delivered to the cafeteria for school lunches; it's used in culinary classes and a snack program, and it's enthusiastically eaten at the farm by students!

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: Sept 1, 2022
Internship Ends: July 15, 2023
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and will hire promptly when the right candidate comes along.
Minimum Length of Stay: Sept. 1, 2022 - July 15, 2023

Internship Details:

NUTRITION PROGRAM EDUCATOR – This AmeriCorps positions teaches culinary and nutrition lessons and coordinates a healthy snack program. The culinary classes teach students core cooking skills, focusing on seasonal eating that inspires a deeper connection to the land where they live and the food they are growing at the school farm. The snack program delivers fresh fruit and vegetable snacks every day to classrooms and uses produce harvested from the School Farm as much as possible.

Educational Opportunities: Professional development, on-site training opportunities, and field trips are provided.

Skills Desired: Experience working with children, aged kindergarten - 8th grade. Nutrition background, cooking experience or a love of fresh food. Creativity and flexibility to teach students. Experience/comfort in communicating, leading and directing others. Outstanding organizational and time management skills. Ability to problem solve and communicate. Self-directed and able to work independently as well as with a team. Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor.

Meals: No, but fresh produce is available from the School Farm and we connect members to other free food opportunities in the community.

Stipend: Yes, we offer the AmeriCorps stipend, educational award and health insurance. For more information, go to https://washingtonservicecorps.org/become-a-member/

Housing: No, but we make every effort to find affordable housing for our members.

Preferred method of Contact: email