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South Whidbey School District – AmeriCorps Food and Farm Educator

Contact information
Farm Address:
5520 Maxwelton Rd.
Langley, Washington , 98260

Primary Contact: Cary Peterson
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 3605932725
    Email: cpeterson@sw.wednet.edu

Website: https://whidbeyschoolgardens.wordpress.com/

Internship information
General Farm Description: Since 2014, the South Whidbey School District has been growing fresh vegetables using organic practices integrated with garden-based curriculum linked to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. The program is now a specialist garden science class taught to 650 students K-6 at the SW Elementary School weekly, and 50 students in garden elective and CTE Agriculture at the SW High School daily. The students are the farmers, and produce from our 1.25 acres of school farms is delivered to the cafeteria for the school lunches, used in culinary lessons, eaten on the spot at the farm by the students, and used in school events. School farm produce is also distributed to two non-profits: Whidbey Island Nourishes for K-4 snacks and their nutrition programs, and to Readiness to Learn for after-school and summer programs.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: September 1, 2020
Internship Ends: July 15 , 2021
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: May 31, 2020
Minimum Length of Stay: 10.5 months

Internship Details:

For the 2020-2021 school year, the South Whidbey School District, in partnership with the South Whidbey School Farms Program and Whidbey Island Nourishes, is seeking to build a 3 person team of AmeriCorps members, who will serve to help enrich the school district’s robust farm program and connect it to health and nutrition education.

Our School Farm CAFE (Culinary Arts and Farm Education) program is seeking 2 AmeriCorps Food and Farm Educators who are enthusiastic, energetic and capable individuals with experience growing food, and who love working with kids, teaching, and cooking.

Our members will work closely with our farm team and certified farm teacher to provide students with hands-on learning, farming, cooking that culminates in healthy eating! On a daily basis, our members will engage in multiple 45-minute classes with our farm teacher, using the growing seasons as the basis for the daily curriculum. Members and staff will lead students in instructional experiences focused on preparing the soil, planting, caring for, harvesting and enjoying the food that is grown.

South Whidbey School Farms partners with the Good Cheer Food Bank and Good Cheer Garden, and Whidbey Island Nourishes. As well as serving the school community, the South Whidbey School Farms Americorps educators will become part of a community of young farmers and apprentices who are passionate about growing food, and food justice, here on South Whidbey.

Responsibilities:

Work closely with garden specialist teacher and school farm manager to develop lessons for K-6 classes
Assist with teaching daily K-6 garden specialist classes, with opportunities to lead classes
Assist with garden elective and agriculture class at the SW High School as needed
Support culinary educator in preparing, teaching, and clean-up for culinary classes
Participate in all tasks associated with running the school farm – seeding, planting, weeding, watering, general maintenance, etc.
Harvest school farm produce for deliveries to school lunches, WIN, and Good Cheer
Develop social media content (blog and facebook posts) about the school farm
Contribute to planning and executing yearly fundraising efforts
Support the school farm’s participation in major school events, such as the yearly Harvest Feast

Please send your resume and a cover letter to Cary Peterson, School Farms Manager, cpeterson@sw.wednet.edu.

We will hold interviews in May of 2020 and our program will begin on September 1, 2020.

Contact us promptly if you are inspired to join our team!

Please send your resume and a cover letter to Cary Peterson, School Farms Manager, cpeterson@sw.wednet.edu.

We will hold interviews in May of 2020 and our program will begin on September 1, 2020.

Contact us promptly if you are inspired to join our team!


Educational Opportunities: AmeriCorps position with training

Skills Desired: Requirements: Previous experience and comfort working with children aged Kindergarten – 12th grade, especially K-6 Previous experience in farming preferred, or a strong interest and willingness to learn Experience or interest in culinary education and nutrition Strong communication skills Excellent organizational and time management skills An ability to work as a team player A passion for food, outdoor education, and healthy eating A willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions Ability to lift 50 pounds Flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor

Meals: No, but service members have access to the fresh produce grown at the school farms.

Stipend: AmeriCorps benefits. More specific information about stipend and educational award is available on the Washington Service Corps website https://washingtonservicecorps.org/become-a-member/

Housing: We work to find reasonably priced rentals for our service members.

Preferred method of Contact: Email