What: Grow Whidbey: Good Cheer Food Bank Apprentice
When: March 1st – October 31st, 2017, with a possibility of doing a second year apprenticeship.
Where: Langley, Washington
Grow Whidbey is a collaboration between the Good Cheer Food Bank Fresh Food on the Table Program and the South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden Program to offer apprenticeships in community food production and garden-based education, in order to train the next generation of growers and teachers of sustainable community agriculture.
The Good Cheer Food Bank manages three growing spaces, about 1.5 acres in total, that grows food for the food bank and South Whidbey School District cafeterias. The Good Cheer Garden is located in front of the food bank and serves as an important community gathering space and demonstration garden. Next door to the food bank is The Bayview Garden, a ⅛ acre garden that the apprentice is responsible for managing. Adjacent to the Bayview Garden is The Big ACRE (Abundant Community Resources for Everyone) which is an acre farm that champions access to local organic food for members of our community who often do not get to choose to eat such food including youth, working poor, homeless, and individuals living on fixed incomes or managing medical costs.
Position Description: The Good Cheer Food Bank Apprentice will be a key player in our Fresh Food on the Table Program which seeks to create a zero-waste food bank on South Whidbey that champions fresh local produce. They will assist the Garden Manager in all farm and garden tasks including weeding, cultivating, harvest, and in some non-profit management work like volunteer coordination, outreach, and some event planning. The apprentice will also at times assist the Food Bank Produce Manager during peak harvest season in processing produce for food bank clients, sorting donations and keeping the store refrigerator stocked with local goods.
- Being of “good cheer.” The apprentice should possess the flexibility and good humor required to work well with others in a noisy, fast-paced, often crowded or chaotic environment, while also possessing the independence and confidence to work alone in the field
- Strong interest in both the educational and volunteer driven component of non-profit farms and gardens, and the actual work of growing and harvesting the food
- Has the self-motivation and integrity necessary to manage their own time effectively
- Willing to maintain high standards of accuracy, completeness, and efficiency
- General reliability and ability to shift gears from farmer to non-profit employee
- Ability to lift 50lb
- Hours and duration: The training runs from March 1st through October 31st. The apprentice should expect to work a flexible 35 hr week, seasonally variable, with some weekend work including sharing the responsibility of gleaning produce from the farmer’s market (next door to the food bank) on some Saturdays May-October.
- Compensation: We offer a stipend of $600 per month, as well as room and board. Workmen’s compensation is also provided as part of the Washington State Farm Internship Project.
- Transportation: A bicycle is sufficient but a car is really useful. We make every effort to support apprentices who choose low-carbon bicycle transportation.
- Interview process: Final applicants will be interviewed in person or by Skype.
Applications requested by December 15th, 2016 at the latest.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
For more information contact:
(360) 221-6454 (Food Bank)
(425) 789-8248 (Camille’s cell phone)