Grow Whidbey: Good Cheer Food Bank Apprentice
2018 Job Description
Position: Garden/Farm Apprentice
Purpose: The Good Cheer Food Bank is seeking two apprentices to work and learn at our three growing spaces that provide food to the local food bank, and to the school district. As part of the Grow Whidbey apprenticeship program in partnership with the South Whidbey School Farms and South Whidbey Tilth, apprentices will participate in classes, workshops and field trips specifically designed to support their practical, hands-on learning.
Grow Whidbey is a collaboration between the Good Cheer Food Bank, the South Whidbey School District and South Whidbey Tilth 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, approximately 1.5 acres in total, that grow 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 apprentices are responsible for managing. Adjacent to the Bayview Garden is The Big ACRE (Abundant Community Resources for Everyone) which is an acre farm that is predominately mixed vegetables but includes 3 hoop house house and a 15 fruit tree orchard. Produce from the Bayview Garden and The Big ACRE is also delivered to the school cafeterias.
Position Description: The Good Cheer Food Bank Apprentices will be key players 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 certain non-profit management work like volunteer coordination, outreach, and some event planning and fundraising. The apprentices 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. During the summer months the apprentices will participate in volunteer work parties at the South Whidbey School Farms, and at South Whidbey Tilth. There will also occasionally be weekend work such as watering starts, opening and closing hoop houses, special events, and gleaning produce from the Saturday market. Responsibilities will be shared with other apprentices and with the Garden Manager.
- Some experience growing food
- Enthusiasm for growing and sharing food
- Enjoys working with volunteers
- Hard working, practical, and creative
- Flexible and responsive to changing circumstances due to weather, and unexpected events
- Willing to maintain high standards of communication, follow-through and collaboration
- Has the self-motivation and integrity necessary to manage their own time effectively
- General reliability and ability to shift gears from farmer to non-profit employee
- Ability to lift 50lbs
- 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 $400 per month, as well as a free homestay.. Workmen’s compensation is also provided as part of the Washington State Farm Internship Project. Food is provided from the gardens and from the food bank.
- 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, 2017 at the latest.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to the Garden Manager at Good Cheer, Camille Green at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please explain a little bit of your background in agriculture, your motivation for applying, why you are a good candidate for this position, and how this apprenticeship fits into your future goals.
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.
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For more information contact:
(360) 221-6454 (Food Bank)
(425) 789-8248 (Camille’s cell phone)