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AmeriCorps LogoMissouri Healthy Food AmeriCorps Program

The Missouri Healthy Food AmeriCorps Program, a project of the Missouri River Communities Network, offers nutrition education to reduce the epidemic of childhood obesity in our state. Ten AmeriCorps service opportunities are based in six nonprofit organizations across the state.  Our AmeriCorps members are educating students about growing, harvesting and eating healthy food, as well as increasing production and access to healthy locally grown food.

AmeriCorps Member benefits include:
Serve 1,750 hours in one year starting August 3, 2015
Receive a living allowance of $12,530 (taxable income)
Education award of $5,650
ACA health insurance
Child care
Student loan forbearance on federal loans.

To apply for any of the following service opportunities, go to My AmeriCorps website, open an account, and apply for opportunities.

 

Healthy Dent CountyHealthy Dent County

General Overview:
1 member based in Salem, MO will work with a community partnership to serve the local farmers market, four community gardens, cooperative school projects, and community education.

About Healthy Dent County:
Healthy Dent County, which started as a pilot for the statewide Healthy Lifestyle Initiative, is connecting children and adults with the food they eat and trying to instill a healthy, active lifestyle that will last long after the project is gone. In 2010, University of Missouri Extension and 10 local groups committed to getting the Dent County community eating well and exercising. Efforts include expanding the local farmers market, four community gardens in Salem, cooperative projects with local schools and community groups, and community education. Some gardens donate a portion of produce to the local food pantry and to residents who don’t have the ability to garden by themselves.

Member Duties:
-Organize school/community work groups to oversee planning, development and implementation of garden programs and long-term maintenance of gardens. Conduct gardening education workshops.
-Partner with Dent County Extension Nutrition Program Associate to conduct nutrition education programs (using existing MU Extension curriculum, i.e. Eating from the Garden, Food from the Farm, etc.).
-Organize community cooking classes for youth and families at Salem Community Center Armory kitchen facility (or other approved locations) using Kids in the Kitchen curriculum.
-Assist schools/community groups to build gardens and determine ways to use produce in school kitchens/classrooms, etc.
-Develop school and community partnerships to fund gardens, recruit volunteers, and support the program long-term.

Contact: Sarah Hultine Massengale, MU Extension, 573-729-3196; hultines@missouri.edu

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA)upright 2013 logo THE END

General Overview:
3 members, based in Columbia, MO.

Outdoor Classroom Associate: Provide Urban Farm Experiences to K-12 learners.
Urban Farm Associate: assist on farm with maintenance, volunteers and events.
Opportunity Gardens Associate: Help families and children establish gardens and mentor families from seed to plate.

About CCUA:
The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit operating in Columbia, Missouri (pop. 110,000). CCUA is a local nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers, vegetable sales, landscaping clients, grants, and the generosity of the public to fulfill its mission. Our Education Department’s programs reached nearly 6,000 people last year (over half of them PK – 12 learners), and we are continuing to grow to meet the needs of our community. CCUA is committed to a healthy and active community with a vibrant local economy. Food is good!

Outdoor Classroom Associate Member Duties:
-Attend meetings as scheduled
-Support the achievement of educational outcomes as set forth by the CCUA Education Department
-Work with educators and administrators directly to help with organizing good food educational experiences
-Work directly with Outdoor Classroom Committees to empower them to take ownership of their projects
-Help build community among projects, committees, educators and the public in both formal and informal educational settings
-Deliver lessons as needed
-Maintain the Urban Farm Outdoor Classroom
-Provide Urban Farm Experiences to K-12 learners
-Urban Farm Production assistance as needed
-Provide education outreach activities at tabling events as needed
-Document all experiences, hours worked, etc. according to department protocol

Urban Farm Associate Member Duties:
-Support CCUA mission
-Attend meetings as scheduled
-Support the achievement of educational outcomes
-Help expand the informal education opportunities at the Urban Farm through signage and other displays to better engage youth who visit the space
-Help increase plant and animal diversity by maintaining and expanding our native perennial landscaping to provide additional learning opportunities for PK-12 learners
-Assist with general maintenance of the Urban Farm (including mowing, weeding, record keeping, composting, and planting as needed)
-Harvesting, washing, and processing fruits and vegetables for donation or sales as needed
-Work with groups of (adult and youth) volunteers to accomplish UF tasks
-Provide Urban Farm Experiences to community members as requested
-Assist Urban Farm Manger in preparing for (and hosting) family-friendly events at the Urban Farm
-Document all experiences, hours worked, etc. according to department protocol

Opportunity Garden Associate Member Duties:
-Support the Opportunity Gardens Manager in all duties
-Support CCUA mission
-Attend meetings as scheduled
-Support the achievement of educational outcomes of Opportunity Gardens Program
-Work with families and children directly to help with establishing gardens and mentoring families from seed to plate
-Work directly 1-on-1 with families and children empowering them to grow food and prepare or preserve it independently
-Facilitate community building between families, educators, and the public to ensure the success of good food education in both formal and informal educational settings
-Deliver supplies/resources
-Record keeping and data collection
-Some report writing and development of educational materials
-Provide outreach activities at tabling events
-Document all experiences, hours worked, etc. according to department protocol

Contact: Heather Gillich, Education Director, education@gmail.com

Southern Boone Learning GardenSouthern Boone Learning Garden Logo

General Overview:
A nonprofit outdoor classroom at SoBoCo School District.  2 members based in Ashland, MO will teach nutrition classes and serve in school and community projects.

About Southern Boone Learning Garden:
The Southern Boone Learning Garden project will simultaneously facilitate the emergence of a rural community partnership which actively promotes healthy lifestyle policies, programming, and infrastructure improvements, along with the expansion of an already robust public school gardening program providing quality nutrition education and increased access to healthy foods and safe outdoor activity for all students, faculty, and families in the community. Working together, the Southern Boone Learning Garden will serve as an exemplary model of a collaborative approach to community health needs in rural Missouri. Although started at the elementary level, the SBLG will patiently expand to encourage garden use at the middle and high schools by conducting garden lessons which clearly enhance classroom learning in multiple ways, offering high quality professional development workshops, and providing multiple resources to generate ideas and facilitate independent use of the gardens

Member Duties for Both AmeriCorps Members:
Coordinate with teachers, administrators, staff & volunteers to design & evaluate garden classes
Develop garden-based curriculum, activities into middle and high school classes & extracurricular programs
Assist with Community Partnership outreach efforts, web site, newsletter, social media
Help develop Policy & Procedure manuals
Assist with volunteer recruitment, training, coordination & recognition
Help design, market, implement & evaluate professional development for classroom educators Assist with outreach and social marketing efforts
Help research, promotion, coordination, implementation & evaluation of healthy community initiatives (Walking School Bus, Livable Streets, Farm to School, farmer’s markets, YMCA, school Wellness Committee & Community Health Assessments)
Help research & write grants
Help plan & promote fundraising efforts and events.

Contact: Jenny Graebner, Director, at sobocogarden@gmail.com

 

EarthDanceEarth Dance Logo

General Overview:  2 members based in Ferguson, MO.

Youth Programs Specialist: Work with youth on the farm, at schools, and in the community to teach students nutrition education.

Volunteer Coordinator: Recruit, coordinate, train and track Earthdance volunteers.

About EarthDance:  
EarthDance’s vision:  We envision productive local farms where creative endeavors can bloom alongside flourishing produce.  We envision former strangers cultivating the land together and growing relationships in addition to sugar snap peas.  We envision an Artist-in-Residence gaining inspiration from the beauty of a community farm and in return sharing their talents with farm-workers and farm-goers.  We envision individuals from all walks of life coming to EarthDance to learn skills in organic farming and gardening, to taste a fresh-picked carrot, and to see where their food comes from.  EarthDance is currently embarking on its 6th season of its Organic Farming Apprenticeship program. EarthDance sells at the Ferguson Farmers Market, operates a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, and offers farm tours and volunteer opportunities on the farm.

Youth Programs Specialist Member Duties:
-Lead farm field trips and service projects for youth, and engage attendees in lessons about farming, gardening, and healthy eating
-Curriculum development:
-GLE/ Common Core based lesson plans for school field trips to the farm
-Present nutrition education lessons
-Lead nutrition and gardening activities for children at the Ferguson Farmers Market
-Taste Testing with Food Service in the Ferguson-Florissant School District
-Document youth programs curricula
-Assist with assessment and evaluation of Youth Program curriculum and outcomes
-Recruit volunteer nutrition educators to assist with program delivery
-Volunteer recruiting, training, managing.

Volunteer Coordinator Member Duties:
-Recruit diverse group & individual volunteers youth programs & growing food
-Coordinate volunteer activities
-Lead orientations
-Direct volunteers
-Build volunteer relationships
-Track participation
-Update volunteer manual.
-Train volunteers to serve as nutrition educators, tour docents, and food growers.
-Refining EarthDance’s volunteer management system
-Attending outreach events on behalf of EarthDance to recruit diverse groups and individuals to serve as volunteers for EarthDance’s youth programs and food growing operation
-Coordinating volunteer activities on the farm and at special events
-Leading volunteer orientations and directing volunteers during service events

Contact: Rachel Levi, Program Director, at rachel@earthdancefarms.org

 

Kansas City Community GardenKCCG

General Overview:
1 member based in Kansas City, MO will create, expand and enhance outdoor garden classrooms and provide nutrition education classes to students.

About Kansas City Community Garden:
The goal of the KCCG program is to: Create, expand and enhance outdoor garden classrooms and teach students nutrition education: to encourage them to eat healthy fruits and vegetables; to start a lifelong habit of healthy eating, thus reducing the chronic health risks resulting from childhood obesity (cancer, heart disease and diabetes). Work with Kansas City Community Gardens Schoolyard Garden staff to perform Member Duties, as described.

Kansas City Community Garden AmeriCorps Member Duties:
-Assist with school garden site evaluation, garden construction, garden planting, maintenance and technical assistance
-Assist with afterschool garden clubs
-Teach garden and nutrition-based curriculum
-Teach garden-enhancement lessons during non-planting times
-Work with area school districts to determine best practices for integrating garden produce into cafeteria and classroom snacks
-Develop Schoolyard Garden resources for participating schools.

Contact: Andrea Matthew, Program Director, at andrea@kccg.org

 

Kirksville’s Green Thumb ProjectGreen Thumb Logo

General Overview:
1 member based in Kirksville, MO, at the Green Thumb Learning Garden and Outdoor Education site on the campus of the Kirksville R-III School District. Member will work with students, volunteers and community partners.

About Green Thumb:
The Green Thumb Project (GTP) of Northeast Missouri is seeking an ambitious, full-time AmeriCorps member for the 2015-2016 season. This position requires a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual who encompasses a desire to become an educator and a community leader. Ideal candidates will be those with an interest in locally grown food, outdoor education, community organizing, leadership, and networking. Preference will be given to those who have experience working with children and experience in a role of leadership. Serving Adair County, with a population of 30% living below the poverty rate, the GTP is dedicated to the mission of “Cultivating Community” through educational outreach, social enterprise, and service-learning community involvement. The GTP manages the Green Thumb Learning Garden and Outdoor Education Site on the campus of the Kirksville R-III School District. Through a strategic set of community partnerships, the GTP offers community gardening opportunities to high-need populations, sustainability workshops for community members, and outdoor-education opportunities to area youth. Working in partnership with the Kirksville, R-III Schools, the AmeriCorps member will take the lead on expanding the GTP’s capacity for nutrition-education programs within the R-III District. The AmeriCorps member’s primary role will be coordinating all nutrition education activities, which includes curriculum development, professional development, lesson planning, and facilitation with teachers and students.

Green Thumb’s AmeriCorps Member Duties:
-Recruit teachers and classes to participate in the nutrition-education program
-Develop curriculum, lesson plans, and activities in nutrition and outdoor education
-Maintain record-keeping database for all activities at the site, including volunteers, teachers, and numbers of students being served
-Create a filing system for educators to access nutrition lessons and resources
-Assist in planning for, and attend professional development and training courses
-Coordinate volunteer workdays, recruit, train and supervise volunteers
-Assisting in the coordination and management of Green Thumb Interns to fulfill their duties
-Generate marketing tools for the GTP special events, programs, and overall Project
-Assist in Maintenance and development of community partnerships
-Assist in securing annual funding through special event planning, grant writing, funding proposals and presentations.

Contact: Summer Jensen, AmeriCorps Member, at summery.jensen@gmail.com.

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