Gardening the Community

This opportunity is a Miller Worley MHConnect internship and is available to Mount Holyoke students only. Lynk funding required.

Location: Springfield, MA

Position title: Community Farm Store Intern

Duration: June-August (10 weeks), 30-35 hours/week

Housing: Interns have access to GTC food all summer. GTC does not offer housing but can help locate. We can provide a bike if needed.

Description:

The Community Farm Store Intern will assist with managing, developing and evaluating our new Farm Store and its impact in the community, including tracking our harvests, purchases and sales. This summer internship a great opportunity to get exposure to food justice work in an urban context, to learn about urban agriculture, racial justice and sustainability, and to get to know GTC Board, staff and youth members and engage with a wide variety of local businesses and community members in Springfield. Community building is important to us and interns become a part of our community. While we outline specific responsibilities for the position here, we are also open to designing additional work or fine-tuning the work to fit the student’s particular skills and interests.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with overall management of GTC Farm Store, including:
  • Assist with set up and close down of GTC Farm Store (Weds, Thursdays, and/or Saturdays) and with running farm store during assigned shifts
  • Assist with harvesting and preparing GTC grown produce for the Farm Store, cold storage management, and produce display and presentation
  • Work with GTC youth and staff to weigh and record both GTC harvests and outside produce purchases; problem solve and innovate as needed; update spreadsheets weekly and analyze over course of summer
  • Update online resource pages (recipes, veggie storage etc) pertaining to Farm Store and vegetables sold
  • Develop content for a robust social media presence for the store and program, creating interest and community through twitter, Instagram and Facebook updates
  • Manage promotions to engage customers and increase their connection to GTC; prepare brief updates and photos about GTC to include with weekly e-blasts
  • Assemble and organize interesting, accessible educational materials for farm store customers; develop materials that highlight the GTC story and our values and mission
  • Work with staff to organize and staff recipe tastings, guest chef appearances and food storage and preservation workshops including developing and implementing event evaluations
  • Work with staff to research and put into place new farms and suppliers for the store
  • Help figure out and implement qualitative and quantitative ways to measure farm store impact in the community
  • Prepare mid and end of season summary for funders and other reports as needed
  • Assist with planning and managing pop up markets at community festivals and gatherings, to spread the word about the Farm Store and GTC programs
  • Assist Food Access Manager with tracking and managing sales made to Mobile Market and restaurants
  • Assist with youth programming and farm work as needed
  • Participate in staff meetings

About Gardening in the Community

Gardening the Community is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities. We develop concrete solutions to meet the food security needs of our neighbors while also working on broader food justice initiatives that impact the food system more broadly.

Founded in 2002 as a project of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), GTC has developed from a small, summer only program for 5-10 youth in Mason Square to a staff of 5 running year round programs and organizing initiatives. We are the first program in the city of Springfield to own land utilized strictly for urban agriculture. We grow thousands of pounds of food on once abandoned lots in the Mason Square/Six Corners neighborhoods of Springfield.

Youth leadership development is at our heart, and youth are engaged in all aspects of our work. In 2018 we built and opened a beautiful year-round farm store, a new and very needed access point for healthy, affordable locally grown food in our community.

For more information, visit: Gardening the Community.

Qualifications:

  • Passion for working on food and racial justice issues; interest in urban agriculture, sustainable living and youth development
  • Awareness of social and racial justice issues as they relate to youth of color in New England; comfortable working with youth, especially youth of color
  • Work experience with community-based organizations preferred; experience in leadership or supervisory role helpful
  • Outgoing, engaging personality, comfortable working in diverse, multi-racial and inter-generational setting
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Computer/social media skills (Essential: Excel, Google docs, Facebook. Desirable: Instagram, Twitter);
  • Ability to set up and organize spreadsheets; quantitative skills a plus
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Able to work in a somewhat chaotic environment
  • Comfort working outdoors and pitching in with the work of an urban farm as needed
  • Spanish speaking skills a plus!

Application information:

Students must apply to this position through Handshake by February 22, 2019. Students must complete Step 1 of the Lynk UAF application by February 15, 2019 at 5 pm, in the Applications section of the Self Service area on my.mtholyoke.edu.

In your cover letter, please discuss both the experience you bring to the internship and the skills and experience you hope to gain (in no more than a page). Please also list contact information for two references that can speak to your work or school experience.

The Miller Worley MHConnect process also requires an advising meeting with the Asst. Director of the Miller Worley Center (email internships_mwce@mtholyoke.edu) as well as a faculty reference (submitted via this form: http://bit.do/mwcefacultyref) before February 22.

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