Gardening the Community

Duration: June-August 2017 (10 weeks), 25-30 hours/week

Location: Springfield, Massachusetts

Housing and logistics: Interns have access to GTC food all summer. Do not have housing but can help the person locate some in the community. We can provide a bike if needed. Student is responsible for finding housing.

Position description: The Intern will assist in managing, developing and evaluating our CSA program, and will work with GTC youth and staff to implement a new system for selling wholesale to interested restaurants, markets and corner stores. In addition, the intern will help us develop and implement systems for tracking our production and sales and evaluating our impact. This summer internship a great opportunity to get exposure to food justice work in an urban context, to learn about urban agriculture 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 that 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 EATS! CSA
• Assist with set up and close down of GTC EATS Farm Share on Wednesdays
• Recordkeeping and database management: enter payments and other notes into database system; check payments against close out sheets; enter share quantities, content, weights and restaurant sales into spreadsheets 
• Update online resource pages (recipes, veggie storage etc)
• Develop a more robust social media presence for the program, creating interest and community through twitter and Facebook updates
• Assemble and organize interesting, accessible educational materials for share members (veggie tip sheets, recipes etc)
• Work with staff to organize and staff recipe tastings, guest chef appearances and food storage and preservation workshops and info tables including developing and implementing event evaluations
• Work with staff to develop system for tracking and ordering additional fruit and other sales
• Prepare mid-season summary for share sponsors and other reports as needed
• Prepare brief updates and photos about GTC to include with weekly newsletter
• Organize overall GTC EATS customer information and impact information for grant reports

Wholesale Sales; Sales and Data Tracking
• Work with Co-Director and Youth and Farm Program Manager to set up system for selling to markets, restaurants and corner stores
• Upgrade system for tracking GTC vegetable sales at markets, with Mobile Market and with restaurants and corner stores;
• Assist Youth and Farm Program Manager in developing price/inventory sheets and other pricing systems for use at farmer’s market, mobile market, farm stand and with restaurants
• Organize weekly sales and growth records into google sheet
• Work with GTC youth and staff to weigh and record produce sales; problem solve and innovate as needed
• Work with staff to develop evaluation methods for program

Thursday Market Sales
• Assist with harvesting and preparing food for mobile market sales each Thursday
• Assist with Hancock Farm stand set up and harvesting; develop system for weighing produce and tracking sales, # of customers, etc.

Other
• Participate in staff meetings (Mondays)
• Assist with youth programming and farm work as needed
• Help plan and implement field trips as needed
• Organize snacks and/or cooking sessions with summer youth crew

Hours:
Monday (1/2 day – will depend on timing of staff meeting that day)
Tuesday 8:30 – 3:30 (wholesale sales, youth work and/or office work)
Wednesday 12 – 7 (Farm Share)
Thursday 8 – 11 and 2 – 6 (market prep and sales)
Friday 9 – 12 at office, unless there is a field trip
Total hours/week: 25-30

For more information: 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!

Funding: $3000, Available through the Miller Worley Center dispensed through the MHC UAF System.

How to Apply: Students must apply to this position through Lyon Net by midnight February 17th.  Students must submit a letter of interest and a resume. These documents can be uploaded to Lyon Net. In addition, please send at least one letter of recommendation to Danielle van Over at dvanover@mtholyoke.edu.

(Recommendation letters should be emailed directly to Danielle Van Over )

Background: 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 produce on once dilapidated parcels of city and privately held land. We sell our produce at the Mason Square Farmers Market, a Mobile Market, and our own farm stand. This year, we are hoping to sell more regularly to local restaurants and markets. We also run a CSA (also known as a Farm Share) program with our partner farm, the Next Barn Over (Hadley, MA) called GTC EATS!. This program provides a weekly assortment of fresh local food to neighborhood residents on a sliding scale, and aims to increase access to healthy, affordable produce in what has been described as a food desert by many health and government officials.