“I always wanted to work outside,” she said. The former children’s day care worker noted that kids enjoy digging in the earth and learning how plants grow. But if they’re scolded for getting dirty, they tend to lose that curiosity.
By Larisa Epatko
PBS and NPR
November 24, 2016
Lelia Parker grew up on a farm in rural Virginia and moved to the U.S. capital 30 years ago, seeking a more urban environment. But she still gets the gardening itch.
Down the street from her Southeast D.C. home is a community garden, where tidy beds of succulent zucchini, peppers and squash grow.
The garden is operated by the nonprofit group DC UrbanGreens. Not long ago, Parker discovered the site and began telling her neighbors about it and about how to cook with fresh vegetables instead of canned. Now she’s a board member and the group’s outreach coordinator.
Julie Kirkwood, a construction project manager, and Vincent Forte, a lawyer, started DC UrbanGreens three years ago, with a goal to help provide low-cost fresh produce to people living in an area without easy access to grocery stores.
“A place where you take care of the outdoors, I think the air will smell better. People will feel better.”
They studied successful urban gardens in other states and learned about grant writing to fund theirs. They utilized neighborhood ambassadors like Parker and added two more sites. Now, they have three mini-farms in parts of southeastern D.C. labeled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as food deserts — places usually in low-income areas that lack fresh fruits and vegetables.
The 1.25-acre garden served about 30 families last year, Frederick said.
By Michael Cooper
Springfield New Sun
Nov 24, 2016
For his efforts at two local community gardens, Frederick has been named an Unsung Hero in the Springfield community.
Frederick, who owns Habitat Creations, a local landscaping business, began a production-oriented community garden at Grace Lutheran Church in 2006. With the help of volunteers from the church, the garden produced more than 8,000 pounds of produce — a majority of which was donated to charity.
“It allows people from the church to have fresh fruits and vegetables all summer long,” church member Anne Joyce said.
Frederick likes to share his knowledge with others, she said.
“He does so much for people and is so interested in feeding the community with good food,” Joyce said. “He’s just full of information he shares. He’s a great guy.”
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Apprenticeships at Sun Sprout Farm in New York for 2017Sun Sprout Farm is a 24 acre organic mixed vegetable farm in Chester, NY. We are located in Orange County, and farm on black dirt soil about an hour north of NYC. We are entering our second season of production and are passionate about growing healthy organic vegetables, herbs and cut flowers for individuals and families in the region. We farm next to three other independent organic farms as part of the Chester Agricultural Center. We market our vegetables through four farmer’s markets per week as well as CSA and wholesale accounts. Our seasonal apprenticeship program runs from mid- March until the week before Thanksgiving. These positions offer the opportunity to learn about the everyday workings of an organic vegetable farm. It is an important part of our mission to teach others about farming and we are glad to share the knowledge gained from ten years of farming experience. We are looking for highly motivated workers who are interested in learning about organic agriculture and who love working outdoors in all seasons. Our apprentices take part in all aspects of crop production including greenhouse seeding, transplanting, cultivation, harvesting and marketing. We pay $10/hr plus farm vegetables and have housing available near the farm for $350/month including utilities. There are no pets allowed in this housing. Work is six days per week, usually 60+ hrs/week during the summer and around 40 hrs/week in the spring and fall. Farming experience is helpful but is not required. A strong work ethic and ability to perform outdoor physical labor in all kinds of weather conditions are a must. We are part of the mid-Hudson CRAFT program which allows our apprentices to visit other host farms in the area for a tour, talk, or demonstration on a specific topic in order to connect and network with other local farmers and learn about other farming practices. You can find more information about our farm on our homepage (http://www.sunsproutfarm.com), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sunsproutfarm) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sunsproutfarm). Sun Sprout Farm offers three apprenticeship positions and requires a full season commitment. In addition we are always looking for seasonal help during the summer months. All applicants need a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 season. If you would like to apply, please send your resume with previous work experience and letter of interest to: Sun Sprout Farm 168 Meadow Ave Chester, NY 10918 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grass Fed Beef and Vegetable Farm Internship is Available on Cole Farm in Mississippi for 2017Cole Farm is a family owned (since 1962) 160 acre diversified farming operation near Ovett, Mississippi (in Southeastern part of the state, the Pine Belt). We produce grass fed beef from about 55 head of Angus mixed cattle, and we truck farm a variety of vegetables and fruits year round. We also operate a gravel mine and produce some timber, pecans, and hay. We market directly to individuals, at farmers markets, to independent vendors, to retailers and to wholesalers. Our operation is unique in that we are in the midst of a generational transition of management from father (age 77) to son (age 50). The son has been away from the farm for about 15 years, and there is a tremendous amount of rebuilding, renovation, revitalization, growth and rethinking under way. An intern would be a great help in providing an outsiders perspective on these challenging processes. We have a Facebook page, and could use help in updating it and beefing it up. We also need help setting up a website. Grass fed beef and vegetable farm internship: Interns are expected to have good listening skills and a willingness to be part of a team. No experience is required. The physical requirements of the job include a great deal of bending, stooping and some heavy lifting. Interns will work with hand tools, farm vehicles, and heavy equipment. We work 6-10 hours a day M-F and half a day on Saturday. Interns will answer to Rickey Cole, the farm operator. We will do a wide range of tasks around the farm, including planting, tillage, care and harvest of crops, cattle husbandry, fence building and repair, hay production and harvest, light timber work, excavation, and machinery maintenance are repair. Interns will take part in marketing and delivery of farm produce as well. The internship is for one year, with potential for further employment. Transportation, housing, utilities and food will be provided by the farm on premises. Interns will receive a stipend of $500 per month. In addition to ongoing practical training and mentorship concurrent with farm work, the farm operator will spend at least two hours per week outside of regular work hours (during lunch and/or evenings) one-on-one with the intern for Q&A, brainstorming, debriefing, interchange of ideas/concerns and discussions on farm practices and management. People interested in the grass fed beef and vegetable farm internship may apply via email to email@example.com on how to apply (an e-mail address, phone number, or address for sending the application must be included). Please include 1) resume 2) cover letter 3) personal statement 4) dates available, 5) references & 6) what you hope to gain from the internship.
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Private Organic Farmer Job /Agricultor Orgánico Privado (Santa Barbara) - Sea Smoke Farms Santa Barbara, CA 93121 Date to fill: 1.15.17 Employment Type: Part-Time Private Organic Farmer Job Description: Shape the future at SeaSmoke Farms! Seeking single organic farmer on 25 hour/week, semi-permanent basis. The 3 acre ranch is located in Santa Barbara, California, in a private, hidden location. The property includes a nascent vineyard, several orchards, a half dozen raised vegetable garden beds, insectaries and complete fencing. About half of it is under cultivation; about a quarter is hardscape infrastructure; another quarter is not yet cultivated. The Farm owner prefers a Farmer who is an independent, creative problem solver, a good communicator, and an deeply experienced and passionate gardener and ranch hand. He welcomes new ideas for developing the Farm profitably, including the maintenance of the greenhouse space. ABOUT THE FARM Sea Smoke Farms is located in the city of Santa Barbara, CA, and is a private, certified organic 3.0 acre avocado and rare citrus farm used for commercial, residential and educational purposes. It is locatd in a high-density surburban area. It is easy to walk to the beach (25 minutes) and shops (15 minutes). The Farm is wildly diverse with over 100 types of edible and fruiting plants, and an apiary, water catchment, toolshed, greenhouses, shadehouses and other infrastructure. The owner lives on site and deeply values privacy. Remuneration includes: After a short trial period, remuneration will include a monthly stipend, and avocados and citrus from the farm. A simple vintage Airstream housing with private mini kitchen and bathroom, with paid Internet and electricity may also be available to the farmer. Potential onsite housing is rare in Santa Barbara Salary is negotiable. Duties & Responsibilities: Tasks include: Planting, pruning, fertilizing, irrigation, pest/disease control, harvesting and processing (canning, drying, etc.). Asphalt road maintenance, dirt road, trail and drainage improvement. Weeding and mulching and hedging (hand brush cutter). Fence building/repair/maintenance. Airstream, Infrastructure, greenhouse, shadehouse, garage structure maintenance (plumbing, roof, heating, electric, drywall, repair and more). Apiary maintenance and care. Find and supervise external contractors as necessary. Good and timely communication with the owner. Ability to lift 50 lbs; work long days in hot, cold or rainy weather; take instruction from others; exhibit initiative and self-direction and common sense; be able to work independently or with others will; fluency in Spanish a plus. Education & Experience: Farmer should have a thorough appreciation and working knowledge of both native and nonnative edible plants, and a familiarity with sustainability principles, whether permaculture, biodynamic, or natural farming techniques. Five years of experience in a similar position is desirable, and two years is a minimum. To Apply for the Private Organic Farmer Job or for More Information: Please send an email with resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org