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Urban Farmer Training Coordinator Wanted

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Angelic Organics is seeking an Urban Farmer Training Coordinator.

We are looking for a responsible, highly organized individual to join our team as an Urban Farmer Training Coordinator and to develop an Urban Grower Incubation Center in Chicago with Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC). This position is full-time and begins in May 2007. This position offers the candidate the added benefit of working for a company that he/she believes in. Angelic Organics Learning Center helps beginning farmers every year to realize their dream of starting a business. For more information, see our website at www.learngrowconnect.org.

Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) is a non-profit educational organization based at Angelic Organics, a 1,350 member Biodynamic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable and herb farm located in north-central Illinois--between Chicago and Madison. Learn more about our host farm at www.AngelicOrganics.com.

Angelic Organics Learning Center is a growing non-profit organization offering food literacy, food access, and farmer training programs. We are in our 8th season. Staff includes the Executive Director, Associate Director for Resource Development, Farmer Development Coordinator, Urban Program Coordinator, Urban Program Facilitator, On-Farm Educator, Program Interns, and Office Manager.

Aside from working with a talented, fun-loving, and dedicated team, other benefits to employment at the AOLC are:

Locations. Our farm office is located 5 miles east of Highway 90 on Rockton Road., a short commute from Rockford, Beloit, Roscoe and Rockton. Our office is in a natural/ecological building with passive solar heating and a beautiful farmland view. Our urban office is in a church with attached greenhouse in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. Our urban grower incubation center will be developed with our partners in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.

Diversity. The farm is rich with a work force of inspiring individuals, frequently from around the world as well as across the country.

Spirit. We are proud of our efforts and grateful for the opportunity to work so closely with the land and with others who value food, farming, and local food systems. As a Biodynamic farm, we acknowledge the connections between our healthy spirits, healthy land, and a healthy community.

Experience. You will be able to see first hand the joys and challenges of running a farm and a growing non-profit educational organization.

Competitive Salary/Benefits. Salary $23,000-27,000, commensurate with experience; plus mileage reimbursement and health care subsidy. As an AOLC employee, you can enroll for a weekly share of the farm's vegetables, herbs, and fruit at a discounted price.

We require that candidates meet the following criteria:

Have work experience in farming and farmer training.

Have basic computer skills (including email).

Bi-lingual (English & Spanish) strongly preferred.

Required Qualifications:

Self-motivated

Highly organized

Experience working in cross-cultural environments

Please familiarize yourself with our website at www.learngrowconnect.org and then send your cover letter and resume to Angelic Organics Learning Center, either via email to jobs@CSALearningCenter.org or via mail to Urban Farmer Training Coordinator Position, Angelic Organics Learning Center, 6400 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Details on Urban Farmer Training Coordinator Position

Urban Farmer Training Coordinator Job Summary

Angelic Organics Learning Center seeks to secure a full-time Urban Farmer Training Coordinator to provide program leadership and technical expertise for the activities of the Growing for Market Project. This position coordinates the activities of the Urban Grower Incubation Center and facilitates training, technical assistance, and support for urban growers and apprentice market growers in cooperation with Growing Home and other project partners. The Urban Farmer Training Coordinator works with the Urban Programs staff in Chicago and leads training workshops at the urban partner garden sites and the incubation center. Ideal candidates will be bi-lingual (English-Spanish), experienced in sustainable farming and farmer training, and be willing to travel to training sites in Chicago and northern Illinois.

Basic Duties

1. Establish the urban grower incubation center in cooperation with Partner Organizations and coordinate its implementation.

Establish the protocols and procedures for creation of the urban grower incubation center in cooperation with Growing Home and their urban farm manager.

Develop and maintain collective aspects of the urban grower incubation center, i.e. tool loan program and incubation growing plots.

Coordinate the schedule and use of collective infrastructure at the urban grower incubation center for use with apprentice urban market growers.

Serve as staff liaison with Growing Home and attend Growing Home staff meetings as appropriate.

Facilitate involvement of partner garden sites, schools, congregations, and neighborhood organizations in the Growing Home urban farm and develop capacities at the urban grower incubation center to lead growing workshops.

2. Develop training resources and provide training for apprentice urban growers.

Recruit potential apprentice urban growers from urban garden sites, partner programs, and the general public

Work with Urban Programs staff to develop training materials, schedules, and secure guest presenters for the winter farm enterprise planning course and in-season technical trainings and field days.

Orient prospective urban growers to available training resources, incubation infrastructure, channels for marketing, and regional workshops/CRAFT programming. Guide growers through their roles and responsibilities as participants in the Growing for Market Project.

Develop and maintain links with land holding entities near Growing Home urban market garden and Urban Grower Incubation Site through relationships with aldermen, Neighbor Space, local developers, and land-holding institutions, including congregations. Help apprentice urban growers to connect to land when needed.

Accompany urban growers through the CRAFT/Farm Beginnings program, assist with business planning, link with CRAFT farmer mentors, and schedule with financial management consultant Jim Stoynoff for coaching and financial tracking.

Facilitate transportation to regional CRAFT farmer training activities and other training opportunities.

Document procedures, schedules, and materials for use by facilitators, urban growers, guest presenters, partner organizations, and farmer mentors working with the Urban Grower Incubation Center.

Represent Angelic Organics Learning Center and Growing for Market Project at local, regional and national events.

3. Assist the Executive Director with other duties as assigned

These duties vary but include:

Contribute program info to the webpage and electronic newsletter for Angelic Organics Learning Center

Assist with grant management and other administrative duties

Complete expense and program reporting for project activities

Location:

Primary work takes place at the Urban Grower Incubation Center and Angelic Organics Learning Center Chicago Office, with travel to trainee's growing sites in the city and some trainings and events held on partner farms in Northern Illinois.

Salary:

Salary $23,000-27,000, commensurate with experience; optional health care plan, travel reimbursement.



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