• 01Dec

    Urban Adamah, based in Berkeley, CA, is a three-month intensive residential leadership training program for young adults ages 20-29, that integrates urban organic farming, social justice work and progressive Jewish living and learning. Twelve Urban Adamah Fellows are selected each season to operate an organic farm and educational center, intern with community organizations addressing issues at the intersection of poverty, food security and environmental stewardship, and learn an approach to Jewish tradition that opens the heart and builds joyful community. Applicants do not need any farming for Jewish knowledge to participate. Fellows come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We are looking for individuals most likely to leverage the gifts of the program to make positive change in the world. Completed applications will be reviewed starting January 3, 2011 for the summer season. Visit the Urban Adamah website to learn more.

    Admission to Urban Adamah is rolling. Completed applications will be reviewed starting Jan 3, 2011 for the summer season and April 1, 2011 for the fall season. We anticipate that the summer program will fill no later than March 15, 2011. To download an application, click here. Feel free to contact the office or email us.

  • 26Nov

    Title: Program Manager, Urban Initiative, Angelic Organics Learning Center

    Type: Part-time

    Location: Chicago

    Compensation: Salary range is $27,000 to $32,000 at 55% full-time equivalent (limited benefits).

    Application Deadline: January 7, 2011

    Please visit our website http://www.learngrowconnect.org/about/staff/employment and see the attached position description for details.

    Position Description: Our Urban Initiative works with clusters of community-based organizations to develop food systems and urban agriculture projects and enterprises in Chicago, IL. This position provides program management for the staff team of the Learning Center’s Urban Initiative in Chicago. The position supports community partners as they plan, budget, implement and evaluate their neighborhood food system projects, and build capacities to sustain the projects. Experience with urban agriculture and food systems is essential.

  • 19Nov

    You have grown crops on your balcony, your suburban property or community garden. Now what? As part of the Sustainable Urban Agriculture certificate, Food Processing and Urban Gardening will teach you the skills to effectively harvest, preserve and prepare the crops you have cultivated. Register for Food Processing and Urban Gardening starting January 10, 2011.

    Also offered this winter:

    ·      Sustainability, Economics and Horticulture – Establish and operate a sustainable, small horticultural business

    ·      Fundamentals of the Role of Plants in Urban Sustainability -  Examine the contributions of ornamental and food gardens to community health

    Courses start on Monday, January 10, 2011. Register now to receive the early bird tuition fee of $595.00. (Regular fee of $645.00 applies for registrations received after December 10, 2010.)

    Visit the website: www.UrbanHort.ca

    Download the brochure

  • 07Nov

    The New Orleans Food & Farm Network envisions a vital community that values its agricultural and culinary heritage by celebrating regionally and sustainably produced food and ensuring its access to everyone.

    Position: Executive Director

    Location: New Orleans

    Compensation: Salary, Benefits: Competitive salary and company-reimbursed portion of health insurance

    Job Description

    New Orleans Food and Farm Network, a food security nonprofit, is at the center of rebuilding food systems in New Orleans. Food & Farm Network believes everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, and sustainably produced food for the long-term health of our environment, economy and communities. To achieve our mission, we work with individuals, organizations, growers and communities supporting models of sustainable growing practices and working to ensure that all New Orleanians can access safe, nutritious and enjoyable food. Read more »

  • 13Oct

    The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century by Dr. Dickson Despommier.

    Despommier’s ideas have been stirring around urban agriculture and environmental communities for years. I am excited to read about his innovative theories and strategies in his new book. However, as an experienced urban and rural farmer, I’m skeptical about the finer points of vertical farming.  I want to know how vertical farms will provide sufficient sunlight for plants, enough nutrient rich soil, and how pests and diseases will be dealt with from season to season. I agree that cities have untapped potential, but I think we need to examine the resources we already have and utilize them, rather than building all new structures that we hope will produce plentifully. As any farmer worth their salt knows, we can plan, but mother nature makes the rules. In a vertical farming model, mother nature is relegated to a greatly reduced role and I’m unsure how effective this can be. I hope I am wrong to be so wary of this concept though, because I can see the great benefit it could afford us. I will report back with my thoughts on this book and I hope everyone reading will take the opportunity to do the same.

    George Monbiot’s critique of Despommier’s book.

    City Farmer’s link to this book.

  • 30Sep

    Who We Are:
    The Grow Dat Youth Farm’s mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. On our farm we work collaboratively to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their own communities. Grow Dat is a place where people from different backgrounds and disciplines come together in research and practice to support public health, local economies and a sustainable food system in South Louisiana.

    What We Seek:
    Grow Dat is seeking an Americorps Intern for the pilot year of the program. The position will require someone who is willing to learn and lead at the same time. The right candidate will be interested in working collaboratively, developing skills as an educator, excited about working with a diverse range of people, organized, detail-oriented, willing to do physical labor, and interested in growing food.
    Read more »

  • 21Sep

    Sen. Coburn Threatens to Hold Food Safety Bill (Food Safety News) by Helena Bottemiller

    Excerpt: ”Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) says he will hold up the pending food safety bill unless Democrats find a way to pay for the measure. With time running out in the Senate, advocates had hoped that the recent egg recall would provide the impetus to finally move the legislation, which has been stalled for more than a year, to the floor. Coburn’s threat, however, is a serious problem for the bill.”  To read the full article click HERE

    Three projects that are watering Detroit’s ‘food desert’ (Grist) by Tom Philpott

    Excerpt: “…food has emerged as the key motivating force of Detroiters’ efforts to re-imagine their town as a thriving, livable place. I was struck by the cooperation on display — the way new-wave restaurateurs, market farmers, food-justice activists, and nonprofit advocates work together toward the goal of a healthy, inclusive food system where a food desert once stood. And while plenty of work remains to be done before that vision can be achieved, my week in Detroit left me with little doubt that it would be.”  To read the full article click HERE

    Forget Oil, Worry About Phosphorus (The Daily Yonder) By C. Robert Taylor

    Excerpt: “Modern farming methods depend increasingly on fossil fuels and major plant nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. We know that peak oil is fast approaching, if it has not already arrived. This isn’t the only shortage that should concern us. We are seeing the same coming shortages in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.” To read the full article click HERE

    Signs of a reverse brain drain, from finance to farms (Grist) by Tom Laskawy

    Excerpt: “Jurrien Swarts, a partner in Holton Farms… has structured… a kind of farm charge account — and even gave it a “premium” name: CSA Select. In his version, CSA members aren’t getting a pre-selected box of produce. Instead, they spend down their “balance” by ordering á la carte week by week from a selection of products from Holton and its 10 other farm and business partners.”  To read the full article click HERE

  • 17Sep

    Guest Article: Part I of Alexis Bogdanova-Hanna’s article on our trip to The Growing Power Conference in Milwaukee:

    It’s barely Thursday, September 9th at 4:45 AM in East Lansing, Michigan.  Bleary-eyed and squinting through the dark, Taylor and I load the car and are northwest bound within minutes.  We’re headed to Milwaukee via a car ferry, but it’s still three hours to the edge of Michigan.  As we drive through the lollygagging hills, fruit groves and crop fields of Western Lower Michigan, farmers on either side of the highway are already awake and humming along.  The vistas are appropriate, as we are about to spend the next three days celebrating the Sustainable Farmer, the Essential Agriculturalist, the Local Food Advocate, the Aquaculturalist, the Food Justice Activist, and other Visionaries at the “Good Food Table” : Growing Power’s first conference on urban and small farming.

    As we pull up to the SS Badger, docked in Ludington, the sun has cleared the horizon and dances across massive white Wind Turbinetotems asleep on the beds of semis, which we discover are segments of wind turbine towers – their presence nearly foiled by two-hundred-yard piles of the “other” black gold, coal, sparkling in the distance. Four breathless hours of Lake Michigan beauty later we arrive in Manatowoc, Wisconsin, two hours north of Milwaukee.  The ride is a meditation on fresh water, precious as it is, and plentiful in this ancient glacial intersection.

    We’re a day early, so we take our time southbound on 43, catching glimpses of the coast and a nearly contiguous patchwork of dairy pasture and barns until we arrive at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds in West Allis, far ahead of most of the 900+ people expected to be here for the entire weekend.  Wisconsin is the promised-land of dairy, home of Organic Valley and many of Horizon’s farmers; and it’s not only cows – the state ranks first in milk goat population, at 40,000 head, and does well with cranberries, too.  It’s fitting that the conference will play itself out here at the State Fair grounds, an institution of agricultural pageantry, traditional to American farm life for well over a century.  This particular ground is hollowed, once home to Native Americans who stewarded the land for sustenance.

    Friday Morning opens with the man himself, Mr. Will Allen, in true shoulderless-shirt form and surrounded by a Shouldervast Growing Power coterie.  He welcomes us to the Good Food Table and the “composting process” of the conference itself.  The audience – a bold mix of good food revolutionaries from around the country and the world – is enraptured by Will’s call to grow the movement, his appeal to move beyond talking and “just start doing.”  Winona LaDuke follows, her voice billowing with pride and tinged with urgency, as she recounts the rice harvest the day before and the need to protect the genetic integrity and ancestral heritages of our seeds and land.  Indeed, “the decolonization of our food.”  Urban farming luminaries fill-out a panel just before lunch, when we are served the very rice Winona and fellow Anishinaabe harvested earlier in the week. Read more »

  • 16Jul

    Gateway Greening is recruiting for a Community Outreach Educator. Apply now.

    Summary of the Position:

    The roving horticulturist will be responsible for conducting on-going site trainings both basic and advanced, repeating the trainings as necessary at community, school, and institutional gardens. Position must be experienced in building relationships with diverse groups; and have strong raised bed vegetable production and hoop house maintenance experience. Ability to trouble shoot a wide variety of group gardening issues. Understanding of evaluation process required with ability to track results and document project progress.

    Gateway Greening AmeriCorps VISTA Openings

    Gateway Greening is recruiting for full-time AmeriCorps VISTA positions to support its programs. Contact us for more information about the AmeriCorps VISTA online application process. To apply, go to www.americorps.gov/vista.

    City Seeds Urban Farm AmeriCorps VISTA Member – 2 Openings

    Description: Seeking 2 full-time Americorps VISTA members to assist in coordinating a 2.5 acre farm in downtown St. Louis that employs chronically homeless individuals that commonly suffer from dual-diagnosis mental illness and substance abuse. The member will coordinate farm logistics, increase farm production, enhance food distribution and program awareness and increased market sales and lead farm clients in therapuetic, education and job training activities.

    Community Garden Outreach AmeriCorps VISTA Member

    Description: The member supports the development of services to food producing community/school gardens in the St. Louis area through GGI programming. This includes the coordination of educational opportunities (how to grow vegetables, nutrition, and leadership) for community/school gardens, database tracking, fine tuning GGI programs/evaluation tools, and promotion of local/national food security and best practices. Tasks include organizing planning meetings, visiting garden groups and sites, assessing and monitoring community garden hubs, construction and installation of gardens and hubs, and overall logistics.

    To Apply

    AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a living stipend and are required to make a 1-3 year commitment to the VISTA project. Contact Mara Higdon, Program Director, at 314-588-9600 x22 for more information. All applicants must go to www.americorps.gov/vista to apply and search for Gateway Greening.

    Internships & Practicums

    General opportunities exist with community gardens, school gardens and City Seeds Urban Farm. Interns to assist with photography, graphic design and online communications are also needed.

    For information about internship opportunities, please contact Hannah Reinhart, Community Development Coordinator, at 314-588-9600 x28 for more information.

    An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

  • 16Jul

    Overview: The Executive Managing Director will guide the expansion of New York Sun Works. Our current focus is The Greenhouse Project, a program that is building 21st century environmental science labs on urban school rooftops. These spacious facilities packed with hands-on equipment invite students to study ecological science, natural resources, and human productivity through the lens of sustainable food production. Based on the successful Science Barge prototype launched in 2007, the first greenhouse is under construction at PS 333 in Manhattan and will be completed in October. The Executive Managing Director will oversee the implementation of outreach and service programs to foster similar projects at other schools, and will fundraise and advocate on behalf of
    New York Sun Works and The Greenhouse Project and with with the board of directors to guide our expansion. The Executive Managing Director will initially manage a team consisting of two or three program staff and a very modest part-time office support staff. The successful candidate will frequently serve as the public face of the organization and must be an effective executive leader. Read more »

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