Community Garden and Farm Strategist VISTA

Cedar Falls, IA, USA

Job Type

Full Time, Year Long, Standard AmeriCorps VISTA Member

About the Role

As an Incubator Farm Development VISTA, your service will contribute to the development of an incubator farm in Northeast Iowa which will provide a key pathway into the farming profession for underserved populations. You will familiarize yourself with the incubator farm model by researching success stories and holding discussions with leaders in the field, becoming an expert in the local and statewide landscape of laws, incentives, and other factors contributing to the ease or difficulty of establishing an incubator farm.

You will also promote the formation of partnerships which will lead to an incubator farm’s creation, working with such entities as extension agencies, local farmers and land-owners, community-based organizations representing populations identified as having a strong interest in farming, civic leaders, and educational institutions.

As a Community Food Security VISTA Project in Iowa VISTA member, you will research existing incubator farms’ organization and processes. You will have the opportunity to speak with incubator farm leaders regionally and nationally. You will conduct a community needs assessment among potential users of the proposed incubator farm; identify and contact key community leaders and partners to assemble a planning team under the Leighty Foundation grant guidelines; and develop communication strategies to promote the long-term value of the incubator farm for the region. Gathered information will provide foundational materials for our community partners to consider as we work to establish an incubator farm in the Cedar Valley.


BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION

The Incubator Farm Development Standard VISTA will earn a biweekly living allowance totaling $17,600 over the entire year, and is eligible for a post-service benefit of either the Segal education award (Currently $6,895 - equal to the value of a full semester Pell Grant) or a cash alternative ($1,800).

VISTAs are also eligible for over $8,000 in supplemental medical benefits, a childcare subsidy, paid sick and vacation days, and Noncompetitive Eligibility when applying for federal employment for 1 year after completing service.


Rolling Start Dates

As a VISTA Program, this position follows a monthly schedule of start dates. Please apply 1 month or farther in advance of any of the following start dates for priority consideration:

October 24th, 2022

November 7th

December 5th

January 17th, 2023

February 13th

March 13th

April 10th

May 8th

June 5th & 20th

July 17th and 31st

August 14th and 28th

Requirements

You should work alongside diverse groups of people with accountability and compassion; be eager to establish and maintain positive working relationships; and have an equity centered mindset, excellent communication, and interpersonal and organizational skills.


Apply HERE.

About the Organization

As a CFS VISTA member, you will serve among a cohort of Community Food Security (CFS) VISTA members throughout Iowa, sponsored by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, and will have frequent opportunities to share knowledge within this community through regular cohort-wide meetings and site visits. In addition to all standard AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, you will engage regularly with thought leaders in local food via the Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network and Regional Food Systems Working Group, in addition to being invited to professional development opportunities coordinated by a VISTA Leader in your cohort.