Type of farm?
•Solid belief in and commitment to the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps mission •Experience with, or the strong desire to learn, sustainable agriculture techniques and methodology •Desire to learn and build upon leadership skills •Good time management, organizational skills, and attention to detail •Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills •Excellent written communication skills •Excellent physical and emotional stamina •Valid driver's license and good driving record •Standard First Aid and CPR or equivalent (OR willingness to earn certification)
About the Project -
Health Care Share
The Farm's primary focus is the Health Care Share, a 6 month produce and poultry CSA for Vermont families who are unable to afford or access fresh food. Member-families are referred by their health care provider and pick up their weekly share of produce and poultry at their doctor's office. VYCC puts youth and young adults to work growing, harvesting and packing these shares in a paid employment and agricultural training opportunity. The Health Care Share now serves more than 400 families at 4 medical centers across the state.
Primary Responsibilities -
The LDC crew is responsible for more technical, long-range work on HCS food production.
o Transplanting, weeding, harvesting
o Maintain hoophouse crops, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and greens
o Lead community and corporate volunteer groups on field activities
•Wash, Pack & Distribution
o Follow Food Safety protocols to wash various types of produce appropriately and efficiently
o Assist with weekly packing of HCS shares, as well as wholesale and retail orders
o Assist with weekly HCS distribution to medical centers
o Care for chickens, laying hens, pigs and cows
o Build and maintain greenhouses, portable hoophouses, poultry pens, livestock fencing
•Off Campus Projects
o Assist HCS farmers throughout VT with vegetable production tasks
o Learn from the techniques of other Vermont farmers
o Regular and on-call gleaning projects to rescue produce for use in HCS
•Farmers' Market and Other Marketing Outreach and Events
• $4,400 AmeriCorps Living Allowance per 900 service hours, paid biweekly • Eligible for Segal Education Award upon completion of service (900 hour, Half Time award: $2,907.50) • On-campus housing; farm food allotment (produce, eggs, meat, and dry goods) • Organizational dedication to on-going professional development (monthly farm visits, NOFA workshops and trainings, etc.)
There are two consecutive LDC crews. Eight 900 hour positions exist on each crew. Applicants are allowed to apply for, and serve on, one or both crews.
Session 1: March 11 -- July 13, 2017
Session 2: June 29 -- October 31, 2017
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.
Paul Feenan and Caelan Keenan by responding to this posting.
About the Organization -
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) is a 501c3 nonprofit service, conservation, and education organization focused on youth leadership development. Since 1985, it has provided valuable job training and education programs to more than 6,000 youth from across the country and from nearly every town in Vermont. All activities are inextricably tied to VYCC's mission -- teaching young people personal responsibility through meaningful work that connects us to the land, community, and one another. To instill these skills and values, VYCC enrolls young people in paid work opportunities. Our model is strong and simple: Youth Corps Members work together in small groups, guided by highly trained leaders, to complete high priority projects in conservation and agriculture.
Housing provided in yurts on VYCC's 400 acre campus.
Yurts have beds, mattresses, book shelves, storage, and sleep 4 each.
Crew has regular access to locker room-style showers and bathrooms, commercial kitchen, community space, WiFi
Crew is equipped with a VYCC van for all project-related travel
First step is to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to:
Paul Feenan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Caelan Keenan: email@example.com
Paul and/or Caelan will be in touch to schedule an Informational Interview with applicants, an opportunity to ask questions about the position and learn more about one another.
$4,400 AmeriCorps Living Allowance per 900 service hours, paid biweekly; Segal Education Award upon completion of service (900 hour, Half Time award: $2,907.50); On-campus housing; farm food allotment (produce, eggs, meat, and dry goods)
Join the VYCC's Farm Crew this season!
Living allowance, education award, full housing, all food provided on a busy, beautiful, organic, 50+ acre diversified vegetable farm!
Position: Vermont Youth Conservation Corps - Leadership Development Crew
Minimum age: 21
Season: 18-32 weeks
Peer-led team of eight people who contribute to all aspects of food production and distribution at the Farm at VYCC in Richmond, as well as across the state.