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Farms & Gardens - Educational Opportunity in Denver, CO at Mental Health Center of Denver

Date Posted: 4/2/2019

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Job Description

Farms & Gardens - Educational Opportunity (April-October)

PROGRAM:  Dahlia Campus Market Farm and Aquaponic Greenhouse

OPPORTUNITY LOCATION:  Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being

TRAINING: Agroecology certificate program (non-credit) - Costs Reimbursed)

PURPOSE:  To support the Dahlia Campus in its efforts to support the health of the Northeast Park Hill neighbors, community members, and those engaged in services by growing and distributing naturally-grown produce. The site features a hub of services and programs, and our goal is to offer a welcoming place where families, and people of all ages can engage in activities that will help them feel good. Interns would learn about developing a local food system, farm management, food equity, health, and nutrition. Upon completion of this internship, individuals will have the skills and knowledge required to confidently grow vegetables and market them. Continued training may be required for employment on farm. This is a great opportunity for people interested in community engagement and urban agriculture. As a thanks to our Farms & Gardens Interns, they may be eligible for free market farm produce and/or discount pricing on Food Boxes. Our Food Boxes contain a variety of fresh produce from our Dahlia Campus Farms and Gardens.

Job Requirements

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

-Assist in seeding, planting, cultivating, harvesting, and composting, as well as with general farm/greenhouse maintenance.

-Prepare for and attend Dahlia Campus Farmers Market which occurs every Wednesday afternoon/evening from late June to mid-October.

-Assist with farm distribution programs such as CSA, Farmers Market, Food Boxes, donations, and other community events.

-Complete a tailored curriculum that consists of weekly readings and on-farm assignments, and may include an opportunity to complete an Agroecology certificate program (non-credit).

QUALIFICATIONS:

-Ability to work as a team player and to take direction well with strong attention to detail

-Willingness to take initiative and follow-through on tasks.

-Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, including students/youth, people of different cultures, etc.

-Preference will go to local residents with reliable transportation.

-Independent interest in learning specifically about sustainable urban agriculture and its methods of food production.

-Can lift 50 lbs. and are willing to engage in strenuous, physically demanding tasks within a variety of conditions (i.e. endurance to work long days, in diverse weather conditions).

-We take health and safety very seriously, and have strict Food Safety and Biosecurity policies. Since this volunteer position involves direct contact with food items, we require that interns adhere to all food safety rules, including:

            -No Illness within the past 48 hours prior to volunteering

            -No smokers (this relates to Tobacco Mosaic Virus which can put our crops at risk)

            -Always wear clean clothes, no dangling jewelry, and expect to tie your hair back

            -Please don’t wear antiperspirant (this has to do with the aluminum content and potential cross-contamination)

SCHEDULE/TIME COMMITMENT:

10-15 hours per week for a minimum of 20 weeks including some nights and weekends throughout the growing season. Intern must work for at least 300 hours in a calendar year in order to receive stipend.

*Seasonal interns gain the most benefit from being dedicated for the entire growing season, although we do have a few shorter-season opportunities available (such as for college students during summer break).

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