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Volunteer Opportunities 2019

SEED TO SHARE GARDEN™: GARDEN GUIDE  VOLUNTEERS

  • Interested in becoming a volunteer leader in our Seed to Share Garden? Apply for our GARDEN GUIDE program!  Accepted candidates receive classroom training (two, 2-hour sessions held monthly) and 6 hours of hands-on gardening instruction to become a GARDEN GUIDE.  Then GARDEN GUIDES are encouraged to volunteer weekly or monthly in the Seed to Share Garden™ to help lead our GARDEN CREW volunteers!

SEED TO SHARE GARDEN™: GARDEN CREW  VOLUNTEERS

  • Our Seed to Share Garden GARDEN CREW volunteers are a special part of our team!  We bring together individuals, families, and organizations to collaboratively grow vegetables for local food banks in our universally accessible raised bed one-acre garden network.
  • Tasks include planting, weeding, watering, mulching, harvesting and beyond.  Interested in checking it out?  Sign-up for one of our volunteer times and complete our Activity Waiver.  We look forward to working in the dirt and growing for others along side you! GARDEN CREW volunteers must be 14 years of age and up.  When accompanied by an adult 18 years of age and older, younger GARDEN CREW volunteers are welcome to join us starting at 6 years of age.

Meet the WCFP Team

Alex Zaremba, Farm Apprentice  I began farming after taking more of an interest in understanding where my food comes from 4 years ago. Before that I had been a camp counselor for many years and had a love of working outdoors. Recently I have been interested in the ties between agriculture and climate change, and that is one main reason I decided to come to WCFP – to learn and farm with a purpose!  Outside of work, I enjoy playing basketball, cooking vegan meals and dancing.  Favorite Veggie: Roasted brussel sprouts with a little bit of salt Favorite Book: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.  Fun Fact: I once stopped a moving train with my bare hands.

Emalee Lally, Farm Apprentice Ever since receiving my first CSA box of fresh produce I have been inspired to grow a greater connection to the food system. I lived in Rhode Island for two years working for a nonprofit addressing homelessness and volunteering for Farm Fresh Rhode Island, a local CSA program. I found that incorporating more plants into my diet was changing my life by dramatically improving my health, allowing me to better serve others, and shifting my career focus to issues of community health and sustainable food systems. WCFP has given me the opportunity to gain direct experience working on a farm and will allow me to grow both personally by getting out of my comfort zone, and professionally in this important field. The best day off for me would start with yoga, then a nice local hike, completed by relaxing with a good beer, delicious food and closest friends.  Favorite Veggie: My go-to easy plant-based dinner is a big baked sweet potato stacked with massaged kale, simple tahini dressing, lots of black beans, salsa and cilantro. Favorite Book: Impact Man was a very relatable, inspiring book to me.  Fun Fact:  I was involved in the restaurant industry for seven years and served at one of the top wedding venues in the US.

Olivia Evans, Farm Apprentice Prior to WCFP, I was doing trail and fence construction work with a conservation corps, and before that I was studying Asian American Studies. I’m especially interested in how community engaged farms can help to sustain a diversity of cultures, lifestyles, and relationships to the earth. The WCFP Apprenticeship felt like a natural next step in exploring the connections between community building and environmental stewardship.  I’m excited to have the opportunity to create a Heritage Garden as part of my apprenticeship! Currently planted are Chinese, Indonesian and Lenni-Lenape culturally important vegetables.  Through this project I hope to learn more about the importance of growing culturally relevant produce for different communities. I am inspired by all the farmers and gardeners who have grown these vegetables for many years.  Favorite Veggie: baby bok choy. Favorite Movie: Up.  Outside of work you will find me doodling, singing, and reading tarot cards.

Silvio McIntosh, Farm Apprentice  I have 17 years of farming and gardening experiences coupled with service, community living, activism, solidarity work, adventure and simple living from NC to NY and from Senegal to Hawaii.  Willow Creek is a great place for me to recenter, use my skills and knowledge, be supported in achieving life goals and enjoy good work with good people.  Outside of work I enjoy exploring off the beaten path in nature, walking, travel, swimming, spending time with friends, kayaking and playing guitar.  I feel grateful to be alive each and every day.  Favorite Veggie: In this moment: yellow crookneck summer squash sauteed in butter with onions, garlic, green peppers and eggs, salt and pepper… MmmAggghhh. Favorite Book:  Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America.  Fun Fact: I’m into whips, chains, and leather (I like working with draft oxen, hahaha!).

Employment Opportunities 2019

JOB TITLE: Learning Barn Farm Shoppe Manager (LBFSM); [Posted June 28, 2019]

PRIMARY FUNCTION:

The primary function is to oversee all retail and educational activities of Willow Creek Farm Preserve’s (WCFP) Learning Barn Farm Shoppe.  The LBFSM will be responsible for supporting the Owner in curating local products and leading the farm’s interactions with the public through education and engagement with fiber arts for our community.

RELATIONSHIPS:

  1. Reports to Owner.
  2. Member of Leadership Team.
  3. Builds a professional, engaging, and supportive working environment with WCFP team members and external partner organizations.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  1. Implement all retail activities for Learning Barn Farm Shoppe.
  2. Invest in creation of WCFP weekly story time “Stories & String”, develop knitting/crocheting/fiber arts lessons & curriculum for students of all ages and expand other programming for the community.
  3. Foster a positive work environment while honoring WCFP Learning Community values.
  4. Maintain accurate sales records and complete sales activity record reports; enter these records daily.
  5. Operate and maintain Square register system and monitor inventory of all LBFS items.
  6. Maintain clean and welcoming environment inside and outside of LBFS and create visually appealing displays to stimulate sales.
  7. Review farming literature/stay current on trends/opportunities within regenerative organic agriculture.
  8. Work with Leadership Team in program development, education and outreach activities.
  9. Lead WCFP programs to interested visitors/volunteers as requested to accomplish goals.
  10. Ensure safety of visitors/team by complying with WCFP’s Safety Committee policies.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. H.S. diploma; B.S./college credits desirable.
  2. 1-3+ years’ experience in similar role which includes teaching/management experience.
  3. Demonstrated expertise in fiber arts with skills including knitting, crocheting, felting, etc.
  4. Strong leadership skills/demonstrated passion for lifelong learning & nature/organic agriculture.
  5. Sound interpersonal communication skills, with all audiences.
  6. Experience using retail register/knowledge of inventory systems.
  7. Basic understanding of various computer software systems to facilitate all responsibilities.

POSITION TYPE:

  1. Part-time, Seasonal (mid-April – mid-November):
    1. 20-25+ hours/week within hours of 9am-5pm; Monday – Friday
    2. *1-2 Saturdays/month; (w/flex days off)
  2. Compensation
    1. Hourly wage; $15/hour
    2. 1 week paid vacation; paid holidays; unpaid time off negotiable

TO APPLY: Email resume to: melissa.smith@willowcreekfarmpreserve.org

Employment Opportunities  – Apprenticeships 2020

Thank you for your interest in working with us at WCFP!  We offer Apprenticeships March through Mid-November for a seasonal, hands-on learning experience focusing on farm-based education, Shetland Sheep management, organic berry production, and raised-bed vegetable gardening.

Starting in October, 2019, opportunities will be available for WCFP Preview Half Work Days for any interested 2020 Apprenticeship Candidates wanting to see what WCFP is all about before applying. Email emilyn@willowcreekfarmpreserve.org to schedule your Preview Day!

Check back in November 2019 for the WCFP 2020 Farm Apprenticeship Application Form.  Thank you again!