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School Garden Coordinator AmeriCorps

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Posted On:
Closing On:
Tuesday, 10th July 2018
Tuesday, 31st July 2018
Category: Social Services
Location: Alamosa, Colorado
P.O. Box 1235 / 911 State Ave., Alamosa, Colorado 81101
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

Company Description:

RAD has two educational garden programs, the Montezuma School to Farm Project (MSTFP) the Garden Project of Southwest Colorado (GPSW). All of these garden programs increase the number of students receiving garden science and nutrition education in rural areas of Colorado.

Here is a brief overview of RAD's garden programs:

The Montezuma School to Farm Project (MSTFP) is partnered with the Garden Project of Southwest Colorado (GPSW), as well as the Valley Educational Gardens Initiative (VEGI) as members of an AmeriCorps partnership called the Southwest Rural Education Collaborative. MSTFP, GPSW, and VEGI all provide garden science and nutrition education to elementary students. AmeriCorps members come for a year of service to design and implement the curriculum and lessons, and contribute to the organizations and communities in many ways.

MSTFP utilizes five AmeriCorps members and serves in three communities - Dolores, Mancos and Cortez, and is home to Mesa Verde National Park and a wealth of micro zones and high altitude growing climates within the county - from high desert and red rock canyons to the San Juan Mountain Range.  The county prides itself on its' "no-frills, just hard work" ethic along with its strong agricultural heritage. The students come from diverse cultural backgrounds.  Montezuma County has a large Native American population (Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, and Puebloan Tribes) as well as a strong Hispanic population. 

GPSW is located in the small mountain town of Durango Colorado. Located in southwest Colorado, Durango has quick access to outdoor play such as skiing, mountain biking, and river rafting, but is isolated from any larger urban areas. Ft. Lewis College is a source of diversity and adventure for the town. GPSW is growing a healthier community through school and community gardens, and has helped develop 20 community gardens since 1998. There is a strong focus on connecting people to their food, developing healthy nutrition, and encouraging environmental stewardship. The GPSW team includes two AmeriCorps members.

VEGI is a program of La Puente, a charity organization serving the homeless, the hungry, and people living in poverty in the six counties of the San Luis Valley, Colorado. La Puente is comprised of six charities and four enterprises, each with their own focus for providing assistance, support, and education to community members in Crisis. Though the area is pristine in its mountainous beauty, it is host of 4 of the 6 poorest counties in Colorado. The poverty and isolation of the Valley gives way to a lot of human need. The economy is primarily agricultural, and many of the crops are worked by immigrant migrant farm workers. La Puente utilizes 20-25 AmeriCorps members to run the front lines of all the services. VEGI serves multiple school districts with garden science and nutrition education as well as provides fresh produce for La Puente's Food Bank and Homeless Shelter.
 

Benefits common to all programs:
These positions are AmeriCorps positions and receive a living allowance of $1,144/month before taxes, medical insurance, and an education award. All AmeriCorps members are eligible for full food stamps benefits (around $180-$200/month). All federal loans can be put into forbearance during the service year and the Corporation for National and Community Service will pay any accrued interest on such loans upon successful completion of the service term

At MSTFP and GPSW: The term is a one-year commitment and the education award is $5,920 upon successful completion of a one year term. Housing is not provided, but the programs' leadership have local connections and a history of helping members find housing that is suitable for their needs and works for their budget. The year will begin August 6th, 2018.

 

Job Description:

My name is Alicia Salazar and I am one of the AmeriCorps Recruiters at La Puente in Alamosa, Colorado. La Puente is the lead organization in a collective AmeriCorps program called the Rural Alliance for Dignity (RAD). RAD serves specifically in rural communities around Colorado and provides a range of services from tutoring, to hunger relief, to serving the homeless. I received your information from the AmeriCorps Portal and although there are multiple openings at multiple programs, based on your skills and interests, I have a couple exciting service opportunities in garden education programs I thought you'd like to consider.

RAD has two educational garden programs, the Montezuma School to Farm Project (MSTFP) the Garden Project of Southwest Colorado (GPSW). All of these garden programs increase the number of students receiving garden science and nutrition education in rural areas of Colorado.

MSTFP utilizes five AmeriCorps members and serves in three communities - Dolores, Mancos and Cortez, and is home to Mesa Verde National Park and a wealth of micro zones and high altitude growing climates within the county - from high desert and red rock canyons to the San Juan Mountain Range. The county prides itself on its' "no-frills, just hard work" ethic along with its strong agricultural heritage. The students come from diverse cultural backgrounds. Montezuma County has a large Native American population (Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, and Puebloan Tribes) as well as a strong Hispanic population. The MSTFP team includes five AmeriCorps members.

 

Please visit MSTFP's Facebook page to learn more about the program: http://www.montezumaschooltofarm.org or https://www.facebook.com/MontezumaSchooltoFarm/?fref=ts

 

GPSW is located in the small mountain town of Durango. Located in southwest Colorado, Durango has quick access to outdoor play such as skiing, mountain biking, and river rafting, but is isolated from any larger urban areas. Ft. Lewis College is a source of diversity and adventure for the town. GPSW is growing a healthier community through school and community gardens, and has helped develop 20 community gardens since 1998. There is a strong focus on connecting people to their food, developing healthy nutrition, and encouraging environmental stewardship. The GPSW team includes two AmeriCorps members.

Please visit GPSW's website to learn more about the program: http://www.thegardenprojectswcolorado.org/

 

Benefits common to all programs:

These positions are AmeriCorps positions and receive a living allowance of $1,144/month before taxes, medical insurance, and an education award. All AmeriCorps members are eligible for full food stamps benefits (around $180-$200/month). All federal loans can be put into forbearance during the service year and the Corporation for National and Community Service will pay any accrued interest on such loans upon successful completion of the service term

At MSTFP and GPSW: The term is a one-year commitment and the education award is $5,920 upon successful completion of a one year term. Housing is not provided, but the programs' leadership have local connections and a history of helping members find housing that is suitable for their needs and works for their budget. The year will begin August 6th, 2018.

 

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