Assistant Manager Volunteer
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|Posted On:||Tuesday, 18th September 2018|
St. Petersburg, Florida
WunderFarms is a collection of 3 community supported and organically grown gardens in the St. Petersburg area that are founded and managed by Ray Wunderlich, a third generation native of St. Petersburg. The gardens have several purposes: to introduce volunteers and community members to the art of organic gardening in Florida, to provide fresh produce to the local emergency food network of pantries, and to increase local food production and food security in the St. Petersburg area. In the 2017-2018 season, WunderFarms donated two tons of organic herbs and vegetables to the local emergency food network. WunderFarms also collects compostable materials free of charge from local businesses like juice houses, coffee shops, and food pantries to compost into rich soil for the gardens, reduce waste, and teach about the nutrient cycle.
How it Works:
All gardens are shared community gardens. This means that volunteers arrive to gardens at the same time, help each other with the tasks needed in the garden, and share the harvest. Each volunteer can take home about one full grocery bag of produce each time they participate. WunderFarms shares the overabundance with local food pantries and sells a portion of the produce to raise funds for garden purchases such as seeds and tools. During a garden day, gardeners partake in a variety of tasks like planting, watering, turning compost, harvesting, and weeding. Ray cheerfully instructs and delegates tasks for the garden work days, and provides an educational and fun work environment. Each of the three gardens is unique and quite beautiful. Each season, WunderFarms grows a diverse variety of plants including annual vegetables, herbs, and flowers; perennial fruit trees; and native plants.
WunderFarms is seeking a volunteer Garden Assistant Manager for the 2018-2019 gardening season from September through May for about ten to fifiteen hours per week. We are asking for a commitment through the growing season with the opportunity to continue next season if both parties are in favor. The position is unpaid; however, reimbursement for fuel and other expenses will be provided.
Applicants need not have extensive gardening knowledge or experience; however, reliability and excellent communication skills are imperative. The successful applicant will be dependable, responsible, trustworthy, value community building, and bring a positive attitude to what can be hard work in the great outdoors. Must be able to lift heavy compost and water buckets, bend to ground level, and withstand the Florida heat. Social media, marketing, and web skills are a bonus as we are looking to develop our brand, even being nonprofit.
This is a stellar opportunity to learn how to manage community gardens or small urban farms from the best! You will learn ecological gardening practices, flower production, soil building, compost management, volunteer recruitment and instruction, hosting garden parties and events, native plants, and much more! Please send a cover letter to Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us about yourself, your gardening experience if any, and why you want to be the Garden Assistant Manager.
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