Urban Agriculture Specialist Wanted
Urban Agriculture Specialist
Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach seeks a full time, salaried Urban Agriculture Specialist, with experience in educational programming, community outreach and partnership development. This highly motivated individual will have responsibilities related to local food value chain and food advocates, Master Gardeners, community and school gardens, and local growers. Bachelor’s Degree required (Masters’ preferred) in horticulture, agriculture education, sustainable agriculture, or related field. To apply, email cover letter, resume and three references to Michelle Temeyer, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. The position is open until filled.
This is a newly-created position support five (5) Extension Council-approved goals and outcomes for the Urban Agriculture Program in Black Hawk County.
1. Provide leadership in community garden programs, environmental education and the local foods value chain.
Outcomes: Provides educational leadership through such programs as Cedar Valley Grows and others; promote home gardening programs; teach children and adults how to learn about and investigate their environment, and to make intelligent, informed decisions about how they can take care of it; and provide public education about community food web.
2. Strengthen Master Gardeners’ educational role in the community.
Outcomes: Master Gardeners’ skills and talents are utilized through scheduled educational presentations; Master Gardeners mentor local youth, including 4-Hers to increase participation levels in gardening and horticulture project areas and Master Gardeners use the greenhouse for programming
3. Enhance youth programming in the county by strengthening, sustaining and expanding in-school and out-of-school garden/agricultural programs and support the development and implementation of Farm- to-School programs in Black Hawk County.
Outcomes: Teach garden-based, nutritional, environmental and agricultural education curriculum (known as Connecting Learning and Living) to formal and non-formal educators throughout county; greater use of the greenhouse as a teaching and learning facility, reaching a broad and diverse audience; work with local food service directors to utilize school gardens and locally-grown produce in school menus; connect and build relationships with local FFA programs, build programs and curriculum initiated through the Peoples’ Garden project in Black Hawk County.
4. Build and enhance networks of local growers, Master Gardeners, farmer’s markets and small/beginning farmers and others to campus-based educational programming.
Outcomes: Connect with and promote existing programs (such as Women Caring for the Land and Beginning Farmer Program) as well as initiate, and offer new programs (such as Homegrown Lifestyle, Good Agricultural Practices, MarketReady); invite campus and field specialists to deliver educational workshops such as high tunnels, conservation, production and marketing.
5. Create and build partnerships with local food advocates such as Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership, Northeast Iowa Food Bank and others that increase local food access in food deserts and promote healthy eating.
Outcomes: Increase local food production; recruit new commercial fruit and vegetable growers in the county; and identify audiences for Expanded Food and Nutrition Education (EFNEP) programming.
In partnership with the Waterloo Community Schools, the Dick Young Greenhouse opened in the fall of 2009 as a community educational greenhouse. Located on the campus of George Washington Carver Academy campus (middle school) at 1505 Logan Avenue in Waterloo, the greenhouse serves as a resource to the school and community. Extension staffs the facility and the district owns and maintains the facility. A part-time horticulture assistant, with support from the Black Hawk County Master Gardeners, will coordinate and supervise the maintenance of greenhouse plants, equipment, and supplies.
To learn more about us or our work, please call Michelle Temeyer, Executive Director at 319.234.6811
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