Personal growth, service learning, innovative food systems, and strong partnerships are at the heart of this opportunity. The Food and Farm Director (FFD) is responsible for leading multiple constituencies – Corps Members, Crew Leaders, AmeriCorps Members, school groups, and volunteers – in personally empowering, professionally meaningful, and educationally rich experiences while working and learning on the Farm at VYCC.
A successful FFD will lead the Farm at VYCC’s efforts to: deepen Farm Corps Members experience through learning; design and implement programs that meet the needs of young people in Vermont; and increase the Farm at VYCC’s resources through expanded partnerships and funding.
The FFD is highly focused on partner stewardship and partner development to support and strengthen the Health Care Share. The Health Care Share, founded by VYCC, employs youth and young adults to work and learn while growing fresh, local food. This food, packaged in weekly shares, is distributed to medical centers who, in turn, distribute shares to patients who benefit from greater access to vegetable and poultry shares. Health Care Shares is at once a youth employment vehicle, a public health initiative, and an entrepreneurial engine.
This position requires a passion for working with young people, education and community building, strong practical knowledge of agricultural skills and farm management, a deep commitment to community food security, and a unique talent for collaboration.