Community Supported Agriculture Internship
2014 Healthy Share CSA Intern
This is a part-time position, six hours per week starting in February 2014 and ending in June 2014.
Program Description and Overview:
Project Bread is an anti-hunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food—because we believe that the opposite of hungry is not simply full, but healthy. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions. With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative initiatives and supports effective programs to eradicate hunger.
Project Bread’s Farm to Table CSA Program is the continuation of CSA Connect, an initiative that was launched by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts to address access, affordability, and community education around local fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, to expand the market and gross revenue for MA farms, in order to increase the financial viability of local and sustainable agriculture.
Project Bread and NOFA partnered in 2013 to bring the CSA Connect program to local community health centers, where low-income populations can access affordable fresh produce in a safe, familiar environment. CSA shares are delivered directly to these community health centers for 20 weeks from June through October. CSA members are also provided with educational materials that include product descriptions, and tips for storing, and preparing the produce. The program is also complemented by a monthly cooking class for CSA members.
In 2013 the two Project Bread sponsored health center sites had over 100 members, reached over 200 individuals, and generated close to $30,000 in sales for local farms.
In 2014 Project Bread seeks to increase the number of
community health centers sites and families participating in the program.
- Assist Project Bread’s Director of Community Outreach in the planning and implementation of the Farm to Table CSA program
- Assist in CSA member recruitment efforts by building relationships with community service agencies, helping the selected communities understand the CSA concept, and speaking to interested groups and individuals about program eligibility
- Participate in community meetings
- Willingness to become familiar with farm produce and collaborate on the creation of nutrition education materials for CSA members
- Conduct surveys to low-income clients to determine their interest, produce needs and payment ability.
- Coordinate communication between farms and community sites
- Conduct a price comparison project of CSA shares, versus nearby retailers that sell similar items
- Interest in local/sustainable agriculture, social justice and the low-income community
- Familiarity and experience with the concept of Community Supported Agriculture
- Ability to work independently, build relationships, communicate, and share respect with diverse
- Organized with attention to detail
- Excellent written and oral communication
- Experience with Microsoft office
- Knowledge of and familiarity with the SNAP/food stamps program is a plus
- Bilingual (Spanish)
To apply for this internship opportunity please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.