We are now accepting applications for one partitime 2014 Arkansas GardenCorps service member positions:
Purpose of Arkansas GardenCorps:
The purpose of Arkansas GardenCorps is to promote the use of school and community gardens to increase environmental awareness and sustainable agriculture practices in Arkansas communities. Members will assist with the following GardenCorps objectives:
- Development and maintenance of school and community gardens
- Garden-based education for youth and adults
- Recruitment of volunteers to support sustainability of gardens
- Increase access to fresh produce grown in gardens
Part-time (900 hour) AmeriCorps members receive:
- Living Allowance of $503.85 every two weeks during service term, when directly serving.
- An education award in the amount of $2,775 if they successfully complete 900 hours of service.
Responsibilities of GardenCorps AmeriCorps Member :
A member’s acceptance into the Arkansas GardenCorps AmeriCorps program is dependent on the results of his or her sex offender, criminal history and FBI checks. Members must be a high school graduate and must be 18 years old or older in order to apply.
In general, essential functions of the position include:
- Garden duties:
- Seeding, planting, overseeing, harvesting produce
- Weeding, watering, thinning crops, bed amending and maintenance, fertilizing and pesticide control
- Construction of garden infrastructure (such as raised beds and irrigation)
- Maintaining tidiness of common areas
- Building, maintenance and utilization of rainwater harvest systems, vermicompost bins, and 3-bin compost systems
- Processing and transporting crops to consumer (produce stand, restaurant, food rescue, etc.)
- Operating heavy equipment (tiller, tractor, trench digger)
- Educational duties:
- Providing garden-based education to youth and adults through structured lessons and/or workshops and training
- Incorporating educational components into social events at each garden, for example at garden parties.
- Managing gardens’ resources, such as tools and equipment
- Sustainability duties:
- Organizing community outreach events
- Coordinating/logging volunteers and their hours and scheduling work days
- Publicizing gardens’ volunteer needs and events through traditional and social media
- Other duties:
- Log time in My Service Log on a weekly basis
- Attend AmeriCorps and Arkansas GardenCorps trainings
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Preferred:
- Knowledge of gardening (knowledge of sustainable gardening is preferred)
- Effective communication, leadership and community organizational skills
- Teaching experience preferred
- Good physical health and the ability to lift at least 20 pounds
Members will begin service on September 2nd, 2014 and end August 31st, 2015.
To complete an application please follow this link: https://base.uams.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=AE9gdk.
Little Rock, AR 72202
Dunbar Success Story
Teecumpsy Wiggins is a Gibbs Elementary School student whom I have never met. She is suffering from leukemia and last Friday her family and friends threw a 'swab party' at the Dunbar Garden to help find a bone marrow match. The Dunbar crew participated in the event and talked to the kids and adults about the garden and the animals. We were able to show our support for Teecumpsy by donating our time and space. While there were many teachers and students from Gibbs at the party, there were also many community members who had never been to the garden. Through our informal conversations with them we were able to share our mission. Kids got to play with the goats and learn about chickens; adults who grew up in the country were excited about everything we are growing and the knowledge of food production we impart on students.