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We are now accepting applications for 2014-2015 Arkansas GardenCorps positions!

Applications will be accepted until June 15th. Members will be selected by August 15th. The service term will begin September 2nd, 2014, and end August 31st, 2015. Members are expected to serve no less than 1700 hours and to serve for the full service term.

This is a general application to serve with Arkansas GardenCorps. Applicants can indicate a preferred region in which they would like to serve. Specific service sites will be announced in early July. At that point, members will be contacted and invited to select service sites to which they would like their application to be sent.

Purpose of Arkansas GardenCorps:

The purpose of Arkansas GardenCorps is to promote the use of school and community gardens to provide nutrition education with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity and 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 nutrition education for youth and adults
  • Recruitment of volunteers to support sustainability of gardens
  • Increase access to fresh produce grown in gardens

Full-time (1700 hour) AmeriCorps members receive:

  • A living allowance of $13,100 per year with a start date of September 2nd, 2014. Start dates after then are prorated based on member's start date and end date of August 31st, 2015.
  • An education award in the amount of $5,645 if they successfully complete 1700 hours of service.
  • Childcare and healthcare benefits, if needed.
  • Loan forbearance, with loan holder approval.

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 have a high school diploma or GED, or be enrolled in a program to obtain a GED, 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
    • Processing and transporting crops to consumer (produce stand, restaurant, food rescue, etc.)
    • Managing gardens’ resources, such as tools and equipment
  • Educational duties:
    • Providing garden-based nutrition 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.
  • Volunteer Outreach 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
  • Food Access duties:
    • Processing and transporting crops to consumer (produce stand, restaurant, food rescue, etc.)
  • Arkansas GardenCorps program duties:
    • Log time in My Service Log on a weekly basis
    • Attend required monthly or bi-monthly AmeriCorps and Arkansas GardenCorps trainings in Little Rock
    • Timely communication with program staff via email and/or phone

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
  • Professional attitude and demeanor

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=xsdpyqTTb3

Emily S. English MPS, MPH

Program Administrator

Community-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Dept. of Pediatrics, UAMS

1 Children’s Way, Slot 512-26
Little Rock, AR 72202

O: 501.364.3390

C: 501.529.9924

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The mission of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program (COPRP) of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute is to address childhood obesity prevention through a coordinated community-based approach targeting modifiable individual risk behaviors, environmental risk factors, and state and national risk reduction policies. Our approach is focused on food systems and sustainable agriculture strategies, including school and community gardens and farm to school programming
Since 2010, the COPRP has funded 10 school gardens around the state. With funding from a variety of external sources, the COPRP will release an annual request for applications (RFA) for new school garden awards and supplemental awards for existing school gardens funded originally through the COPRP. This year the School Garden Award Program is sponsored through partnership funding from Bank of America and The Charles Preston Winters Foundation.
Supplemental School Garden Awards will range from $500-$2000 each to schools that have previously receiving funding from COPRP. For a list of eligible schools, visit this link.
New School Garden Awards will be made in the amount of $7,000 each to schools that do not currently have an existing fruit and vegetable garden, but wish to build one. For a list of eligibility requirements for these awards, please visit this link.


Award timeline:

  • Application deadline: June 1, 2014
  • Notification of award: June 30, 2014
  • Initial site visit (primary coordinator must be present): August 2014 ( TBD with each school)
  • Orientation and training at ACHRI, Little Rock: August 29, 2014
  • Initial Planning Report due: September 30, 2014
  • Mid-term expense and progress reports due: December 1, 2014
  • Final expense and progress reports due: May 2015


Schools receiving a new award will receive:

  • $7,000 to build a new school fruit and vegetable garden. This can include building a garden from "scratch", or adding a fruit and vegetable garden to an existing "other" garden (e.g. adding a fruit and vegetable garden to an existing butterfly garden)
  • Trainings for teachers and key garden stakeholders at ACHRI in Little Rock (sample topics include how to integrate school gardens into core and elective curricula, gardening 101, etc.)
  • Multiple site visits and consultation from COPRP staff
  • Ongoing technical support from COPRP staff
  • Recipe Book, Garden Guide and Delta Garden Study Curriculum (if appropriate)
  • Schools receiving a supplemental award will receive:
  • $500 to $2000 cash award to maintain and sustain their current school garden (fruits and vegetables)
  • Trainings for teachers and key garden stakeholders at ACHRI in Little Rock (sample topics include how to integrate school gardens into core and elective curricula, volunteer recruitment, etc.)
  • Multiple site visits and consultation from COPRP staff
  • Ongoing technical support from COPRP staff
  • Recipe Book, Garden Guide and Delta Garden Study Curriculum (if appropriate)


Application Requirements:  All applications will be submitted electronically using the following link and must include these items:

  • Contact Information
  • Correct Award Type Selected
  • Completed Application Questions (There are three questions)
  • Completed Budget
  • Letters of Support From:
    • School Principal
    • Community Member
    • Additional letters may be sent but are not required


Cover page information (That you will enter into our online application):

  • Name of School:
  • Address of School:
  • County:
  • Name of Key Contact:
  • Primary Coordinator's Position Within School:
  • Phone number of Primary Coordinator:
  • Email address of Primary Coordinator:
  • If the Primary Coordinator is not available to notify for award status on June 30, and/or to receive a check in July , please list an alternate contact person for someone who will be available at those times:
  • Name of Alternate Contact Person:
  • Phone number of alternate contact person:
  • Email of alternate contact person:

 

Each application will be scored using one of the following rubrics: New School Garden Scoring Guide or Supplemental Garden Scoring Guide.

 

 

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