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Arkansas GardenCorps is an AmeriCorps program hosted by the Access to Healthy Foods Research Group at the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas. The mission 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 assist Service Sites across the state of Arkansas with the following 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

A member’s acceptance into the Arkansas GardenCorps AmeriCorps program is dependent on the results of his or her sex offender, criminal history, FBI checks, drug screen and nicotine screen (ACH is a nicotine-free campus beginning May 1, 2015). Members must be must be 18 years old or older in order to apply and must be a high school graduate in order to use their education award.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Service Site  Location Start Date Total #
of Hours
Total #
of Weeks
Average # of
Hours per Week
Living Allowance
(Gross)*
Bi Weekly
(Gross)
Health Insurance, Student Loan
Forbearance Eligibility
Education
Award**
Tri Cycle Farms FILLED
Arkansas Children's Hospital FILLED
Cobblestone Farms FILLED
Cobblestone Farms FILLED
Dunbar Garden FILLED
Waves of Prayer FILLED
Youth Home  FILLED

* Living Allowance (Gross) is determined based on advertised start date above. Stipend amounts after the listed start date above are prorated based on the Service Member's actual start date and the end date of August 26, 2018.

** Receipt of education award is dependent upon successful completion of service term, which includes completing required number of hours and successful completion of service activities.

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 and nutrition education to youth and adults through structured lessons and/or workshops and training
    • Coordinating and assisting with delivery of at least one 6-lesson Cooking Matters for Kids and/or Teens course
    • Incorporating educational components into social events at garden, such as volunteer workdays
    • 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
    • Very small amount of donation procurement, fundraising, and/or grant writing to assist with procurement of materials and funds directly benefiting the garden and its programming
  • Access duties:
    • Distribution of produce to local food banks
    • Sharing of produce with local community members
    • Assisting with establishment of home gardens, or inviting community members into the garden to pick their own produce
  • Other duties:
    • Attend orientation in Little Rock prior to first day of service
    • Attend bimonthly Arkansas GardenCorps trainings in Little Rock
    • Complete monthly progress reports and submit to ARGC
    • Log time in online database on a weekly basis
    • Participate in regular email and phone communication with ARGC staff
    • Participate in all duties as described in the Service Site’s Service Member Position Description

 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Preferred:

  • Knowledge of gardening (knowledge of sustainable gardening is preferred)
  • Effective communication, leadership and community organizational skills
  • Teaching/training/public speaking experience preferred but not required 


Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands:

  • Willingness to serve in outdoor environments, in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift at least 25 lbs and perform garden related physical activities
  • Ability to work independently and make informed decisions
  • Ability to work cooperatively and compassionately with a diverse community

 If you would like to be informed when new positions become available, please join our Arkansas GardenCorps Mailing List.

Arkansas GardenCorps is an AmeriCorps program hosted by the Access to Healthy Foods Research Group at the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas. The mission 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 assist Service Sites across the state of Arkansas with the following 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

 

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