All positions for 2017 are currently filled.
Member Position/Title: Assistant Farmer
Estimated Start and End Date: April 10, 2017 through end of September 2017
The Assistant Farmer will serve with the Farm Manager on all projects related to field and greenhouse production to raise vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs, and honey for markets, including the Community Supported Agriculture program, farmers markets, restaurants, and Real Food Farm’s Mobile Farmers Market.
Organization and Program Description:
Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Civic Works goals are to Build Brighter Futures through education and job training, grow Healthy Food and Green Communities, and create Safe and Affordable Housing.
Little Gunpowder Farm serves residents of the Baltimore area by providing high-quality vegetables at an affordable price, while prioritizing environmental stewardship of the land. Little Gunpowder Farm fulfills Civic Works’ mission for community improvement, workforce development, education, and green programming.
Member Service Activities:
Specific responsibilities include: assisting in the harvesting and washing of produce; field preparation, planting, irrigation, weeding, cultivation, pest management, and all other tasks related to growing vegetables; assisting and/or managing farmers market stands; delivering produce to food hub and other markets; helping maintain farm equipment and irrigation system.
Desired Skills and Education:
A candidate with at least one year organic vegetable production experience is desired.
Assistant Farmers must be able and willing to learn and carry out daily on-farm activities in order to grow food for the outlets stated above. Member must be able to lift and carry crates of produce repeatedly, as well as set up and manage farmers market stand in order to serve members of low-income communities.
Candidate must be able to serve outside performing manual labor under varying weather conditions. They must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly. Valid drivers license required, as Assistant Farmer will need to drive farm truck. Computer proficiency, marketing experience, customer service skills, familiarity with caring for chickens, and beekeeping are also a plus.
Terms of Service:
This position is a 900 hour AmeriCorps term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, a biweekly stipend of $680 and an educational award of $2907.50 upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.
As an AmeriCorps member you may NOT participate in the following activities during service hours:
Political Advocacy: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in political advocacy. They cannot advocate for legislation or for a political candidate in any way. They cannot conduct voter registration drives or lobby government officials at any level.
Religious Instruction: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in religious instruction. They cannot conduct religious studies, prayer groups, pastoral counseling, or any other activity promoting or providing information about religion. This does not prohibit AmeriCorps members from participating in non-religious activities at religious meetings or services.
Abortion referrals: AmeriCorps members cannot provide abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services.
Clerical Service: Civic Works AmeriCorps members may engage in clerical activities, such as photocopying, stuffing envelopes or answering phones for their own project. They cannot engage in these activities in assisting another person.
Fund Raising: Civic Works AmeriCorps members cannot seek in-kind donations and assist with fundraising events, mailings, or other activities, write grants (or portions of grants) or participate in capital fund raising activities or campaigns.
The list above is a summary, for detailed prohibited activities go to the following link: http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/acprohibited_activities.pdf
How to Apply: