Position: School Garden Coordinator for Forest Grove School District
Direct Reporting to: EdenAcres Executive Director
Position Description: The School Garden Coordinator works with EdenAcres (EA), Dairy Creek Community Food Web (DCCFW), and school staff and garden volunteers to develop and implement school learning garden programing at each of the schools with learning gardens and help design and develop new and developing learning gardens in schools without a fully established and functioning learning garden. The School Garden Coordinator collaborates with teachers and administration to develop in-class garden lessons that connect to grade-level curriculum and standards, develops and teaches after school garden clubs, offers Harvest of the Month education, helps organize community events, helps recruit, supervise and train volunteers, and documents outcomes and impacts through evaluation and tracking.
Work with teachers to develop in-class garden lessons that support grade level content standards. Provide hands-on lessons with at least I class from each school.
Coordinate with teachers and EA Lead Experiential Educator to decide on content and identify or develop lessons.
Coordinate with school administration and teachers to establish a schedule and plan for the lessons.
Organize and obtain supplies for the class. Implement Harvest of the Month lessons/tastings.
Utilize Harvest of the Month materials (newsletter, posters for the cafeteria, hand stamps, classroom connections, identifiers, book titles, Q&A trivia, math/science experiments)
Develop and run after school garden club for Echo Shaw Elementary. Run 14 spring sessions.
Organize quarterly work parties in collaboration with partnering organizations (EA, DCCFW) and school staff to keep the garden maintained and planted.
Get the schedule to the office to be included in newsletters and other outreach o Decide on tasks that need to be done o Purchase/deliver materials o Maintain a sign-in sheet
Recruit and coordinate volunteers from schools and community to participate in garden events and maintenance
Maintain regular contact with administration at each school, EA, & DCCFW about activities in the garden. o Record hours, activities and results.
Track number of teachers, students, and student-hours. Take pictures and ask for photo releases. o Attend monthly EA Board Meeting to report on activities.
Purchase materials for the garden and educational supplies. Track expenses and maintain budget.
o Provide professional development opportunities for teachers. (Ex. Send email/newsletter to teachers with workshops that relate to garden education.) o Organize and facilitate monthly Garden Educator Meetings (GEMs)
o Passion for garden-based education
o Experience working with children/youth ranging from k-12
o Basic gardening and cooking skills
o Understanding of public school settings
Excellent organizational skills and ability to coordinate groups of diverse participants
o Creativity to develop lessons, events and community engagement opportunities
o Spanish language and cultural competency is a plus
Hours and Compensation: August 28th — June 8th (40 weeks minus 5 weeks holiday break in December and 1 week spring break) Average 36 hrs. per month for 9 months. $20.00/hour. Total Hourly temporary employee. One year position funded by Metro & Trail Blazers Foundation.
How to apply: Send resume and cover letter to email@example.com
Farm Your Yard: Kitchen Gardens Tour!What better way to kick off summer than by attending DCCFW’s 5th annual Farm Your Yard: Kitchen Gardens Tour! This year is sure to be a treat, with a variety of gardens and gardeners you will be sure to enjoy. So don’t wait, get your tickets before the day of the tour! We hope to see and meet you there! – DCCFW
DCCFW Gleaning project is going into its 4th year in Fall, 2017. We have the equipment we need, from a City of Forest Grove Community Enhancement Project (CEP) grant award in 2015. In 2016, we gathered over a thousand pounds of food in three locations to distribute to pantries and share with our group of Harvesters for that “Pick.”
We gather cardboard boxes, we visit a site that has been previously checked out by our Harvest Leader(s), and we review safety guidelines together. Also before we start, we sign volunteer waivers for our liability insurance coverage. Owners can choose to keep some of the harvested fruit, and sometimes vegetables. Half of our group of Harvesters need to self-identify as “low income.” All of the Harvesters can help sort and weigh the fruit, with the best food going to the pantries, and the almost best fruit going to Harvesters. The Harvesters share the “almost best” fruit as they decide together what they want to take home. Often, the less desirable fruit is dried or made into juice.
After the harvesting, as a group, we review how the whole Pick went.