District 3 Green Schools Group Events

Dear Garden Group,

Happy Earth Day! Please join the District 3 Green Schools Group for some exciting events and workshops over the next few weeks. All are welcome – please spread the word in your schools:

D3 Green Schools Group Presentation:

Planting for Pollinators – How to Create Pollinator-Friendly School Gardens and Spaces with Native Plants

Lauren Monchik (our very own Lauren!), Growing a Wild NYC educator and PS 452 parent

When: Wednesday, April 26th, 9 am

Where: 154 west 93rd St. – Joan of Arc building b/w Columbus and Amsterdam – 2nd floor Balcony Room

In this workshop we’ll make seed bombs with native plant seeds and talk about which native plants are best for NYC window boxes, tree pits, school yards and outdoor spaces. We’ll also discuss how to create a pollinator-friendly space, no matter how little space you have.

RSVP to megnor72@yahoo.com

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Jobs

NESAWG is currently hiring for two positions. These are remote positions for anyone living in our 12-state region <http://nesawg.org/about&gt; . We are actively seeking candidates who are underrepresented in this work, including but not limited to people of color, veterans, disabled individuals and LGBTQ individuals.
Applications are due by April 25. Full descriptions and instructions for applying are at nesawg.org/job-openings <http://nesawg.org/job-openings&gt;

Communications Manager
We seek a dynamic and creative individual committed to a sustainable food system to oversee our communications work. This person will work closely with our Executive Director to develop and implement a communications strategy that engages our network participants, provides timely information about important food systems issues and opportunities, and promotes NESAWG’s programs. This is a part-time, exempt position at 24 hours/week with potential for growth into full-time.

Conference Program Assistant
We seek a highly organized, detail-oriented self starter to assist with planning our annual conference. NESAWG’s It Takes A Region Conference, now in its 24th year, is our flagship program, bringing together farm and food systems practitioners from across our region for three days of networking and learning. Our 2017 Conference will be Nov. 9-11 in Baltimore. The Conference Program Assistant will work with the Executive Director and Conference Planning Committee to organize and carry out a successful and energizing conference. This is a part-time, non-exempt position at 16 hours/week from June 1 – December 15, 2017.

 

Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation
Consultant Description

Youth Programs Organizer

NEBHDCo is seeking a talented, passionate, and dedicated individual for the consultant position of Youth Programs Organizer, to play an important role in raising the excellence and expanding the breadth of youth programming at NEBHDCo. This programming is a part of the Communities for Healthy Food Program at NEBHDCo, a food justice project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Job Summary
The Youth Programs Organizer will be responsible for the development of educational materials and administration & facilitation of all youth programs. The Youth Programs Organizer will work under the supervision of & reports directly to the Community Healthy Food Advocate (CHFA).

About NEBHDCo, Communities for Healthy Food, and Youth Programs
Established in 1985, Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation (NEBHDCo) is committed to the preservation, development and management of affordable housing and homeownership opportunities; community and economic development initiatives and human services that effect social change in Central and East Brooklyn. NEBHDCo owns and operates 96 buildings comprising over 1,000 units of affordable housing. Our portfolio also includes 17 commercial storefronts and 8 gardens. Our Community Programs Department works across two broad areas: Healthy Food and Living, and Tenant and Community Supports. The Youth Programs Organizer works within the Healthy Food and Living program area.

Healthy Food and Living:
Golden Harvest Food Pantry, grand re-opening June 2014, in a beautiful new 2-story facility to provide: Emergency food distribution on the main floor, supermarket-style client choice model; Increased availability of and education about fresh produce, including from local sources; Demonstration kitchen, classroom and 3-station benefits center on the second floor.

Communities for Healthy Food Bed-Stuy, a food justice and food access initiative, with a holistic approach to bettering the food system in Bed-Stuy through five main program areas: Urban Gardens and Farms: Advocacy and Community Building; Culinary and Nutrition Knowledge Sharing; Retail Work; Good Food Jobs.

Youth Programs at NEBHDCo
We believe that young people should have the opportunity to participate in their community and be seen and heard. Our youth programs empower young people to take action for change on food system and related issues on the local, regional, and even national level. We do this by taking time to explore the current food system, visioning what it could be, develop skills to grow and prepare their own food, and finally, to engage in projects to improve the food system.

In 2014, we started two new programs for teenagers: FEEST (Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team) and the TurnUp Garden Youth Internship Program.

Starting summer 2016, we have combined these programs to involve more teens, add more program hours, and deepen the curricula to increase youth leadership and involvement in food justice work. We’re calling this the Growing Youth Power Project. A 2-tiered program introduces new participants to urban farming, food justice, cooking from scratch, and job skills through a 5-week summer program. These new participants are led by two adult facilitators and peers participating in a new 7-week advanced track. The advanced track goes deeper into skills introduced in the beginner track, building new skills in leadership, workshop design and facilitation, and peer engagement. Food grown in the summer programs is donated to our Golden Harvest Food Pantry, increasing access to fresh and local produce in our neighborhood. During the school year, our FEEST leadership program recruits youth to co-lead monthly youth drop-in dinners and develop and design and implement food justice projects.

Job Duties
Administration
· Manage the creation of program materials such as flyers, applications, enrollment forms, etc.

· Coordinate the youth application process for all youth programs: collect and organize applications, interview youth, notifications, etc.

· Organize special events for youth programs – field trips, harvest festival, graduation, conferences, etc.

· Develop and revise curricula for all youth programs.

· Create an alumni program for aged-out program youth.

· Purchase and organize program materials.

· Work with a program evaluation consultant to implement program surveys and other data collection.

· Track and document program sessions with sign in sheets, notes, photos, & any other means deemed appropriate.

· Advise and assist the Food Justice Organizer with youth outreach.
Facilitation
· Design and co-facilitate summer and school-year programs according to program curricula.

· Design and co-facilitate monthly FEEST Dinners.

· Work with NEBHDCo’s farmer to coordinate farm work with youth.

· Work with Food Justice Organizer and school-year participants to design and implement food justice activism projects.

· Serve as a consistent and strong role model for all youth interns.

· Carry out program policies and amend when needed.

· Respond to and support the resolution of conflicts as they arise.

· Maintain effective relationships with youth and parents, communicating clearly and directly.

· Supervise youth work days, keeping youth engaged and creating a valuable work experience.
Experience, Skills, and Qualifications
· BS/BA, preferred, but not required. Major in political science, food studies, education, nutrition, culinary arts, or a related field.

· Candidate should be well versed in food systems and food justice issues.

· At least 2 years’ experience in community organizing and/or as an activist for food or social justice causes.

· Direct teaching experience is a must. Preferred background in popular and experiential education with strong facilitation skills using collaborative and participatory models.

· Excellent interpersonal, community building, public speaking, and conflict mediation skills.

· Excellent verbal and writing skills.

· An ability to teach a racial and economic justice analysis, especially as it relates to the food system.

· Ability to work independently and within a team structure.

· Must be able to do manual labor around our gardens and have a desire to work outside.

· Solid expertise with Microsoft Office and other industry-related software

· Ability to interact well with diverse community members, volunteers, and staff.

· Proven team player who assists others, asks for help when needed and possess the ability to work independently.

Work Hours, Employment Type, Compensation
This is a consultant position. A contract will be signed for a period proposed to end June 1, 2018. For the months of June through August, 2017, the Consultant will be compensated for approximately 35 hours per week. From September 2017 – June 1, 2018, the Consultant will be compensated for 19 hours per week. Compensation will be $25 per hour. Hours must be flexible to align hours with program needs. Evening and weekend hours should be expected.

To Apply
Email cover letter and resume by May 3, 2017 to:
Bianca Bockman, Community Healthy Food Advocate, bbockman@nebhdco.org
Please include “Youth Programs Organizer” in the subject line.
Queens Botanical Garden seeks to hire a Part Time Instructor with a focus on
Early Childhood to begin ASAP and go through June with potential to continue.

Send a resume and cover letter to: education@queensbotanical.org

Job Title: Market Director

Agency Description
Urbane Development is a community development venture that cultivates innovative solutions to build dynamic neighborhoods and positively impact underserved communities. We envision neighborhoods that are defined by their strengths and experienced as places of opportunity and innovation. Urbane’s client base includes municipalities, economic development agencies, financial institutions, real estate developers, and small businesses throughout the US.
Status: FT, Contract-to-Hire
Location: New York, NY

Urbane Development is seeking a dynamic Market Director (MD) to join the team. Under the supervision of the Urbane Development management team, the MD will have direct responsibility and oversight of the Flatbush Caton Market (FCM), its staff, and in expertly managing its vendors and key internal/external stakeholders. Currently, the FCM is an 8900 SF vendor market in Flatbush, Brooklyn with 41 active vendors selling dry foods, clothing, health and beauty items, and other cultural items targeting the Caribbean community since 2001.  In Fall of 2017, FCM will be relocated to a temporary market site within the neighborhood, while the existing market site is re-developed into a 14-story mixed-use complex, which will include a revamped FCM.  You can learn more about this endeavor by visiting our website <http://urbane-dev.com/projects/flatbush-caton-market/&gt; . In addition to playing a valuable role as the nexus between vendors, the community, city agencies and the development team, the MD will continue to build trust and relationships, while also providing strategic insight, guidance and recommendations to the UD team.

Since the project was awarded in late 2015, the UD team has engaged in the following activities in preparation for the market transition: Community Engagement and Asset Mapping, External Market Analysis, and an Internal Market Audit. In preparation for the move in late September 2017, the development team is now focused on designing the temporary space to better meet vendors’ and customers’ needs and developing a new market operations system. Leading up to the move, the development team will provide one-on-one technical assistance to assist vendors with the transition. The team will also focus on community outreach and marketing to prepare existing customers and attract new ones from Flatbush and the surrounding area.

In the first quarter of 2018, we will begin a series of training courses to strengthen vendors’ business and operational skills. Curriculum will cover marketing and events, finance and bookkeeping, inventory management, merchandising, technology and digital integration.

Key Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Market Management:
·       Responsible for overall daily market management at FCM.

·       Strong, consistent communication to internal and external stakeholders, including at-market participation in events and off-site meetings.

·       Serve as a liaison to local, state and federal officials, as well as to other non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

·       Develop and cultivate relationships with individual and institutional donors to meet and exceed fundraising goals.

·       General oversight and responsibility for prudent fiscal management, including developing working budgets and forecasts with Director of Operations and Bookkeeper.

·       Codify processes and systems, technological and otherwise, necessary for successful market operations.
Tenant Management:
·       Consistently engage all tenants to develop positive working relationships and maintain customer satisfaction.

·       Shape and inform curriculum development and offerings for tenants, connecting them to appropriate and timely technical assistance, and reinforcing learnings through consistent follow-up and communication.

·       Interface with tenants, licensees, permittees, operators and/or concessionaires on all aspects of their agreements with the Market to ensure compliance, including rental payments, arrears, insurance, tenant improvements, inspections, defaults, billing disputes, etc.

·       Respond to tenant emergencies with urgency, delegating follow-up to subordinates where appropriate, and provide immediate action and/or communicate next steps to alleviate problems.  Interact with all tenants at various levels.
Marketing & Community Relations:
·       With the support of the Marketing & Community Engagement Director, cultivate connections between FCM and the surrounding neighborhoods, including but not limited to, developing cultural event programming, curating vacant spaces within the market, and offering educational and training programs that excite vendors and residents alike.

·       Identify business development and marketing opportunities to grow the FCM brand.

·       Actively participates in local community, business improvement and economic development meetings and panels regarding retail and operations at FCM.

 
Staffing & Employee Relations:
·       Assist with the recruitment of a Director of Operations and a Marketing and Community Engagement Director, and maintain subsequent staffing levels with effective talent management.

·       Manage team members, including performance evaluation and professional development opportunities, to create a positive working environment.

·       Provide oversight to relevant contractors.

·       Resolve staff conflicts and provide guidance on interpretation of policies and procedures.
Leasing:
·       Support the attraction of potential tenants, licensees, permittees, operators and/or concessionaires, which may include the development of Requests for Expressions of Interest (RFEIs) or Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

·       Negotiates leases, licenses, permits, operating agreements and concessions, including specific deal terms, preparation of term sheets, proposals and counter proposals.

·       Acts as the on-site liaison for prospective tenants/vendors and leasing/permitting operations.

·       Maintain vacancy availability listings for distribution to brokers and others, as well as accurate information of current vacancies on website.
Desired Qualifications:
·       Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or commensurate work experience; Graduate degree in relevant field preferred (facilities management, property management, urban planning, real estate, business or related field.)

·       5+ years of professional experience in building management, commercial real estate, community programming/community development and/or economic development, including previous MD and/or management experience, with superior performance.

·       Prior experience in retail and/or public markets; experience working in food and agricultural production environments preferred.

·       Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well with a vast range of stakeholders, from funders, elected officials, community leaders, tenants, and customers.

·       Familiarity with Caribbean culture and the diaspora preferred.

·       Verbal & written proficiency in one or more of the following languages preferred: Haitian Kreyòl, Spanish, French.

·       Detail-oriented with excellent verbal and written communication

·       Proficiency in all relevant Microsoft Office products

·       Ability to travel to promote market as needed.

·       Effective public speaking skills and an ability to promote FCM, its vendors and products.

·       A strong work ethic and an ability to work long hours and on weekends as necessary.
This is contract position with the potential to convert to full-time employment after a probationary period. Some flexibility of schedule is allowed and required. Some travel may be required depending on business needs or meetings. Salary is commensurate with experience.
To Apply for this Position:
Email info@urbane-dev.com with “FCM Market Director” in the subject line along with your current resume and a brief cover letter/email.

Employment is contingent upon successfully passing a background check.

Urbane Development Group LTD is an equal opportunity employer which recruits, hires, trains and promotes personnel for all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.

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ONE MORE GRANT OPPORTUNITY

Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
https://www.npccny.org/nonprofit-excellence-awards/

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Job

Youthmarket Manager/Driver Position:

GrowNYC seeks highly organized, self-
motivated, outgoing early-risers to manage 2-3 youth-run farm stands in NYC.
Reporting to the Youthmarket Program Coordinator, the Youthmarket Manager/
Driver will set up and take down farm stands, oversee merchandising and sales,
supervise youth and conduct at-market lessons and activities about the produce
sold at the market, healthy eating, and small business skills. The Youthmarket
Manager/Driver will also have scheduled office hours to deposit market income
and submit all financial paperwork for their markets to the Program
Coordinator. The Youthmarket Manager/Driver will function as Youthmarket’s
field representative to program participants and partner organizations and
must have the ability to work well with a wide variety of individuals,
including youth and seniors. Applicants should have an interest in food,
knowledge about food systems, and a desire to increase food-access in NYC’s
low-income communities. The position requires excellent time management and
organizational skills, excellent communications skills (both written and
oral), a professional demeanor, high physical energy (must be able to lift 50
lbs), familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Documents, and experience
working with young people and/or seniors. Applicants must be reliable,
responsible, and capable of working independently, with minimal supervision.
The Youthmarket Manager/Driver will be required to work weekends and early
mornings and must have a valid driver’s license in good standing, preferably
with experience driving vehicles and/or cargo vans in NYC. Speakers of
Spanish, Chinese and other languages are strongly encouraged to apply.

Physical Requirements: The Youthmarket Manager/Driver position requires
working outdoors in all weather conditions, standing and walking for extended
periods, carrying heavy and bulky items on a daily basis, and working early
morning hours.

Youthmarket Manager/Driver Responsibilities:
Below is a list of some, but not all, of the Youthmarket Manager/Driver
duties:
• Operate a van on NYC surface roads and highways, and distribute market
equipment to Youthmarket sites;
• Maintain equipment and materials necessary to daily market operations,
including price signs, tents, tables, and scales;
• Supervise daily market operations—including set up, merchandising,
sales, and breakdown—according to schedule;
• Fill out daily paperwork to be submitted to the Program Coordinator;
• Maintain strict oversight of market revenue, and submitting it to the
Program Coordinator;
• Help facilitate a training session for youth staff at the outset of
the market season;
• Supervise youth at market, guiding them as they receive on-the-job
training in customer service and merchandising and educating them about market
product and the program’s mission;
• Perform outreach in the local community to promote markets, and the
use of EBT/Food Stamps at the market;
• Oversee and guide volunteers at market;
• Function as GrowNYC and Youthmarket’s representative to partner
organizations and their staff;
• Be knowledgeable about origins and uses of products at market; be able
to communicate that knowledge to youth and customers.

Agriculture is seasonal in New York, as is the job of the Youthmarket Manager/
Driver. The position will start with training days in late May, with full-
time/seasonal work beginning in late June and ending in late November. The
Youthmarket Manager/Driver will work about 30 hours per week. The position
pays $16/hour and includes only statutory benefits. Submit cover letter,
resume, and three references to Kori Petrovic, Youthmarket Program
Coordinator, at kpetrovic@grownyc.org. Please write “Youthmarket Manager/
Driver position” in the subject line. Interviews will be on a rolling basis
and positions will be filled as they become available. No phone calls please.
For additional information about Youthmarket, please see our website at
http://www.grownyc.org/youthmarket. GrowNYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Events

GreenThumb sponsors SYEP workshop (April 21st)

Think-Move-Achieve 2017 Conference

Water Ecology & Engineering Tours

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Readings & Resources

Resources

School Garden Best Practices Webinars

Exploring Maple Syrup Lesson Plan

Host a Community Planning Event (to engage youth)

Readings

Recyclebook Green Schools

Student-built food computer

Companion Planting

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Grants, awards, etc.

Team Up to Clean Up

Green Team Video Challenge

2017 Americorps Affiliate Grant

Walmart Community Grant Program

General Motors STEM Grants

The Shell Science Teaching Award

Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards

The Awesome Foundation

Announcing the Zero Waste Schools Contests!
 
Win giveaways and cash prizes for your school, while working with your students to improve our environment!


To enter, you must have an account on the Zero Waste Schools social media platform, www.nyc.gov/zws. Visit the site today to create an account and to register for the following contests!


DSNY’s Commissioner’s Cup: A brand new recognition for sustainability efforts, projects and significant improvement in school recycling, chosen by the DSNY Commissioner’s Office.
CCNYC’s Team Up To Clean Up: Rewards schools that conceive, design, and implement effective cleanup and beautification projects, including school gardens.
MFTA’s Reduce & Reuse: Recognizes and awards creative reuse projects in schools.
RCP’s Super Recyclers: Recognizes and awards exemplary recycling programs in schools.
Zero Waste Schools Challenge: A brand new compliance and data-driven contest (only open to the first 100 ZWS).
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