Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

March 29, 2016

Public service opportunity: Youth Garden and Nutrition Class Assistant

Position title:

Youth Garden and Nutrition Class Assistant

 

Name of organization:

Solid Ground

 

Website:

https://www.solid-ground.org/

 

Position description:

Do you like working with kids outside? Lettuce Link is looking for volunteers with our kids’ garden and nutrition education classes at Marra Farm this spring.

 

About Lettuce Link

 

Lettuce Link envisions a city where people have equal access to healthy and culturally appropriate food. We work with and in communities to grow and share food that is fresh and nourishing.

 

Lettuce Link fosters community connections through gardening education, sustainable food production, environmental stewardship, and raising awareness about good nutrition and food justice. We also fight hunger by providing low-income individuals with seeds and materials, and supporting backyard gardeners in donating fruits and vegetables grown in King County.

 

Garden and Nutrition Education Assistant

 

We work with elementary school students from Concord International Elementary School to plant gardens, cook healthy snacks, and read culturally relevant stories to learn about soil, plant parts, ecosystems and more.

 

We are seeking 1-3 dedicated, thoughtful, reliable volunteers for each of our garden education sessions to assist in teaching classes, engage with students, and share their enthusiasm for healthy eating and gardening. This is a great fit if you’re energetic, have experience working with kids, are passionate about educating through an anti-oppression framework, and like the outdoors! Each class is split into two groups, with some students engaged in the garden, and some students in an outdoor kitchen. The students eat together at the end of each lesson. “Bon Appétit, we all may eat!”

 

Volunteer Roles

 

Chef Assistant: Work with students in our outdoor kitchen, practicing basic cooking techniques and learning about nutrition together.

 

Garden Assistant: Work with students in the garden, exploring the farm and helping students harvest vegetables for snack.

 

General Assistant: Support the class as needed, moving between the two groups depending on needs of the day.

 

Time Commitment

 

Please commit to a full series of ten weeks for a class (2nd week of April-3rd week of June). Classes are approximately 1-1.5 hours long, and there are about 6 different 10 week class series weekdays during spring.

 

Training

 

Volunteers will attend a training onsite at Marra Farm the week before their class series begins.

 

Time commitment:

10 week series, weekdays, hours TBD

 

Skill requirements:

Qualifications

 

Experience working with elementary-aged kids Generally able-bodied and able to lift up to 20 lbs (produce) Ability to pass a Washington State Patrol background check Comfortable in an outdoor setting, ideally with experience gardening and/or outdoor cooking.

Bilingual Spanish/English a plus – some class series are given in English, some in Spanish. Students attend a bilingual school.

 

Start date:

4/4/16

 

End date:

6/17/16

 

Location:

Marra Farm is located in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, at 9026 4th Ave S, 98108.

 

How to apply:

Below is a link to the volunteer post on our website, please follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to apply as a volunteer. https://www.solid-ground.org/volunteer/youth-garden-and-nutrition-class-assistant/

 

Supervisor contact info:

Nicole Basta

volunteer@solid-ground.org