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INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE!!!

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Its June and we cant believe it! The gardens are growing, kids are out of school and there is plenty to do around Feed Fayetteville. This summer were offering three different part time internship positions. Each unique, interns have an important role in our non-profit organization and are treated like part of our team. Please see the descriptions below and email [email protected] with your Cover Letter and Resume as soon as possible. Internships are possible during the academic year as well, please ask about them!

Grow Intern

MAJOR OBJECTIVE:

The mission of Feed Communities and Feed Fayetteville is to create community food security by cultivating a sustainable food network. The grow intern will assist in the execution of Feed Fayetteville’s gardens with the aim of cultivating opportunities for all Fayetteville residents to have space and knowledge about sustainable gardening practices and places.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITES:
Grow Intern will work with Assistant to the Executive Director to:

  • Complete garden maintenance at SNAP/Community Garden and Head Start garden including compost management, harvesting and establishment of events and work shops
  • Design and teach Head Start Preschool Garden Club Classes
  • Establish community partnerships (businesses, organizations) for specific garden needs and promotion in order to:
    • Reduce cost for supplies
    • Recruit gardeners and volunteers
  • Compose blog entries/social media outreach
  • Assist in creation of promotional/educational materials
  • All other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS NEEDED

  • Knowledge of sustainable growing practices (one year experience preferred)
  • Demonstrated passion for organic gardening and hunger issues
  • Good communication, organization and management skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Valid Driver’s License

TRAINING AND PREPARATION NEEDED:
There will be both an organization and program orientation as well as on site support/training as needed.

TIME AND PLACE
Position requires 15-20 hours per week. Grow programs are located in Fayetteville.

Position will run from June 10th (negotiable) to August 21st, 2015.

SUPERVISOR:
This position will report directly to Katie Rievert, the Assistant to the Executive Director and indirectly to Jared Phillips, the Program Manager of the UAMS grant and the Executive Director.

OPPORTUNITIES:
The Grow Intern has the opportunity to make a tangible difference in food insecurity, awareness, nutrition education and hunger alleviation in Fayetteville. They will assist in teaching low-income preschoolers gardening and nutrition information as well as support SNAP/Community gardeners in the garden. This position is not paid.

Prepare Intern
(Summer Cooking Classes Intern)

 MAJOR OBJECTIVE:

The mission of Feed Communities is to create community food security by cultivating a sustainable local food network. The Prepare Intern will assist in the execution of Feed Fayetteville’s Prepare programs.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with the coordination, planning and execution of cooking classes with Lifestyles, Inc. participants (individuals with disabilities)
  • Assist with the coordination, planning and execution of cooking classes with Head Start families in Springdale and Fayetteville
  • Assist in the development of class cookbooks and promotional materials for Feed Fayetteville’s healthy cooking classes
  • Synthesize collection of healthy and affordable meal recipes
  • Assist with the coordination, planning and execution of children’s activities focused on healthy eating/gardening in our Books and Bites program
  • Assist with the coordination, planning and execution of children’s activities through various summer events
  • All other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS NEEDED:

  • Experience with food preparation/cooking
  • Demonstrated passion for hunger issues and interest in cooking and nutrition
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Valid Driver’s License

TRAINING AND PREPARATION NEEDED:

  • There will be both an organization and program orientation as well as on-the-job support/training as needed.

TIME AND PLACE

Position requires 10-15 hours per week. Locations will be in Fayetteville and Springdale. This position will run from June 10th (negotiable) to August 21st, 2015.

SUPERVISOR:
This position will report directly to Katie Rievert, the Assistant to the Executive Director and indirectly to Jared Phillips, the Program Manager of our UAMS grant and the Executive Director.

OPPORTUNITIES:
The Prepare Intern has the opportunity to make a tangible difference in food insecurity, awareness, nutrition education and hunger alleviation in Fayetteville and Springdale. They will assist in creating and developing community partnerships to facilitate these programs. This position is not paid.

Share Intern

MAJOR OBJECTIVE:
The mission of Feed Communities is to create community food security by cultivating a sustainable local food network. The Share Intern will assist the Assistant to the Executive Director in the execution of Feed Communities/Feed Fayetteville’s ‘Share’ programs.

MAJOR RESPONSIBITIES:

  • Assist in the creation/implementation of a food recovery program with Samaritan House and Harps in Springdale, AR
  • Assist in the creation/implementation of a food recovery program with Marvin’s IGA and The Salvation Army in Fayetteville, AR
  • Organize healthy food drives with stores like Natural Grocers, Harps and ONF for food pantries
  • Run Feed Fayetteville’s Gully Park Concert Series food drive
  • Run informational tables at summer events
  • All other responsibilities as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS NEEDED:

  • Demonstrate passion for hunger issues and interest in healthful nutrition
  • Good communication, organization and management skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Valid Driver’s LicenseTRAINING AND PREPARATION NEEDED:
    Feed Communities will provide an orientation to the organization and program as well as on-the-job support/training as needed.

TIME AND PLACE:
Position requires 10-15 hours per week. Locations will be in Fayetteville and Springdale. This position will run from June 10th (negotiable) to August 21st, 2015.

SUPERVISOR:
This position will report directly to Katie Rievert, the Assistant to the Executive Director and indirectly to Jared Phillips, the program manager of our UAMS grant and the Executive Director.

OPPORTUNITIES:
The Food Recovery Intern has the opportunity to make a tangible difference in food insecurity, awareness, nutrition education and hunger alleviation in Fayetteville and Springdale. They will assist in creating and developing community partnerships to facilitate these programs. This position is not paid.

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The 2014 Fayetteville Foam Festival Is Just Around the Corner!

Fayetteville Foam Fest is a craft beer appreciation festival which raises money for the local hunger relief organization, Feed Fayetteville. Feed Fayetteville works to increase access to healthy foods through programs, practices and partnerships that strengthen our local food system. While our overriding goal is to get food into hungry bellies, we also focus upon supporting our local food system, or those in the local community who grow and prepare our food, while providing access to healthy nutrient dense foods to all community members. We believe that by supporting the health of our food community we can help break the poverty cycle for Fayetteville residents. Our innovative programs and models have garnered national attention and we are putting a positive spin on hunger by focusing upon education and community collaboration.

Fayetteville Foam Fest was proud to be granted Arkansas’s FIRST beer festival permit! This specific permit was put in place years ago but was never applied for, that is until 2012 when the potential was recognized as an opportunity to invite out-of-state and regional breweries to Fayetteville while benefiting the programs of Feed Fayetteville. This ABC permit allows out-of-state vendors to distribute beer during the festival and present their hand-crafted brews to a new market.  The inaugural 2012 Fayetteville Foam Fest was held at the Arkansas Music Pavilion with an attendance of nearly 1000 patrons sampling 200 craft beers.

The second annual Fayetteville Foam Fest took place at the Walton Arts Center parking lot on Dickson St, and despite snow in May once again drew a large crowd. We sold 1200 tickets, added more local food vendors, and also made available more beer options. There were over 260 brews available for patrons to sample! We added a very popular VIP section in 2013 which allowed local chefs and farmers to partner to create food/beer pairings with locally grown food and beer.  We also increased our green footprint by adding a bicycle-riding green team who ensured that every bottle and can was recycled. We composted our food waste and used green materials for all food vendors. We also partnered with the City of Fayetteville to promote their new glass recycling program and were able to recycle 1600 lbs. of glass from the festival. We live by the imperative of sustainability. As Feed Fayetteville works to support a sustainable food system our festival aims to have as small an ecological footprint as possible.

The third annual Fayetteville Foam Fest will once again take place in the Walton Arts Center parking lot on Dickson Street, Saturday May 3rd, 2014. We are proud to welcome back a number of sponsors including the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission, Glidewell Distributing, Arkansas Craft Distributors, KUAF 91.3 National Public Radio, Jammin’ Java, Highroller Cyclery, Premium Brands, KNWA, Glaziers, First Security Bank, The Glass Station, Little Guys Movers, Ozark Natural Foods, C&C Services, and the Pesto Café. We are also excited to welcome back a number of local breweries including Fossil Cove, Tanglewood Branch Beer Company, Ozark Beer Company, Core Brewing and Distilling, Saddlebock Brewery, West Mountain Brewing Company, and the Apple Blossom Brewery.

We have many plans in place to make the 2014 Fayetteville Foam Festival the biggest and best event yet! Get your tickets today, they WILL sell out, and come out to support an amazing cause and have a great time! Hope to see you there!!!

 

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Feed Fayetteville T-Shirts Make a Great Holiday Gift!

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Welcome Katie, Feed Fayettevilles New ARK Fellow

Scrolling the Feed Fayetteville website for the first time captured my attention and my heart. Misconceptions originally told me that Arkansas would fail to be a desirable place to live. An organization working to alleviate hunger, cultivating a local sustainable food network and ensuring that under-served low-income populations have access to high quality local food quickly trumped my assumption.
Ive longed to play in the dirt with children. To connect people with food that can change their minds and bodies. To nurture community gardens and gather people together to work toward the goal of ensuring every hungry belly becomes full. Full of healthy food, and full of knowledge that they too can be a part of the local food movement.
My name is Katie Rievert and I am the new program coordinator with Feed Fayetteville. Originally from the metro Detroit area, I went to college at Taylor University in Indiana. I completed my social work degree in May 2013 and worked at a local food pantry as a part of my senior practicum. I became increasingly passionate about providing healthy foods for the clients receiving food at the pantry throughout my time there.
This passion sparked 3 years ago when I had an internship in Detroit that provided housing in the midst of an intentional community of urban farmers. We had gardens brimming from every back yard. We took over nearby vacant lots with the help of neighborhood children. Chickens escaped from the backyard every once in a while, brining life to the street and giving porch dwellers great live entertainment. Since that summer in Detroit, Ive continued to learn about local and sustainable agriculture and hungered for ways to connect it with the food pantry clients Ive been fortunate to serve during my time in Indiana.
This is just one small part of what Feed Fayetteville does. There is market gleaning, the SNAP garden, Farm to Head Start gardens and so many other unique opportunities. I continue to be impressed by the community, the passion for supporting local agriculture and lowering food waste. I feel immensely lucky to be beginning this journey with Feed Fayetteville!

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Tomato Workshop Saturday June 22 9-11am

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Gleaning At Fayetteville Farmers Market

It’s springtime and the Fayetteville’s Farmer’s Market is back in full swing! We were so excited to see all the smiling faces on the Square on Saturday, meeting new friends and chatting with local farmers. This week also kicks off the beginning of market gleaning. Gleaning refers to the act of collecting excess produce from the farmer’s market in order to distribute it to those in need.

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Last year, in partnership with Seeds That Feed, we were able to collect over 17,000 lbs of fresh produce donated by local farmers and gardeners.. After the farm fresh produce is collected, it is weighed, sorted and prepared for pick-up. Gleaned produce is distributed among local non-profits and churches that serve community meals or have pantries.

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This year we are trying some new things to become more efficient in transportation and distribution of the produce. We are excited to be able to use our Community Food Hub, literally as a ‘hub,’ to during the washing, weighing and sorting of the produce. We are also becoming greener gleaners by reducing the amount of plastic bags used during the process.

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It is our hope that our community will help support our farmers by purchasing more produce, both for your own consumption and for hunger relief efforts.If you would like to donate produce from your own home garden or produce purchased at the market, you can find our table by the Market Manager’s booth. We would love a visit from you! Together we can cultivate community food security!~

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Food Hub Work Day with Sams Club Volunteers!

If you were in the vicinity of the Fayetteville Community Food Hub on S. Locust Ave. a little over a week ago you may have heard many echoing voices enthusiastically yelling “Fresh, rocks! Fresh, rocks!”  This is because on March 14th more than 65 Sam’s Club Fresh Directors from across the country spent the afternoon working to revitalize Feed Fayetteville’s newly acquired building.  Sam’s Club Fresh Operations Directors are those who ensure that there is always fresh produce in stores.

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During their time volunteering, we were able to build rain barrels, straw bale gardens and potato bins, as well as plant veggies, paint walls and give the Food Hub the TLC it has been needing.  If we learned anything about Sam’s Club Fresh Directors, it is that they don’t kid around when it comes to hard work.  We were amazed when they completed almost all of our planned projects in the first hour that they were there.

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Amazingly, their positive attitudes, encouraging cheers and dedication did not wane as the workday went on. Unfortunately, this did not hold true for our sand, mulch and compost supply.  By 4pm, we were about a truckload worth of soil away from eight finished straw bale gardens, with no soil in sight. Unbeknownst to us, our power team of volunteers began to pass around a hat, all chipping in to buy the soil needed to finish the job.  We were so overwhelmed by their generosity and kindness and can honestly say that we would not have been able to do it without them.

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This spring and summer, we look forward to spending time in our straw bale gardens, which we lovingly refer to as our ‘guerilla gardens.’  Because we are still establishing a master plan for building renovations and landscaping, straw bale gardens allow us a significant amount of space to grow food, with flexibility for future building.  Feed Fayetteville dreams of the day when we will be growing edibles on every available square foot of space at the Food Hub.

For now, we continue to be thankful for the hard work and dedication of passionate community members and people like the Sam’s Club volunteers who help us in our mission of alleviating hunger and creating community food security by cultivating a sustainable local food system.  Thank you Sam’s for helping to Feed Fayetteville!

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Boiled Down Juice: Thoughts on SSAWG

BDJ SSWAGThe Boiled Down Juice (BDJ) has agreed to share some of their stories with the Feed Fayetteville blog. The Boiled Down Juice is an online magazine that is gathering space for budding conversations at the intersection of community-based traditions and holistic, democratic, place-based community action. Were based in Arkansas, but are growing to cover topics in the greater south and beyond. We aim to discuss big ideas with humble approaches.

A contributor to the BDJ is Acadia Roher is the author of this article for BDJ. She is a solutionary living and working in Little Rock and offers these reflections on the conference, highlighting the work of Malik Yakani and the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

The annual SSAWG (Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group) conference took place last weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas. A full three days of lectures, discussions, and dialog, the conference aims to “empower and inspire farmers, individuals, and communities in the South to create an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane.”

As a supporter of the Good Food Movement, but not a farmer, I found SSAWG to be welcoming, energetic, and diverse. While I soaked in a few details about soil science and post-harvest handling from my excited farmer friends between sessions, most of my attention during the conference was focused on learning about community food system infrastructure and anti-oppression work within the movement.

Malik Yakini from the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network stood out for his fearless challenge to the conference attendees. He used his powerful presence to impress upon an early Saturday morning crowd the message that growing food sustainably is not enough. Those engaged in the Good Food movement must simultaneously seek to end oppression of all kinds, especially white supremacy, if we are to move toward justice. I was so stirred by his plenary address that I made it a point to attend his later session on dismantling racism in the movement.

Though the content of “Combating the Myth of White Supremacy” was fascinating, it was the engaging style in which Mr. Yakini ran the session that stood out most.

Read the full article here.

Follow the Boiled Down Juice on Facebook.

 

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New Contributor: The Boiled Down Juice

 

 

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Boiled Down Juice

The Boiled Down Juice (BDJ) has agreed to share some of their insights into food culture, food issues, community based research and Arkansas solutions to food insecurity. Boiled Down Juice has been a presence in the Arkansas online community for a number of years.

The Boiled Down Juice has provided readers with access to emerging research in food ways, as well as opportunities to participate in creating food secure communities and documenting those experiences.

Thanks to Boiled Down Juices Meredith Martin Moats for the opportunity to share their online magazine with the Feed Fayetteville blog. You will see periodic posts from BDJ on the Feed Fayetteville blog in the future so keep your eyes open.

Here is, in their own words, what the Boiled Down Juice is all about:

The Boiled Down Juice is gathering space for budding conversations at the intersection of community-based traditions and holistic, democratic, place-based community action. Were based in Arkansas, but are growing to cover topics in the greater south and beyond. We aim to discuss big ideas with humble approaches.

Thrown into the mix you’ll find posts about music, food, growing things and ideas, participatory research, what it means to call a place home, and the diverse ways humans express the art of daily life and engage in creative living.

To read more go here.

To connect with Boiled Down Juice on Facebook go here.

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Access to Healthy Food for All: The Feed Fayetteville Community Food Center

Denise and Hershey Garner purchased a building that is in the process of becoming the Feed Fayetteville Community Food Center. By creating a facility dedicated to healthy food access and support of the local foods economy, we will be better equipped to create lasting community food security. Ensuring that the local food system includes access to the under-served improves the health of local residents and reduces health disparities. By improving community health and supporting the local food economy, jobs are created which improve local economic development and lead to breaking the poverty cycle.

In 2013 we hope to begin renovation of this former church into an energy-efficient community food resource center that will house Feed Fayetteville, Edible Ozarkansas, and our community program partners. This space will facilitate a dynamic, sustainable food systems aggregation area wherein formal and informal food-based programs can share materials, create a community kitchen for food preparation, preservation and cooking classes, create a community meeting and garden education space both indoors and outdoors, and most importantly create efficiencies in our efforts by collaborating on mutual projects and being a central location accessible to all citizens. This building is located at 221 S Locust. Stay tuned for updates on this incredible project! Special thanks to all those involved in this project, especially Park Co Architects.

View from the parking lot at 221 S Locust, eventually this parking lot will be food production space.

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