About: Bioversity International (“Bioversity” for short) is the world’s largest organization undertaking research on agricultural biodiversity, dedicated to addressing global issues related to food security, poverty, climate change and environmental degradation. We are a non profit organization, active in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 350 staff working from some 16 country offices. We are one of 15 centres of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres (CGIAR).
Italy: Slow Food and Food Sovereignty in Piedmont, Italy.
Join Food First to examine the complex realities of the Italian, European and global food system through direct contact with the producers, consumers, policymakers and advocacy groups of the Piedmont region. The delegation will travel through beautiful Italian countryside and stay in farmer-owned guesthouses where you’ll eat local foods at the site of production. Meet with organizations like the Italian Association of Organic Agriculture, Vía Campesina, Piedmont-based Slow Food and others working to protect small farmers, promote sustainability and conserve agro-biodiversity in Italy.
Caldwell County Agricultural Agent with NC Cooperative Extension Service in Lenoir, NC; open until filled.
About: NC Cooperative Extension is seeking qualified applicants for a Caldwell County Agricultural Agent. Minimum educational requirement is a Bachelor’s degree in an agricultural or related field. The position will have responsibilities for tree fruit, small fruit, vegetable production, beekeeping, pesticide education, marketing, agri-tourism and local foods coordinator for the county. This individual will be expected to work in these subject areas with farmers and gardeners to include community and school gardens. This agent will be working with production systems ranging from plasticulture to conventional to organic systems.
Youth Specialist at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Raleigh, NC; open until filled.
About: This is a full-time, 11 month position. The primary purpose of this position is to explore and support the development and implementation of a multi-fronted NC Food Youth Initiative by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and key partners. The Food Youth Initiative (FYI) seeks to create a youth-led food initiative in NC through a food youth council and possibly a public campaign. The individual in this position must be able to move CEFS’s statewide youth programs from their current planning stage through pilot, assessment and implementation phases. This work will require collaborative teamwork on the planning crafted by youth teams in the summer of 2012 with CEFS Youth and Community Food Systems Coordinator as well as with numerous statewide partners, including youth leadership as well as food-focused organizations. In addition to designing and implementing the pilot stage of the project, this specialist must be adept community organizing and outreach as well as at assessment and evaluation for moving these projects forward. This requires that the individual in this position must be able to independently plan projects, research and study best practices with youth food system programming, identify and implement effective strategies with and for youth, grow strong relationships – both existing and new – for expanding the youth network, with within articulate a progressive power analysis of race and the food system, conduct all aspects of data collection, prepare presentations and reports, and prioritize youth experience and opportunity. In addition, the individual will be required to help hire, supervise and train part-time and project-specific youth participants. Additionally, the individual in this position will assist in the coordination if the newly developing Farm to School Coalition group, which has a large youth membership as well as being wholly focused on strengthening good food access in the school environment. There is a strong education and training component to this position, especially with teens and young adults. Individual must be able to supervise youth participants who will be dispersed across the state and convey an energy and optimism about youth empowered leadership in food system equity and good food access. By food system equity and “good food” we mean food that is affordable and accessible to all income populations; food that supports local farmers and helps build a strong local economy; food that is fair and just in its regard to the workers who grow, process, and sell; and food that is culturally valued and healthy for individuals and communities. Individual also must relate well to youth, youth organizers, and community-based organizations, as well as with various stakeholders from large agencies and enterprises. Youth involved currently in the project will be involved in the assessment of candidates for this position and have specifically identified essential characteristics and qualities: passion for this work and for youth, willingness to learn and humble attitude, respect for both youth and elders, creativity and humor, and a transparency and honesty.
Youth Agricultural Program Assistant
Job Purpose: Coordinates the Poder Juveníl Campesino (PJC) market garden and small farms projects in conjunction with the NCFIELD executive director and PJC youth leaders, trains youth in pesticide-free growing practices, expands market opportunities for the garden, contacts and interacts with the public and community members to facilitate collaborative learning opportunities, resource sharing, and donations, and assists the NCFIELD director in grants to sustain and grow garden program.
27th Annual Sustainable Ag Conference Oct. 26-28, 2012 in Greenville, SC
C’mon out to beautiful Greenville, SC for top-notch speakers, hands-on intensives and tours, great networking opportunities, and, of course, our famous local, organic meals!
Free Permaculture Design Course in Charlotte, NC; Saturday, Nov 3, 2012.
The course is designed for those that are new to Permaculture, those who have never heard or it and those who might benefit from a refresher. We will also be sharing local resources, other classes, discussions groups etc to extend people's learning.
Farmworker Health Specialist with the NC Farmworker Health Program, Raleigh, NC; deadline to apply November 5, 2012
About: The NC Farmworker Health Program, within the Office of Rural Health and Community Care, is seeking a qualified individual for a full-time position beginning immediately. The position is currently a temporary position without benefits but will be opened to applicants for the full-time state position in the near future.