The position is aimed at helping local schools teach the importance of eating healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle. The goal is to support and encourage teachers by providing them with classroom tools that use cooking, gardening, nutrition, and farming as a lens through which to have a deeper and richer learning experience. It's a great job for those that love food, kids, education, local farming, and community enrichment.
A strong applicant should be a great communicator, and able to work well both collaboratively and independently with varying amounts of given structure. The VISTA will also be in charge of maintaining and updating a website as needed with new content and material. Projects may integrate cooking demonstrations in partnership with local chefs using video production or finding unique and engaging ways to circulate local farm to school news and resources. There is a lot of space and opportunities to brainstorm and initiate other projects that demonstrate the value of farm to school to community stakeholders.