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Friday, December 16, 2016

Farm to School VISTA Opportunity in Traverse City- Deadline December 23rd!

Are you passionate about healthy food, farms, and kids? The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District is hiring a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA position to advance farm to school initiatives and activities across northwest lower Michigan in partnership with MSU Extension and the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. The position is based in Traverse City, MI.

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. Applicants should have an interest in education, local food, and/or creating an equitable community of health. 

The VISTA will also be in charge of maintaining and updating a resource 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 will be many opportunities to brainstorm and initiate other projects that demonstrate the value of farm to school to community stakeholders.

Applications for the position can be accessed here. The deadline to apply is just ONE WEEK away- December 23rd. 

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Stevenson (, Marshall Collins, ( or Meghan McDermott ( 



Meghan McDermott | Policy Specialist

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