Foodscapes Garden Project Coordinator

Position Summary

Position details

Start Date: 09/06/2024
End Date: 08/07/2025
Term Date: Note: Start and end dates flexible
Location: Windham, ME
Focus Area: Agriculture and Hunger, Community Outreach, Outdoor Education, Poverty, Public Health, Youth

Maine Foodscapes focuses on reducing food insecurity in southern Maine by providing low-income families and individuals with free gardens, gardening and food preparation instruction, and a community experience based on increasing direct access to healthy, nutritious produce. Maine Foodscapes also participates in the network of southern Maine organizations and programs that support food production as a means to reduce food insecurity; Maine Foodscapes has several partnerships that enable us to leverage additional resources to combat hunger and poverty. Because organic vegetable gardening embodies the principles of sustainable agriculture, reduces the transportation component of food costs and improves the micro-ecology in the area where the garden is located, the Free Garden Project also generates positive outcomes for the environment.

The member in this role will work to expand the Foodscapes Garden program through community outreach, volunteer coordination, and education efforts. They will also support the development of various tools, procedures, and systems at Foodscapes. They will complete this through the following activities: 

  • Coordinate with new gardeners, community members and corporate volunteer groups to install home and community gardens across Southern Maine.
  • Collect, analyze, and incorporate community feedback into the Garden programs.  
  • Coordinate social media and communications efforts to support new gardeners and all past Foodscapes gardeners, households, and community partners in our programs.  
  • Plan and lead summer gardening education sessions for residents of housing communities and other community garden sites. 
  • Teach adults and youth gardening and wellness skills in garden and kitchen-based settings.
  • Lead the construction of new gardens throughout the community. 
  • Coordinate additional educational opportunities in community garden settings.
  • Supervise the Gardener Mentors Committee and Gardener Support Team.
  • Distribute seeds and seedlings to Foodscapes garden partners.
  • Act as the main contact for ongoing gardener support needs.
  • Participate in fundraising efforts to support the free garden project.

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Organization

Foodscapes

Windham, Maine, ME

Public Health AmeriCorps

Goodwill NNE’s Public Health AmeriCorps program helps build the public health workforce in Maine and New Hampshire. We partner with health centers, substance misuse recovery centers, public schools and other types of agencies meeting public health needs to provide AmeriCorps members. Those members: engage youth in programs to prevent substance misuse; create food security programs, provide vaccination education, create community integration opportunities for people with disabilities, and research and implement public health interventions to meet the pressing public health needs of underserved communities. Members gain strong skills through their experiences and often get hired for professional public health positions immediately upon completion!