Temporary Food-Inspired Resilience & Equity (FIRE) Internship
Essential Job Duties
1 – Fertile Ground Food Cooperative
FERTILE GROUND FOOD COOPERATIVE is a multi-stakeholder (consumers, workers and producers) community-owned startup grocery store and community gathering space working to CULTIVATE a system of food security in Southeast Raleigh by investing in a community-owned grocery store and gathering space. NOURISH our historically Black community of workers, shoppers, and farmers by providing dignified jobs, fresh and affordable food, and wealth-building opportunities. And HARVEST a healthy, informed, engaged community with an enhanced quality of life.
Scope of Work:
- Assisting with program coordination and logistics to develop and strengthen partnerships within faith, business and civic Southeast Raleigh community
- Compiling and synthesizing Fertile Ground Food Cooperative (FGFC) informational and promotional materials for community distribution
- Preparing and presenting Fertile Ground Cooperative information to community groups via in-person and virtual venues
- Collecting, cataloging and engaging SE Raleigh residents’ asset stories as appropriate
- Establishing/increasing an online or social media presence to enhance communication with prospective community partners
- Using analytics to maintain an online presence
- High energy for equitable food systems
- Quick study
- Self-directed work ethic
- Sense of humor
- Critical thinking, esp., for problem solving
- Basic food system knowledge (how does food get to Americans’ tables?)
- Basic writing and verbal & visual presentation skills
- Understanding of inequities
- Comfort and confidence to say ‘I am unsure (I don’t know); however, I will take your information and get an answer to you.”
What we hope the intern gains:
- Concrete, transferable understanding of cooperatives
- Honing presentation skills
- Engaging diverse persons around food systems, food security and food equity
- Heightened confidence to seek community solutions to recurring societal challenges
The Eva Clayton Rural Food Institute is a project of GRRO. The Institute will be a repository for information, resources, education, program ideas, public policy and advocacy focused on rural communities and farmers. Also providing our rural neighbors with healthy food via the Healthy Opportunity Program and our work with other health-care providers and funders. Rural Redevelopment Organization (GRRO), was founded in 2012 with a vision to revitalize Henderson and Vance County, North Carolina. GRRO identified three critical issues that plague the community: poverty, food insecurity, and chronic diseases. It became clear that the other rural counties were impacted by the same issues. Partnerships were formed and GRRO now serves 11 rural counties in north-eastern North Carolina.
Scope of Work:
- Develop community profiles
- Support development of website
- Research funding opportunities for rural communities
- Communication skills (in-person and written)
- Attention to details
- A sense of curiosity
- Desire to serve
- Excitement to be a part something new
- A valid driver’s license
What we hope the intern gains:
- An understanding of rural communities, their opportunities and challenges
- An opportunity to use their innovation to make changes
- Get to know the community and see them as our neighbors
- Take risks
Scope of Work:
- Coordinate with community stakeholder groups to schedule and organize workshop sessions to present the Sanford Agricultural Marketplace (SAM) project and its spaces to the community and to collect feedback from residents about use forecasting, their impressions of the current design, and their interests to help inform content for educational programming
- Assist the Local Foods Agent with hosting the community engagement sessions and collecting data from workshop participants and from residents at public events
- Provide marketing support to promote community engagement sessions to stakeholder groups to encourage good participation
- Develop online surveys to collect community feedback on the SAM project
- Summarize data into reports to share with the SAM project team (City of Sanford, NC Cooperative Extension Lee County Center), city and county government entities, building architects, and the general public, including publications and presentations.
- Assist the Local Foods Agent/Sanford Farmers’ Market Manager with implementing SNAP/EBT at the farmers market (ex. creating a token and tracking system for recording EBT transactions and market matching funds if available).
- Program support for Local Foods programming as needed, including hosting educational trainings and workshops, marketing, educational content creation, etc.
- A passion for engaging the community in a conversation about their vision for the local food system
- Enjoy positively impacting the lives of others
- Working in a team oriented and dynamic environment
- A greater understanding of the emerging local food system in Sanford/ Lee County
- Methods of effective engagement and data collection with various stakeholder groups
- Awareness of Extension’s current role and opportunities for innovation in local food work
- Development of skills and strategies to address the challenges and barriers low-income residents have in accessing and purchasing local foods
4 – People for Equity
Scope of Work:
- Researching issues, policies, communications, and practices around local food and health equity work
- Coordinating food council meetings with agendas, communication, and facilitation
- Establishing/increasing an online or social media presence
- Lead the storytelling of the process and work of the Youth Food Council
- Writing educational and promotional materials for community distribution
- Assisting with program coordination and logistics
- Using EFOD Principles to guide the work of the Youth Food Council
- Liaison with CEFS to activate resources and funding for the work of the Youth Food Council
Preferred skills that the intern will bring to the work:
- Some experience working with youth, food systems, and/and community organizing
- Self starter, strong initiative, asks questions and clarification
- Can work well on your own and as part of a team
- Openness to learning new approaches and ways of working
- Excitement and passion to the work
What we hope the intern gains:
- Practice in adult allyship and working with youth consultants
- Putting EFOD (Equitable Food Oriented Development) principles into practice
- Community organizing
- Strategic planning
- Gaining experience in project management, communications, research
- Immersion in a community led and rooted organization that practices intersectional equity, decolonizing practices, return to indigenous practices
Scope of Work:
- Create a NENC Database of Food Council and Food Systems work
- Attend Food Councils & Systems Meetings
- Support the growth of youth engagement in local food council (GROW-K and others)
- Create awareness and database of currently policy and systems change across the state
- Great Communication Skills
- Some research, information gathering
- A Passion for People
- A wonderful experience connecting with Food Warriors in NENC
- An appreciation for the history and significant impact the NENC region has on food, agriculture
- Assist in maintaining accurate inventory records for all incoming and outgoing food products.
- Monitor stock levels and coordinate with the procurement team to ensure sufficient supply.
- Conduct regular physical inventory counts and reconcile any discrepancies.
- Receive and process orders from various customers, ensuring accuracy and timely fulfillment.
- Prepare necessary documentation, such as invoices and shipping labels, for outgoing orders.
- Coordinate with the team to ensure orders are picked, packed, and staged for delivery.
- Maintain organized and up-to-date records of all logistics-related activities.
- Analyze data and identify areas for improvement in the logistics process.
- Strong Organizational Skills
- Communication Skills
- Problem-solving Abilities
- Technical Proficiency
- Adaptability and Multitasking
- A strong passion for sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and community engagement
- Ultimately, the organization hopes the intern will bring a combination of relevant skills, a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and a commitment to supporting sustainable agriculture and improving access to local, nutritious food within the community.
- Practical Experience
- Exposure to Sustainable Agriculture
- Networking Opportunities
- Community Engagement
- Skill Development
- Overall, working with WNC Farm to Table as an intern can provide a valuable learning experience, a chance to make a positive impact in the community, and the opportunity to develop essential skills and industry knowledge in the local food and logistics sectors
- Conduct outreach to small, local farms, particularly BIPOC-owned farms
- Organizational support, such as bringing new members into the collaborative and attending community events
- Supporting the Just Foods newsletter
- Strong interpersonal skills, who is able to connect with farmers during outreach trips and learn about what they need to thrive in Nash and Edgecombe counties
- Passionate about healthy food equity and is excited to help plan events supporting BIPOC farmers
- Strong connections with farmers in Nash and Edgecombe counties
- Experience with farmer outreach
- Event planning experience
- Experience at a start-up organization
- Using Canva
- Research issues, policies, communications, and practices related to local food and health equity work
- Research various informative aspects of plant growth, pests prevention, growth maintenance, symbiotic planting, companion planting, etc.
- Utilize research to make informed decision about plant health
- Coordinate food council meetings
- Attend food council meetings and events
- Establish/increase an online/social media presence for local farm(s)
- Use analytics to increase viewership and social media presence for local farm(s)
- Volunteer at various local farmers
- Assist with coordination of volunteers
- Develop and maintain community partnerships
- Building (and maintaining) social media platforms
- Integrate effective methods to increase social media traffic
- Develop an awareness for the need for policy changes that impact agri-business and equity in food systems
- Share ideas for integrating educational opportunities in today’s youth
- Have a desire to explore agri-business as a sustainable income
- Evaluate our practices and make suggestions for improvement
- Have enthusiasm for agri-business
- Have strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
- Have creative ideas of how food and equity in food systems improves communities
- Desire to learn/Curiosity
- The understanding of how food systems tremendously impact our overall health and quality of life – education, nutrition, finances, economy, physical, mental, and emotional health, etc.
- Communication (Written/Verbal)
- Collaboration & Teamwork
- Research & Analysis
- Problem Solving & Decision Making
- Time Management
Work Schedule –
All interns have an anticipated start date of 09/15/2023
- All interns will be expected to work up to 15 hours per week /week for 26 weeks (Holidays are off and unpaid)
- All internships will last until the end of Spring semester 2024 (approximately April 30th, 2024), with the possibility of extending into summer at some sites.
Must be currently enrolled in post-secondary education (community college, 4-year college/university, or graduate degree) or graduated within the past 6 months
Preference given to students who live or attend school in communities in close proximity to the host organization of their choice; are from underrepresented communities.
Is Time LimitedNo
Working TitleTemporary Food-Inspired Resilience & Equity (FIRE) Internship
Work Schedule15/hrs per week for 26 weeks
- Must be currently enrolled in post-secondary education (community college, 4-year college/university, or graduate degree) or graduated within the past 6 months
Department Required Skills
- Must be passionate about local food systems (e.g. food, agriculture, health), are hard-working, self-motivated, and have a positive attitude.
- Ability to take direction, show initiative, and work well in a team as well as independently
- Excellent communication, organization, and computer skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to be flexible – to adapt to a changing work environment responding to community needs.
- Must be flexible and open to working with mentors, vendors, producers, CEFS staff, university/college faculty, Extension Agents and other organizations
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
Required License or Certification
- Valid Driver’s License
Valid NC Driver's License required?Yes
Commercial Driver's License Required?No
Anticipated Hiring Range$15/hr
Job Open Date07/24/2023
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