Are you interested in learning about food systems, sustainable farming methods, food policy, or community activism? If you answered “YES!” to any of these things, you may want to consider applying for The Food Group’s Community Food Leaders Program.
What is the Community Food Leaders (CFL) Program?
The Community Food Leaders Program is a 4-month series of 8 hands-on sessions in which participants explore various topics within our local food system. This program is supported by a 3-year US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grant through the Community Foods Project, which supports food leaders in food insecure communities.
What is the goal of the CFL Program?
The CFL program aims to provide experiences within the local food system and consciously make a space for participants to engage with locally-based food leaders across sectors. Throughout the course we engage in dialogue and activities that help each individual identify personal goals they would like to achieve or work towards within the context of a just and sustainable food system.
One of the 2017 CFL Participants said this about their experience: “Having the opportunity to see how different organizations operate on a daily basis gave me the knowledge as to what they need to execute their mission and what I can offer to them. Facing one’s self with your capabilities, strengths and weaknesses is an important part of the process. I found incredible appreciation for the people involved in the Food System and the food I get to eat because of their hard work.”
What is the timeline of the CFL Program?
We are currently accepting applications for both participants and intern positions. Deadline to apply for participants is April 13, 2018. The deadline for interns to apply is March 30, 2018. The first session is scheduled for June 16, 2018 and the last session is scheduled for September 26, 2018. Interns will begin in May.
What will CFL participants accomplish?
Participants are expected to attend at least 7 of 8 sessions. There are some readings and videos that we encourage participants to engage with outside of scheduled session times. Follow this link for more details about the position.
What does a typical program month look like?
Sessions are scheduled for a duration of 5 to 8 hours. On average, participants will attend sessions for around 10 hours per month (June through September). Readings and/or films outside of session time will average less than 2 hours per month. Each session includes time to check in with one another, discuss readings and/or videos, and engage in hands-on activities like volunteering for a mobile food distribution. Each session takes place at a different location, such as a farm or communal kitchen, so we never meet at the same place twice. A light meal or snack will always be provided.
What about compensation, childcare and transportation?
Participants will receive a $2,000 stipend to be paid in $500 monthly installments. Due to the active nature of this program, childcare is not provided. The stipend is meant to be a source of support with this cost. Depending on a child’s age, they may be able to participate in some sessions. This will be discussed once participants have been selected. The Food Group is committed to accommodating any and all transportation needs.
What happens after the CFL program?
What happens after the program is completely up to each participant! The program is designed to be an interaction with various steps of the food system. If a participant has an idea for a project or other action steps after completing the program, The Food Group will do what we are able to support these ideas. We hope to make a space for participants to network with other food leaders throughout the program. Upon completion of the CFL program, participants will have developed knowledge, skills, experience, and connections to continue their food systems work.
How do I apply?
Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] or deliver or mail to:
The Food Group, Attn: Produce Programs. 8501 54th Ave N. New Hope, MN 55428
Contact [email protected] or call 763-450-3872