Crowd-sourced Food Guide Seeking Summer Interns

Real Time Farms, an online crowd-sourced food guide, is currently hiring interns for the Summer 2012 Food Warrior internship program, which will run from May 21st through August 20th. We are hiring Food Warriors in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Providence and Washington DC. Highly qualified applicants in other cities may be considered, as well.

The goal of Real Time Farms is to collectively document the entire food system, so whether eating in, or dining out, you can trace your food back to the farm it came from and feel good about the food you eat. Our Food Warrior Program is integral to this social mission.

Description
Food Warriors work to bring the stories of their local food producers and artisans to life, through photos, video, stories, and growing practices. In so doing, you will be connecting everyday consumers to the information they need to make informed decisions about what they eat. You will learn about food photography, food blogging, and documentary film, and have a chance to apply your new skills while directly interacting with local producers: taking photos, recording and editing video, collecting information on growing practices and personal stories, and contributing to the Real Time Farms blog. Exemplary work may be considered for inclusion in Slow Food USA’s blog.

Food Warriors will work approximately 15-20 hours each week and will be responsible for uploading all the information, photos, and video compiled to the Real Time Farms website. The internship is unpaid, but students may earn academic credit for completing the internship. I am willing to work with individuals to adjust program expectations to better meet academic requirements.

Interns are able to adjust the internship around their own schedules, but should be available for one 1-hour virtual group meeting each Monday. Internet access and a camera are essential.

Enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and passion for food transparency are a must. Writing, videography, and photography experience are a plus.

How to Apply
Email me at lindsayp@realtimefarms.com with “Food Warrior Application” and your city in the subject line.

Please attach a copy of your resume and answers to the following questions:
1) Why do you care about food transparency?
2) What else will you be doing with your time this summer and how will you fit the internship in to your schedule?
3) Sample blog post on a related topic (be creative!) with sample photos (taken by you) OR sample short video (filmed/edited by you)

Please inform me of any previous experience with interviewing, blogging, journalism, photography, videography, or work within the food system. Also, please let me know if you have access to a car (Not necessarily required, but we need to make sure at least one intern in each area has a car to travel to farms.)

Applications are due April 2nd and will be considered on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the greater your chances of acceptance to the program.

Lindsay Partridge
Kernel Colonel: Food Warrior Program
773-934-8592
lindsayp@realtimefarms.com

Food First seeking Food Sovereignty Tours Program Manager

Food Sovereignty Tours, Program Manager 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

ABOUT US: Food Sovereignty Tours is a program of Food First/the Institute for Food and Development Policy. We create international and domestic travel experiences that focus on understanding local and global struggles for food sovereignty. We currently have tours to Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Italy and South Korea. These tours are organized by Tour Coordinators who are responsible for developing the content, itineraries and budgets for individual tours.

We are looking for a person to provide central program management from our office in Oakland, CA, including administration, website maintenance, marketing/outreach and customer service. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, experience in non-profit administration, marketing experience, extensive travel experience and a passion for food justice/food sovereignty.

Deadline to apply: March 23, 2012
Start date: April 2012 (flexible)
Location: Oakland, CA
Hours: 25 hours per week (one year contract, with six-month review)
Salary: commensurate with experience

Skills/Experience Required:
– 1-2 years experience in administration or a non-profit office
– Superior communication skills; excellent writing and interpersonal skills
– Proficient in Microsoft Office, WordPress and standard social media platforms
– Ability to work in a highly independent, organized and self-directed manner
– Ability to manage a diverse team of people, coordinate and delegate tasks
– Proficiency (speaking, writing and comprehension) in Spanish (French a plus)
– Engaged in political activism around sustainable food and agriculture
– Travel experience in the global South preferred

Position Responsibilities:
– Communicate on a regular basis with Tour Coordinators (TCs) responsible for different tour destinations
– Assist TCs in finalizing tour budgets, itineraries, web copy and marketing materials
– Keep website updated with current tour information
– Provide customer service to potential travelers and registered participants via phone and email
– Process tour applications, and collect all required forms, documentation and payments from participants
– Manage social media, photo-sharing and other online accounts
– Oversee the creation of new content for web and print marketing (e.g. articles, recipe blogs, photo essays, etc) by TCs and office interns
– Market the program and individual tours through list servs, newsletters, university email lists, etc.

Application instructions:
Interested candidates should first visit website at www.foodsovereigntytours.org and learn more about us. Then please submit your resume detailing relevant educational, professional and life experience, and a brief cover letter (no more than 300 words) explaining your interest in the position.

Deadline to apply: March 23, 2012

Please submit materials to: jobs@foodfirst.org
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
398 66th Street, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-4400
www.foodsovereigntytours.org
www.foodfirst.org

Food Justice at the University Level – March 9th

Special Event: Food Justice at the University Level- March 9, 2012-John Hopkins University Charles Commons Conference Center

On Friday, March 9th, the Campus Kitchen at JHU, along with the Center for Social Concern and the Maryland-D.C. Campus Compact, will be hosting a conference entitled Food Justice at the University Level. Come for inspiring speeches from people who are feeding the world sustainably, for workshops where you can learn how to start or expand food justice initiatives at your campus, and for great locally-sourced food!

Whether you are a student interested in starting food justice initiatives on your campus, or a community member interested in increasing your network of food access partners, come prepared to learn and enjoy yourself!
After a morning of meeting people from organizations on the front lines of food access, you will have the choice to attend one of two workshops:

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  • Student Inspiration: An Introduction to Student-run Initiatives, is perfect for students who are new to food justice.
  • Campus-Community Involvement: Connecting and Combining Efforts, is perfect for those wishing to discuss best practices and to meet new people who can work with them on common goals.
The cost to attend the conference is $5, and includes conference materials, breakfast, lunch, and transportation to an optional campus community garden site visit.
All proceeds go towards the work of the Campus Kitchen at Johns Hopkins University.
For more information, click here.  Register here.

Student Research Forum – Thursday, March 1st

Wednesday, Feb 29: USDA webinar on KYF compass

USDA to Unveil the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

New Web Resource Maps USDA Support for Local and Regional Food Projects, Highlights Business Opportunities

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2012- On WEDNESDAY, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will unveil the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass via a live webinar. This KYF Compass is an interactive web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for local and regional food projects and successful producer, business and community case studies. The Secretaries will also discuss how local and regional food systems across the country offer economic opportunities for local farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs while growing the number of farmers, expanding healthy food access and building strong infrastructure systems.

In September 2009, USDA launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative to coordinate USDA resources and expertise on local and regional food systems. The initiative also encourages Americans to learn more about U.S. agriculture and connect with the farmers, ranchers and growers who are producing their food.  The KYF Compass documents the ways in which USDA has coordinated across its 17 agencies and additional offices, enhanced transparency and met congressional mandates from the 2008 Farm Bill on local and regional food.

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
2 p.m. EST

WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will unveil the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass and highlight USDA’s support for local and regional food opportunities, which has spurred economic opportunity for farmers and ranchers across the country.

WHERE: The webinar will be live-streamed at www.usda.gov/live. You can participate live by asking questions on Twitter to @usda and using the hash tag #KYF2.

Access to the Compass and interactive map as well as additional information will be unveiled on February 29 at www.usda.gov.

Today: Occupy Our Food Supply

http://ran.org/occupy-our-food-supply

It’s Official: Farm Bill 2012 Symposium in the works!

American University will be hosting a Farm Bill 2012 Symposium on April 27, 2012. We welcome speakers, local food vendors, and other contributions! To get involved please contact Professor Garrett Graddy at Graddy@american.edu.

Kristin