Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Help us with our fundraiser to hold Undoing Racism & Oppression Workshops!

We want to offer an intensive Undoing Racism and Oppression workshop to our dedicated group of youth farmers and community activists, apprentices and staff.  
Understanding racism is hard work, and understanding how to work towards personal and institutional change is even harder. Please help us work on these important topics so that we can improve our lives and our community fully through our work as food justice advocates and community change agents. 

The workshops will focus on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. Our workshops will utilize a systemic approach that emphasizes learning from history, developing leadership and maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism.

We are so excited to be partnering with 2 amazing experienced NYC based facilitators,

Monica Dennis is a Community Organizer and Anti Oppression Trainer. She is also the Co-Founder of The Spirit of A Woman Leadership Development Institute a community-based organization committed to creating transformative and inspiring educational experiences. S.O.W. believes that focused attention on how we frame educational and societal experiences greatly impacts the cultural, academic, social and personal development of young people and educators, in particular, and the community as a whole. 

For the past 20 years, she served as a consultant and an advisor to various global organizations, and academic and religious institutions, seeking her expertise on implementing her youth leadership model into their programming.
-       Find out more about  Monica HERE

Rachael Ibrahim has spent over nine years as a community organizer and the past five years with a greater focus on youth populations.  Rachael’s work is grounded in leadership development, civic responsibility and social action.  Using her passion for the fine arts and the African Diaspora, Rachael has worked with student groups to create social change locally and globally using an anti-oppression framework.  

Rachael has conducted numerous trainings with adults and young people on topics ranging from team building, community development, conflict resolution, anti-oppression, addressing the isms, and community service learning theories and application. 
-       Find out more about Rachael HERE

We know that to achieve food justice we must address issues of racism and oppression. Please help us by donating today. 

The Youth Farm is an educational production farm in central Brooklyn that offers New Yorkers opportunities to increase their knowledge of the food system and build high level organic growing skills to share with their communities. The Youth Farm grows organic food and flowers on one acre for the community and beyond, and offers advanced farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

We're Hiring!

The Youth Farm is looking for a Nutrition Coordinator to co-run our Summer Youth Leaders Program!


Summer Youth Nutrition Coordinator

Project Description:
The Youth Farm is a 1 acre diversified production farm engaging the school community and surrounding neighborhood in farm-based experiential learning. Farm products are sold at a weekly farmers market increasing community access to fresh affordable food. Every summer we hire twelve youth from the high school to be a part of our Summer Youth Program, which provides them with training in leadership, horticulture, food justice, nutrition, and community organizing.

Position Description:
We are seeking applicants to help staff our Summer Youth Leaders Program as Nutrition Coordinator beginning the second week in July and ending on August 31 with orientation days in the last week of June. The applicant should be an enthusiastic self-starter with a background in nutrition, cooking, and/or nutrition education, preferably with some experience in gardening or farming, lesson planning, team management, and motivating and inspiring teens. The ideal candidate should be equally comfortable taking initiative and working collaboratively in a close-knit team environment.

Roles and responsibilities include:
  • Teaching youth cooking skills, such as knife skills, using diverse/local/healthy ingredients, creating recipes, etc.
  • Helping to create a nutrition curriculum that emphasizes the teen’s backgrounds and cultures, and relates to their lives and eating with their families
  • Facilitating nutrition workshops that are engaging, fun and informative
  • Helping teens to create Community Meals and prepare to give cooking demos at our market
  • Work with Summer Coordinator to create a final nutrition project, such a cookbook
  • Helping to manage 12 youth farmers and supporting the creation of a team environment
  • Working with farm team to evaluate how youth development objectives are being met
  • Supporting documenting work through teen created videos and writings
  • Documenting all lessons, plans, evaluations and games

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Background in nutrition, cooking and/or nutrition education
  • Teaching or other educational experience
  • Some farm/garden experience preferred
  • Experience supervising others, particularly teens
  • Outgoing and engaging personality
  • Experience with non-profits, urban farming, food preparation, and/or nutrition a plus
  • Social media and outreach experience

The nutrition coordinator will work 10 hours per week for the duration of the 8 week program at $15/hour.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Patricia Noto at patricia@bkfarmyards.com. The letter should include details of your availability, as well as details about your relevant experience.