Position Available – Experienced Garden Educator

Garden Educator Position Available

Position Description:

Seeking an experienced garden/environmental educator to manage a small vegetable garden, and run classes for elementary school students. Position is part-time,seasonal, and will offer some flexibility in scheduling.

Responsibilities:

  • Running weekly garden classes with students in grades K-4th.
  • Occasional project work with middle school students 5th-8th grade
  • Lesson planning and preparation for holistic garden and nutrition classes
  • Seasonal planning, planting, and maintenance of an established raised bed vegetable garden
  • Management of summertime garden classes with students and parents
  • Coordination with edible landscaping staff for any needed technical support
  • Creative project management to enrich and deepen garden education within the school
  • Coordination with teaching and administrative staff to integrate environmental education with classroom work

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of gardening, naturalist, and/or environmental education work
  • Experience and passion working with elementary aged students
  • 2+ years of education, classroom management experience, programming, or volunteer management experience
  • Passion for gardening and ecological based education
  • Experience with organic vegetable gardening, permaculture design, regenerative gardening, biodynamics, and/or other ecologically oriented growing methods a big plus
  • Desire and passion to grow an exciting gardening program
  • Strong work ethic, communication and organizational skills, and ability to manage projects are all necessary

Schedule & Hours:

Position will be seasonal starting: September 1st 2016 – November 30th 2016 ; and continue February 1st 2017 – November 30th 2017

The position will range from 2.5 – 8 hours/ per week, depending on the season

Compensation:

Qualified candidates will be well-compensated based on experience. This position is not entry level, and you will be compensated accordingly. This is seasonal, contract work (1099).

To Apply:

Interested job applicants can send:

Cover letter, resume, at least 2 professional references, and any further information you would like to include (projects you’ve worked on, pictures, presentations, etc.) in PDF format

To:

Eric Blasco – owner/operator Erb Food & Garden

info@erbfoodandgarden.com

 

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Internship Opportunity – Summer Farming/Homesteading Apprenticeship 2016

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With The Experimental Farm Network and Erb Food and Garden

Do you want to learn about seed saving and plant breeding? Build your existing organic farming, gardening, and permaculture skills? Help create the foundation for a perennial plant propagation business focused on wild, native, and edible plants? Improve upon your carpentry skills by helping to build a tiny home?

The Experimental Farm Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and breeding Summer Farming Homesteading Apprenticeship 2016-page-002resilient plant varieties for a changing climate. Erb Food and Garden is a permaculture design business focused on creating edible and regenerative landscapes. Together we are seeking a qualified individual (or the right pair of people) for a summer apprenticeship– to work with us and learn a variety of farming and homesteading skills. Food and housing will be provided.

 

Responsibilities

  • 4-5 work days per week, 32 hours work per week
    • 2-3 days working at an heirloom seed farm
    • 2 days working on homesteading skills
  • Typical seed farm tasks include: weeding, mulching, planting, hand-pollinating, seed harvesting and processing, irrigation management
  • Typical homestead tasks include: organic gardening, perennial propagation, edible landscaping, and tiny house construction

 

Qualifications & Requirements

  • 1-2 years of relevant experience suggested: farming, environmental education, community gardening, building etc.
  • Relevant high school, trade school, university and/or college experience in horticulture, agriculture, design, or construction are helpful though not required
  • Desire and motivation to increase horticultural and sustainable living skills. We are looking for a team player that is excited to work with us
  • Ability to lift 40lbs and work in many different weather conditions
  • Basic carpentry, building, and maintenance skills are a big plus, though not a requirement
  • Ability to learn quickly and follow directions as well as give creative input
  • A reliable vehicle for transportation (2-3 days per week you’ll be expected to make a 30 minute commute), and ability to cover transportation cost

 

What we will provide:

  • 2 months of free rent in a room at our homestead, for the duration of the internship
  • Hands on experience with the following skills:
    • Organic farming and annual vegetable cultivation
    • Heirloom seed saving and breeding
    • Regenerative design and edible landscaping
    • Tiny house construction, and general carpentry
    • Perennial woody/herbaceous plant propagation
    • Introduction to small non-profit and business operations
  • Further opportunities to plug into local farming, permaculture, community gardening, and sustainability happenings
  • Access to the Experimental Farm Network’s growing seed collection
  • For the individual – all food in house will be covered, but we cannot accommodate specialized diets.
  • For pairs of people – $150 monthly stipend will be given for food.

 

The apprenticeship will be from June 14th, 2016 – August 12th, 2016

 

Our homestead, where your room will be, is located in Westville, NJ a 15-20 minute drive to Philadelphia. Our farm is located outside Elmer, NJ.

 

Interested individuals should send a PDF cover letter, resume, and 2+ references to info@erbfoodandgarden.com

 

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the information on our websites to learn about what we are doing:

 

Experimental Farm Network www.experimentalfarmnetwork.org

Erb Food and Garden www.erbfoodandgarden.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practical Plants for the Home Garden

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My colleague Jason Butsch of Arrowwood Gardens and myself will continue our gardening talks at Public Libraries in the greater Philadelphia area.

We’re honing in this year–  selecting plants useful to the home gardener for food, medicine, wildlife value, environmental remediation, and beauty. We’ll highlight some of our favorites, and talk about our ecological approach to landscaping.

Wednesday March 16th 7:30PM

Bala Cynwyd Library – 131 Old Lancaster Rd

Dreaming of Warm Weather – Projects from last year

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In this cold weather I find myself dreaming of garden projects, here is some work of ours completed last fall. This was a collaboration between myself and Tom McGlynn of Feed the Burbs.

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A terraced garden, with woven retaining walls. The lowest level is a rose and laurel hedgerow which will be developed into a deer fence as it grows.

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The second project was a black locust post espalier, to be developed with fruit trees, vines, and companion plantings, over the course of this year. An off-set post pattern will exaggerate the woven feeling of the espaliered trees. WP_000022