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AmeriCorps Green Mountain Farm-to-School Coordinator

by Savannah Dix on April 15, 2013

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and wellbeing of Vermont’s children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. In the 2013-2014 academic year, GMFTS aims to serve school communities in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with school gardens, educational programming and fresh local farm foods, benefiting over 5,000 students. For more information about GMFTS, please visit

Position Description

The primary responsibilities of the Farm-to-School Coordinator will be to develop, grow, present, and evaluate GMFTS’ Farm-to-School Programs and provide general operational and administrative support. This is a full-time year-long AmeriCorps position. The Farm-to-School Coordinator reports to the Program Director.

Start-Date: August 19, 2013

Location: Newport, Vermont

The Farm-to-School Coordinator will:

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with GMFTS school and farm partners; Serve as the primary contact for 2-4 schools
  • Deliver GMFTS educational programs and events including taste tests, farm field trips, and in-class workshops
  • Create lesson plans for programming and maintain educational materials
  • Coordinate and maintain school gardens
  • Encourage local food purchasing by schools
  • Design outreach and publicity materials
  • Use database to collect, analyze, and report data for program evaluation
  • Work closely with staff, parents, food service directors, and farmers
  • Facilitate monthly Farm-to-School Committee meetings
  • Work as an independent member of a team of Coordinators
  • Plan and organize community events
  • Provide general support to organization, as necessary


  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture
  • Strong interest in working with children, teaching (formal or non-formal) experience required
  • Some knowledge of gardening and vegetable production needed
  • Excellent public speaking, writing skills, and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly growing non-profit environment
  • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation

AmeriCorps Members who complete their term of service in a full-time position will receive:

  • A biweekly stipend totaling $12,200 for the year
  • Health insurance, if not covered under another policy
  • Child care, if necessary
  • Student loan forbearance
  • A $5,550 Education Award for past or future education
  • Monthly SNAP benefits
  • Available housing
  • Career mentoring, professional development, and strong work experience


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