Slow Food East End

September 1, 2014

 


The Master Farmer Program is made
possible by the generosity of the
Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation.

Master Farmer Application

Slow Food East End is seeking applicants for a Slow Food Master Farmer Position 
to support the expanding network of Edible School Gardens on the 
North and South Forks of Eastern Long Island.

 

GOAL:  Master Farmers support the growth of the local school garden movement by advising Edible School Garden representatives on the planning, creation, maintenance and/or sustainable continuation of their school gardens. As each school garden is different in scope, ascertaining the needs and goals of the individual school gardens and suggesting ways to achieve these goals using local networks and resources will be an important aspect of this position.

 

SCOPE OF POSITION:  Master Farmers cover approximately six to eight schools in a geographically designated area (on the North Fork or South Fork) but can sometimes work on special projects that align with their talents and skill sets. Master Farmers are not expected to maintain gardens; they are expected to offer advice that will promote the sustainability and success of garden programs.

 

Slow Food East End Principles

Slow Food East End works to create a food system based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice - in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. Through our educational programs and efforts, we seek to move our culture away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and towards the cultural, social and economic benefits of a local and sustainable food system, which celebrates regional food traditions and the pleasures of the table.  www.slowfoodeastend.org

 

Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation

Josh loved living on the East End of Long Island. He was enamored with its beauty, history and its potential for providing a wonderful place to create a home and raise a family. As a farmer, Josh gained satisfaction out of planting seeds in the rich earth, seeing them take root, helping them mature, harvesting the bounty and finally tasting the rewards. The Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation's mission is to support charitable programs in which Josh had an interest including organic farming, photography and education. www.joshualevinememorialfoundation.org

 

Edible School Gardens Group

The Edible School Gardens Group works closely with educators and schools with gardens and/or greenhouses to teach students and their families about food, how to grow and how to prepare it. Currently, there are over 25 school districts with garden programs on the East End of Long Island. Recently, the Edible School Gardens Group published the Delicious Nutritious FoodBook

to demystify food, nutrition and cooking.  www.edibleschoolgardens.org

 

The Slow Food Master Farmers will:

  • Assist designated Edible School Gardens members on the North or South Fork of Long Island in the planning, creation and maintenance of their school gardens using local school community resources and networks. Assistance may include: site design and layout, the creation of planting and harvest schedules, greenhouse growing techniques, instruction in organic farming principles, the art and science of composting and curriculum development.   
  • Advise members on how to set and accomplish individual garden goals and provide technical and/or horticultural advice. The Coordinator will not be responsible for the maintenance of or working in the garden. On the contrary, Master Farmers should encourage a sustainable system that can function independently.
  • Attend monthly Slow Food Education/Edible School Gardens Meetings, Slow Food Events and the Annual Joshua Levine Memorial Cocktail Party.
  • Serve as a liaison between Slow Food East End, Joshua Levine Foundation, the Edible School Gardens Group and designated school gardens on the North or South Fork, communicating the needs of and issues concerning school gardens to the Slow Food Education/Edible School Gardens Leaders.   
  • Keep an activity log of garden visits and report quarterly to the Slow Food Education Committee. A quarterly accounting of hours and actions should be sent to the Slow Food Treasurer and Chair.
  • Share their experiences and knowledge gained with other garden representatives and SFEE leaders at Edible School Gardens meetings and/or at SFEE leaders meetings.

     

Compensation

Slow Food East End will pay each coordinator an annual stipend of $25/per hour up to a total amount of $5000.00. These are year round positions and hours (approximately 16.5 hours per month) should be distributed accordingly. Time spent in the gardens will depend on the season; some months will be more time intensive than others. Stipends will be paid in quarterly installments on a pro rated basis.

 

At the close of the internship, coordinators must submit a brief written evaluation of the internship program to the Slow Food Leadership. Positions are reviewed and renewed annually based on performance and funding. 

 

Application Process

The deadline for applications is the Fall Equinox, Monday, September 22, 2014. 

Finalists will be notified by Friday, October 3, 2014, and an interview will be scheduled.  

 

Please submit your resume and a brief Letter of Intention by email to:

education@slowfoodeastend.org

 

In your Letter of Intention, please specify if you would like to be considered for a Coordinator position on the North Fork or the South Fork of the East End.


Your East End Chapter Leaders 
Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz, Chair
Bryan Futerman, Vice-Chair
Anne Howard, Membership Chair and Newsletter Editor
Jeannie Calderale, Treasurer
Joan Turturro, Secretary
M. Pierre Friedrichs, Tullia Limarzi, Megan Schmidt, Linda Slezak, Cheryl Stair, Ivo Tomasini, Jeri Woodhouse
 
Ex Officio: Ted Conklin, Founding Leader; Michael Denslow, Brian Halweil, Emily Herrick, Tom Morgan, Chef John Ross, Ursula Massoud, Kate Plumb, Mary Morgan
Slow Food Governor: Ed Yowell
 
Want to get more involved?

Slow Food East End is a volunteer-run chapter that is part of the international Slow Food movement. If you are interested in volunteering to help make our local programs and activities possible, please contact: Volunteers@slowfoodeastend.org.


Join one of our committees:
Communications:  Slowinfo@slowfoodeastend.org

You can learn more about our chapter and the movement at the following websites: www.slowfoodeastend.org, www.slowfoodusa.org.