Madison-Avanti Giving Garden Co-Coordinator Job

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Madison-Avanti Giving Garden Co-Coordinator Job

The Madison-Avanti Giving Garden

 Co-Coordinator Job Description

Madison Elementary School

Avanti High School

Olympia, WA


Madison-Avanti Giving Garden Sign


Job Description: 

The Madison/Avanti Giving Garden is an educational raised-bed garden shared by Madison Elementary School and Avanti High School.  The garden offers peer-peer learning opportunities for students, a place to learn and grow, and serves as a gathering space for the greater school community.  We are an organic garden that grows produce for the school and for Thurston County Food Bank. We have a native plant garden designed to mimic key ecosystems of WA state and show the lifecycle of salmon.  With our small greenhouse, we are able to grow starts for an annual spring plant sale as well as for our own garden. A cooking program accompanies our garden and allows students to gain better knowledge of our food system and learn practical skills that help promote nutrition.


The Garden Co-Coordinator will be responsible for setting & facilitating Garden Committee meetings, hosting community events in the garden such as Work Parties, recruiting volunteers to help with education and garden maintenance, and generally taking care of the garden with help from the Avanti High School Sustainable Agriculture program.  You will be working with volunteers, teachers, and students in helping to create a unique outdoor educational experience for youth at both Madison Elementary and Avanti High School. We are looking for a parent, teacher, or community member from Madison Elementary School and an Avanti High School student to share this responsibility.


Qualifications:

Can commit to at least monthly Garden Committee meetings, some weekend times for Work

Parties, helping to organize and host events in the garden, etc.

Estimated 5 hrs/week commitment

Interest in networking with the Madison and Avanti communities to revitalize our garden

Strong communication skills and professionalism

Maintain organizational systems, arrange meetings, and maintain a budget

Interest in working with youth of all ages (formal education experience NOT necessary!)

Interest in gardening (formal gardening experience NOT necessary!)

Interest in local food systems and nutrition education

Capable of setting own goals and working towards them

Helpful if experienced in writing grants


Job Duties:

  • Organize and facilitate Garden Committee Meetings (1/month at least)

  • Help to coordinate the Harvest Fest event in fall

  • Recruit volunteers

  • Help to organize Garden Times for Madison Elementary students

  • Help to coordinate supervision for specific recess times to have garden open

  • Help to maintain the physical space as needed -- Quasar can take lead on this

  • Reach out to other parents (Madison) and students (Avanti) to involve in garden

  • Research and help to write grants to fund garden projects (including stipends)

  • Act as liaison between Garden Committee and Madison PTO (Madison)

  • Act as liaison between Garden Committee and Quasar (Avanti)

  • Coordinate with FoodBank, GRuB, Freedom Farmers, etc. to host at least 2 FarmStand events

  • Assist in organizing the Spring Plant Sale -- reaching out to local greenhouse growers to find a new partner, advertise, etc.


Application Instructions:

Email the following to Quasar Surprise -- qsurprise@osd.wednet.edu


Statement of Interest

Resume (if relevant)

Availability


Please complete this OSD Volunteer Application Form



Students working in garden