From the editors at Civil Eats comes this list of organizations working to strengthen food justice, land access, and food access in the Black community.
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“Food justice is racial justice. Food and agriculture, like everything in this country, are deeply intertwined with our nation’s entrenched history of slavery and structural racism. Our food system actively silences, marginalizes, and disproportionately impacts people of color, who are also being hardest hit by COVID-19.“
Institutional violence and debt, land dispossession, food insecurity. Our present moment follows from the looting of land and the failures of American agriculture. We encourage you to donate to Black Lives Matter chapters and Bailout funds in cities or communities near you.
We may not have all the answers, but young farmers are part of the solution. Out of work and out of school–like the economic downturn of 2008, this may well be another intense period of recruitment for young people into organic agriculture.
Whether you’re trapped in your apartments without employment, or at home from school or in a cycle of uncertainty. We urge you to become a part of this necessary change.
Residential and private preschool property in Brookline, MA
30 hours per week, June 1 – Nov. 1, with opportunity to extend through December and return in March
Hourly pay, $19-$24 per hour, experience considered and raises offered
Pay frequency: monthly
Work in beautiful residential gardens on land farmed for a local CSA, and build your knowledge of plants and ecological landscaping. Landscape / Garden experience and horticultural / plant identification knowledge are a plus but not required, and resources are provided for your learning.
If you are interested in this position please email Martina Albright at Martina@appleorchardschool.org with a little bit about yourself along with a resume.
Aptitude for physical labor including: ability to lift, push, and pull 50lbs; endurance to walk, stand, kneel, stoop, and bend over for long periods
Ability to work outside in various weather conditions
Self-motivated and good time management skills while working alone
Interest in building relationships with owner of the property and employees of the school
Ability to use or willingness to learn to use small power equipment (push mower, weed whacker, hedge trimmer)
Background or experience in gardening, farming, landscaping, or other full time outdoor work desired but not required
No college diploma required
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs a variety of manual work involved in planting, caring for, and maintaining gardens, shrubs, flowers, trees, and other plants.
Prunes trees and shrubs, plants and transplants flowers, cares for annual container plants.
Performs watering, weeding, and fertilizing in an ecological way – no pesticide or herbicide use.
Cares for and trims ornamental perennial beds; implements and cares for small veggie raised beds for preschool.
Determines care needed by plants, trees, flowers, shrubs, and lawns; with guidance of supervisors.
Performs related manual tasks such as cutting grass, raking, digging, and edging.
Uses equipment and tools necessary to gardening work.
Here in my southern Wisconsin farm-hood, with my local women farmer summer potluck scene on COVID hiatus (and unfortunately our annual Soil Sisters weekend postponed to 2021), we took another route to connect that might generate some ideas for you: print! We just started a monthly women farmer-led column for our small town local paper here in southern Wisconsin. Here’s the kick-off piece with some context: Monroe Times Rhubarb and resilience – Women share inspiration An idea to amplify women farmer and all voices in our rural newspapers (who generally are happy to have contributions — like ours).
Though 99% of U.S. hazelnuts are grown in Oregon, only 1% of these are grown organically. NCAP doesn’t back down from a challenge, though, and we are proud to be working with a new cooperative, Oregon Organic Hazelnuts , to change the statistics. Taylor Larson of My Brothers’ Farm shares successes in Oregon organic hazelnut production.
From the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides! (NCAP)
Description from NCAP’s Action Newsletter May 2020: NCAP is proud to release a new 5-minute video called “Successes in Organic Hazelnut Production: Biodiversity and Management of Filbert Moths.” Grower Taylor Larson of My Brothers’ Farm in Creswell, Oregon demonstrates how to manage hazelnut orchards for increased biodiversity and healthy soil. This video was created with support from Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education), and in cooperation with the Oregon Organic Hazelnut Cooperative.
“Across the country, as households turn to planting and gardening as a relaxing hobby or to become more self-sufficient during turbulent times, the act of cultivating one’s own food has taken on a greater significance among Native American communities where the pandemic has laid bare an enduring food crisis and a desire to return to customs and traditions some fear are slowly being lost.”
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to provide $16 billion in aid to farmers who suffered economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it the largest single payment in history to our nation’s farmers.
Today through August 28, 2020, farmers that meet eligibility requirements may apply. Funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis, so if you do, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
The Distribution Manager fulfills the mission as established by the Board of Directors, which is to rescue surplus farm crops for people in need. In doing so, we are building a reliable supply chain of agricultural surplus to regional hunger relief food agencies. A very high degree of accountability is required in order to provide excellent customer service and outcomes to our partner farms, recipient agencies, volunteers, donor base, and our primary beneficiaries – food insecure people in eastern MA.
The Distribution Manager oversees receiving, inventory management, order coordination and fulfillment, as well as truck loading, deliveries and other tasks as necessary. This position also works closely with the Operations Director and the Operations Manager to continuously to improve operations.
If you are interested in helping us supply fresh local produce to people facing food insecurity in eastern Massachusetts, please consider applying.
From Marion Nestle’s remarkable blog Food Politics, three articles not to miss out on this weekend: “Three exceptionally thoughtful and interesting pieces by people who have been writing about food and food systems for a long time”….
Some have criticized Prince Charles’ suggestion that people out of work due to coronavirus sign up for underpaid physical labor.
“Charles name dropped Pick for Britain, the government’s newly launched campaign to find seasonal help for farms and farmers who desperately need it. According to The Guardian, 98 percent of the United Kingdom’s fruit pickers came from countries elsewhere in Europe last year, with the majority of them arriving from Bulgaria and Romania. In late March, before the UK locked itself down, the Concordia charity had secured the services of more than 10,000 foreign workers, but only a handful of them were allowed to travel in time.”
“Due to a combination of coronavirus-related travel restrictions, a controversial immigration bill that targets so-called “unskilled” workers, and good old fashioned xenophobia, there are anywhere between 70,000 and 90,000 seasonal positions that still need to be filled—and fast. On Tuesday, Environment Secretary George Eustice introduced the shiny new Pick for Britain website for job-seekers who are ready to be up to their elbows in broad beans.”