Friday, September 19

CSA Delivery; Internship Opportunity; Egg Article

We succesfully distributed our first CSA delivery! Though the day was not without it's hinderances, students banded together to shuttle in the produce and measure out the greens, tomatoes (lots!), carrots, melons, and garlic. Thanks to JJ's Place for letting us use the space, Megan McNally for making prepartions, and Matthew Shapero for overseeing the delivery from start to finish! Check back next week for pictures.

Also of note, Erin Axelrod found this paid internship that would appeal to students interested in sustainable food and youth education in the city:

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Bronx Helpers have indoor and outdoor EarthBox gardens, which provide an opportunity for youth develop, plant and tend urban gardens while also enabling them to explore issues in science, agriculture and food that are relevant to their lives in this SW Bronx neighborhood. There is the potential to start an entrepreneurial program, and to continue leading the program during the intensive summer session 2009.

RESPONSIBILITIES are to develop science, agricultural and nutrition-based curricula for middle and high school youth who participate in the Bronx Helpers program. The Garden Educator works closely with other adult staff and teen interns to design and implement a weekly, evening gardening workshop with a group of 12-15 youth. The Garden Educator works closely with the Program Director to design curriculum and gardening activities, to develop daily agendas, and to coordinate and attend field trips.

THE BRONX HELPERS PROGRAM: With the motto, “Working for the Community to Better Our Lives,” the Bronx Helpers program provides 80 youth from the 6th-12th grades with the opportunity for leadership development, civic engagement and community service. Bronx Helpers identify and learn about issues affecting their communities and participate in service projects to address those issues. Examples of previous program themes are “Environmental Issues Affecting the South Bronx” and “Promoting Good Nutrition and Fighting Hunger.”

REQUIREMENTS: Experience with and commitment to exploring urban gardening, science, nutrition and social justice issues with youth. Previous experience working with adolescents in a community-based setting, using a positive youth-development model. Organizational skills and lesson-planning experience. Graduate or undergraduate students preferred. Bilingual Spanish/English a plus.

Compensation: $14-$17 per hour, depending on experience. This position is part-time, between 5 to 10 hours per week, with time included for workshop preparation, delivery of one evening workshop each week, and implementation of programming on some weekend days. TO APPLY, send cover letter and résumé to Bronx Helpers Program Director, New Settlement Apartments, 1512 Townsend Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452, Fax: 718-294-4085, Email: EEO/AA.

Lastly, check out this article, which is an egg-primer for anyone wondering what all those claims (cage-free! grade AA! omega 3s!) on egg cartons really mean...Unscrambling the Claims

Tuesday, September 16

Wednesday Meeting Time and Place

As promised, this is your reminder that CUFSP will be meeting

9pm in
Earl Hall in the
Schiff Room

(thanks to Green Umbrella for arranging the space).

We’ll divide into our respective groups again and start tackling the projects—plus introduce ourselves to each other.

I hope to see you there! Please be prompt.