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2016 East New York Farms Youth Internship Application Now Available

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Youth Internship.  If you are 13-15 years old, live or go to school in East New York, and interested in working outside and helping your community, please apply!

Download the information sheet and application for the 2016 Youth Internship (pdf).




 
We're Hiring: Open Positions in 2016

We are looking for committed individuals to fill three positions to begin in the late winter/early spring of 2016.  Short descriptions of the positions are below, and full versions can be found by clicking the links.



Qualities and Qualifications for all ENYF Staff:

-Commitment to equality and social, racial, and food justice

-Enthusiasm for working with youth

-Ability to connect with ENY residents of diverse ages and backgrounds

-Committed to openness, transparency, and fairness

-Experience with gardening or farming

-Willing to work both independently and collaboratively

- Able to work in a physically demanding environment (working outside in all kinds of weather, lifting up heavy things)

-Able to work Saturdays and a longer schedule during the growing season

-Familiarity with East New York and ability to speak Spanish or Bangla are strong pluses       


Positions:


The Community Gardens Organizer will support backyard and community gardens in East New York to become more productive, inclusive, and sustainable with the assistance of staff, youth, garden members, and partner organizations. Full time. FULL DESCRIPTION.


The UCC Youth Farm Manager will oversee all aspects of agricultural production at the UCC Youth Farm and coordinate the efforts of youth, staff, interns, and volunteers on the farm. Full time. FULL DESCRIPTION.


The Pink Houses Farm Manager will oversee production, distribution, and community engagement activities at the Pink Houses Community Farm. This is a seasonal, part-time position, with potential to become year-round and full-time. FULL DESCRIPTION.


The Corbin Hill Community Organizer  will act as liaison between Corbin Hill and site host organization, IS 218. Manage the logistics of distributions; including set-up, clean-up, check-in, helping Shareholders collect their items, managing Shareholders’ accounts, and collecting payments and recording information in an accurate manner. FULL DESCRIPTION.



To apply: please send an email with the job title you are seeking in the subject line, and your resume and cover letter in one PDF to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Interviews will begin in late January, and the positions will start in late February.  

 
Josh Wilson's Site Reflection: BK Farmyards

My recent trip to BK Farm yards on August 5th, 2015, located at 600 Kingston Avenue, was worth the experience of a summer vacation. At the site, there were mostly young educated youth farmers, and a few farm educators, two being Charlexia and Sawdayah. Their information was useful and installed a lot of value that I can apply to my present position as a crew leader at East New York Farms . I participated in several farm fun fact activities, one called the nutrition/food chain and I took the role as a distributor and played different scenarios.This really stood out to me because our main focus was on understanding where our food comes from and how it affects us as consumers. However the nutrition/food chain and the different stakeholders made us aware how complex the process is in getting the food to our plates and what procedures and measures that people take in the food and handling industry. In addition, we discussed the advantages and disadvantages that face business investors and consumers, and its impact that many residents who live in close proximity to the different industries face.


My most memorable moment of the trip was picking plums off the tree because they were delicious and there was only a limited amount that we had access to.  My second most memorable moment of the trip was also  interacting with youth from different areas but we all shared one thing in common; agriculture. For the next farm trips and program visits, I'm looking forward to more exposure to different non-profit organizations and youth-led activities. This exposure to Bk Farmyards made me focus more on making the world greener and a better place.  


     


 
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The mission of the East New York Farms Project is to organize youth and adults to address food justice in our community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development.

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