FoodCorps seeks next crop of hard-working service members
MLUI will host two new positions in the coming year
FoodCorps, Farm To School | January 30, 2013 | By Diane Conners
Kirsten and Daniel have been documenting their experiences in an ongoing series of articles titled, "FoodCorps Diaries."
- Mark Coe: Having had the oppertunity to present at a local school with Meghan and Leanna, supporting the work Food Corps does is a wonderful thing. They provide a learning oppertunity to our children in agricu...
- Linda Hutchinson: Great! Having been raised on a farm, near Arcadia, I wish my dad who was a Farmer's Market regular in the 60's, 70's and 80's, was here to be involved in the "farm to table" and "local food" initiati...
- Dale Scheiern: It is easy to store and enjoy all winter long too!! Take 1 qt. freezer bags, fill to the point they will lay fairly flat ( not rounded) so they stack easily in the freezer. Local fruit all winter lo...
- Sharron May, The May Farm: You are correct if you are referring to industrial monocultures of animal or plant agriculture which are extractive, organic or not. Fortunately there are small farms pioneering more regenerative prac...
- LillyM: I've been fortunate enough to meet and work with Lianna and hope to meet Meghan. Every FoodCorps volunteer I have met over the years has been incredible. A phenomenal organization with dedicated and...
|Daniel Marbury and Kirsten Gerbatsch are finishing up their second year as MLUI's FoodCorps Service Members.|
Wanted: Energetic, creative, hard-working leaders who are passionate about healthy food, kids, and communities.
Is that you? Or anyone else you know?
FoodCorps, a national organization affiliated with AmeriCorps, is accepting applications through March 24 for up to 130 positions nationwide—including two in northwest Lower Michigan based out of the Michigan Land Use Institute’s Traverse City office.
FoodCorps addresses childhood obesity and poverty-related hunger by placing emerging leaders into one year of full-time public service in schools. These service members expand hands-on nutrition education programs, build and tend school gardens, and bring high-quality local foods into school cafeterias.
In northwest Lower Michigan, MLUI’s two FoodCorps Service Members are part of a team that serves elementary schools in eight school districts in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.
Kirsten Gerbatsch is completing her second and last year in the Traverse City program. Two new FoodCorps members will be hired for the next year.
"There is really nothing better than teaching kids where food comes from and watching their faces light up as they taste the first carrot they harvest from the school garden,” she said. “These are small but powerful life experiences for children that will impact their food choices, and therefore their health, throughout their whole lives."
Daniel Marbury, MLUI’s other out-going FoodCorps member, remembers a second-grader who tried locally grown winter squash in a taste test in the school cafeteria. She later came up to him and told him that she liked it so much that her family now cooks it at home—for breakfast. With cinnamon.
FoodCorps is a valuable opportunity for anyone interested in a career in food systems, nutrition, farming, food service, education, or policy.
"MLUI provided me with incredible professional development opportunities to learn about and participate in local food and farming initiatives,” Kirsten said. “These opportunities have really influenced my career interests and goals.”
In its first two years, FoodCorps attracted more than 1,000 applicants each year for 50-80 positions. This year there will be 130 positions in 15 states.
"The placements FoodCorps offers are as diverse as the country we serve,” said Executive Director Curt Ellis, “From urban Detroit to rural Arkansas to our new sites in Hawaii, you can find a place in FoodCorps that feels like home––or one that launches you on a new adventure.”
Applications are due March 24. For more information, visit http://foodcorps.org/become-a-service-member.
Funding for FoodCorps is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AmeriCorps, and private and public donors. Local funders for MLUI’s program match include Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation and the Aline Underhill Orten Foundation.