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March 15th, 2016

Job Opportunities: Year – Long VISTAs (2)

by Amy Crone

The Maryland Farmers Market Association (MDMFA), a statewide non-profit that aims to increase healthy food access for all through a robust network of farmers markets, is seeking

The Maryland Farmers Market Association (MDFMA), in partnership with Hunger Free America, is seeking TWO (2) full-time VISTA members to build the capacity of Maryland farmers markets to promote the use of federal nutrition benefits at market, thereby improving food-insecure Marylanders’ access to fresh, nutritious, local foods. The VISTA members will work out of the MDFMA’s central location in Baltimore, MD. Twice during the year of service, all of Hunger Free America’s VISTA members will convene for a conference to share best practices and attend sessions focused on food access and food justice.

The full-year VISTA members will support MDFMA’s work in Maryland to expand access to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by:

  • Helping recruit and train volunteers to assist in SNAP outreach and raise awareness of the opportunity to utilize benefits at farmers markets;
  • Improve access to nutritious food options by enhancing awareness of the availability of utilization of benefits at farmers’ markets; support local agriculture efforts; and provide nutrition education information about the benefits of eating locally produced food and opportunities for low-income members.
  • Coordinating with partner organizations to develop innovative and targeted plans to connect communities with farmers markets where benefits are accepted;
  • Updating a farmers market directory that lists farmers markets, vendors and provides indicators that reflect agricultural and environmental practices; and
  • Expanding the MDFMA’s quarterly newsletter in terms of distribution frequency, number of constituents reached, and diversity of content.

Time Commitment:

Each position is a one-year, full-time position beginning Mid-July, 2016. VISTAs are expected to be available for the needs of the community and project at all times, including days, nights and weekends. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, there are restrictions on outside full-time employment, along with some restrictions on political and religious activities. For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here – http://bit.ly/1dAs2FM.

Complete this application online: AmeriCorps application

AND

Email cover letter and resume, along with 2 references no later than April 15th, to: info@marylandfma.org, and include “Full-Year VISTA Application” in the subject line.

Full information including program benefits can be downloaded here: Two (2) Year-Long VISTA Positions.

Positions open until filled.

About the Author Amy Crone Amy Crone

Amy’s passion for food starting in her aunt & uncle’s garden, a lovely log cabin by a NH lake where she first learned to preserve and pickle. She has always wanted to help people, and completed her degrees in international development in hopes of combining this interest with her love of travel. After working in the field of international development, then in federal government, then in a think tank, and then in state government, Amy decided that she wanted to explore explore her entrepreneurial interests. These included: starting a nonprofit (MDFMA), developing a national technology solution to provide farmers market and farmers access to accepting SNAP, building several websites, and becoming a Board member in local organizations. She is happy to be able to follow her passion of improving local food systems and the health of all Marylanders by getting them to buy more fresh local food at Maryland farmers markets. Amy’s other main interests are her husband & 2 children, Crossfitting, and traveling to any location that has interesting and delicious ~preferably local~ food.