Campus Garden Coordinator

Environmental Studies
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Libby McCann
emccann@antioch.edu
Laura Andrews
5/13/16
5/5/17
1-2
5-10
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The AUNE Garden Initiative was developed as a way to engage students, faculty and staff in gardening on-site and support our mission to become a more sustainable institution. One of the main goals for the garden initiative is to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables that can be shared with the on-campus cafe and/or other venues. Additional community outlets for remaining produce donations are identified on an as-needed basis. Staff also collaborate and coordinate efforts where relevant with other Antioch-sponsored programming like Community Garden Connections (see: http://www.antiochne.edu/cgc).

Responsibilities for this position include direct garden maintenance, the use and organization of volunteer help, seasonal garden planning including garden bed preparation, spring/summer planting, harvest, and winterization. As needed, an additional 1-2 hours per week is committed to maintenance of campus rain garden weeding and maintenance (installed fall 2010). It will be important to effectively communicate with facilities services and the Antioch community to maintain interest and engagement with this community resource. Exploration of grant funding to enhance this initiative and/or other duties to be determined in collaboration with other key campus stakeholders. The campus garden has evolved based on student interests and expertise to include alternative outreach and education (e.g. movie nights; cold frame building workshops, seedling educational sessions, etc.). Because of the student-driven nature of the campus garden, the position demands self-direction and initiation on the part of staff coordinator(s), as well as sensitivity to the needs and interests of current and future students.
Experience with gardening, organic or sustainable agriculture as well as an interest in understanding and promoting local food security a plus. Ability to work with others and communicate effectively is essential. Additional qualifications include flexibility, strong interpersonal skills, capacity to work independently, and ability to network and seek out resources. Must be able to use basic gardening tools and be able to lift 20 pounds.