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Growing in the NOFA Garden

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The 10 raised beds that constitute the NOFA office garden were installed last fall. The garden’s first summer season has been very successful; the garden has proved itself to be a valuable gathering and learning place for community members of all ages. Its most frequent visitors have been local day cares: Gretchen Paulsen’s Childcare Center, the Beary Country School, and the PlayCare Center of Richmond have all come on a weekly or biweekly basis to read books, plant seeds, harvest peas, and sample the garden’s numerous offerings. Some of the produce the preschoolers examined was harvested and brought across the street to the Food Shelf of Richmond.

Slightly older students trooped down the hill from the YMCA camp based at Richmond Elementary School. These students explored the culinary possibilities the garden offers, making strawberry dip to devour with snap peas.  They also saw production on a larger scale during a field trip to Freedom and Unity Farm, where they helped farmer Gary Bressor with chores.

Finally, and on the other side of the age spectrum, senior citizens participated in a series of culinary workshops that took place further down Bridge St in the Richmond Congregational Church.  Master Gardener Margaret Lowe taught a jam-making workshop with the late June strawberries, and cooking teacher Adele Dienno taught a “Cooking for One” class later in the summer.  These workshops were a valuable opportunity for seniors to socialize and swap old Richmond stories.

The garden has had a wonderful first summer, despite the debilitating June rain, and we invite community members to come learn and play as we move in to autumn and reap the bounty of the summer’s harvest.

[Guest post by Emily Hill, NOFA-VT summer intern]

Come work with us!

NOFA staff at the Winter Conference, 2012
NOFA staff at the Winter Conference, 2012

You don’t have to be a farmer to be a part of Vermont’s local, organic food system! You can make a difference as part of the network of organizations that provide critical services to farmers and consumers. There are currently two positions open in Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), the organic certification program of NOFA-VT.

Since 1985, VOF has provided farmers and processors with a credible verification program for their organic production practices. VOF currently certifies 576 farms and processors to the National Organic Program regulations and assists our producers in marketing their products to consumers.

VOF is looking to hire two positions in our organic certification program to start in mid-September. The NOFA office is fun and fast-paced, and we have high expectations of our staff. Applicants should have a sense of humor, ability to multitask, and be willing to work independently and as a team. Applicants should have good time-management skills and enjoy interacting with and assisting our farmers and processors.

For more information about our organization, please visit here.

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Certification Staff Assistant Position

Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) is looking to hire a certification staff assistant to join our certification team. This position will support the certification staff in the annual process of verifying the organic production practices of our clients. Applicants should have strong organizational skills, attention to detail and should work proficiently in Microsoft Office programs Excel, Word and Access. Major duties include phone coverage, filing, and database entry.

  • Compensation is $15/hr.
  • No benefits package
  • Half-time (20 hours a week) position in Richmond office

Please send your cover letter & resume to
Enid Wonnacott/Nicole Dehne
applicant@nofavt.org

Accepting ONLY electronic applications. Deadline – August 16th at 5 p.m.

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Certification Staff Specialist Position (Dairy & Livestock)

Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) is looking to hire a certification staff specialist to join our certification team. This position will coordinate the annual process of verifying the organic production practices of our dairy and livestock producers. Applicants should have experience with dairy and livestock production, strong organizational skills, attention to detail and should work proficiently in Microsoft Office Programs Excel, Word and Access. Major duties include reviewing organic system plans and inspection reports, writing compliance letters and assisting farmers with the certification process.

  • Compensation based on experience
  • Benefits package included
  • Full time position in Richmond office

Please send your cover letter & resume to:

Enid Wonnacott/Nicole Dehne
dairy@nofavt.org

Accepting ONLY electronic applications. Deadline –  August 9th at 5 p.m.

Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Beauty

I’ll admit to some hesitation when Anne-Marie Keppel first approached me about partnering with the 9th annual Montpelier Fashion Show. As a farming and gardening organization, we don’t often have much crossover with the world of fashion.

Anne-Marie explained that the Fashion Show partners with a different nonprofit each year to bring awareness and attention to its cause. This year, the show is moving from its traditional spot on State Street to the Statehouse lawn, under the “golden glow of the Capitol building” and the protective eye of Ceres, whose likeness graces the top of the dome. Ceres, the Roman Goddess of agriculture, is the inspiration for the 2013 Montpelier Fashion Show theme, “A Night in Ancient Rome,” and also the inspiration for the partnership with NOFA-VT.

Anne-Marie Keppel in a dress of fresh veggies, designed by Elizabeth Pieroni. The fashion show also wanted to promote the idea that beauty begins with a healthy body — and a healthy body begins with healthy food. We couldn’t agree more! So, we find ourselves the proud partners of the Montpelier Fashion Show. We’ll be helping to source vegetables for a fresh veggie dress, to be designed by Elizabeth Pieroni, who designed the dress in the image on the right. Our friends at High Mowing Organic Seeds will also be sending a creation down the runway – we can’t wait to see what it is.

The 9th Annual Montpelier Fashion Show will take place Friday, June 7th on the Statehouse lawn. Hope to see you there!

(You can get a sense of the fun energy of the event with this episode of Stuck in Vermont from Seven Days!)