Center provides place for food businesses to begin

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It takes a lot of work to start a new business, especially when that business involves food. Licensing, health concerns, finding suppliers, and even finding a kitchen that has the proper equipment to prepare the food are all things that have to figured out by people who want to start their own food businesses.

Joan Nelson is the executive director at the Allen Neighborhood Center. She spoke with the Food Fix about the Center’s Incubator Kitchen program that is giving local farmers a place to expand into new areas, and is letting small businesses get off the ground.

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AmeriCorps Positions Open!

Full-Time AmeriCorps Positions Open: Gardening Educator & Good Food Access Coordinator!

Members will receive a living allowance of $12,530 distributed bi-weekly from October 6, 2015-September 30, 2016 and receive student loan forbearance for qualified loans. Upon successful completion of service an education award in the amount of $5,645 will be issued. Members will serve ~35 hours/week.

Click on links below for full position descriptions.

Gardening Educator

  • Collaborate with the GardenHouse Director to develop and promote a robust gardening program throughout the Eastside (link neighbors to resources, assist with planning, promoting, and facilitating of garden education offerings including home garden visits, workshops, and Urban Gardener Certification Program.
  • Collaborate with Youth Programs Coordinator to develop, promote, and facilitate Youth Service Corps program for 11-17 year olds. Specific youth projects include: Garden-in-a-Box, Edible Park, and Fruit Tree Project.
  • Provide guide-by-the-side instruction/mentoring to GardenHouse volunteers and visitors during GardenHouse open hours.
  • Participate in a PWC AmeriCorps Program-wide data reporting system with program required survey questions; and further document the effectiveness and impact of GardenHouse programs through dot and paper surveys.

All interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to both Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps Program Director, Andrea Villanueva at avillanueva@ingham.org and Site Supervisor Rita O’Brien at ritao@allenneighborhoodcenter.org no later than August 3rd, 2015 by 5pm.

Good Food Access Coordinator

  • Facilitate nutrition and food-education at the Allen Street Farmers Market utilizing healthy food samples, and at the weekly Breadbasket Pantry.
  • Support all approved activities related to the Farmers Market, e.g., promotion, coordination, and on-site support of market volunteers.
  • Coordinate and support activities related to the Breadbasket Pantry, a weekly food distribution to 80-120 low income families/individuals.
  • Plan, promote & facilitate monthly cooking and or nutrition education workshops & events in the Allen Market Place licensed community kitchen.
  • Maintain Allen Street Farmers Market blog which shares healthy recipes featuring produce that can be bought at the market, and    tips for nutrition and fitness.
  • Participate in a PWC AmeriCorps Program-wide data reporting system with program required survey questions; and further document the effectiveness and impact of Breadbasket and the Farmers Market through dot and paper surveys.

All interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to both Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps Program Director, Andrea Villanueva at avillanueva@ingham.org and Site Supervisor Lizy Ferguson at lizyf@allenneighborhoodcenter.org no later than August 3rd, 2015 by 5pm.

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This Week at Allen Street Farmers Market!

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This Week at Allen Street Farmers Market!

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This Week at the Allen Street Farmers Market!

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This Week at Allen Street Farmers Market!

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