Weaver's Way Co-op


over 5 years ago

1 Admin

Jane Henderson

Contact Info
559 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
P: 215-843-2350
W: http://www.weaversway....

Job ID #39


Farm Education Apprentice


Approximate Dates of employment: April 1st - November 15th, 2013 Deadline to apply: Midnight January 25th, 2013 Interviews will be conducted between Feb 11th and Feb 22nd, with a strong preference given to in-person interviews. WWCP Farm Education This farm education program consists of a 1/3 acre children’s garden at the Mort Brooks Memorial Farm at the Awbury Arboretum, where many groups from around the region visit to participate in educational programs. WWCP also has a 1/2 acre community farm site at the Stenton Family Manor Homeless Shelter, where education and gardening is open to residents and community members. In 2012, over 1,400 youth and adults participated in WWCP’s farm education programs. A majority of those were school and community groups who participated in farm education or service learning activities at the farm. WWCP’s farm education program operates in conjunction with the Weavers Way Farm and Weavers Way Co-op. The Weavers Way Farm consists of two sites, including a 2 acre CSA farm at Saul Agricultural High School with a separate farm education program and a 1.5 acre market garden at the Mort Brooks Farm. Weavers Way Co-op is a 5,000 member community owned retail food market, with locations in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. In addition to education, produce that the Farm Educator grows is sold at farmers markets, and to the Weavers Way Co-op. A substantial portion of the produce at Stenton Family Manor is used on-site in the shelter’s kitchen where meals are served daily to over 200 people. Weavers Way Community Programs is a non- profit that was created in 2007 to develop and expand the community enrichment work of the Weavers Way Co‐op. In addition to farm education programs, WWCP runs the school Marketplace program, a series of school-based mini co-ops run by students with guidance from their teachers and WWCP staff. Farm Education Apprenticeship This is a great opportunity for hands‐on experience with urban farm education and production. It is both a farming and educational programming apprenticeship, not a typical farming apprenticeship. On average we will spend half the week farming and half the week preparing for and running our educational programs. These positions will offer experience with small scale, diversified organic vegetable production and the opportunity to develop skills as an educator such as curriculum writing and working with various groups at the farm sites. Apprentices will have the opportunity to work at all sites, but the percentage of time at each site will vary according to project needs. Apprentices will be encouraged to pursue their specific goals and interests. This position is 40-55 hrs a week, varying with the season. Compensation is $7.25/ hr
for 80% of your time with the understanding that 20% of your time will be educational. Some prior experience in gardening and environmental education preferred. We also offer a 10% staff discount at Weavers Way stores. Must be at least 18 years old, have a good sense of humor, strong work ethic, and willingness to get dirty. You should be able to work under adverse conditions (heat, humidity, cold, rain) and be able to lift 30 lbs, preferably at the same time. Access to a vehicle is helpful but not required. Many apprentices and staff bike between sites. Specific Tasks Help lead educational group visits to the farm and summer camp and after school program at Stenton Family Manor.
Help manage volunteers who visit the farm to assist with the production farm and children’s garden. Assist with farm production, including work in the greenhouse, planting, weeding, harvesting, and marketing.
Learn about the 100 varieties of vegetables and flowers we grow, including pest management and season extension. Engage with members of the Weavers Way community via community outreach events Staff a weekly farmers market, helping to harvest, set up for, and sell our produce. Have fun, meet nice people, and learn a lot! Please send resume and cover letter to: Farm Educator
Weavers Way Community Programs 559 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119 educator@weaversway.coop Email preferred!





Start Date

April 01, 2013


$7.25/ hr


2012-12-30 05:08:24 UTC


2012-12-30 05:08:24 UTC