Growing Home is hiring for two positions to join our team during the 2014 growing season: one at our Wood St. Urban Farm and one at our Les Brown Memorial Farm. Read below or click the Work Here tab for more information.
Farm Assistant and Market Supervisor
Description: Growing Home is seeking a Farm Assistant/Market Supervisor to assist with all aspects of organic vegetable production and marketing at our urban farms, and to manage sales at our main farmer’s market, the Green City Market. This position is based out of our Wood St. Urban Farm in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood. Work on the farm can be diverse, ranging from harvesting and processing, to preparing planting beds and trellising tomatoes. Candidates should expect hard work in a fast paced environment. Employees are regularly expected to carry out difficult tasks in all kinds of weather, and to work quickly and efficiently.
Growing Home operates an innovative transitional jobs program through our organic farming business. This position involves job-training and supervision of program participants (referred to as interns) during on-site farm work, and oversees interns working at the farmer’s market. This person will also assist with marketing to restaurant and wholesale customers, as well as developing new value added urban farm products. We are looking for a hard-working, detail-oriented individual with a positive attitude, who is committed to Growing Home’s broader organizational mission.
Please download the full Farm Assistant and Market Supervisor job description.
Job Type: Full-Time (40 hours/week) March 3 – December 12 (41 weeks)
Schedule: Tuesday-Saturday from April-December; Monday-Friday during March
Compensation: Hourly, based on experience; paid vacation, and option to enroll in Growing Home’s medical and dental insurance.
To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Tim Murakami, Urban Farms Manager, email@example.com by February 2, 2014.
Growing Home Inc, Les Brown Memorial Farm in Marseilles, Illinois
Description: Growing Home Inc seeks a hard-working Farm Apprentice for a seasonal position at the Les Brown Memorial farm in rural LaSalle County. The Farm Apprentice will work closely with the Farm Manager and with a farm team of 4 full-time members assisting with all aspects of organic vegetable production, processing, and delivery. S/he will also participate in the education of our job training interns. Tasks include seedling care, soil tillage, planting, harvesting, irrigation, supervision and training of small groups of program interns, driving and delivery, managing the on-site farm stand, assisting at farmers market and other events, hen care, grounds and equipment maintenance, basic record keeping, processing and packing of fresh produce, and living/education quarters upkeep.
Duration: Approximately 8 months beginning early spring 2014
Job Type: Full Time Seasonal Employment – 40 – 50 hours/week including weekends with half-time at beginning and end of season, time off negotiable
Salary: Compensation based on 40 hour work week at $10/hour
Housing: Free, rustic on-site housing available, other options by request
Additional Benefits: Food staples provided, shared health insurance cost options, all the veggies you can eat during the growing season
Successful candidates will have:
- Some farm experience, ideally organic
- An interest in organic vegetable production
- Early morning market experience
- Illinois Driver’s License and outstanding driving record
- The ability to perform hard physical labor
- Comfort with rustic communal living in rural Illinois
- Good customer service skills
- Basic record keeping abilities
- A positive attitude under pressure
- An interest in working with Growing Home’s transitional job- training program participants
- A love of learning
- The ability to give and receive on-the-fly feedback
Candidates will preferably have:
- A passion for education and job training
- A passion for diversity
- The ability to ask clear, helpful questions
- Hoophouse and/or small orchard experience
- The ability to drive manual vehicles (stick shift)
- Small machine experience (Tractor, BCS, etc.)
- A good sense of humor
To Apply: Send resume and letter of interest to GrowingHomeLBFarm@gmail.com. Please include relevant work experience, as well as future plans and ambitions in agriculture.
The Chicago Tribune recently published a letter to the editor by Growing Home’s executive director Harry Rhodes. The letter demands equality in the criminal justice system, as exemplified by the recent ruling not to send Beanie Baby executive Ty Warner to prison for tax evasion. Read the full letter below, or on the Chicago Tribune’s website.
Ty Warner needs to be punished accordingly
Our “criminal justice” system is broken. There is one system for the rich and one system for the poor.
For example, Ty Warner received two years probation for lying and cheating the government, and the American people, out of millions of dollars. According to U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras, “society will be best served to allow [Warner] to continue his good works.” This may very well be true. However, I am sure he would be treated differently if he was a poor black man who had been using or dealing drugs.
Through my work at Growing Home Inc., I see many returning citizens, mostly people of color, who have spent time in prison for using or selling drugs. When they get out of prison, they face a society that has turned its back on them. Have these people committed a more heinous crime than Ty Warner?
We need to close down our prisons for all except those who have committed violent crimes, and invest in helping people find jobs so that they will not be out on the streets. We need to make the wealthy criminals pay to support programs for poor criminals. We need a system that treats everybody equally.
— Harry Rhodes, executive director, Growing Home, Inc.
Growing Home’s Executive Director Harry Rhodes recently got back from a trip to Cuba, which has one of the most advanced urban farming systems in the world. This trip was the culmination of a fellowship awarded to Harry by the Chicago Community Trust last year, recognizing his leadership in the nonprofit community.
Harry published a three-part series about his trip on his blog, On the Road with Harry Rhodes. Here are some highlights, but check out Harry’s blog for more stories and lots more pictures!
- Cuba is only 90 miles from the United States
- The literacy rate in Cuba is 98%
- Over one million slaves were brought to Cuba (more than the United States) – slavery was abolished there in 1886
- 384,000 people work in urban agriculture in Cuba, producing more than 4 million tons of food!
- In Havana more than 50% of basic, leafy vegetables are grown in the city
- Right now there are 22 school gardens in Cuba