VINES Market Garden Assistant Position Available for Youth

By WBNG News

VINES Market Garden Assistant Position Available for Youth

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 16, 2013 at 7:41 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) is pleased to announce a Market Garden Assistant position available for youth ages 17-21.

According to a news release:

The position will be for 6 months beginning in April through September 2013. Two youth will be hired to assist with maintenance and development of the Binghamton Urban Farm, a half acre vegetable market garden located at 16 Tudor St., Downtown Binghamton. Please see the attached job description and application. All interested youth MUST apply by Wednesday, February 6th, 2013. Hours are flexible but heavier during the summer months. VINES is seeking enthusiastic individuals who need to work and want to work hard.

VINES is an organization committed to developing a sustainable and just community food system. VINES brings together diverse groups of people, with a focus on youth development, to establish community gardens, urban agriculture and community green spaces. VINES strives to develop and beautify urban sites and empower community members of all ages and abilities.

VINES has hosted a Summer Youth Employment program for the past 3 summers located at the Urban Farm. VINES has partnered with various agencies and organizations on this initiative including Cornell Cooperative Extension, The City of Binghamton, Broome County Gang Prevention and the Binghamton Housing Authority. Youth have learned skills related to gardening/agriculture, food system/hunger issues, workforce education, marketing, communication/public speaking, work ethic and cooperation.

"Working at the Urban Farm for the third year has made me think about where my food comes from and I actually watch what I put in my body now. As a crew leader I have learned responsibility and how to work as a team", said DeShawn Bostick, 19, VINES 2012 youth Crew Leader, about his experiences working for the program.

If you are or know someone interested in the position, please print and complete the application and mail to VINES, PO Box 3104, Binghamton NY 13902 or fill out online and email to vinesvolunteers@gmail.com.