Agriculture & Food Production
Service members spend much of their time pulling weeds and watering school gardens—and many of them fall in love with growing, producing, and promoting local food systems. Many alumni become farmers, food entrepreneurs, and farm-to-institution professionals to help build the equitable, sustainable food system we know all kids deserve.
We support these entrepreneurs in their development as agriculture and food system professionals by providing opportunities for career coaching and supporting their learning through Alumni Grants.
Farmer and education coordinator, Vally Flora Farm
After serving as the first FoodCorps service member on the southern Oregon coast, Amelia started farming at Valley Flora, a family-run fruit and vegetable farm in her service community. Amelia is still there today, growing, harvesting, and distributing produce to Valley Flora’s Community Supported Agriculture members, local grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and food banks. She also facilitates a continued partnership between FoodCorps and the farm by leading farm field trips aligned with academic standards for students from surrounding school districts.
“I might never have moved to the southern Oregon coast if it hadn’t been for FoodCorps! My service immersed me in a vibrant rural food system and affirmed my passion for growing food for my community. My experience with FoodCorps challenged me to think critically about the vital role farmers play in building a more equitable and sustainable food system.”
Farm education manager at Harlem Grown
After serving with FoodCorps, Nikki knew she wanted to continue teaching in a garden setting and incorporating food and farming into her lessons. She wasn’t sure exactly how she would do that, until she was hired on at her service site, Harlem Grown and got to turn her vision into a reality. As the Farm Education Manager, she is now in charge of designing curriculum for Harlem Grown’s farm sites, leading educational farm tours for groups all throughout New York City, and running programming with youth visitors during Community Days on Saturdays. She loves her job because she gets to continue the work of food and farming, engage with community members and use her creativity in an educational way.
“FoodCorps gave me a great entry way to find what kind of teaching I am passionate about.
– Nikki Miller