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RSU 71

The FoodCorps service positions would focus on three of the elementary schools: Captain Albert Stevens School, East Belfast School, and Kermit Nickerson School in Swanville. Belfast, the hub of more rural, surrounding towns, has a thriving, historic downtown, which is home to the state’s largest and oldest food co-op. It also has access to multi-use trails on the ocean and in the woods.

Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School (CASS) has a small, but well-loved garden, which has increased in size and scope each year, and a recently added orchard, hoop house, and outdoor classroom. The program at this school is well-established at this point, and the service member would be working toward a self-sustaining program, to be established at the end of the 22/23 school year. The service member at CASS would work specifically with the three third grade teachers to develop curricular connections to the school garden. The service member would also work with the kitchen to support connections between local food providers and the school kitchen and district director of nutrition, who is also supportive of this endeavor.

The service member at Nickerson and East Belfast Schools would work to plan a second year of growth for the two schools who just began with FoodCorps in 2021/22. Both schools have gardens that have expanded in the last year. Both service members would support the development of a plan for the other two of the five elementary schools to increase their food programming and begin to support and connect with those schools.

When you serve in Maine, you are joining a family of 12 Service members serving all across the state. We connect both virtually and in person, spend time together and learn, and enjoy all the natural beauty and excellent food culture Maine has to offer. No matter where you are, you have the support of the cohort and FoodCorps Maine staff, Malia and Ryan, who both grew up in Maine and love sharing all that is great about this state with service members who we hope will put down roots here and continue to be an important part of Maine.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Must have the ability to work with others, including students, volunteers, and teachers
  • Belief in education’s role in transforming society is also important
  • A gardening background is a plus, particularly when it involved gardening with youth, but is not strictly necessary

The FoodCorps service positions would focus on three of the elementary schools: Captain Albert Stevens School, East Belfast School, and Kermit Nickerson School in Swanville. Belfast, the hub of more rural, surrounding towns, has a thriving, historic downtown, which is home to the state’s largest and oldest food co-op. It also has access to multi-use trails on the ocean and in the woods.

Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School (CASS) has a small, but well-loved garden, which has increased in size and scope each year, and a recently added orchard, hoop house, and outdoor classroom. The program at this school is well-established at this point, and the service member would be working toward a self-sustaining program, to be established at the end of the 22/23 school year. The service member at CASS would work specifically with the three third grade teachers to develop curricular connections to the school garden. The service member would also work with the kitchen to support connections between local food providers and the school kitchen and district director of nutrition, who is also supportive of this endeavor.

The service member at Nickerson and East Belfast Schools would work to plan a second year of growth for the two schools who just began with FoodCorps in 2021/22. Both schools have gardens that have expanded in the last year. Both service members would support the development of a plan for the other two of the five elementary schools to increase their food programming and begin to support and connect with those schools.

When you serve in Maine, you are joining a family of 12 Service members serving all across the state. We connect both virtually and in person, spend time together and learn, and enjoy all the natural beauty and excellent food culture Maine has to offer. No matter where you are, you have the support of the cohort and FoodCorps Maine staff, Malia and Ryan, who both grew up in Maine and love sharing all that is great about this state with service members who we hope will put down roots here and continue to be an important part of Maine.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Must have the ability to work with others, including students, volunteers, and teachers
  • Belief in education’s role in transforming society is also important
  • A gardening background is a plus, particularly when it involved gardening with youth, but is not strictly necessary