The UW Farm is the student run farm on the University of Washington campus. With two farming locations on campus, specialized Farm activities, and weekly events, we offer exciting opportunities for the student body and local community to get involved in urban agriculture.
We are in midst of a lot of activity and growth at the Farm, and need to fill several volunteer leadership positions for the 2015-2016 school year and beyond. There are several opportunities for motivated individuals who want to be more involved with the Farm. No technical experience is required, just a desire to take on a leadership role, the ability to work with your fellow farmers, and a passion for food and sustainable agriculture. The following positions are open to applicants:
Education team member
This position will allow you to gain confidence teaching young people and try out new ideas and teaching methods in a low-stress environment. Educators will work with the Education Coordinator to teach children in an outdoor/farm environment with a focus on experiential education as part of the Sprouts Youth Education Program. Applicants should be organized and reliable and able to work with the Education Coordinator and fellow volunteers. Must be able to commit to events ahead of time and pass a criminal background check. Applicants don’t need to be expert farmers, but must be excited about growing food and teaching!
Fungi team member
The Fungi team will work with the Fungi Coordinator in growing our mushroom production program in dedicated areas of the Center for Urban Horticulture and Mercer Court farm sites. An interest in mushroom cultivation, willingness to do independent research, and the ability to teach other students about the project are strongly desirable.
Outreach and Events Coordinator
The Outreach Coordinator spearheads the effort to promote the Farm on campus. Must work with the Social Media Coordinator in planning of events and outreach, including but not limited to Pizza Bakes, potlucks, food demonstrations, tabling, campus theme days (Sustainability Week, Earth Day, etc.), and merchandise.
The Fundraising Coordinator will work with the Outreach Coordinator and other Farmers to apply for grants, plan fundraising events, and find other fundraising avenues.
Get real world experience working for a client, the freedom to craft visual campaigns, and the opportunity to build a professional portfolio. The Designer will work with other leaders to produce a Farm “brand” for online and print promotional materials. Weekly time commitment will be on an as needed basis, but should not exceed 4 hours a week. The ideal applicant is proficient in a page layout and photo editing software, preferably Adobe InDesign or Photoshop, can independently create large-scale visual campaigns with minimal oversight, and is able to quickly and proficiently create professional materials.
Center for Urban Horticulture Coordinators
The CUH Coordinators work with the Farm Manager to coordinate weekly work hours and occasional Saturday work parties at the Center for Urban Horticulture farm on campus.
Mercer Court Coordinators
The Mercer Court Coordinators work with the Farm Manager to coordinate weekly work hours and occasional Saturday work parties at the Mercer Court Apartments farm on campus.
All are volunteer positions with varying weekly time requirements based on the needs of the Farm and level of enthusiasm of the person filling the position. If you are interested in one of the above positions please submit an Application by October 15, 2015.
All students interested in being part of the Student Farm Leadership Team should save the dates of October 24-25 for the 2015 UW Student Farm Retreat at Skyroot Farm. This will be an opportunity to build community, make friends, and plan for the upcoming year on the student farm! More details on Facebook.