Serve Your Community, Become a FoodCorps Service Member!

foodcorpsThe application to be a FoodCorps service member is now open through March 31st! If you are looking for a position in which you can serve your community, help kids get excited about vegetables, learn new skills, and become part of a network of food changemakers around the country, then this opportunity is for you:

FoodCorps is a nationwide team of Americorps leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. FoodCorps places motivated individuals in limited-resource communities for a year of public service, where they conduct hands-on food education, build and tend school gardens, teach cooking lessons, and facilitate the procurement of high quality local food into public school cafeterias. FoodCorps is currently in its fourth year of programming, with 11 month service terms running September through July.

FoodCorps Maine is hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its partnership with local non-profit organizations throughout the state. In addition to spots in communities across Maine, we also have positions available in AR, AZ, CA, CT, DC, GA, HI, MA, MI, MS, MT, NC, NJ, NM, OR, and NYC pending funding.

In order to be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:
• Be 18 years or older by the start of service (September 1, 2015).
• Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
• Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

For more information: www.foodcorps.org

Master Gardener Training Begins February 2015

unnamedApplication deadline for this year’s Master Gardener Training has been extended through January. From the UNH Cooperative Extension:

Become a UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener

UNH Extension Master Gardeners provide research-based information about home horticulture, pest management, and more to the citizens of New Hampshire. In exchange for all of the volunteer work Master Gardeners perform, UNH Extension provides comprehensive training and materials. Here are some of the things Master Gardeners do:

Answer questions:
– at our phone center
– horticultural events
– county fairs and farmers markets

Provide gardening information:
– through news and social media
– host workshops, tours, classes and clinics in their communities

Help create, manage, and write about:
– school gardens, community gardens, demonstration gardens

Spring Classes begin in February! Mondays from 9:00 to 4:00, February 2 through April 27.

UNH Cooperative Extension, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH

Cost: $250 plus $25 for the optional Master Gardener Handbook

Primary requirement is willingness and availability to volunteer 55 hours. Master Gardener status attained upon completion of training and 55 volunteer hours.

Flyer: http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource004477_Rep6381.pdf

Click here for more information and an application or call (603) 679-5616.

Pledge your support to the local food system, lend a hand in 2015!

We had an amazing year in 2014 with increased SNAP access at local farmers’ markets, new farms added to our network, actual tons of food grown, collected, gleaned, and donated to area food pantries, and to top it off some stellar Winter Farmers’ Markets! It is with your help we continue to succeed in our efforts to make local food access a reality for all people in the Seacoast and beyond! We’ve got a number of great efforts underway and more to come in the year ahead. Please sign up to help with one of our projects below and stay tuned for future updates. Much like our favorite foods, volunteer options change with the seasons.  Thank you for your continued support!

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Winter Farmers Market Volunteering Options

Our markets are community events that need community participation and support to run smoothly. We look for a morning crew of at least 10 volunteers to help with market set-up (assist with vendor parking, helping unload vendor vehicles, and moving tables). We also need 8-9 friendly and outgoing foodies to help at our information booth and around the market. In addition we are looking for a couple smiling greeters/counters. Our upcoming market on January 24th still needs volunteer support. Make a farmers’ day and help them unload their goods. You get a first glimpse of all the great options at market and are first in line when the market starts.

You can sign up to volunteer for any or all dates in the rest of the season right now, you’ll get a reminder the week of each market!

We also have a number of special events, veggie tastings and kids’ activities occurring throughout the season. If you are interested in helping with one of these upcoming activities email [email protected] for more information.

SH image 15Join The Seacoast Harvest Team!

Each year Seacoast Eat Local relies on the dedication and talents of volunteers to help update and create the newest version of Seacoast Harvest. Our local food guide is a valuable resource for customers and farmers alike. Each year the guide shines a spotlight on farms, farm stands, CSA’s, fisheries, farmers’ markets, and food pantries within Strafford, Rockingham, and York counties.

Seacoast Harvest volunteers will need to be available between the last week in January through the end of February. There will be one mandatory in-person meeting/training (Date TBD), while the rest of the work can be done from home. Volunteers must have access to a computer/internet, phone, and be comfortable emailing and calling farmers. This is a great way to learn more about the farms and agricultural resources in the Seacoast. If you are interested please contact Sarah, at [email protected].

Twofer: have fun and make your community better, too.

16070273672_a35c60d32f_kHave you made your resolutions for 2015 yet?

If the idea of giving things up just strikes you as no fun at all (and honestly, maybe not follow through-able), you are not alone. Best advice I ever got on resolutions was to add something instead of giving something up. Something fun or beautiful or meaningful, something not too hard but worthwhile all the same.

Like, volunteering! Maybe once a month? So, 12 times in 2015? Yeah? You can do that! Easy! I’m sure you’ve got some other awesome ideas to share, let us hear them in the comments below!

15826716580_54837cf920_zSo does this volunteering once a month idea appeal to you? I promise it will be fun and easy and you’ll get to make good things happen in just a couple hours!

Get yourself signed up lickety split with the links below – each one brings you to a form that explains all the details of the different kinds of things volunteers do at each Winter Market. You get to pick and choose where, when, and what. You can nail down your first 4 months of your New Year’s Resolution in under 10 minutes!

March 14th – Rollinsford

March 28th – Exeter

April 11th – Exeter

ps – don’t give up treats for your resolution, there’s usually fun treats for volunteers at each market 🙂

Volunteer at the Winter Market 12/13/14

This Saturday the Winter Market is at Exeter High School. Farmers would sure appreciate your help getting ready! In the morning, volunteers help carry all the terrific foods to be sold that day inside. It’s a fun time and takes a big team to be ready for the day. It’s a little bit of exercise and a lot of fun. Sign up below!

 

 

Volunteer sign up links for the planner aheaders

Thank you SEL volunteers

We’ve had several requests from volunteers asking to sign up for all the markets at once! So, for everyone who wants to get those dates on their calendars, here are a winter’s worth of volunteer sign up links:

December 13, Exeter: goo.gl/forms/96AqwshGug

December 20, Rollinsford: goo.gl/forms/8ZfFS0dXdv

January 10, Exeter: goo.gl/forms/DSX0ahMzf2

January 24, Rollinsford: goo.gl/forms/FSkBEqvktl

February 14, Rollinsford: goo.gl/forms/L1VIC8VktB

February 28, Exeter: goo.gl/forms/CKGDY7ifgv

March 14, Rollinsford: goo.gl/forms/NN1osBVRul

March 28, Exeter: goo.gl/forms/Z8DleqZDgd

April 11, Exeter: goo.gl/forms/A2Ixwb1JSc

Details of all the volunteer shift types are available at each link, we hope to see you soon!

Volunteering with Seacoast Eat Local

Here at Seacoast Eat Local, it is our mission to connect people with sources of locally grown foods and promote eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, we work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers.

Seacoast Eat Local is a volunteer-based non-profit organization, and our work is made possible by passionate volunteers from the Seacoast and beyond. It is through the continued support of so many that we are able to maintain and grow our programs, connecting consumers with farmers and making local food an available aspect of life for everyone in the Seacoast!

Volunteers helping set up before markets begin are appreciated by all!
Volunteers helping set up before markets begin are appreciated by all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteering with Seacoast Eat Local can take on many forms. We need your support across all of our programs. This can include

  • staffing info tables at community events,
  • helping farmers unload at our winter markets,
  • assisting in data collection for Seacoast Harvest,
  • working with our SNAP/EBT & Debit program at farmers’ markets,
  • gleaning local food for donation from markets and area farms,
  • and creating interest around a variety of local food events
Jess and Carina are helping glean produce for donation from the Portsmouth Farmers' Market.
Jess and Carina are helping glean produce for donation from the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market.

 

If you’d like to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how you can support the local agricultural community check out our Volunteer page. You can sign up for our volunteer email newsletter there and read about the different types of support we need to keep growing. The Winter Farmers’ Markets are just around the corner, our first in the series starts November 22. These community events can always use additional support to help them run smoothly and successfully. Click over to our Winter Farmers’ Market page to save the dates and learn more about the market.

There are a number of ways you can support the local food movement …

Join our stellar crew of volunteers. We need help getting the word out, running market activities, setting up during the winter markets or even just hanging posters around your town. Email [email protected] for more info.
Volunteers are needed to help at the SNAP/EBT booth to help answer customer’s questions, assist the program coordinator with EBT and debit transactions, and to provide new EBT shoppers with information and a farmers’ market tour. Email [email protected] for more info.

 

Jean Pauly working with the Rollinsford PD to collect food donations for their holiday food baskets. Through generous support from farmers and market shoppers, SEL was able to donate over 2,000 pounds of local food to area pantries during last year's winter markets season
Jean Pauly working with the Rollinsford PD to collect food donations for their holiday food baskets. Through generous support from farmers and market shoppers, SEL was able to donate over 2,000 pounds of local food to area pantries during last year’s winter market season

Another option is to support local food and agriculture with a donation to Seacoast Eat Local. Donate online or mail a donation made out to Seacoast Eat Local to 67 Airport Road, Newington, NH. Donations are tax deductible.

Help us spread the word! You can forward this blog, follow our blog, post a message online, text or invite a friend to go to your local farmers’ market. Farmers love your support!

Earth Day Volunteer Garden Clean Up Day at Strawbery Banke Museum, April 26

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Join our community of garden volunteers on Earth Day and help bring new life to the Historic Gardens at Strawbery Banke, Saturday April 26th from 8:30am to 12:30pm, then join Slow Food Seacoast for a potluck lunch from 12:30 to 1:30pm!

Earth Day Volunteer Garden Clean Up Day at Strawbery Banke Museum
Saturday, April 26, 2014 (rain date Sunday, April 27)
8:30am–12:30pm, followed by Slow Food Seacoast Potluck Lunch 12:30–1:30pm

Volunteers gather out on “Puddle Dock” at 8:30am for refreshments and work assignments. Garden work begins at 9am. Come in all weather work clothes, and bring along your favorite gardening tools, gloves and a potluck dish. A potluck lunch and Slow Food Seacoast heirloom seed giveaway will follow at 12:30.

RSVP Requested. Please contact Alena Shellenbean at 422-7505 or [email protected] or [email protected]

For more information: www.strawberybanke.org