Nutrition Educator

Location: 
New Haven, Connecticut
Publication Date: 
Monday, June 23, 2014 (All day)
Company Name: 
New Haven Farms

ABOUT NEW HAVEN FARMS:

Founded in 2012, New Haven Farms aims to promote health and community development through urban agriculture. Over 50% of our CSA members live within 200% of the federal poverty level, and our shares are distributed on a sliding financial scale. Members receive shares, cooking, nutrition, and farm education on a weekly basis for 16-weeks at our Phoenix Press Farm, located at

15 James St. in New Haven. We currently operate 7 urban farm sites throughout New Haven and plan on expanding to one-acre total growing space in 2014.

 

POSITION SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Nutrition education and cooking demonstrations occupy about half of our two- hour weekly sessions, and are held approximately twice per week throughout our 16-week season, from June until October. Educational sessions develop participants’ knowledge of healthy eating: the preparation of balanced meals as well as the nutritional content of produce, with special attention on fats and carbohydrates. Each session, members receive a box of freshly harvested vegetables, and work with our organization’s farm team to add to their boxes with vegetables that they harvest. At various points during our 2012 growing season, the New Haven Farms harvest included combinations of romaine lettuce, mesclun mix, mustard greens, spinach, bok choy, carrots, beets, radishes, turnip, swiss chard, kale, collards, cilantro, parsley, tomatoes (all kinds), peppers (all kinds, sweet and hot), zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, arugula, broccoli. Responsibilities of the Nutrition Educator include but are not limited to:

 

• Working with the farm members and Cooking Demonstration Team to create and teach culturally relevant nutrition education and cooking demonstration curriculum.

• Providing one-on-one nutrition counseling and education to participants.

• Providing group nutrition education sessions.

• Managing set-up and cleanup of education sessions, and procure all necessary materials.

• Designing and distribute weekly recipes and nutrition information on the harvest.

• Manage Nutrition Education Team volunteers.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

• RD or RD eligible – preferred but not essential.

• Bilingual (English/Spanish).

• Well-organized and prepared for each session.

• Able to communicate effectively with multicultural and low-income individuals.

• Able to work independently.

 

This position is paid 6-9 hours/week for September to mid-October.

Please email a resume and cover letter to Mandy Burton at volunteercoordinator@newhavenfarms.org.