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Gardener Manager/Teacher

The Edible Schoolyard located at Martin Luther King Middle School in
Berkeley is seeking an experienced garden/teacher to work with middle
school children and staff in the following capacities:

o Work with students and teachers in developing, planting and caring for a
one acre sustainable edible garden;
 Work with staff and teachers to develop interdisciplinary curriculum
centered on sustainable agriculture;
o Encourage student involvement in practicing the principles of ecology;
o Work with teachers to develop links between the garden and kitchen
classroom, science, math, humanities and the arts;
o Acting as spokesperson regarding the importance of educating young people
about sustainable agriculture and its relationship to teaching and learning;
o Provide leadership by helping to create a safe environment for
exemplifying the importance of nurturing the land.

o Oversee and maintain a year-round sustainable garden
o Oversee the maintenance of composting systems
o Oversee the management of fertility, acquisition of diverse plants,
extension of drainage and irrigation
o Flexible with creative approaches to teaching young people and working
with teachers
o Participate in ongoing documentation of projects and learning processes
through photographs, transcriptions of projects and display panels
o Act as liaison between the garden and the middle school teachers and staff
o Assist with outreach to other school gardens by hosting visitors and
making presentations to educators, parents and community groups
o Assist with granting writing reporting by providing documentation of
garden curriculum and projects

Required Qualifications
o Bachelor's degree or equivalent in experience.
o Experience with the practice of sustainable agriculture and basic
landscape gardening
o Experience in teaching middle school or K-12 youth
o Ability to work with children and staff from diverse cultural and
linguistic backgrounds
o Ability to organize work and to function independently and in a group setting
o Excellent written and oral communication skills desired

Desired Qualifications
o Bilingual and/or experience working in a bilingual environment
o Experience working with young people from diverse backgrounds

Mission Statement & Guiding Principles
The mission of the Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King Middle School is
to create and sustain an organic garden and landscape which is wholly
integrated into the school's curriculum and lunch program. It involves the
students in all aspects of farming the garden -- along with preparing,
serving and eating the food -- as a means of awakening their sense and
encouraging awareness and appreciation of the transformative values of
nourishment, community and stewardship of the land.

Guiding Principles

The following principles guide the design and conception of The Edible

o Participatory:
The Executive Committee, Steering Committee, staff, teachers and students
who help plan, develop, and manage the garden reflect the multicultural and
demographic diversity of the school and community.

o Ecological:
The Garden is designed and maintained using sound ecological practices that
are reflected in all aspects of the project, from the way the food is
grown, harvested and prepared, to the recycling of waste back into the

o Aesthetic:
The goal is to create a beautiful environment that will inspire personal
and social responsibility' one that will also function as a model for other

Please submit resume and cover letter to:
The Edible Schoolyard, 1781 Rose Street, Berkeley, CA. 94703
OR e-mail: info@edibleschoolyard.org; fax: 510-558-1334

Position available August 2000; APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 30TH


The Edible Schoolyard is an equal opportunity employer.

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