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An Americorps* VISTA position with the Sacramento Hunger Commission to
develop and expand an edible landscaping project in low-income housing
Goals in 2004-05: To continue the development of the
new Kennedy Estates edible landscaping project (in collaboration with Mercy
Housing and the multicultural residents of the complex) and to create a model
edible landscaping project that can be replicated at other properties –
ultimately to increase low-income residents’ access to fresh produce.
- Build partnerships and develop
funding to create a viable system for continued edible landscaping
- Improve community knowledge of
and participation in edible landscapes through organized harvests and
- Increase the capacity and
diversity of physical infrastructure
Test, evaluate, and modify as necessary edible
landscaping nutrition education curriculum; implement curriculum for children
and eventually for adults
- Assist in evaluating successes
and shortcomings of Kennedy Estates Edible Landscaping Project
- Package tools and methods for
cultivating community buy-in and replication elsewhere
- Work with partners (such as
Mercy Housing) to locate other appropriate sites for edible landscaping
Create a list of residents who are particularly
interested in caring for and developing edible landscaping.
Attend community garden meetings and general
community meeting at Kennedy Estates to keep residents informed about edible
landscaping and to keep the Hunger Commission informed of residents’
sentiments about edible landscaping.
Replace trees and plants that do not survive the
Organize residents to augment edible landscaping
Teach nutrition education to youth participating in
after-school program that relates to fresh fruits and vegetables that will be
available from the edible landscape and on-site community garden.
Teach family-oriented nutrition via cooking classes
that demonstrate uses for edible landscaping and community garden produce.
Gather residents’ personal recipes and create
an edible landscaping cookbook.
Meet with Mercy Housing, Sacramento Mutual Housing
Coalition, and/or other low-income housing agencies to market the idea of
implementing edible landscaping projects elsewhere.
Visit potential sites and create a workplan for
implementation of additional edible landscaping projects.
Interest in food-security issues
Basic health and nutrition knowledge
Second language skills a plus (Spanish, Chinese,
Vietnamese, Hmong, etc.)
Ability to appreciate and work well with diverse
Knowledge of community development strategies
Some knowledge of gardening, interest in edible
Application Deadline: September 3, 2004 (Approximate start date: Nov. 8,
You may apply on-line at www.americorps.org
Or send a resume and a cover letter to:
Sacramento Hunger Commission
St., Suite 200
Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org