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Farm to School Educator K-12 Island Grown Initiative

  • Date Posted March 25, 2020
  • Location West Tisbury, MA
  • Category Education / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Our mission is to build a regenerative and equitable food system on Martha's Vineyard that engages, informs, and integrates the community.

Our Goals

To accomplish our mission, we:

1) increase local food production, 

2) reduce and redirect food waste,

3) and expand access to healthy food for all islanders.

Our programs work in the schools, with local farmers and with other organizations on the island that serve families facing food insecurity.

Job description

Island Grown Schools, a program of Island Grown Initiative, is a farm and garden based educational nonprofit serving the schools of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. We have installed and currently maintain 16 school gardens around the island, and offer standards-based lessons on food, farming, cooking, and nutrition both in the classroom and in the garden.

About the position:

The IGS Down Island Educator is responsible for planning and implementing farm-to-school programming at the Oak Bluffs School (K-8) and the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (9-12). The Educator will reach students by facilitating outdoor garden lessons, in-classroom lessons, farm field trips and by maintaining a presence in the school cafeteria with a focus on our Harvest of the Month program.

The start date for this position is August 3, 2020 and will be full-time throughout the school year. There is potential for full time work over the summer through Island Grown Schools, or another IGI program. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Garden: Plan and implement the planting and maintenance of school gardens throughout the year; create an accessible and inclusive outdoor learning environment for multiple learning styles; engage school community in garden projects and encourage student ownership of the garden.

Classroom: Implement age appropriate curriculum based on IGS units and learning goals; communicate with teachers to tie lessons into their curriculum; meet with teachers and IGS staff to continue to develop relevant curriculum connections, new lessons, projects, and activities.

Cafeteria/Harvest of the Month: Communicate with the food service directors regarding Harvest of the Month items featured in the school lunches; host Harvest of the Month raffles when possible; incorporate Harvest of the Month lessons into your curriculum, and grow Harvest of the Month crops in the garden.

After School Clubs: Plan, advertise, and facilitate garden and/or cooking clubs at schools when possible, during one or all of the fall, winter and spring seasons.

Field Trips: Connect schools to local farms and farmers during relevant lessons/units; schedule field trips with schools and farmers; facilitate field trips when appropriate.


  • Experience in garden or farm-based education
  • Ability to work professionally and responsibly in public school settings
  • Classroom management skills
  • Knowledge of age-appropriate content and capabilities, comfortable instructing a wide age range of students
  • Excellent time management, scheduling, and organizational skills a must
  • Patience and strong listening skills
  • Positive attitude with coworkers, students, parents, teachers, and school administrators
  • Passion for creating a regenerative food system
  • Love of working with children
  • Must have reliable transportation



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