January 28, 2015

Grants & Outreach Manager

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Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) is seeking a Grants and Outreach Manager who will use his or her passion for a more just society, along with robust abilities in communications, fund development and social media, to amplify the impact of SCLT’s programs.

Organization Description: SCLT improves health, economic security and the environment in Rhode Island by providing thousands of families with access to land, resources, and education to grow food. We support a network of 43 community gardens and 4 sustainable farms in Greater Providence. We offer nutrition, food preparation and gardening workshops for adults; youth employment and environmental education; beginning farmer support and training; and advocacy for urban agriculture initiatives.

Position Description: The Grants and Outreach Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the organization’s grant writing and grant cultivation strategy. Just as importantly, this person oversees the creation and implementation of communications strategies that build relationships with donors, funders, volunteers, community partners and media. At times, this position is supported by interns and/or VISTA staff. The Grants and Outreach Manager works closely with the Executive Director, the Development Director and the Development Associate.

Job Duties:

I.  Grant Strategy – Develop and execute the organization’s grant strategy:

  • Raise approximately $600,000 annually;
  • Work with Executive Director and Program Staff to develop proposals that are attractive to new and existing funders;
  • Each year, manage the entire submission and reporting process for approximately 40 persuasive grant proposals and budgets;
  • Manage portfolio of existing grant relationships and complete “new grant” research;
  • Maintain a grants and grant reports calendar;
  • Maintain hard copy and electronic files for grant proposals, agreements and reporting;
  • Fulfill all grant reporting requirements.

II.  Communications – Design and implement SCLT’s communications plan:

  • Develop content and coordinate production and dissemination of 3 print newsletters, monthly e-newsletters, regular blog posts and a weekly social media strategy;
  • Work with Executive Director and other SCLT staff to develop clear and powerful messages for all communications;
  • Provide information to media outlets and community partners;
  • Cultivate relationships with media professionals to generate newspaper articles, television or radio features/interviews, and other media attention;
  • Create and execute annual communications calendar;
  • Write and submit press releases as needed;
  • Develop, update and disseminate SCLT promotional materials;
  • Update SCLT website content on a monthly basis (minimum);
  • Track email opens, click-throughs, web page activity, etc and make informed recommendations about how to change messages and media as needed;
  • Lead tours of SCLT program sites and make group presentations, speaking with accuracy and confidence about the organization and its programs;
  • Coordinate media opportunities for Executive Director and Program Staff as directed.

III. Other programs and events:

  • Serve as lead staff coordinator for the Urban Ag Kickoff Event in March of each year. Secure venue, coordinate staff and volunteer committee, secure workshop and activity leaders, and all other coordination activities as needed;
  • Coordinate Plant Providence calendar of activities, poster and website production, promotion of workshops and events;
  • Ensure that event/program posters are hung at local community organizations and businesses.
  • Provide staff support for all public and fundraising events;
  • Support SCLT Annual and Membership campaigns;
  • Attend monthly meetings of the SCLT Fund Development Committee and weekly Office of Advancement meetings;
  • Perform other tasks as required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong editing skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Commitment to excellence.
  • Ability to seize opportunities and complete work within deadlines.
  • Reliably produces results both as part of a team and through independent work.
  • Able to work in a setting that is culturally, economically and ethnically diverse.
  • Experienced with Microsoft office suite. Experienced with or excited to learn about using design software and social media (including video) applications.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, or related field. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years writing experience.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising and communications.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Able to monitor and meet income goals.

Ideal candidates will have demonstrated experience with:

  • Proposal writing, prospect research, and relationship cultivation.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising strategies and information sources.
  • Successfully carrying out a grant strategy that includes government and multi-year grants.
  • Design software, developing content for social media, excel, donor database software.

Schedule: 40 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work is required.

Minority candidates are strongly encouraged.   Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged. Salary is $34,000-$46,000 based on experience and qualifications. SCLT offers medical and dental insurance and a generous paid time off program.

This position is open for immediate hire. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to Margaret DeVos, SCLT Executive Director, at jobs@southsideclt.org. Writing examples, a timed writing exercise and 3 professional references will be required. SCLT is an equal opportunity employer.

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January 25, 2015

Drink Blue State Coffee.

Drink Blue State Coffee.  Eat Healthy and Sustainable Food. Support SCLT.  Perfect!  Blue State Coffee (located at 300 Thayer Street in Providence) has announced that SCLT will be one of four organizations to receive a portion of its proceeds during the first half of 2015.  The best part of their program is that customers suggested SCLT and customers will decide how much funding SCLT receives!  
HOW IT WORKS – Blue State Coffee’s policy is to donate 2% of its sales to local non-profit organizations that are suggested by their customers. Each time you make a purchase at Blue State Coffee you choose which non-profit your purchase will support by putting a token in their jar.  Blue State Coffee allocates 2% of its sales based on the number of votes each organization receives during the 6 month donation period.

Since July of 2007, Blue State Coffee has donated over $485,000 to more than 200 non-profit organizations!

 
HOW YOU CAN HELP – From now until June 30, 2015, simply make a purchase at Blue State Coffee located at 300 Thayer Street and cast your vote for SCLT.  Also, follow SCLT on Twitter (@southsideclt) to receive occasional reminders to go get a quick coffee pick-me-up!
ABOUT BLUE STATE COFFEE – “Blue State Coffee is a family business. It all started in 2004, when Drew came up with the idea for a community-oriented coffee shop. The premise was simple: our ideals would guide how the company did business. We pledged to donate a percentage of sales to local non-profit organizations, to minimize the company’s environmental impact, to serve world-class coffee, and to treat employees as members of the Blue State Coffee family.
At Blue State Coffee, we care about how our food is produced, transported, and prepared. Our menu features hormone-free and antibiotic-free meat, locally sourced produce and cheese, and free range and vegetarian fed local eggs. Our baked goods are made from scratch with all natural ingredients. All of our offerings are trans-fat free.

Our baker offers delicious bakery selections (some vegan or gluten free), made fresh daily in our kitchen. Our specialties include scones (savory and sweet), muffins, cookies, nutella bars, brownies, tea breads, cupcakes, cakes, and macaroons. We also offer locally made bagels and croissants.”

SCLT is honored to be selected by Blue State Coffee.
Head to their 300 Thayer Street cafe and vote today!
January 2, 2015

Food Chains Movie Screening

Don’t miss your chance to see this inspiring true story about a small group of farm workers who risked it all for justice.

FoodChainsTheatricalPoster-722x1067Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, (Food Inc and Fast Food Nation) present a powerful and shocking expose about what feeds our country and how we can overcome corporate greed to end slavery and abuse in America’s fields by insisting on fair food.  View the trailer here.

The movie is followed by a Q&A featuring SCLT’s Community Growers Director, Rob Booz.  Rob brings a singular perspective on how to advocate for and increase food justice.  He has worked on farms across the U.S. and Europe, he has cooked in some of the finest restaurants in the country, and he has been actively changing and improving our food system for many years.

Thursday, January 15, 7 – 9 p.m.  $12 per person.  You must purchase tickets by January 8th.  Purchase tickets hereCable Car Cinema & Cafe, 204 S. Main St., Providence, RI 02093.  Sponsored locally by Eat Drink RI.

December 5, 2014

Introducing SCLT’s 6-week market growers course

The Southside Community Land Trust’s Market Growing Class is a six-week course intended to teach students about how to sell the vegetables they grow. The class is primarily focused on business practices so only one session will discuss growing techniques. This course is intended for individuals who have intermediate to advanced growing skills and experience. The emphasis of the class will be on how to sell at farmers markets. Other forms of sales such as community supported agriculture (CSA’s) and restaurant sales will be covered, briefly.

The class will meet Sunday afternoons from 1PM to 4PM. The first class is Sunday, January 4th, and classes will run through Sunday, February 8th. On Saturday, January 10th there will be a morning field trip to the Winter Farmers Market at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. This will be in addition to the normally scheduled meeting time on Sunday, January 11th.  The exact location of the class is to be determined, though it will be in South Providence at or near SCLT’s offices, 109 Somerset Street.

Students can expect a mix of lectures, role playing and other hands-on activities, small group work, guest speakers (such as farmers market representatives and growers currently selling at market), worksheets, and more. The class will help attendees develop the skills needed to be successful market growers.

Students who complete the class with one or no absences are invited to sell their vegetables at an SCLT staff managed farmers market booth during the summer of 2015.

There are a limited number of spaces available for this class. Preference will be given to recent immigrants, refugees, and low-income individuals. Interpreters may be available for non-English speakers.

To register for the class or for more information, please contact gardens@southsideclt.org or call 401 273-9419.

December 3, 2014

SCLT Awarded $78,000 USDA Grant

Great news for Agriculture in Rhode Island!  SCLT has been awarded $78,000 through the USDA Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmer and Rancher program.  This funding will support farmers who sell fresh, healthy and affordable food in neighborhoods where it can be hard to find.  SCLT will offer expanded programs that:

1) provide farmers with training for improving productivity, increasing sales and planning for expansion,

2) assist farmers to access farm sites in urban and rural Rhode Island, and

3) work with farmers to increase their participation in USDA technical assistance, grant and loan programs.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grant awards today. Click here to read his announcement.

December 2, 2014

Holiday Gift Auction Tonight at The Grange

Tonight at The Grange you can support SCLT by doing some local holiday shopping at our silent auction.  Here is what we have to offer:

– Handcrafted Metal Pooch from Frog and Toad (Yes…a pooch.  It is very sweet, especially if you love dachshunds!)

– Vegetarian Heaven Dining Package Gift certificates totaling $100 from The Grange, Garden Grille, Wildflour Vegan Bakery

– Nutcracker Tickets from Festival Ballet Providence

– Studio Portrait Session from Elle Vignette Impressions

– Hope Street Spree Gift cards totaling $85 from Frog and Toad , Stock Culinary Goods, Seven Stars Bakery

– Gardener’s Delight from SCLT includes Fishemo organic fertilizer, organic bug soap, Burt’s Bees insect repellant, SCLT arugula and radish seeds, a long sleeve SCLT t-shirt and a $20 Plant Sale gift certificate

– Brie Board and Wine from Bottles Fine Wine featuring cutting board and tool set from the Legacy Collection and a bottle of Micheal Davis Inkblot Red (yummy – aged 17 months in red oak)

– Many Mystery Wine Bottles priced at $50 from Bottles Fine Wine and paired with a gift certificate from one of the above listed businesses, Trinity Brewhouse ,or White Electric Coffee

Who wouldn’t be enchanted to receive such a gift from you!

The silent auction is part of our Thanks & Giving celebration.  On this special night all proceeds will be used to benefit the work of SCLT.  Your $10 at the door buys great food, unique holiday shopping, & healthy food access for everyone!

The Grange is at 166 Broadway in Providence. Stop by anytime from 5 to 10 pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Clothing and non-perishable food items will also be collected to benefit other organizations.

In addition to the auction, enjoy live music, complimentary light bites and know that 100% of proceeds will benefit SCLT in our efforts towards sustainability and battling hunger.  Thanks Rob and Uschi Yaffe, John Dille and the entire team from The Grange for giving your time, energy and talent to make Rhode Island a healthier place for all. And thanks to our silent auction sponsors – your favorite local businesses and institutions listed above.

December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday @ The Grange

Spend #GIVINGTUESDAY with SCLT at The Grange on December 2, 2014.

Just drop by The Grange at 166 Broadway in Providence any time from 5pm to 10pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Clothing and non-perishable food items will also be collected to benefit other organizations.

Have fun, do some holiday shopping and support healthy food access for everyone.  Evening highlights include live music, complimentary light bites, silent auction and raffle items from your favorite local businesses. 100% of proceeds will benefit SCLT in our efforts towards sustainability and battling hunger.

November 20, 2014

Introducing SCLT’s 6-week market growers course

Chia's Table

The Southside Community Land Trust’s Market Growing Class is a six-week course intended to teach students about how to sell the vegetables they grow. The class is primarily focused on business practices so only one session will discuss growing techniques. This course is intended for individuals who have intermediate to advanced growing skills and experience. The emphasis of the class will be on how to sell at farmers markets. Other forms of sales such as community supported agriculture (CSA’s) and restaurant sales will be covered, briefly.

The class will meet Sunday afternoons from 1PM to 4PM. The first class is Sunday, January 4th, and classes will run through Sunday, February 8th. On Saturday, January 10th there will be a morning field trip to the Winter Farmers Market at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. This will be in addition to the normally scheduled meeting time on Sunday, January 11th.  The exact location of the class is to be determined, though it will be in South Providence at or near SCLT’s offices, 109 Somerset Street.

Students can expect a mix of lectures, role playing and other hands-on activities, small group work, guest speakers (such as farmers market representatives and growers currently selling at market), worksheets, and more. The class will help attendees develop the skills needed to be successful market growers.

Students who complete the class with one or no absences are invited to sell their vegetables at an SCLT staff managed farmers market booth during the summer of 2015.

There are a limited number of spaces available for this class. Preference will be given to recent immigrants, refugees, and low-income individuals. Interpreters may be available for non-English speakers.

To register for the class or for more information, please contact gardens@southsideclt.org or call 401 273-9419.

October 21, 2014

SCLT FALL RESOURCES

Putting your garden to bed?  We’ve got suggestions (and supplies).  Let us help.

It’s fall, time to prep your gardens not just for winter but for the 2015 growing season.

 

Here is what you need:

GARLIC, it’s time to plant and we’ve got it for sale, $4/head or $14/pound.

Also we are offering a garlic workshop. Click here to register and for information.

FERTILIZER, because you can’t grow if you don’t have it. We’ve got fish emulsion for $7/16oz. 

MULCH, you’ve got to keep the chill off those gardens. We don’t sell it, but we’ll tell you where to get it.

See below for more information about garlic, fertilizer, and mulch, including helpful tips.  Or, if you know what you want, email gardens@southsideclt.org by October 28 with how much garlic and fish emulsion you want, and we’ll let you know when it’s ready to pick up.

 Garlic

GARLIC

Garlic is the best. Easy to plant, low maintenance, delicious, and you can harvest it twice. The scapes make wonderful stir-fries and pesto in the spring and the bulbs can be harvested in July and eaten fresh or cured to use through rest of the year. Each clove of garlic planted will yield one full head. Between now and early to mid-December is the right time to plant, although right around Halloween is certainly the most popular planting time.

Southside Community Land Trust is offering garlic to members for $4/head or $14/pound.

Confused about how to plant garlic? No worries, two wonderful, committed, and very experienced growers, Fay Strongin and Kate Lacouture, will be offering a garlic workshop at Father Lennon Park in Smith Hill on Saturday, November 1 at 12:00 noonClick here for more details and to register.

 Fertilizer

FERTILIZER

There are plenty of great ways to fertilize your soil without resorting to industrial chemicals.

Southside Community Land Trust is offering Fish Emulsion for $7/16oz bottle.

Sourced from New Bedford, this is potent stuff. An ounce or two mixed into a gallon of water and spread on your plants will ensure you a bountiful harvest year round, but get it now for a late season boost. Likewise, you’ll want to have some on hand when your garlic starts to sprout in the early spring.

Other options for fall fertilizing include mixing compost into your fallow beds, even chicken manure, available at nearby Baffoni’s Poultry Farm. Too “hot” to use directly on planted beds, the winter will give the chicken manure a chance to break down.

 Mulch

MULCH

If you are going to plant garlic, you are going to want mulch to keep it safe from extreme temperatures through the winter, and to protect the tender shoots in the spring.  One option is hay or straw, easily available from our friends at Cluck!, or from many local farms and agriculture stores.

At City Farm we like to use leaves in the fall.  Not only are leaves often available for free, they encourage worm activity, which helps make for healthy, nutrient rich soil.  We just turn them back into the soil a few weeks before planting in the spring.  Our soil is great, and yours can be too.

We hope that you have a lovely fall, and great success in putting your gardens to bed. We want to help.  If you are interested in purchasing garlic or fish emulsion please email gardens@southsideclt.org and let us know which item you would like and how much.

 
The deadline to pre-order items is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28.
We will inform you when your order will be ready to pick up.

 

 

 

August 20, 2014

Summer partners in fun: SCLT & PASA

PASA Blueberries

 

Photo Caption: PASA AfterZone educator Victor Terry with PASA students at Harmony Blueberry Farm.

This summer, SCLT continued its collaboration with Providence After School Alliance (PASA). PASA is a non-profit organization in partnership with The City of Providence and the Providence Public School District. Their programming is designed to improve after school and summer opportunities for the young people of Providence. 

SCLT was proud to work with PASA’s AfterZone middle schoolers from south Providence for four weeks in July. SCLT’s Program Associate, Joemily Collazo, led a STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum with the students through the lens of urban agriculture. 

They worked in the classroom, at City Farm, and took field trips to the Tiverton Butterfly Zoom, The Audubon Society in Smithfield, and visited the Harmony Blueberry Farm in Sciutuate. (see above)

They learned team building and working effectively in groups. They learned how to identify the different types of plants that grow on a farm, where they should be located, and how to measure their growth. They learned the importance of bugs, their various types, and their roles on a farm and part in the larger ecosystem. They studied the impacts of water, temperature, and weather systems for farms, their insects and animals.

And on the last day, they had a SNAIL RACE! It took over an hour and the boys snail team beat the girls snail team by an inch and a half!

Thank you to everyone at PASA and most importantly, thank you to all of the kids who participated in our program. It was educational, but more importantly, IT WAS FUN!

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