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Berkshire Agricultural Ventures Awards $10,000 to Greenagers

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Berkshire Agricultural Gives $10,000 Grant to Local Nonprofit Greenagers

Great Barrington, Mass —Berkshire Agricultural Ventures’ (BAV) announces a $10,000 grant to Berkshire-based nonprofit, Greenagers. The grant will both support Greenagers’ second year of apprenticeships ($2,800) at their farm at April Hill Conservation and Conservation Center as well as offset the cost of a pilot year of Greenagers Helping Farm Hands project ($7,200).

Specifically, this grant will help Greenagers apprentices learn how to re-engage the agricultural land at April Hill Farm from pasture and hay production to a diversified farm that will include tree nuts, tree and vine fruits, vegetables, beef, lamb, duck eggs, chicken eggs, conservation nursery stock, pollinator habitat, and honey.

Starting April 1, the Helping Farm Hands project grant would offset the cost of helping with the need for labor on local farms and allow youth crews a diversity of farming experiences. For more information on this program visit https://greenagers.org/april-hill-farm/.

“We need more farms and we need more farmers and we need more educated consumers.  Helping Hands, by connecting youth with local farms, supports the labor needs of farms–elevating profitability and puts young people on farms.  If out of twenty youth that participates, one becomes a farmer and nineteen know more about their agricultural landscape and the power of their food choices, we will be making great strides toward a more resilient and just food system.”, Will Conklin, Executive Director of Greenagers.

“We are happy to be supporting Greenagers training the next generation of farmers through their apprenticeship at April Hil.  We also see a big win/win getting young adults working for Greenagers exposed to a variety of farms through the Helping Hands Program, all while giving the farmers the extra hands needed for big projects.” – Dan Carr, Outreach & Technical Assistance Coordinator at BAV

About Greenagers: Through its paid employment programs, internships, and apprenticeships, engages teens and young adults in meaningful work in environmental conservation, sustainable farming, and natural resource management. In the Berkshires and nearby New York State, our trail crews maintain existing trails and build new trails for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Trustees of Reservations, Columbia Land Conservancy, and other conservation organizations. Our Farm Apprentices work with local farmers, learning animal husbandry and organic agriculture. Our volunteer teams install front-yard gardens for area families, to encourage home-based food growing.

Greenagers participants learn the value of teamwork, collaboration, initiative, and solid work ethics. They learn about community partnerships through collaborations with area nonprofits, businesses, and organizations that both hire Greenagers and partner with Greenagers’ broader mission of youth and community engagement. We embrace the values of service and stewardship, and we support social and environmental progress in all of our work. For more information on their services, please visit https://greenagers.org

About Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV): Over the past four years, BAV has given over 100 low-interest loans (0-2%) and/or grants to farmers and food businesses. BAV is a 501(c)3 IRS tax-exempt, nonprofit based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. BAV’s mission is dedicated to supporting farm and food business development and viability by offering access to technical assistance and nimble financing including low-interest loans, grants, and other professional resources. BAV brings together collaborative financing programs for farmers and food makers in the region of New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut by using donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses.

For more information about BAV please visit  www.berkshireagventures.org or call Glenn Bergman, Interim Director, at 413.645.3594.

For more information on Greenagers visit https://greenagers.org.

 

Photo Credit: Mary McGurn

Now Hiring: Community Farm Manager

Greenagers and Simon’s Rock seek a motivated, skilled, and enthusiastic farmer to manage two small educational farms and work with students in all aspects of running these agricultural ventures. This is a full-time, year-round position.

The manager’s primary responsibility is to oversee and maintain the farms/gardens at Bard College at Simon’s Rock (BCSR) and at April Hill, home to Greenagers. Additionally, the manager will supervise student interns during the growing season and coordinate the educational programs at BCSR and April Hill. The manager will work closely with staff and faculty to support and develop associated programming, and coordinate the supply of produce for the BCSR dining hall. Depending on the season, a significant portion of work will be dedicated to administrative work, including farm development, food policies, grant writing, and curriculum development. In addition to the farms, the manager will have the opportunity as time allows to engage with the operation of the BCSR apiary and maple sugar house programs as well as with various Greenagers educational and community based programs.

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“This organization offered me my first job one decade ago via William Conklin. At the time, I complained beginning to end about the outdoors and the dirt and the work. Looking back, it was, thus far, the best time of my adult life, and also just the beginning of it. A great organization that does great things for the community. 10/10, your money will go to work!” – Robbie, 2010 Trail Crew Member

GIVE TODAY!

It’s Giving Tuesday – and ALL NEW DONATIONS ARE DOUBLED

double your gift this giving tuesday

It’s Giving Tuesday and loyal Greenagers friend and supporter, Robin McGraw of Black Rock Foundation, has AGAIN pledged $5000 to match new donations! Check out the video below to hear from Robin and fellow Greenagers friends and supporters, the Monday Mountain Boys. Click on the button to help us reach our goal of $10,000 today! If you choose to mail in a check, please put “Giving Tuesday” in the memo line. Remember, your Giving Tuesday gift will be doubled by Robin and Black Rock Foundation. Help us continue to make a big difference in our community and beyond!

Giving Tuesday is December 1st

Save the Date: #Giving Tuesday is December 1st! We’re proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. We are also honored to name the incredible Monday Mountain Boys as regular and generous supporters of environmental education and employment. Hear from their founder Bob Baum why he donates to Greenagers….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ojvJETDT9Y

Meet Sasha – 5th Year Crewmember

Working with Greenagers for almost 5 years has been educational, challenging, accomplishing, and adventurous. I have learned so much, from providing bed gardens for local families, creating bog bridges over wetlands, building about 80 stone steps on the Appalachian Trail, to building new safe trails and many other projects. Being a part of Greenagers has opened more opportunities for my interests and goals for working out doors. While meeting new people, making friends, learning, communicating, serving my community, and educating, I’ve enjoyed it all!

Thank you, Trail Crews!

Our trail crew members have been hard at work throughout the summer’s heat and occasional rain. There is one more week in the regular season, but we’ll be running smaller crews for another post-season month or so. If you see Greenagers out there, please do stop and say hi. They would love to talk with you.

Now Hiring: Pathways to the Trades Leader

Update 8.26.20 – This position has been filled.

We are looking for a leader for new programming focused on introducing students to aspects of the building and landscape trades through hands-on projects, sites visits, and workshops with local contractors, and community based service.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years experience in construction, landscaping, trail work, or related fields with leadership experience.  We have a strong preference for experience in light construction or woodworking.  A successful applicant will have a keen interest in working with youth and positive youth development, developing program objectives with administration, and an ability to work with the rest of the Greenagers staff as a team.  Past experience working with youth is strongly preferred.  Additional duties include general maintenance of buildings and grounds at April Hill.  Good communication skills and facility with word processing and spreadsheet software are requited.  Applicant must submit to a CORI background check and have a clean driving record.  This is a full-time position.

See our full job posting for more information.