K.A.M. seeking gardener

Staff Writer

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel and the Kenwood United Church of Christ are looking for a volunteer production manager for their two gardens in Hyde Park/Kenwood. The organic fruits and vegetables raised in the gardens are sent to soup kitchens and other hot meal programs on Chicago’s South Side.

K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., and Kenwood UCC, 4600-08 S. Greenwood Ave., are looking for someone with gardening or farm experience looking to get involved with urban agriculture in Chicago for its Food Justice and Sustainability Program.

The goal of the Food Justice and Sustainably Program is to produce as much high-quality food as possible on congregational lawns and to educate those in the community who want to participate in gardening at the sites.

The production manager oversees garden activities on Sunday workdays and works with program leader Robert Nevel to determine long term and short-term work goals. The production manager will lead a crew of five to 15 volunteers on Sundays, as well as volunteer training sessions throughout the season. The production manager must be aware of what supplies the garden has or may need, and keep the program leaders informed about the status of the garden. This is a volunteer position.

Desired skills include experience and interest in gardening or farming organic vegetables, experience overseeing groups of people, experience in education, ability to create and clearly communicate weekly work plans, ability to manage time effectively and the ability to learn quickly.

The congregations are asking that the volunteer production manager make a time commitment of five to 10 hours a week from June through mid-November depending on the time of season. Although the schedule is flexible, Sundays are a big workday, and some mid-week meetings or evening work sessions may be necessary.

Those interested in the position can contact Robert Nevel at rnevelarch@aol.com.