We believe sustainable agriculture and good food can empower people and strengthen a community.

We offer various service opportunities that contribute to positive social change in Franklinton. We also host a wide range of programs that  educate, equip, and provide economic opportunity for our neighbors. Finally, we host events that bring our community together to find fresh, joyful celebration in food.

We are raising money for Franklinton Farms to employ participants of The Refuge Ministries addiction recovery programing, so that we can integrate urban agriculture as part of opioid/addiction recovery in our community. To support this endeavor, please donate to our GoFundMe campaign - https://www.gofundme.com/gofundmecomfranklintonfarms-therefuge

 

Volunteer

Fun and rewarding service experiences are available for individuals and groups of all sizes. One-time and recurring volunteer opportunities provide the chance to help with projects that improve and expand our capacity to grow and share food, create beauty, and build community in Franklinton. Participants receive guided service experiences with the opportunity to learn skills, form relationships, and create meaningful change. To volunteer, contact us at volunteer@franklintonfarms.org.

Volunteer Waiver - Please fill out the volunteer waiver at this link prior to beginning your volunteer event.

 
 

Internships

Part-time and full-time internships are available for those interested in urban agriculture, food systems, and equitable community development. This program provides the opportunity to learn, develop skills, and help create solutions to food security and intersectional justice issues in Franklinton. Participants receive valuable real-world experience, networking opportunities, and a share of the farm’s harvest. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to intern@franklintonfarms.org.

 
 

VISTA

Extended service experiences are available through the Franklinton Food-Health-Wellness Corps. Started in 2015, this AmeriCorps VISTA program provides the chance to help alleviate poverty and build community-food-system capacity in Franklinton. Participants receive a living allowance, healthcare benefits, childcare benefits, and an end-of-service award.

We are currently hiring AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates.


 
 

Education

Buckeye ISA

Are you interested in gardening? Do you want to start growing food in your own backyard? Look no further. 

Franklinton Farms, in partnership with Ohio State University Extension and inFACT, is excited to unveil a new home gardening program for residents of the Franklinton community. 

The Buckeye ISA (or "Institutionally Supported Agriculture") program will provide you and your family with the tools, support, and resources you need to grow (and even sell!) fresh fruits and vegetables right out of your home. Whether you’ve been gardening for years or have never even touched a shovel— all skill levels are welcome to participate. 

ISA participants will receive a startup toolkit, seeds, and other gardening materials free of charge. OSU Extension will also offer a variety of free gardening classes to participants and interested community members. 

Questions? Comments? Want to get involved? 

We will be holding an informal information session on Thursday, November 1st at 6:30 pm at the Franklinton Farms office (867 W. Town St.). Light food and drink provided. 

Interested individuals or groups may also contact education@franklintonfarms.org or call Alyssa (614-581-0326) to inquire further. 

 
 

Employment

BACKGROUND OF THE ORGANIZATION

Franklinton Farms (“FF”), is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Columbus, Ohio. FF was

founded in 2007 by a group of neighborhood residents committed to environmental sustainability

and social justice. They first worked out the intersection of these commitments by building and

maintaining a small community garden on vacant city land. The site was named Franklinton

Gardens and provided space to care for the land, grow food, and build relationships with long-

term neighborhood residents.

As the organizers listened to the stories of others, they began to understand how difficult it was

to access healthy foods—in particular, fresh fruits and vegetables—in Franklinton. In response,

they acquired more vacant land, grew more food, and shared more broadly with their neighbors.

The outcome was a multi-acre network of food production sites scattered throughout the

neighborhood’s urban landscape, which was eventually named Franklinton Farms.

In time, the evolving collective became aware of other economic, environmental, and social

challenges regularly experienced by their neighbors in Franklinton. This led them to expand into

broader food systems work as a way to create equity and build resilience in Franklinton. More

than a decade from its start, Franklinton Farms continues to work with neighbors and community

partners to build a farm and local food system that improves food security, provides economic

opportunity, and supports healthy futures for all.

FF MISSION

Franklinton Farms is a nonprofit urban farm dedicated to growing and sharing food, creating

beauty, and building community with our neighbors.

FOOD

It is difficult to access healthy food options in Franklinton. As a result, the neighborhood has

some of the city’s highest rates of nutrition-related chronic health issues and infant mortality. We

utilize urban farming and neighborhood distribution programs to improve food security and

support healthy futures for our neighbors.

BEAUTY

In spite of ongoing redevelopment efforts, Franklinton still shows the effects of decades of

divestment. It is most visible in the hundreds of blighted structures and vacant lots scattered

throughout the neighborhood. We use bio-intensive agriculture to transform these neglected

spaces into colorful foodscapes filled with uniquely-shaped high tunnels, orderly production

rows, perennial flowers, beneficial insects, pollinators, and other wildlife.

COMMUNITY

Franklinton is a rapidly diversifying community with deep Appalachian roots. Many of our

neighbors struggle with chronic poverty and experience severe economic, environmental, and

social challenges. We use urban farming and food systems work to connect with our neighbors

through positive community placemaking to build equitable community for all.

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Current Position Openings:

Executive Director

Job Posting and Description

Employment Type: Full-Time, Salary Exempt

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DESCRIPTION

FF’s Executive Director is the key player in the pursuit of the FF mission.

Reports to: FF Board of Directors

Supervises: Farm Manager, contractors, AmeriCorps associates (if applicable), Volunteer

Coordinator, select volunteers

Purpose: The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its

mission. The ED is the primary communicator between FF and grantors, foundations, partner

organizations, Franklinton residents, the local business community, and local, state and federal

agencies. The ED is responsible, in collaboration with Board members and contractors, for

achieving the organization’s fundraising objectives and managing its overall financial health.

Organizational Performance:

  • Works with the board and leadership to develop strategies for achieving mission, goals

and financial sustainability.

  • Maintains and utilizes a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the

fields of sustainable and urban agriculture, community development, social enterprise,

and relevant policies that may have an impact in these areas.

  • Oversees strategic plan implementation, assesses and reviews program activities, and

monitors need for change.

  • Develops and executes ambitious, but achievable plans for resource development, e.g.,

cultivate positive relationships with institutional funders such as foundations, government

agencies, corporations, and others.

Community Engagement and Leadership:

  • Serves as an effective spokesperson for FF. Represents the organization well to its

constituencies.

  • Develops, delegates and effectively uses FF’s website, social media tools and face-to-

face opportunities for communication.

  • Oversees and manages the development and expansion of FF and its resources.

Administration, Finance and HR:

  • Supports an organizational culture that enable satisfying roles for current staff and ability

to attract and retain additional diverse staff in key positions as funding becomes

available.

  • Assures adequate control and accounting of all funds.

  • Works with the Board to prepare budgets and reports, monitor progress, and initiate

changes (to operations and/or to budgets) as appropriate.

  • Sees that official records and documents of FF are retained; ensures compliance with

federal state and local regulations.

Soft Skills – Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Comfort with speaking and presenting in public on food security, food access, urban

agriculture, and other relevant topics.

  • Passion for and knowledge of community development, healthy eating, sustainable

agriculture, community food systems and food security.

  • Mature and professional demeanor with a strong work ethic.

  • Ability to train and manage diverse groups of volunteers and community members.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to create and build positive relationships with a wide variety of people and to

invite and incorporate feedback.

  • Ability to participate in neighborhood and philanthropic events, which may sometimes

occur in evenings and on weekends.

  • Ability to organize and maintain records

  • Ability to manage assets resourcefully, including equipment, labor, etc.

  • Ability to budget and plan ahead.

  • Broad conceptual judgment, initiative and ability to deal with complex issues as well as

strong analytical and problem solving abilities.

Education & Experience:

  • FF is seeking an individual with superior leadership skills and the knowledge,

enthusiasm, energy, insight and commitment to fill this position and help lead FF into the

future. Applicant’s education, experience and skills should be commensurate with the

responsibilities and requirements of the position.

  • The ideal candidate should demonstrate expertise in the following: 1) building and

managing social networks across philanthropic, business, and civic communities; 2)

leadership within small organizations of 3-10 staff; 3) facilitation of organizational

culture that works with, and seeks to understand the multi-dimensional challenges of a

community that continues to experience multi-generational poverty, addiction and

recovery, homelessness, and crime.

  • Advanced degrees in business management, non-profit or public administration, and/or

philanthropy are preferred.

  • Minimum 3 years working in diverse neighborhoods across race, culture, and class

differences

  • Minimum 5 years of management and leadership experience.

  • Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter, resume and references in .pdf form to

employment@franklintonfarms.org. FF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages

applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

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Urban Farm Youth Education Coordinator

Position has been filled, thank you for your interest!

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Program Coordinator

Position has been filled, thank you for your interest!

 
 

Events

Farm-based community events are free and available for residents from Franklinton and the Greater Columbus area. These events provide the opportunity for us to gather and celebrate the land, sustainable agriculture, good food, and equitable community. Regular events include farm tours, community potlucks, and our seasonal festivals.

Spring Festival 2019 - More information to come!

An information session for the Buckeye ISA Program will be hosted at Franklinton Farms office (867 W Town St) on November 1st from 6:30-7:30pm. Come learn about how to connect to this OSU program that works with families in our neighborhood to grow healthy food at home!

Join us for our Tuesday Volunteer days and Farm Lunch! Drop in to volunteer from 9-4pm, and join us for lunch at 12pm at 907 W Rich.

 
 

Board

Seats on our Board of Directors are available to those in Franklinton and the Greater Columbus area. Board members are elected to one to three-year terms and have the opportunity to contribute to the health and sustainability of our organization. Particular consideration is given to neighborhood residents and other leaders who have perspectives and skill sets that align with our organizational goals and needs.

Board of Directors roster and service commitment listed below:

Bruce Mansfield (12.31.16-12.31.19)
Chair

Pat Beebe (01.01.2019-12.31.2021)
Treasurer

Anne Massie (01.01.2019-12.31.2019)
Treasurer

Heather Langerman Esber (12.31.15-12.31.21)

Jack Hedge (12.31.2016-12.31.2020)

Gina Schnaudt (09.20.2018-12.31.2020)

Jerry Mullins (1.1.19-12.31.2021)

Chad Lusher (12.31.15-12.31.21)

Alex Sauersmith (1.1.18-3.17.2020)

Aisha Peterson (1.1.19-12.31.2021)