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.

 
 

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

We are currently seeking one Farm Assistant and six 10-week Americorps Vista Summer Associates.

Urban Farm Assistant

Employment Type: Full-Time, Nonexempt

Franklinton Farms is a nonprofit urban farm dedicated to growing and sharing food, creating beauty, and building community with our neighbors in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Franklinton Gardens was founded in 2007 by a group of new neighborhood residents committed to environmental sustainability and social justice. More than a decade from its start, now 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.

Franklinton Farms grows fruits and vegetables on 12 scattered sites totalling 2 acres around Franklinton, including 8 high tunnels and an indoor microgreens room which allow us to grow fresh produce year-round. We distribute our produce through neighborhood delivery, local donations, the Worthington Farmers Market, and hope to open a new neighborhood farm stand this year.

Farm Assistant description

Franklinton Farms seeks a Farm Assistant to help with all aspects of Franklinton Farm’s urban production farm, from seed to sale. Work will include preparing beds, seeding, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and marketing. The position requires hard outdoor work in all types of weather, sometimes for long hours, and the ability to get along with a diverse range of coworkers, volunteers, neighborhood residents, and customers. We seek a highly motivated applicant who will work well both independently and in a team, and who will enjoy the opportunity to eventually take on management of certain farm systems, such as irrigation or care of perennial berries and fruit trees. The Farm Assistant will report directly to the the Farm Manager and will also work closely with the Executive Director, the Volunteer Coordinator, the farm’s AmeriCorps Vista members, and volunteers.

Requirements:

Ability to lift 50 pounds

Valid Driver’s license

At least some weekend availability for farmers market and greenhouse watering

Experience with physical labor, especially outdoors

Preferred:

1 year + experience with farming or gardening

Familiarity with hand tools and power tools

Hours: Full time, 30-40 hours/week, year round.

Start date: April or early May 2019

Compensation: $12-$14/hr depending on experience. Produce from the farm, workers’ compensation, paid vacation & sick time. A bedroom in a shared house (including utilities) is available and optional in exchange for 10 of your weekly work hours.

To apply: please send your resume, three references, and a cover letter to employment@franklintonfarms.org and Farm Manager Michelle at michelle.nowak@franklintonfarms.org. Position is open until filled.

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AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates - Full Time, Seasonal

 
 

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:

Heather Langerman Esber (12.31.15-12.31.18)
Chair

Mark Weiker (12.31.15-12.31.18)
Vice-Chair

Matthew Bell (09.15.2016-12.31.2018)
Treasurer

Jack Hedge (12.31.2016-12.31.2020)

Thomas Hermann (09.15.2016-12.31.2020)

Harmony Cox (1.1.18-12.31.2021)

Chad Lusher (12.31.15-12.31.18)

Bruce Mansfield (12.31.16-12.31.19)

Alex Sauersmith (1.1.18-3.17.2020)