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.

 

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 not currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps VISTA, but may have positions available for the summer of 2018. 

 
 

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

Franklinton Farms is currently hiring for a Full Time Farm manager. See position description below. Please email a cover letter, resume and references, in .pdf form, to employment@franklintonfarms.org.

Franklinton Farms
Urban Farm Manager
Job Posting and Description
Employment Type: 
Full-Time, Salary Exempt

Background of the Organization

Franklinton Gardens, dba Franklinton Farms (“FF”), is a 501(c)(3) organization located in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. FF was founded in 2007 by a group of new 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.

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. Unfortunately, many of our neighbors live below the poverty line and experience severe economic, environmental, and social challenges. We use urban farming and food systems work to connect with our neighbors, overcome injustice, and build equitable community for all.

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FARM MANAGER DESCRIPTION

FF’s Farm Manager is a key player in the pursuit of the FF mission.

Reports to: FF Executive Director; FF Board of Directors
Supervises: Contract Workers and Volunteers, VISTA associates and volunteers

The Position: FF is in search of an experienced urban production farm manager capable of contributing to the management of a year­round urban vegetable and microgreens farm located on various plots in the Franklinton neighborhood, near downtown Columbus, Ohio. The candidate should be familiar with all aspects of small scale urban farming: seeding, transplanting, bed preparation, irrigation, hoop house maintenance, composting, weed control, pest control, harvesting and post-harvest handling.

We would prefer three years of progressively responsible on-farm experience, which would ideally include the marketing of produce through a local CSA and/or farmers markets.

The applicant must demonstrate a desire to interact with people of diverse cultures in challenging settings and to share knowledge of urban farming with others. FF seeks candidates interested in developing a thriving and equitable local food system and in supporting its sustainability and growth to serve the residents of Franklinton.

Organizational Performance:

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

  • Maintains and utilizes a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of sustainable and urban agriculture, community development and social enterprise, and local, regional and state policies that are needed or are in development that will have impact in these areas.

  • Assists with strategic plan implementation, assesses and reviews farm activities, and monitors and reports any need for change.

Preferred Requirements Include:

  • Working knowledge of soil microbiology and botany.

  • Experience developing and following a crop plan and planting schedule, ordering seeds, starting plants in a nursery and in the field.

  • Teaching/mentoring experience and/or the ability and desire to provide guidance to volunteers, interns, youth and VISTA members.

  • Capacity and desire to maintain records and perform administrative tasks related to farm production and reporting.

  • Willingness to attend and contribute to weekly staff/planning meetings.

  • Ability to use computers and hand­held mobile devices.

  • Experience using various farm and construction implements.

  • A valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation.

  • Good verbal and written communications skills.

Soft Skills – Qualifications:

  • 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 organize, prioritize, and delegate tasks.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Friendly, outgoing demeanor. Ability to create and build positive relationships with a wide variety of people and to invite and incorporate feedback.

  • Ability to work weekends and evening hours during peak growing season.

  • Ability to work year-­round in all types of weather, with a high tolerance for outdoor work in heat, rain and cold.

  • Ability to organize and maintain records and daily written reports.

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

  • Broad conceptual judgment, initiative and ability to deal with complex issues as well as strong analytical and problem solving abilities.

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and take part in physical labor in all weather conditions.

Education & Experience:

  • Applicant’s education, experience and skills should be commensurate with the responsibilities and requirements of the position, as outlined in the attached position description.

  • The ideal candidate should have a Degree or Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, Plant Science, Horticulture or related field.

SALARY NEGOTIABLE (RANGE $38,000 to $42,000)

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.

 
 

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.

Our Fall Festival is scheduled for October 21st from 12-3 and will be hosted at Franklinton Farms' Learning Garden at 154 Hawkes Ave! More information will be posted as we near the event date.

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!

 
 

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)