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Sustainable Systems Research Foundation



The Sustainable Systems Research Foundation (SSRF) and Whiskey Hill Farms (WHF) are seeking Spanish-speaking students and volunteers with an interest in small-scale farming in the Monterey Bay region to participate in a project directed toward Latinx farmers.

Volunteers are needed one Saturday a month from November through March.

We are seeking interns and volunteers who can work directly with farmers in the classroom and field over the course of the workshops and beyond. Spanish language is essential. Training and experience in agroecology, horticulture and agriculture a plus. Independent judgement, excellent writing and oral skills are desirable.



The Sustainable Urban Food Initiative (SUFI) is a project designed to provide access to new agricultural technologies and farm management strategies for small-scale farms in order to increase their economic viability through lower costs, higher productivity, and new market opportunities. SSRF and WHF are offering a series of monthly Saturday workshops during Fall 2021 and Winter 2022, with both classroom and experiential components. The majority of farmers and farm employees who have signed up are Spanish-speaking. We are seeking interns and volunteers with training and experience in agroecology, horticulture and agriculture who can work directly with Spanish-speakingfarmers in the classroom and field over the course of the workshops and beyond.

Commitment is 6-15 hours per week. Student at institutions with organized internship programs may receive course credit for working on this project but must identify a supervisor at their institution who is allowed to supervise independent studies. This is a year-long project, but quarter and semester internships are also possible. Some on-site work will be required, subject to COVID restrictions To learn more about SUFI, please visit https://sustainablesystemsfoundation.org/sustainable-urban-agriculture-initiative/. If you are interested in interning with us, please email us at sustainablesystemsresearch@gmail.com with inquiries. If you would like to apply for an internship, please send a current resume and cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to Dr. Molly Fyfe at molly@sustainablesystemsfoundation.org.

SSRF is a 501(c)3 non-profit sustainability think tank based in Santa Cruz, California, whose ultimate goal is to provide education, research, and advocacy to help sustain our communities and the planet for present and future generations. Please see https://sustainablesystemsfoundation.org for more information. Whiskey Hill Farms (WHF; http://whiskeyhillfarms.com) is a 14-acre organic farm on California's Central Coast, near Watsonville. WHF is a pioneer in developing a systems approach to agricultural technology by recycling, reusing, integrating, and optimizing system inputs and outputs in farming, while demonstrating replicable and scalable technologies and best practices for a resilient circular food economy. SSRF is an equal opportunity employer firmly committed to a work environment in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles can grow, personally and professionally.

Student at institutions with organized internship programs may receive course credit for working on this project but must identify a supervisor at their institution who is allowed to supervise independent studies. This is a year-long project, but quarter and semester internships are also possible. Some on-site work will be required, subject to COVID restrictions Volunteers and students will gain valuable experience in working with minority and small farmers in the area, interview, communication and translation skills, and professional opportunities



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About Sustainable Systems Research Foundation

Location:

2861 Mission Street, Suite 247, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060, US

Mission Statement

Among the most critical societal challenges of the next 50 years are the rapidly-growing and linked ecological and social crises arising from stresses on supplies of energy, water, and food. These crises are not simply about the adequacy of supply relative to demand, they are also the result of the complex social relations within and among societies, in the past, present, and future. There is a crying need for research, education and advocacy that can help to mitigate, if not ameliorate these crises. The Sustainable Systems Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Santa Cruz, California, whose ultimate goal is to provide education, research, and advocacy to help sustain our planet for present and future generations. directed toward a global, multi-generational project of designing and building a sustainable and just civilization on the ground through pragmatic, well-designed, replicable, and scalable implementation of sustainable systems policy, education, research, and infrastructure based on emerging best practices. SSRF’s goal is taking on wicked problems in the community commons, developing and providing education, research, and advocacy to help sustain our planet for present and future generations. The organization focuses on the development of sustainability-related curricula and their delivery; public policy analysis; hands-on community-based research and green enterprise; and public advocacy and outreach, through collaboration with educational, public, and community partners.

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The Sustainable Systems Research Foundation (SSRF) is seeking one or more mature volunteers who have experience with, or are interested in, managing operations and projects and can dedicate four or more hours per week to the organization. Projects include: accessory dwelling units as affordable housing; helping businesses and organizations improve procurement to reduce waste and recycling; fostering the transition to renewable energy; and developing sustainable urban farms and agriculture. The ideal candidate will have worked in a responsible managerial position in business, academics or non-profits, including budgeting, future planning, outreach and communication, and supervision of staff and team projects. Experience in grant-writing and fundraising is a plus. Current SSRF staff includes the two principal founders, a paid office manager and paid intern, and a recruitment and development volunteer. Oversight is provided by a seven member Board. The organization shares an office with Convergence Research, a consulting firm, at the Wrigley Building on the West Side of Santa Cruz. More information about SSRF can be found at the organization’s website at https://sustainablesystemsfoundation.org/, writing to sustainablesystemsresearch@gmail.com or by calling Ronnie D. Lipschutz at one of the following numbers: 831-708-5836 (office); 831-423-1084 (home); 831-588-7625 (cell). If you are interested in volunteering with us, please send an email and attach your CV.

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Tue Oct 12, 2021 - Thu Mar 31, 2022
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM

WHERE

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(36.96779,-121.98712)
 

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