The Agrarian Adventure is Recruiting

Are you passionate about youth education, health or school gardens and agriculture? If so, consider sharing your talents as a member of The Agrarian Adventure Board of Directors. We are currently seeking to fill two board positions to complete a two year term supporting the mission of our nonprofit organization to use experiential education to connect students to the sources of their food and empower them to transform their lives and food culture in positive ways. The two open chair positions are listed below, however board members do not have to fill these specific roles and can contribute other skills collaborating on fundraising, evaluation and programs. Complete this google form by March 15th to apply. Questions can be sent to info@agrarianadventure.org.

Available roles:

Communications Chair
The Communications Chair works with staff and board members to manage The Agrarian Adventure social media, website and newsletter communications. This primarily includes use of Instagram, Facebook, Mailchimp and WordPress, but also involves working with the team to organize and store photographs of The Agrarian Adventure programs and related photo permissions. A successful candidate need not have experience on all of these platforms as they will work as a team and the programs are relatively easy to learn.

Finance Chair
The Finance Chair oversees The Agrarian Adventure expenditures and manages staff payment including receiving invoices and reimbursement requests as well as issuing checks and tax forms. This is a good position for someone who has an interest in developing these skills or someone who already has experience in finance or accounting who wants to contribute to their community.

Fundraising Team
The Agrarian Adventure board members contribute to stewardship of the organization including support of our mission and raising funds for mission-based programming. While all board members collaborate on fundraising, a small subset takes the lead by generating creative ideas, communicating with community partners and developing yearly fundraising goals and timelines.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwha6WTD3iVRJLiA7hO6-wy_e3jOHLqP5Ua6bH1_BaVKpzrQ/viewform

Matching Campaign!

We have until the end of the day on August 30th to raise up to $5000 to be matched by the Rotary District Foundation! All donations are tax deductible and support The Agrarian Adventure’s educational programs. Click here to make a donation today: http://www.agrarianadventure.org/category/donate/

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The Agrarian Adventure is Hiring!

The Agrarian Adventure is hiring an Executive Director to start this Fall! The Executive Director will be responsible for managing The Agrarian Adventure’s education programs including Farmer in the Classroom (k-5) and Afterschool Food & Garden Club (6-8). In addition to implementing and evaluating educational programs, this position will involve volunteer coordination, garden and hoophouse maintenance, community outreach, maintaining stakeholder relationships, and supporting the board of directors in activities such as fundraising and grant writing. This is a part-time, term-limited position with opportunity for renewal. Click here for the complete job description. Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter to info@agrarianadventure.org by August 26th.

Farm to Table Trolley Tour

Limited time left to buy a ticket!

The Agrarian Adventure invites you to a trolley tour of three local farms! Each stop will feature a different chef and a different farm and include a short tour. Specialty cocktails will be available with our guest bartender Jude Walser from the Alley Bar. Chefs include Chris Chiapelli (Ross School of Business, Black Pearl), Chris Huey (Mediterrano) and Chef James Raynak (Robin Hills Farm).

This special trolley tour will pick up at 4pm (and drop off at 9pm) at the last stop of the third annual Ann Arbor Farm to School Collaborative Garden Tour at Pittsfield Elementary School. Be sure to check out information about this great, free school garden tour taking place before the trolley trip!

 

Itinerary

Appetizers at Fluffy Bottom Farms with Chef Chris Huey

Entree & Salad at Tantre Farm with Chef Chris Chiapelli

Dessert at Alber Orchard and Cider Mill with Chef James Raynak

 

 

Tickets for the general public are priced at $150.

Sustaining members of The Agrarian Adventure are eligible to purchase tickets for reduced prices of $75 or $100. Become a sustaining member by signing up to donate a monthly amount to The Agrarian Adventure for a year! Links for ticketing and sustaining membership are available below (be sure to complete both the ticket purchase and the monthly donation if you decide to become a sustaining member). Please send any questions to bmcqueer@gmail.com.

Registration closed.

Agrarian Adventure is Hiring!

Food and Garden ClubThe Agrarian Adventure is currently seeking a coordinator for the Food & Garden Club! This position is a great opportunity for someone with a strong interest in agriculture and fostering youth understandings of where their food comes from, and the connections this has with their communities, their environment, and their personal health.

To learn more, read the position description here! We’d like to encourage U-M student applicants with work-study awards to apply through the Student Employment Office website.

TAA selected to participate in Lucky’s “Bags for Change” program!

Thanks to Lucky’s Ann Arbor and supporters of The Agrarian Adventure like you, we were able to get enough Facebook votes to benefit from funds raised through bag donations at Lucky’s this quarter! It was an honor to be considered along with Recycle Ann Arbor, SOS Community Services and the Washtenaw Area Council for Children. Shop now through January and donate your bag credit to benefit The Agrarian Adventure in January 2016!

Luckys Bag Credit Fundraiser

Join the Agrarian Adventure Board

It’s time for board nominations! Do you want to contribute to The Agrarian Adventure’s work to grow student centered farm-to-school education? Board members serve two-year terms and meet monthly to make decisions about programming, fundraising and partnerships.

Applications are available online through The Agrarian Adventure Board Nomination link until November 30th. We encourage people to fill out the form for themselves, but people may also nominate friends or colleagues that might be a good fit.

We are specifically looking for representation from:
-K-12 teachers and administrators
-Parents of K-12 students
-K-12 students
-Farmers and food stewards (food stewards are people who have knowledge about and passion for food production and environmental stewardship – master gardeners, beekeepers, etc.)
-Chartwells or AAPS employees involved with food service
-Members of partner organizations such as the Ann Arbor Farm to School Collaborative, The Ecology Center, the Center for Regional Food Systems, Project Healthy Schools or other related organizations.

The Agrarian Adventure board currently includes:
-Deb Lentz
-Emily Canosa
-Lindsay Way
-Lise Anderson (term ends December 2015)
-Masa Nohara (term ends December 2015)
-Kayla Powers (term ends December 2015)
-Neha Shah (2013-2015 board member, current advisor to the board)

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@agrarianadventure.org with any questions.

School Garden Seedlings Available

seedlings3The time has come again to place requests for free seedlings, grown together by students and the Agrarian Adventure with support from the Tappan Joint Garden Committee and PTSO and Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

Complete this survey to make a seedling request for your school garden, and spread the word to folks involved with local school gardens so that they can learn about this opportunity!

Seedling pickups will be arranged at Matthaei Botanical Gardens or the hoophouse at Tappan Middle School, and are tentatively scheduled for early May. Look for further details in April!