- GIFT a GARDEN - Permaculture Designers
- SCHOLARSHIPS - (various remote openings)
- LOCAL PROJECT SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR (Los Angeles, CA based)
- NATIONAL SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR (remote position)
The Bioregional GreenWorks 'Gift a Garden' initiative in Los Angeles county has the following openings:
Recent years have seen a 40% increase in food insecurity within Los Angeles county alone - an appalling level of 1.5 million+ people in direct need of more immediate solutions. Unfortunately, this is but one of the many community challenges L.A. county has faced for quite some time. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.
Bioregional GreenWorks endeavors to make a positive contribution toward a number of community challenges in L.A. county beginning with the Gift a Garden initiative - designed as a multi-benefit project with an aim of bringing a few new long-term, nature-based, solutions to the forefront:
- To help increase access to fresh, nutrient dense, (healthy!) food for those in need across Los Angeles county. By delivering water-wise food growing systems to garden recipients - along with proper training to ensure abundant and continuous healthy food yields - even the smallest of spaces can become productive and beneficial. Where possible, trees, rain water catchment, and other helpful systems will be added. Gardens are customized to maximize their beneficial potential for both the garden recipients and nature; that’s the permaculture way. One project component of the Gift a Garden initiative includes repurposing food-grade IBC totes (intermediate bulk containers) to create easy-to-care-for, long-lasting, water-wise, wicking bed food gardens (approximately 2’x4’x4’ in size as in the example pictured above). These will be delivered to those in need across L.A. county.
- To establish an edible plant nursery within Los Angeles county: The Gift a Garden initiative requires a large amount of seeds, seedlings, and trees to fulfill the anticipated long term needs of the project. The most ecologically sound and productive option to pursue while reducing energy consumption and overall costs is to propagate these plants on an ecologically sustainable, well designed and maintained parcel of land within the county. We are extremely fortunate to have been able to recently complete a Lease/Purchase Agreement on such a parcel that will help us meet this requirement.
Additional benefits of the initiative include:
(photo copyright: Geoff Lawton/Discover Permaculture)
- Paid training and scholarship opportunities for the unemployed, under-employed and other populations in need from across Los Angeles county. Training may include but may not be limited to water-wise propagation of food, fiber and medicinal plants, beekeeping, small animal systems and also the design and installation of the wicking bed gardens and related. This will help increase pathways to related meaningful work and/or business ownership. This also has the potential to become a stable pathway to help reduce recidivism—habitual relapse into crime—of the previously incarcerated in L.A. county.
- Increased access to clean, nutrient dense, food leads to an increase in mental and physical health among recipients and their families.
- Adding sufficient volume of plants to an area increases evapotranspiration, which has a cooling effect on the surrounding area, reducing the heat island effect in urban areas currently devoid of much vegetation/plant coverage. (This is sometimes referred to as “climate landscaping”.) Adding more plants and trees can also assist in bringing back small water cycles which are key to addressing drought and the early desertification we are currently experiencing across the State of CA. It is even possible to reduce and eliminate wildfires with an adequately measured effort to restore small water cycles.
- Youth can also benefit by being exposed to more greenery and having access to the fresh, nutrient dense, healthy food the gardens provide. Some youth in the communities served will also have an opportunity to learn to maintain and care for the gardens once they are delivered.
The abundant, positive human and environmental impacts for the local community are the most exciting parts of this initiative!
A Number of Paid Positions are Open for those who have their Permaculture Design Certification (PDC)
Resumes or similar are currently being accepted. Some travel and lodging stipends will be available for those who do not currently live in the Los Angeles county area. If you have your PDC and this initiative sounds exciting to you, we’d like to hear from you. Please send a copy of your resume or your project history to email@example.com using the subject line: PDC Los Angeles. We will get back in touch with you ASAP. We appreciate your patience during this time.
(If you would like to back this initiative with a donation or sponsorship, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or use this link to back this project directly. THANK YOU!)
The Bioregional GreenWorks needs-based scholarship program is expanding and we are currently seeking additional administration and operational assistance, including ditigal marketing, program coordination and partnership/sponsorship development. These are remote/work from home positions.
We have both paid and membership pathway/cooperative ownership position openings. This scholarship assists motivated individuals in need who would not otherwise be able to secure additional nature-based learning opportunities due to financial hardships. If this type of work appeals to you, we would like to hear from you. Please feel free to send us a copy of your resume (or similar) anytime to email@example.com using the subject line 'scholarship assistance'. We will get back to you asap and appreciate your patience.
LOCAL PROJECT SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR (Los Angeles, CA based)
This Sponsorship Coordinator position develops mutually beneficial partnerships with like-minded local businesses in the Los Angeles county area in order to increase the capacity of Bioregional GreenWorks to deliver more Earth Care and People Care projects. Some travel within Los Angeles county will be required. If this type of work appeals to you, we would like to hear from you. Please feel free to send us a copy of your resume (or similar) anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line 'LPSC - L.A.'. We will get back to you asap and appreciate your patience.
NATIONAL SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR (remote position)
This Sponsorship Coordinator position develops mutually beneficial partnerships with like-minded national businesses in the USA in order to increase the capacity of Bioregional GreenWorks to deliver more Earth Care and People Care projects. This is a remote position. If this type of work appeals to you, we would like to hear from you. Please feel free to send us a copy of your resume (or similar) anytime to email@example.com using the subject line 'NSC'. We will get back to you asap and appreciate your patience.