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Next Generation Coordinator
Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking a diligent, respectful and passionate person to serve as a next generation coordinator with PFI’s expanding beginning farmer team, which supports beginning farmers in getting started, and existing farmers and landowners in transferring their land or farm. For more than 35 years, Practical Farmers has worked to equip farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
This work has always been rooted in our value of welcoming everyone – but we recognize that there is a long history in Iowa and the U.S. of unequal access to the vocation of farming and other opportunities for people of color. At Practical Farmers, we are committed to working towards racial equity in Iowa’s food and farming system, and to ensuring that our policies and practices create an equitable and inclusive workplace.
The next generation coordinator will be pivotal to using the resources and network of PFI to support aspiring and beginning farmers of color. Our members have indicated their top priority is getting beginning farmers on the land so Iowa farms will continue generation after generation, providing healthful food, profits to families, healthy ecosystems and vibrant communities.
As we expand this work, supporting farmers of color in their efforts to get started farming will be a central part of our focus as we seek to amplify our efforts to create inclusive and equitable farming opportunities.
The next generation coordinator will support the beginning farmer team by 1) working with farmers of color to build relationships and create networks within PFI; 2) managing the development and delivery of programs designed to support farmers of color; and 3) coordinating beginning farmer communications. This position will work primarily with aspiring and beginning farmers and other external stakeholders, but will also have the opportunity to participate in our internal diversity and inclusion committee.
Practical Farmers offers a flexible, fast-paced work environment with opportunities for independent initiative and professional development.