The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) plays an essential role in the vitality of the Philadelphia region by creating healthier living environments, increasing access to fresh food, growing economic opportunity, and building deeper social connections between people. PHS Healthy Neighborhoods team delivers this impact through comprehensive greening and engagement initiatives in more than 250 neighborhoods. Together with community partners, PHS carefully designs projects that build on neighborhood strengths and aspirations to use greening to improve the environment, health and quality of life in their communities. PHS supports community gardeners with educational workshops, gardening supplies and materials, seedlings, access to the PHS tool library, technical assistance, volunteer assistance, and infrastructure improvements. The PHS Green Resource Center at Farm Park is located in East Norriton. Featuring 2 acres of production land, greenhouse, pavilion and solar array, the PHS Green Resource Center is an educational and production hub meant to support gardeners and growers across the region. The Community Gardens Farm Educator plays an essential support role as it pertains to programming, site management and the farm’s production. The Farm Educator will work closely with the Farm Manager to develop programming and educational opportunities for the public, volunteer workdays, and assist with seedling propagation and distribution, farm production, and site maintenance.
Baseline Knowledge & Skills:
Experience coordinating and executing farm-based (formal and informal) workshops and programming with diverse audiences.
Experience in community engagement and outreach; ability to build strong relationships with community members and partner organizations.
Knowledge of organic agriculture especially low to no-till techniques and other agroecological practices.
Interest in food justice, local food systems and community-based health initiatives.
Technical knowledge associated with greenhouse care is a plus.
Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
Familiarity with Norristown / East Norriton and surrounding areas is a plus.