UA Garden Kitchen
The Garden Kitchen program is funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education (SNAP-Ed) grant. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.
At The Garden Kitchen, seed-to-table nutrition education means that participants learn about every step of bringing a healthy meal to the kitchen table — from growing and purchasing to preparing and storing food. As a seed-to-table program, the program aims to increase families’ food security by teaching community members the basics of growing their own food as well as shopping on a budget. The interactive and engaging classes aim to inspire community members of all skill levels to make healthy choices. They pride themselves on promoting confidence through approachable skill-building lessons and entertaining instruction.
Where: The Garden Kitchen is located at 2205 S. 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85713.
When: Summer, Fall and Spring. Scheduling is flexible, but required day is on Saturdays from 11:30am-4:00pm.
Please submit a resume and letter of recommendation to: Denisse Ortega Lorona, Program Coordinator
- Intern will conduct community nutrition lessons at an assigned site.
- Under the supervision of instructional specialists, the intern will develop and improve nutrition education and community outreach materials.
Seed-to-Table Community Educator
- Under the supervision of instructional specialists, intern will assist with the establishment and maintenance of gardens at early childhood education centers.
- Assist with maintenance of on-site garden and local community gardens.
- Assist with training of childcare providers and provide continued assistance with garden-based nutrition education.
- Under the supervision of the program manager, the intern will gain exposure to the financial and management aspects of operating a community health education program.
- Intern will assist with data collection and analysis for the purposes of program evaluation and grant reporting.
- Research into grant opportunities for diversifying program funding and assist staff with writing grants.
Community Outreach Intern
- Under the supervision of instructional specialists, intern will create media releases for promotion of Garden Kitchen programming.
- Manage Garden Kitchen social media outlets and develop creative campaigns for community engagement.
- Some projects we have in mind include creating a Q&A dialogue on our Facebook page and gathering participant testimonials for the website.
Intern will assist in all facets of the program. Preferred qualifications:
- A commitment of at least six hours per week.
- Experience in community outreach or community-based work.
- Good organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Attention to detail, particularly when planning and implementing nutrition programming.
- Able to complete tasks independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
- Experience working in a professional setting.
- An interest in working with minority and low-income populations to reduce barriers to health around nutrition and physical activity.
- An interest in collaborative program design, policy level work and/or recommendations, and systems change.
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid Internship, school credit can be acquired. Benefits include educational and practical skills such as presentation skills, outreach experience, community education, coordinating small projects, relationship building, and event planning.