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Empower School & Farm

Name Bobby Wilson Walker Jr. Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected JAIME HUAMAN –  Castillo Jara – Clemente Monago
Training Start Date November 15, 2022 Training End Date March 15, 2023
Steward Training Hours per Week 35 hours per week  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? $200.00 per month
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value $4,500.00
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier None
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? No, exempt
Number of Employees at training location 2
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 6
Annual Revenue $0 to $3 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Orientation to our farm.
Start Date of Phase November 15, 2022 End Date of Phase December 15, 2022
Primary Supervisor during this phase Bob W Walker Jr. Supervisor Title Director/Empower School & Farm
Email [email protected] Phone Number 3529780509
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

The role of the Trainee for this phase will be to assist with operations while receiving a basic operations orientation and becoming acquainted with other farm personnel.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

To become familiar with the values, goals, schedules and routines of the Empower School & Farm Program.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

The Supervisor, Bob Walker Jr., has managed the Empower Farm operations during the last 9 years.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

The Trainee will participate in partnership activities with local civic, religious, educational and government agencies.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

The Trainee will gain a general knowledge of sustainable micro-intensive farm systems and techniques.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

The trainee will participate in an educational program that includes classes, farm tours, and discussion led by expert farmers, Empower Farm staff, and agricultural professionals. The Trainee can expect a variety of approaches to learning, from traditional classroom settings to experiential on-farm settings.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The Trainee will maintain a journal and make weekly submissions to their Supervisor. The Supervisor will facilitate formal in-person evaluation sessions with the Trainee.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Research & Development Projects
Start Date of Phase December 16, 2022 End Date of Phase January 15, 2023
Primary Supervisor during this phase Bob W Walker Jr. Supervisor Title Director
Email [email protected] Phone Number 3529780509
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

The Trainee will take on the responsibility of researching and implementing specific farm improvement projects.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

The trainee will learn how to prepare a SWOT analysis for identifying core strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats leading to fact-based analysis, fresh perspectives, and new ideas for the improvement projects.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

15 years of farm management experience.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

The Trainee will participate in partnership activities with local civic, religious, educational and government agencies.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

The specific skills, knowledge, and techniques to be learned are: Conservation Agriculture; Greenhouse Vegetable Production, Plant Propagation; Cultivation/Weed Management; Irrigation Systems; Entomology/Integrated Pest Management; Post-harvest Handling/Food Safety; Tractors/Equipment; Cover Crops/Crop Rotation; Season Extension; Basic Animal Husbandry and Introduction to Farm Business.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

The trainee will participate in an educational program that includes classes, farm tours, and discussions led by expert farmers, Empower Farm staff, and agricultural professionals. The Trainee can expect a variety of approaches to learning, from traditional classroom settings to experiential on-farm settings.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The Trainee will maintain a journal and make weekly submissions to their Supervisor. The Supervisor will facilitate formal in-person evaluation sessions with the Trainee.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Supervision Experience
Start Date of Phase January 16, 2023 End Date of Phase March 15, 2023
Primary Supervisor during this phase Bob W Walker Jr. Supervisor Title Director
Email [email protected] Phone Number 3529780509
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

The Trainee will learn skills in the management of farm operations and supervision of farm volunteers.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

The specific goals and objectives of this phase will be to develop strong leadership, organizational, and communication skills.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

The Supervisor has managed the farm internship program for the last 7 years.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

The trainee will help with the recruitment of farm interns through different social networks. This may include some travel to different events for making presentations and networking.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

The Trainee will learn planning, resource management, communication, and conflict resolution skills.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Along with the daily routines of supervising farm interns, the Trainee will be given leadership development reading assignments, research projects and opportunity to participate in seminars and conferences.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

There will be ongoing assessments of the Trainee’s leadership skill development.
The trainee will complete an independent project during the course of the farming season and will make a short presentation and submit a final report on their project.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)

Roles and Responsibilities: Farm Management:
• Responsible for the daily planning, organization, supervision, and administration of activities on the farm.
• Handling and maintaining farm-related paperwork and administrative record related to planting, harvesting, and distribution.
• Provide training, instruction, and supervision for all farm workers including interns, student work duties, and volunteers including scheduling and evaluation feedback.
• Ensuring compliance with local regulations and health and safety standards.
• Keeping an up-to-date knowledge of pests and diseases.
• Ensuring that the farm produces income and meets projected financial targets
Intern Program Development:
• Develop and implement strategies maximizing synergy between the farm, school, and business activities.
• Serve as a mentor to farm interns providing both farm training and guidance as needed.
Property and Facility Oversight:
• Ensure upkeep of Empower property, farm, gardens, and grounds are maintained at safe and aesthetically pleasing level.
• Organizing maintenance/repair of farm and facility property, equipment and machinery as needed.
• Oversee management of community pantry and kitchen.
• Other duties as assigned.