Community Garden Placement – Hunger Task Force


The Hunger Task Force works to eliminate hunger by harvesting community resources and being the voice of the hungry. They are serving over 114 meal sites, food pantries, youth programs, and outreach sites in La Crosse, Vernon, Trempealeau, and Monroe Counties in Wisconsin, Houston and Winona Counties in Minnesota, and Allamakee County in Iowa. In 2020, over 1,500,000 pounds of TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program), 250,311 pounds of Wis. Dairy Recovery foods, 1,500,000 pounds of Farmer to Family Boxes, and 2,300,000 pounds of “recovered” food was distributed to these partner programs.

Hunger Task Force’s Community Garden Placement will be responsible for providing opportunities through programming for community involvement in environmentally conscious food sourcing. They will spend a majority of their time researching, maintaining and cultivating interest in area community gardens, give input on the development of new garden construction, and assist with volunteer mobilization and recruitment.


Community Improvement

  • Assist with development and maintenance of community gardens
  • Research and implement a variety of urban gardening practices to educate students and community members about sustainable and reliable food sources
  • Assist with design aspects of new community gardens


  • Design and implement new programs for different age groups pertaining to urban renewal and community improvement projects while informing about environmentally conscious practices focusing on community gardening
  • Assist with planning, scheduling, teaching and general supervision of programs and events for youth and community members
  • Complete program and event evaluations
  • Keep detailed records of program types and attendance numbers for grant purposes
  • Use general budgetary and financial policies and procedure to assess feasibility of programs and events

Program Marketing

  • Assist in designing and creating publicity for programs and events
  • Assist in distribution of publicity for upcoming events, programs, and volunteer opportunities
  • Assist with website and social media to promote programs and events
    Volunteer Recruitment and Management
  • Assist with recruitment, training, and evaluation of nonpaid, non-AmeriCorps volunteers who assist with programs or who assist with garden maintenance
  • Assist with scheduling and supervision of volunteers
  • Make sure appropriate records of volunteer hours are kept
    Career Exploration/Conservation Skills
  • Construction and maintenance of gardening trails for easy access for individuals of all abilities
  • Non-native plant removal and disposal as well as re-vegetation of native plants
  • Restoration and improvement of area ecosystems as related to assigned tasks


  • Able to perform duties in inclement weather
  • Maintains professional working relationships with peers, coworkers, vendors, and the public that are inclusive, collaborative, and respectful
  • Ready to take initiative in doing assigned work without prompting and seeks out other tasks that help the team accomplish their collective goals
  • Works hard with a positive mental attitude, in all weather and terrain conditions

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