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Long Lane Farm Summer Farming Job Description and Application

“Long Lane is a collectively worked and collectively organized farm that uses ecological growing practices to nourish the land and people of the Middletown and Wesleyan community. We strive to collapse the boundaries between theory and practice, work and play, productivity and creativity, through experiential learning. Long Lane Farm is a site of open collaboration within our local community that demonstrates the vital importance of small farms in a just and sustainable food system.”

Job Description

Long Lane Farm is seeking six self-motivated, enthusiastic, creative, and hard working applicants for our summer farm positions.

Time Commitment

Preference may be given given to applicants who are able to commit to the full summer, but partial applications are also welcome.This is a minimum 40 hours of work per week position, though it should be noted that the demands of farming do not always align with the traditional work week. A mandatory orientation will take place near the end of the academic year.

Responsibilities

  1. Small-scale cultivation of vegetables and poultry (chicken and duck) management, with weekly harvests for Wesleyan’s dining hall and donations in the local community
  2. Collective organization and communication
  3. Maintaining and running weekly Community Food Project (CFP) sessions, usually on Saturday mornings, which involves engaging with community members, especially young kids
  4. Operating a stand at the North End Farmer’s Market in Middletown each week, beginning at the end of June on Fridays from 10am to 2pm
  5. Engagement with local farmers, including opportunities to volunteer at Wellstone Farm in Higganum

In addition, you can be expected to be exposed to and responsible for the following:

  • vegetable seeding, transplanting, cultivation and harvest
  • washing and post harvest handling
  • hoophouse management
  • poultry care including pasture management
  • field preparation through broadforking, hoeing, and raking
  • seeding in flats for fall transplanting
  • taking care of and maintaining tools
  • pest and weed management
  • irrigation, especially in the hoophouses
  • soil fertility
  • finance and record keeping
  • small maintenance and construction projects
  • maintaining the appearance of the farm
  • cultivating community relationships

Once you have been hired for this position, you are expected to work regularly at the farm during the spring semester, attend weekly meetings, and attend a mandatory summer farmer orientation in May.

Calendar

A schedule of tasks includes, but is not limited to:

Late May/Early June:

  • finishing field preparation through broadforking, hoeing, and raking
  • transplanting tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and other solanaceous crops
  • trellising tomatoes and pole beans in the field and hoophouses
  • transplanting and seeding squashes and melons
  • seeding beans and other legumes
  • harvest for Bon Appetit and regular donations
  • poultry care, including rotational management of the ducks (throughout the summer)
  • weed management – hoe! hoe! hoe!
  • mowing grass up to fifteen feet from vegetable plots (throughout the summer)
  • setting up any irrigation deemed necessary

Midsummer (Late June to Late July):

  • selling at the North End Farmer’s Market when it begins in late June
  • beginning the CFP at the end of the kids’ school year in late June
  • succession planting of bolted greens
  • start fall greens and brassica for transplant in flats in early July
  • harvest for market, Bon App, regular donations, and CFP
  • slope management, including a midsummer scything of grasses
  • weed management – hoe! hoe! hoe!

Late Summer (August):

  • selling at the North End Farmer’s Market
  • continuing the CFP
  • transplanting fall greens and brassica in early August under row cover for flea beetle protection
  • harvest for market, Bon App, regular donations, and CFP
  • weed management – hoe! hoe! hoe!
  • establishing and beginning to implement fall cover crop plan
  • beginning to prepare hoophouse plots for seeding of fall greens in late August

Finances and Compensation

Applicants are responsible for applying for grants to stay over the summer. Applicants should be in conversation with the collective about which grants they are applying for, and should apply to as many as possible. The first round of Grant applications are due in mid-February. The collective will assist in writing these grants. Grants are historically for $4,000 each and the summer farmers will also be compensated with vegetables grown at the farm and eggs from our birds. Each farmer is entitled to two weeks vacation.

Some possible funding sources include:

(however there is no guarantee that members of the collective will receive these grants)

College of the Environment Grants (applications due in mid-late February)

2 Positions provided by Bon Appetit

Summer Experience Grant (work-study and rising juniors/seniors only) due in March

Green Fund

Davis Projects for Peace: http://www.wesleyan.edu/patricelli/grants/peace.html

Other possibilities via the Career Center: http://www.wesleyan.edu/careercenter/students/grants-and-fellowships/index.html

Past summer farmers have also received grants from The Rockfall Foundation.

A “Summer Experience Grant”  is available from Wesleyan for individuals with work study designation.

Options regarding can be discussed further by reaching out to Makaela Kingsley in the Patricelli Center (mjkingsley@wesleyan.edu)

Those staying over the summer are responsible for obtaining housing, although the collective will assist with suggestions and will help to locate adequate housing.

Application

Please answer the following questions as thoroughly but concisely as possible. A few sentences in response to each question will suffice. Priority application deadline is February 7th, 2016. They should be submitted to weslonglanefarm@gmail.com

  1. What prior work or farming experience do you have that might help you fulfill your responsibilities as a summer farmer?
  2. Why are you interested in this position and what would you contribute to Long Lane Farm (specific farm knowledge, experience with tools, market experience, working with kids, etc.)?
  3. What experience do you have working or living in a collectively structured environment?
  4. Are there any projects you would like to implement on the farm?
  5. What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses relative to this work?
  6. What are your personal goals as a farm worker?
  7. Can you commit to staying the whole summer (with about two weeks vacation time)? Will you need to take your vacation at a specific time?
  8. Do you have a car?

2016 Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award for Sophomores & Juniors

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern- Clarren who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan. His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Committee, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International. We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern- Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good. A committee will select the sophomore or junior who best embodies the pursuit of social justice. The application process is described below. Any sophomore or junior in good standing may submit an essay that addresses the following:

Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you played a leadership role that sought to make our local and global communities more equitable (The effort should have a direct affect on the Wesleyan campus and/or on external communities.);

  1. Explain your level of involvement in the work for example: your role in raising awareness about a particular issue on campus, coordinating events, implementing programming and campaigns in the pursuit of social justice;
  2. In addition to your essay, you must include a letter of support from a faculty or administrator involved in your effort and submit evidence of impact that the social justice effort had on making our society more just by contributing testimonies from individuals (excluding family and friends) directly involved, artifacts from your social justice effort (e.g., past printed programs, presentations, and articles), and/or your work from courses. You may include non-print items, such as DVDs.

You must include at least four copies of the non-print and printed items and drop them off to Antonio Farias, North College, 3rd floor, Room 317 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. All essays, letters of support and printed items must be in by the deadline. By submitting your packet, you agree to allow the Office of Equity & Inclusion to use it (or excerpts from it) for assessment, archival, and promotion purposes. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Antonio Farias x4771, afarias@wesleyan.edu

Previous recipients:
2015: Hannah Sokoloff-Rubin class of 2016 &

Claire Wright, class of 2016 2014: Hailey Sowden, class of 2015 2013: Joshua Krugman, class of 2014 2012: Corey Guilmette, class of 2013

2011: Ali Chaudry, class of 2012 2010: Allegra Stout, class of 2012 2009: Lily Mandlin, class of 2010

2008: Mu Abeledo, class of 2009 2007: Lashawn Springer, class of 2008

Work and Leadership in the Wesleyan Doula Project Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor Support Middletown Food Project/Long Lane Farm
Long Lane Organic Farm

Wesleyan Committee for Investor Responsibility
Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative Disability Issues

Facilitator, North End Action Team Teen Dreams Society
Founder, Middletown Youth Radio Project (MYRP)

Program Organizer, “Common Struggle for Freedom & Justice”

Selection Committee: Joseph Matthew Brown ’03; Richard Culliton; Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Antonio Farias, Chair & Vice President for Equity & Inclusion; Derek Vincent Garcia, ’04; Sara Morgenstern; Mogenstern-Clarren Family Representative, Bulaong Ramiz; Assistant Director, Student Activities & Leadership Development, Ann Wightman, Professor of History and Latin American Studies.

2016 Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARD

Nominations are now being accepted for the Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Employee Recognition Award. Eligible Wesleyan employees include custodians, dining staff, grounds crew, and building maintenance staff (i.e. electricians, plumbers). The award is to honor and thank the people whose every day work helps the students at Wesleyan. Nominators may only submit one person for consideration; you are welcome to nominate yourself. The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500.

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Employee Recognition Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, who pursued social justice as a student at Wesleyan. His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Coalition, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International. We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.

To apply, please respond to the following questions in no more than two pages:

  1. 1)  What is your (the employee’s) job at Wesleyan? In what ways do you (the employee) engage and interact with Wesleyan students on campus?
  2. 2)  Inwhatwayshaveyou(theemployee)contributedtostudentlifeatWesleyan?Ifpossible,please give specific examples.
  3. 3)  Whatdoyou(theemployee)findmostrewardingaboutworkingoncampus?
  4. 4)  Isthereanythingelsethatyouwouldliketotellthecommitteeaboutyourself(theemployee)?

Submit nominations to Antonio Farias at North College, 3rd floor, room 317, call 860.685.4771 or email

afarias@wesleyan.edu by 5pm, Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Previous recipients
2015: David Csere
2014: Lucia Valenzuela
2013: David Wright
2012: Jose Rodriguez
2011: Gloria Tobon
2010: Mollie Lane
2009: Ron Bowman & Wendy Norton

Selection Committee: Joseph Matthew Brown ’03; Richard Culliton; Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Antonio Farias, Chair & Vice President for Equity & Inclusion; Derek Vincent Garcia, ’04; Sara Morgenstern; Mogenstern-Clarren, Family Representative, Bulaong Ramiz; Assistant Director, Student Activities & Leadership Development, Ann Wightman, Professor of History and Latin American Studies.

Mission Statement

The Yale NROTC Leadership Conference seeks to bring together students of military and civilian backgrounds in order to inspire early cooperation and understanding between both groups while cultivating the tools, skills, and strategy for successful leadership.

About

The Yale NROTC Leadership Conference seeks to bring together leaders in their fields and students from universities around the country to discuss what role leadership has in a rapidly changing world and to allow for students to learn and improve upon leadership and character development. The Yale NROTC Leadership Conference is the premiere leadership conference in the Northeast and provides a unique forum to facilitate discussions amongst students, academics, and professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and fields regarding relevant topics in leadership and the military. The conference is run and sponsored by the Yale NROTC Undergraduate Assocation, an organization run by Yale College students.

The conference will include a panel on national security policy and leadership, two skills workshops focusing on a specific leadership or management technique, a concluding simulation, and special events for conference attendees. The content of the conference will be tailored to a general audience rather than a purely military one and ultimately is an opportunity to learn from military, academic, and business leaders.

This year’s theme, “Leadership in Motion,” focuses on using the context of current political and military affairs to give conference participants dynamic and effective leadership and management tools that they can use throughout their education and career.

This year’s conference is Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at Yale University. 

For more information and to register please visit www.yalenrotcleadershipconference.org.

Thinking about doing an Honors Thesis? And Then What?

 Come to a panel Q&A with Professors

Marguerite Nguyen (H&A–ENGL)

Suzanne O’Connell (NSM–E&ES), and

Sarah Wiliarty (SBS—GOVT)

Wed., Feb. 3  — 4 p.m.

Usdan 110

 

Note:  There will be another meeting in April about the logistics of doing an honors theses.

 

International Students on F1 Visas, please visit the following links to acquire information about Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT),  internships and employment:

Feb 11, OPT: Get a Job in the US

https://www.myinterfase.com/wesleyan/event_view.aspx?token=9lGdUzQiKi6FsBg7ECaPZg%3d%3d

Feb 16, Working After Wes: Options for International Students

https://www.myinterfase.com/wesleyan/event_view.aspx?token=ZANaa0BEzaYazcXZwDG9Fw%3d%3d 

Feb. 23, CPT: Internship Search for International Students

https://www.myinterfase.com/wesleyan/event_view.aspx?token=JeTEctsaFhU4RRjKT9V14g%3d%3d

March 1, Internships with US Companies

https://www.myinterfase.com/wesleyan/event_view.aspx?token=JKEIpkJwFK+uRHhOO3N3Tg%3d%3d

For additional information, please contact:

Janice D. Watson

Coordinator, International Student Services

Wesleyan University

North College Rm 123

Middletown, CT  06459

 

Attention: Class of 2018 & Class of 2019 Wesleyan Career Center & Class Deans Open House
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. 41 Wyllys Avenue
An opportunity to learn about resources that can enhance your career and professional development 

Assessment tools, Internships, Networking Opportunities, and much more

 

Students requesting a specific housing accommodation due to a disability for 2016/17 must complete a Housing Accommodation Request Form and submit it to Dean Patey, Disability Resources, (North College – Room 021), no later than Thursday, February 5, 2016. This includes students who have previously requested and been approved for a housing accommodation in the past.

Housing assignments which are provided as an accommodation are only provided to students with documented disabilities.  Please note that housing accommodations do not include current or potential roommates.  Housing offers may not necessarily be considered class appropriate, or represent your first choice in housing, but will address your needs.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Dean Patey at lpatey@wesleyan.edu or 860.685.2332.

Save-the-Date for How-To-Get-Into-A-Lab Poster Session

Sat, Jan 23, 2016

An afternoon event in the Exley Lobby where undergraduates from the NSM research groups will be presenting posters highlighting opportunities for first and second year students. 

For more information contact: Professor Francis Starr <fstarr@wesleyan.edu> or Professor David Westmoreland <westmoreland@wesleyan.edu>

Study Abroad Information Sessions

A representative from each program will be on hand to discuss the program and answer any questions. Students can drop in for the session, no appointment is required. 

Tuesday, February 2 – 12:00-1:00–ISA Euroscholars Program—Fisk 302

EuroScholars offers research opportunities in all fields of study. Additional areas of interest are honors programs and undergraduate research offices. Please see list of pre approved programs on the Study Abroad website

Tuesday, February 9 – 12:00-1:00–The Swedish Program—Fisk 302

The Swedish Program is sponsored by a consortium of American colleges and universities and is affiliated with the Stockholm School of Economics, one of the most prestigious universities in Europe for the study of economics, finance, and business.   The Swedish Program offers a full range of liberal arts courses each semester.

Fall, spring or full year. Range of courses taught in English; especially strong in public policy, PSYC, ENGL, FGSS, GOVT/IR, SOC, Swedish language.

Wednesday, February 10 –12:00-1:00– IFSA-Butler—Fisk 210

IFSA-Butler provides quality study abroad opportunities, plus academic and personal support services, for qualified North American undergraduates seeking to earn academic credit through study abroad. IFSA-Butler currently operates programs in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, India, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Peru, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Wales. Please see list of pre approved programs on the Study Abroad website

Thursday, February 11 – 12:00-1:00–IES—Fisk 302

More than 130 academic programs Programs in 35+ cities and 21 countries. Please see list of pre approved programs on the Study Abroad website

Thursday, February 18 – 12:00-1:00–CERGE-EI UPCES in Prague—Fisk 302

UPCES is the undergraduate study abroad program of Charles University and CERGE-EIin Prague, Czech Republic. Classes meet in the Schebek Palace, a historic building in the center of Prague. Courses bring together European and American students in a small and interactive classroom setting. Outside the classroom, UPCES students explore the cultures of Central Europe firsthand. Program trips, excursions, internships, and immersion activities offer opportunities to discover new places, people, and perspectives.

Fall, spring, or full year. Czech language course plus four courses in social sciences and humanities, primarily related to area studies

Wednesday, February 24 – 12:00-1:00–SIT—Fisk 210

SIT offers more than 70 programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations. Please see list of pre approved programs on the Study Abroad website. All SIT Study Abroad programs, regardless of type, grapple with the complexities of critical issues and offer students a high level of access to experts and stakeholders relevant to the issues being examined. Learning on SIT programs extends beyond the program center to provide students with holistic, multifaceted, field-based experiences.

The Office of New Student Orientation is hiring 4 NSO Summer Interns and 35 Orientation Leaders to assist in the planning and implementation of New Student Orientation for the incoming class of 2020. Students in the classes of 2019, 2018 and 2017 are eligible for these positions.

 

Job descriptions and Applications are available using the links below:

 

NSO Summer Internship Application due January 29, 2016.

http://wesleyan.edu/orientation/internapplication.html

 

Orientation Leader Application due February 5, 2016

http://wesleyan.edu/orientation/olapplication.html

 

If you have any questions please e-mail orientation@wesleyan.edu.

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