Guidestone is pleased to partner with Mountain Roots Food Project for the fourth year in a row, to offer 2022 Healthy Futures AmeriCorps positions. 2022 position summaries are included below. To read full 2022 position descriptions and apply, please visit the Mountain Roots Healthy Futures AmeriCorps page.

Farm Production Lead
Healthy Futures Position Category: Community Farm & Garden Production
Guidestone seeks a Farm Production Lead to be responsible for the production at the Community & School Farm (C&S Farm), including starting plants from seeds in our greenhouse, preparing beds in the high tunnels and production fields, leading volunteers to plant, seed, cultivate, and harvest crops, and creating and maintaining a vibrant community farm space. The C&S Farm is a 4-acre parcel owned by the Salida School District. Guidestone holds a 20-year lease for the Farm to School Program to grow food for school cafeterias, the hospital and community, and lead farm education and community service opportunities on the site. The C&S Farm has a 24’x48’ high tunnel, a 16’x24’ movable high tunnel, and a 42’ diameter dome greenhouse to extend the season, along with a ¾ acre production field, small orchard, and raised beds in the front garden. In addition, the Farm Production Lead will support local food systems efforts through outreach and engagement with the Chaffee Local Food Coalition.

Garden (Farm to School) Educator
Healthy Futures Position Category: Farm to School Educator
Farm to School (F2S) AmeriCorps Members are part of a team that works with Guidestone Colorado Farm to School staff and volunteers to connect youth to the earth, to their food, and to the community as part of our district-wide Farm to School program, bridging gaps that enable partner organizations to be more efficient and effective at providing nutrition, health, and garden-based environmental education to rural youth. F2S Members engage youth and community members to build, maintain, and expand school gardens and ] community gardens through a start-to-finish growing season. Programs include farm field trips, guest visits, summer camps, and youth farmers markets. Members provide outreach and engagement at community events to promote Farm to School and the organization’s programs and mission. Members gain exposure to organic agriculture, curriculum development, program planning, volunteer engagement, and participate in ongoing professional development.

Ranch & Homestead Experiential Educator
Healthy Futures Position Category: Farm to School Educator
The Ranch & Homestead Experiential Educator will run education programs at the Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center and is a good fit for a member who is passionate about working with youth, supporting local agriculture, ranching, agricultural history, traditional arts, experiential education, and building connections in the community. The position offers space for a member’s creativity, through opportunities to help with agriculture-focused programs and incorporate arts and hands-on traditional skills into the ranching curriculum. The position is focused on pioneer, homestead, and ranching education and includes exposure to fundraising, marketing, and farm and ranch production.

Guidestone operates the Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center with the vision of bringing the story of the land and history to life through events, programs, and community celebrations to create a dynamic living, historical, and cultural interpretation and agriculture education center that bridges the past to the future of agriculture in our community. The Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center provides a home base for Guidestone operations, is a primary site for Farmhands Youth Education Programs, and will continue to grow to support community events and agritourism opportunities in the Upper Arkansas Region.

Land Link Coordinator
Healthy Futures
Position Category: Community Farm & Garden Production
Land Link AmeriCorps Members are part of a team that works with Guidestone Colorado Land Link staff and volunteers to create innovative solutions to the challenges of agricultural land access and land succession while providing professional educational and resource support to ranchers, farmers, landowners & land seekers in order to secure agriculture’s future on the land. Land Link members engage farmers, ranchers, and community members to keep producers and agricultural lands viable. Programs include a Lunch & Learn Series, a Land Access Series, ongoing workshops addressing current producer needs, and a land listing database matching land seeker and landowners. Members provide outreach and engagement at community events to promote Land Link and the organization’s programs and mission. Members gain exposure to agricultural practices, statewide land access and water issues, program planning, constituent and volunteer engagement, and participate in ongoing professional development.

The Land Link Coordinator position will support the operations and administration of the Colorado Land Link Program. This person will work directly with the Program Director to support natural resource assessments to improve access and opportunities within the state.