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Events and Opportunities

THE FALL 2013 SUSTAIN YOURSELF SERIES

Sprouting 101 with Paige Kelly from F.H. King

When:  Thursday, November 17th at 6PM

Where:  F.H. King Office (Ste. 3203 of the Student Activity Center)

What:  Sprouting is the art of germinating seeds to be consumed raw or cooked. This simple growing technique allows for fresh ingredients even into the winter. This workshop will be an introduction into the art of sprouting emphasizing the many types of seeds you can sprout. Additionally, there will be many sprouts to sample, and sprout treats to enjoy!

DYI: Window Gardening with Working Class Student Union, Tom Boyden, and Natalie Hinahara

When:  November 15th at 4:30PM

Where:  F.H. King Office (Ste. 3203 of the Student Activity Center)

What:  Like to grow your own food? Are you lacking the outdoor space to do it? Looking for a way to have fresh greens even into the winter? Come to this workshop and learn how to construct your own window gardening system. Made from plastic bottles, these structures are perfect for any sunlit window.

Vermicomposting 101 with Tom Boyden and Natalie Hinahara from F.H. King

When:  November 21st at 6:30PM

Where:  F.H. King Office (Ste. 3203 of the Student Activity Center)

What:  Get ready to dirty your hands with this workshop about Vermicomposting. Vermicomposting is the process of composting using various worms to create a mixture of decomposing vegetable and food waste. This material can be used to freshen any garden bed!

DYI: Mushroom Chandeliers with Axel Adams from F.H. King 

When:  December 3rd at 6:30PM

Where:  F.H. King Office (Ste. 3203 of the Student Activity Center)

What:  Learn how to grow your own Oyster mushrooms at home! We will be demonstrating the process of sterilizing materials, building and inoculating your own mushroom chandelier.

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Initiatives

round 2 photos 347F.H. King currently manages a Student Farm at Eagle Heights Garden, a rooftop garden at the Pyle Center, and is invested in many projects and initiatives to promote sustainable agriculture initiatives on the UW-Madison campus and surrounding community.

We are constantly seeking new opportunities for collaboration on sustainability focused projects and are passionate about educating students of all ages about sustainable agriculture.  If you are interested in collaborating with F.H. King or would like to schedule a garden tour please email us at fhking.students@gmail.com.

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Harvest Handouts

F.H. King developed the Harvest Handouts program in order to deliver to high-quality, sustainably grown produce to the UW-Madison community free of charge.  Every Friday at 1:00PM from June to October, you can find us distributing produce to students and UW-Madison community members on East Campus Mall.  During the height of our growing season, we can distribute more than 300 pounds of produce during Harvest Handouts!  We use our Full Cycle Freight bikes and trailers to sustainably transport the produce from our Student Farm at the Eagle Heights Garden to East Campus Mall for Harvest Handouts.

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Harvest Handouts Letter Size

 

Projects

Vertical Garden

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Gardens and Projects

F.H. King currently manages a Student Farm at Eagle Heights Garden, a rooftop garden at the Pyle Center, and is invested in many projects and initiatives to promote sustainable agriculture initiatives on the UW-Madison campus and surrounding community.

We are constantly seeking new opportunities for collaboration on sustainability focused projects and are passionate about educating students of all ages about sustainable agriculture.  If you are interested in collaborating with F.H. King or would like to schedule a garden tour please email us at fhking.students@gmail.com.

Other Sustainable Ag Orgs

Organizations in Wisconsin

  • Growing Power (urban farm and national non-profit that provides training, on-the-ground demonstration, and technical assistance “to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, and safe food for people in all communities”)
  • Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens (non-profit organization that “connects people to nature and local food” through community-based food production and natural areas restoration)
  • MACSAC – Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (“supports and connects Community Supported Agriculture eaters and farmers”)
  • REAP Food Group (organization that works to build a “regional food system that is healthful, just, and both environmentally and economically sustainable”)
  • Slow Food Madison / Slow Food UW (“a global grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with the committment to community and the environment”)
  • Dane County Farmers’ Market (the largest producer-only farmer’s market in the country — right here on Madison’s Capitol Square)
  • Dane County Food Council (a citizen committee of the Dane county board that “explores issues and develops recommendations to create an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable local food system for the Dane County region”)
  • Michael Fields Agriculture Institute (a public non-profit that “strives to revitalize farming through research, education, technical assistance and public policy” – good source for one-day farming courses)
  • CAC – Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin (provides human, financial, and technical support for community gardens in low-income areas in the Madison area – lots of publications/resources about starting community gardens)
  • Midwest Permaculture  (classes, training, and wonderful community involved in permaculture)
  • Sustain Dane (“non-profit organization based in Madison, WI, committed to creating a community that deeply enjoys, care for, and is sustained by its unique environment”)
  • MOSES – Midwest Organic and Sustainable Educations Services  (“education and outreach to promote sustainable and organic agriculture” — conducts Midwest Organic Farming Conference every year in La Crosse, Wisconsin)

 

Funding Sources for Sustainable Agriculture

  • SARE – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (Grants, educational publications)
  • CAC – Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin (Garden Grants)

 

Internship and Job Resources

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Additional Resources

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Job Openings, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Internships–APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 21st AT 3PM

F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture seeks student interns to assist with working at our garden and with our bicycle powered composting program. We have internships available for the Summer of 2014. Internships are unpaid, but we can facilitate acquiring academic credit.
 

Garden Intern

We are seeking 10 Garden Interns to participate in our garden internship by getting to know how the student farm runs on a day-to-day basis. Interns will learn skills that they can take with them to their own gardens or as interns at other farms. You will work closely with the Garden Directors, Garden Assistants, other interns and volunteers on our beautiful 1.75 acre garden in Eagle Heights.
 

Full Cycle Freight Intern

F.H. King’s Full Cycle Freight Program is a program that was implemented to collect food waste/compost, deliver it to the F.H. King garden, manage the compost there, deliver fresh produce from the garden to Harvest Handouts on Library Mall, and manage the organization’s general local transportation and hauling needs; all by the use of bicycles and bicycle-hauled trailers.
Full Cycle Freight Interns will be responsible for working with the team of interns to coordinate pick-ups that cover all compost sites.

Garden Assistant Position–APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 21st AT 3PM

Submit application to fhking.students@gmail.com
The Garden Assistant will help the two Garden Directors with all aspects of the garden including planning, planting, maintenance, irrigation, propagation, harvesting, pest management and all other aspects of land stewardship.

This position is a great opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing small-scale farming and getting involved in sustainable agriculture!

Overview:
The Garden Assistant will help the two Garden Directors with all aspects of the garden including planning, planting, maintenance, irrigation, propagation, harvesting, pest management and all other aspects of land stewardship. The Garden Assistant would help the Garden Directors organize volunteer participation at the garden and greenhouse. The Garden Assistant will additionally be responsible for helping to keep adequate records and assisting in replacement training. The position starts in April when garden tilling and planting begin. Once planting begins in the garden, field work continues through late October. From June through October, you would assist in the distribution of produce to students at weekly handouts on campus. Day to day work requires balancing a number of responsibilities, directing volunteers, and physical labor. This position is a great opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing small­scale farming and getting involved in sustainable agriculture! Though previous experience with growing food and working with others is preferred, it is not required.

This is a student hourly position meaning that one must be a registered UW­Madison student to apply. The position will begin after training in early April. The hourly rate is $9.19. This is a 10 hour per week position in the spring and will switch to 20 hours per week in Mid­May. The position will run through the beginning of the 2014 school year. Hours are not based on a set schedule and are flexible to accommodate to student’s schedules.

Garden Assistant Specific Responsibilities:

• Working closely with both Garden Directors and providing general support
• Greenhouse seedling propagation and supplies
• Farm maintenance
• Garden Production
• Land management
• Facilities management
• Soil fertility
• Garden visioning
• Distribution of produce to students and food pantries and soup kitchens

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To apply for the position, please send one email to fhking.students@gmail.com with the following documents:

1. Cover letter addressed to the F.H. King Board of Directors. The cover letter should include:

* Your interest in sustainable agriculture
* An explanation of your organizational and time management skills
* Applicable academic, professional and volunteer experiences
* When you would be interested in starting (spring or mid­summer)

2. Contact information for two references

3. Resume

 

Volunteering at the F.H. King Student Farm

Check back soon for garden volunteer hours!

For directions to the Eagle Heights Garden, please visit our Student Farm page.

Rooftop Garden

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Rooftop Garden at the Pyle Center

F.H. King currently operates a small-scale vegetable and herb garden on the rooftop of the Pyle Center.  This produce is distributed at Harvest Handouts in addition to all that is grown at FH King’s Eagle Heights garden.

Student Farm

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Eagle Heights Garden

The F.H. King Farm is located in the Eagle Heights Garden and is 1.75 acres in size.  The majority of the land is used for vegetable production, but we also have an herb garden, raspberry and strawberry patches, grape vines, and fruit trees.  There is also a small hoop house that we use to transition plants from the green house to the garden in the spring.

We produce around 2900 pounds of produce during the growing season each year.  Approximately 75% of our produce goes towards Harvest Handouts, a program to distribute high-quality and sustainably grown produce to the UW-Madison community free of cost.  The remaining 25% of our produce is donated to a Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin (CACSCW), a local non-profit, which organizes the procurement of fresh food for food pantries.

Garden Hours

We love having volunteers at the Eagle Heights Garden!  If you are interested in volunteering, you can come visit the garden during any of the hours listed below:

Monday – Thursday:  8AM – 3PM

Friday:  8AM – 12PM

Garden Directions

By bike or car: Take University Bay Drive to Lake Mendota Road. The entrance is on your right, at the top of the hill.  Parking is on the left at the top of the hill on Eagle Heights Drive.

By bus: Route 80.

See the location of our garden on the Lakeshore Nature Preserve Map – click on Eagle Heights Community Gardens.