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HDT seeks AmeriCorps VISTA member

Partnering with the Initiative Foundation and AmeriCorps, Happy Dancing Turtle (HDT) in Pine River is seeking a VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) volunteer to help create a program designed to grow food and futures.

This “food-youth-biz” project will offer summer jobs for youth that help them develop business, agriculture and basics skills while teaching them how to grow, prepare and sell the produce generated during the growing season.

VISTA will assist in convening a youth-based local foods action group, building relationships with growers and higher education institutions to inform design of a sustainable, successful local foods “food-youth-biz” program.

VISTA will research and create an outline of “classroom” and applied skills (business and agriculture) to be included in the program and establish route for business coursework credit. “How-to” of growing food in healthy, ecological way will be shared by farmer-mentors.

This VISTA position is full-time, running from July 30, 2013-Aug. 2, 2014. There may be the opportunity to start this position early or add an extension to the end of term.

Applications will be accepted through the end of May, with submission the sooner the better. To see position description and apply, visit

VISTA offers an end-of-service award, loan deferment, health coverage, a living allowance and other benefits. This position at HDT will also include low-cost rent on the Hunt Utilities Group Campus in Pine River. For questions regarding this position, contact Quinn Swanson at 218-587-2303 or

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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