Gardening brings in the green


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning Valley Food Coalition announces new jobs in the local food business.

The goal with the eight positions is to keep the local industry growing.

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Iron Roots Urban Farm needs to fill five openings; lead farmer and four apprentice farmers to work at its nearly two acre farm on Canfield Road.

“A lead farmer would be working with all aspects of food production here,” said Liberty Merrill, YNDC Program Coordinator. “Really just keeping things running on the site, making sure the plants are growing well and also training people.”

The full-time salary position comes with benefits.

The four apprentice farmer openings are part-time averaging 25-30 hours a week.

“Apprentice farmers could be about anybody who wants,” said Merrill. “Specifically has an interest in working outside, working on a small farm or in some other kind of food based business.”

Merrill said YNDC secured federal grants to help fund the positions.

In a press release, The Mahoning Valley Food Coalition said other Youngstown organizations, like Grow Youngstown and Flying HIGH are both hiring managers. Grow Youngstown is looking for a full-time manager; Flying HIGH needs an assistant manager.

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