If you care about the intersection of food production, small business, and renewable energy use, then this year-long position is a perfect fit for you!
The VISTA will spend a year working with its CARC team on a recently awarded USDA Rural Energy Assistance Program (REAP) grant and increase capacity of rural farmers/community members in access energy needs through USDA grants and other funds. Additionally, the VISTA will gain expertise in the USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service grant process by aiding rural agricultural producers and community small business members via community visits, needs assessments on a case-by-case basis, and the transfer of knowledge through varied social media outlets.
Given Alaska’s mostly rural and remote communities, distance from the main sources of US food production, as well as its unique growing climate, Alaskan agricultural producers face special challenges, and thus is a major area for anti-poverty work. This VISTA member’s service year will play a role in aiding continued growth and sustainability in this much-needed and relied-upon source of statewide agricultural production and small business sustainable energy use.