This video shows one of FELC’s school science programs in action, with students getting to participate in hands-on learning.
Click the links below to see the slideshow of this fun program:
FELC has a number of school programs which are available in our center or at any local school. To learn more about this school program please visit the link to our school programs page. This will give you the opportunity to view our programs for all grade levels and select one that would be best for your school. All of our school programs align with state curriculum and are taught by an experienced teacher.
FELC will be offering community garden plots for rent this year, with 20′ x 30′ plots for $100 or 20′ x 15′ plots for $75. This includes the plot use from May through October, with the FELC greenhouse also available for use. There will also be the opportunity for basic gardening training from experienced Master Gardeners. For more information or to request a registration packet, please contact the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center at 419-448-7485, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the center to speak to our staff.
Saturday, April 12
Nancy Grandillo will present on the importance of bees. She will discuss how they are essential to our food systems. Nancy will also look at native bees, as well as honeybees, and explain how anyone can help to encourage their populations. After the presentation, there will be a chance to make some bee houses. There will also be a time for questions at the end of the program. The program will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 12. Free will donation.
Coming this Spring! Certification Course in Permaculture Design.
Vince Kirchner of Great Lakes Permaculture will be leading a 72 hour course on Permaculture Design starting April 5. The course will run over 5 weekends (April 5/6, 12/13, 26/27, May 3/4, 10/11) and will train students in the concepts of permaculture. After completing the course, students may use the term “permaculture” in their professional title. The program will cost $750 with discounts for seniors, families and early registration (before February 14). To sign up, or for more information, contact Vince Kirchner at 419-937-5978.
The candidate will perform a variety of tasks related to sustainable agriculture education programming in Tiffin, Ohio. Attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously are requirements for this position. The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills. Students interested in sustainable agriculture, education programming, and/or nonprofit management are encouraged to apply.
The intern will assist FELC Education by:
- Embracing the mission and vision of FELC to recognize our oneness with all creation, and to reflect transformation through teaching and demonstrating the value and practice of living simply, in harmony with creation, and to consider that mission and vision in the performance of all other duties.
- Assisting with educational gardening and nutrition programs for both children and adults, which further the mission and vision of the FELC.
- Assisting with the coordination of FELC volunteers.
- Assisting the FELC staff in implementing a community garden program and its day-to-day operation including but not limited to the following:
- Keeping daily records
- Assisting with the compost system.
- Performing minor office duties in furtherance of the operation of the offices of the FELC, including but not limited to answering telephone, mail and emails, administrative support for the FELC, housekeeping and other day to day operational duties.
- Assisting with the care and feeding of the FELC animals, both inside and outside.
- Assisting in caring for the vegetable and produce gardens used for educational programs on chemical free sustainable agriculture.
- Assisting in marketing FELC programs by developing brochures, mass emails, social media and disseminating information throughout target audiences.
- Maintaining garden tools in a clean and safe manner.
- Following directives for the storage of supplies and equipment.
- Responsible for knowing and adhering to the FELC safety procedures.
- Offering additional support to FELC staff as opportunities arise and time allows.
This position is for 20-30 hours a week with some flexibility, for a 12-week time period over the summer break. The intern will work with the FELC Administrator. If your university program offers credit for internships, we will make an effort to tailor the internship to the length/hours desired. There is a weekly stipend of $250 for this internship.
- Gain experience in teaching basic gardening and nutritional practices to low-income families.
- Gain experience in sustainable agriculture education.
- Gain experience in nonprofits and how they operate and issues they face.
- Develop office and time management skills.
- Improve verbal and written communication skills.
Please submit a cover letter explaining why you seek this opportunity and how your experience or background makes you a good candidate and resume (including two references) by email to Jeanine Alvarado, Director of Human Resources, email@example.com or by mail to: 200 Saint Francis Avenue, Tiffin, Ohio 44883
The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC) was formed in 1997, as a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Charity of Tiffin, Ohio. FELC is an environmental education facility offering models of sustainability to the general public, featuring a “straw bale” house, a solar array, wind turbine, innovative and impactful environmental programs for youth and adults, over 11 acres for farming, agricultural initiatives and outdoor activities, including a greenhouse, free range chickens, hoop houses, chemical free herb, fruit and vegetable gardens, woodlands and wetland area. The FELC aims to further its mission of promoting active learning and healthy relationships with the natural environment to achieve sustainable living, in the spirit of St. Francis.