Allen Farmers Market & Breadbasket Manager
Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) is a dynamic, non-profit community development organization serving the northeast quadrant of Lansing, MI, called the ‘Eastside.’ The Center takes a comprehensive and integrative approach to community development, working simultaneously on food security and food access, health education, housing improvement, commercial corridor revitalization, and social capital building. A place-based organization with deep roots in the neighborhood, we work collaboratively with a broad array of regional partners and organizations that share our comprehensive agenda.
We are seeking a full-time Allen Farmers Market & Breadbasket Manager who will provide oversight of all operations of our year-round, weekly, Allen Farmers Market and Breadbasket food pantry.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Regular and robust marketing and promotion; representing the Farmers Market to the community.
- Farmer/vendor selection and support, including assisting vendors with merchandising, marketing and business skills.
- Maintaining detailed financial, attendance, and product records, and keeping current all permits, licensing, and contractual agreements.
- Overseeing the Market Bank, to provide currency to debit/credit/SNAP/Double Up Food Bucks users.
- Developing & maintaining positive customer and vendor relations; conducting surveys to measure patron and vendor satisfaction.
- Oversee event logistics, maintaining supplies and equipment (tents, flags, tables, chairs, etc.).
- Serving as the quality control person for produce and other food products.
- Develop, coordinate & promote a schedule of culinary workshops (ex. cooking classes, food preservation, etc.) taught by educators from partnering organizations.
- Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers, interns, and AmeriCorps members involved in the Farmers Market & Breadbasket programs.
- Evaluate and write reports showcasing program effectiveness.
- A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team player.
- Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail as they manage multiple tasks/projects.
- Experience in managing and creating relationships with multiple partners, patrons, and neighbors, as well as rotating AmeriCorps, interns, and volunteers.
- Entrepreneurial energy, high level of initiative, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, and teamwork.
- Excellent verbal, written, communication, and customer service skills.
- Ability to develop, implement, nurture and evaluate programs.
- Proficiency in web management, Microsoft Office Suite, graphic design programs, etc.
- Experience in special events coordination and planning
- Flexible availability required (some nights and weekends)
- Passion for strengthening the local food system and for the ANCmission
- Commitment to Lansing’s Eastside, its residents, stakeholders as well as strategic partners throughout the mid-Michigan region
- Strong candidates will have education or training related to the position; and passion for food and community.
Sundog is a 40-acre conifer forest nestled in the Potomac Valley. We are a Western MT homestead striving to create & sustain an earth friendly eco-system using Permaculture/Biodynamic principles.
go to: sundogpermastead.org to find out more
We are looking for a full season commitment, April – October, with folks who are either serious about farming/gardening or whom have experience.
We ask for 30 hr of help a week (more or less, weather/project permitting).
There is a 2 week trial period the see if there is a mutual fit.
* I am a certified Permaculture teacher and if you’d like put in the 72 hrs of study and extra work it takes to receive a PDC certificate we can work out a schedule while your here
Long-term goals include building a greenhouse, outdoor kitchen/shower, developing a food forest/orchard, mushroom cultivation, creating natural wildlife habitats/sanctuaries, & sustainable forestry.
We are passionate about sharing what we know which includes Permaculture, Biodynamics, herbalism, food preservation and sprouting, homemaking and natural body products. We are anxious to learn from the interns as well.
Housing for the interns will be in the main house with comfortable space in the large workshop to relax, read or watch a movie. We can accommodate vegan/vegetarian diets, an outdoor grill is provided for meat/fish eaters.
Drugs, tobacco and alcohol are not permitted at Sundog.
Sundog is 30 miles east of Missoula, which has too many recreational and cultural activities to list, let alone the farmer’s markets and music. We are close (a few hours) to Glacier National Park, and minutes from the Blackfoot River (A River Runs Through It).
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Red Hook, New York
Great Song Farm, located in New York’s Hudson Valley, works to create a community farm based around a CSA supplying fresh vegetables to 65 families through the summer and 40 through the winter. We strive to craft a just, accessible, and transparent food system that is economically viable and fulfilling for both farmers and supporters. Our 2 Suffolk Draft Horses help us with field work and cultivation. A small cow herd grazes our pastures and provides manure. We create and use our own prepared compost from our draft horse and cow manure as the basis for fertility. Our farm is leased from 2 gracious landowners. Both the landowners and Anthony’s partner Sarah regularly lend a hand.
Great Song Farm is in the beginning stages of development — Anthony started the farm in 2010 after 5 years working as an apprentice on other farms. Apprenticing at Great Song is an opportunity to contribute to and learn from a young farm that is still refining its systems and has great potential.
Size of farm: 90 acres: 4 acres cultivated, 26 acres pasture, 10 acres wetland, and 50 acres in forest. Nearby an additional 90 acres is leased including 40 acres hayland, and 50 acres woods/wetlands.
Diversity of livestock and produce: A wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers for a 65 member on farm Summer CSA and 40 member Winter CSA. 2 Suffolk draft horses for field work, a small cow herd, and a flock of laying hens for home use.
Skills that can be learned: See Great Song Farm’s skills checklists.
Apprenticeship details: We are seeking 2 apprentices for the 2016 season from April until November. Continue reading