New York – Capital Roots hiring Food Hub Buyer

Troy, New York

Food Hub Buyer

 About Capital Roots

Capital Roots is striving to create a more vibrant and equitable food system in New York’s Capital Region. We work to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties. Our mission is to nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh foods and green space for all.

TITLE: Food Hub Buyer

REPORTS TO: Food Access Manager

An organized individual with experience in project management, as well as staff leadership skills to execute multiple program services and further develop our regional Food Hub and online marketplace.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s Degree and proven staff and project management experience. Excellent computer and communication skills is essential; previous experience with wholesale-market purchasing is a plus. Must have a positive attitude, high energy level, and a genuine interest in the mission of our organization.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Organize and conduct all Food Hub purchases from local markets and directly from producers, acting as the chief buyer for Capital Roots, our customers, and in accordance with our mission.
  • Manage and maintain a working produce inventory for all programs within the Food Hub and ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Supervise Virtual Veggie Mobile® services including the Institutional market, elements of the Individual market pilot program, and entirety of the Virtual Veggie Mobile software.
  • Manage and motivate a part-time employee as well as volunteers to deliver services with enthusiasm and care
  • Manage collaborations and business relationships with program partners including producers, customers, agencies, and execute other formal agreements related to these programs.
  • Assist in coordinating Food Hub finances, including budget monitoring, invoicing, and maintaining accurate daily/monthly accounting reports
  • Work in collaboration with the Mobile Market Coordinator to maintain all aspects of project data collection and grant reporting related to programs supplied by the Food Hub
  • All other duties as needed

SALARY & BENEFITS:

This position is a full-time position: $13.00/hour. Excellent benefits including fully paid individual health and vision insurance and partly paid dental insurance. Generous vacation and holiday policy. Retirement plan. Flexible work environment.

To learn more about Capital Roots, go to http://www.capitalroots.org. Capital Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position, especially candidates of color. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We will not discriminate in our hiring on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Send cover letter, salary history and resume to:

Will Malcolm, Food Access Manager
Capital Roots – 594 River Street, Troy NY 12180
Or by email: foodaccess@capitalroots.org

NO CALLS PLEASE!

Massachusetts – Start-up farm hiring Farmer

West Gloucester, Massachusetts

A fantastic opportunity to implement a hands-on agricultural cultivation on a start-up farm with ample acreage in West Gloucester.  The responsibilities include all aspects of farm labor including cultivating land for farming, followed by farming of herbs, vegetables, fruits, apple orchard, and Christmas trees.  You will also have the opportunity to raise chickens for eggs.  Land-owners are open to exploring other farming desires you have after initial project is up and running. Adequate knowledge and experience is required.  This position is full-time and includes on-site housing.

Send your resume and cover letter to fivestones21@gmail.com for review.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Washington – The Organic Farm School hiring Student Farmers

Whidbey Island, Washington
The Organic Farm School is currently accepting applications for Student Farmers. Apply now at http://organicfarmschool.org/apply

The mission of the Organic Farm School is to empower new farmers in creating the sustainable food system of the future.

Located on scenic Whidbey Island in Washington State, the Organic Farm School (OFS) trains aspiring farmers to run successful ecological- and community-focused farms and uses its eight-acre organic farm as a real world example and outdoor classroom. During the full-time, 8-month program, students spend one third of their time attending weekly classes and field trainings, studying a university-developed farming and marketing curriculum, going on bi-weekly field trips and engaging in independent research projects, including the writing of a personal farm business plan. Students spend the balance of their time co-managing the OFS student farm, which focuses on market-scale production of organic vegetables, seed crops, and livestock with cover crops, berries, and bees incorporated as well. Through this balance of academic and experiential studies, students learn and experience all aspects of starting and running a small scale organic farm, from goal setting and business planning to planting, harvesting, and marketing. With this skill and knowledge base, graduates are able to minimize their risk and maximize their success as they enter the growing field of sustainable farmers!

Please visit www.organicfarmschool.org for more information.

Massachusetts – Cricket Creek hiring Head Cheese Maker

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Applications accepting on a rolling basis.  Start date: ASAP

We are looking for a head cheese maker at Cricket Creek Farm to work with the creamery manager and apprentices to make our several award winning cheeses.  

Cricket Creek Farm is a small grass-based dairy in Western Massachusetts. We make several award-winning cheeses from the milk of our herd of Brown Swiss and Jersey cows (currently milking about 25 cows). In addition to the cheese, we sell raw milk from our farm store. We also raise pigs and beef, and have an on-farm bakery. We make all our own hay for our cows that we feed out during the winter.

The head cheese maker must have experience making a variety of hard and soft cheeses, and experience in sanitation and maintenance of a creamery.  Work includes involvement in all aspects of running our farmstead creamery.

Job Description

  1. Overseeing the production of all the cheeses in our current repertoire (8 cheeses).
  2. Taking the lead on enforcing the maintenance and sanitation protocols.  This includes all equipment maintenance in the creamery.
  3. Teaching apprentices all facets of cheese making, both informally (during the work day) and also during “cheese school” on occasional afternoons.
  4. Troubleshoot recipes/inconsistencies with the products as needed and help apprentices refine their practices and work out problems with the cheeses as appropriate.
  5. Maintaining all required records, inventories, recipes, and data collected.
  6. Enforcing schedules, bringing an upbeat and positive attitude, being a leader on the farm.  We expect the person in this position to always be on time, always stick to a tight schedule, keep other people on track, and bring positive energy and enthusiasm to work every day.

We are located in Williamstown, MA – a small college town in the northern Berkshires. Williamstown has a great independent movie theater, the Clark Art museum, a wonderful theater festival in the summertime and several great restaurants. We are surrounded by preserved land with many hiking trails. Nearby is Mass MOCA, Tanglewood, and many lovely small towns. Williamstown is 3 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC.

Compensation: We provide a modest salary, some food, and possibly housing (to be determined).

Communication: Communication is of paramount importance here. We strive to create a work environment that is comfortable, open, clear, and honest for everyone. Every week we have a staff meeting, during which everyone sits down together to review the week and any upcoming news. During this meeting everyone shares personal highlights and difficulties of the previous week. It is also an opportunity to openly discuss any farm happenings.

Length of commitment: We are looking for at least a 2-year commitment, but ideally seeking a candidate that is interested in a long-term position.

Application process and timeline: We are hiring on a rolling basis. We highly encourage a visit from any serious applicant. We do have space available to house an applicant overnight, and a 2 to 3-day visit is ideal. Working and spending some time together will help let us determine whether you will be a good fit for the farm, and will help give you a better sense of us.

The first step is to answer the questions below and send us the responses along with a current resume, cover letter, and 3 references.  Reference letters are not required, but are helpful.  Based on the responses, we will contact you to set up a phone interview and potentially a visit.  Please send all application materials to info@cricketcreekfarm.com or call (413) 458-5888 if you have questions. Continue reading

Colorado – Harvest Farm hiring Garden Manager

Wellington, Colorado

Opportunity to manage a 5 acre garden at a Christian Rehab facility in Colorado.  Great opportunity to practice permaculture, sustainable agriculture, biodynamic farming  and teach people farming.

Full time salaried position with benefits.

You would be working with men in rehab supervising them as they help run the garden.  The operation has a small CSA and sells to restaurants, donates and stocks the kitchen on site.  Work also involves youth and volunteers.  Great opportunity to teach a population that hasn’t been exposed to agriculture.  Must be able and willing to help people follow Jesus.  If you’re interested or have questions please contact Kelly at kballantyne@denrescue.org or visit https://www.harvestfarm.net/

 

 

Minnesota – Hmong American Farmers Association hiring Post-Harvest Assistants

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA)

TITLE: HAFA Alternative Markets Program Seasonal Assistant

COMPENSATION: Part time $15/hr., Seasonal August – October

SUPERVISOR: HAFA Alternative Markets Organizers

The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a membership based nonprofit organization that works with Hmong American farmers in the Twin Cities and the surrounding metropolitan area. The mission of the organization is to advance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of these farmers and their families. Many Hmong farmers face numerous obstacles to farming including lack of access to land, capital, training and alternative markets besides the farmers’ market system. Through cooperative farming, education and advocacy, HAFA works with Hmong farmers and their families to create a path to wealth creation not just income generation.

This position is an incredible learning opportunity for anyone looking to get first-hand experience pioneering a local food hub, piloting innovative sustainable agricultural practices, helping to solve challenges faced by farmers in the local food system, and helping to run a bourgeoning cooperative farm.

Expectations

HAFA post-harvest assistants are expected to:

  • Work 30+ hrs. a week on a number of assigned activities
  • Be prepared to work hard and in a variety of different weather conditions.
  • Arrive to work on time, complete their assignments efficiently, and act respectfully and professionally to fellow colleagues and farmers.

Preferably HAFA post-harvest assistant knows Hmong language and culture, can lift 50lbs, have knowledge and experience in handling produce, out-going personality.

Responsibilities

All post-harvest assistants are expected to assist with the HAFA farm maintenance activities, which include food safety, land maintenance, loading and unloading produce, and special events on the HAFA Farm.

Alternative Markets Program (AMP)

  • Communicating with farmers and staff about upcoming orders and contract deliverables
  • Cleaning and maintaining the rinse station, packing shed and cooler area in accordance with food safety standards
  • Packing, loading, tracking, cleaning and maintaining all post-harvest, small equipment, materials, and protocols associated with the AMP in accordance with food safety standards
  • Washing, sorting, packing, loading and unloading produce for institutional sales
  • Conducting due diligence tests on farmers and their produce
  • Performing data entry
  • Other duties as assigned

Prospective candidates MUST have reliable transportation. HAFA prefers someone who can work through the month of November. HAFA is an equal opportunity employer. The ability to speak Hmong and knowledge of Hmong culture and customs is a plus. If interested, please send your resume, cover letter, 3 references and a writing sample to: Hua Vang hua@hmongfarmers.com Please put “Post-Harvest Assistant Applicant” in the Subject Line.