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.

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