Arkansas – Apple Seeds hiring AmeriCorps VISTA School Cooking Class Coordinator

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apple Seeds, a Fayetteville Arkansas-based non-profit providing garden-based education, is looking to fill a full time AmeriCorps VISTA position to serve as our School Cooking Class Coordinator.
This is an opportunity to be a part of an expanding endeavor and provide a unique service in a supportive community. We’re looking for candidates who love working with young students, have a passion for educating students about eating fresh healthy food, are self-starters, and are excited to help build capacity for this social-entrepreneurial non-profit. Experience in education is highly desirable!
The position, details and application can be found here:

Virginia – The Ag District hiring Farmer

Northern Virginia

Great opportunity for the right person. Well established markets.

The Ag District is seeking a farmer to establish a pig and laying hen enterprise on our farmland in Northern Virginia. The Ag District is a 400 acre farm ideally located 35 miles west of metropolitan Washington D.C. We specialize in direct marketing our premium quality value-added farm products through our modern 12,000 square foot marketing center, which includes a commercial kitchen and state-of-the-art cheese making facility.

Our flagship enterprise is one of Virginia’s largest and most successful vineyards and wineries. Our vision is to create a collaborative group of farmers and food and beverage artisans to fully develop the land and market opportunities that exist at the Ag District. The Farmer will be engaged in launching the farm’s sustainable pork and egg enterprise. The pork and eggs will be marketed through our marketing center and utilized as ingredients in value-added foods produced in our commercial kitchen. Previous farming experience is required. The successful candidate must be capable of managing their own time and working in a hands-on capacity. Potential for lease of land and facilities necessary for the enterprise or salaried employment.

Interested candidates should contact Perry Griffin via email at pgriffin@chrysaliswine.com or text/telephone 73-926-4759.

North Carolina – TRACTOR Food and Farms hiring Sales & Marketing Manager

Burnsville, North Carolina

TRACTOR Food and Farms
Position Descriptions
Sales & Marketing Manager Classification:
Full-time Salaried
Reports to: Director
Date:
5-12-17

Background:

TRACTOR Food and Farms is a nonprofit Food Hub operating in Burnsville, NC.  TRACTOR combines marketing, aggregation, and distribution for member farmers.  The goal of TRACTOR is to develop relationships between local small family farms and businesses/institutions with a mission to reduce poverty; increase farm income in our community; expand sources of safe, healthy, locally grown food; preserve farmland and green space; and protect a farm culture in a traditional farm oriented community.

Summary:

Sales & Marketing Manager is responsible for managing all stages of sales and marketing cycle of grower/producer products to retail and wholesale accounts including restaurants customers. Develop new customers, maintaining customer relationships and providing market feedback to warehouse team and growers. Promote products, producers and events through social media and other traditional marketing channels.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Maintain accurate customer list and develop strong relationships with retail, foodservice and wholesale businesses
  • Cultivate new and existing customers to discuss new product offerings/understand buyer need and preferred communication methods
  • Work with inventory/driver team on meeting quality expectations and accurate product delivery
  • Accurately forecast weekly/monthly/annual demand and prepare contact lists, content management, preparing electronic and direct mail communications including product availability sheets, newsletters, and blogs.
  • Promote TRACTOR farmers, partners, products and events through social media
  • Meet monthly/annual sales goals
  • Work with growers on projected inventory of crops

Duties to include:

  • Work with team to create accurate availability list with best pricing
  • Work with team to estimate demand create accurate purchase orders
  • Understand pricing in the market
  • Create relationships with new customers
  • Increase same store/restaurant sales through continued engagement
  • Make cold calls/visits
  • Enter sales order and create purchase orders
  • Manage shorts
  • Prioritize inventory
  • Fill in for sales team coworkers when needed
  • Represent TRACTOR at community events

Authorities:

  • Set pricing
  • Set specials/ad pricing
  • Offer deals
  • Handle customer complaints
  • Post to all social media
  • Suggest new items for growers to plant

 Competencies:

  • Knowledge about product (varieties, flavor, applications, demand, pricing, seasonality)
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Effective public speaker
  • Experience with social media
  • Strong understanding of customer and market dynamics
  • Able to operate in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Strong analytical, written and verbal reasoning skills
  • Excellent computer skills and the ability to pick up on new systems and software
  • Self-directed with good organizational skill and attention to detail
  • A sense of justice or fair dealing
  • Respect for others’ unique personalities

Supervises:

Interns where applicable

Work Environment

The job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses technology equipment such as computers, projectors, and conference lines. Additionally, this position works within the community to attend meetings, lunches, dinners, and events.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Travel

Day trips/Potential overnight conferences.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelors or Equivalent.  Sales Experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience in warehouse management.  Experience in restaurant/produce industry.  Experience in farming. Experience with QuickBooks a plus.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Clean driving record.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.

Interested candidates can apply to robin.smith@tractorfoodandfarms.com with cover letter and resume.

Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener

Highland County, Virginia

Passionate about changing our food system? Join the Allegheny Mountain Institute leadership team! We seek a sustainable farming-savvy Village and Garden Manager for the 2017 season to serve as mentor for our Phase I Farm Fellows and manage our campus gardens located on a beautiful historic homestead in the mountains of Virginia.

The AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener (VG) leads garden planning and activities on the farm while serving as residential advisor, mentor, and cohort manager. The VG assists and reports directly to the Education Director and will work closely with her on farm planning and management, as well as curriculum development and instruction. The ideal candidate will have at least three seasons of experience working on a vegetable farm, one season of market garden management, experience living in intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers.

This is a seasonal position, managing the day to day operations of the Gardens, Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule, at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs. Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.

This is a non-exempt, 40 hours per week, part time, seasonal position, available as soon as possible and extending through to November 30, 2017.

TO APPLY: For a complete job description and to apply online, please visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org and click on “Join Our Team”. For more information, email jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org.

Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status.  AMI is an equal opportunity employer.

Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Urban Farm Manager

Staunton, Virginia

AMI Urban Farm Manager at VSDB

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) seeks an Urban Farm Manager to oversee the operations of a 3-acre farm site at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton, VA. The 3-acre site consists of a 1-acre vegetable farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom and kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plantings. AMI manages and operates the Urban Farm at VSDB, which provides students of all ages a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors. The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding communities. The incumbent will plan and carry out the continued development of the farm site based on the goals of the project, and work closely with the VSDB horticulture teaching staff to carry out garden-based education curriculum at the farm. The Urban Farm Manager is responsible for the organic,sustainable management of all operational aspects of farm production including: plant propagation, cultivation, succession planting, pest and nutrient management, harvesting, processing, distribution, quality and quantity control for all vegetative plantings, both perennial and annual.

The Urban Farm Manager position description and AMI Application Form is attached to this email.  In addition, those interested may visit AMI’s website athttp://www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org/ to view the complete Urban Farm Manager position description, download the AMI application form, and follow instructions to apply. 

When applying, please email a single compiled .pdf file that includes a cover letter, resume, AMI Application Form, and at least 3 professional references to:EDSearch@alleghenymountainschool.org.

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c) 3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer. 

Virginia – Project GROWS hiring Farm Manager

Verona, Virginia

NOW HIRING: FARM MANAGER  Job Description

About Project GROWS

Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We connect children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, garden-based education and 2) access to healthy local food.

Project GROWS cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our 10-acre farm in the rolling hills of Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 50,000 pounds of food each year. Half of our produce is donated or used in educational programs, and the remaining half is sold to

CSA members, at farmer’s markets, and wholesale to restaurants. Project GROWS manages a 25-member

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and two local farmer’s markets (North Augusta and Waynesboro farmer’s markets). In addition, PG partners with the Boys & Girls Club and Staunton Health Department to provide a “mobile” farmer’s market serving low-income families. We partner with 22 local organizations annually to serve 4,200+ youth with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education.

 JOB DESCRIPTION

Project GROWS is looking for an exceptional candidate to fill the role of farm manager. The farm manager will oversee and run all day-to-day farm operations. An interest and enthusiasm for garden-based education is a highly important aspect of this position. The farm manager works with the Project GROWS’ team to facilitate educational tasks on the farm as well as manage volunteers and oversee all sales and donations.

The farm manager will possess strong experience and knowledge of ecological, year-round vegetable production, experience managing a team of workers, a demonstrated aptitude to engage and cultivate new relationships within our community, and a strong, self-motivated work ethic.

 JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee all vegetable and fruit production (50,000 pounds annually) on the 4-acre farm, with attention to nutrient management and organic practices. Production is year-round and includes a heated greenhouse, hoop house, and field production
  • Provide weekly supervision and scheduling activities for 1 to 6+ workers including a part-time farm assistant, workers from the Office on Youth, seasonal interns and staff, and volunteer and service groups
  • Oversee farm maintenance including facilities, machinery (BCS walk-behind tractor & attachments, riding tractor, farm truck, hand-tools), and cropping systems
  • Develop and monitor irrigation systems and hand-water as needed, including creating and managing a watering schedule for greenhouse, hoop house, and production fields
  • Coordinate basic plumbing, electrical, and construction work as needed
  • Work with Executive Director to create annual production and sales goals, develop system of record keeping and management, and an annual farm budget
  • Oversee 18-week CSA and mobile farmer’s market (June through September) including customer communication (weekly newsletter providing recipes and cooking tips)
  • Assist PG staff in managing farmer’s market as needed, including 1 to 2 Saturdays per month for the Waynesboro Farmer’s Market (as part of staff rotation) May through September
  • General clean-up of garden beds, paths, and disposal of trash
  • Assist Education Coordinator with hands-on garden based education including providing the EC with weekly list of potential farm tasks that match with educational goals
  • Assist in leading farm tours and occasional workshops, as well as speak at conferences  Other general tasks as requested by Executive Director

 The ideal candidate will be willing to make a long-term commitment and possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to work well with variety of customers and community members, including youth from diverse backgrounds
  • A minimum of 2 years farm/greenhouse management experience or 5 years farm work experience
  • Detail-oriented with considerable attention to order, cleanliness, and an ongoing commitment to improving systems
  • Experience with machinery and power equipment including BCS walk-behind tractor with attachments, riding tractor, drip irrigation, and hand tools
  • Knowledge of the principles of soil biology, no-till crop production, permaculture, growing perennials, using cover crops, utilizing living mulches, incorporating stale/false seed beds, composting, soil testing, and/or other ecological/organic growing methods is a plus.
  • Building/construction experience is a plus
  • Experience and desire to work with and teach apprentices and youth on a daily basis.
  • A track record of success working in a cooperative team environment requiring a high level of planning, communication, and documentation
  • A desire to produce food of the highest nutritional, culinary, and ecological quality
  • A desire to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal development is encouraged and supported at Project GROWS
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all types of weather, under potentially strenuous conditions
  • Ability to juggle multiple relationships, projects, and responsibilities
  • Email communication (timely and proper etiquette), knowledge of Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint a plus

 Other Requirements:

  • Cell phone communication
  • Frequent computer and internet access
  • Reliable transportation
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

TIME REQUIREMENTS

Approximately 40 hours/week, with some seasonal fluctuation. Some evenings and weekends are required during the growing season and for special events.

COMPENSATION

This is a salaried position that may range from $30,000 to $33,000 commensurate with experience. Annual evaluation of sales and production goals will determine salary increase over time. Benefits include: a produce farm share and 3 accrued weeks of paid time off annually, preferably taken during the winter (the week between December 24 and January 1st, plus two additional weeks).

TO APPLY

Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 farming-related references to Jenna Clarke, Executive Director, at jenna@projectgrows.org.

 

Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring AMI Village Manager

Hightown, Virginia

POSITION TITLE:  AMI Village Manager

MISSION:  Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that culti- vates healthy communities through food and education.

HISTORY: AMI was founded in 2011 (as Allegheny Mountain School) as an intensive hands-on coopera- tive experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.

VISION:  A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health

AMI CORE VALUES:

  • Positivity
  • Integrity
  • Sustainability
  • Stewardship
  • Experiential learning
  • Regenerative agriculture

OUR PROGRAMS:

The AMI Fellowship is an 18 month, two phase program. During Phase I (May through October), AMI Farm Fellows live, work, and study at the Allegheny Mountain Farm Campus in Highland County, VA.  They study sustainable food production, whole foods preparation and preservation, mindfulness, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship and community development, as they train to become ambas- sadors for a healthier food culture. In Phase II from January – December of the following year, AMI Sen- ior Fellows work in the service of AMI and/or a Partner Organization and focus on activities such as: building community gardens and urban farms, developing school gardens and site based curriculum, advocating sustainable land use, teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.

Additionally, AMI manages and operates the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB (Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind), which provides students of all ages a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors, trains educa- tors, and provides nutritious food for the community. Our 3-acre site consists of a 1-acre vegetable  farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom/ kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plant-     ings.  The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding communities.

OUR CAMPUS:

The AMI Highland Campus is situated between 4000’ and 4400’ on a 550 acre farm in Highland County, VA, bordering both Virginia’s George Washington National Forest and West Virginia’s Monongahela Na- tional Forest.  The headwaters of the James, Potomac, and Greenbrier Rivers all begin their flow from a triple watershed divide (Eastern Continental) located on the top hay field. The farm was originally home- steaded about 110 years ago; about 100 acres have been cleared.

Unique ecosystems abound within the farm’s parameters, with beautiful groves of red spruce alongside mixed hardwoods, old growth rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets. Wildlife is plentiful and the old pastures give way to wildflowers of all kinds, huckleberries, blackberries, and diverse native edibles, medicinal plants, fungi, moss and lichens.   This is a lush climate with abundant rainfall and dense vege- tation.  Summers tend to be quite cool, and the average rainfall is 41.5 inches per year. Plant hardiness zone is 3-4, with approximately 120 frost free days.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK:

The AMI Village Manager (VM) serves as residential leader, mentor and mediator to the AMI Fellows. The VM assists both the Education Director and Farm Manager, but reports directly to the Education Director.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION:

The VM is a seasonal position, managing the day to day operations of the Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule, at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs. Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted  in  organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so  the  AMI Village  Manager should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.

The VM will work closely with the Education Director and Farm Manager on farm planning and management as well as curriculum development and instruction. The ideal candidate will have at least one season of experience working on a vegetable farm, experience living in intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ TASKS

Communication and Relationship Building

  • Mentors Fellows  in  community  development,  ecological  living  and  use  of  kitchen  garden; models best practices at all times
  • Promotes cohort development and helps mediate community conflicts as needed
  • Works with Education Director to plan and facilitate educational sessions, workshops, field trips and other events
  • Works with AMI staff to provide Fellow check-ins to assess Fellow growth and needs
  • First responder to emergencies by calling Emergency Services or 911

Program  Assistance

  • As needed, assists Farm Manager in all aspects of fruit and vegetable production and animal husbandry at the farm including but not limited to: planning, planting, harvesting, post-harvest processing, animal care, records, maintenance, supply procurement, sales and storage
  • Coordinates logistical  and  overnight  needs  for  workshop  instructors  and  overnight  guests; prepares community meals during full day workshops

Organization  Management

  • Manages and  maintains  Village  Calendars,  chore  rotations  and  vacation  days  to  ensure  well- kept, healthy village, cohort, and outbuildings
  • Works  with   Fellows   to   manage   Village   food   production,   use   and   storage;   manages   and replenishes  supplemental groceries
  • Manages petty cash and submits monthly reports to AMI Administrative Manager

Records and Reporting

  • Reports facility maintenance needs to Farm Manager
  • Reports and  records  all  accidents,  illnesses,  medical  or  other  emergencies  according  to  the protocol set forth in the AMI Village Policy Manual
  • Submits weekly report communicating village needs, events and experiences of past and coming weeks to Education Director
  • Reviews Village and Farm record keeping for quality control; may allocate some aspects of the record keeping to the cohort as prudent
  • Inspects Village Spring daily during dry season and reports water level to AMI Caretaker

Outreach and Event Coordination

  • Coordinates and  supports  community  event  marketing  (Open  Houses,  Community  Workshops, Public Visits, Farm Stays, ) and logistics
  • Ensures guest signatures on AMI Waiver of Liability
  • Organizes documentation  by  photo  and/or  video  of  events,  farm  activities,  and  guest  lecture activities; emails photos/videos to AMI Administrative Manager
  • Maintains blog schedule; submit Fellow’s blogs to AMI Administrative Manager
  • Uploads  current   photos   to   AMI   Facebook   page   and   social   media,   as   directed   by   AMI Administrative  Manager
  • Coordinates and ensures prompt mailing of thank you letters written by Fellows

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