Various Locations – Brookford Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Various Locations

Sales and Distribution Coordinator

Brookford Farm is seeking a full time Sales and Distribution Coordinator who has a passion for local organic food, and the sales skills needed to grow sales in New Hampshire and southern New England.

Brookford Farm is in persistent pursuit of a high quality, diversified product line to match its grass based diversified organic farm:

  • Dairy–yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, milk, butter, quark
  • Cheese–Raw Cheddar, Raw Blue, Camembert, Brie, Feta
  • Meats–Grass Fed Beef and Veal, Pasture Raised Pork and Chicken
  • Organic Vegetables–Year round supply, seasonal variations
  • Creative Krauts–Lacto-fermented vegetables inspired by european and korean traditions

Sales and Distribution Coordinator  Responsibilities:

  • Utilize Sales software specifically designed for farms to maintain and grow existing accounts.
  • Search on route for new accounts.
  • Inform Drivers of route changes and manage routes for profitability.
  • Maintain accurate inventory in sales software.
  • Stage orders preparing for delivery.
  • Work up to 10 hrs each week on the different areas of the farm to deepen relationships with the people, the products and the community.
  • Contribute to Brookford Farm Social Media accounts to help build a bridge between the farm and the community
  • Assist with public outreach for events

Requirements:

  • Be self-motivated, highly organized and quick to solve problems.
  • Be dynamic with customers, excellent communication skills.
  • Have a valid driver license and reliable transportation.
  • Have a passion for grass-based and organic farming.
  • Have a desire to strengthen regional food systems.
  • Geographical understanding of New Hampshire and Greater Boston.

Please email resume and cover letter brookfordfarm@gmail.com explaining why you want to work for our company. We will contact you for a list of references.

Greater Boston Sales Rep

Brookford Farm is seeking a full time Greater Boston Sales Representative who has a passion for local organic food, and the sales skills needed to grow sales in the Greater Boston area.

Brookford Farm is in persistent pursuit of a high quality, diversified product line to match its grass based diversified organic farm:

  • Dairy–yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, milk, butter, quark
  • Cheese–Raw Cheddar, Raw Blue, Camembert, Brie, Feta
  • Meats–Grass Fed Beef and Veal, Pasture Raised Pork and Chicken
  • Organic Vegetables–Year round supply, seasonal variations
  • Creative Krauts–Lacto-fermented vegetables inspired by european and korean traditions

Sales Forager Responsibilities:

  • Search out and establish relationships with new restaurants and retail establishments who will buy our food regularly.
  • Generate weekly orders from accumulated account list
  • Search out potential CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) opportunities with businesses and places where many people can pick up at one location
  • Keep a constant communication with the farm staff to determine what is available to sell.

Requirements:

  • Be self-motivated and highly organized
  • Be dynamic with customers and have excellent communication skills.
  • Have a passion for grass-based and organic farming.
  • Have a desire to strengthen regional food systems.

Please email resume and cover letter brookfordfarm@gmail.com explaining why you want to work for our company. We will contact you for a list of references.

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Cultivating Community hiring Food Hub Manager and Educator

Portland, Maine

Founded in 2001, Cultivating Community creates and sustains greater access to healthy, local foods; empowers people to play many roles in restoring the local, sustainable food system; and models, teaches, and advocates for ecological food production. Since 2009, we’ve led the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project to support refugees and immigrants in creating farm businesses. Formally launched in 2014, the Fresh Start Farms Food Hub serves project participants and graduates to  better access markets, and includes a 200+ member CSA and wholesale aggregation and distribution.

Cultivating Community values community-directed efforts and exchanges of ideas where everyone is both a learner and a teacher. We view access to food as a fundamental human right, and we focus on building bridges between communities through sustainable food production, commerce and equitable distribution. Our organization values diversity and inclusion, and strives to be an anti-racist organization.

Position Summary

The Food Hub Manager & Educator is responsible for two key areas of programming with our New American farming program: the overall development of our Food Hub sales and distribution; and providing core services to our training program to complement and support our marketing initiatives. Our staff work in a collaborative leadership environment where effective teamwork and shared accountability is key. In addition to overall oversight of the Fresh Start Farms Food Hub, s/he will partner with the Farm Manager and the rest of the project team to provide ongoing marketing, production, and farm management trainings, technical assistance in the field, and assistance with business plan development and general marketing support. Experience working with diverse populations, participatory adult education, substantial experience with diversified agricultural systems, and experience with CSA or wholesale management are necessary prerequisites for this position.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities – Food Hub Management (50%)

  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with local residents, restaurants, universities, hospitals, food pantries, and other institutions for the purpose of marketing crops grown by NASAP farmers.
  • Work collaboratively with the Marketing Coordinator as s/he develops relationships and accounts with wholesale buyers and distributors. Integrate new or growing accounts and buyer commitments with individual producer production plans and balance sales growth with participant capacity to supply.
  • In partnership with NASAP team and with participating producers, set annual sales goals for the Fresh Start Farms Food Hub, including target goals for buyer types and target sales goals for individual participating producers. Monitor and assess progress toward goals.
  • Coordinate all aspects for the management of a multiproducer CSA, including crop planning and production plan development and midseason management, ordering, and midseason adjustments.
  • During the growing season, assess farmer fields for product availability and send weekly availability lists to wholesale buyers, maintaining personalized following up as appropriate with each buyer.
  • Translate weekly orders from wholesale buyers and product need for multiproducer CSA into orders from individual participating producers.
  • Oversee daily operations in the on-farm wash and pack station, including developing and sending product orders to individual producers; managing product quality control; overseeing general food safety compliance; adjusting and amending orders as necessary based on field conditions; overseeing and managing volunteers or interns; and ensuring timeliness and customer satisfaction for all deliveries.
  • Manage proper invoicing and sales records both for producers and end buyers.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities – Training & Education (40%)

  • In partnership with the project team, develop and deliver NASAP’s training programs, including delivering a series of off- season trainings on marketing and production for market gardeners and farmers.
  • Assist market gardeners who attended off- season marketing trainings to revise their farm production.
  • Support additional components of NASAP training activities such as on-farm trainings and workshops, farm visits and agricultural conferences. Example training topics: pest management, cover cropping, succession planting, irrigation, field planning, etc.
  • Provide one-on-one technical assistance to farmers. Example technical assistance topics: quality control, hands-on assistance in the field, developing point of sales materials, assisting with record keeping systems, seed ordering, supply sourcing, crop plan development, etc.
  • Link refugees to agricultural experts and other resources in the community. Assist participants in accessing community resources and social services that will enable them to better meet their farm business goals.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with Maine farmers for the purposes of introducing project participants to Maine agriculture, cultivating mentoring, and creating educational opportunities for project participants.
  • Coordinate and document refugees’ participation in the NASAP program. Maintain a file for each participant.
  • Conduct intake interviews, annual meetings and agricultural skills assessments for new recruits and refer them to appropriate programs (community gardener or market gardener).

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