Wisconsin – Reap Food Group hiring Multiple Positions

Madison, Wisconsin

FARM TO BUSINESS DIRECTOR

REAP FOOD GROUP 

  • LOCATION Madison, WI
  • CATEGORY Nonprofit
  • JOB TYPE Full-Time

REAP Food Group connects producers, consumers, and businesses to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP believes in good food, grown well, available to all. Pioneers in the local and sustainable food movement, REAP’s initiatives include Farm to School activities in the Madison Metropolitan School District; Southern Wisconsin Buy Fresh Buy Local, a certification program for restaurants and institutions; and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a consumer guide to local food.JOB DESCRIPTIONJoin a team that is passionate about creating a just, local and sustainable food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP Food Group, a non-profit organization based in Madison, WI, believes that increasing access of local and sustainably grown food by all residents strengthens our regional economy, improves health outcomes of all and builds deep connections between our rural and urban neighbors.The Farm to Business Director will provide strategic direction, management and implementation of REAP’s  Farm to Business initiatives including 1) development of a Farm to Hospital initiative with area healthcare facilities, 2) coordination of a pilot vegetable processing project in 2019 for several institutional buyers, and 3) cultivation of the Buy Fresh Buy Local program, a restaurant and institutions partnership program committed to supporting a just, sustainable, local food system.

The ideal candidate will be excited to work in a positive, mission-based non-profit culture where we work hard as a team, laugh often and have each other’s backs.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead strategic oversight and goals for Farm to Business initiatives;
  • Partner with Farm to School staff on procurement efforts;
  • Build our initiative with area healthcare facilities to establish sustainable purchasing policies and increase procurement and promotion of local and sustainably grown foods;
  • Coordinate a pilot processing project to provide minimally-processed local and sustainably grown foods to healthcare and school institutional buyers;
  • Direct the Buy Fresh, Buy Local Program. This includes leading strategic development of the program, recruitment and renewal of partners, collection and evaluation of purchasing data and marketing and support of partners.
  • Hire, manage and guide program assistants and interns;
  • Identify funding opportunities, work with Executive Director to write and submit grants, and oversee grant reporting requirements. Participate in REAP’s fundraising activities;
  • Represent REAP on relevant coalitions and committees.

Required Professional and Personal Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree – or equivalent training and experience – in food science, agriculture, food studies, or related field;
  • Demonstrated experience with program development and management.
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for building collaborative partnerships;
  • Entrepreneurial, with a creative drive to solve problems and identify and fill gaps.
  • Excellent self-direction, organization and follow through;
  • Strong quantitative skills to evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, this is a program built on good relationships with farmers and buyers.

Desired Professional and Personal Qualifications

  • Experience with farms and food producers that directly serve the Madison area;
  • Experience with food safety, food processing, and/or institutional food production;
  • Knowledge of local food procurement, school food procurement, and the farm to institution movement;
  • Familiarity with farms and food producers that directly serve the Madison area;
  • MBA or demonstrated experience with business strategy development.

Appointment Type: This is a full-time appointment reporting to the Executive Director. Salary $42,000 – $45,000, commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package (health and dental insurance, 401(k) and paid time off). Depending on experience, we will consider less than full-time proposals.

COMPENSATIONthis position is PAID: salaried, varies DOE, $42,000.00 – $45,000.00HOW TO APPLYEmail jobs@reapfoodgroup.org

Please submit resume and a letter of interest detailing your passion for building local food systems to jobs@reapfoodgroup.org. Applications may also be mailed to: Farm to Business Director Search, REAP Food Group, 306 E. Wilson St., Suite 2W, Madison, WI 53703.

REAP values diverse life experience in its hiring process and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: July 22, 2018 at 5 P.M. CST

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FARM TO SCHOOL & COMMUNITY

REAP FOOD GROUP 

  • LOCATION Madison, WI
  • CATEGORY Nonprofit
  • JOB TYPE Full-Time


COMPANY DESCRIPTIONREAP Food Group connects producers, consumers, businesses, and organizations to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP believes in good food, grown well, available to all. Pioneers in the local and sustainable food movement, REAP’s initiatives include Farm to School activities in the Madison Metropolitan School District; Southern Wisconsin Buy Fresh Buy Local, a certification program for restaurants and institutions; and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a consumer guide to local food.

JOB DESCRIPTIONPosting Date: June 23, 2018

Deadline for ApplicationJuly 22, 2018

Join a team that is passionate about creating a just, local and sustainable food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP Food Group, a non-profit organization based in Madison, WI, believes that increasing access of local and sustainably grown food by all residents strengthens our regional economy, improves health outcomes of all and builds deep connections between our rural and urban neighbors.

The Farm to School & Community Director will provide strategic direction, management and implementation of REAP’s Farm to School Program in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) as well as grow our community engagement beyond school walls to increase community access to food education and sustainable local foods. Farm to School brings fresh, local, sustainably produced food to K-12 students, establishes reliable markets for local farms using sustainable agriculture practices, and provides hands-on education in Madison classrooms and communities.

The ideal candidate will be excited to work in a positive, mission-based non-profit culture where we work hard as a team, laugh often and have each other’s backs. Continue reading

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New York – Capital Roots hiring Farm to School Organizer

Troy, New York

Farm to School Organizer

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.

This full-time position provides an exciting opportunity to work in the rapidly developing field of Farm-to School. Candidate will work closely with staff deeply knowledgeable of local food system, but will be actively involved in program creation and managing relationships with partners. Requires an organized and self-motivated candidate committed to local food. We are looking for someone with experience in project management, who can work as well alone as they do in team settings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years of professional work experience preferred.
  • Excellent computer and communication skills are
  • Clean driving record required
  • Must have a positive attitude, high energy level, ability to work with a diverse community and possess a genuine interest in Capital Roots’

RESPONSIBILITIES  INCLUDE:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with several school districts and dozens of farm partners
  • Serve as primary school district contact
  • Identify and help mitigate barriers to Farm to School for these districts and farms
  • Work closely with Capital Roots food hub staff and partners to avoid duplication of services
  • Connect districts to resources to increase local food purchases
  • Work with school administrators, food service directors and suppliers to implement the program
  • Maintain aspects of project data collection and grant rep
  • Assist in the creation and delivery of local food surveys, tastings and trainings

USEFUL  KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

  • Food service/safety
  • Knowledge of school systems/ bureaucracies
  • Farm and/or food advocacy
  • Produce distribution

SALARY & BENEFITS:

  • This position is a full-time position (40 hours per week) paid at an hourly rate of $13.00/hr.
  • Comprehensive health care coverage with fully covered employee premiums and low-cost co-pays and dedu
  • Generous time off every year that includes paid holidays, vacation & sick time, and personal day
  • Employer funded pension plan – company contributions begin after 2 years of employment
  • Eligibility for the federal government’s Public Student Loan Forgiveness program
  • Flexible work envi

To learn more about Capital Roots, go to www.capitalroots.org. Capital Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates, 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 and resume (no calls please!) to:

Matthew Schueler, Grow Center Planner Capital Roots
594 River Street, Troy NY 12180

Or by email: edcenter@capitalroots.org

Green Mountain Farm-to-School hiring Executive Director

Newport, Vermont

Job Opening: Executive Director

Status: Full-time, permanent

Position Description

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) seeks a dynamic, passionate, experienced nonprofit leader who will grow our efforts to strengthen local food systems in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The Executive Director (ED) will:

  • Lead GMFTS by managing the finances, staff, programs, and structure required to enact GMFTS’s mission

  • Ensure GMFTS’s sustainability by managing the budget in cooperation with the board

  • Increase GMFTS’s visibility by serving as the external face of the organization and developing partnerships to support the organization’s mission

  • Be responsible for the implementation of the GMFTS Strategic Plan, as well as setting and achieving ambitious goals in cooperation with the board.

The ED must have a passion for the GMFTS work, demonstrated strengths in marketing and fundraising, a strategic vision, and the ability to support day-to-day operations of a small organization.  Complete job description here.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, and short professional writing sample (such as strategic plan, board memo, email, or grant application) to jobs@gmfts.org. Please indicate how you learned about this position.  Background check will be required. Deadline is 08/31/2016; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until that date.

GMFTS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

About Green Mountain Farm-to-School

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization located in Newport, Vermont. Our mission is to restore and strengthen local food systems in the Northeast Kingdom by promoting positive economic and educational relationships among schools, farms, and communities. We create healthy communities by working across the food system with capacity building, resource development, and technical assistance through GMFTS school gardens, Farm to School Programs, a food hub, a food truck, and statewide marketing campaigns.

The Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program hiring Apprentice

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Farm to School Apprentice

The Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program teaches lifetime lessons to island children in nutrition and environmental stewardship though the hands-on process of growing, harvesting, cooking and eating food.  This is accomplished though our three objectives; Curricula, Farms and Food and Community Education.

The Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program is looking to hire one individual to be this Summer’s Farm to School Apprentice

Apprenticeship Description: This paid position will enable one individual to participate in, food production,  local food advocacy, and education through experience in the  Farm to School (F2S) Program enhancing agricultural, educational, leadership and outreach skills.

Ideal Candidate will:

  • Be available June 1st  – October 31st.
  • Interest in learning about agriculture, nutrition and inspiring youth and the community about the local food system.
  • Desire to learn or improve agricultural skills
  • Have a passion for educating youth and the community around local sustainable agriculture
  • Willingness to learn and ability to work without supervision with attention to detail
  • Experience working with children
  • Be enrolled in or recently completed a college program

Core Elements and Responsibilities :

  • 30 hours/week between June – August & 20 hours September – October
  • Assist the Manager in Farm to School (F2S) related tasks
  • Propagation of produce and general maintenance of the F2S garden
  • Harvesting and preparing produce for sale, storage, or service in the school cafeteria
  • Assisting with and leading garden workshops and visiting camps
  • Selling produce at the SN Farmers and Artisans Market
  • Writing and leading lessons based on core curricular requirements in the school environment.

To apply please send resume and cover letter to Kathleen at F2S@sustainableNantucket.org

To Learn more about Sustainable Nantucket visit: www.SustainableNantucket.org 

Island Grown Schools hiring Fellow

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Island Grown Schools Fellow

Salary: $15,000 for 30 hrs/week

10-month position, 2-year commitment

Island Grown Schools Fellows are an important part of the work we do, bringing new energy, ideas, and insights to our program, while gaining on-the-job training as farm to school educators.  These positions have great growth potential within the organization.

Responsibilities:

The 2015-16 IGS Fellow will support programming at schools serving students in grades preK-8. The Fellow will work both independently and alongside members of the IGS core staff, assisting with and/or leading garden lessons, classroom lessons, farm field trips, and cafeteria activities. Fellows may also assist with chronicling IGS program activities through social media outreach, writing blog posts for our website, and with video and photography.

Fellows receive regular on-site support and feedback from IGS Staff Coordinator, and are given opportunities to attend professional development conferences and courses throughout the year.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Passion for creating a sustainable food system and commitment to the mission of IGS
  • Love of working with children
  • Ability to work professionally and responsibly in public school settings
  • Experience with teaching children in classroom and/or garden settings preferred
  • Experience with social media a plus

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Kaila Allen-Posin @ kaila@islandgrown.org.

Island Grown Schools hiring K-12 Coordinator

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Island Grown Schools Coordinator: K-12

Starting annual salary: $25,000 for 30 hrs/week

12-month position

The educator in this position will coordinate Island Grown Schools’ farm-to-school programming at the MV Regional High School, the Edgartown School, and in our year-round teen program, the Farm Project. The coordinator will reach students from kindergarten through 12th grade by facilitating garden lessons, classroom lessons, farm field trips and by maintaining a presence in the school cafeterias with a focus on our Harvest of the Month program.

Responsibilities:

  • Garden: Coordinate planting and maintenance of school garden throughout the year; create an accessible outdoor learning environment for multiple learning styles; engage school community in garden projects and encourage ownership of garden.
  • Classroom: Implement age appropriate curriculum for grades K-12 based on IGS units and learning goals; communicate with teachers to tie lessons into their curriculums; meet with teachers and IGS staff to continue to develop relevant curriculum connections.
  • Cafeteria/Harvest of the Month: Coordinate with IGS Harvest of the Month chef to schedule monthly tastings in the school cafeterias; communicate with the cafeteria directors regarding Harvest of the Month items featured in the school lunches; host Harvest of the Month raffles; incorporate Harvest of the Month lessons into your curriculum, and Harvest of the Month crops into the garden; collect data on student tastings and local food procurement.
  • Field Trips: Connect schools to local farms and farmers during relevant lessons/units; schedule field trips with schools and farmers; facilitate field trips when appropriate.
  • Farm Project: Manage the year-round IGS teen program; promote the Farm Project at both MVRHS and the MV Public Charter School and hire crew members; plan and implement curriculum and schedule farm visits; mentor students throughout the school year on individual and group projects.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in garden or farm-based education
  • Ability to work professionally and responsibly in public school settings
  • Classroom management skills
  • Knowledge of age-appropriate content and capabilities
  • Time management and scheduling skills
  • Patience and strong listening skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Passion for creating a sustainable food system and commitment to the mission of IGS
  • Love of working with children
  • Experience with social media a plus

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter  to Kaila Allen-Posin @ kaila@islandgrown.org.

Apples Seeds hiring Farm Program Coordinator

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Apple Seeds Farm Program Coordinator

AmeriCorps Vista position

40hours/week

Apple Seeds, a Fayetteville–‐based non–‐profit providing garden–‐based education, seeks an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic full–‐time Farm Program Coordinator on the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm.  The Teaching Farm will host school garden workshops, field trips, and summer camps to educate and excite students about eating fresh healthy food. The  Farm Program Coordinator will work with the Program Director and Farm Manager to facilitate project activities and help build sustainable organizational capacity for Apple Seeds. This position offers the right person ample opportunities to be involved in a leadership role as the program grows. This is an opportunity to be a part of a new endeavor and provide a unique service in a supportive community. This person must be a self—starter who is excited to help grow this social–‐entrepreneurial non–‐profit.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and build volunteer network
  • Train volunteers to work in gardens
  • Recruit and Train Interns to lead Plant–‐to–‐Plate field trips
  • Coordinate and organize infrastructure for Plant–‐to–‐Plate field trips
  • Conduct Outreach by speaking in schools and leading garden tours
  • Create infrastructure to expand school farmers markets to new schools
  • Develop and maintain Database
  • Develop network for sourcing materials for farm

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of organic farming or school garden projects highly desirable.
  • Works well with many personality types
  • Self–‐motivated, hard worker, able to work and meet goals independently
  • Experience in school garden education is highly desirable
  • Teaching experience or experience working with primary and middle school aged children
  • Excellent time–‐management skills
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Enjoys being around children and has a friendly demeanor
  • Able to organize, lead, and instruct all types of people with varying levels of gardening experience Continue reading