Massachusetts – World Farmers hiring Wholesale and Markets Manager

Lancaster, Massachusetts
Job title: Wholesale and Markets Manager, World Farmers
Position type: Full-Time
World Farmers is hiring a Wholesale and Markets Manager who will provide leadership and vision for cooperative crop sales among the immigrant and refugee farmers at Flats Mentor Farm. This job requires someone with the capacity and passion to build relationships with our farmers of ethnically and socially-diverse backgrounds, while facilitating and exploring new and existing wholesale opportunities with grocers, restaurants, schools, CSA customers, and more.
This position requires a high level of autonomy and initiative and requires the ability to work with a range of players. The Wholesale and Markets Manager is encouraged to participate in visioning and execution of other related programs of the organization.
Responsibilities:
– Building strong relationships with Flats Mentor farmers and understanding their sales needs.
– Expanding existing and building new relationships with buyers (stores, food hubs, etc.,).
– Planning crop availability and sales lists according to farmers’ production levels.
– Coordinating and participating in post-harvest handling and delivery of produce.
– Assist in training and assistance to farmers on business development, marketing, and whole farm planning.
– Ensuring completion of all evaluation and reporting needs for program efforts.
– Potentially working in value-added production with Flats Mentor Farmers. Qualifications necessary:
– Passion, patience, curiosity, and creativity to explore and develop new market opportunities for ethnic crops with and for immigrant farmers and communities.
– Ability to be effective in a dynamic, multicultural/multilingual work environment.
– Interest in walking the farm and speaking 1:1 with farmers of varied English proficiency.
– Flexibility, self-motivation, and working in cooperation and collaboration.
– Three years’ experience in agricultural production and/or developing and managing market sales efforts – bachelor’s degree and/or internship experience in a related field a plus.
 – Detailed knowledge of handling, distribution, display, and sale of produce.
– Ability to work some Saturdays for market assessments in the summer.
– Access to and/or ownership of reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
 Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits available.
To apply, please email three references, résumé & a brief cover letter including an explanation of your interests in agriculture, working with other cultures, and/or crop sales and marketing to Jessy Gill at jgill@worldfarmers.org. Please combine all documents into one PDF application. Application review starts immediately; interviewing to start mid to late February 2018. World Farmers is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applicants from culturally diverse backgrounds and/or historically underrepresented communities. World Farmers holds 30 years of institutional knowledge in supporting immigrant, refugee, and historically underserved beginning farmers grow and market ethnic and specialty crops in Massachusetts and beyond.
Through Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster, MA, World Farmers assists over 250 beginning immigrant and refugee farmers with training on sustainable agricultural production and marketing techniques and cultivates a climate where cross-cultural farmer co-learning and mentorship thrives. World Farmers has successfully introduced several new ethnic crops into markets throughout Boston that are culturally relevant to immigrant communities.
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Illinois – Fresh Picks Farmer Alliance hiring Sales Representative

Niles, Illinois

Fresh Picks Farmer Alliance Sales Representative

Call on wholesale prospects to sell local farm products.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify prospects
  • Make sales calls and visits
  • Open Wholesale Accounts and increase sales.
  • Assess potential needs and interest
  • Maintain relationships and good communications
  • Demonstrate product knowledge including pricing and availability and enthusiasm
  • Take orders and communicate with buyers. Prepare contracts, invoices and availability sheets
  • Organize system for tracking and follow-up

Qualifications:

  • Outgoing and upbeat personality
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Highly motivated, innovative and persistent
  • Good organization and attention to detail
  • Excited about growing the supply of organic foods from local farmers
  • Sales experience. Knowledge of and experience working with vegetables and fruits a plus

Compensation and Benefits: $35,000 to $45,000 annually plus commission based upon experience. 1 week vacation, paid holidays, employee discount of 20% on our local organic foods.

Hours and Location: Full-time. Meetings at headquarters in Niles. Can be home-based. Service clients throughout Chicago region.

About Fresh Picks:

The mission of Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks is to make healthy food accessible to more people in urban areas through connection and support of local farmers. Since 2006, we have worked to help build a local food infrastructure, increase the supply of local organic food and connect people in the Chicago region with sustainable farmers that work to protect our health and the environment. (www.freshpicks.com)

Fresh Picks offers internet ordering and delivery of local and organic fresh foods to individual households, businesses and institutions in the Chicago region. The Sales Representative will work to increase sales for farmers in the newly formed Fresh Picks Farmer Alliance http://tinyurl.com/oktlg3a. The Fresh Picks warehouse successfully operates as a Food Hub for local food aggregation operating the necessary logistics for ordering, cold storage, handling, packing and delivering product.

To Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to:
Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks
5625 W Howard St
Niles, IL 60714
Recruiting@freshpicks.com

Massachusetts – World Farmers hiring Wholesale and Markets Manager

Lancaster, Massachusetts

World Farmers Now Hiring: Wholesale and Markets Manager

World Farmers is hiring a Wholesale and Markets Manager who will provide leadership and vision for building our crop sales platforms for the immigrant and refugee farmers at Flats Mentor Farm. This person will implement sales, marketing, and technical assistance efforts through our Marketing Cooperative. This job requires someone with the capacity and passion to build relationships with our farmers of ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds, while facilitating and exploring new and existing market opportunities. An ideal candidate comes with the passion, compassion, curiosity, and creativity to explore and develop new market opportunities for ethnic crops with and for immigrant farmers and communities.

To read full job description and instructions for applying please visit: http://www.worldfarmers.org/wholesale-markets-manager/

World Farmers is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applicants from culturally diverse backgrounds and/or historically under-represented communities.

Warner Farm hiring Wholesale Business Manager

Sunderland, Massachusetts

Warner Farm Job Postings

Wholesale Business Manager

Farm Description: Warner Farm is a diversified small fruit and vegetable farm located in Sunderland, Ma. We grow both certified organic and IPM crops and sell wholesale produce throughout the Pioneer Valley as well as operate a CSA and farmers markets in Eastern Massachusetts.

Job Description: This position is responsible for overseeing the farm’s wholesale accounts and pack house activities. Wholesale is one of the primary marketing outlets for the farm and this is a central position in the overall farm operation. This position would likely involve some basic tractor work and filling in with other assorted farm tasks as needed

Duties include: communicating with wholesale customers; establishing availability lists and distributing them to customers; compiling orders and creating invoices daily; coordinating harvests with crew leaders and other farm management; managing crop washing and packing in our main packing house and managing a packing house crew; maintaining and cleaning vegetable washing equipment and area; coordinating deliveries and pick-ups; basic tractor work such as harrowing, cultivating, field prep, etc.

Requirements:
Strong organizational skills
Strong communication skills and an outgoing personality
Good management skills
Ability to lift up to 40lb

Preferred:
Sales experience
Previous farm and tractor driving experience
Experience with Quickbooks
This is a seasonal position running from April-October requiring up to 60 hours per week during the height of the season (June-August). Compensation is commensurate with experience. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to david@warnerfarm.com.