February 11, 2021
The Center for Rural Culture is seeking a part time Local Food Operations Assistant for our non-profit online farmers market, Fall Line Farms and Local Roots.
Please email resume and cover letter detailing related experience and why you’d be a good fit.
The successful candidate will be exceptionally reliable and very detail-oriented. They will also have
• A mind for logistics
• Strong interpersonal communication skills
• The ability to work independently from home
• Experience managing staff or volunteers
• A desire to assist the development of small businesses
• Knowledge of food safety practices
• The ability to multitask
• The ability to work with technology platforms to assist in customer service and producer issues
Candidates ideally also share our passion for locally grown food and sustainability.
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January 28, 2021
Falls Church Farmers Market
The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department is recruiting for a Farmers Market Manager (Recreation Specialist) to manage its year-round, award winning farmers market. The Farmers Market is held in the City Hall Parking Lot (300 Park Ave.) on Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. April through December and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. January through March. The “Regular Season Market” runs from the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in December, with approximately 50 vendors and the “Winter Market” runs from the first Saturday in January through last Saturday in April with approximately 35 vendors.
- Manage all aspects of the Falls Church Farmers Market, including being on-site weekly.
- Be visible and accessible to vendors and customers during Farmers Market hours.
- Recruit and select vendors, process applications, assess and collect registration fees.
- Maintain administrative and financial records for the market.
- Monitor the market for compliance with market rules and address complaints and/or disputes as necessary.
- Conduct farm site inspections as needed to ensure products are locally grown or produced.
- Coordinate with maintenance and event staff on setup and market supervision as needed.
- Promote the market in cooperation with the City’s Office of Communications to include the Falls Church Farmers website, Facebook,
- Instagram and Twitter accounts.
- Respond to phone, email and Facebook Inquiries in a timely manner.
- Work with City staff to establish and manage the implementation of SNAP.
- Setup and staffing of the Farmers Market Manager’s table, providing information for customers, and SNAP/EBT transactions.
- Coordinate special events such as cooking demonstrations, holiday market and more.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
- Strong social media skills are important in order to build and maintain an active Market presence on Facebook and Instagram, while ensuring the Market Website remains current.
- An ability to learn new software applications such as Manage My Market.
- Familiarity with local agriculture and food systems.
- Ability to prepare administrative reports.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with staff, community organizations, state and federal agencies and the public.
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally before a large audience and in writing for marketing and funding support.
- Highly organized and able to work independently.
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds and work in adverse weather conditions.
- Willingness to work in the elements (heat, rain, snow, cold temperatures, etc.)
- An associate degree or higher in an accredited program with demonstrated skills and knowledge of organizing programs, community education and marketing. Examples of relevant degrees include: Recreation and Leisure Studies, Horticulture, Agriculture, Food Science, Food Marketing, Biology, Environmental Sustainability, Business or related degree. Three years of progressively responsible experience in related field is desired.
- Possess a genuine love for farmers markets and the products and experiences they offer.
- Coordination of an Instagram account for an organization.
- Grant writing experience a plus.
- Some experience with farmers market management or interest in promoting local, producer-only foods and agriculture.
15-20 hours per week; not to exceed 1040 hours per year; Saturdays, 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Weekday schedule is flexible.
$20.61-25/hour, depending on qualifications.
Submit a resume to the City of Falls Church, Human Resources Division, 300 Park Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. This position closes on March 1, 2021., no applications will be accepted after that date.
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January 25, 2021
Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County
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 cultivate health by connecting 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 15,000+ pounds of food each year. A portion of our produce is donated or used in educational programs and the remaining is sold in order to sustain our programming. We sell produce to local public schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and CSA members; at farmer’s markets; and wholesale to restaurants. Project GROWS manages a 30-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and two local farmer’s markets (North Augusta and Waynesboro Farmer’s Markets). Both of our markets accept SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and offer a matching program for families using their SNAP benefits at the market. We operate a youth-run farm stand in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Waynesboro and sell our produce at The Farmer’s Market @ the Health Department in Staunton where we serve low-income families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). We partner with 22 local organizations annually to serve 5,900+ youth with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education.
About Project GROWS’ Farmer’s Markets: The purpose of our markets is to increase families’ access to fresh local foods through our SNAP Matching Program and participation in the WIC/Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. These food access programs improve community food security by making fresh food local food more affordable to our low-income customers, which in turn improves community health and economic viability for small-scale farmers, benefiting our local economy and environment.
General Statement of Responsibilities
The Market Manager will work directly with the Director of Food Access to manage the daily on-site operations of the Waynesboro Farmers Market (WFM) and the North Augusta Farmers Market (NAFM).
The Market Manager will be directly responsible for the following:
- Oversee daily market operations, including food access programs
- Uphold strict market standards for vendors and customers (including food safety, COVID protocols, rules and regulations, etc.)
- Communicate respectfully and transparently with market customers and vendors, relaying customer and vendor concerns and requests to the Director of Food Access
- Maintain accurate records (transactions, cash flow, fee collection, etc.)
- Collect required program evaluations (surveys, demographic information, customer counts, qualitative data)
- Collect and deliver donated food to partner pantries through our Fresh Food Donation program
- Attend weekly PG team meetings and market meetings
In addition to daily market operations, the Market Manager will assist the Director of Food Access with the following:
- Generate weekly social media and newsletter content for markets
- Outreach to customers and vendors to increase market engagement
- Develop and maintain partnerships with community organizations, market volunteers and ambassadors and educational groups
- Occasionally provide staffing support at the Farmers Market @ the Health Department
- Administrative tasks as needed
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