- Published on Monday, 19 January 2015 01:06
Brightmoor Youth Garden is looking for (unpaid, but with room and board) interns for the spring and summer of 2015. Work with kids from Brightmoor in their market garden. Help them grow, harvest and sell veggies at market. Help with greenhouse transplant production, field trips, volunteer days, cooking lessons, making value added products and more. Help the Brightmoor Artisan's Cooperative and Community KItchen develop their programs for children, such as the Kid's Cafe.
- Published on Thursday, 08 January 2015 01:07
Nature of Work: Assist market manager in the operation of the Saturday Market assignment of stalls: Includes walkout, placement of yearly vendors, and assignment of stalls to daily producers and artisans in the allotted time before market opens. Help keep the office and restrooms clean and neat, answer all questions, and answer the phone. Write out daily rent receipts for vendors, collect fees for the day, and other related administrative tasks. Collect basic data regarding sales and customer dynamics at the market. Aid Market Manager in coordinating volunteers and organizing and managing special events at market. Oversee daily market operations in the absence of Market Manager. Administer the EBT program at the Saturday and Wednesday market. Tasks related to this may include, but are not limited to, managing a credit card terminal that transmits EBT transactions, promoting the use of Food Stamps at the market, completing daily post-market reconciliations of EBT and credit card transactions. The Assistant Market Manager will be responsible for our Wednesday Evening Market Operations in addition to support responsibilities for our daytime markets.
Direct food system experience working with local growers, artisans and chefs. Opportunity to learn extensively about food assistance programs and how they operate at farmers markets. Management experience and event programming experience will be gained.
Required Qualifications: Must have strong communication skills, knowledge of office procedures, pleasant personality, ability to get along with vendors and the public. Ability to learn and adapt to hectic surroundings and assignments. Ability to work with minimum supervision, and use most office equipment. Ability to work outdoors in extreme weather, standing and walking for long periods of time. CPR/AED and First Aid certification required by start of employment. Desirable Qualifications: Experience in the area of farmers markets and/or knowledge of local food systems and issues.
Hours: 15.0-29.0 hours per week
Start Date/End Date: Sunday, March 01, 2015/Wednesday, December 30, 2015
- Published on Thursday, 08 January 2015 01:02
Internship Starts: May
Internship Ends: Sept
Number of Interns: 4
Application Deadline: March 1st
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months
Internship Details: This is an intensive farming experience for anyone who is passionate about sustainable food production. Apprentices will be immersed in all aspects of the farm’s daily and seasonal operations. The season will include a variety of work with greenhouse transplants, bed preparation, field planting, weed control, pest identification and control, harvesting, marketing, tool maintenance, hoop house production, time management, volunteer coordination, record keeping, etc. Candidates interested in operating their own small farm someday are preferred. Hours will vary, but can be expected to be between 40-60 hours each week depending on the time of year. At least one full day off will be set aside every week.
Skills Desired: We are looking for passionate, self-motivated folks that have a serious interest in all aspects of a market garden farm. Apprentices should have at least one season of prior experience working on an organic vegetable farm and a passion for working outdoors in all types of weather. Apprentices will work closely with returning staff and the farm manager at first but will be expected to be able to work independently as the season goes on. We work hard but have fun while doing it! We look for candidates with high energy and a positive attitude and take pride in their work. Our farm is small and so we are dependent on each member of the farm team to be fully engaged and committed to the season’s goals. We are looking for applicants with excellent communication skills, passion for physical labor, great attention to detail in all aspects of work, and great people skills. Experience working at a farmer’s market is a major plus.
Compensation: Paid monthly stipend commensurate with experience and includes produce, housing, utilities. Rustic private housing available. Apprentices will have a private yurt or private space in the loft . A composting toilette outhouse, solar water shower and outdoor kitchen are used communally. Laundry is not included.
In addition to getting hands-on experience with a market garden style farm, apprentices will have the opportunity to delve deeper into issues related to organic agriculture through weekly study group. Topics may include: planning, seed ordering, seed saving, soil basics, compost, pest management, marketing, business planning, etc. Field trips to neighboring farms will be planned twice per month.
- Published on Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:57
Position Description: We are looking for a highly competent, detail-oriented and driven person to join our staff as Development and Operations Manager. This position will provide vital support to the FoodWhat Executive Director, Farm Manager and Program Staff by managing fundraising efforts and maintaining administrative operations for FoodWhat. This is a core position for FoodWhat and the Development and Operations Manager will participate in strategic planning, regular staff planning and coordination.
Development Management: (55%)
• Implement and manage fundraising efforts in collaboration with the FW team.
• Manage grant submissions including research, writing, editing, reporting and check-ins with FW Director on goals and objectives.
• Coordinate annual FW benefit dinner and other donor cultivation events.
• Support FW Director in developing and maintaining relationships with donors.
• Maintain FW grant and donor database.
• Co-create and co-manage annual program budget with FW Director.
Operations and Finance Management: (30%)
• Manage donor and supporter electronic and print communications using mail-merge, e-
communications programs and tracking communications in the FW database.
• Assist with preparing financial reports and materials for Board of Directors and FW Advisory Council.
• Work with staff to coordinate and ensure the integrity of the processing of donations, deposits and bills.
• Review quarterly Profit and Loss reports to ensure financial integrity of FW.
• Maintain files and manage general office needs.
• Lead in-house production of FW marketing materials and solicit outside help as needed.
• Create and implement communications plan including content for FW web and social media.
• Represent FW in community events and networks as needed.
Program Support (5%)
• Provide program support in collaboration with FW Director and FW Program Manager.
• Tracking and coordination of FW Alumni Network in partnership with FoodWhat staff.
• Provide administrative support for FW evaluations and programs, including copying/filing forms and entering/analyzing data.
• Proven success in developing diverse revenue streams for nonprofits, specifically youth programs.
• Experience with low-income youth (teens), preferably from an empowerment perspective.
• Understanding of and commitment to social justice.
• Passion for development and relationship building.
• Strong organizational, communication, and collaboration skills.
• High level of attention to detail and time management.
• Dependable with thorough follow through.
• Strong computer skills, including communications design programs such as InDesign, broadcast email/text programs such as MailChimp, MS Office suite, and Google Apps.
• Ability to carry the brand and be the face of FoodWhat.
• Bilingual Spanish speaker.
• Experience and understanding of Latina/o culture.
• Analysis of systems of power, privilege and oppression.
• Farming or gardening experience and skills.
• Experience with donor information systems.
Position details: This is a 40-hour per week, full time position with paid vacation, sick time, and holidays.Full medical, dental, and vision benefits provided. Salary commensurate with experience within the $48,000-$55,000 range.
FoodWhat is an anti-discrimination, pro-equity program. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Published on Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:49
Organization: Lowcountry Local First
Title: Project Manager for Growing New Farmers
Reports to: Director of Sustainable Agriculture
Location: Charleston, SC
Compensation: Based on Experience
Application Deadline: Open until Filled
Join Lowcountry Local First, a non-profit organization focused on supporting local businesses and farmers through outreach, advocacy, and training. The Eat Local Initiative of the organization is comprised of farmers, apprentices, and restaurants working together to build a strong local food economy. Lowcountry Local First is a rapidly growing, results-oriented, small team workplace.
The Growing New Farmers Project Manager position entails working closely with the Program Director, Dirt Works Farm Manager, area farmers, program partners and apprentices to grow and improve upon the current apprentice program. Project Manager will work directly with office and farm staff, mentors farmers, apprentices, and community partners. Must be extremely organized and have the ability to steward new and beginning farmers through the program. Must have a good understanding of the opportunities and obstacles facing the agricultural field. Ideal candidate will possess both administrative and production based skills.
For a full description of the apprentice program, please visit our website at www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org and follow the links to the Eat Local Initiative and then proceed to the Apprentice Resources page.
- Refine the existing curriculum and schedule for the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate and Apprenticeship Program to meet program goals and expectations of program partners.
- Prepare applications, contracts, and program documents for program participants, apprentices, and mentor farmers including redevelopment of program documents as necessary.
- Work with Marketing and Communications Director to develop program outreach and marketing through social media, relevant websites and all appropriate channels, conducting outreach through tabling, guest speaking, etc.
- Interview potential mentor farmers describing program aspects and expectations.
- Screen participant applications for certificate program, interview and select candidates for apprenticeship, and determine apprentice selections based on available farming opportunities.
- Match farmer mentors with apprentices includeing the set-up of on farm interviews.
- Coordinate all paperwork from farmer mentors including evaluation documents, contracts, insurance, etc.
- Organize trainings, workdays, field trips, and social events for apprentices.
- Meet funding requirements as set forth by contractor including payments, evaluation, data tracking, and deliverables.
- Schedule, coordinate, and teach classes for Sustainable Agriculture Certificate and recruit and facilitate guest speakers on selected topics as necessary.
- Work with College of Charleston to develop a 10-week Farm Business course and help recruit LLF business members as expert speakers on accounting, legal structure, marketing etc.
- Work with Farm Manager to oversee the operations of the Teaching Plot including ordering, planting, harvesting, maintenance, and donation of supplies.
- Work with Farm Manager to ensure the Teaching Plot is integrated effectively into the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate and Apprentice Program.
- Manage interns and volunteers as necessary.
- Assist Director of Sustainable Agriculture in providing support for Dirt Works Incubator Farm programming.
- Provide staff support for Lowcountry Local First events.
- Other related duties as assigned. We expect that this position will grow and evolve over time.
Skills & Qualifications
- Has great passion for the mission of Lowcountry Local First.
- Has a strong understanding of agriculture and local food systems.
- Has experience supervising multiple individuals.
- Experience working in agricultural production.
- Has experience tracking grants and writing reports.
- Is self-motivated and self-regulated with the ability to work independently.
- Excels in a fast-paced environment.
- Comfortable with a flexible schedule and job duties.
- Has excellent inter-personal skills and an energy that attracts others; seeks to find and recognize the best in others, and works well in teams.
- Is comfortable with conflict resolution and mediation when necessary.
- Has excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to represent Lowcountry Local First in a professional manner with diverse constituencies.
- A self-starter who thrives on deadlines; can effectively manage multiple projects at a time
- Highly organized with the ability to implement systems and follow-up processes.
- Has demonstrated strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and database management skills.
- Has a Bachelor's degree or at least two years of relevant work experience
- Direct experience working in new and beginning farmer training/ farming apprenticeship programs is highly valued.