- Published on Thursday, 16 April 2015 23:11
This guide was created by students in the course ENVIRON 391: Sustainability and the Campus, and has lots of resources to help you find healthy, affordable, and sustainable foods! Click on the "Food Guide" tab at the top of the site to learn more.
- Published on Monday, 13 April 2015 17:22
Market Overview: As part of the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, the Wednesday Evening Farmers Market is a food-focused, all-local farmers market showcasing a variety of produce, prepared food carts, and artisan food vendors, all of whom have grown or produced what they sell as close to Ann Arbor as possible. The market features live music, children’s activities, free entertainment and educational opportunities. The market is currently seeking an Intern to assist market staff on Wednesday evenings from June through October, in addition to dedicating 5 - 10 hours per week assisting staff with Market related projects. The position will begin in May to allow time for orientation, training and development of personal educational goals. This position is unpaid.
- Passion for food; specifically an eagerness to learn more about local food systems, agriculture, farmers markets and small food businesses
- Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service and a desire to interact with the public in a friendly and professional manner
- Ability to successfully manage several tasks and deadlines simultaneously, creatively solve problems and remain flexible and willing to assist with additional tasks as they arise
- Familiarity with social media and desire to learn about marketing/event promotion; photography skills a plus
- Commit to attending and staffing the Wednesday Evening Farmers Market, each Wednesday from 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM, June through October
- Assist with general Market set-up and take-down including: promotional signage, musician set up, vendor set up/parking and special event set up and coordination
- Assist in maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for vendors and customers
- Staff an information booth during the Market to share news about upcoming events at the Farmers Market, promote Market merchandise and answer vendor-specific questions
Special Events Management
- Assist with recruitment of entertainment and community groups to participate in and lead events at the market
- Help coordinate events at the market by assisting volunteer groups with logistics and event flow
Customer Service/Guest Relations
- Develop good relationships with customers and vendors by providing general information, answering questions and working to identify and solve problems
- Actively participate in special events, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all customers
- Assist with market evaluation activities such as market counts, customer surveys & event participant surveys
Marketing and Promotion of the Market
- Assist in promoting the Market and our vendors’ businesses through the use of social media and community outlets; brainstorm creative and unique marketing strategies; create print pieces to advertise events
- Create content for the Farmers Market blog and update the Market website as needed, document market happenings through photography and social medial updates
- Distribute flyers throughout the community and actively research/pursue additional creative advertising outlets
- Published on Monday, 06 April 2015 17:08
- Published on Monday, 06 April 2015 12:12
The Indy Hunger Network (IHN) is a coalition of anti-hunger organizations in Indianapolis. Its mission is to create a sustainable system that ensures anyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food they need.
IHN works to:
- Foster collaboration and build on the capabilities of the major food-providing community organizations
- Identify opportunities to make the food system work better for hungry people
- Establish projects to make improvements
- Monitor health of overall food system
- Create awareness of hunger and how to address it
VISTA members placed at IHN work directly with the Board President and will develop partnerships with non-profit and government entities to expand access to healthy food. Members are integral to the entire project development process, working to research, develop, plan, implement and evaluate nutrition assistance. VISTA members will gain extensive valuable experience in community development and public health, working with a variety of partners.
The VISTA will work on a variety of projects simultaneously. Projects include:
1) Working with community partners to evaluate a senior hunger pilot program and determine the need to replicate it within other neighborhoods
2) Working with a team of marketing professionals to develop a sustainable approach to reaching mothers who could benefit from the Women, Infants, and Children program
3) Evaluating IHN’s awareness campaign for the summer meal program; evaluating inaugural mini-grant program; leading the planning for 2016 summer efforts
4) Conducting a pilot program to test IHN’s macro system efforts at the local level
5) Contributing to the assessment of each project for overall improvement of the food assistance system
While all projects provide opportunity to work collaboratively with food assistance professionals, a great amount of time is spent working independently. The VISTA must be self-motivated, disciplined, exhibit strong communication skills and be a creative thinker.
Applications will be accepted until April 17 or when the position is filled. This position is a one-year commitment beginning in June 2015. Read more about the AmeriCorps VISTA here.
- Published on Monday, 06 April 2015 12:05
The primary job is playing with and caring for a 2-year old boy between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. M-F along with the occasional evening. This means preparing meals, changing diapers, doing naps, going outside, climbing trees, reading books, and all the other fun things 2 year olds like to do.