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Wednesday Evening Market Internship with the Ann Arbor Farmers Market

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


Market Operations

  • 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

To Apply: Please send a detailed cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 30th. No calls, please.

Lentil Underground Book Tour & Dinner

Monday, April 20th, 6pm at the Trotter Multicultural Center

Author Liz Carlisle and "renegade farmer" David Oien visit the University of Michigan Campus to share about Carlisle's recent book, Lentil Underground. The event will include a book talk, Q&A with the author and farmer, and samples of David's lentils. Thanks to the Student Sustainability Initiative, we plan for this to be a zero waste event!



Liz Carlisle is a fellow at the Center for Diversified Farming Systems at the University of California, Berkeley.  She holds a Ph.D. in Geography, also from Berkeley, and a B.A. from Harvard University.  A native of Missoula, Montana, Carlisle is a former Legislative Aide to United States Senator Jon Tester.

Forty years ago, corporate agribusiness launched a campaign to push small grain farmers to modernize or perish, or as Nixon Administration Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz put it, to “get big or get out. But twenty-seven year-old David Oien decided to take a stand.  When he dropped out of grad school to return to his family’s 280 acre farm, Oien became the first in his conservative Montana county to seed his fields with a radically different crop: organic lentils.  A cheap, healthy source of protein, rich in fiber, folate, Vitamin B1, and amino acids, lentils are drought tolerant and don’t require irrigation.  And unlike the chemically dependent grains American farmers had been told to grow, lentils make their own fertilizer and tolerate variable climate conditions, so their farmers aren’t beholden to industrial methods. Today, David Oien leads a thriving movement of organic farmers who work with heirloom seeds and biologically diverse farm systems. Under the brand Timeless Natural Food, this “lentil underground” has grown into a million dollar enterprise that sells to hundreds of independent natural foods stores, and a host of renowned restaurants.

Set in the farm belt of red state America, far from the farmer’s markets and haute cuisine of coastal cities, Lentil Underground confronts the global food system in one of the little known rural communities that will determine its fate. From the heart of Big Sky Country comes this inspiring story of a handful of colorful pioneers who have successfully bucked the chemically-based food chain and the entrenched power of agribusiness’s one percent, by stubbornly banding together. Unearthing the deep roots of this movement, Lentil Underground introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters, from gun-toting libertarians and Christian homesteaders to peace-sign-waving environmental activists.  Journalist and native Montanan Liz Carlisle weaves an eye-opening and richly reported narrative that will be welcomed by readers of food and farm memoirs, as well as everyone concerned with the future of American agriculture and natural food in an increasingly uncertain world.

This event is sponsored by the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program, the UM Sustainable Food Systems Initiative and Program in the Environment with support from Students for Community-Based Social Work.

Indy Hunger Network VISTA

Organization description

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.

Member Duties

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.

To Apply

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.

Live-in Caregiver at Seely Farm - Ann Arbor, MI

Have you ever wondering what it would be like to live and work on an organic farm? This is the perfect opportunity.

Seeley Farm is a 6 acre certified organic farm located 4 miles north of Kerrytown. Our newest member to the farm is our son Henry, 2 years old. We are seeking a live-in caregiver for Henry from mid-May through the end of October. (Though we are willing to consider a lesser time commitment for the right person)

What you would be doing:

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.

The position also affords a lot of possibility for those looking to explore/experiment with the world of food. We grow a wide variety of vegetables and have a well-equipped kitchen that any aspiring cook/food preservationist/baker would love. Can tomatoes, make sauerkraut, pickles, freeze peppers, whatever your heart desires....

We are essentially looking for someone to join our family for the crazy, hectic part of the year that is the growing season. We live on 30 acres with woods, vegetables fields, a large yard, all just 10 min away from Ann Arbor. We work hard in the summer, but have a lot of fun too--make time to go swimming, sleep in the hammock, get out of town, etc.

You would have your own furnished room in our house, and share our bathroom, kitchen and living area. Room and board is included in the job. Most of our food comes from the farm--fresh vegetables, we also purchase/trade meat from other local farmers. We are willing to accommodate vegetarians as well. We are also offering a weekly stipend in addition to room and board.

If you are interested in the job, please respond to Alex atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 734-604-2820. We can't wait to meet you!
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