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Farm Market Assistant - Chelsea Farmers Market

Chelsea Farmers Market, located on Main St. in downtown Chelsea, is committed to bringing quality local products to our community, and to promoting healthy food choices, social exchange and economic growth. 

Position description: Chelsea Farmers Market is seeking a market assistant to help with market setup, food assistance programs, customer assistance, and take down of market space. The market assistant will attend market every Saturday, 7 AM-11 AM, May through October, and work closely with the market manager on everyday operations of the market. These include setting out signs, preparing the market space, assisting vendors, assisting with special events like the children's tent or food demos, and educating customers about our food assistance programs. 

The market participates in Double Up Food Bucks, SNAP, Prescription for Health, WIC Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh, all programs aimed at increasing low income access to fresh healthy foods. The market assistant will collect food assistance tokens from the vendors and help keep track of tokens spent. 

Additional responsibilities include conducting surveys of customers and vendors for our market data. 

Hours and compensation: The market assistant must be available for four hours a week on Saturdays, 7 AM – 11 AM, May 2 – October 24. This is a temporary contract position. Compensation $10/hr. 

Email letter of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Stephanie at (616) 734-9123. Position open until filled.

Landscape Crew Team Member - Nature and Nurture, Ann Arbor, MI

Organic Landscape Gardening and Farm business based in Ann Arbor is looking for full-time and part-time help, April-November, 3-5 days/week.  There is a potential for winter work depending on work availability and qualifications.

Role: Work on landscaping crew as a team to efficiently and effectively carry out various gardening maintenance and installation jobs.  Tasks: weeding, mulching, pruning, planting, etc.  

Qualifications

  • Is able to work outdoors April – November
  • Understands the impact of the daily detail work on the overall success of the 
  • Can work independently and as a team member
  • Has knowledge of and/or interest in organic gardening/landscaping/farming 
  • Has a positive attitude and good sense of humor
  • Has good communication skills
  • Ability to follow verbal & written instructions
  • Has experience doing strenuous physical labor.  Strong and in good physical condition. Able to lift and carry 50 lbs up and down stairs
  • Can and will enthusiastically work a long day in (sometimes extreme) outdoor conditions
  • Driver's license
  • Flexible schedule with occasional evening and weekend availability
  • Ability to perform a wide array of tasks

Personal Characteristics

  • Has a strong work ethic
  • Has a desire to constantly learn, be challenged, and grow
  • Is self-motivated and enthusiastic, especially under time pressure
  • Has demonstrated problem-solving ability

Performance Expectations

  • Perform gardening tasks efficiently
  • Fill out time-sheets throughout the day accurately and completely; turn in time-sheets daily
  • Work safely following safty guideline in Landscape Crew Team Manual
  • Arrive prepared for work with water, lunch, and appropriate work clothes
  • Maintain positive relationships with all team members
  • Maintain open lines of communication with supervisors
  • Work collaboratively as a team to get jobs done
  • Immediately report broken/missing tools and equipment
  • Keep track of tools on job sites; make sure all tools are put away in designated location
  • Ensure that all vehicles are kept clean
  • Ability to shift gears as jobs & weather necessitates
  • Have a positive outlook 
  • Occasionally you may be asked to work on our farm
  • Attend and actively participate in team huddles
  • Commit to stay with Nature and Nurture through date worked out in advance of taking the job
  • Conduct all work in accordance with Nature and Nurture Guiding Principles & Landscape Crew Team Manual
  • Reports to job supervisor & company owners

If you wish to apply, send a RESUME with a COVER LETTER and 3 PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Check out our new off-campus food guide!

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. 

 

 

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. 

Qualifications:

  • 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

Responsibilities:

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!

A PROTÉGÉ OF MICHAEL POLLAN TELLS THE REMARKABLE STORY OF AN UNHERALDED GROUP OF MONTANA FARMERS WHO HAVE DEFIED CORPORATE AGRIBUSINESS BY LAUNCHING A UNIQUE SUSTAINABLE FOOD MOVEMENT.

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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.

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