Mobile Farmer Market Assistant Americorps

Real Food Farm is Civic Works’ innovative urban agricultural enterprise engaged in growing fresh produce on eight acres of land in and around Clifton Park in northeast Baltimore. Real Food Farm distributes its produce throughout the city via farmers’ markets, city-supported agriculture programs, and Mobile Farmers Market, which is the primary tool we use to bring fresh produce to our neighbors in the Clifton neighborhoods. This year will be the 4th operating season for the Mobile Farmers Market, and we’re looking for an enthusiastic individual to help us continue to grow its success in 2015.

 General Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Community Market & Outreach Coordinator, the Mobile Farmers Market Assistant will work in tandem with a partner Assistant in managing all aspects of Mobile Farmers Market programming such as scheduling, promotion, and execution. The Mobile Farmers Market team will engage with organizational partners and community members daily and will serve as the representatives of Real Food Farm when making market stops and home deliveries. The Mobile Farmers Market team is responsible for tracking all market sales and related data and will assist with Real Food Farm’s City Supported Agriculture share distribution.

 Primary responsibilities include:

o             Drive Mobile Farmers Market truck to scheduled stops and home

deliveries

o             Manage customers sales at market stops and home deliveries and track

sales data

o             Manage customers transactions at Lake Montebello CSA pick-up

o             With support from the Community Market & Outreach Coordinator, work

with partners and community members to schedule stops/home deliveries and to promote markets

o             With support from the Community Market & Outreach Coordinator,

communicate with partners about available produce and pricing on weekly basis

o             Participate in general production activities on farm as needed

 

Hours

This position requires 40 hours per week on average from April through September, with the option of re-enrolling for another term of about 30 hours per week from October - December to complete the market season. The nature of the Mobile Farmers Market requires long days when market stops and home deliveries are scheduled so daily hours will vary.

Training and Benefits

Production Assistants will gain extensive first-hand knowledge of food retail, nutrition, and sustainable farming practices via:

o             Daily management of Mobile Farmers Market stops and home deliveries

o             Hands-on trainings both on-market and on-farm

o             Access to webinars and library materials

o             Visits to other urban and rural farms in the region

o             Regular evaluation to track skills and knowledge progress and provide

feedback to the Community Market & Outreach Coordinator

 All Real Food Farm team members have access to surplus produce on a regular basis, including a weekly member produce share during the summer months.

  Qualifications

Candidate must have driver’s license and experience driving in city traffic.

Only candidates with a safe driving record will be considered. Candidate must be able to lift 40 lbs and be comfortable completing tasks outside under varying weather conditions. Priority will be given to candidates willing and able to commit through December. Experience in customer relations and organic vegetable production desired. Computer proficiency, business and marketing experience, and nutritional and/or cooking knowledge are also a plus. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be: at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident; and able to pass a drug test and sex offender registry check.

 Terms of Employment

This position is a 900-hour Civic Works AmeriCorps term with the possibility of extension into the fall. All AmeriCorps positions consist of a modest biweekly stipend, skills training, and education award upon completion of service. As AmeriCorps, the Mobile Farmers Market Assistant is prohibited to participate in the following activities as part of his/her service: political advocacy, religious instruction, abortion referrals, clerical service, and fundraising. (For a detailed list of prohibited activities, please visit:

http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/acprohibited_activities.pdf)

 How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and a resume to Shelley Brosius c/o Real Food Farm,

2445 E 32nd St, Baltimore, MD 21218 or via email to rffcommunity@civicworks.com with ‘Mobile Farmers Market Assistant’ as the subject line. Direct questions to Shelley via email or by calling 443-531- 8346. Applications are due by March 4th, 2015.

Location: 
Baltimore, Maryland
Publicaton Date: 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Real Food Farm
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