Farmers Market Coordinator

Growing Places Leominster , MA 01453

Posted 2 weeks ago

Growing Places is a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving the most underserved communities in North Central MA with a specific focus on Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster and Winchendon. Our mission is to inspire and connect the North Central MA community to create equitable access to healthy food and environmental sustainability through education, collaboration and advocacy.

With some of the highest chronic disease rates in the state, Growing Places seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of residents by addressing the social determinants of health and connecting our local food system. Managing more than 300 raised-bed community gardens and multiple farmers markets that foster equity and inclusion primary programs include: Community Teaching Gardens; Seed to Community volunteer produce donations to local food assistance programs; youth education during and after the bells; farmers market management; a mobile farmers market; Learn and Grow workshops and Greening the Gateway Cities tree planting.

Growing Places is looking for a part-time seasonal Farmers Market Coordinator to plan and implement our farmers markets (Fitchburg, Leominster, Mount Wachusett Community College and Heywood Hospital) and mobile farmers market (small trailer attached to full-size pick-up truck) focused in North Central MAs food desert communities (Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster and Winchendon).

Duties include:

Farmers and Mobile Markets

  • Responsible for ensuring that Growing Places farmers markets and mobile market display a high level of quality, consistency and cultural competency for community members
  • Coordinate market logistics on and off site (vendors, schedules, signage, applications, payment)
  • Liaise with appropriate city departments to ensure all permits and policies are in order
  • Enforce market policies and guidelines with vendors, conduct farm tours and other activities to facilitate market transparency
  • Manage Growing Places farmers market stand and mobile market on market days according to market policies and guidelines
  • Coordinate nutrition benefits program acceptance (SNAP/HIP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupons) at all markets and with vendors
  • Manage volunteers to support markets and vendors

Education and Awareness

  • Work with Growing Places Development Manager to promote markets via website, social media, traditional print and partners
  • Promote nutrition benefits program acceptance at markets to reach target populations
  • Work with Growing Places Development Manager and collaborate with community partners to host activities / events and increase market participation
  • Identify and integrate additional community resources and cooking demos to enhance the markets experience and mobile market as needed
  • Disseminate information at markets (nutrition, health, nutrition benefits, recipes, sustainability) aligned with Growing Places mission
  • Ensure safety standards are upheld at all times; participate in ServSafe Certification
  • Implement data tracking measures at markets according to Growing Places and funders policies and guidelines
  • Create reports for bookkeeper and evaluation / program reporting
  • Conduct market surveys with customers

Transportation and Distribution

  • Coordinate with Growing Places staff to inventory produce and place orders with local producers and distributers
  • Coordinate produce pick-up from local producers and distributors based on orders
  • Distribute CSA Meal Kits through the mobile market

Data and Reporting

Other duties as assigned

Requirements

  • Bi-lingual Spanish/English given first preference
  • Requires lifting of up to 50 pounds
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Passion for promoting and supporting the local food system
  • Basic knowledge of ordering, receiving and selling local food
  • Familiarity with and ability to navigate North Central MA
  • Massachusetts Drivers License
  • ServSafe Certification a plus

Benefits

$14/hour at average of 20 to 25 hours per week during growing season; potential for hours during non-growing season. Must be able to attend evening and weekend markets.

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