Grower Services Associate – Local Food Hub

By January 22, 2021Job Opportunities

Local Food Hub is Hiring!

Grower Services Associate

 The Local Food Hub is a Charlottesville-based nonprofit organization that works with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. A key part of its mission is to provide farmers with the tools they need to thrive, including food safety training and certification, collective purchasing, and market access. It is expanding its efforts to ensure that Black and minority-owned farmers have equitable access to markets, and seeks a Grower Services Associate to join its small but dynamic team to assist in this goal.  The Grower Services Associate works on outreach and program development. The position requires someone familiar with local agriculture and farming, along with computer, communications, and interpersonal skills.

The Grower Services Associate works on outreach and program development. The position requires someone familiar with local agriculture and farming, along with computer, communications, and interpersonal skills.

Relationships

This is a non-management position that reports to the Director of Grower Services. It will start out as a three-quarter time, hourly position, with the possibility of moving to full-time. The Grower Services Associate works closely with other staff and maintains positive external relationships with community organizations, partner producers, and others.

Responsibilities

  • Complete Black and brown farmer directory, including collecting and amplifying stories
  • Act as liaison to other organizations working on Black and brown farming issues
  • Help to conceptualize and develop customized programs for new and minority-owned farms
  • Organize grower expos twice per year (when circumstances allow)
  • Assist in organizing and managing drive-through markets, including expanding diversity of vendors
  • Assist in establishing and managing collective purchasing program for growers
  • Maintain farm data and compliance materials
  • Conduct farm visits and assist in onboarding new partners

Qualifications

  • Hands on farming or related agricultural experience
  • Familiarity with Virginia small-scale agriculture, especially the unique challenges faced by new and minority-owned farms
  • Basic familiarity with information technology and data management
  • Good writing and communications skills
  • Undergraduate college degree a plus but not required

Compensation: $20/hour at three-quarter time to start; possibility to move to salaried position.