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2013 Northwest Gleaners Conference
Oregon Food Bank announces the first Northwest Gleaners conference on Saturday, June 15, at the Oregon Food Bank in Portland. This will be an unprecedented opportunity for those who are active gleaners in the Northwest staff, board members, committed volunteers to meet other gleaners, discuss common issues, and learn from each other. Gleaners from other geographic areas are welcome as well.
There will be some scheduled sessions but much of the day will be devoted to smaller break out groups based on the interests of attendees. Topics may include
-Attracting more food donors
-Farmers market recovery
-Residential and farm gleaning best practices
There will also be a demo of the online gleaning database and management system that Salem Harvest (Salem, OR) has developed and will be making available to other gleaning organizations. This powerful system enabled Salem Harvest to manage a database of thousands of volunteer names, coordinated about 100 individual harvests and gleaned 150,000 pounds last year all with no staff.
When: Saturday, June 15, 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
Where: Oregon Food Bank
7900 NE 33rd Dr Portland, OR 97211
Advanced registration is required.
Registration fee (includes morning pastries, sandwich bar lunch with salad, desert and drinks):
We will be updating the Conference Facebook page. Please check there for news and updated schedules.
The conference is being organized by Rotary Harvest First in Seattle in collaboration with the Oregon Food Bank and several other gleaners. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this on to others who might be interested in attending.
We hope this event will be the first of many to come and that it will give us lots of ideas to harvest more food for those in need.
For questions, please contact Nikil Rao at Rotary Harvest First at email@example.com
Food Roots is seeking a part-time seasonal staff member to manage its FarmTable project. FarmTable operates every Saturday at the Tillamook Farmers’ Market, June 15th – September 28th, from 9 AM – 2 PM. A project of our Micro-Enterprise program, FarmTable provides a direct market sales opportunity for home or market gardeners and micro-farmers, who want to sell their products without the costs of operating their own farm stands. This is especially helpful for those just entering the marketplace, enabling them to save for their businesses, while still producing local food for the community and growing their customer base.
Total duration: 20 weeks, 10 hours/week
•Pre Market Season: 4 weeks; beginning the week of 5/21
•During Market Season: 16 weeks; Saturdays, 6/15 – 9/28; 8 AM to 3 PM
- Develop project branding & outreach/marketing materials prior to market season; implement outreach activities
- Continue outreach/marketing for FarmTable during the course of the market season, including online social media blasts, press releases and other forms of outreach
- Read, understand, develop and update Food Roots FarmTable Vendor Guidelines, Instructions and Agreements, and other forms with support from Food Roots staff
- Recruit and train FarmTable vendors on rules and procedures
- Schedule and recruit weekly FarmTable volunteers
- During Market days: operate and manage FarmTable including canopy and table set up/breakdown, check in vendor products, set up and maintain product display throughout the market day, provide customer service, and track sales by individual vendors
- Keep weekly detailed sales records for total FarmTable sales, including individual vendor sales records and work with Food Roots’ Bookkeeper to reconcile monthly vendor payments
- Develop an understanding of Food Roots’ mission and promote FarmTable and other Food Roots programs at the market
- Assist in the ongoing development of Food Roots FarmTable project
- •Special projects and other duties as assigned
- Positive “can do” attitude; attention to detail
- Good customer service skills: must enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds
- Strong verbal and written skills
- Computer literate
- Ability to lift up to 50lbs
- Experience working in agriculture, farmers markets or other direct market agricultural venues a plus, but not required
- Ability to multitask and prioritize responsibilities
Pay is $14/hr
Experience managing a farm stand and working at a farmers market
Experience in coordinating volunteers
Opportunity to sell your own produce at FarmTable
Opportunity to bring home leftover fresh grown fruits and veggies
HOW TO APPLY
Submit a cover letter and resume to Food Roots ASAP. We are scheduling interviews and making our decision on a first come basis – based on qualified applicants. Cover letter should address why you are interested in this position, and address any experience you have had that may be applicable to this position. Please submit application materials via email to Lauren Sorg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: This is a contract position at 12-14 hrs/week. The La Esperanza Distributor Sales Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the sales of sustainably-grown produce being sold by La Esperanza Distributor (LED). The LED Sales Coordinator is expected to be a representative of La Esperanza Distributor with customers and farmers. Work will be performed on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 10pm and Wednesday mornings at the Adelante Mujeres office in Forest Grove as well as remotely for several hours during the rest of the week (Wednesday through Sunday). This is a contract position at approximately 12-14 hrs/week beginning mid-June and ending in early November.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
· Represent La Esperanza Distributor (LED) to Adelante Agricultura farmers and the weekly contact person for LED customers. This requires professionalism and respect as well as a basic understanding of sustainably grown produce, quality standards, and produce distribution systems.
· Perform quality control on all produce sold to LED by Adelante Agricultura farmers.
· Keep excellent records of farmer availability lists, order forms, produce distribution, invoices, income, payments, and cash flow.
· Maintain regular communication with the Adelante Agricultura Marketing & Outreach Coordinator and report all problems/concerns in a timely manner.
· Highly organized with solid recordkeeping and accounting skills
· Bilingual English/Spanish
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills
· Highly proficient in MS Excel and other computer programs
· Ability to work independently and remotely on a predetermined schedule
· Able to lift 20-30 lb boxes of produce.
· Understanding and experience in produce distribution and/or sustainable agriculture
To apply: Send cover letter, resume and two references to Karin Pfeiffer-Hoyt at email@example.com
Salary and Benefits: $25/hr hourly contract wage. No benefits.
Application due date: Open until filled. Preference given to those who apply by May 15th, 2013
Adelante Mujeres is in an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability.
Herbal Goddess Medicinal’s Plant and Seed Sale
63287 Morningstar Ct. Bend
May 10th noon-5 pm
May 11th 10 am-2 pm
Plants and seeds for sale:
Comfrey, True and Russian
St. John Wort
Ten Rivers Food Web (TRFW) is a nonprofit organization working with communities in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties to build resilient food systems that provide healthy food for all. Our vision is to create a robust foodshed where at least 30% of the food consumed in our three-county region is locally grown, processed, and distributed. For more information, please visit our Facebook page and our website at http://www.tenriversfoodweb.org.
The Linn County Community Food Organizer (CFO) will work with partners including the Linn County Health Department, Linn-Benton Food Share, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon State University Extension, Small Business Development Center, Samaritan Health Services, Western University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP-NW), farmers, ranchers, food entrepreneurs, and community volunteers to strengthen the local food system in Linn County and across the Ten Rivers’ foodshed. The CFO will be instrumental in building and strengthening relationships and recruiting volunteers for TRFW Linn County Chapter groups in Albany and Lebanon/Sweet Home. S/he will help these groups organize food literacy programs, including cooking classes and other educational events. The CFO will work with farmers’ markets and physicians to increase access to healthy foods through TRFW’s That’s My Farmer SNAP Incentive (TMF SNAP) and Farmers’ Market Prescription (TMF Rx) programs. S/he will also work to create economic development opportunities for small farms and local food entrepreneurs.
The CFO reports directly to the Executive Director. The position is based in Lebanon, Oregon and requires regular travel throughout Linn County. Anticipated start date is April 10, 2013.
- Recruit, train, and provide support for community volunteers in the Linn County Chapter groups.
- Provide leadership for the TRFW Linn County Chapters to develop food-related projects.
- Develop a network of partner organizations to strengthen programmatic collaboration.
- Represent TRFW at community events, conferences, and other public outreach opportunities.
Work with chapter volunteers, partner organizations and other Ten Rivers staff members to:
- Develop and host at least two events per year—possibilities include: seasonal food fairs, farm tours, community discussions, and film screenings.
- Host at least two nutrition and cooking education classes per year for low-income consumers, with particular attention to under-served populations.
- Plan and host local food cooking demonstrations at farmers’ markets and food pantries.
- Solicit donations and sponsorships to support and expand projects.
- Maintain Linn County webpage and listserv and write regular articles for TRFW’s website, newsletters, and other social media.
Improving Access to Healthy Food
- Provide support for farmers’ market partners for TMF SNAP.
- Work with farmers’ markets and physicians to develop and implement TMF Rx.
Agricultural Economic Opportunities Development
- Raise awareness of storage crops being grown in Linn County by increasing year-round venues for producers to direct sell at annual Fill Your Pantry storage crop markets.
- Promote economic opportunities for small farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs by linking them to micro-enterprise and small business development center resources and trainings.
- Work with the Benton County CFO to connect local farmers with institutions interested in purchasing local foods.
- Work with the Lincoln County CFO to build support for the Community Supported Fisheries program.
- Solicit donations and sponsorships to support and expand projects, assist with grant proposal development as appropriate.
- Organize and participate in fundraising events and campaigns.
- Post regularly on Facebook and other social media outlets.
- Assist Executive Director with administrative tasks on occasion.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field; graduate degree preferred
- Two years’ experience in community organizing, working with community members, and overseeing volunteers
- Event planning experience
- Strong organizational, communication, interpersonal, facilitation, and computer skills
- The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Excellent program management and leadership capabilities
- Experience working in agriculture, local food systems, food security, or related fields
- Valid Oregon Driver’s license and access to a car
- Spanish language proficiency
- Grant writing experience
Please send a résumé and cover letter as email attachments to Cassie Peters, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 pm on Friday, March 22nd, 2013. Please indicate “Linn County CFO application” in the subject line.
Terms of the position:
This is a 0.5 or 0.75 FTE position that begins as soon as possible. Pending funding, the position may increase to 1 FTE. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
We are expanding our Mobile Farmers’ Market operations for the 2013 season and are seeking for a person to manage this growth. Our 2 trucks will serve 7 rural communities in the Columbia River Gorge this summer. Applicants need to have a strong desire to manage this growth with organizational systems, product flow, community outreach and strong customer service. A more detailed job description can be found here:
We are also hiring for a Manager for the Gorge Grown Farmers’ Market, which operates Thursdays 4-7 pm in Hood River. For the right candidate, this position could be combined with Mobile Market Manager position. For more details about how to apply for either or both positions, please see:
The deadline for applications is this Friday, March 22.
Central Oregon Agriculture Newsletter – Jan/Feb Issue
Census Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers
America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities by taking part in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them.
Celebrating Agriculture/Friday, January 25, 2013
SAIF Corporation and the Agribusiness Banquet is featuring comedian Jerry Carroll, who is “farm raised and certified funny”.
Oregon Small Farms Conference – Saturday, March 2, 2013
Registration has opened for the 13th Annual Oregon Small Farms Conference being held at the LaSells Stewart Center, 826 SW 26th Street, OSU Campus, Corvallis, Oregon.
Direct and operate the Terra Nova Community Farm program through working with students, teachers and community partners. This position leads a crew of students in planting, cultivation and harvesting organic food on the District’s two-acre Terra Nova farm. Crew leader is also required to promote the farm and its activities through public presentations and activities that seek out and maintain community partnerships and funding. Read the job description …
The St. Johns Farmers Market is hiring a new Market Manager. The St. Johns Farmers Market (SJFM) is an independent, nonprofit farmers market located in the St. Johns neighborhood in North Portland. Founded by a dedicated group of neighbors in 2009, the market is operated and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and will embark on its fifth season in June 2013. Our mission is to support a local, sustainable food supply while providing opportunity for emerging farmers, contributing to the health of all local residents, encouraging cross-cultural connections and dialogue, and enhancing the community and business vitality of St. Johns.
This year, ODA awards $1.49 million in federal funds to 22 diverse projects
October 3, 2012… Oregon agriculture continues to benefit from federal funding aimed at boosting the competitiveness of the state’s fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops, and other specialty crops. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has announced this year’s recipients of more than $1.49 million as part of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. In all, 22 projects are being funded, reaching a broad geographic swath of Oregon and a variety of specialty crops.
“A majority of Oregon’s agricultural production comes from specialty crops, so this is truly an important federal program that has a direct, positive impact on our growers,” says ODA Director Katy Coba. “The program is a reminder of the need for Congress to pass the new Farm Bill so that Oregon and other states can count on future projects that keep our specialty crops competitive.”
“By investing in projects that stimulate growth and development for specialty crop growers of all sizes, we’re helping American farmers establish a marketplace for new businesses opportunities in each region of the country,” says Vilsack. “These investments will support local and regional markets, and improve access to healthy food for millions of children and supply thousands of farmers markets, restaurants and other businesses with fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables. The grants also help growers solve technology needs or make better informed decisions on profitability and sustainability, leading to stronger rural American communities and businesses.”
Like all other states, Oregon’s allocation for 2012 is slightly lower than last year’s block grant of $1.7 million. Nonetheless, there was no shortage of great applications and, in the end, worthy projects. ODA received 53 concept proposals and worked with an advisory board to ultimately provide Director Coba with a list of recommendations for funding. The list was submitted to USDA for final approval, which came this week.
This year’s projects generally aim to promote some of Oregon’s key specialty crop industries, develop new markets at home and abroad, address distribution bottlenecks, train the next generation of farmers, and strengthen food safety.
“Specialty crops are the foundation of our rural economies,” says Pearmine. “As the farmer, processor, and retailer thrive in the same region of the state, it creates more opportunity for local jobs, connects those who grow the food with those who buy it, and makes agriculture a viable career option for future generations.”
Geographically, this year’s projects appear to be the most diverse with projects in eastern, central, and southern Oregon to go along with the Willamette Valley. Both urban and rural communities are represented.
“We’re reaching more markets than ever, including our export markets in Asia and the direct markets here in our local communities,” says Pearmine. “In this way, the Specialty Crop Grant Program really mirrors the diverse agricultural portfolio that we have here in Oregon.”
Pearmine has noticed some trends over the past few years in the types of projects being funded.
“Of course, we’ve seen interest in Asian markets. So there is a lot of exporting going on, particularly with our berries but also with our hazelnuts and wine. On the Oregon front, we see a lot of work on helping beginning farmers and bringing the next generation of farmer along.”
The 2012 projects address key components of Oregon agriculture. In the area of innovation, Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development, located in the southern Willamette Valley, has been awarded $60,000 to develop a truffle production industry in Oregon, which carries a reputation as a “North American Capital” of the highly prized mushroom and is just one of three places in the world with its own native truffles.
There are also projects that support promotional programs for some of Oregon’s key industries. The Oregon Essential Oil Growers League has been awarded $16,500 to develop an Oregon mint grant that creates awareness of the high quality mint grown in the state. The Oregon Hop Commission has been awarded $46,958 to promote Oregon public hop varieties to Oregon craft brewers. Klamath Basin Fresh Organics has been awarded $90,000 for promotional efforts aimed at continued market growth of fresh organic specialty potatoes.
Food safety projects include a $42,000 award to the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission to expand berry grower food safety training and a $90,000 award to Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center to strengthen food safety management systems for specialty crop production.
Other projects range from farm to school efforts – including an award of $23,630 to the North Powder Charter School – to developing an effective distribution model that can link specialty crop growers to wholesale food buyers. (Ecotrust has been awarded $57,710 for such a project.)
For Oregon, the best trend would be continued funding of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
A list of all funded projects is available at: <http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/ADMD/docs/pdf/project_summary_fy2012.pdf>.
For more information, contact Katie Pearmine at (503) 872-6600.
For an audio version of this story, please go to http://oregon.gov/ODA/Pages/news/121003specialty_audio.aspx