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Job Notice: Zenger Farm, Portland Oregon

Job Announcement for Program Director at Zenger Farm, Portland Oregon

About Zenger Farm:

Zenger Farm is a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all. For more information about Zenger Farm programs visit www.zengerfarm.org.

 Position:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director will be responsible for the operational success of Zenger Farm ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, and evaluation. In this newly established role, the Program Director will manage five staff and five program areas, including farm operations, volunteer engagement, youth and family education, Lents International Farmers Market and the new Urban Grange kitchen (opening fall 2014).

 Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Cultivate existing relationships and build new partnerships with community partners.
  • Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergies among program areas.
  • Work with Executive Director and Board of Directors to implement strategic plan.

Team Management and Development

  • Support staff in program planning, delivery and evaluation.
  • Implement a professional development program for employees.
  • Work with staff to develop objective performance measurements to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and goal setting for all employees.
  • Recruit, hire, and oversee training and orientation of staff members.
  • Maintain and develop the relationships between Zenger Farm and our network of partners.
  • Represent Zenger Farm at select meetings and events.

Fundraising and Business planning

  • Write and manage grants.
  • Develop and implement business plans for each program area in partnership with program managers.

Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of experience with three of those in a team management role.
  • Proven ability to professionally communicate with major donors, members of a board of directors, corporate partners and volunteers.
  • Experience in strategic planning and annual budget development and management.
  • Demonstrated success developing and evaluating programs, and selecting and successfully operationalizing innovative programs.
  • Experience with grant writing and business planning.
  • Strong project management skills managing complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth.
  • Experience having worked with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive peer group.
  • Strength in hiring and managing excellent staff.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Comfort utilizing Salesforce (or similar databases) and Microsoft Office.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, creativity, and a commitment to and passion for Zenger Farm’s mission.

Compensation:

Salary range of $47,000 to $51,000 depending on experience. Zenger Farm offers an excellent medical, dental and retirement benefits package, paid time off and a flexible work schedule.

To apply, send application package to Joanne Morrissey at joanne@zengerfarm.org by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 4th. Please include “Program Director” in the subject line. No phone calls.

Include the following in the application package:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Half-page answers to the following questions:

1. What steps would you take to assess and evaluate program areas in the first month?

2. What past experiences demonstrate your commitment to the mission of Zenger Farm?

3. Explain your experience managing people and programs. What is your management style?

 

Job Opportunities: Food Education Coordinator & Food Skills Educator

accessACCESS is implementing a Food Skills Education Program to encourage community members to prepare and eat fresh, whole foods. The development of this program is one part of the larger community based effort to strengthen our food system as a whole. With the support of a Meyer Memorial Trust grant ACCESS is seeking to hire two part-time employees to help make this program successful; a Food Education Program Coordinator and a Food Skills Educator. Visit the ACCESS website to view job descriptions. 

Oregon Food Bank Seeking Part Time Branch Community Outreach Coordinator

Participate in a community strategy to build food access throughout Malheur and Harney Counties with particular attention to addressing underserved areas. Support local hunger relief agencies through training, technical assistance, and trouble-shooting. Provide outreach to low-income community members for state, federal and community programs that address basic needs.

This position requires a high school diploma or GED with one to two years of human service experience. Additional education may be substituted for experience, and educational qualifications may be waived depending on work history.  previous work with low-income residents or relevant knowledge about their challenges is required and bi-lingual (Spanish/English) skills and multi-cultural skills are strongly preferred. Must have the ability to cultivate new partnerships, work effectively with diverse community members, the ability to think creatively and respond to a changing environment, to work well independently and as a member of a team and must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written. A safe driving record, current vehicle insurance and ability to use personal vehicle for OFB business (Mileage reimbursement for work travel) is required and so is the ability to pass a criminal background check.

Go to Oregon Food Bank Employment Opportunity Page

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2013 Northwest Gleaners Conference

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
-Volunteer management
-Harvest management
-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.

Conference details:
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):
$11

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 nikil@firstharvest.org

Food Roots seeks staff member to manage FarmTable project

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.

TIME COMMITMENT

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

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

BENEFITS
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 microbiz@foodrootsnw.org.

Job Opening: Sales Coordinator

Position: La Esperanza Distributor Sales Coordinator

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.

Required Qualifications

· 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.

Preferred Qualification

· Understanding and experience in produce distribution and/or sustainable agriculture

 

To apply: Send cover letter, resume and two references to Karin Pfeiffer-Hoyt at kpfeifferhoyt@adelantemujeres.org

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.

Plant and Seed Sale

Herbal Goddess Medicinal’s Plant and Seed Sale

Astragulus
May 10th noon-5 pm
May 11th 10 am-2 pm

63287 Morningstar Ct. Bend
541-408-4558

Plants and seeds for sale:
Nettles
Vervain, Blue
Lady’s Mantel
Mugwort
Comfrey, True and Russian
Codonopsis
St. John Wort
Valerian
Skullcap Officinalis
Motherwort
Self-Heal
Walking onion
Bistort
Lemon Balm
Black Cohosp
Astragalus
Plantain
Skullcap, Barbat
Elecampane

New job posting: Linn County Community Food Organizer (CFO)

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.

Position Summary:

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.

Primary Responsibilities:

Community Organizing

  • 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.

Food Literacy

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.

General

  • 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Grant writing experience

To apply:

Please send a résumé and cover letter as email attachments to Cassie Peters, Executive Director at cassie@tenriversfoodweb.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.

Gorge Grown Food Network is hiring!

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:

MObileMarket

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

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.

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