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School Farmer/Central Kitchen Liaiso Common Threads Farm

  • Date Posted August 03, 2020
  • Location Bellingham, WA
  • Category Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Common Threads connects kids to healthy food in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the table. We want kids to grow up making food choices that are good for their bodies, their communities, and the environment. Founded in 2007 and based in Bellingham, Washington, Common Threads is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes a “seed to table” approach to food production, good nutrition, and environmental stewardship.  Most of our programs take place on public school grounds, during the school day.  Common Threads also runs after-school gardening and cooking programs at schools and low-income apartment complexes, and spring/summer camps at an urban farm site.  During the Covid19 Pandemic, our focus has shifted toward food production and distribution as well as delivery of on-line educational content.


At Common Threads, we are actively committed to social equity and justice and strongly encourage candidates of all racial and gender identities, cultural and economic backgrounds, and of any sexual orientation to apply for employment and service opportunities. Common Threads is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.

Job description


    • School Farmer
      • Support AmeriCorps Food Educators in management of production/learning gardens via training, garden visits and advising, new garden and garden expansion planning, oversight of school garden crop plans
      • Coordinate procurement of agriculture materials and produce (both purchases and donations)
      • Cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with local farmers
      • Maintain harvest and donation logs
      • Work collaboratively with AmeriCorps members and core staff to maintain records
    • Central Kitchen Liaison
      • Farm to Freezer  
        • Act as the Central Kitchen assistant production supervisor: supporting and coaching AmeriCorps Food Educators and other volunteers in food production
        • Work closely with Food Services and Common Threads’ core team to coordinate production schedule
      • COVID-19 Revised Cafeteria / In Classroom Service Model  SY20/21 
        • Work closely with Common Threads’ core team and Food Services Culinary Program Supervisor to identify and implement opportunities for Common Threads Food Educators to support Covid safe school meals
      • Cooking program/School Food Liaison 
        • Support procurement, storage, distribution of food for classroom cooking programs run by Common Threads
        • Work closely with Food Services and Common Threads staff to align gardening, classroom cooking, cafeteria taste-testing and school lunch menu
  • Communications /Community Relations
      • Serve as a conduit for communications between district Food Services and Common Threads - identifying and acting on opportunities for closer partnership and alignment
  • Serve as member of Common Threads’ core leadership (Perennial) team

Skills and Qualifications

  • Passion for and understanding of Common Threads’ mission and programs
  • Agricultural training and experience
  • Formal culinary training and experience in production kitchens a plus
  • Self-starter, detail oriented, organized, communicative, flexible, collaborative, reliable, able to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment
  • Physical stamina and excellent “people skills”: This position will require long days in both an outdoor farming environment and also work in the Central Kitchen, directly supervising a team of 4 plus people
  • Able to work as part of a small and close-knit team: coordinate, collaborate and delegate as appropriate
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Legacy/sustainability oriented – strong documentation and record-keeping skills

Hours and Compensation

  • Full Time (defined as 35+ hours/week)
  • 95% dental and medical premiums for employees (employees may add dependants at their own expense)
  • 3% retirement match  
  • Starting salary $27,300-30,000 with annual performance and cost of living increases
Compensation this position is : salaried, less than 50k Application instructions
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