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Farmers Market Coordinator Foglight Farms

  • Date Posted January 24, 2023
  • Location Hillsboro, OR
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description Located in Hillsboro, OR, Foglight Farms is a growing space for plants, animals, and humans alike. Our team of farmers, artists, and entrepreneurs connected around the shared dream of offering opportunities for growth, healing, and creative expression on the site. As a BIPOC-owned and operated farm, we started out by exploring the vast range of chicken egg colors to showcase diversity in each carton. Our eggs, produce, and baked goods go out to the world through a CSA membership and the PSU Farmers Market. For this upcoming third season, we’ll be focused on eggs and mixed veggies, perennial crops, and small-scale livestock. The farm is currently home to 400 chickens, 4 goats, 3 sheep, 2 geese, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. Our site has a mix of cultivated space with orchard and berry fields, pasture, and forest—with great views of Mt. Hood and Jefferson on a clear day. You can find us at foglightfarms.com and @foglightfarms on Instagram. You can also visit Grains of Salt to learn about our other areas of work. Plus, we’ll be hiring other positions this year—descriptions will be posted on our website in February. Job description

We’re looking for someone to support our presence at the PSU Farmers Market on Saturdays. The Coordinator will manage market inventory throughout the week, conduct research on product pricing, track sales data, and lead occasional on-site farm stands for events. As the PSU Market is one of our main CSA share pick-up sites, the Coordinator will be one of the primary team members to interact with CSA members. 

 

The Coordinator is part of our collaborative team of farmers as well, and will assist with weekly farm tasks (livestock care, harvest, cultivation, planting, etc) throughout the season, with flexibility in their weekly schedule to ensure market prep tasks are prioritized and completed. This position has a desired start date in late February so the Coordinator can learn Foglight systems before the market season, with the rest of the incoming farm crew beginning in March and April.

 

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

Market Execution on Saturdays from May through October (20%)

  • Transport goods/supplies to and from market using company vehicle
  • Set up and take down market booth 
  • Create, restock, and manage vegetable display 
  • Provide customer service and sales assistance to market shoppers
  • Assist CSA members with share pickups 
  • Manage money and alternate forms of market payment (tokens, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, etc)
 

Market Coordination (30%)

  • Manage market inventory and supplies ahead of weekly market day
  • Purchase necessary supplies and track expenses
  • Collaborate on any new pricing and market updates 
  • Track sales data and maintain cash box
  • Lead occasional on-farm market booth set up and sales
 

Farm Work (50%)

  • Assist in twice weekly harvest (Tuesdays and Fridays, May through October)
  • Support weekly livestock care
  • Help with seasonal tasks—planting, cultivation, irrigation maintenance, etc—on our small, diversified no-till vegetable farm
  • Participate in monthly team meetings
 

Note on COVID — most work will be performed on-site, in-person, and outdoors. We follow all CDC guidelines and encourage team members to voice any emerging concerns.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Required:
    • Ability to work Saturdays with a start time of 6:30a, April through October (maximum of 2 planned Saturdays off during market season)
    • Driver’s license and ability to commute to rural Hillsboro (45 min-1 hr drive from Portland’s eastside) 
    • Previous farm experience (1+ years)
    • Food Handler’s card (or ability to receive within 30 days of hire)
    • Attention to detail
    • Commitment to accountability
    • Comfort working with others and independently
  • Preferred:
    • Previous farmer’s market experience OR combination of inventory management and customer service experience (1+ years)
    • Good prioritization skills
    • Strong communication and collaboration skills
 

Beyond the above, we’re always seeking folks who can add other skills to the team. Please describe in your application materials if you have experience in any of the following:

  • Construction, carpentry, or equipment maintenance 
  • Photography and videography
  • Food prep, processing, and preservation 
  • Teaching/education
  • Arts/creative expression
 

COMPENSATION

Full-time and year-round with an annual salary of $32-40K depending on experience, + benefits (health insurance, 401K w/ employer match, PTO, sick leave, paid holidays). This role is not exempt from overtime pay. Hours are tracked and overtime is paid accordingly. 

Compensation this position is : salaried, varies DOE, $32,000.00 - $40,000.00 Application instructions Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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