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This job expired on November 14, 2023

Farm Distribution Coordinator Island Grown Initiative

  • Date Posted September 15, 2023
  • Location Vineyard Haven, MA
  • Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description Island Grown Initiative is a non-profit organization on Martha's Vineyard focused on Food Equity for all. We provide innovative, collaborative programs in regenerative farming, food waste reduction, and community education to help make good food accessible to all our island residents. Learn more about our suite of programs at Job description Island Grown Initiative is a non-profit on Martha’s Vineyard that works to build a regenerative and equitable food system for our community. We operate a 42-acre farm in the center of the island that produces food year-round in a greenhouse space and 12 acres of fields that we are currently transitioning to low-till, regenerative practices. We seek a hard-working, community-oriented, and organized Coordinator to lead our popular CSA programs and help grow and distribute food to our community.

This full-time, year-round position begins October 9, 2023. Work averages 40 hours a week for the year, with the expectation that some days will be longer than others depending on the season and needs of the farm. Daily start and end times may change given the time of year. Work days can also be somewhat flexible to cover weekend farm chores. This position reports to the Farm Director.

Coordination Responsibilities (65%):

● Works with Field Manager and other farm staff to coordinate IGI’s summer (mid June through October) and winter (November through mid March) CSA programs. Handles all data tracking and reporting, member outreach and correspondence, weekly member newsletter, weekly share packing and distribution related to the CSA.
● Uses Local Food Marketplace software to manage inventory and accounts for CSA distribution and online ordering for wholesale clients. Communicates with other clients (chefs, grocery stores, IGI’s Kitchen, Food Pantry, and Mobile Market programs) to move
product consistently throughout the year.
● Outreach to wholesale clients as product availability allows once IGI program needs have been met.
● Delivers produce to IGI programs, wholesale clients, and other outlets in an IGI vehicle regularly.
● Acts as a point of contact for farm crew during field and greenhouse harvests. Ensures correct harvesting, washing, packing, and harvest data tracking procedures. Conveys orders and ensures harvesting to keep deliveries on time.
● Manages an organized system for monitoring and distributing cooler inventory to minimize food waste and monitor quality control.

Other Responsibilities (35%):

● Greenhouse work: seeding, watering, thinning, transplanting. Work in our soil-based greenhouse systems.
● Field work: Seeding, planting, laying irrigation, weeding and hoeing, mulching, moving tarps and landscape fabric, regular lifting and moving of sandbags and irrigation pipes,
and more.
● Other: Tracking and entering field data, light carpentry and tractor work when applicable, and interaction with volunteers, gleaners, and student groups. Occasional help with the Farm’s other programs as time allows.

What we’re looking for:

● Passion for good food, ethical farming practices, environmental stewardship, food equity and justice
● Job experience in agriculture (greenhouse and/or field production) is a plus
● Detail-oriented, organized, and flexible
● Computer literate with online databases, Google Suite, etc.
● Valid driver’s license
● Excellent listening and communication skills, with a willingness to learn and discuss new ideas.
● Physically capable of sustained manual labor, including the ability to safely lift 50 pounds regularly
● Self-motivated, and able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
● Willingness and ability to work hard while maintaining a positive attitude, especially while working with coworkers and clients
● Ability to work in all weather conditions, including rain, wind, heat, etc. Compensation this position is : salaried, varies DOE, $48,000.00 - $52,000.00 Application instructions
This job expired on November 14, 2023
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