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Farmers Alliance™ Manager Bounty & Soul

  • Date Posted April 19, 2024
  • Location Black Mountain, NC
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

B&S uses a community-driven approach to food & health equity focusing on upstream solutions to food insecurity & health disparities, acting for systems change. Our primary strategy is to destigmatize food insecurity and provide food access in a welcoming community context. We deconstruct the emotional & physical isolation that drives and perpetuates food & health insecurity.

We work at the intersection of food, farms, & health. Produce to the People™ distributes free healthy foods thru client choice farmers markets and home delivery to those with barriers to access. Farmers Alliance™ partners with 75 local farms, thru volunteer service learning, purchases, & produce donations. Rooted In Health™ provides free, weekly evidence-informed education from culinary medicine to yoga, Zumba, & Tai Chi.

Together we connect, share, and celebrate nutritious food, education & community. We believe that food is a human right. Food is love. Food is medicine. Food is justice. We celebrate food as a thread between land & culture. We know our farmers & they know us. We take action to create a regenerative food system that protects the planet. We believe in the power of plants & whole food. We know that knowledge is power and education supports health. We believe that communities know what they want & have the resources to care for each other. We work to create a just & equitable food & health system. 

Job description

Position Title: Farmers Alliance™ Program Manager

Schedule: FT/Exempt: 40 hours M-F occasional weekend day

Reports to: Director of Operations

Supervises: Associate, Volunteers, Interns, Apprentices

Salary: $53,000 - $56,000 Depending on experience

 

Organization Overview: Bounty & Soul is an innovative, grassroots, community-based organization working to advance food and health equity by giving everyone a fair opportunity to eat well, be healthy, and thrive. We provide consistent access to nourishing food, health & well-being education, and a supportive community. We are an energetic, passionate, and committed team made up of a small but mighty staff, more than 400 volunteers, 100+ community partners and key stakeholders that are dedicated to advancing our mission.

 

Position Overview:  This position oversees the Farmers Alliance™ Initiative, which focuses on collaboratively strengthening the local food system through building and maintaining Bounty & Soul’s relationships with farmers, growers, gardens, businesses, and other food security organizations. This program is committed to community-led solutions to providing access to fresh, locally-sourced and grown foods through an equity and sustainability lens.

 

Diversity/Inclusion Statement: The heart of Bounty & Soul's mission recognizes and celebrates diversity, inclusion, social justice, and community-led solutions to inequities. We believe that to fully embrace diversity and inclusion, everyone must feel seen, heard, respected, and valued. Within our team, we strive to nurture a culture where inclusion and diversity are a reflex, not an initiative - one that unifies us in a shared sense of celebration, care, respect, passion, and commitment to social and environmental responsibilities. In that spirit, we center community in all decision-making and carry out our mission in accord with community desires.

Duties and Responsibilities:

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

  • Oversee the sourcing, transportation, storage, processing, recording and distribution of all local food, ensuring compliance with food safely and sanitation.
  • Make local food purchases.
  • Manage local food inventory and communicate local food availability to pertinent staff.
  • Create strategies and processes to build local food donations and purchases.
  • Maintain and nurture reciprocal relationships with existing local food partners by collaborating on volunteering opportunities and promoting partner needs in the B&S monthly newsletter.
  • Coordinate and manage harvest opportunities..
  • Oversee the coordination and execution of on-farm educational opportunities.
  • Actively build new relationships with local farmers, growers, gardens, and businesses.
  • Initiate, implement, and oversee any contract growing partnerships.
  • Collaborate with other local/regional food organizations to ensure equitable access of locally-grown food.
  • Drive company vehicle to pick up food or transport food from local farms, gardens, businesses, and gleaning sites as needed.
  • Ensure that a well-rounded, nutritious, and culturally relevant choice of local foods is offered at markets each week.
  • Ensure community input regarding local food offerings and programs.
  • Oversee the presentation and distribution of all local foods at markets.
  • Work with Rooted in Health™ Manager to ensure educational resources are provided for local foods that are distributed at markets.
  • Oversee planning and execution of DigDay, an annual community plant give-away and education event.
  • Create, plan, and facilitate Farmers Alliance™ education such as gardening workshops, food preservation, regenerative practices, and partner garden cooking demos.
  • Supervise Farmers Alliance™program associates and support team.
  • Supervise interns, volunteers, and apprentices.
  • Willingness to contribute to the needs of the organization as may arise.

ADMINISTRATION

  • Manage an effective, consistent, and accurate local produce donation process for local food that is donated and purchased.
  • Manage local food purchasing budget.
  • Establish and maintain an inventory system for supplies related to cleaning, processing, packaging, and markets.
  • Assist with content for grant reports as needed.
  • Play an active role in regional food and agriculture initiatives and projects.

MARKETING

  • Oversee content creation for a monthly newsletter such as volunteer opportunities, program updates, upcoming harvest days, opportunities / news from other partner gardens, gardening education etc.
  • Oversee promotion of the local food system through storytelling, social media, webinars, blogs, farmer features, written materials, and resources etc. Content often created by others.

Minimum Attributes:  

  • At least 3 years of work experience in the agricultural field and/or local food systems (farming, gardening).
  • Some purchasing and inventory control experience is preferred.
  • Experience with food safety and sanitation.
  • Experience with fresh food storage.
  • Minimum 1 year in supervisory or management roles, 2-3 years preferred.
  • Connection with local farming and agriculture.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, social, and communication skills.
  • Strong written and verbal skills.
  • Community engagement experience.
  • Able to make decisions quickly and work collaboratively.
  • Flexibility with job duties.
  • Adequate computer and research skills.
  • An understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license (driving will be required to fulfill job duties).
  • Wear Closed Toe Shoes while performing duties.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and do manual labor work for an extended period.
  • Bilingual a plus.

 

Compensation this position is : salaried, 50k-75k Application instructions
this position has been filled
DeadlineMay 10, 2024

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