Job Opportunities in NW Indiana
NWI Food Council Farm Connect program (part-time)
Job Summary for Value Chain Coordinator
Working closely with the Northwest Indiana Food Council and external project partners across the Northwestern Indiana regional food system, the Value Chain Coordinator will be responsible for expanding and managing the Northwestern Indiana Food Corridor described above. The Coordinator will be responsible for the following primary activities: 1) providing/connecting farmers with the support and resources needed for market readiness, 2) establishing new and/or enhancing existing satellite food hubs to aggregate farmers’ produce; 3) collaborating with distributors to connect farmers to local and regional retail and wholesale markets; 4) participating in the development and vetting of a regional collaborative business or network model that positions the Corridor for financial viability.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Farmer Recruitment and Support
Create and implement an outreach plan to inform the farming community about the food hub opportunities and recruit farmers for secured markets
Assist producers with production planning to ensure a continuous supply that meets secured market demand
Create, administer, and track coordinated production plans for Northwest Indiana farms and secure corresponding grower agreements that match farmers’ interest and experience level
Organize in-person and virtual trainings for farmers with subject matter experts to increase their market readiness and success
Conduct and/or coordinate site visits with Northwest Indiana farmers to monitor and identify issues with production, quality, food safety and/or organic compliance, etc.
Connect farmers with local/regional experts and resources to help troubleshoot issues
Maintain ongoing communications with farmers regarding planting and harvesting schedules, quality requirements and rejections, GHP/GAP and organic compliance, post-harvest handling procedures, packaging and labeling standards, and delivery
Aggregation and Distribution Logistics
Identify strategically located aggregation points with necessary infrastructure, equipment, and personnel to serve as a food hub for market ready farmers
Provide support, training, and ongoing communication to food hubs to ensure successful aggregation, storage, grading, packaging and labeling, and regulatory compliance
Collaborate with private distributors to develop new or tap into existing delivery routes that distribute produce between food hubs and/or to end markets
Identify backhaul and outgoing delivery opportunities to ensure routes are financially viable
Coordinate logistics of farmer’s produce delivery to the food hub, and distributor pick-up and delivery of produce between the food hub and/or end markets
Oversee and manage internal and external project team and related grants, including work plans, budgets, metrics collection, and reporting
Professionally represent the FGA and food hub during community outreach meetings, conferences, and other events
Work with consultant/partners to explore business or network model for the food hub.
Required Skills and Expertise
Proficiency with basic software and technology including MS Office Suite, Google Drive, smart phones, copier, webinar platforms, etc.
Dependable and resilient self-starter with an interest and experience in taking on new challenges and overcoming obstacles with little supervision
Leadership skills with proven project and team management
Eagerness to learn and commitment to asking for help when needed
Outstanding organizational, record keeping and data management skills
Superior listening, verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated ability to network and collaborate with multi-agency/state initiatives
Ability to present information clearly and concisely to groups of farmers, buyers, etc.
Solid business acumen
Clean driving record
Preferred Skills and Expertise
Demonstrated success in writing and/or managing grants
Knowledge of and comfort with general agriculture production, farms and farmers
Familiarity and experience in postharvest handling, wholesale produce quality standards, certified organic standards, and GHP/GAP food safety regulations
Experience selling to, buying from, and/or operating a food hub
Experience teaching or training farmers
This is a part time position funded by a 3-year USDA grant. Must have valid driver’s license, dependable vehicle and clean record.
Interested candidates should submit resumes and cover letters to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “FARM CONNECT Job Opening - applicant name.” Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on March 1st, 2019.
Northwestern Indiana Area Gleaning Coordinator, Part-Time, June through November 2019
Society of St. Andrews
Basic Function: Gleaning is harvesting leftover produce after the farmer has harvested his/her fields. The Northern Indiana Area Gleaning Coordinator will coordinate gleaning in the Lake, Porter, La Porte, St. Joseph, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski, Fulton, Benton, White, Carrol, and Cass Counties for the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA). This would involve all groups gleaning in this area, along with all activities and events for the Society of St. Andrew.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
1) Identify and recruit farmers, gleaners and hunger relief agencies.
2) Organize and execute gleaning events at least once or twice a week during the summer and most Saturdays during the growing season.
3) Coordinate the transportation of produce from gleaning events to hunger relief agencies.
4) Supervise gleaning events to ensure the safety of participants and respect for farmer’s property. Schedule additional field supervisors in the case of there being more than one gleaning in that particular area.
5) Ability to lift 25 pounds
6) Coordinate the taking of pictures at gleaning events to share with supporters.
a) Provide clear instructions to gleaners, answering any questions about program and provide follow up information. This includes getting signed waiver forms and sending out a thank you afterwards.
b) Keep the farmers informed of activities and results from gleaning events.
c) Keep accurate records of all gleaning events and provide to Program Coordinator in a timely manner by email
d) Keep in regular contact with SoSA staff, expressing achievements, opportunities and challenges.
e) Communicate well with all 3rd party agencies to support continued relationship building.
Motivated individual with excellent organizational skills who enjoys the outdoors and working with a variety of people. Must be able to work with little supervision. Has great initiative and good follow through skills. Familiar with basic computer skills and access to a computer. Physical labor required when gleaning. Position requires a vehicle. Must be 21 years old and have a good driving record.
Expectations and Compensation:
1. Position will be available for the period June 1- November 30, 2019 based on the growing/harvesting season.
2. Salary is for June to November 2019, 20 hours per week at $9.00 per hour.
3. Average gleaning is 2 per week. Position requires working Saturdays during the growing season, possible Sundays for church visits and weekday hours are flexible.
4. Mileage while gleaning will be reimbursed at the rate of .42¢ per mile. 5. Federal, state taxes and Social Security will be withheld.
Send resumes to:
Society of St. Andrew – Indiana 7840 Ditch Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260 Inemail@example.com