Poughkeepsie Farm Project

Wholesale Coordinator

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Posted On: Monday, 7th January 2019
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
51 Vassar Farm Ln, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About Poughkeepsie Farm Project:

Poughkeepsie Farm Project is a farm-based non-profit organization committed to cultivating a just and sustainable food system in the Mid- Hudson Valley. On our member-supported farm in the City of Poughkeepsie, we grow fresh vegetables and fruit for our CSA, provide hands-on educational programs, and improve access to healthy locally-grown food.

 

Position Summary:

The Wholesale Coordinator works with the 5 other members of the farm crew, as well as with interns, members, volunteers, and youth participants to grow food for a 500 member CSA, for restaurant and institution sales, and for PFP’s Food Share program. In particular, the Wholesale Coordinator takes responsibility for creating and maintaining working relationships with buyers at local restaurants, produce distributors, and other organizations. This individual also coordinates with the farm crew to fill orders and regularly communicates availability information to buyers.

 

Position Responsibilities:

General Farm Duties:

  • Work in collaboration with staff members to implement 2019 agricultural production plan consisting of growing, harvesting, and distributing over 200,000 lbs of vegetables, herbs, small fruit, and flowers using organic methods.
  • Guide, supervise, and mentor interns, CSA members, and volunteers in various farming tasks.
  • Perform various rotating farm duties, which include record keeping, maintenance, and coordinating CSA distribution.
  • Serve as a representative of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. Actively work toward the betterment of the organization.

Wholesome Program Coordination:

  • Meet wholesale sales goals determined by the Farm Director and Board of Directors. To this end:
  • Maintain current wholesale relationships and reach out to new customers as needed
  • Regularly distribute availability information with produce descriptions and prices
  • Communicate as needed by phone, email, and text with customers
  • Maintain and improve consistent standards for ordering protocol and schedule, as well as for produce packaging and delivery
  • Review and follow best practices to be consistent with PFP Food Safety Plan
  • Communicate with Farm Director and Crew Leader to assess produce availability and to coordinate staff and support for wholesale
  • Work with Office Manager on record-keeping protocol, payment delivery, and invoicing

Other Expectations:

  • Attend weekly farm crew meetings and farm walks
  • Work 45 hours/week in June, July, and August; 40 hours/week in remaining months
  • Work outside of scheduled hours when needed (occasionally)
  • Be a dynamic member of the farm crew and work towards advancing the mission of the larger organization

 

Position Qualifications:

Education or Experience

  • At least 2 full seasons on vegetable farms, preferably ones that use organic methods Experience leading work projects with others
  • Marketing and/or produce buying experience is preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Desire and ability to share a passion for farming with members and visitors Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good observation and critical thinking skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Interest in tractor and equipment use and maintenance
  • Strong interest in agriculture and in professional development
  • Understanding of ergonomics and safe body mechanics
  • Capacity to lift 50lbs

 

To Apply:

Submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to Leon Vehaba at leon@farmproject.org. 

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