Flagship Market begins a national search for a new Executive Director


Today, Market Umbrella is entering a new and exciting chapter. The organization’s next Executive Director will have the opportunity to build upon Market Umbrella’s success to-date and grow the organization’s impact as a leader in farmers markets and food access. Key opportunities include deepening and expanding Market Umbrella’s community presence through focused relationship building and innovations to the market experience, as well as building Market Umbrella’s regional and national brand and stature. Leveraging the strong name recognition of the CCFM and the historical effectiveness of many of Market Umbrella’s programs, the new Executive Director will be in a position to spearhead strategic priorities that incorporate programmatic and partnership-based incubation of ideas. These strategic priorities will be grounded in and responsive to the evolving needs of the Market Umbrella community, particularly regarding racial equity and the impacts of the pandemic. Working in partnership with Market Umbrella’s dynamic Board, staff, and network of ecosystem partners, the next Executive Director will be a leading actor in promoting excellence for the CCFM and in advancing the organization’s mission of cultivating public markets for the public good.




FoodCorps Executive Position Available in PDX

FoodCorps seeks an exceptional leader in the fields of program design and program implementation to join our team as Vice President of Programs and help guide our high-impact national service organization through a period of ambitious growth, evolution and accomplishment.

This full-time role on the FoodCorps Executive Team is based in Portland, Oregon, and requires travel to our other national office in New York and to the organization’s program sites, which currently span 18 states and more than 500 schools.

The VP of Programs will lead FoodCorps’ programmatic activities, working with office-based and field staff to align and activate our national network of partners and AmeriCorps members to achieve FoodCorps’ vision for transforming school food environments.

Local Food Research & Development marketing specialist (research) posting; SHORT deadline!

Here is the link to the USDA jobs vacancy announcement for up to 3 agricultural marketing specialists (research) that was published this morning and closes next Thursday.  In addition, please note that applications are being capped after the first 40 received!!

Farmers Market Jobs in Berkeley

The Ecology Center, a 45-year-old nonprofit located in west Berkeley, is seeking a Farmers’ Market Program Manager and a Farmers’ Markets Access & Equity Program Coordinator.

The Farmers’ Market Program Manager works under the supervision of the Food and Farming Program Director to oversee all Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets activities. The Farmers’ Market Program Manager is responsible for overseeing all market operations as well as directly managing the Tuesday and Saturday Farmers’ Markets. This is a full-time position with a Tuesday through Saturday work week which involves approximately 19 hours at market and 21 hours in the office every week.

The Farmers’ Markets Access & Equity (FMAE) Program Coordinator works to establish, implement, promote, and incentivize Federal Assistance Benefit use at farmers’ markets and other direct marketing outlets statewide. The goal of the program is to create greater healthy food choices for low-income and underserved populations and drive additional customers/income to farmers at farmers’ markets.

For more information, and to download an application for employment, please visit: http://ecologycenter.org/jobs/

Employment with Farmers Market Coalition

Two great 40-hour/wk job postings with Farmers Market Coalition are being offered: an EBT Program Associate and an Education Program Associate. The programs for these positions have enormous potential to become pillars of FMC’s national work for many years to come, so please spread the word to as many corners of the community food system to allow them the opportunity to get the best staff possible. I can personally vouch that this organization has an excellent work environment staffed with dedicated and delightful folks.
Link to FMC website

NCAT position available

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking a full-time Midwest Regional Director to direct work in their Des Moines, Iowa, office. The right candidate will serve as a sustainable agriculture or agriculture marketing specialist and will direct program work in their Midwest Regional office.

To see the full position description, qualifications and application process visit: https://www.ncat.org/midwest-regional-director/

Hurry – deadline to apply is October 13th!

NCAT is a private non-profit organization that works to foster and promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Southern SAWG still searching for new executive director

The Southern SAWG Board of Directors has initiated a search for excellent candidates for this key position. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading the organization in its work of empowering and inspiring farmers, individuals, and communities throughout the South to create a sustainable agriculture and food system. Southern residence is required for the successful candidate.
The deadline for applications is July 31, 2013.

For a full job description, please visit their website. The position start date is no later than April 1, 2014.

Southern SAWG – Home.

Southern SAWG Searches for new Executive Director

Jim Lukens will be retiring soon as the Southern SAWG Executive Director,
and the Board of Directors is initiating a search for candidates for that position.

Position Announcement
Executive Director
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Southern SAWG) is seeking to hire a new Executive Director. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading the organization in its work of empowering and inspiring farmers, individuals, and communities throughout the South to create a sustainable agriculture and food system. Whereas relocation to Arkansas is not necessary for the successful candidate, southern residence is required.

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Southern SAWG) has been one of the lead organizations working for the past 22 years to foster a more sustainable food and agriculture system throughout the Southern region – one that yields dignity and economic viability for farmers and farm workers, and provides safe and secure food for all, produced in harmony with nature. We are engaged in extensive outreach and education over a broad and diverse region, both geographically and demographically. Southern SAWG links more than 150 organizations and many individuals throughout the 13 Southern states of AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, & VA.

Ideal candidates for this position will:

Provide visionary leadership to a 22-year old dynamic and growing organization in the sustainable agriculture movement.
Be capable of effective resource development for and sound fiscal management of diverse income streams
Be an experienced and effective leader within a virtual and dynamic work environment that includes some travel.
Have exceptionally strong relationship-building skills.
Enjoy the complexity and rewards of leading a multi-faceted, regional organization covering a wide diversity of demographics and agro-ecosystems.
Be an effective manager of a dedicated team that is comprised of diverse professional staff and contractors.
Be able to effectively engage and work with the board of directors.
Understand the relationship of local and regional efforts to effect systemic change in the farming and food system, particularly where resources are scarce.
Be an excellent communicator dedicated to transparency and accountability for and within the organization.
Be computer literate, with proficiency using Microsoft Office, Internet and email.
Currently, Southern SAWG has an administrative office in Fayetteville, Arkansas. However, a majority of the staff and contractors operate out of their home offices.

For a full job description, see PDF. SSAWG is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every current and prospective employee. Substantial efforts are made to seek out potential candidates among women, minority groups, and individuals with disabilities.

To apply: Send a resume, a substantive cover letter highlighting why you would be good for this position and this position would be good for you, three writing samples that demonstrate the ability to write for differing audiences and handle the content with differing levels of technical detail, and contact information for three professional references to Southern SAWG Board President Stephan Walker at stepwalkfarm@live.com. Contact (870) 575-7237 for questions.

Application deadline is July 31, 2013.
Position start date is no later than April 1, 2014.

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Inc. (Southern SAWG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1991 to promote sustainable agriculture in the Southern United States.

Jobs seem plentiful

Even though this article seems to suggest that corporations are the target for all of these grads, I think we know that many are hoping to work in small-scaled sustainable ag. Now it’s our job to make that a reality with some serious job programs for alternative food systems.


Letter to a fellow food organizer

a colleague asked me to give her my opinion on trends and jobs in the alternative food system retail sector. Here is the beginning of my response:

Here’s a few of my cents as requested:

As you know, the food hub conversation has taken a lot of the oxygen in the room (and a lot of the funding) away from direct farmer support and farmers markets and as a result, it feels like we are simply treading water in a lot of instances. Spread too thin. Certainly in the expansion of direct marketing farming or in getting any serious cross-sector analysis, we’re not jumping ahead much of where we were 5 years ago.

It’s not that I’m against food hubs, but some of them sound a lot like city governments’ “one-stop shops” which I am not sure has worked either. And it smacks of “scaling up” which is a suspect phrase to someone like me who has seen how long it takes a market farmer to really be ready to price at his or her comfort level and to innovate products. The Cliff Notes version of the market vendor lifespan is that it takes years of a market organizations time and “expertise” to patiently get a farmer to an economic and social comfort level where they actually tell you that they are about to go bankrupt or get divorced or get ready for a kid to go to college and so thats why their business is changing so you can help it change for the better. And that those folks are RETAIL vendors, with tables and tents and signs designed to help them sell retail, and not necessarily the same ones to approach or to change to wholesale vendors seems to be missed by some wholesale organizers.

Sometimes, it also feel that we are extrapolating the wrong lessons of what has worked to build food retail points of entry. Let me say I’m probably not “up” on all of the good work being done, although I do know and learn from original thinkers like Anthony Flaccavento’s and M. Shuman’s excellent research and analysis work. It’s just that the a lot of the scaling up and institutional buying conversation seems wildly uneven from case to case and the skills are simply not embedded into the host area to keep the thing moving forward once a founder leaves or a project fails.

What is true in the food system is that currently the public health sector rules, so therefore the conversation around low-income and at-risk end users of healthy food is the main thing being funded, which is a glorious turn around for those who always had the plan to take the food system there (meaning to everyone) no matter what anti-localvore writers try to say.<
10 years ago, the talk was all about social cohesion and dynamic Main Streets and 15 years before THAT, it was all about farmers extending seasons and growing sustainably, and it was always about doing it for everyone.

The public health sector is staying put, and learning more and more about how to use our points of entry to get results in true behavior change. That sector has changed farmers markets more than any other stakeholder (and that includes government stakeholders) because there are so many levels of public health intervention that they are willing to try wild ideas which often work and because they measure everything they do. However, I expect that the needle will move again-what will be the next issue that leads food system work- environmental impacts or immigrant issues or racial inequities or food safety or civic planning? Who knows really. Of course, it will depend on the crisis that shows up.

As for careers and jobs, it is my biased opinion that the open-air farmers market continues to rule the hearts (if not the minds) of most of the public while inside the food system, organizers favor the urban farm as the winning hand. Oddly, no one has brought these two together in any meaningful way or even examined the impacts of the two combined or separately beyond simple economic data or numbers of projects, as if quantity of projects really mean anything.

I think you know my obsession is with measuring the economic, social, human and natural capital of markets AND also with finding a way to make markets the entry point for training food organizers on all aspects of food system work. I foresee a national training program with skills trained in the first 6 months which are transferrable to all parts of the food system and beyond. Along those lines, there is already a push for a voluntary market manager accreditation system (which is beginning in places like Michigan) that might be similar in neighboring states so someone would have a leg up regionally if they have taken the training.
Add to that a yearly networking session for market managers and for those in my mythical training program and you may have the beginning of a movement, instead of rising and falling tide of new markets and projects every year.

And after all, the farmers markets remain the best fulcrum for food systems, so what happens there should matter to everyone else.

What also seems true is in the last 2-3 years the terrain has shifted a great deal, away from larger “big tent” orgs partnering on everything to much more nimble entrepreneurial types sharing knowledge on common problems and tactics. Regionality may once again become the strongest card we can use to strengthen our systems across state lines and across single issue campaigns to truly achieve success. Interestingly, this seems to also true in DC, where there is not one national policy shop office that truly represents the entire membership of most food organizers. Collaboration there has been somewhat successful.
But to leave markets for a minute (hate to do it but I will) I also believe that the wholesale food system is ready for a boost. And no, food hubs so far ain’t cutting it, as far as really reshaping buying habits of purchasers and institutions like the farmers markets HAVE been successful in re shaping the consumer’s buying habits- the 2-3 percent that listen, that is. THAT, of course, is another looming issue-98% of the public who have not used alternative food systems much. And even for the 2-3 percent, what is the actual change-one season? Farmers market shoppers become CSA members or vice versa? What about how they feel about the environment or local businesses after they stick to the market?

So research is needed in examining what is actually been done and not just the PROJECTS, but the efforts of stakeholders, the typology of successful farmers, and the efficient host organizations.
I would also say that as CFSC struggles with it’s post-strategic planning transition (speaking as a Board member for a few more months that assures you that that info is not secret but quite transparent and shared within the CFSC community) and Slow Food reexamines it’s work and searches for a new leader and FMC searches for a new leader, it may turn out all of the national organizations turn more to each other and others to collaborate more closely along with racial equity orgs like GFJI and Alliance for Building Capacity and IATP.

They might. So the collaboration points are a good place to look for work. Chapters? Maybe. Community unionism? Maybe. Or simply skill building and shared measurement in all partnerships. That would help. However, as we strengthen the regional orgs and multi-sector orgs more -since I’m sure im not the only one thinking this way- that may be where the jobs end up too.

In any case or in all cases, what seems clear to be missing in many cases is the entrepreneur’s point of view, whether its a farmer, or a baker or the neighboring business that needs that market or even the market or other food retail organization itself that seem to be considered built already and left out of the capacity building money. (I guess many feel we had our money moment, huh?) So maybe we need more innovative financing too, like CSEs or granny accounts or even to attempt the other part of a currency system-loans and massive fundraising in the market community itself, using the wooden token system as a starting point.
After all, its the entrepreneur is who needs to be encouraged. The entrepreneurs are who need to be analyzed. And entrepreneurs will be multiplying as corporations shut down and lay off more and more, and so seems like the most obvious point of expansion for work opportunities.
So to paraphrase Abigail Adams, …remember the entrepreneurs and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.

Hope that helps, Darlene

Community Organizer for Mississippi-position available

MHAP is Now Hiring

The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) is now hiring a Community Organizer for its food policy initiative. If you are a committed advocate for strengthening Mississippi’s food system, this position may be for you.

Purpose: The successful candidate for Community Organizer will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key community stakeholders, policymakers, and state agencies to facilitate food policy initiatives in the state. The Community Organizer will work on both local and statewide levels to build grassroots networks. He/She will be a full time employee of Mississippi Health Advocacy Program reporting directly to the Program Director.

Coordinate with various organizations/agencies in planning campaign strategies and tactics
Engage in public outreach to build organization infrastructure
Participate in statewide and local coalition building
Delegate responsibilities and organize people to work on projects
Arrange workshops, meetings, and other training for leadership development
Researches and gathers information for articles, press releases, and other communication vehicles such as social media
Arranges for distribution of communications
Documents meetings through formal minutes as required and follows up as appropriate
Provides administrative support in program committee and coalition work
Qualifications required:
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree
Skills: Organizer should have following skills and attributes:
Knowledge of food policy and public health
Creativity, innovation, and decision making skills
Own transportation and valid Mississippi driver’s license is required
Ability to think organizationally
Public speaking skills
Basic computer skills
Motivated to work without supervision
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work as part of a statewide team
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Must be willing to work various hours and some weekends
Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Systems, Public Health, Health Promotion, or other related degree.

For more information about this position email your resume and cover letter to dsmith@mhap.org.

Search for new Executive Director-CFSC

Over the summer, Community Food Security Coalition’s Founder and Executive Director for 17 years, Andy Fisher resigned his position. We expect Andy to continue his early groundbreaking food security work and will honor his and other leaders many years in the food security movement at our November conference “Honoring Our Roots, Growing The Movement” in Oakland CA.

We are also beginning our search for a new Executive Director and have a link to the job description. Please send the link to those colleagues that you feel could lead CFSC into its next iteration. The CFSC Transition and Search Committee has worked extensively on the job description and requirements, but if you have any questions, feel free to email me directly (I serve as a Board member) or find me or any board member at the Oakland conference to talk in more detail.
Job Posting

National Farm to School Network Position Announcement

National Farm to School Network

Position Announcement: Associate Director (updated September 2011)

Deadline for Applications is September 15, 2011

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FARM TO SCHOOL NETWORK: The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) http://www.farmtoschool.org sprouted from the desire to support community-based food systems, strengthen family farms, and improve student health by reducing childhood obesity. Comprised of eight Regional Lead Agencies, and 50 state leads, the NFSN coordinates, promotes and expands Farm to School at the state, regional and national levels.

POSITION SUMMARY: NFSN is seeking a committed, dynamic individual to join as Associate Director. The selected candidate will be actively involved in fundraising, and assisting the NFSN Director in administrative and programmatic tasks as necessary. The Associate Director will also work to ensure implementation of the NFSN strategic action plan in the priority areas of policy; media, marketing and outreach; training and technical assistance; information services; research and networking.

The selected candidate will be employed by the fiscal sponsor (to be determined in September-October 2011) of the National Farm to School Network with the option to work remotely from any location in the continental US. This position is funded full-time until August 31, 2012. Continued employment is based upon availability of funds.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist in overall management of the National Farm to School Network, working closely with the NFSN Director to:

· Connect with all NFSN staff, Regional Lead Agencies, State Leads and Advisory Committee members – reviewing existing roles and responsibilities, developing internal accountability measures, ensuring regular communication and team building.

· Communicate on a regular basis with the fiscal sponsor and others involved in NFSN to develop key decision-making protocols, staffing structure, and future plans.

· Foster external and internal partnerships and collaborations.

· Raise funds and assist with financial planning for NFSN, including grant writing and reporting.

· Assist with overall evaluation efforts of NFSN.

· Represent NFSN at conferences and meetings.


Past experience and interest in Farm to School or other farm to institution initiatives, community food systems, public health, school nutrition, sustainable agriculture or related fields. Minimum of five years in program development and management.

Experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders, including groups from low-income communities, communities of color and business interests.
Expertise in a minimum of one of the following areas: procurement, food safety, curriculum development, organizing, research and/or trainings.
Excellent collaborator, able to successfully work with NFSN staff, regional and state leads, and national partners.
Ability to travel as needed, 8 – 12 trips per year.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strategic thinker.
Self starter.


· Minimum of five years in management position, preferably in a national or regional

organization, including fundraising and financial planning experience.

· Experience working with farm organizations, nutrition groups, and school food


· Ability to coordinate a conference team, with multiple national partners, planning

for over 800 attendees.

· Proven entrepreneurial skills, including successful grant writing

· Excellent coordination and organizing skills

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This position requires at least eight hours or more per day either sitting at a desk (responding to emails, developing materials or being on the phone), attending meetings outside of the office, travelling within the US to attend conferences and workshops, and speaking at public forums. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the job.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the responsibilities of the job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the employee will encounter: a basic office environment, visits to schools or farms, conference centers or hotels where events are being held. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation for this full-time position is in the mid fifties, and will include benefits – health, vision, life, and dental insurance; a retirement plan; vacation and sick leave.

APPLICATION: Send resume, cover letter, salary history, and contact information for three references to applytoNFSN.AssociateDirector@gmail.com

Deadline for applications is September 15, 2011, 5 pm eastern

National Farm to School Network is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

Anupama Joshi
Director, National Farm to School Network
Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College
Tel: (323) 341-5095