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Green Gate Farms/New Farm Institute
Green Gate Farms, 8310 Canoga Avenue
Posted: September 08 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionGreen Gate Farms’ new Farm Stand is open to the public Tuesdays, 3-6 and Fridays and Saturdays, 10-2. We sell certified organic vegetables, flowers, eggs and value added products like lard. Sometimes we sell products raised by other farmers, including: baked goods, tropical plants, and crafts.
In partnership with Sustainable Food Center, we participate in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and SNAP Double Dollar Incentive Program (DDIP). These programs are available to low-income families for the purchase of local vegetables and require detailed administrative processes. Our Farm stand staff, including Interns and Workshare members, must be able to work with integrity and enjoy handling details. Training will be provided.
Our Farm Stand Interns and Workshare members report to the Urban Farm Manager, who coordinates what produce to sell. Farm Stand Interns and Workshare members will be responsible for set-up, including proper signage and vegetable sorting/processing for display, tear down, and profit tracking in addition to managing the stand during its hours of operation.
Farm Staff are expected to show up on time for their shift each week and report any scheduling issues directly with the Urban Farm Manager.
ResponsibilitiesSet up. Farm Stand Leader(s) will work with Urban Farm Manager to determine what and how much to display. Creativity and an eye for aesthetics is important; ensuring the stand looks abundant and produce is washed/sorted/prepped properly is a must.
Staffing the stand. Much like a farmers’ market booth, you must stay in the area of the Farm Stand to address customers with purchases, questions, or CSA pick-ups.
Understanding and execution of special farm stand procedures, including: FMNP voucher issuance and acceptance, DDIP, credit cards, meat shares, egg sales, dairy sales, and profit tracking.
Keeping accurate prices and signage. Ensure you have an accurate, updated price list for all the items being sold. If you notice something is missing during your shift, make sure to check with the Urban Farm Manager.
Cleanliness and Farm Stand appearance. Maintain a clean area, an abundant display, and special event notices on chalkboards around the Farm Stand – refill, tidy, and beautify during breaks between customers.
Profit tracking. Each farm stand we track our cash, credit card, check, FMNP, and SNAP income. You will be provided a tracking sheet to fill out accurately at the beginning and end of each shift.
Tear down. Farm Stand Workshare(s) will ensure all documents are filled out properly and given to the Urban Farm Manager for review. Produce can be carted back to the walk-in cooler inside the barn and stored for the following week. This will include packing in coolers, placing wet newspaper on greens, etc. You will also ensure all marketing materials are put away neatly in the Farm Rover or inside the barn, depending on the weather.