2018 Mobile Outreach Market Workshare Position
Waltham Fields Community Farm promotes local agriculture and food access through our farming operations and education programs, using practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. We encourage healthy relationships between people, their food supply, and the land from which it grows.
Mobile Outreach Market Workshare Description:
The Waltham Fields Mobile Outreach Market (MOM) is a once-a-week, subsidized market in Waltham, operating on Tuesday afternoons, July 17 through October 9, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm, at the Corner of Cherry and Crescent St. The Market is for low-income community members, including the clientele of several social service agencies, to whom we provide vouchers enabling free participation.
At the Market, for just $5 (using cash, check or SNAP benefits), or in exchange for one of our vouchers acquired through our partner agencies, customers can pack up some of each vegetable we have that week (usually about 6-8 different types of produce), averaging to about $30-40 in value. We initiated the voucher program with a core group of agencies that are still participating today, including the Joseph Smith Community Health Center, Waltham Family School, and WATCH CDC, and we continue to add new agency partners and increase the number of voucher booklets distributed each year.
Hours and Dates:
Tuesdays from 2:00 pm to 7pm beginning July 17th through October 9th (13 weeks)
Position meets at 240 Beaver St. in Waltham, MA and then travels to corner of Crescent and Cherry St. in Waltham
Load truck with tables, tents, vegetables, etc.
Assist with set up and take down of the Market
Greet customers and provide them with a positive shopping experience answering any questions as needed
Assist customers in purchasing vegetables through cash, check, SNAP, or voucher
Re-stock vegetables as necessary, with an emphasis on aesthetics and presentation
Help maintain a clean and orderly environment by putting away vegetable bins and crates as necessary during the market
Be friendly, outgoing, and welcoming
Be available and reliable each week during the workshare period of 13 weeks
Experience working in sales, customer service, or farmers market setting
Ability to interact with a diverse customer base, providing high quality customer service
Passion for farming, cooking, nutrition, and/or food preparation
Have strong communication and organizational skills
Willing to work hard in all kinds of weather (cold, heat, rain, snow, wind)
Ability to perform physically demanding, fast-paced work (capable of safely lifting 40 lbs repeatedly)
Preferred second language (Haitian Creole, Spanish, Chinese, or Portuguese)
Experience working in Waltham or similar urban setting with low-income areas preferred
Become a member of Waltham Fields Community Farm ($35 donation per household)
One summer CSA vegetable share and flower share from Waltham Fields Community Farm starting the week of July 17th and ending the week of October 9th, to be picked up Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday during distribution hours.
See our website for more information regarding a CSA: http://communityfarms.org/csa/csa-overview
To apply email Anna Kelchlin at Anna@communityfarms.org with a brief statement of why you are interested and why you think you would be a good fit for the Mobile Outreach Market Workshare position.
We Are an Equal Opportunity Employer
Waltham Fields Community Farm is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, pregnancy or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, marital status, disability, age, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, receipt of free medical care, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. Waltham Fields Community Farm will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. This commitment is evident in all aspects of WFCF's employment practices and policies.