Common Good City Farm is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 and has a mission to sustain and support a more equitable community through growing, learning, cooking, and sharing fresh food together. Common Good’s half-acre farm in DC’s LeDroit Park is the principal site for programs providing hands-on training in food production, healthy eating, and environmental sustainability to people of all ages and backgrounds. Common Good core values are:
We believe that community is more than just a physical space. We are intentional in creating an environment in which all are welcomed.
We believe in the interdependence of the world, and our responsibility to ensure that we are creators and not just takers. We recognize that it is our role as stewards to ensure that the earth we farm, the community we co-create, and the city we exist in are nurtured and maintained.
We approach the world with curiosity. We believe that when we embrace different ways of thinking and knowing, we develop deeper relationships and co-create new approaches to this work.
We recognize the long history of systemic racism and discrimination in our country. We believe that everyone deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities, and are working towards a future in which outcomes are no longer predicted by identities. We recognize that we are responsible for identifying and correcting ways in which we as an organization perpetuate systems of inequity, as well as for dismantling systems of oppression that we operate within through centering and uplifting the voices of those who have been targeted by those systems.
Common Good programs include the following:
Including a Community Supported Agriculture Program, weekly Farm Stand, Value Added and Small Enterprise Program that sells herbs, specialty produce, and value-added products to local food producers.
Programs at Common Good include an after school program for neighborhood youth, field trips for DC-area schools, and youth employment. This year we are also designing and piloting a new program for teenagers. The Market Programs Manager will support the teen program by working directly with at-risk youth.
SEED TO TABLE WORKSHOPS
Hands-on workshops on a variety of food-related topics open to the public.
Held monthly at the farm and open to anyone.
Volunteer program for farm work and market support.
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE
This program supports cohorts of students in a season-long education program to learn hands-on growing techniques in regenerative agriculture for urban spaces.
Why work with us
Common Good City Farm seeks to be an organization that is deeply committed to relationship building both within our staff and our community. We meet regularly as a staff to share meals, support one another as a team, and celebrate our achievements. Our employees have a high level of autonomy over the programs they run, in consultation with one another. We also believe strongly in providing hands-on learning and professional development opportunities for all staff.
Job responsibilities of the Market Programs Manager, under the direction of the Deputy Director and executed with support and assistance of Common Good staff and volunteers, include:
FARM MARKET MANAGEMENT – 60%
This position is responsible for continuing to execute our highly successful farm market and community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. As one of the only markets with a pay-what-you-can philosophy, the market serves as a vital food access point in the community. Our customers are diverse and include those who pay with all kinds of food assistance benefits. We are working to grow our market customer base, including CSA and Market CSA customers. Some of the duties of this role include:
Staff, manage, and run a weekly farm market on Wednesday afternoons during the market season, exact scheduling subject to change in collaboration with colleagues and customer feedback. The candidate should plan to be available until at least 7:30 PM on Wednesdays.
Design, implement, and manage online ordering marketplace.
Recruit, hire, train, and supervise market employees and volunteers.
Serve as the inventory manager for the organization, including tracking produce sales data and inventory and sharing that information with the team through monthly reports and in real time.
Appropriately tracking data from the market in accordance with organizational needs and grant agreements.
Maintain the Common Good City Farm cold storage unit and inventory, including keeping up to date with routine maintenance and cleaning, and food safety certifications as required.
Create processes to ensure that excess market goods are used by programs, given to volunteers or staff, or donated to appropriate organizations.
Advise and develop an annual plan for farm market operations that addresses programmatic needs and grant deliverables.
Work with the Farm Manager to ensure well-rounded produce ordering that is complementary to what is being grown on the farm and communicate availability to additional program staff for the Farm Market and Youth Education programs.
FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Stay abreast of changes to food assistance programs, and Provide input on the Produce Plus planning process when possible.
Maintain compliance with all food assistance program requirements, including SNAP, WIC, FMNP, and Program Plus.
Engage customers and answer questions about produce, market, farm, programs.
Communicate with CSA customers about produce availability, pick-up times, questions
FARM MARKET PROGRAMS
Hold several winter pop-up markets.
Manage expansion of Farm Market to include produce delivery to seniors and collaborate with Youth Programs Director and Farm Educator to accommodate a new program for teenagers at Farm Market
Implement new initiatives such as Wellness Wednesdays (vendor fair) to bring in new customers and community members
Work with the Communications and Events Manager to grow the market customer base, conduct outreach to local residents, and ensure that the market is meeting community and customer needs.
YOUTH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT – 30%
MANAGE THE SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM:
Create an engaging summer program for 2-4 teenagers ages 16-20 that includes farm education, food justice and policy education, as well as basic job skills and time management
Manage Youth Employees, including on-farm tasks, time keeping, and educational programming for both MBSYEP and youth hired directly.
SUPPORT YOUTH PROGRAMS DIRECTOR AND FARM EDUCATOR
Support youth education farm-based programs including LEAF, Field Trips, teen program, and Certificate Program in Regenerative Agriculture
Assist in farm lessons and workshop instruction as needed.
Contribute to the planning and support of community events and coordinate any volunteers needed in collaboration with Communications & Events Manager
Take a lead role in managing events planned in coordination with other community partners.
GRANTS AND METRICS
Collaborate with the Executive Director to provide input on program specific grants, including feasibility and parameters for programs proposed in grants.
Responsibly manage grant funds and reporting as needed.
Collect, analyze, and report on program data in accordance with organization’s needs.
ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT – 10%
Be a welcoming presence to youth and adult community residents, promoting active and broad participation by volunteers, program participants, and other stakeholders in a manner that supports relationship building between the farm and the community.
Assist with preparation of farm reports for Board meetings and grant reporting.
Represent Common Good City Farm at community meetings, events, and other outreach efforts.
Cultivate and maintain relationships within the urban agriculture and local food systems communities.
Assist with building partnerships with other community organizations or neighborhood groups.
Be available for interviews with local reporters and researchers.
Work as a team with other staff to achieve cross-program efforts, or farm projects needing additional support.
Supervise and train volunteers with various skill levels with support from the Farm Manager. This includes leading volunteer groups of up to 30 individuals in large farm tasks.
2+ years experience working with farmer’s markets or in a retail setting that includes inventory management
Professional or lived experience working with at-risk youth
Strong interpersonal skills with a track record of collaboration
Experience tracking metrics, customer, or sales data
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Creative, flexible, and curious person willing to branch out of their comfort zone and try new things
Connections to existing local networks of farmers and other food and wellness vendors
Has or is willing to get (Food Safety Modernization Act) FSMA certified
Has or is willing to get Food Safety Handlers License
Required: Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
Required: Ability to lift heavy objects
All staff must follow our COVID-19 policy, which includes maintaining up-to-date COVID-19 vaccines.
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PO Box 26030
Washington, District of Columbia 20001