144 Main St. Greenfield, Massachusetts (MA) 01301
A local cooperative grocer dedicated to making healthy food accessible to all.
The College Farm Market Project, sustained by the work of GCC interns, has had a significant impact on regional farm and food systems and has enhanced coordination around Farmers’ Market development and food justice. Students have developed a replicable model for coordinating food and farm focused education, marketing, and sales that support the growing sustainable farm movement in the Western Mass Pioneer Valley region. Funded by the Rural Community College Alliance, this collaboration, among Greenfield Community College (GCC), Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), and the Franklin Community Coop (FCC) offers interns the opportunity to develop business and agricultural skills and experience while working to promote the local economy and regional food security.
Start dateApril 25, 2017
End dateOctober 31, 2017
The areas of work will be:
Website management: Maintaining the appropriate pages and resources for farmers and vendors who wish to participate on the website for the new Tuesday Farmer’s Market. Intern will also be available for market set-up and take-down.
Market Vendor/Farmer Liason: Student vendor position who will partner closely with participating farms to provide market day services, farm work visits, and direct sales support, and daily market operations.
Marketing/Chef In the Market Program: Student intern will be responsible for the creation of a weekly recipe featuring market ingredients and Co-op offerings that will be sampled at the market. Weekly radio spots will also be recorded for the Tonia’s Kitchen program on WHAI about that week’s featured recipe. Student will additionally be responsible for help in market set-up and take-down.
Required intern qualifications
The ability for both team-based and self-directed work, familiarity with WordPress or similar development platforms for basic website design and maintenance (ideal, but, not strictly necessary), cash-handling experience/retail experience, a willingness to get dirty! Farm labor experience useful, but, not required–a passion for social justice, youth entrepreneurship, and community business development are.
Desired outcomes of internship
The successful running of another season of the Tuesday Farmer’s Market in downtown Greenfield, expansion of the partnership between the three organizations in a manner that will be replicable by other such partnerships, the exploration of a co-operative model for Western Massachusetts farmers’ markets, as supported by CISA and the Franklin Community Co-op.