Farm Market Manager
Employer: Rockland Farm Alliance
Work Location: New City, NY
Compensation Range: $18-$21
Duties / Responsibilities
Please note this is a job in NEW CITY, NY. Rockland County. This may be commutable from where you are or if you are looking to move. We unfortunately do not offer housing or transportation at this time.
We’re looking for the right person to take our Farm Market to the next level! This is an opportunity for an outgoing people-person with a creative streak and passion for good, local food to build out the market of our dreams.
About Rockland Farm Alliance and Cropsey Community Farm
Cropsey Farm has been a staple of Rockland County since the late 1800s RFA was founded in the early 2000s to preserve farmland in Rockland County. Cropsey Community Farm is their main farming project and RFA’s office headquarters. Cropsey Farm has 12 tillable acres, about 4 of which are planted with certified organic, diversified vegetables and fruit in 2024. Cropsey sells through the Farm Market, a market-style CSA, and a few wholesale accounts, including the school district. All produce not sold is donated to local food pantries.
RFA also has a rapidly-growing environmental education program which includes the 8 week Jr Farmers Camp on the farm, school field trips, and farm educator visits to the local schools. While mostly separate, the Cropsey Farm crew and the RFA farm educators do occasionally work together on educational programming.
RFA also hosts several big events during the season, including the Twilight Dinner, Fall Festival, Holiday Market, and seasonal table-at-the-farm dinners.
All the RFA staff from the office, farm, and education teams share the office and have made it a goal to create a workplace environment of understanding and flexibility. In its current iteration, RFA’s managing staff are women and parents, open minded and family friendly. We work hard and hold the same high expectations of our staff but are not shy that we love our jobs and celebrate each other every day. We also have a dedicated breastfeeding-friendly certified space.
About the Farm Market and Market Manager Position
The Cropsey Farm Market is on the farm in the historic red barn on the hill. The barn was completely renovated in 2019, has 3 levels and electricity. We currently have 1 reach-in fridge unit and 2 reach-in freezer units. Our community knows the farm well but many of our customers say they haven’t been to the farm in years, even though they live next door. The Farm Market is how the community first interacts with the farm: by coming onto the property and interacting with the market staff!
The focus of the market is to sell Cropsey Farm produce, highlighting the super local, organic, and seasonal produce coming from our fields. Other products in stock are also as locally produced as possible, showing the range of high quality cooking products from our community.
We also have a curated section of vintage and antique items. This area is primarily managed by someone else, but the market manager will work with her on sales tracking.
The Farm Market Manager does more than just sell our products. You will be learning what our community wants to see in stock and events/activities to host. Maybe it’s more plant sale options, more kids activities, more baked goods, gardening classes. You will work with the farm management team on plans to make it happen!
This position could be a hybrid position with the Farm Crew, Animal Staff, Education Team and/ or Office staff if you’re interested in more full time hours.
Desired Applicant Experience
Who are you? Or: Desired Skills and Qualifications
- Outgoing, people-person willing to extend patience and kindness to all who come to the farm.
- Someone excited to be part of a team who are building the foundation layers for the future of the farm!
- Retail experience and farming experience a plus! It’s always been beneficial for someone with farm knowledge to chat with customers.
- A strong work ethic with a sharp eye for detail, efficiency, and creativity. We work hard and have fun doing it.
- Experience working with Square a plus.
- Team player. Clear and frequent communication is crucial.
- Able to perform physical labor. Must be able to lift 50lbs, kneel and bend, and be able to perform repetitive tasks. Our produce has to be moved from the walk-in coolers to the market for set-up and break-down every market day (with a farm truck)
- Valid driver’s license
Some Goals for the 2024 Market Season are:
- Apply to accept SNAP benefits
- Source grants for market expansion
- Expand the market set up by cleaning the upper barn and determining the best use of space
How to Apply / Notes / Other Information
How to Apply
To apply please, send a resume, tell us a bit about yourself, and 3 references who know you personally and professionally who can tell us about your work style to firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to learning about you!
Rockland Farm Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating a multicultural team. We consider everyone for employment without regard to race, religion, age, sex, gender, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, citizenship status, familial status, military status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and look forward to reading yours.