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1. Protect Your Water Rights by Reporting
2. Organic Valley Announces "Transition to Organic Fund"
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7. GROW BIOINTENSIVE GARDENING WORKSHOPS WITH JOHN JEAVONS
8. Community Film Festival-Wealthy Theater,
9. Organic Ag Video Conference Series
10. Hoop House Training and Discussion
1. Protect Your Water Rights by Reporting
Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation's largest independent farmer-owned organic dairy cooperative, today announced the Transition to Organic Fund, a financial assistance program for dairy farmers who are making the transition to organic.
Organic Valley's Transition to Organic Fund will offset the costs of transitioning for dairy farmers who become members of the Organic Valley cooperative.
The farmers of Organic Valley are committed to helping dairy farmers make the transition to organic. We know how tough the transition process can be, and we hope our 'Transition to Organic Fund' can help farmers meet the challenge, said Tim Griffin, Organic Valley National Milk Procurement Manager.
For further information about the Organic Valley's Transition to Organic Fund, farmers are encouraged to call the Producer Hotline at Organic Valley, tel. (888) 809-9297.
Farmers in the greater Northeast (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania) are welcome to contact Peter Miller, Organic Valley's East Region Pool Coordinator, (888) 444-6455 extension 407, or (612) 801-3506 (cell), or email him at [log in to unmask].
Organized in 1988, Organic Valley represents 689 farmers in 20 states. It owes its success to staying independent and true to its mission: keeping small and mid-sized farmers farming. It's the only national organic brand that is 100-percent farmer-owned, and proudly the only independent national organic dairy cooperative in the United States.
In the last year alone, the cooperative achieved record success both in sales (up from $156 million in 2003 to $206 million) and in farmer recruitment (133 new farmers). Its increased number of acres and cows brought into the organic system was equally strong (up to more than 113,000 acres and 26,000 cows).The Organic Valley brand is the top-selling organic milk in both mainstream supermarkets and natural foods outlets along the entire Eastern seaboard.
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4. Farmers Market in Meridian Township seeking Market Master for ‘07
From: Julie Hanson
To: LuAnn Maisner
Date: 1/26/2007 11:52:08 AM
Subject: Posting of market master position
The Charter Township of Meridian is seeking a highly motivated, results oriented individual to manage its well established farmer's market. Successful candidate will have proven experience in agriculture, horticulture or farming management with thorough knowledge of industry standards and practices as well as a community spirit and ability to coordinate vendor activities. Minimum of Bachelors degree required.
Part‑time/Seasonal $4,000 stipend.
Send application and cover letter to Personnel Office 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos MI 48864. EOE
Julie M. Hanson, Assistant Personnel Director
Charter Township of Meridian
5151 Marsh Road
Okemos, MI 48864
Here is the job description:
Supervised by: Parks & Recreation Director
Supervises: Position has no supervisory responsibilities
Under the direction of the Parks & Recreation Director, manages the day to day activities related to the operation of the Meridian Township Farmers’ Market.
Essential Job Functions:
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.
1. Develops, plans, organizes, schedules, and coordinates activities related to operation of seasonal farmers’ market
2. Coordinates the use of facilities and equipment for market.
3. Recruits, interviews, selects, and supervises vendors. Collects vendor fees, assigns booth space and ensures product mix.
4. Makes budget recommendations for the Market.
5. Creates and maintains a system of reporting, interpreting, and publicizing activities to area residents. Prepares materials, maintains records and compiles evaluations and reports.
6. Assists in developing and implementing market rules. Acts a liaison with vendors to communicate rules and objects.
7. Sets up and takes down market signage and reports needed maintenance to the appropriate Township department.
8. Answers citizen and vendors inquiries and responds to complaints regarding procedures, policies and programs.
9. Works with the community and vendors to identify needs and preferences
and determines the number and types of products to be offered.
10. Keeps abreast of changing regulations and policies.
11. Performs related work as required.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. A qualified individual with a disability must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Requirements include the following:
· Bachelor degree in Agriculture or related field and experience in management, farming, and/or public marketing.
· Knowledge of the principles and practices of public sector market operation.
· Ability to work independently and display creativity and exercise good judgment.
· A State of Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License.
· Good knowledge of the safety issues and precautions relating to State Federal and local regulations.
· Good knowledge of public relations practices and vendor management.
· Skill in developing, coordinating and evaluating market policies and procedures.
· Skill in assembling information, analyzing data, preparing comprehensive and accurate reports.
· Skill in effectively communicating ideas and concepts orally and in writing, and in making presentations in public forums.
· Ability to develop programs and services to meet the needs of the community.
to train, supervise and coordinate outside vendors.
· Ability to work other than normal business hours.
· Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with vendors, citizens, the media, the public, Township officials, and other employees.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear and view written documents. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items of moderate weight.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works outside in a pavilion setting. The employee is continually exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Gerald J. Richards, Township Manager
Paul J. Brake, Assistant Manager/Personnel Director