|Local Foods Project Associate||https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/538517/Local Foods Project Associate||Local Foods Project Associate||San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition||<p>
The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (SLVLFC) is the parent organization for several projects, including the Valley Roots Food Hub (Hub), Cooking Matters (CM), Local Foods Guide, Rio Grande Farm Park (RGFP) and other local foods and nutrition initiatives. Formed in 2008, SLVLFC is a grassroots movement that aims to reconnect Valley residents to their historical ties with the seed, soil, farmers, animals, and stories of where and how their food is grown. This position will involve activities related to two or more of these projects, with a primary focus on the Hub and CM, along with opportunities to assist the Executive Director with other tasks related to non-profit management in keeping with the skills and interests of the volunteer and overall operational needs. Note that a separate volunteer position has been listed for the Rio Grande Farm Park, another substantial project of the Coalition. Valley Roots Food Hub was launched in 2015 as a key distribution link in building a sustainable local foods economy. Still in its developmental stage, the Hub serves producers, small grocers, restaurants, schools and CSA subscribers with high quality local foods. Another key link in the system is Cooking Matters, which provides nutrition education and works to provide equitable access to local foods for low-income households with young children.
<b>Valley Roots Food Hub:</b> spend an average of 12-16 hours/week at the Hub warehouse, located 10 miles from the SLVLFC main office in Alamosa. The project associate will assist the Hub manager with a variety of tasks that may vary seasonally. These range from getting your hands dirty picking up, cleaning, packaging and delivering fresh foods around the region, to administrative tasks related to managing this social enterprise, to helping coordinate occasional community gatherings, educational events, and work days.
<b>Cooking Matters:</b> spend an average of 6-8 hours/week supporting the CM team, including coordination of logistics and participant enrollment for nutrition ed classes throughout the San Luis Valley.
<b>Other non-profit management tasks:</b> remaining hours will be allocated to a range of organizational development tasks, including administration, grant-writing, fundraising, marketing, research and events organizing. Work with the Executive Director on behalf of overall Coalition operations or other specific projects. Join a great team of project managers and other volunteers and receive a hands-on introduction to non-profit management tasks and skills.
While much of the work for this position can be done during normal weekday hours, there is one extended evening shift at the Hub for packing orders during high-season times, as well as other occasional evening and weekend events.
<li>Education and/or experience in sustainable ag, local foods movement, nutrition and/or non-profit program or social enterprise development a plus</li>
<li>Ability to be flexible and transition between varied project teams, settings and needs</li>
<li>Comfortable relating to a diverse range of community participants</li>
<li>Some experience in a Latino cultural setting and/or moderate Spanish fluency a plus</li>
<li>Good verbal, written and computer skills</li>
<li>Able to work hard, including physical labor as required</li>
<li>Ability to drive for work, including use of the Hub truck as needed</li>