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Visit the Valley Roots Food Hub website for CSA signup, Commercial Kitchen, Harvest Blog & more at www.valleyrootsfoodhub.com


Exciting Opportunities for Colorado Food Hub Participation!

Please spread the word! The VRFH is experiencing growth and we are getting set for the coming season - get involved at the heart of the local food system. See below for complete job descriptions.

  • Colorado Food Hub Network Coordinator - Denver-based position
  • Valley Roots Food Hub Operations Manager - Mosca Colorado
  • Valley Roots Food Hub Driver/Customer Service/Warehouse Manager - Mosca Colorado
  • Valley Roots Food Hub CSA Market Manager - Mosca Colorado

Colorado Food Hub Network Coordinator Job Description
(Job open until the right candidate is found)

Organization history:
There are numerous food hubs proposed, emerging, and operating in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. In 2015 the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Development Center proposed establishing a peer network of these hubs. The hubs share common goals, values, principles and best practices, and aim to grow a regional food system. This peer group is operating as an organization called the Colorado Food Hub Network. It manages a food system that allows the hubs to sell each other's products. Another project is to grow sales for all hubs in the Denver region. The Network adheres to the Seven Cooperative Principles. It promotes the goals, values, principles, and best practices of sustainable agriculture, product freshness and quality, fair prices to farmers, community, transparency, and healthy food access.

Recommended background:
- 2 years food sales experience (grocery, restaurants, and/or institutions)
- 2 years food systems experience
- Management experience preferred
- Understanding of Colorado' local food landscape and businesses preferred

Personality, work style, & skillsets:
- Detail oriented problem solver
- Natural salesperson and networker
- Comfortable working alone/independently
- Strong meeting facilitation skills
- Public speaking and community relations skills
- Entrepreneurial work ethic
- Patience and empathy
- General computer and accounting skills

Job description:
- Build sales of existing products
- Implement a new software and/or sales system
- Conduct production planning study
- Work with transportation providers to fulfill orders
- Coordinate decision making process with leaders at the hubs
- Implement marketing and represent the hubs at events
- Eventually hire and manage a team

Compensation:
- 5% Sales Commission
- $1000/mo base salary

Apply:
Send letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to opportunity.slvlocalfoods@gmail.com


Valley Roots Food Hub Operations Manager

Working at Valley Roots: These jobs with Valley Roots are at the heart of the local food system. The ideal applicant will have an interest in developing meaningful relationships within the communities in which the food hub works. The applicant will have a keen sense of organization and attention to detail. A love of local food, sustainable agriculture, and community are a must.

As the Operations Manager, you will start as and able to perform the job of Driver, Customer Service Representative, and Warehouse Manager (see separate job description below). You will need to be able to fill in this position as needed and help hire new folks for this position.

The Operations Manager will also need to be able understand, manage, and operate all aspects of the Valley Roots Food Hub. This includes communicating with customers and producers on orders, transport companies on transport details, other food hubs on hub to hub trading, commercial kitchen operation, and regulatory agencies as needed.

The applicant will have good business skills, be able to understand margins/markups, and know how go the mile for our customers when needed.

Computer skills required: Basic website design/blogging/newsletters, proficient in email, Microsoft Office, and have an online acuity to be able to pick up our local food logistics software, Local Orbit.

Background experience: Driving, customer service, warehousing, sales, food sales, agriculture, restaurants, food service, commercial kitchen work, value-added food production.

Hours: Seasonably dependent. Winter start at 20 hours per week on Thursdays and Fridays. This position is expected to grow into a full time position.

Compensation: Starts at $13/hr with opportunity to advance quickly. Salary potential. We are looking for entrepreneurs who want to grow with us. 25% discount on food purchases.

Apply:
Send letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to opportunity.slvlocalfoods@gmail.com


Valley Roots Food Hub Driver, Customer Service Representative, Warehouse Manager
(Position open until filled)

Working at Valley Roots: These jobs with Valley Roots are at the heart of the local food system. The ideal applicant will have an interest in developing meaningful relationships within the communities in which the food hub works. The applicant will have a keen sense of organization and attention to detail. A love of local food, sustainable agriculture, and community are a must.

As the Driver, you are the face of the company and will be interacting with extremely hardworking and busy people from farmers and ranchers to retailers and restaurant operators.

The truck and warehouse are your domains. An excellent driving record, a like of driving, and an ability to read lists and keep accurate counts of products and orders will be required. Working long 10-12 hour days are normal and maintaining a sense of humor and good work ethic are required throughout. Lifting 50 lb boxes on and off trucks all long will be required.

Local food distribution is a team effort, yet the applicant will also be on their own all day and will need to be able to keep up the hustle and make good judgment calls.

A knowledge and understanding of diesel engines and trucks is helpful.

Hours: Seasonably dependent and variable, however Thursdays and Fridays 8am-8pm should be planned. There will be runs on Tuesdays every 2-3 weeks, as planned.

Compensation: Pay starting at $13/hr and we are looking for entrepreneurs who want to grow with us. Staff of the food hub will be able to purchase food through the hub at 25% off.

Apply:
Send letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to opportunity.slvlocalfoods@gmail.com


Valley Roots Food Hub CSA Market Manager
(Position open until filled)

Working at Valley Roots: These jobs with Valley Roots are at the heart of the local food system. The ideal applicant will have an interest in developing meaningful relationships within the communities in which the food hub works. The applicant will have a keen sense of organization and attention to detail. A love of local food, sustainable agriculture, and community are a must.

As the CSA Market Manager, you will manage our CSA Online Marketplace, growing and maintaining our CSA membership, and all CSA distributions.

There will likely be a need to use your personal car (mileage reimbursed) for pick ups and/or CSA deliveries.

The applicant will have good business skills, be able to understand margins/markups, and know how go the mile for our customers when needed.

Computer skills required: Basic website design/blogging/newsletters, proficient in email, Microsoft Office, and have an online acuity to be able to pick up our local food logistics software, Local Orbit.

Background experience: Customer service, internet marketing, warehousing, sales, food sales, retail, wholesale, agriculture, restaurants, food service, commercial kitchen work, value-added food production.

Hours: Dependent on the season and how much you grow the membership. During summer produce season, about 5-10 hours per week. This position will be what you make it. And there is lots of room to grow.

Compensation: Summer CSA is Salaried. We are looking for entrepreneurs who want to grow with us so the CSA Manager will be eligible to receive 5% commission on all CSA Gross Sales. Also they will receive 25% discount on CSA food purchases.

Priority: Priority for this position will be given to individuals who also are interested in the other positions at Valley Roots: Driver and Operations Manager.

Apply:
Send letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to opportunity.slvlocalfoods@gmail.com


A Celebration of Local Agriculture!

It is a profound experience to go to the table and recognize ingredients that bring the face of the farmer and their care of the land to mind as the eater dishes it onto their plate. The Valley Roots Food Hub Season Kick Off held Saturday at Frances Vander Stappen's Grille at the Cattails Golf Course provided this exquisite experience. The event at the City-owned Grille was a marrying of a visionary chef with a visionary local food movement.

The event was a celebration of the Valley Roots Food Hub's 2016 growing season where the Hub provides a local and year round aggregation and distribution service to the community. The Hub, a tenant in the White Rock Specialties packing plant in Mosca just completed its first year of operation. The event was an opportunity for community members to meet participating producers who provide local product to the food hub's weekly offerings. Sheldon Rocky an owner at White Rock Specialties is proud to house the Valley Roots Food Hub and reflects that "our two farms White Mountain Farm and Rockey Farms have been advocates and supporting local for generations." Read Full Event Story Here… »»

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Valley Roots Food Hub - CSA Online Market is NOW OPEN!

Enjoy watching the 2015 CSA Video of delicious Fresh Food dishes from the San Luis Valley! Watch CSA Video »»

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san luis valley roots food hubGreetings Fellow Eaters of South Central Colorado!
san luis valley roots food hubThe Valley Roots Food Hub is a regional aggregator and distributor of local foods. We build relationships in our communities by serving producers, grocers, restaurants, and institutions with the most fresh, and highest quality local foods from your friends and neighbors. Now we are excited to be offering our 1st Summer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fresh Box and CSA Online Market to you! Learn more about the Valley Roots Food Hub by visiting the website at: http://www.valleyrootsfoodhub.com

Building the Local Food Economy is here and now.
The Summer CSA Fresh Box is both a membership into the CSA Program and Summer distributions of Colorado storage crops and greenhouse production. The online CSA Market is a cutting-edge, informative, and effective way to shop for the freshest and best local foods right from the source.

Heres How it Works:

  1. Sign Up - Interested folks can register for an account here:
    https://valleyrootsfoodhubcsa.localorbit.com/users/sign_in
    This season is now closed. Stay tuned for the WInter CSA December 2016-January 2017!
  2. Become a Member - Select the 2016 Summer Fresh Box Multi-Farm CSA for $450 under Memberships (near the end of the catalog). The Summer CSA Distribution Box will allow you to use the CSA Online Market. The Summer CSA Share includes all the local, FRESH foods from our region that can be procured at this time of year. You can look forward too:
    • Squash (1+ varieties)
    • Onions (1+ varieties)
    • Garlic (1+ varieties)
    • Potatoes (3+ varieties)
    • Carrots
    • Mushrooms (2+ varieties)
    • Quinoa
    • Honey
    • Greenhouse head lettuce (1+ varieties)
    • Basil
    • Kale
    • This list is an example only, the final list may change depending availability and market conditions, but will come out to the expected value. Like the spirit of a traditional CSA, half the excitement is in the element of surprise.
  3. Shop - Once you have selected the Summer CSA, you can shop for all the other items in the Market, such as meats, grocery items, eggs, and dairy. These items are charged separately from the Summer CSA Box of FRESH items. Just click on each item to add them to your shopping cart. Meats are on a per pound basis and are all unique so just make your selections and we will adjust the poundage and pricing before we send it out.
  4. Payment - Payments are made via credit card at checkout. Your card won't be charged until about a week after placing the order. SNAP EBT payments will be available soon.
  5. Delivery - The 2016 Summer Fresh Box Multi-Farm CSA is for 13 weeks and will be composed of One Box available for pickup on Fridays. Please refer to the dates listed at sign up. The other items you purchase from the CSA Market will also come on those days. The pick up locations will be:
    • Alamosa Local Food Coalition Office by 12 pm
    • Crestone, Chokecherry Farm by 2pm
    • Saguache, 4th St Food Store, by 3pm
    • Salida, 5th and D St by 5pm
  6. Deadlines - Your Summer CSA is due as soon as possible (so we can plan) and the CSA Market items will be due the Wednesday 4pm before that Friday's delivery.

Please direct any questions to our Manager Nick Chambers at: nick@valleyrootsfoodhub.com or 719-588-8245.


"Eating is an Agricultural Act." - Wendell Berry

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