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Market Garden Produce Coordinator

The Fold CIC
The Fold, Bransford WR6 5JB

Posted: 21 Jul 2021

Deadline: 31 Jul 2021

Compensation: Discussion

Paid Full-time Part-time


Job description

Main purpose of job

To coordinate the effective buying, selling and delivery of organic farm produce, optimising sales from the Fold Market Garden through various outlets in concert with the Fold Head Grower, such that wastage is minimised and the Market Garden becomes a thriving exemplar of organic market gardening serving and fulfilling the Fold’s Mission as stated in the Fold 2030.

Principle duties and responsibilities

  • Identify new and develop existing markets for the Fold’s organic produce
  • Work with the Fold Marketing Manager and Fold Head Grower to develop the veg box and other sales offers, including developing staff and volunteers to assist as required
  • Update social media with highlights of produce and regenerative information strengthening the Fold brand
  • Agree prices with Head Grower and marketing plan with the Marketing Manager
  • Develop customer relationships to effectively sell produce to all outlets
  • To forecast future harvest dates & quantities with the Head Grower and market accordingly
  • Administer and deliver customer orders including farm shop, café and veg box subscription orders
  • When required, supporting the farm shop with maintaining stock levels and quality management of fresh produce available for sale
  • Purchase supplementary vegetable and fruit shortages as required and integrate into system
  • Record crop sales and yields
  • General Market Garden admin support including, emails, phone, ordering, petty cash other communications etc.
  • Support the Fold with visitor engagement and sharing learning of regenerative agriculture
  • Ensure H & S compliance, updating and producing risk assessments etc as required
  • Provide leadership and attend relevant management and team councils
  • Provide and model excellent customer service
  • Help on the farm or other areas of the Fold as required and time allows

Key Result Areas

  • Financial sustainability of the Fold Market Garden within the Fold CIC by maximising sales opportunities
  • Minimal wastage of produce
  • Accurate farm records
  • Happy internal and external customers
  • Good average prices achieved
  • Increased perceived value of Fold produce

30 hours/week, days to be negotiated, including occasional weekends as required, and Monthly Fold Market on the first Sunday of each month from March to December.

Person Specification 

Personal - Essential

  • Commitment to The Fold’s Vision, Mission and Values
  • An outgoing, positive, proactive, and organised individual excited by introducing new customers to fresh organic produce, and maintaining excellent service to existing customers

Personal - Desirable

  • Interest in living in community
  • An interest in TEAL organisations
  • Commitment to personal growth

Competences, Skills and experience - Essential 

  • Sales and marketing competence and experience
  • Produce quality management
  • A keen interest in and some knowledge of organic vegetable growing and regenerative agriculture
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to build relationships
  • Good excel and word skills
  • Full driving licence

Competences, Skills and experience - Desirable

Some horticultural training

Knowledge and experience of:

  • veg box schemes or other product delivery services
  • grading and merchandising fresh produce
  • writing risk assessments
  • organic accreditation procedures
  • plant based production
  • care farming
  • funding and investment possibilities
  • Nutrition
  • training and education
  • storage management skills

Application information

TO APPLY FOR THIS ROLE

1. Log onto www.thefold.org.uk/get-involved/careers

2. Download & complete the application form

3. Email the completed application form to the HIRING MANAGER - with the subject header as 'Produce Coordinator & YOUR NAME'

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About The Fold CIC

The Fold CIC is an organic farm and sustainability centre based in rural Worcestershire. We champion sustainable and healthy lifestyles for the planet, the community and the individual through a range of educational events, yoga classes, our natural therapy centre, and cafe and farm shop. We also run a care farm three days a week for people with mental health issues or acquired brain injury.