tomato The mission of the Local Works Farmers’ Market is to create low cost market access opportunities for small businesses and local entrepreneurs. Our markets provide local farmers, growers, artisans and crafters with outdoor venues to showcase their abundant variety of high quality, fresh produce and hand crafted artisan products. Located in easily accessible areas of Bethlehem and Gorham, you will enjoy a comfortable atmosphere and a pleasant shopping experience. Supporting the local economy is the most direct way to engage in the local community, so come on down to the markets and meet the folks who grow and raise our food!

A current WREN membership at the business level is required to become a vendor.

Membership benefits include

  • Includes full business/vendor membership benefits for up to 2 people
  • A single listing in WREN’s online business directory, including business description, photo/logo, and link to your web page/social media site
  • Opportunity to display your business promotional materials in WREN Central
  • Direct marketing of your product through referrals by WREN staff
  • Opportunity to participate in two back to back markets
  • A one-year subscription to the WRENzine
  • 20% off fees for WREN classes and workshops for the whole year
  • Reduced rates for office services including photocopying, printing, and faxing
  • Weekly Email with WREN news updates
  • Facebook cross-marketing of your business through market posts and post sharing
  • Mentorship, networking opportunities and access to local market or retail opportunities

For more information, please contact WREN at 603-869-9736

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WREN is looking to fill the following position:

WREN Food and Farm Program Manager

Position Description

 

WREN is seeking a passionate and self-motivated individual to continue and grow our efforts to support the region’s (northern New Hampshire and adjacent Vermont) farm and local food economy. This work includes developing and implementing WREN’s efforts to support food and farm entrepreneurs through access to markets, technical assistance, education, and networking activities. The Manager will be based in our Bethlehem, NH offices.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

FARM & FOOD PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

  • Implement and manage scopes of work of current grants, including gathering data, evaluation, reporting
  • Support and supervise our Gorham and Bethlehem Farmers/Local Works Market Managers
    • Oversee the Gorham Farmers Market’s grant funded program and vendor support related activities, including the Wholesome Wave Program

 

WORKING WITH WREN MEMBERS and TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE DEVELOPMENT & DELIVERY

  • Identify and engage with local food and farm entrepreneurs, regional partners and opportunities
  • Design and deliver technical assistance and resource referral to WREN member food and farm businesses, including one-on-one sessions and educational programs
  • Design and coordinate training programs in conjunction with other staff and partners
  • Investigate and develop market access opportunities for food and farm businesses

 

PARTNERS & FUNDERS

  • Develop and maintain partnerships and community relationships to inform, create, and carry out program objectives
  • Implement and manage secured grants’ scopes of work, including gathering data, evaluation, reporting
  • Work with WREN’s Grants Manager to define funding needs and opportunities, and designing ‘next step’ programming and deliverables
  • Represent WREN at meetings, conferences, and gatherings, with occasional travel out of the region

 

Expected Knowledge, Skills & Education

  • Commitment to WREN’s mission and the importance of building a local food economy
  • Ability to work independently, but function as a member of a team
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Ability to manage budgets
  • Familiarity with or experience in the local food landscape
  • Business development experience a plus
  • Computer literacy, including comfort with social media
  • Bachelor’s degree or work experience equivalent
  • Reliable transportation and willingness to travel (mileage will be reimbursed)

 

HOURS & COMPENSATION

30 hours/week through 2017, with an increase to 35-40 hours for 2018. Some seasonal evening hours required for Gorham Market. Hourly pay ($20-22) tied to experience.

 

Send cover letter and resume to Natalie Woodroofe, WREN Grants Manager, nataliew@wrenworks.org or     PO Box 331, Bethlehem, NH   03574

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