Massachusetts Avenue Project

Contact information
Farm Address:
387 Massachusetts Ave
Buffalo, New York, 14213

Primary Contact: Diane Picard
Primary Phone:
    Number: 7168825327
    Email: dpnoc@MASS-AVE.ORG


Internship information
General Farm Description: The mission of the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) is to nurture the growth of a diverse and equitable community food system to promote local economic opportunities, access to affordable nutritious food and social change education. MAP's Urban Farm employs sustainable and organic growing methods to produce culturally diverse produce on reclaimed land. MAP's Mobile Market brings fresh produce to areas of the City of Buffalo impacted by food apartheid. The Mobile Market partners with organizations across Buffalo to reconnect households to their food source and ensure folks have access to culturally appropriate produce. MAP’s Growing Green Youth Program is a year-round youth development initiative that involves youth in solving Buffalo’s challenges related to nutrition and healthy food access. The program trains youth in urban agriculture, food systems issues, microenterprise development, and leadership. MAP values creativity and cooperative principles and our staff work closely as a team.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 4/1/2022
Internship Ends: 0/0/0000
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 3/18/2022
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 year

Internship Details:

The Market Director’s role is to develop and promote an equitable food environment within Buffalo’s diverse communities. The Markets Director will work closely with community partners to ensure MAP’s Mobile Market program is offering fresh, affordable, and culturally-appropriate produce; effectively reaching out to and sharing produce information with community members; and fostering a good working relationship with surrounding neighborhoods, related services, producers, and community leaders.

Educational Opportunities: Build community through the lens of fresh food, network with local farms, impact the food system first hand

Skills Desired: Community Building, Coordination & Management Develop and manage partnerships with community organizations interested in hosting the Mobile Market truck and related programming; Coordinate, manage, track, and evaluate on-going neighborhood-based Mobile Market service delivery; Procure and store food and food products from an array of local farms, wholesalers, and small businesses; and Create, manage, and maintain complementary educational support for market visitors, including but not limited to training and supervising interns and MAP youth, preparing print materials, and/or developing online resources. Market Operations Operate, manage, track, and evaluate markets at community partner locations, including but not limited to produce packaging and storage, market set-up and break-down, customer service, point-of-sale management, cash-handling, bookkeeping, and reporting; Maintain weekly market schedule including MAP’s Market at the Farmhouse and all off-site market locations; Manage regular marketing duties including monthly e-newsletter, weekly Mobile Market Newsletter, social posts, and community-based outreach; Recruit and manage interns and volunteers to create a support team of 5 or more; Create and implement strategies to grow customer base and promote the importance of a healthy, seasonal, and local eating lifestyle; and Assess customer and community partner feedback on a regular basis to improve future programming. Additional Responsibilities Coordinate CSA management services with partner farms; Plan and execute annual CSA Day event with MAP’s Development Director; Plan and execute annual Seedling Sale with MAP’s Farm Manager; Plan and manufacture a limited line of value-added products in conjunction with MAP’s Farm Manager and Kitchen Manager; Participate in MAP’s annual signature fundraising event; Mentor and assist MAP Youth through market-related support tasks including weekly work shifts, summertime mentoring, and more; Update annual operating licenses and permits and coordinate vehicle maintenance; Participate in program evaluation, strategic planning and budgeting; and Attend periodic weekly staff meetings, and occasional board and community meetings, as needed.

Meals: no

Stipend: Salary range $46,000-$48,000

Housing: no

Preferred method of Contact: emial