The Southeastern MA Food Security Network (SMFSN) will be starting a new initiative this year, New Bedford City Fruit, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, New Bedford’s Dept. of Parks, Rec, and Beaches, and Dept. of Public Infrastructure. The SMFSN is looking to hire a dedicated and open minded team member to work as the Community Outreach Assistant. We are seeking someone committed and enthusiastic about educating and promoting the New Bedford City Fruit initiative. The City Fruit Assistant will work directly with the City Fruit Coordinator, the New Bedford City Arborist, and the Communication Assistant to complete the following goals: 1) Document New Bedford’s urban fruit infrastructure 2) Conduct city-wide outreach and education 3) Implement promotion and marketing plan 4) Host year-end community harvest event.
Mass in Motion (MiM) New Bedford is looking to hire a new reliable, trustworthy, and friendly team member to work as the New Bedford Farmers Market Assistant. There are three Farmers Market sites in New Bedford, located at Brooklawn Park, Custom House Square (Downtown), and Clasky Common. The markets run Monday, Thursday, and Saturday (more details can be found in the job summary). In 2015, the New Bedford Farmers Market implemented a new payment system that allowed customers to use credit/debit cards, and SNAP cards. This payment system runs on tokens, and allows more people the ability to access fresh produce, but it requires a Market Assistant to manage the card machine, and SNAP vendors. We are seeking someone committed and enthusiastic about helping these markets to succeed by managing the daily on-site activities of the market while also assisting the Market Managers.
Please visit www.massinmotionnewbedford.org for the job summary & job application. All completed applications are due May 20th and can be sent to Stephanie Reusch at Stephanie.Reusch@newbedford-ma.gov or mail to Mass in Motion, 608 Pleasant Street, 2nd floor, New Bedford MA, 02740
BY KAREN SCHWALBE
On a chilly March morning, the smell of fresh-baked muffins and even fresher coffee wafted out the door of Reed’s farm stand – the home of Under the Sun Farm. It was a welcoming first impression to a new business in North Dighton. Milton Teixeira, along with his wife, Caitlin, have recently opened in the location of the former Reed Brothers Produce and Garden Center, a fixture in the Dighton/Rehoboth area. The farm stand is open and stocked with the basics, including the all-important coffee and on-site bakery, to accommodate longstanding regular customers. Under the Sun Farm sells both its own produce as well as more traditional merchandise making it a destination market for the neighborhood. This past weekend the greenhouses officially opened with flowers, seedlings, baskets and bedding plants. I was able to catch up with Milton and Caitlin as they were preparing for the upcoming season.
Milton has been farming since the age of eight and his passion for it hasn’t diminished. A graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Milton is obviously very good at what he does. Read more →
BY KENDRA MURRAY
If there’s one thing I’d love to see flourishing in my garden, I’d have to say coffee plants. However, with our coldest days sometimes dipping below zero, I think I’m out of luck. Despite the fact that I’ll never have a coffee plantation in my yard (as long as I’m living in Massachusetts, anyhow), I can still pick up some locally roasted beans from Jim’s Organic Coffee (and that’s just as good)!
I had the pleasure of visiting Jim’s Organic Coffee, talking with owner Jim Cannell and getting a great tour and company history from Sandy Davis, the Marketing Manager. Before we sat down, Sandy offered me a cup of coffee. I was given the choice between the Jo-Jo’s Java, a medium roast and a best-selling blend, or the Sumatra French Roast, a single-origin dark roast. Though I was curious to try the most popular flavor, I stuck to my usual: a dark roast, black. Sandy poured me a tall cup of the Sumatra. Deep and bold, it is the only single origin dark roast that Jim’s offers. One word: fantastic.
Jim Cannell started the first all organic coffee roasting company in the United States. After selling that business, Jim’s Organic Coffee was born. Twenty years later, Jim’s is still committed to roasting a quality bean and maintaining quality relationships with the farmers who grow those beans. Jim himself has visited nearly all of the growers who supply him through organic co-ops across the globe. Read more →
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