Full-Time Position, St. Helena Island, SC
About The Gullah Farmers Cooperative: The Gullah Farmers Cooperative was formed in 2010, and today represents many Gullah farm operations in coastal counties of South Carolina. It is the largest Black-owned agricultural cooperative in the Southeast, and prioritizes serving Black farmers..
The Cooperative’s mission is to establish a profitable, significant local food market for Farmer Members who are honoring and continu
ing the agricultural traditions of our communities by growing fresh produce. The Cooperative’s facility on St. Helena Island provides wholesale packing, processing, aggregation, distribution and marketing services for current and new members, as well as other local farmers in the Lowcountry.
Farm Network Manager - Job Description
The Farm Network Manager holds a vital position for the Cooperative, working every day to ensure that a greater number of farmers are effectively engaged with wholesale production, sales and resources. Driven by a growth plan that will significantly increase the number of GAP-certified producers and wholesale sales over the next year, the person filling this position is a highly motivated individual who is focused on outreach, growth, and the establishment of high-quality farmer support services.
Specific duties include:
Managing weekly purchasing, pricing, logistics. Implement quality control systems with farmers during product delivery at the warehouse, and coordinate with sales and operations regarding inventory matters. Work with farmers to maximize produce quality.
Leading bi-annual crop planning meetings and maintaining the farmer production schedule.
Providing wholesale readiness assessments on farm, working with farmers to develop and implement farm improvements.
Develop and coordinate farmer workshops and consultations on wholesale readiness topics such as post-harvest handling and packing, greenhouse production, cool bot and cold storage construction, and food safety/GAP.
Recruit and engage farmers in the Cooperative’s wholesale readiness program.
Other duties as required.
20 - 30% local travel to farmers, farmer trainings, and relevant conferences and farm activities.
Farm Network Manager Job Requirements
At least two years’ on-farm production experience, preferably on a wholesale vegetable farm and/or working with farmers on post-harvest handling, packing and sales.
Experience coordinating and leading farmer education and training events.
Demonstrated understanding of food safety, post-harvest management and packing, produce quality standards.
Demonstrated understanding of the historic and present impact that race and culture have on small farms and farm families in the South.
Ability to consistently lift and stack items with a weight of 15 - 50 lbs.; experience with pallet jacks and hand trucks is a plus.
Ability to work with Microsoft Office, including excel, and social media.
Valid driver’s license at time of hire and up-to-date COVID vaccine required.
The salary range for this position is $40,000 - $50,000. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: email@example.com with the subject line: Farm Network Manager Application. Resumes reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The Gullah Farmers Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity Workplace.