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Part-time TLD Position Opening

Get Involved, Learn More, Tricia Phelps

date released: March 9th 2016

Local Food Coordinator Position (part-time)
Magazine Distribution, Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Grant Opportunities
Location: Northwest Lower, Michigan. Office: 1610 Barlow Street in Traverse City, MI
Start Date: ASAP

Our Mission:
“Taste the Local Difference® helps food businesses and the communities they serve realize the economic value of local food, while ensuring that healthy, local food is available to all consumers.”

About Taste the Local Difference® (TLD)
Taste the Local Difference is a local food marketing agency providing a vast array of products and services to Michigan’s local farmers and food businesses. TLD is a community resource and product identifier for local food— meaning the work we do helps consumers to find local food, in stores and throughout the community.

TLD consults with a variety of businesses including retail stores, hospitals and other institutions, about sourcing more local, healthy food options. These local-food consulting services provide value to businesses not only through staff education, procurement strategy development and promotion, but also through simple economics.

Responsibilities
The Local Food Coordinator Position is responsible for assisting the TLD Operations Director in business consultations about local, healthy food purchasing. The coordinator will make initial food assessments, strategize with Operations Director on possibilities for improvement, and help promote new initiatives once implemented.

Collecting information from various stakeholder groups about the needs and requests for new marketing materials will also be a requirement. The Local Food Coordinator will work with the Operations Director, and the Brand Manager to develop new materials. These materials will then need to be placed in-stores by the Local Food Coordinator and monitored for rips, tears or alterations. The Coordinator will be representing TLD in the community, interfacing with retailers, and interacting with consumers. The successful candidate is expected to be knowledgeable, professional and above all friendly.

TLD also produces an annual print publication that serves as a free community resource. Distribution of the 2016 Guide to Local Food in northern Michigan will also be a responsibility of the Local Food Coordinator. And therefore a car will be required for this position.

 The position will require a commitment of 20-30 hours per week. It is an entry-level position.

Preferred Experience

  • Retail or Service Industry
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Optional & Encouraged: Food Production or Farming

 

Desired Qualities

  • Task-Oriented
  • Motivated
  • Friendly
  • Self-Starter
  • Organized

Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Access to vehicle

Compensation:

This is a part-time position. Hourly rate is $12.00/hr.

TLD will pay a mileage rate for use of employee’s own vehicle.

 

CONTACT:
Tricia Phelps
TLD Operations Director
tricia@localdifference.org
231.941-6584

Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing their interest along with a resume of their work and school experiences.

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Homemade for the Holidays

Get Involved, Learn More, Tricia Phelps

The holiday buzz is here— covered in tinsel and flooding your inbox with cyber sales. But a look past the shiny, brash exterior reveals an activity at the heart of the season: gathering together with friends and family.

What brings us all together this time of year?

Well, food.

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Local Food—Relationships Required

Bill Palladino, Get Involved

Timothy Young, founder and chef of Food for Thought in Honor, has the same responsibilities and worries as most business leaders. But when it comes to managing relationships in his organic and wild-harvested specialty food company, Young has strong feelings about the food distribution system he relies on.

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Interested in Food Preservation?

Event, Get Involved, Learn More, Tricia Phelps

We’re giving away a chance to have fun and learn. That’s right, you heard me! You have a chance to attend a free class of your choice with ISLAND’s Preservation Station (Blanche- for short) thanks to TLD. A class with Blanche will teach you the basics about food preservation, get you excited about preserving food in your own kitchen, and to top it off you’ll get to take home some tasty eats to enjoy next week or a few months from now. 

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Fresh, Local Produce is Worth the Wait

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Tricia Phelps

In northern Michigan we get through the long, cold winters by looking forward to spring.We appreciate each season because we’ve experienced its absence.To eat seasonally builds this same excitement around the food we eat because locally grown and raised products come and go at different times.

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Jobs in the Industry- Spring/Summer Edition 2015

Economy, Get Involved, Retail, Tricia Phelps

We’ve had so many fun summer job opportunities come across our desks that we’ve decided to share them all in one place.  These are food jobs, farming jobs, plain-old awesome jobs. If you’re looking for a continual update on cool jobs in Northwest Michigan be sure to like Awesome JOB ALERT n.mich on facebook.

Voting for Local Proteins

Economy, Event, Get Involved, Proteins

By Tricia Phelps

There isn’t much more local than mid-term elections.  In that spirit we look this week at how your food purchases are acting as defacto votes for things you bring home in your shopping bag.

Support for local food often highlights the dollars we spend locally, but the other side of the equation also warrants recognition; the dollars spent elsewhere which leave the community without economic benefit. Those dollars aren’t reinvested locally, they’re earned, they’re spent, and they’re gone. With every dollar you spend, you’re asking for more of what you’re purchasing. Your dollar is your voice and your vote

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I was reminded of this at a luncheon with Michael Ruhlman during the recent Pigstock TC events October 22 – 24.  Ruhlman, author and  “cook”, and  Michael Polcyn, author and “chef” were both in town to espouse all things pig.  Ruhlman encouraged attendees to use their dollars with intention. When we spend our hard earned dollars on local beef, pork, or fowl, we’re asking for more of it, but the equation works both ways. Even with dollars spent on the occasional McDonald’s Happy Meal, we’re asking for more: more soda, more chicken nuggets and more cheap plastic toys.

In terms of dollars, an opportunity lies before us in the realm of local proteins. The annual Pigstock event focuses on the versatility of the Mangalista pig along with processing techniques and the craft of charcuterie. But emphasis was also placed on the dollars we haven’t, yet, captured locally. The opportunity to use your dollar to impart change is right in front of you. Every dollar spent is a vote. A chance to say, “I want access to more local proteins,” or “I want to eat local organic produce year-round.” Take the time to notice whether your dollar is communicating the message you truly stand behind.

While there is certainly room to grow in capitalizing on local proteins throughout Northern Michigan, we are grateful to have partners like these who offer us the best in local beef, meats, poultry & fish.  Next time you’re in the market for proteins to feed your family, find one of these TLD purveyors and ask them for their selection of locally grown proteins.

Burritts Fresh Market

Maxbauers Market

Duerksen’s Turkey Farm

Gallagher’s Centennial Farm

Oryana

Oleson’s

Rodger’s Grass Fed

Leelanau Piedmontese

Grain Train Natural Foods Market

Bargy’s Beef