Zebulon begins farmer’s market manager search

08/15/2014 5:02 PM

08/15/2014 5:03 PM

Using grant money from the John Rex endowment, Zebulon is looking to hire a farmer’s market manager to establish the town’s first market.

The part-time, year-round position will hopefully be filled in the next month, but Community Center Coordinator Sheila Long said the town will take its time and wait for the best candidate.

“We don’t want to limit ourselves, we think this is very important person we’re looking for,” she said.

The town received a three-year, $210,000 grant from the John Rex Endowment fund last month that will help create a Greenway Master Plan for the town and establish the town’s farmer’s market.

The town was recently identified as a food desert, where it is difficult for residents to access fresh produce. By establishing the market, the town is hoping to rid itself of that label.

By August 2017, the town wants the market will be self-sustaining so it won’t have to rely on grant funds to operate.

“We want this to be a great opportunity for the town and we want it to be sustainable and we think its very important to start very strong and to give the community something to build on,” Long said.

The manager will be expected to work 10-20 hours a week at a pay rate of between $15-$18 an hour. The salary will be funded by the Rex grant.

Long said applicants don’t have to have prior experience managing a market, but the person should be passionate about what markets provide.

“(We are looking for) someone that has a passion for eating local food and making sure it is provided to the community,” she said.

In addition to helping establish the market through networking and planning, the town wants the applicant to be able to manage the process to allow EBT cards to be accepted at the market, handle marketing and promotion of the market and create and maintain a market website as well as social media accounts.

A full description of the position can be viewed online at townofzebulon.org. Applications can be printed from the site and be sent to Greg Johnson, the director of parks and recreation, with a resume by email or in person.

Candidates may also get an application in person at Town Hall.

For more information, interested applicants can contact the department at 919-823-1815.

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