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Grow the NYC local food system with Local Roots NYC!

We seek to grow Local Roots NYC as a mindful business that empowers New Yorkers to be home chefs by offering the freshest, local, sustainable food through our weekly produce markets that pop up in neighborhood bars, cafes, or your office. We offer recipes to pair with our weekly offerings, engaging culinary workshops, and a community of food-loving New Yorkers. We believe a stronger connection to our food, neighbors, and land can create tremendous positive change.

We are a small team with a big vision; we support each other in our work, geek out about food and farms, work hard, encourage creativity, and embrace ideas for improvement and new programming.

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Job Opportunities

Community Volunteer Positions
Market Site Leader
Food Sample Prep and Recipe Development

Community Market Site Leader
Local Roots NYC is looking for site leaders to help manage our weekly produce markets at neighborhood bars and cafes and will ideally live in the same neighborhood as the market you manage.

The Community Market Site Leader must be able to convey information about our farms and suggest recipe ideas to members, learn about food transparency and share with others, set up and break down markets, and help others pick up their food. You will also have the opportunity to strengthen our neighborhood outreach. It’s a fun and engaging way to learn more about local and seasonal foods and meet other like-minded New Yorkers.

– Setup and breakdown of the weekly market
– Engage with and assist Local Roots members in picking up their groceries
– Inspire our members with creative cooking and recipe ideas
– Attend 1 pre-season training and 1 mid-season staff meeting
– Learn about shares and the farms we work with to convey information to members
– Inspire our members with creative cooking and recipe ideas
– Engage and build community around the work of Local Roots in the neighborhood
– Post a flyer for the Farm Share program up at your market host location

– Passionate about the local food system
– Extremely organized and pays close attention to detail
– Part of a strong social network or experience as a community organizer
– Outgoing, friendly personality and an enthusiasm to convey information
– Excellent customer service and communication skills, must be well-spoken
– Ability to problem solve on the spot, good at multi-tasking
–  Enjoys working independently in a customer service oriented environment
– Interested in building community around local food at our markets
– A love for cooking at home, familiar with seasonality of produce in NYC
– Active in social media and proficient in food photography preferred but not required
– Sales experience preferred but not required

This position is unpaid. Instead, we offer a full share of vegetables managing a market and other food items for each additional site (additional sites not mandatory). You will be more active in NYC’s local food system, be closer to your food source, and share your knowledge and passion of food or nutrition with others.

Time Commitment  Local Roots markets run once a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings. Most sites span a two hour pick up window, with some additional time for set up and break down. The commitment is about 3 hours weekly. Site leaders must be able to commit to the weekly timeframe for their given site,

To apply, send a few sentences stating why you would like to be a site leader and resume to (no deadline) with subject line “Site Leader Position”. Please include availability; market locations and times can be found on our website.

Food Sample Prep and Recipe Development
You will create food samples to be distributed at our weekly markets to help engage New Yorkers with new dish ideas! You will also create the recipes that are printed as recipe cards. This opportunity will not only bring your dish creations to hundreds of New Yorkers a week, but it will help educate and inspire around home cooking.

This is an excellent opportunity for chefs and culinary students, and will put you in touch with our network of food influencers, members, and producers as well as get a complimentary vegetable share. You would begin Sept 11 and can prepare dishes at home. We want you to tap into your culinary creativity and prepare dishes you love. Preferably, these samples would be made every single week.

Email Fun@LocalRoots.NYC all year round if interested.