Oversee operation of the multi-farmer World PEAS Food Hub distributing fresh, locally-grown produce throughout the Merrimack Valley and Boston area. Operations include a 400-share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, multiple wholesale accounts and a variety of community partnerships serving low-income and food insecure individuals. Goals include growth of the operation by expanding market channels and diversifying CSA offerings, increasing number of food access partnerships and establishing an institutional marketing program.
The World PEAS Food Hub Manager will manage all activities associated with a $300,000/yr multi-farmer World PEAS Food Hub, including leading the Food Hub team in maintaining a high level of reputation for World PEAS products. World PEAS distributes fresh, locally-grown produce to over 30 distribution points around the Boston area. The Food Hub includes an expanding low-income food access component, consisting of multiple community partnerships. The Food Hub also provides market training and technical assistance to new and beginning farmers who are the main suppliers of the Food Hub.
With commencement only two weeks away, you are probably (a) taking finals and writing papers, (b) preparing for commencement, or (c) moving off campus for the summer or (boohoo!) for good.
We can’t offer you much help with the first two things but if you are indeed moving off campus, you should know that TuftsRecycles has a list of things that they collect for recycling, among them: books and school supplies, carpets, crutches and air casts, electronics, clothing and linens, hangers, and unopened cans of food. Look for the proper boxes in the dorms and check the TuftsRecycles website for more details.
Do the CSA folks miss their fresh organic vegetables? I know I do. Most local farmers’ markets won’t start for a few more weeks (usually after Memorial Day). Download a schedule of farmers’ markets near Tufts from our website to look for one near you. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for the summer CSA with World PEAS, a program of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project sponsored by Community Teamwork Inc. and the Freidman School of Nutrition.
Don’t forget – the 2012 Bay State Bike Week is going on from May 14-20 and you can still register and help Tufts win the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge. Tufts’ total miles wentfrom 130 to 537 in a week but we are still a distant 4th behind BU. Come on, Jumbos! If you signed up, contact us at the Office of Sustainability. We have a few t-shirts to give away. (Supplies limited)
Best of luck and enjoy the sunshine!
– Communications & Outreach Specialist, Tufts Office of Sustainability
YOU’RE IN LUCK!
These tasty vegetables could soon be sitting in your own kitchen!
If you want to take part in the all-new Tufts CSA, this website is the best place to start:
Are you interested in affordable, fresh picked local produce delivered to you on campus?
You are in luck! Tufts is hosting a pilot Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program during the Spring semester. If you’re interested, come to our general interest meeting on Monday, January 30th at 9pm in Eaton 209
What’s a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This means that you buy a share in a farm at the beginning of a season (in our case, the beginning of a semester) and you get produce delivered to you here. When you sign up for a farm share with Enterprise Farm, you will receive an individually packed box of fresh produce, delivered directly to Tufts for pickup every Tuesday from February to April (no shares on March 20 during spring break)
Prices and Details
You choose what size works for you! Shares cost as little as $24/week.
Small (good for 1-2 people): $264 ($24/week)*
Medium (good for 2-3 people): $341 ($31/week)*
Large (good for 4 or more people): $462 ($42/week)
You will be signing up for the entire spring semester. When you look at these numbers, think about your weekly grocery bill and what you won’t have to buy at the store. For more information on how much food this is, visit the Enterprise website.
How do I take advantage of this incredible opportunity?
If you are ready to sign up now, fill out this spreadsheet and you will be contacted with further information about payment and registration. This form is only for people who are committed to purchasing a share. The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 3rd. And deliveries begin on February 7th. However, if you don’t make it to the deadline, there is a pro-rated structure that allows you to join the CSA in the succeeding weeks.
Sign up here: TUFTS CSA
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org