Provender News

Inventory Maintanence Job Opening – Organically Grown Company

July 31st 2020

THE COMPANY: In most workplaces, throwing tomatoes at your boss would be frowned upon. At Organically Grown Company, we have a day set aside each year to do just that – the world knows it as the Tomato WAR, we call it group catharsis. The organic produce industry is not for the faint of heart, but will steal yours if you aren’t careful. We work really hard each and every day to bring the best organic produce to market from [Read More]

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Customer Service Specialist Job Opening – Cafe Mam/Royal Blue Organics (Eugene, OR)

July 30th 2020

Customer Service Specialist (Full-time Position) We are a small, family-owned, organic, and fair-trade coffee company and we are excited to be adding to our team! We have two, immediate, full-time, openings. A high degree of organization, good customer service & communication skills, and the ability to problem-solve are qualities needed to be successful in this role. Must have prior customer service experience and a desire to work for a mission-driven company. Responsibilities include: – Maintaining a positive, empathetic and [Read More]

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Delivery Driver Job Opening – Cafe Mam/Royal Blue Organics (Eugene, OR)

July 30th 2020

Delivery Driver While primarily a delivery driver position, a variety of other miscellaneous tasks will be required as well. Must have a desire to work for a mission-driven company. Responsibilities include: – Delivering coffee to local, Eugene businesses – Managing inventory at some accounts – Placing accurate coffee orders – Maintaining a positive, empathetic and professional attitude toward customers at all times – Acknowledging and resolving customer complaints – Knowing our products inside and out so that you can answer [Read More]

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Produce Manager Job Opening – Food Co-op, Port Townsend, WA

July 29th 2020

Are you a well-rounded local/organic foods/produce enthusiast with a passion for customer service? Do you have experience managing and supervising others? Working directly with farmers and local vendors? Are you looking for the stability of a job with excellent pay and benefits? Do you want to work at a successful natural grocery where your talents are appreciated & where you have opportunities to grow and make a positive impact? The Food Co-op is seeking a professional Produce Department Manager to [Read More]

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Natural Foods Department Manager Job Opening – Sunny Farms Country Store (Sequim, WA)

July 29th 2020

Natural Foods Department Manager, Sunny Farms – Sequim, WA Expectations Guide and empower natural foods staff and model how to actively engage customers, ensuring they receive unparalleled hospitality and professional service. Represent Sunny Farms in the community with a positive image. Participate enthusiastically with genuine care for our shared success. Create a welcoming environment for everyone. Responsibilities Train, schedule, and maintain a readied team that keeps the department fully stocked and rotated. Search for ways for the team to be [Read More]

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Paid Internship: Quality Control & Regulatory Compliance Assistant Job Opening – Hummingbird Wholesale, Eugene, OR

July 23rd 2020

The intern will work directly under the Quality Control and Regulatory Compliance officer at Hummingbird Wholesale. They will learn about Food Safety plans and documentation while supporting the department in improving, maintaining, and auditing the current plan. This is a paid internship (20-40 hrs/week), and runs July 1, 2020, through Fall Term 2020.

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GloryBee and Down To Earth Home, Garden & Gift Announce Beekeeping Supply Partnership

July 12th 2020

GloryBee recently made the decision to permanently close their Factory Store at Highway 99 and Airport Road in Eugene.  As of July 7, GloryBee is happy to announce a new partnership with Down To Earth Home, Garden & Gift, which will carry GloryBee beekeeping supplies in their Eugene retail store. Alan Turanski, GloryBee President and Beekeeper, says ‘We are thrilled that Down To Earth has agreed to partner with us to ensure that our community’s beekeepers have a local resource [Read More]

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National Sales Manager Job Opening – Maple Valley Cooperative

July 8th 2020

Title: National Sales Manager Position: Fulltime Reports To: Board of Directors via President of the Board Department: Sales/Marketing Maple Valley is a cooperative owned by farmers, employees, customers, vendors, and investors with sales in excess of $2M and we are looking for an experienced National Sales Manager. This position is responsible for developing and implementing effective sales strategies and leading the national sales team to achieve sales targets. This position will partner with the Business/Finance manager on a core management [Read More]

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If I Had a Crystal Ball

June 28th 2020

by Abigail Harris – Executive Director, Provender Alliance If I had a crystal ball, I’d know the future landscape of the natural foods industry. But even without one, it is “beyond obvious” that we are now navigating through a rapidly changing society with dramatic industry ramifications.  We are seeing that sudden and seismic change is possible, in all directions. Within the natural products trade, I’m noticing the confluence of three pressing issues: The [Read More]

From the Board of Directors: The Strength of the Network that Holds us Together as an Alliance

June 28th 2020

by Joe Wade – member Board of Directors, Provender Alliance I’ve tried to start writing this Message from the Board several times over the past weeks, only to find that events overtake anything that I say within a few days. This time I’m going to finish come hell or high water – but even as I say that I secretly worry that the next few days might just bring hell, high water, not to mention further outbreaks of Covid-19 and [Read More]

BIPOC Food Producers – Sowing the Seeds of Liberation

June 28th 2020

As a BIPOC-led alliance, HEAL Food Alliance is a multi-sector, multi-racial coalition building collective power to transform the food and farm systems. They are led by member-organizations and strive to amplify the experience and expertise of frontline communities who are most burdened by the disparities of our current systems. Members of the HEAL Food Alliance have previously presented at the Provender Alliance Annual Educational Conference. On June 18th, 2020, HEAL produced a powerful webinar: BIPOC Producers – Sowing the Seeds [Read More]

Categories: Journal Summer 2020

Collective Courage: A Short History of Black Co-operatives in America

June 28th 2020

by Lisa Barclay – Board Secretary, The Food Co-op, Port Townsend The long tradition of African American cooperation is not well known, and in her book Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, Jessica Gordon Nemhard sets out to remedy that gap in our knowledge. From mutual aid societies to independent fugitive communities and from farmer cooperatives to consumer co-ops, Professor Gordon Nemhard details how people work together in the face of racism and active [Read More]

Categories: Journal Summer 2020