Berkshire Grown, a nonprofit organization based in Western MA, seeks a dynamic nonprofit professional ready to lead Berkshire Grown to its next level of development. The new Executive Director will step into a vibrant organization with a talented and energized volunteer board of fifteen, a staff comprised of a Program Manager and Communications Director, and six consultants. The Director will build upon an already successful brand and program with the goal of significantly growing the organization.
The Berkshire Grown Executive Director serves as a passionate advocate for farmers and local food, an effective and proven fundraiser, a skilled networker and communicator, and an experienced nonprofit leader.
Berkshire Grown’s Mission and Programs
Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape.
Berkshire Grown has become the premier advocate for farmers in Berkshire County, and Berkshire Grown’s programs over the past nineteen years have branded locally grown food to increase sales for local farmers. Berkshire Grown cultivates a countywide food economy and brings communities together to ensure that our farms are viable businesses. Supporting farmers is the most delicious way to grow the local economy.
At Berkshire Grown, work is enjoyable. Berkshire Grown produces six winter farmers markets to extend the season for farmers and the community, and will be adding two markets, in March and April 2019. Berkshire Grown produces workshops for farmers to learn from experts about marketing, labor, food safety, and more. Berkshire Grown publishes an annual Guide to Local Food & Farms as well as an online map to local food.
Berkshire Grown’s Share the Bounty program buys shares in CSAs and gives the fresh food to local pantries and kitchens. Berkshire Grown brings the community and farmers together at two major fundraising events: the Spring Supper in March and the Harvest Supper in September. Collaboration and cooperation are significant values that guide Berkshire Grown’s work. Berkshire Grown is a founding member of The Massachusetts Coalition for Local Food and Farms. Locally, Berkshire Grown works collaboratively with a variety of community groups. Its annual budget is growing; in 2018 it is $304,000. For complete information, visit berkshiregrown.org.