Announcement of Open Position: Farmers Market Manager

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Announcement of Open Position

Lawrenceville Farmers Market Manager

Part-Time (10-15 hours/week), Year Round

 

About Lawrenceville United

Lawrenceville United (LU) is an inclusive, resident-driven community-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the quality of life of all Lawrenceville residents. LU is an equal opportunity employer and qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about LU, please visit www.LUnited.org.

 

About the Lawrenceville Farmers Market

The mission of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market is to provide access to fresh, locally-produced foods for all Lawrenceville residents and visitors in an inclusive, vibrant, and safe community space. The Market aims to lower barriers to fresh, healthy food especially for low-income families, older adults, and individuals with food insecurity or low food access and to support the development of a strong and sustainable local food system with farmers and small business owners. Originally created by a group of volunteer residents in 2011, the Lawrenceville Farmers Market now runs as an official LU program every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Arsenal Park, June through October. In 2019, the Market saw considerable growth after a move from Saturday afternoons to Tuesday evenings, with an average of 21 vendors and 822 attendees on a given Market day. Moving into the 2020 season, our goals are to continue the momentum generated in 2019 towards building a sustainable and quality Market, improve the diversity of vendors and variety of products, and improve participation and programming for target populations.

 

Summary of Position

The Farmers Market Manager is the main staff person responsible for the day-to-day planning and operation of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market, with support from the full-time Community Engagement & Program Manager. The position averages approximately 10-15 hours per week, year-round, with opportunity for more. Key responsibilities include:

  • Marketing and public relations: including creating and distributing all marketing materials (banners, flyers, postcards, etc.), managing press coverage, updating directories, editing website, operating multiple social media channels for the Farmers Market, and sending a weekly e-newsletter (via Mailchimp).
  • Vendor recruitment: aggressively seeking out vendors consistent with the policies and targets of the Market, retaining past vendors, and managing collection of documentation/paperwork.
  • Vendor management: serving as point person to all vendors, communicating with all vendors on a weekly basis, managing relationships and problem solving, supporting vendors to ensure a positive and profitable. experience, designing the Market layout, and organizing pre- and mid-season vendor orientations/check-ins.
  • Programming: planning, marketing, and implementing programming for the Market, including live music, chef demos, and programming for target populations (families, older adults, and low-income populations).
  • Administration: collection of vendor fees, weekly record-keeping and filing, completing weekly timesheets, and filling out relevant forms related to permits for the site.
  • Volunteer recruitment and management.
  • Fundraising: supporting recruitment of sponsorships, grant applications/reporting, fundraising events, and managing relationships with donors and sponsors.

 

Reporting Relationship

The Farmers Market Manager reports to and works closely with the Community Engagement & Program Manager. Weekly check-ins are expected, as well as monthly all-staff meetings. Other than the Market days (Tuesdays), hours are flexible. A Lawrenceville Farmers Market Advisory Committee, comprised of volunteers, provides advisory guidance and support to the Market.

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum 1 year experience working in food access, agriculture, or program/event coordination.
  • Marketing/outreach experience preferred.
  • Knowledge and command of Gmail, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor), Microsoft Office, Google Drive office suite, WordPress, Mailchimp, and Canva.
  • Valid PA Driver’s License (and comfort with driving LU’s pick-up truck).
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and set-up and break-down Market supplies, including tents, tables, and a variety of supplies.
  • Act 33, 34, and 73 clearances (LU can file for this if not already in hand).

 

Skills

  • Passion for and dedication to food access and locally-sourced agriculture
  • Strong ability to keep organized and prioritize a variety of tasks with limited hours
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with diverse populations and a multitude of stakeholders, including vendors, customers, sponsors, and partners
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and handle a variety of activities concurrently in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to problem solve in the moment, handle complaints and disagreements that may arise
  • Team-oriented, open-minded, and positive approach to all aspects of work
  • Comfort with being the on-site point person for many vendors, patrons, and partners

 

Wages & Benefits

  • $16.50/hour
  • 24 hours of paid sick leave per year
  • Simple IRA offered with up to 3% matching funds from Lawrenceville United

 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to HR@LUnited.org by April 3rd, 2020.

Lawrenceville-Wide Public Safety Meeting Recap: 1/28/2020

The first Lawrenceville-Wide Public Safety Meeting of 2020 was held on January 28th at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville branch. There were approximately 40 people in attendance.

Notes:

  1. State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl introduced himself as the state representative for 6th Ward (Lower Lawrenceville) and parts of 9th Ward (Central Lawrenceville). He noted Rep. Sara Innamorato covers the 10th Ward (Upper Lawrenceville). He noted he has been an advocate to help acquire funding for Arsenal Park’s master plan implementation, as well as the Lawrenceville community groups and affordable housing in Lawrenceville and beyond. He noted that budget season is coming around and he will be advocating for quality schools. He also noted that his office will be hosting a shredding event at Busy Beaver in the months ahead, and that his office is able to help residents get Senior Citizen ConnectCards to ride the Port Authority for free.
  2. PWSA presented on their lead line replacement program and noted that large portions of Lower and Upper Lawrenceville are on the schedule. They are seeking permissions to replace private lead lines for free at the same time that they replace the public lead lines. A list of streets is available here. Residents can check pgh2o.com/leadmap to see if their property is eligible, or call PWSA’s Lead Help Desk at 412.255.8987. See PWSA’s full presentation HERE.
  3. Dr. Heath Johnson, a crime analyst with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, provided a presentation on 2019 crime trends across Lawrenceville. Click HERE to view that presentation. Key takeaways were: citywide crime was down in 2019 and even more pronounced in Lawrenceville; the most sizeable decrease in Lawrenceville has been in Violent Crimes, down 56% over 5 year average; concentrations remain along Butler Street corridor (51st-55th and 40th-45th), which is expected in a busy commercial district; heroin overdoses dropped significantly between 2017 and 2018 with modest increases in 2019; there have been small increases in some “Nuisance” crimes, and large decreases in others.
  4. Zone 2 Police shared some safety tips for residents. Thefts from auto are down, but residents should continue to take belongings out of their cars, as criminals do not break into vehicles that are empty. Continue to watch out for unoccupied houses under construction, as these have been targeted for burglaries for tools and construction equipment when the contractors have gone home for the night.

Please let us know what content you would like to see for future Lawrenceville-Wide Public Safety Meetings: info@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220.

 

LCAN to Allegheny County Health Department: “Do something!”

Dec. 26 2019 PurpleAir.com screenshot of Lawrenceville and nearby areas
A screenshot of the PurpleAir.com network of PM 2.5 monitors in Lawrenceville (the 120 and 134 readings on the upper left) and nearby parts of Pittsburgh on Dec. 26, 2019.

As you likely heard or noticed, Pittsburgh-area air quality, particularly in Lawrenceville, was terrible in December. Air monitor readings at the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Liberty monitor in Clairton were frequently at or near the worst in the country.

In Lawrenceville there were very high readings of PM 2.5 – hazardous particles (“particulate matter”) that are tiny enough to be absorbed into our bloodstream after being inhaled. It’s unclear if those readings were mainly due to what was spewing out of Clairton Coke Works.

What is certain is four things:

1) Clairton Coke Works is a primary source of air pollution in the county’s airshed. The plant has regularly violated pollution limits in its many decades of operation. It and nine other industrial sources comprise the Toxic Ten, which put out more than 70% of the air pollution from all industrial sources in the county. Two of the Toxic Ten, McConway & Torley and Pressure Chemical, are in Lawrenceville.

2) Our county’s air quality has repeatedly received poor ratings from the American Lung Association, and we were one of only 10 U.S. counties to get all Fs in ALA’s yearly evaluation in 2019. Allegheny County air pollution puts us in the top 2% for risk of cancer.

3) The smog that befell Pittsburgh and the county for six days was due to a temperature inversion. This change in weather allows a warm air mass to trap a cold air mass close to the ground along with all the air pollution that would otherwise blow away. Some say climate change will make temperature inversions much more frequent.

4) Lawrenceville and everyone in the county, particularly folks in Clairton and those most exposed to and vulnerable to toxic air, need more accountability and responsiveness from county government.

That’s why LCAN joined fellow members of the Breathe Collaborative on January 10 in calling out the ongoing inadequate response from County Exec. Rich Fitzgerald, County Council, and the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to air pollution, and for a qualified permanent director of the ACHD. ACHD is the government agency that has the authority to regulate local air pollution in order to protect public health. All of our county officials must do much more to take this mandate seriously.

Christine Brill delivers her testimony to the Allegheny County Board of Health on Jan. 10. Click to view the video (via Inversion Documentary).
Christine Brill delivers her testimony to the Allegheny County Board of Health on Jan. 10. Click to view the video on Facebook (via Inversion Documentary).

The following testimony was delivered at an ACHD Board meeting that day by Christine Brill, a 20-year resident of Lawrenceville and a founding member of Lawrenceville Clean Air Now (LCAN).

I live less than a mile from two of Allegheny County’s Toxic Ten polluters: Pressure Chemical and McConway & Torley. I am deeply concerned about pollution in our region and the health of my family. I signed up to speak in December, when Pittsburgh’s 2019 Toxic Christmas Smog was still thick in my memory.

Pittsburgh’s 2019 Toxic Christmas Smog reminds us how bad it can get when polluters conduct business as usual even when EXISTING technology and meteorological analysis predict temperature inversions for the region. Early Christmas week, informed people – notably, not the ACHD – accurately posted on social media sites a warning that local air quality would be disastrous for 5-6 days. It was.

I am grateful for Interim Director Ron Sugar’s announcement about taking action to limit emissions during weather-related events. But he implied that regulations and weather technology do not currently exist. This is an excuse for inaction and delay.

I will now read from a portion of the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Allegheny County Health Department, Article XXI, Part F, Regulation 2106.01, Air Pollution Episodes:
a. General. The purpose of this Part is to provide the Department with the authority to decrease the severity and duration of air pollution episodes by requiring staged reductions in the emission of air contaminants and general reductions in activities which place demands upon air pollution sources or which result in generation of air contaminants either directly or indirectly, in conjunction with air quality measurements and meteorological forecasts. The goal of these reductions is the avoidance of conditions which may result in significant harm to human health or
welfare.
Effective Date: 10/20/1995

According to the EPA website, this has been ON THE BOOKS since 1995. What are we waiting for? I’m not a lawyer but it seems like the Health Department already has power and authority – it has simply chosen to do little to nothing.

Prioritize air quality regulation. It affects YOU! It affects everyone in our region. DO SOMETHING! Your INACTION speaks louder than words.

Get Involved

Want to be a part of LCAN’s efforts to make the air in our neighborhood and the county safe to breathe?

  • Learn more on our page.
  • Come to our next monthly meeting on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10am in the lower level of Lawrenceville Library.

2019 Lawrenceville Cookie Mall

Join LU for our annual nonprofit bake sale, kids holiday party, and light up night. This year, the Lawrenceville Cookie Mall and Light Up Lawrenceville will both take place on Saturday, December 7th!

Cookie Mall is from 4-7pm at the Estelle S. Campbell Boys & Girls Club4600 Butler St and the annual tree lighting ceremony happens at 7pm sharp in the driveway of Allegheny Cemetery. We’ll have kids crafts, live music, a children’s choir, and visits with Santa.

We’re accepting registrations for Cookie Mall tables now, fill out the application if you’re interested in selling cookies. We are charging $25.00 for the first table and $20.00 for each additional table to cover our cost for the use of this facility. All cookies must be made by the organization, not store-bought. Your organization keeps 100% of the proceeds. Contact LU – info@lunited.org or 412-802-7220 with any questions.

 

JOIN US! Lawrenceville United Fall Membership Meeting

October 9, 2019

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

118 52nd Street, PGH PA 15201 | 6:30p

 

We would like to invite you to attend our General Membership meeting on Wednesday October 9th at 6:30p.  Each year, Lawrenceville United hosts two (2) General Membership meetings, in the spring and fall to report on the work that has been completed, the work that is planned, and to engage the membership around priorities for moving forward.  LU is a resident-driven organization and we hope that you will join us to discuss those important issues facing our community now and how we can all work together to address them.  These meetings are also a great time to come to get caught up on development projects, or other community happenings and updates.

If you are not a member in current standing, you can renew, or sign-up for a new membership, at the meeting.  It is $5.00 for an annual membership, or $35.00 for a lifetime membership.

Your priorities are our work-plan so please join us so that we can move forward with a shared vision in protecting and improving the quality of life in Lawrenceville for all residents and stakeholders.

 

 

2019 LU Kids Halloween Party

 

 

 

It’s the Trick or Treat time of the year! Join Lawrenceville United for one of the neighborhoods longest running traditions , a spooooky #Halloween Party at the Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club.  There will be music, dancing, pumpkin painting, games, costume contests, and a HAUNTED HOUSE! All ghouls, fairies, and friends attending our Halloween Party will receive a free candy bag

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Haunted House

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Kids Halloween Parade

2019 LIVE! In Lawrenceville

Join us for 2019 LIVE! in Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville United’s annual party and fundraiser celebrating the neighbors, volunteers, and leaders that make Lawrenceville special. The evening happens at the Teamsters Local Union 249 in Lawrenceville on 9/7/2019 from 7-10 p.m.

Admission includes food and drinks from local businesses, fun games, and music spun by Arie Cole. Get tickets at http://bit.ly/LIVEinLV or contact 412-802-7220.

Interested in volunteering? We could use your help! Click the link on our Pittsburgh Cares site and learn about the different volunteer shifts available: https://buff.ly/2SuVY3x

2019 LIVE! In Lawrenceville

Join us for 2019 LIVE! in Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville United’s annual party and fundraiser celebrating the neighbors, volunteers, and leaders that make Lawrenceville special. The evening happens on 9/7/2019 from 7-10 p.m. at the Teamsters Local Union 249 in Lawrenceville.

Admission includes food and drinks from local businesses, fun games, and music spun by Arie Cole.  Tickets can be purchased through our Eventbrite page at http://bit.ly/LIVEinLV

Interested in volunteering? We could use your help! Click the link on our Pittsburgh Cares site and learn about the different volunteer shifts available: https://buff.ly/2SuVY3x

 

 

 

Spring 2019 LU Membership Meeting & Board Elections

***UPDATE 6/10/19: Missed our Spring Membership Meeting? Check out the presentation here.***

 

Please join us for our annual Spring Membership Meeting & Board Elections on Wednesday, June 5th at 6 p.m. at the Clemente Museum (3339 Penn Avenue). There are 6 “by-ward” seats up for election (2 for each “Ward”), and 8 eligible candidates. All Lawrenceville United members in good standing are eligible to vote in LU’s Board elections. Not a member yet? No problem! You can become a member online here, or you can join as a member in person at the meeting. The evening will also include refreshments and an update on LU’s work in the community & plans for moving forward.

There are three ways to cast your vote for candidates for the Board of Directors:

  1. Voting in person at the Membership Meeting on 6/5
  2. Returning a ballot by mail to 118 52nd Street, Suite 2026, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
  3. Voting online via THIS FORM.

The deadline to vote is Tuesday, June 18th, 2019.

This year’s Board candidate slate follows below, and members in good standing may vote for up to 2 candidates for each Ward (each neighborhood of Lawrenceville). Please click on any of the candidates to read their bios.

6th Ward (Lower Lawrenceville)

9th Ward (Central Lawrenceville)

10th Ward (Upper Lawrenceville)

 
 

*Current Board members running for re-election appear in bold with an *.

 

Questions? Contact LU at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.