Position Opening: Exchange (Food Hub) Manager

Allen Neighborhood Center is seeking an Exchange (Food Hub) Manager for Allen Market Place. Our full time Exchange Manager will:

  • have primary responsible for providing aggregation and distribution services to increase sales of regionally grown food and food products to commercial and institutional buyers, e.g., restaurants, hospitals, schools, caterers, grocers, buying clubs, etc.
  • support the development of the local value-added industry by linking growers and food entrepreneurs with the AMP licensed Kitchen to create value-added products, with the option of distribution through the Exchange;
  • develop and promote a comprehensive schedule of training workshops, marketing services and coaching opportunities (e.g. business planning, financial management, food safety compliance, marketing & branding, etc.) taught by educators and mentors from partnering organizations throughout the region.

Specific duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with regional growers and food producers and with local food procurers to increase use of the Exchange.
  • Manage the online website (www.allenmarketplace.org) and software associated with the Exchange.
  • Coordinating use of the AMP incubator kitchen by growers & food producers to create value added food products; provide guidance for licensing and link to training opportunities.
  • Develop additional uses of the AMP kitchen (e.g., culinary job skill development)
  • Facilitate activities of the instructional team; create & promote a robust workshop schedule of offerings for growers & food producers.
  • Recruit, train, and direct volunteers and interns involved in the Exchange.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Skills in managing our online website (www.allenmarketplace.org) and software associated with the Exchange.
  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail as they manage multiple tasks/projects at a time.
  • Experience in managing and creating relationships with multiple partners, patrons, and neighbors.
  • Entrepreneurial energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, and teamwork.
  • High level of initiative.
  • Ability to develop, implement, nurture and evaluate programs.
  • Passion for strengthening the local food system and for the ANC mission.
  • Commitment to Lansing’s Eastside, its residents, stakeholders as well as strategic partners throughout the mid-Michigan region.
  • A bachelor’s degree in relevant area of study.
  • Management experience in business or non-profit organization preferred.
  • Flexible availability required (some nights and weekends).
  • Experience in food programs.
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license.


  • Full-time position (40 hours/week) to begin early November 2014.
  • Salary commensurate with experience; benefits available.

Cover Letter & Resume due Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Submit to: Joan Nelson, Director                                                                                                                 Allen Neighborhood Center                                                                                                                   1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912                                                                                            517-999-3912; joann@allenneighborhoodcenter.org


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Announcing Allen Market Place’s Fall 2014 Food and Farming Workshop Series!

Please help us spread the word about this new workshop series. All programs are free, and targeted at farm or food-related businesses.

Workshops will be held at:

Allen Market Place, 1629 E. Kalamazoo St. Lansing, MI 48912

And, are broken into two different styles:

Wednesdays from 1-1:30 PM: 20-30 minute “flash trainings” that provide an in-depth look at a single topic, conveniently timed to fit busy producer’s schedules and coincide with the Allen Street Farmers Market.

Fridays from 1-3 PM: More conventional workshops covering a range of topics around improving food safety and business practices for farmers, food producers, or those interested in starting new food businesses.

For questions, or to RSVP to any workshop contact Exchange Manager Neal Valley at:

517.999.3923 | Exchange@AllenMarketPlace.org


Friday 10/31 – 1:00-3:00 PM – MEAEP Certification and Safe*Crop*A*Syst: Free Resources for Farm, Food, and Environmental Safety by Jen Silveri


Friday 11/14 – 1-3 PM – Marketing Your Business by Laurie Lonsdorf, Senior Business Consultant at Michigan Small Business Development Center


Friday 12/12 – 1-3 PM – Analyzing the Competition: Where Do You Fit in the Marketplace? by Kristine Ranger

Workshops are presented by Allen Neighborhood Center, and were made possible by the generous support of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (http://michigan.gov/mda) and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) (http://www.purelansing.org/).

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This Week at Allen Street Farmers Market!

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Grand Opening of Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale’s Pop-Up Brewery at Allen Market Place, October 29, 2014

Community-owned business opening a “to-go” taproom to promote business model and sell it’s beer to the general public.
Lansing, MI (October 29, 2014) – Business partners Jeremy Sprague and Matt Jason are opening a microbrewery at the Allen Market Place, on Lansing’s Eastside. The two plan to be open for retail sales from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., on Wednesdays during the operating hours of the farmers market in the same facility.
This location will function as a “pop-up” brewery, that is, a temporary location meant to get Sleepwalker beer in the hands of local beer lovers and to promote their ultimate goal of opening a brewing and distilling destination in Lansing.

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This Week at the Allen Street Farmers Market!

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This Week at Allen Street Farmers Market!

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This Week at the Allen Street Farmers Market!

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ANC receives grant for Winters Farmers Market, CSA, and GardenHouse

Allen Neighborhood Center has been awarded a grant from the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which was part of the 2014 Farm Bill. Senator Debbie Stabenow said today that the Michigan Farmers Market Association in East Lansing and the Allen Neighborhood Group in Lansing will use the money to expand access to farmers markets and help farmers sell locally. “Local food hubs and farmers markets connect families and small businesses with local farmers, which makes it easier to buy Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables,” said Stabenow. For the complete news story:http://www.wlns.com/story/26665043/two-ingham-county-farmers-markets-land-grants

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