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


Wednesday 9/24 – 1-1:30 PM – Interactive Activity – Human Resource Skills: An Introduction to Self-Awareness and Effectively Managing Others by Kristine Ranger

Friday 9/26 – 1-3 PM – Pathways to Product Development: Resources Available from MSU’s Product Center by Diane Smith, Innovation Counselor at MSU Product Center


Wednesday 10/1 – 1-1:30 PM – Food Safety: Water Quality by Phil Tocco

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 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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This Week at the Allen Street Farmers Market!

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Hank Williams Revue ANC Benefit Concert Sept. 26

On Friday visit the AMP for an award-winning musical event to benefit Allen Neighborhood Center! The Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series presents Derek Smith and the Hank Williams Revue. Each concert ticket includes selections from a dessert table and coffee and tea. A cash bar will feature Eastside-based Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale. This is an indoor concert!

September 26, 2014
Doors open at 7:00 PM, performance begins at 8:00 PM

Inside the Allen Market Place
1629 East Kalamazoo, Lansing
Free street and lot parking outside
View map

Ticket Prices
$20 At the door (or buy online here until 5:00 pm Sept. 26)
$18 Ten Pound Fiddle Member
You can still get a ticket on line at www.tenpoundfiddle.org, or take your chances at the door.  Doors will open at 7 pm.  Come out and enjoy an award-winning performance, beer from Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, and great company.

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