The Farm to School and Early Childhood Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and coordinating the statewide Farm to School program and for providing technical expertise and assistance to local school food authorities, local farmers, and other institutions and Farm to School stakeholders. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
The Farm to School Coordinator will coordinate statewide goals and strategic planning for a state Farm to School and Early Childhood program; conduct general outreach and awareness activities regarding farm to school and early childhood in Arkansas; perform duties supporting the procurement of locally grown products for Arkansas farm to school and early childhood programming including facilitating relationships between stakeholders, identification and dissemination of resources, and development of new technical assistance and training materials; act as a main contact for farm to school stakeholders including producers and institutional food service professionals for technical assistance and to help comply with federal, state, and local procurement regulations; develop training materials aiding farm to school stakeholders including producers and institutional food service professionals in the procurement process. The coordinator may supervise administrative staff or interns and will need to travel extensively in state and attend meetings and collaborate closely with the Arkansas Department of Education, other state agencies and support service organizations and practitioners of Arkansas farm to school. Performs other duties as assigned.