SAMM is looking for summer interns!

2019 Summer Internships with Seacoast Eat Local’s SAMM Program

 

Samm at SeabrookThe mission of the Seacoast Area Mobile Market Program (SAMM), as part of Seacoast Eat Local, is to strengthen communities through greater access to local foods for all Seacoast residents. We believe that by bringing locally produced, fresh food products to individuals in their communities of home and work, we will eliminate transportation barriers and thereby expand access to local food. Expanding food access in communities with historically limited access to local foods will, in turn, support the growth and spread of local agricultural efforts and businesses and also further cement the commitment to and education supporting local foods and agricultural across our region.

In Summer 2019 Seacoast Eat Local will be seeking 5 interns to join our team as colleagues for approximately 10 hours per week. Interns can come from a variety of academic disciplines, but should be highly self-motivated, reliable and committed to our mission. Interns are vital to SAMM’s success. Individuals in this position will physically assist in running SAMM, but will also have opportunities to learn and engage others in learning about local communities and businesses, as well as local agricultural production.

Intern responsibilities with the SAMM Program include:
Being reliable and on time for shifts
Following strictly all health and safety guidelines as presented by SEL/SAMM Staff
Lifting/stacking/moving product as needed (interns should be able to lift 40-50lbs)
Working in sometimes hot or inclement weather
Interacting professionally with farmers when picking up products.
Interacting positively with customers of all backgrounds and economic means
Communicating clearly with SAMM/SEL staff about experiences, problems, important information etc
Providing community education experiences such as fruit and vegetable sampling
Prepping product for sale (weighing, bagging, washing etc)
Assist in keeping SAMM clean and safe for customers
Setting up and breaking down stop sites (putting up tent, arranging table displays…)
End of market cleaning of SAMM van
Assisting in daily reporting and logging of sales and inventory
Maintaining a clean/appropriate personal appearance

SAMM Interns will never be asked or permitted to drive the vehicle, as a matter of insurance liability. SAMM volunteers will ride in the vehicle with the SAMM/SEL Staff and will agree to wear a seatbelt at all times while the vehicle is in transit.

Brief Position Description: This is a physical position- interns should expect and be able to lift up to 50lbs and to work in sometimes hot and inclement weather. Interns will be involved in all day-to day aspects of the SAMM program. This will include picking up product (vegetable orders), setting up the SAMM vehicle for the day, traveling to stops and setting up/breaking down the stop site, completing customer transactions and providing community education experiences such as fruit and vegetables tasting opportunities.

Hours/Schedule

The intern MUST be able to commit to one full day of operation for the duration of their internship. Typically, SAMM operates Monday-Friday from roughly 8am-6pm. The intern will need to provide their own reliable source of transportation to meet SAMM and then will travel on board the SAMM van during the day..

Successful Candidates
Successful candidates will be responsible, reliable and self motivated. They will be well spoken and able to represent Seacoast Eat Local positively in a public setting. Candidates must be able to provide their own source of transportation.

This is an unpaid internship, but SEL is willing to work out credit options where possible and good work will be rewarded with strong letters of recommendation, introductions to organizations of interest and possible opportunities for future hourly work. This internship is a great opportunity for a self-starter to work and be respected as part of an enthusiastic and dynamic team.

To Apply
Please send a resume, cover letter and 2 contacts for reference to Celeste Gingras, at [email protected] Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted starting immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

Shop with SAMM at 7 different locations!

At Seacoast Eat Local, our mission is to connect people with sources of locally grown food and to work for a sustainable local food system that supports the health of our environment, community, culture and economy.

Seacoast Area Mobile Market is on the road for 2017

7 SAMM Stops to Shop

 

The 2017 Seacoast Area Mobile Market (SAMM) season is about to get underway and we hope to see you at one of our seven stops that are open to the public!

Granite State Market MatchCash, check, SNAP/EBT, and Debit cards are all welcome at the stops. SNAP/EBT users will receive 50% off fruits and vegetables!

SAMM carries locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, and baked goods all purchased from farmers close to each stop. Support your community farmers with every SAMM purchase!

Tuesdays:

Exeter Hospital
5 Alumni Drive, Exeter, NH
11 – 12:30pm

Wednesdays:

Central Towers
Across from Henry Law Park, Henry Law Ave
11 – 11:30am

Waldron Towers
3 Green Street (out back/access road)
12 – 12:30pm

Thursdays:

Strafford County Complex
County Courthouse on County Farm Rd
11 – 12:30pm

Seabrook Recreation Department
311 Lafayette Road
2:45 – 4:30pm
this SAMM stop brought to you in partnership with Gather and Exeter Hospital

Fridays:

Rolling Green Nursery
64 Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland
11 – 1pm

Goodwin Library
422 Main Street, Farmington
5 – 6pm

To contact the SAMM program or to receive information about volunteering, please contact Celeste Gingras, [email protected]
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Un-BEET-able Support for Local Foods!

Seacoast Eat Local needs your support! Consider making a tax-deductible contribution that helps Seacoast residents connect to sources of fresh local foods, all year long!

Donate to Seacoast Eat Local

At Seacoast Eat Local, our mission is to connect people with sources of locally grown food and to work for a sustainable local food system that supports the health of our environment, community, culture and economy.

 

Support Local Foods Now, and for the Future.

We live in extraordinary times and the need to support local foods and farms has never been greater. Seacoast Eat Local works year-round to ensure access to local foods. But, we need your help.

As our programs grow and expand to meet rising needs, so do our operational costs. If every person who attends winter farmers’ markets donated $12, just $1 for each market, it would eliminate our anticipated shortfall for the coming fiscal year!

Closing this fiscal year and looking towards the next, we need support from those who enjoy and believe in Seacoast Eat Local. Contributions of all sizes are tax-deductible and impactful.

Please Make Your Gift Today

How Does Your Contribution Help?

A $12 contribution shows your appreciation for local foods at the winter farmers’ markets

With every $25 contribution, you will provide a local foods demonstration or tasting at one public event

A $50 contribution makes it possible for farmers’ to list for free in Seacoast Harvest

A $100 contribution supports the cost of staff time to operate the SNAP program at summer farmers’ markets

Prefer to Mail it In?

No Problem!

Checks in any denomination may be made payable to Seacoast Eat Local and mailed to the address:

Seacoast Eat Local
ATTN: Fundraising
2 Washington St, Ste 331
Dover, NH 03820

Keep It Fresh at the Farmers’ Markets!

Seacoast Eat Local needs your support! Consider making a tax-deductible contribution that helps Seacoast residents connect to sources of fresh local foods, all year long!



At Seacoast Eat Local, our mission is to connect people with sources of locally grown food and to work for a sustainable local food system that supports the health of our environment, community, culture and economy.

Support Local Foods Now, and for the Future


We live in extraordinary times and the need to support local foods and farms has never been greater. Seacoast Eat Local works year-round to ensure access to local foods. But, we need your help.

As our programs grow and expand to meet rising needs, so do our operational costs. If every person who attends winter farmers’ markets donated $12, just $1 for each market, it would eliminate our anticipated shortfall for the coming fiscal year!

Closing this fiscal year and looking towards the next, we need support from those who enjoy and believe in Seacoast Eat Local.  Contributions of all sizes are tax-deductible and impactful.

Please Make Your Gift Today

How Does Your Contribution Help?

A $12 contribution shows your appreciation for local foods at the winter farmers’ markets

With every $25 contribution, you will provide a local foods demonstration or tasting at one public event

A $50 contribution makes it possible for farmers’ to list for free in Seacoast Harvest

A $100 contribution supports the cost of staff time to operate the SNAP program at summer farmers’ markets

Prefer to Mail it In?

No Problem!

Checks in any denomination may be made payable to Seacoast Eat Local and mailed to the address:

Seacoast Eat Local
ATTN: Fundraising
2 Washington St, Ste 331
Dover, NH 03820

 

Building SAMM: An International Journey!

They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day. That’s probably true- and neither was SAMM! The finished vehicle is the end result of a long process of design work and collaboration, within our organization and region, but also spanning national boundaries to Toronto, Canada!

An early version of the design work, photo-shopped onto what would become known as SAMM
An early version of the design work, photo-shopped onto what would become known as SAMM

In the early stages of development of the SAMM project, Seacoast Eat Local sought out the best advice and the best existing models to base our work on. There were dead-end paths and wrong turns along the way, to be sure, but we believe we have built SAMM based on the best, experienced-based knowledge out there.

Our work began with joining the Mobile Market Community of Practice (MMCoP), which is a learning group of professionals across New England that are funded and lead, as we are, by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund. Several programs provided a wealth of information and advice and we benefited from them all- specifically the Good Food Bus of Lewiston, Maine, The REC Mobile Market program in Worcester, MA, and finally, the Trustees of Reservations in Massachusetts.

As our questions and goals became more defined, they led us (sometimes) farther afield. Seacoast Eat Local consulted programs in California, Georgia, Washington, D.C. and Tennessee. Our quest to identify the best possible vehicle design led us to Toronto Food Share in Toronto, Canada. A series of events prompted us to even use the same retrofitting company as Toronto Food Share, a Toronto-based company called Crew Chiefs Conversions.

 

Jill and Celeste with Afua, the coordinator for Food Share's mobile market program
Jill and Celeste with Afua, the coordinator for Food Share’s mobile market program

A May 17 trip to Toronto to oversee the progress of the retrofits allowed us to make a special stop at Food Share Toronto to learn more about their work and to thank them for their guidance and kindness. Although they are a much different program than we are, we learned a lot from them and really enjoyed getting to see some of their food distribution work in  action!

 

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Celeste “driving” the SAMM Van for the very first time!

In addition to getting to connect with some of our long-distance friends, we got to see first hand the work that was being done to retrofit our vehicle. From sketches to real life, SAMM was beginning to take shape! During our visit we had the opportunity to walk through the vehicle with the retrofitting team to make sure that everything was to our specifications. Once we left, they were kind enough to send, sometimes daily, ongoing photo updates of their progress.


At long last, we received word at the end of June that the retrofits and decal work had been completed and that SAMM was on its way! After a lot of coordinating, customs work and anxious waiting, SAMM arrived in New Hampshire on July 8, 2016.

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SAMM settling in at home after a long journey!

To follow SAMM and get updates on our stops and other information, follow us on instagram @SAMMVAN or visit our webpage www.seacoasteatlocal.org/samm. If you are interested in supporting our program through volunteering, please contact Celeste Gingras, SAMM Coordinator, at [email protected] Financial contributions are also greatly appreciated and help to further our important mission. Donations made be made securely online at this link. If you are interested in having a stop in your area or in contracting with SAMM on behalf of your business, please contact Jillian Hall, Seacoast Eat Local Director of Programs, at [email protected]

SAMM is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Thomas W. Haas Fund and the on-going support of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund.

Meet Celeste, SAMM Coordinator

celestevannsmallMany of you may already know Celeste as a former member of the Board of Directors for Seacoast Eat Local or as a popular market vendor and co-owner of 45 Market St Bakery and Cafe in Somersworth, NH. Starting in August 2016, everyone will have an opportunity to get to know her as the SAMM Coordinator, a full-time staff member for Seacoast Eat Local.

As a business owner with over 25 years of experience, she has been a part of creating 45 Market Street Bakery and Cafe, Currants Cafe and Grille and Shore Bites. In this regard, her experience and local relationships have been nothing short of instrumental in creating the operational plans and product sourcing abilities of the mobile farmer’s market. Her hard work and get-down-to-business attitude have given SAMM the strong start it needs to be a successful program. Plus, she looks great behind the wheel!

As plans for the Mobile Market project began to solidify, Celeste came forward with a strong sense of passion and dedication to lead the day-to-day operations of the program. With a background in social work, years of experience in farmers’ markets and food businesses, and a strong desire to help all people eat fresh, local food, Celeste felt like SAMM provided the perfect combination of her skills and interests. 

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Celeste gets behind the wheel for the first time!

Make sure you stop in to see Celeste at one of our SAMM stop sites. To follow our work and receive updates on our stops and other information, check us out on instagram @SAMMVAN.

SAMM is made possible through the generous support of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund, as well as by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Thomas W. Haas Fund

If you are interested in supporting our program through volunteering, please contact Celeste Gingras, SAMM Coordinator, at [email protected] Financial contributions are also greatly appreciated and help to further our important mission. Donations made be made securely online at this link.

Introducing SAMM, the newest member of our team!

It is with the most unbounded excitement that we break our silence and finally introduce everyone, officially, to SAMM: The Seacoast Area Mobile Market!

Many months of work (and years in our dreams) will lead to our official launch of New Hampshire’s first mobile market program on August 2, 2016. This new program is generously supported by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund and by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Thomas W. Haas Fund.

The goal of SAMM will be to provide access to local foods in communities within our service region that may lack farmers’ markets of their own, have high concentrations of low-income or at-risk residents, are designated as being at higher risk for food insecurity, or have a reportedly high number of residents with lack of access to consistent means of transportation. In addition to these community stops, SAMM will also service a small number of employers in our region as an employee benefit service.

Aligning with our goal to provide greater access to local foods in all of our Seacoast communities, SAMM is also aimed at spreading and increasing the number of sustainable agricultural businesses in these areas. By sourcing product as locally to market stops as possible, we hope to incentivize and support small scale agricultural businesses in their growth.

In similar fashion to Seacoast Eat Local’s SNAP program at farmers’ markets, SAMM will accept EBT/SNAP benefits for purchases and will also run incentive programs that are aimed at helping low-income individuals stretch their dollars at markets and purchase more fresh, local and healthy food. SAMM will accept SNAP tokens as well as Granite State Market Match fruit and vegetable coupons that SNAP customers may receive at traditional markets. Rather than receiving matching coupons for purchases, SAMM customers will receive an automatic $1 for $1 discount off of their fruit and vegetable purchases. 

To follow SAMM and get updates on our stops and other information, follow us on instagram @SAMMVAN. If you are interested in supporting our program through volunteering, please contact Celeste Gingras, SAMM Coordinator, at [email protected] Financial contributions are also greatly appreciated and help to further our important mission. Donations made be made securely online at this link. If you are interested in having a stop in your area or in contracting with SAMM on behalf of your business, please contact Jillian Hall, Seacoast Eat Local Director of Programs, at [email protected]