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2015 Farm to Fork Weekend and Picnic Events Manager


Request for Qualifications  (RFQ) Due: Friday, October 24, 2014 5:00 PM

Background & Overview

History of the Event:  The Farm to Fork Picnic began in 2007 in association with the first annual Sustainable Agriculture lecture, hosted by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.  The speaker that year was Carlo Petrini, Founder of International Slow Food Movement (800 attended his lecture).  Hosted at Chapel Hill Creamery, celebrating farms and well as chefs, and the family atmosphere (kids under 12 have always been free) were two concepts key to the event from the beginning.  

Skipping one year, the Farm to Fork event has been hosted every year since at the Breeze Farm incubator that provides land, equipment, and education to aspiring new farmers.   The event is now a key fundraiser for both the Breeze Farm Incubator, and CEFS internship and apprenticeship programs, all programs focused on the support of new farmer training programs.   

Dubbed the “Best All You Can Eat Feast in the Country” by Bon Appetit magazine, last year’s Farm to Fork picnic featured the combined talents of more than 35 chefs, 35 farmers, and 11 food artisans whose creations ranged from farmstead cheese to local mint julep jelly.

This year, the Farm to Fork picnic will be expanded to a weekend event, including a fundraising dinner at the Duke Gardens on Friday night featuring visiting chefs; A Saturday evening lecture that highlights a key issue in sustainable food systems (CEFS annual lecture)  combined with a food truck event (featuring local foods); and the annual Farm to Fork Sunday afternoon picnic.  

The job duties described below includes overall management of the weekend series of events, and coordination of the farm to fork picnic.

Job Duties: Management of weekend events

Job Duties: Farm to Fork Picnic Event Coordinator


A work background that crosses event planning and hands-on event management with an understanding of food systems, experience managing and overseeing the work of others, experience in funding raising, PR and marketing in association with event planning,  demonstrated capability to build relationships profitable to the sponsoring organizations, demonstrated capability to coordinate successful complex fund raising events, and highly motivated to produce extraordinary outcomes.  An interest in sustainable agriculture and development of local food systems is a plus.

For More Information/To Submit RFQ Contact:

Betsy Hitt, 9418 Perry Rd, Graham, NC 27253, 336 376 6320; or submit via e-mail to: