Board Opportunities

The Good Acre

Founded in 2014, The Good Acre is a nonprofit food hub whose mission is to connect and strengthen farmers, food makers, and communities through good food. The organization does this by providing one-on-one grower support services to small, local produce farmers, creating wholesale markets that pay an equitable price to farmers, and supporting small food businesses through their shared-use commercial kitchen rental and CPG focused business workshops. The Good Acre also is home to VoCul, a vocational culinary training program with a farm-to-school focus that is aimed at building up a workforce of skilled culinary professionals.

In 2021, we launched a multi-year partnership with Second Harvest Heartland that aims to confront racial disparities in hunger by sourcing local produce from farms owned and run by people of color.

Strategic Priorities

  • Embody the Mission – Offer a well-designed blend of successful initiatives that contribute to the public good; meet the needs of diverse stakeholders; fulfill the organizational mission; generate essential revenue; and use best practices in their design, delivery, and evaluation
  • Be a Good Partner – Foster focused, strategic, trusting, productive relationships and mutual initiatives to advance the success of small farmers, our regional food system, and The Good Acre
  • Manage and Steward – Implement a series of organizational development best practices that provide a solid financial and institutional foundation to ensure the vibrancy and longevity of The Good Acre
  • Empower and Include – Engage a broader array of key stakeholders in the decision-making, stewardship, and governance of the organization

Annual Budget: $1,700,000 – Earned Income, Foundations, Individual Contributions

Skills

The Good Acre is seeking board members with skills in the following areas:

  • Facilities and Real Estate
  • Fundraising
  • Human Resources
  • Public Policy and Advocacy

The Good Acre’s board is actively working towards adding people of color to the board so that we more closely match the community that we serve: more than 90% of the farmers that we serve are BIPOC.

Information

  • Number of members currently: 9
  • Number of members needed: 2
  • Meeting time and frequency:  6 meetings annually
  • Meeting location: St. Paul

Expectations

  • Time Expectation: Up to 8 hours/month
  • Financial Contribution Required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member.
  • Service on Committee Required: Yes
    • Committees: Executive, Finance, Governance, Other
  • Length of Term: 3 Years
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? Yes

Questions about this board opportunity?

Email:  boardconnector@propelnonprofits.org

Address

1790 Larpenteur Ave St Paul, MN 55113

Mission

We connect and strengthen farmers, food makers, and communities through good food.