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Appalachian Sustainable Development is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


Groundwork Positions

Video Production Associate

Professional Skills

Associates are expected to display the following professional skills. Training will be provided where needed to ensure associates meet expectations.

  • Integrity and Work Ethic
  • Continuous Learning and Adaptability
  • Time Management
  • Efficiency and Productivity
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
  • Teamwork                                                
  • Communications, Listening and Speaking
  • Professionalism                        
  • Conflict Avoidance and Resolution                                                 
  • Respect for Diversity                                                                          

Duties and Responsibilities

Day-to-day work responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Create video projects, which will include storyboarding, shooting, editing, reviewing, and distributing completed videos.
  • Set up and operate various production equipment which may include cameras, audio, lighting, and video recorders.
  • Collaborate with teammates and clients to develop video strategy and determine content opportunities, and execution on video pieces.
  • Use various technologies and tools, which may include digital cameras, drones, graphic arts programs, and more, to capture and create content for marketing outlets
  • Create marketing materials to support clients. This may include websites, social media, print materials, and more.   

No previous skills are necessary – we will teach you everything you need to know! However, creativity, a great attitude, and comfort with technology are desired. 

Frequent travel to different local filming sites is required. Work schedule is typically weekdays 9:30-4:30 but will vary depending on projects, so schedule flexibility is required.  Work week is 30 hours, pay rate is $11 an hour.

This is a 6-month training program for individuals with barriers to employment. 

To apply, visit www.asdevelop.org/groundwork

The total cost of the Groundwork workforce development program is $1,028,751. $853,456 (83%) of this program is funded through a U.S. Department of Labor–Employment and Training Administration grant. $175,295 (17%) of this program is funded through an Appalachian Regional Commission—Sprouting Farms grant. The program receives $0 (0%) in non-federal funding. The Groundwork workforce development program is fully funded (100%) by federal grants.

Request for Proposals

Business Consultant

BUSINESS CONSULTANT

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) is inviting proposals for business consulting services as detailed below. ASD will make a final selection based on the proposal which best meets the specifications and our needs, price and other factors. We are not limited, unless otherwise noted, to making our selection based only on the lowest-priced proposal. Please review these criteria carefully and include information in your proposal as appropriate. ASD reserves the right to ask for revised proposals from any or all companies submitting proposals if major revisions in the basic specifications become mandatory.

Services Description

ASD is seeking business consulting services to help develop a comprehensive business plan and efficiency analysis for the Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub located in Duffield, Virginia.

Background – Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub

In 2017, ASD founded the Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub (AHHH), a social enterprise that aims to create a thriving herbal economy in Central Appalachia, while conserving at-risk plants through profitable cultivation. For the past 300 years, native forest botanicals like American ginseng (Panax quinquefolious) and goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis) have been harvested for self-consumption and market in the Appalachian Mountains. As a result of overharvesting and habitat loss, a number of these species are now considered at-risk or threatened. The AHHH seeks to build a network of forest farmers and medicinal herb farmers, who can sustainably cultivate at-risk and in-demand botanicals to meet growing demands.

To do so, the AHHH provides the following services to a network of medicinal herb farmers throughout Central Appalachia:

  • Seed to sale training and on-farm technical service to fill knowledge gaps
  • Cost-share funding to offset start-up costs (i.e. certification, planting stock)
  • Shared-use commercial herb processing equipment to increase post-harvest handling efficiencies and meet buyer specifications; equipment currently includes a root washer, dryers, elderberry destemmer, Ecoshredder wood chipper, and Hobart slicer.
  • Aggregation and marketing services to help farmers access premium-priced domestic and international herb markets (i.e. small-to-large herbal products manufacturers)

The AHHH business model is built off the 21-year-old Appalachian Harvest Food Hub, which utilizes efficient aggregation and distribution systems to access large urban grocery store distribution centers that pay a premium for locally and regionally sourced produce (i.e. $3MM annual sales). To date, the AHHH has helped 13 farmers process and sell herbs to 7 different herbal products companies in the U.S. and Canada, totaling $72,145.73 in sales. The Herb Hub currently retains a sales commission of 10% to help cover operating expenses.

To reduce long-term dependencies on grant funding, ASD is seeking professional business consulting services to help identify a financially viable business model for the AHHH. The selected contractor will be provided with supporting documentation that provides additional details on this project (i.e. operating costs, grant proposal and reports, etc.), and will also have access to the project leadership to provide further context for this work.

Business Consulting Needs

Consulting Activities & MilestonesCompletion Dates
1Create a comprehensive business plan, that includes: Market analysis for fresh, dried and value-added medicinal herbsImplementation plan, including necessary personnel, equipment, infrastructure, marketing, fundraising, etc. Readily available data, as well as data provided by ASD (i.e. current financial statements, additional contacts, market data), will be used for the creation of the plan.October 1, 2021
2Develop financial pro forma statements, including: Financial analysis of the businessProjections for the next five years, including expense, revenue, cash flow, pro forma, and balance sheetOctober 29, 2021

The maximum budget for this project is $60,000. As a funding requirement, we will be hiring through an open and free competitive negotiation process. It is our intention to fully consider and evaluate fairly each proposal submitted. Invoices can be submitted as each agreed upon milestone is complete. The final invoice must be submitted on or before November 15, 2021 for payment.

Evaluation Criteria and Relative Importance

Value System 1 to 4: 1 = Most important

(No more than three criteria shall be rated 1; two or more criteria must be rated 2 or 3)

  1. On-time completion dates:     1
  2. Price of services offered and materials needed:         1
  3. Expertise and relevant experience in chosen field:  1
  4. References from previous clients:      2

Please review these criteria carefully and include information in your proposal, as appropriate. All proposals should also include:

  • the phone number and email address of the primary contact person
  • itemized price quote for costs associated with all consulting activities
  • samples of prior work

Open bids will be accepted until July 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM. A bidder will be selected and announcements made to all bidders by no later than August 6, 2021 at 5:00 PM. All consulting activities must be completed by the completion dates specified in the table on page 2. If more time is needed, alternative completion dates can be offered for negotiation. A mutual non-disclosure agreement will be required.

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you. If you should have further questions, the contact person for this RFP is:

Katie Commender

Appalachian Harvest/Appalachian Sustainable Development

Office: 276.623.1121

Cell: 610.823.3790

Email: kcommender@asdevelop.org Proposals can be submitted electronically via email to Katie Commender, mailed in hard copy form to P.O. Box 475 Duffield, VA 24244, or submitted in hard copy form in person at 280 Boone Trail Road, Duffield, VA 24244.


Appalachian Harvest Positions

Truck Driver – Appalachian Harvest

We need more Appalachian Harvest Drivers 

ASD’s Appalachian Harvest Food Hub in Duffield, VA provides support, training, aggregation and distribution support to markets for regional farmers.  Since 2000, farmers have sold more than $16 million dollars of fruits and vegetables to wholesale retailers. 

All drivers must have:

  • 2 years over the road experience
  • Hold a Class A CDL
  • Ability to pass required drug screen
  • A good driving record

Contact Gina Bishop for more details:
Phone: (276)431-3385
Email: gbishop@asdevelop.org


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