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Baking Consultant

The Hudson Valley Farm Hub (HVFH) is a non-profit center for resilient agriculture located in Ulster County, New York. Founded in 2013, HVFH is dedicated to fostering an equitable and ecologically resilient food system in the Hudson Valley. We provide professional farmer training, host and conduct research, cultivate language justice, and support food access efforts in the region through food donations and innovative mission-aligned programming. We grow grains, cover crops, and vegetables with production taking place year-round across 1,500 acres of farmland and a suite of greenhouses. A diverse, multi-lingual staff of ~60 employees serve in varied roles in areas of administration, farm operations, and programs.

The Ideal Candidate
The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is seeking an experienced baker on a consulting basis to bake sourdough and yeasted bread and other baked goods using flour and grains from our farm.  This consulting engagement will support the development of our new grain milling initiative, Milestone Mill.

Position Summary
Milestone Mill aims to produce a variety of high-quality flours made from local grains, with the goal of supporting local farms and a regenerative food system.  The baking consultant will test different types of flour and offer qualitative notes on their baking performance, including rise, crust, crumb, and flavor.  Additionally, the baking consultant will test and advise our team on other applications, such as cookies, cakes, quick breads, crackers, pastries, etc.  These baking tests will support the product research and development for Milestone Mill.

This engagement is envisioned to start fall of 2022 and last one year, with the potential for renewal.  The schedule can be determined based on the baking consultant’s availability.  The baking consultant should have access to a kitchen and basic baking equipment, but may also request some baking equipment to be furnished by the Hudson Valley Farm Hub.  Some baking tests and taste tests with our team may also occur on-farm and/or offsite.

The types of flour tested will include all-purpose, whole wheat all-purpose, bread, whole wheat bread, rye, and specialty heritage varieties.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of professional baking experience, with references or equivalent home baking experience
  • Good attention to detail, organizational skills, record keeping, and written and verbal communication
  • Self-starter, ability to work alone and complete work by agreed-upon deadlines

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that respects and values diversity of cultural, ethnic, and experiential backgrounds. We welcome applicants of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, and differently-abled people.

Please submit proposals to Sarah Brannen at sbrannen@hvfarmhub.org by October 31, 2022.  Questions may also be submitted by email no later than October 15th.

 

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