Friday, April 15, 2016

FARMroots Legal Volunteer Opportunity, Greenmarket, GrowNYC

Organization Information

Greenmarket is a program of GrowNYC, a NYC-based non-profit organization. Greenmarket's mission is to promote regional agriculture and ensure a continuing supply of fresh local produce for New Yorkers. Greenmarket supports farmers and preserves farmland for the future by providing regional, small family farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other farm products to New Yorkers.

FARMroots is Greenmarket’s Technical Assistance Program that provides both aspiring and established Greenmarket farmers with business technical assistance and training designed to ensure the long-term viability of participating farms and farmland. Technical assistance is provided through both in-house services and through the engagement of consultants. 

FARMroots offers a wide range of Beginning Farmer programming, as well as Technical Assistance support for established producers in the following key areas: 

• Farm Succession and Land Transfer 

• Financial and Business Planning 

• Legal Assistance 

• Strategic Marketing 

• Access to Capital 

• Food Safety and Risk Management 

To learn more about Greenmarket and FARMroots, visit

Legal Volunteer Opportunity Overview 


The summer legal volunteer will have the opportunity to contribute to a number of ongoing projects in the Technical Assistance areas listed above by providing legal support to all members of the FARMroots team. Responsibilities may include researching, drafting, and editing both internal and client-facing materials; correspondence with clients, partners, attorneys, consultants, and other stakeholders; and providing organizational and administrative support as needed. 

The summer legal volunteer will have exposure to the many areas of law that impact agricultural producers. Legal topics that may be encountered include business formation, contract negotiation, estate planning, real property leases, land use and conservation, tax, labor and employment, intellectual property, food safety, and regulatory issues.


The summer legal volunteer will be located at the GrowNYC office in New York, NY.

Ideal Qualifications:

• Rising 2L or 3L 

• Strong research, analytical, writing, and communication skills 

• Ability to work independently, resourceful, and collaborative 

• A demonstrated commitment to food and agricultural law and policy issues 

• Background, coursework, or previous work experience in food or agriculture is preferred


The summer legal volunteer will be supervised by the FARMroots Program Director and the FARMroots Business Planning and Legal Specialist.

Time Commitment:

This summer legal volunteer opportunity requires a 10 to 12 week commitment, approximately 15 hours per week with some flexibility. This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. Students are highly encouraged to seek public interest fellowship funds or arrange to receive academic credit from their law school.


Applications for the summer legal volunteer will be accepted until April 22, 2016. Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Jack Hornickel, Esq.

FARMroots Business Planning and Legal Specialist 

Greenmarket, GrowNYC 

100 Gold Street, Suite 3300 

New York, NY 10038 

(212) 341-2256 

GrowNYC is an equal opportunity employer.