Compensation Plan

Help FRESHFARM Markets, Inc. learn how to attract and retain talented employees with a compensation plan that is in keeping with marketplace trends and financially feasible.
FRESHFARM Markets, Inc.
Washington, DC, USA
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FRESHFARM Markets, Inc.
Washington, DC, USA


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Posted July 30th

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What We Need
  • Review of job descriptions, pay structure, internal value, competitive market data, non-monetary rewards and benefits
  • Recommendations for updating staff compensation and incentive plans
Additional Details

We are a small/medium local non-profit with a casual workplace culture and a diverse workforce, including part-time frontline workers, part- and full-time educators, and full-time admin staff. We want to:

1) evaluate the competitiveness of our pay
2) norm compensation across departments to ensure equity, while staying within our budget
3) create transparency about compensation and growth potential within our organization
4) establish a compensation policy to inform hiring and current pay

What We Have In Place
  • We have begun the process of "grouping" like roles to compare compensation across departments. (i.e. entry-level, associates, coordinators, managers, directors).

    We have created an entry-level hourly pay scale guide for one of our departments.

    In January 2021, we launched a new Employee Handbook which includes a competitive and transparent Employee Leave policy that norms these benefits across departments based on tenure and part-time/full-time status.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $6,746 , allowing us to expand food access and education programs in our communities, increase economic opportunities for the farmers & producers in our network, and maintain all our current staff.

In January 2020, our organization went through a merger. This merger has been a programmatic success, but internally we are still developing our new org culture. By creating an equitable, competitive, and transparent compensation policy, we will be able to strengthen our hiring potential to ensure success during this period of growth, build a stronger culture of trust and satisfaction among current staff, and get a step closer to our goal of becoming a more equitable and diverse organization.

Project Plan

Prep: Current Materials
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with an overview of current job descriptions, pay structures and compensation policies
Milestone 1: Research & Analysis
  • Professional connects with Volunteer Manager for a brainstorming session
  • Professional analyzes current job descriptions, pay structure, non-monetary rewards and benefits
  • Professional gathers information about competitive market data and internal value of positions
Milestone 2: Recommendations
  • Professional proposes recommendations for job descriptions, pay structures, compensation policies, and incentive plans
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback to Professional’s proposals
Milestone 3: Compensation Plan
  • Professional delivers a compensation plan with updated job descriptions, pay structures, non-monetary rewards and other incentives
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About The Org

FRESHFARM Markets, Inc.
Posted by
Julie M.

HR & Admin Manager

Our Mission

FRESHFARM is a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food access and equity in the Mid-Atlantic region. We operate producer-only farmers markets that provide vital economic opportunities to local farmers and food producers, pioneering food distribution programs that increase food access for low-income communities, and innovative food education that builds healthier communities.

What We Do

Farmers Markets: In 2019, FRESHFARM merged with Community Foodworks to become the largest farmers market organization in the Mid-Atlantic, and the third-largest in the country. Last year, our 27 markets resulted in $16 million in revenue for 240 farmers and local food producers. More than $400,000 were spent in food benefits and vouchers by low-income residents at our farmers markets to access fresh, local produce, including more than $120,000 in matching dollars.

FoodPrints: an education program that partners with 15 DC Public Schools to bring nutrition and culinary education, teaching kitchens, school gardens, and scratch-cooked cafeteria lunches to 5,800 students.

The Pop-Up Food Hub (PUFH): an innovative, low-infrastructure model of local food distribution that utilizes the farmers market space as a temporary hub to sort, pack, and then deliver healthy, local food to over 65 institutions that serve thousands of low-income individuals at an affordable wholesale cost. This program has doubled year-over-year since 2017, and has a vision to make farm-to-childcare universal in DC and provide seamless integration of healthy produce for healthcare partners.

Market Share: a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program that increases healthy, local food access to low-income communities by delivering weekly bags of healthy, local produce to convenient pick-up sites subsidized for people receiving SNAP, WIC, and senior benefits at a 75%-90% discount. In 2019, we delivered 7,121 Market Shares, saving $45,658 for low-income families.

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