Garden Production Manager, Montana State University

Towne’s Harvest Garden Production Manager

Brief Position Overview
This position is the Production Manager for Towne’s Harvest Garden (THG), a learning-focused and student-operated certified organic vegetable farm coordinated by the Colleges of Agriculture and Education, Health and Human Development.
Salary $14.42 – 15.38 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

The Production Manager provides leadership for the overall management and operation of Towne’s Harvest Garden’s educational mission, crop production, and community outreach efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and implement annual and 5-year production plans and record keeping systems for compliance with university accounting policies, certified organic status, good agricultural practice (GAP) and good handling practice (GHP) programs, and in support of instructional activities and student research projects.
Lead the operation of a diverse education-focused vegetable farm including management of: operations budget, seed and supply inventory, facility sanitation, tool maintenance and repair, greenhouse operations, cultivation, seeding, transplanting, soil fertility, pests, irrigation, harvest, packing, marketing, cover cropping, perennial plant care, and farm cleanup.
Supervise, inspire, and delegate tasks to student assistant managers and interns.
Cooperate with horticulture farm management and staff for efficient and harmonious use of shared resources and facilities.
Report regularly to THG director and advisory committee and produce an annual report documenting success in implementing annual and 5-year plans.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Environmental Science, Agronomy, Sustainable Food Systems, or related field, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Successful experience in small-scale vegetable production.
Successful experience managing or supervising personnel or interns.
Competence with collaborative online word processing, spreadsheet, and farm management data collection systems

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Master’s Degree in Horticulture, Agronomy or related field.
Knowledge of organic farming practices and techniques for season extension.
Experience in leadership and teaching.
Experience with community supported agriculture programs.

The Successful Candidate Will
Have the ability to use and maintain small-scale agricultural tools, equipment and machinery; exercise good judgment and demonstrate initiative; work well independently; be dependable, innovative and creative; demonstrate the ability to prioritize and organize details; establish and maintain cooperative and respectful working relationships with constituencies including students, administrators, faculty, co-workers and community members; and possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Shifts in excess of eight hours plus weekend and evening work will be required during the peak season.
Must possess current or be eligible to obtain a Montana driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). (Please do not include a copy of your driver’s license. The successful candidate will be required to provide a copy of his/her current driver’s license upon hire.)
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands
With or without reasonable accommodation; the person in this position must be able to:

Move objects up to 50 pounds in adverse weather conditions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

For more information: https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/10401

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Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Summer Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program

Dates: June 18 – July 27, 2018

Summer Interns with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) come from all over the country and world to work with faculty members, researchers and field technicians on weekly classroom learning activities, hands-on farming experience, local food endeavors, field trips to local farms and markets and focused research projects conducted at CEFS’ 2,000-acre Field Research and Outreach Facility at Cherry Farm in Goldsboro, NC. Sustainable Agriculture Interns will also have the opportunity to engage with the new Agroecology Education Farm, a CEFS satellite student farm facility at NC State University in Raleigh, NC.

We are seeking highly-motivated undergraduate students from a variety of different backgrounds, with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture, to participate in a unique 6-week summer internship. Summer interns will learn about the concepts and practices of various aspects of sustainable agriculture from expert faculty and staff at CEFS and through hands-on farm work, lectures and discussions, community engagement, and field trips to local farms and markets. In addition, a highlight of this program is that interns will gain hands-on sustainable agriculture research knowledge through working with a diverse of CEFS Faculty Researchers from various disciplines.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

All interns that are accepted into the Internship Program will receive a $500 scholarship, thanks to successful fundraising by CEFS. Students receive 6 credit hours of CS 492 from NC State University.

Program Application Deadline: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018

More information at: http://go.ncsu.edu/cefs-internship

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For more information, please contact the CEFS Internship Coordinator, Lisa Forehand at lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu or 919-513-0954.

 

Field Mgr, Organic Farm, Oxford (Emery) College

THIS POSITION IS ON THE OXFORD COLLEGE CAMPUS, 36 MILES EAST OF ATLANTA.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Reporting to the Oxford College Organic Farmer/Educator, this position assists with ground preparation, crop planting, care, weeding, etc. in support of Oxford’s organic farm.
With the Farmer/Educator and staff, handles much of the picking, packing, and marketing of crops to the public. Instructs workers and volunteers in farming activities.
Responsible for managing field activities on the farm. Teaches students, staff, and volunteers how to accomplish key tasks on the farm.
Creates and executes the weekly to-do list and creates availability list.
Accomplishes the weekly harvest, post-harvest handling, seasonal planting, and care of crops with the help of staff.
Attends markets and does deliveries in coordination with Farmer/Educator and other staff.
Performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in organic farming, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Prefer knowledge of organic farming practices, marketing of produce, and the local food movement.
Horticulture skills of propagation, weeding, scouting, operating equipment, and harvest are also strongly preferred.

Full-Time

Salary $26300 – $34600

for more information: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25066&siteid=5043#jobDetails=637825_5043

Farm Manager

TRACTOR Food and Farms
Position Description: Farm Manager
Classification: Full Time / Salaried

Posting Date: 11/22/17
Closing Date: 12/13/15

Summary:
The Farm Manager is responsible coordinating with individual growers during all stages of vegetable and fruit production on the farmland managed by TRACTOR as well as working with growers who are on their own land and sell their products through TRACTOR.

Principle Responsibilities:
Maintain all records in order to maintain Good Agricultural Practice certification for Bowditch Bottoms Farm and future farm properties
Will oversee Bowditch Bottoms Farm, which has 20 acres of land in production
Work on a plan for planting perennial crops including blackberries
Will recruit new growers both to sell through TRACTOR and to grow on TRACTOR lands and offer technical assistance if needed
Will be involved with getting any new tracts of land up into production for row crops
Responsible for maintenance of irrigation equipment and shared-use equipment
Manage shared-use equipment and maintain accurate logs of when equipment was used and note the condition that is was rented and returned
Assisting growers identify and control stress from weeds, pests, diseases, and drought
Training on post-harvest handling and proper use of equipment/implements
Will be involved in production planning and forecasting estimates
Assist with receiving, grading, and packaging of products
Grant writing for farm related funding such as soil and water conservation projects and new equipment
Posting to social media platforms with farm activities and produce related updates

Duties to include:
Work with team and growers to forecast availability list throughout the season
Create and maintain relationships with growers
Represent TRACTOR at community events

Authorities:
Post to all social media platforms
Suggest new items for growers to plant
Purchase farm equipment

Competencies:
Knowledge about product (varieties, flavor, applications, demand, pricing, seasonality)
Knowledge of a wide range of growing practice
Tractor skills, including a three-point hitch and farm implements
Excellent people management skills
Effective public speaker
Experience with social media
Adaptable to working outdoors in extreme weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and freezing temperatures
Able to operate in a fast-paced and changing environment
Strong analytical, written, and verbal reasoning skills
Excellent computer skills and the ability to pick up on new systems and software
Self-directed with good organizational skill and attention to detail
Respect for others’ unique personalities
Supervises: Interns where applicable

Work Environment:
The job operates in a professional office environment, in a warehouse, and on a farm. This role routinely uses technology equipment such as computers, printers, and label makers. Additionally, this position works within the community to attend meetings, lunches, dinners, and events.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Travel:
Day trips and potential overnight conferences

Required Education and Experience: Farming experience is highly desired

Preferred Education and Experience:
Experience in restaurant/produce industry. Experience with Microsoft Office products. Experience with the operation and maintenance of tractors, irrigation systems, plasticulture, and three point hitch equipment. Pesticide license preferred, but can obtain after start date.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications:
Clean driving record

Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.

For more information: http://tractorfoodandfarms.com/employment-opportunities/

Allegheny Mountain Institute Allegheny Farm Manager

POSITION TITLE: Allegheny Farm Manager (AFM)

MISSION: Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

HISTORY: AMI was founded in 2011 (as Allegheny Mountain School) as an intensive hands-on cooperative experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.

VISION: A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health.

AMI CORE VALUES:

Positivity
Integrity
Sustainability
Stewardship
Experiential Learning
Regenerative Agriculture
OUR PROGRAMS: The AMI Fellowship is an 18-month, two-phase program. During Phase I (April through October), AMI Farm Fellows live, work, and study at the Allegheny Farm Campus in Highland County, VA. They study sustainable food production, whole foods preparation and preservation, mindfulness, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship and community development, as they train to become ambassadors for a healthier food culture. In Phase II from January – December of the following year, AMI Senior Fellows work in the service of AMI and/or a Partner Organization and focus on activities such as: building community gardens and urban farms, developing school gardens and site based curriculum, advocating sustainable land use, teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.

OUR CAMPUS: The Allegheny Farm Campus is situated between 4000 and 4400 feet in elevation on a 550 acre farm in Highland County, VA, bordering both Virginia’s George Washington National Forest and West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. The headwaters of the James, Potomac, and Greenbrier Rivers all begin their flow from a triple watershed divide (Eastern Continental) located on the top hay field. The farm was originally homesteaded about 110 years ago; about 100 acres have been cleared.

Unique ecosystems abound within the farm’s parameters, with beautiful groves of red spruce and mixed hardwoods, old growth rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets. Wildlife is plentiful and the old pastures give way to wildflowers of all kinds, huckleberries, blackberries, and diverse native edibles, medicinal plants, fungi, moss and lichens. This is a lush climate with abundant rainfall and dense vegetation. Summers can be quite cool; the average rainfall is 41.5 inches per year. Plant hardiness zone is 3-4, with approximately 120 frost-free days.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK:

Reporting to the AMI Executive Director, the AFM is responsible for most operational aspects of the Allegheny Farm and Facilities in Highland County.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION:

The AFM is a full-time, exempt position at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs (preparation at the beginning of the season and end of season, for instance). Education of the broader community is a key component of Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AFM should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TASKS:

Agricultural & Animal

Responsible for the organic, sustainable management of all operational aspects of the AMI agricultural and meat production including: plant propagation, cultivation, succession planting, pest and nutrient management, harvesting, processing, distribution, quality and quantity control, organic orchard management, and animal husbandry (including poultry, apiary operations, and future bovine, swine, caprine, ovine and dairy operations).
Develop, establish and maintain the nourishment and health of the soil food web of AMI gardens to promote the health and vitality of the food we produce.
Manage and directly supervise the Lead Gardener.
Manage greenhouse propagation of seeds and starts.
Manage and develop crop rotation for season extension in the high tunnels.
Orchard management, including the establishment, pest protection, and plant guild selection of orchard and berry crops.
Manage mulching and weed control, including procurement of input materials.
Maintain garden tools and equipment storage; keep inventory and maintenance records.
Develop and maintain livestock facility as needed including grazing systems, fence and gate moving and repair, and water management.
Develop, establish, maintain healthy pasture management, disease control, and animal rotation.
Perform grass cutting and weed eating around gardens and orchards.
Invasive weed (Autumn Olive, Thistle) eradication, coordinated with Allegheny Farm Caretaker.
Facilities & General Management

Provide regular garden set up and maintenance, including:
Irrigation systems.
Inspections and managing repairs of all farm infrastructure; garden fences; rodent control.
Plan and implement an efficient, working composting system for garden and orchard use.
Provide regular operational farm maintenance, including:
Water system inspections; report to Allegheny Caretaker if issues arise.
General overseeing of operational facilities, including inspections and managing repairs of buildings and farm infrastructure.
Manage High Tunnel / Greenhouse integrity and heating/cooling and ventilation systems.
Fixing items or overseeing repairs done by others.
Maintain Farm vehicle and equipment maintenance records. The Farm Caretaker will be responsible for maintaining vehicles and equipment while the Allegheny Farm Manager will maintain record keeping for farm vehicle and equipment maintenance.
Research equipment purchase and schedule delivery or pick up as needed.
Assist in heavy lifting/moving as needed.
Provide regular waste removal from the Allegheny Farm.
Ensure high standard of cleanliness, neatness and order on the Allegheny Farm.
Establish processes for upkeep of pantries, cold storage, root cellars, and feed rooms to ensure appropriate temperatures / humidities, and the vitality, safety and quantities of foodstuffs to meet requirements.
Establish best practices and processes for the Allegheny Farm record keeping systems.
Manage budget for Farm expenditures, including ordering, purchasing, and maintaining records.
Manage and mentor Fellows on farm-related work and educational opportunities during Phase I of the Fellowship.
Meet with AMI staff team, once per week to review and plan assignments. Work closely and collaboratively with the AMI Education Director to ensure proactive guidance and supervision of Phase I Fellows and the learning environment.
Work in collaboration with Allegheny Farm Caretaker on routine maintenance needs of farm and equipment and with the AMI Farm Operations Committee on big picture strategic plans and needs of Allegheny Farm.
Perform administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the farm.
Participate in Open Houses, public visits and educational outreach events as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent amount of training and/or work experience required.
Minimum 3 years of experience in organic vegetable production and management, post-handling, and processing for sale and storage.
2- 3 years rotational, multi-species grazing experience.
Experience in Apiary management or desire to master.
Demonstrated understanding and application of Permaculture principles and ethics.
Knowledge and experience with medicinal herbs, perennial systems, no till farming, and orchard management.
Experience with heavy farm equipment use and basic maintenance.
General maintenance skills including: carpentry, plumbing, mechanical and electrical.
Knowledge of and commitment to building sustainable food systems.
Exceptional multi-tasking, organizational and time management skills.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal).
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; ability to work closely and communicatively as a peer colleague with AMI Education Director and Allegheny Farm Caretaker.
Experienced crew leader.
Computer proficiency, including Excel, Microsoft Office.
Interest in cooking and culinary arts/hospitality.
Demonstrates high level of personal and ethical standards.
Ability to understand, interpret and enforce policies in an accurate and equitable manner.
Ability to complete and maintain applicable training and certifications as necessary.
Have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record.
Mentorship and/or teaching experience.
Ability to deal with Fellows, colleagues, and guests in a professional, timely, fair, and confidential manner.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:
Applicant must be comfortable working outside in physically demanding environments, including climate irregularities, cold weather, and snowy winters. Applicant must be able to lift 50 (+) pounds regularly.

COMPENSATION:
This is a full-time, exempt, year-round position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes: housing and farm-grown food share (2nd story of farm house is exclusively for AFM, while main floor is shared with AMI community in season; a lease and damage deposit are required), workers’ compensation coverage, and earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays. This position requires regular weekend and periodic evening work.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY:

Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer.

The successful candidate should be currently residing in the United States and eligible to work in it, please no international applications. The candidate must have a valid drivers license, pass a background and driving record checks.

For more information: http://www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org/#join-us

Urban Agriculturist,Atlanta History Center

Employment Type:  Full-time

Job Description :
The Atlanta History Center is looking for a highly motivated and results-oriented professional to fill a full-time position, within the organization of Urban Agriculturist.

This individual’s primary responsibility includes all aspects of research, planning, planting, and day-to-day maintenance of the interpretive historic gardens at the Smith Family Farm, as well as production of crops and annuals in the greenhouse. Expectations include keeping all garden areas at the Farm planted and productive throughout the year, and coordinating the use of produce with interpretive staff. The secondary area of responsibility is assisting with farm animal care, the on-site composting operation, and upkeep of other gardens as needed.

The successful candidate will be a strategic and innovative thinker, as well as a self-starter who demonstrates strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills and energy, creative vision, and a sense of humor and charisma; has strong organizational and analytical ability, in addition to a positive attitude and human relations orientation; is goal-oriented and able to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet myriad deadlines; and possesses a strong sense of personal and professional integrity with the ability to exercise authority and accept responsibility.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Manage all aspects of the Smith Family Farm gardens – research historic varieties and practices, evaluate and update existing crop plans to maintain a sustainable crop rotation, order all necessary seeds, tools, and materials, and carefully record all aspects of the gardens’ management

Collaborate with and train education and interpretation staff at the Smith Family Farm to utilize farm produce and effectively communicate horticultural information to daily visitors, school group tour participants, and family program attendees

Perform horticultural tasks at the Farm and greenhouse – includes propagation, planting, mulching, watering, weeding, staking, pruning, deadheading, training, seed saving, programming the automated irrigation timer, and soil improvement practices

Handle daily care for farm animals – poultry, small ruminants, bees, cat – twice a week when Manager of Animal Collections is not available (training provided)

Manage all aspects of on-site composting program, including daily collection of discarded produce from Souper Jenny Café, weekly addition of farm animal bedding, and tracking regular turnings and temperature readings to ensure the production of a safe, healthy soil amendment for use in the Goizueta Gardens

Assist with team effort to create an Integrated Pest Management program, including scouting for pests and diseases, pest identification and recommendations for control, applying herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or other products as necessary; keep detailed records

Provide a positive visitor and volunteer experience

Learn about the history and significance of the gardens and collections and be prepared to answer visitor questions and lead tours

Other Responsibilities:

Collaborate with community partners and other History Center departments to develop and assist in garden-related programming at the Center and offsite

Exhibit familiarity with and willingness to receive training and work with common landscape hand-held and power equipment, including blowers, mowers, tillers, weed-eaters, saws, pruners, sprayers, etc.

Perform other maintenance tasks as necessary throughout the campus, including leaf and snow removal, path maintenance, assistance with irrigation repairs and removal of litter and debris

Learn unfamiliar plant material in assigned areas, their names and cultural needs

Assist Curator by keeping records of any changes to plant material in assigned areas (plantings, removals, relocations, major pruning’s, dead plants, etc.) and notifying Curator of plant material that is unidentified and needs labelling, particularly if in flower

Be observant and report back any horticultural, technical, animal, safety or other concerns promptly

Occasional weekend work may be required, with flex time available

Education and Experience:
Associates or Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, biology, environmental science or related field from an accredited college or university or demonstrable equivalent in training and experience

Minimum two years hands-on professional experience growing vegetables and fruit, organic methods and experience with composting preferred

Demonstrated communication skills including effective oral/speaking skills and writing skills
Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in southeastern agricultural history preferred
Experience with heirloom ornamental annuals and perennials a plus
Hands-on experience caring for poultry, small ruminants or bees a plus
Must be able to sustain moderate physical exertion with full range of body motion for lifting up to fifty pounds
Must demonstrate a history of working independently and in a group setting
Ability to work in all weather conditions
Valid driver’s license
Fluency in English
Computer literacy, including internet research and use of Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel; some training provided if necessary
Background Check Requirements:
Satisfactory criminal background check required
Satisfactory MVR background check required to drive company truck

Application Deadline: December 3, 2017

Apply online: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/careers

Organic Farmer/ Culinary Garden Manager Greyfield Inn

Cumberland, Island GA
Organic Farmer/ Culinary Garden Manager
Greyfield Inn

The historic Greyfield Inn is seeking a talented farmer or farming couple to manage the Greyfield Garden . Greyfield Inn is a small and intimate inn located on Cumberland Island, GA – a beautiful, pristine, and undeveloped island accessible only by boat or small airplane. Our location provides a wonderful opportunity to live and work in a truly unique setting.
The goal of Greyfield Garden is to provide organically grown produce for inn guests. We also strive to educate the same people about where food comes from and the care that is necessary to get it to the table. We grow various vegetables, cut flowers, and herbs. We focus heavily on growing healthy soils through composting, cover cropping, and crop rotation.

Responsibilities:
● Manage and maintain the 1.5 acre garden using sustainable and organic methods while producing a variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs, fruit, and cut flowers
● Work closely with chefs to plan for seasonal menus, new crops, projected harvests and availability
● Work with management to plan for cut-flower production
● Knowledge of farm systems including greenhouse management, pest and
disease control, irrigation, succession planting, and post harvest handling.
● Educate guests on sustainable growing practices and our farm to table mission
● Use composting, cover cropping, and a crop rotation to manage soil health
and fertility
● Work within garden budget to source OMRI certified materials and other
organic seeds and products needed for the garden
Required:
● At least 2 years of experience managing a vegetable operation in the Southeastern US
● Ability to produce a wide assortment of seasonal vegetables, fruits, herbs, and cut flowers and maintain seasonal availability
● Ability to work in challenging conditions of coastal Southeast Georgia- seasonal mosquitoes, gnats, deerflies, hot and humid summers, sandy soil conditions
● Ability to manage time efficiently, stay organized, and communicate effectively
Compensation Details:
● Annual salary starts at $35,000/ farmer, commensurate with experience
● Housing and meals provided
● Paid vacation after one year
● Medical and dental after 60 days

To Apply:
Interested applicants please submit resume and cover letter to: greyfieldgarden@gmail.com