Farm Manager, Vegetables, Full-Time, Ashburn Virginia

Willowsford Farm manages 300 acres over three non-certified organic farms, ten minutes south of Leesburg, Virginia and thirty miles west of Washington, DC: 20 acres in vegetables and cover crops, the remainder in grass and woods for animals. We grow mixed vegetables, raise livestock for eggs and meat, and manage a small herd of goats who perform land management services. We sell through a diversified CSA and Farm Stand. Our CSA is 280 members and growing. As farmers we work to promote soil health, care for our livestock holistically and produce nutritious, flavorful food.
Our farm is part of a unique model of development, a working landscape that includes agricultural production, ecological services and residential neighborhoods. We also serve as an educational and social resource and encourage community members to make healthy lifestyle choices. We have a great team and are a growing farm with long-term opportunities.

JOB DESCRIPTION
Willowsford Farm grows mixed vegetables and raises animals for meat and eggs, over three farms and close to three hundred acres: 30 acres in vegetables and cover crops, the remainder in grass and woods. We sell through a diversified CSA and farm stand. Our CSA is 280 members and growing. We are located ten miles south of Leesburg and thirty miles west of DC.
We have a great team returning next year and are looking for a few key additions, including a vegetable farmer to oversee production at one or both of our vegetable farm locations. This is an opportunity to bring your experience and love of growing to take on full management of a veggie farm. Or, if you are the right person with less experience, to work closely with us to hone your skills managing production of a select group of crops and cover crops.
We have good systems in place and the equipment to support them, but this is a young farm and there is room to improve it and to make it your own.
Communication, teamwork and flexibility are important aspects of this work. With vegetable production, animal production and a farm stand, we are a small community of growers and support each other.

Work Experience/Skills Desired: three or more full seasons on a vegetable farm and at least one season of management on a mechanized operation. Experience operating and maintaining tractors and equipment and demonstrated attention to detail are required. Enjoyment of growing plants and food for local market.

This is the Mid-Atlantic. Farm work is physically demanding and we work in all conditions: cold and wet and hot and humid. In a crew we look for the same commitment to working hard, having fun, and getting the job done and done correctly. We expect a veggie farmer to work hard and inspire their crew to do the same.
This is a salaried position with benefits and housing. Salary will be commensurate with experience. After the first year, an incentive agreement can be negotiated. The position begins in winter, as responsibilities include planning and pre-season materials orders.

COMPENSATION
Salaried, less than 50k

APPLY: Please send resume and three references to farm@willowsfordfarm.com

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Agriculture Supported Communities Program Manager, Rodale Institute

Job Description: Responsible for managing Agriculture Supported Communities farm share program. This is a three year contracted position with the possibility to extend beyond this period based on grant writing.

Location: Rodale Institute Experimental Farm, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530

Responsibilities Include:
ASC Program
• Provides administration and development direction for ASC program and member services. Serves as the primary contact for ASC members. Coordination of membership campaigns, PR projects, members accounts, and ASC book keeping.
• Responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and managing program interns in coordination with ASC staff and Human Resources Team.
• Manage food distribution to different sites.
• Develops and builds relationships with community partners to enrich program through outreach and unique contributions.
• Manages all tasks related to marketing product; cultivating additional markets, updating pricelists, sending/delivering order forms, packing product for delivery.
• Works with field foreman on field production and harvest. Works with field foreman to hone vegetable production and field plans. Plans weekly field harvest and share contents.
• Oversees submission of field operations reports and harvesting records tracking the actions taken in the field.
• Provides pack house and distribution management for ASC harvest and farmers markets.
• Maintains contacts and updated intern matrix.
• Works collaboratively with Rodale Institute departments to coordinate shared harvests and event produce needs.

Education
• Manages intern training program: Teach classroom lessons with integrated field practicum skills in organic growing techniques and philosophies. Coordinate additional integrated classes based on expertise of Rodale Institute staff. Coordinate intern participation in CRAFT series. Train interns on distribution sites management for weekly share pickups. Instruct interns in production growing, cultivation and harvesting techniques.
• Provides college level course in Plant Health Management for Del Val students.

Farmers Markets
• Develops guidelines for vendors and plan and conduct vendor training as needed.
• Oversees recruitment/management of local food businesses to conduct cooking demonstrations.
• Reviews and approves all outreach and promotional materials, including creation of the Regional Organic Producers Guide.
• Works with partnering organizations on content for Regional Organic Producers Guide.

Grants Management/Grant Reporting
• Grant management and reporting. Tracking of volunteer hours and match time for grants.
• Writes proposals for upcoming grants to support program.
• Keeps current timelines and manage grant deliverables.

Candidate Qualifications:
• Skilled writer who can express ideas clearly and professionally through grant proposals
• Comfortable with public speaking in a classroom or media situation
• Hard worker and commitment to raising organic foods sustainably
• Clear communicator with professional management skills
• Good organizational skills
• Computer proficiency in MS Office Suite

Education and/or Experience:
• BA/BS in agriculture related field or 2-3 years’ experience in agricultural education.
• At least four years of experience in vegetable production and/or managing a CSA.
• 2-3 years of management experience.

Travel:
20% Travel time related to marketing product and meeting with community partners.

Other Institutional Expectations:
To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume to Elaine Macbeth at Elaine.Macbeth@rodaleinstitute.org.

About Rodale Institute: Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For seventy years, the Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.

To learn more about additional opportunities at Rodale Institute, please visit rodaleinstitute.org/dig-deeper/work-with-us/.

Farmer / Garden Manager, Hawaii

We are seeking an individual or couple to manage our market garden operations. The ideal candidate(s) will have experience in high production vegetable farming and be comfortable working in a dynamic outdoor environment. The garden manager position will play a key role in maintaining our market garden and contributing to the daily flow and productivity of the farm. We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating change and will be a positive and responsible addition to our existing team. We are ideally looking for someone to start mid-July or August 1st. We ask for a minimum 1-year commitment.

Market Garden Responsibilities Include:
Management of nursery care, seeding, and transplanting
Management of crop rotation and quality record keeping
Management of harvest for restaurants and farmers markets
Management of soil fertility, pest control, and weeds
Manage irrigation system and watering of the fields and nursery
Manage, educate and train new farm workers and students
Maintain a clean and organizes packing shed
Management of all garden supplies and tools
Bed prep: Being able to use a BCS and/or a tractor is a plus
Strong ability to communicate with others and work well within a community environment.
Experience in working at Farmers Markets and Driving a Delivery Van is a plus
Must have a clean driving record and valid drivers license
Weekly managers and staff meeting
Occasional participation in educational activities and community engagement

Homestead Responsibilities:
Weekly chores to maintain the common areas
Milking – 1-2 days a week
Weekly community dinners

We Provide:
Housing accommodations in a private hale
Access to 1000 sq. ft. shared kitchen and study space
Shared hot/cold showers, composting toilets and washing machine on site
Community food supplies (vegetables and fruit harvested from land, bulk grains and legumes)
Walking distance to nearby swimming and surfing spots
Access to HIP Ag libraries, educational events, etc.
Stipend: $500/month

For more information: http://hipagriculture.org/about/join-our-team

Consumer Education and Food Access Coordinator, Vermont

 

Location: Newport, Vermont, Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and wellbeing of Vermont’s children, farms, and communities by connecting schools and farms through food and education. We do this by building school gardens, delivering local food to schools and institutions, and educating the community about healthy food choices. For more information about GMFTS, please visit http://www.greenmountainfarmtoschool.org.

Position Description
Green Mountain Farm-to-School seeks a dynamic, mission-driven local-food systems professional with strong project management and customer service skills to manage our community focused programs and increase access to healthy local foods in the community. The Consumer Education and Food Access Coordinator reports to the Program Director of Green Mountain Farm-to-School.

The Consumer Education and Food Access Coordinator will:
• Serve as customer service representative for Green Mountain Farm Direct, GMFTS’ food hub, by building and maintaining relationships with customers, including schools, grocers, other institutions
• Coordinate food nutrition incentive programs in collaboration with major partners and stakeholders
• Coordinate the Lunchbox Food Truck, GMFTS’ 10-week summer meal program
• Coordinate Vermont Harvest of the Month, a web-based marketing campaign to promote seasonal local food
• Coordinate monthly local food tastings at independent grocery stores
• Develop compelling brochures, flyers, and fact sheets about our programs and accessing local food
• Develop and implement evaluation tools; collect, analyze, and report data for program evaluation
• Organize, attend and present at business, community, and neighborhood group meetings
• Supervise seasonal intern for summer meal program
• Plan and organize annual series of on-farm community dinners
• Implement promotional and marketing plans
• Conduct community outreach and marketing efforts to raise awareness about the importance of eating healthy and available resources, services, and supports related to healthy food.
• Act as the back-up for Green Mountain Farm Direct Coordinator during vacations and holidays, as needed
• Provide general support to Green Mountain Farm-to-School, as necessary

Qualifications
• A Bachelors degree
• Experience in outreach or community engagement; demonstrated ability to establish effective and productive working relationships with diverse groups
• Experience in customer service, sales and marketing
• Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail
• Strong, public speaking, and interpersonal skills
• Experience working in a low-income, community-based setting a plus
• Good computer skills including Microsoft Office
• Self-directed and can take initiative
• Ability to prioritize and manage workload in a fast-paced, rapidly growing non-profit environment
• Valid driver’s license

Compensation
This is a full-time position (40 hours/week, Monday – Friday with occasional weekends) with salary range $32,000-$35,000 and benefits commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@gmfts.org. No phone calls please. GMFTS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is November 16, 2017.

For more information: http://greenmountainfarmtoschool.org/#get-involved

Farm Manager, Red Wiggle Farm, MD

The Farm Manager co-manages with the Field and Facilities Manager, planning and implementing daily activities at Red Wiggler. The Farm Manager’s primary responsibilities for our vegetable operation include: greenhouse management, implementing planting schedules, managing work crews, harvesting, and post-harvest handling and distribution. Management activities include managing volunteers and growers, setting vocational goals, teaching job skills, and tracking skills development. The Farm Manager will participate in overall leadership of the nonprofit including: developing and implementing safety practices, hiring and supervising seasonal staff and apprentices, and participating in strategic planning.

About Red Wiggler:
Red Wiggler Community Farm (a recognized 501c3 non-profit) is located in Montgomery County, Maryland. Founded in 1996, Red Wiggler’s main tenet is to provide gainful employment for adults with developmental disabilities through a unique horticulture program that uses organic agricultural practices. The bulk of this program focuses on building a vocational structure that identifies and builds on the capabilities of our clients with developmental disabilities. We call our clients “growers”. We assign the growers farm tasks based on their individual abilities which are nurtured by our staff. Our growers cultivate vegetables on seven acres, and then sell or donate this produce to a diverse population.

Qualifications:
Minimum of four years of experience in sustainable farming, with at least two years of proven farm management experience
Experience with greenhouse management, post-harvest handling, and storage of vegetables
Strong mathematical and computer skills, including calculating distributions and keeping records of planting, harvest, and distribution
An associates degree or relevant experience
Experience working with students and people with developmental/intellectual disabilities will be helpful
Tractor operation experience preferred
Farm market/retail experience preferred
Good interpersonal and communication skills, flexibility, and a commitment to safety
Reporting Structure: This position reports directly to the Executive Director.
Supervisory Responsibility: Apprentices/seasonal staff, growers, and volunteers

BENEFITS
Red Wiggler Community Farm provides a generous employee benefit package including health insurance, 401k, paid leave time, and paid holidays. Note that Red Wiggler does not provide housing for this position.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL
Managerial

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED
2-year degree

HOW TO APPLY
woody@redwiggler.org
http://www.redwiggler.org
Email resume and cover letter to woody@redwiggler.org.
Please review our web site and social media to be sure employment at Red Wiggler is a good fit.

Agricultural Marketing Specialist II , SC Department of Agriculture

Opening Date: Fri. 10/06/17
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 10/15/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time
State Salary Range: $26,988.00 – $49,932.00 annually
Agency Hiring Range: Min: Max:
Job Type: FTE – Full-Time
Location: Richland County, South Carolina
Normal Work Schedule: Generally Monday – Friday 8:30 -5:00. Additional evening and weekend hours required at times.

Job Responsibilities Benefits Supplemental Questions Additional

Serve as the Small Farms Coordinator by organizing marketing forums and cooperative meetings on Market Development for small farmers to increase marketing opportunities through food channels including retail, wholesale, food service, and farmers markets. Provide marketing and administrative services to the SC Fruit and Vegetable Association to facilitate educational and marketing opportunities for the organization and its members. Work with community based farmers markets throughout the state to provide marketing strategies, use of tools to encourage consumption and identification of local products. Provide educational opportunities for Market Managers and vendors. Coordinate the SCDA role in EBT and voucher efforts for markets throughout the state. Serve as the organic representative for SCDA working with producers, organizations, agencies, and allied industry to develop opportunities for organic and sustainable agricultural producers. Serve as SCDA liaison to various local food based organizations as directed.

Minimum and Additional Requirements:
A bachelor’s degree in agriculture, marketing, or other related degree. Direct experience in managing service programs to farmers in the area of marketing or marketing related certifications.

Preferred Qualifications:
Agricultural background with experience in dealing at various levels of service with farm producers or producer organizations. Knowledge and understanding of Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices and the procedures for certification is a plus.

Additional Comments:
Must be able to communicate both orally and in writing.
Ability to work with farm producers, other agencies, and general public in a professional manner.
Working knowledge of MS Office and Outlook computer programs is required. Attention to detail and organization skills are a must.
Must be able to lift up to 55 lbs. and erect and dismantle booth exhibits. Ability to stand for long periods of time.
Extensive day travel required during peak seasons.
Occasional overnight travel and weekend work duties.

Research Center Coordinator (Urban Agriculture), Petersburg, VA

Role Title: Agricultural Manager I – 59016
Job Open Date 09/27/2017
Job Close Date 10/18/2017
Open Until Filled

Hiring Range $32,619 – $52,000
Agency: VA State University Coop Ext & Agri
Position Number 01029
Job Posting Number 0058308
Job Type Full-Time (Salaried)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The School of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Department, seeks a qualified candidate to provide leadership for the Harding Street Urban Agricultural Center (UAC) Research Project and Demonstration Site. The Research Center Coordinator will provide leadership in researching the effectiveness of innovative methods of indoor production, sustainable environments, and energy practices; provide education and outreach, and implement a system of mobile farmer’s markets.
Management: Plan, direct, coordinate and lead activities of the Harding Street Urban Agricultural Center (UAC) to ensure that the goals and objectives are accomplished. Provide oversight and direction to the staff, students, consultants and/or others in the Center in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures. Provide on-going development of operational protocols.
Supervision: Provide supervision, work assignment, and work/performance evaluation of all full and part-time staff, student workers, consultants and all planning/administrative staff assigned to the project.
Outreach and Education: Work with public officials, community leaders and residents and potential partners to build relationships that will advance the mission of the UAC. Develop and conduct educational programs in urban agriculture, marketing, nutrition, and entrepreneurship. Develop a system of mobile farmer’s market units to deliver produce to underserved communities.
Seek and Obtain External Funding: Research and obtain local, state and federal grant funding opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate must demonstrate knowledge and experience in managing all aspects of a community research and/or educational program including planning, implementing and evaluating program content and delivery and must have the ability to understand and assist with developing and maintaining budgets. Past experience giving work direction and/or supervision to others is required.

This candidate must have experience in extension-type work that involves non-formal education programs and programs that work with diverse and/or at-risk community volunteers.

The successful candidate must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and must demonstrate workable skills in the use of information technology and social media and its appropriate and effective use in the development and delivery of educational programs.

Preferred Qualifications
A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred; however, an equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree. Some familiarity with STEM is desirable as is bilingual abilities.

For more information: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/89971