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

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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

Urban Agriculture Technical Assistant – Marion County, Indianapolis, IN

Description
Purdue Extension – Marion County is one of 92 Purdue Extension offices around the state that delivers research-based community support as an outreach arm of Purdue University. The Urban Agriculture Program of Purdue Extension aims to support beginning urban farmers and the community of people leading urban agriculture projects. This work occurs through programs like the Purdue Urban Farm Incubator Network, the Purdue Extension Urban Agriculture Certificate, increasing awareness of urban agriculture and helping coordinate the Indiana Small Farm Conference.

To learn more about the Purdue Extension – Marion County Urban Agriculture Program, visit www.purdue.edu/dffs/urbanag.

The Urban Agriculture Technical Assistant will support the setup and delivery of the Urban Agriculture Certificate Course. Participate in responsibilities such as tours, consulting, site visits, problem-solving, and other marketing and programming efforts.

The Urban Agriculture Certificate Course consists of 25 modules offered to the community urban agriculture project leaders in the evenings. The goal for student learning and experience in the course is that each participant will: (1) receive in-depth instruction for urban organic crop production—from farm design through harvest techniques, (2) clarify their project vision and strengthen their community impact, (3) learn to think like an enterprise to achieve economic sustainability and (4) grow their network of connections to other urban farms and gardens.

Qualifications
Required:
High School diploma / GED.
Four years’ of high-level administrative support, office management, and/or program coordination experience.
Working knowledge of small-scale, diversified agriculture with an emphasis on organic management.
Strong (oral and written) communication skills with confidence speaking in front of groups.
Comfort in engaging with technical agriculture topics and a willingness to research and learn.
Excellent interpersonal skills; comfortable in and enjoy interacting with a diverse audiences.
Ability to work independently and in teams.
Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to follow through on commitments and meet deadlines.
Computer proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (email and calendar).
Ability to contribute to the development of web-based program resources.
A valid driver’s license with ability to travel throughout Indianapolis and Marion County.

Preferred:
Bachelor’s degree.
Experience working on a small scale farm or community agriculture project.
Experience as an educator.
Working knowledge of Blackboard or other virtual learning environment/course management system.
Additional Information:
This position is based at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (1202 E. 38th Street, Indpls.).

For more information: http://purdue.taleo.net/careersection/wl/jobdetail.ftl?job=1701861&tz=GMT-05:00&src=JB-16340

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

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