Ag. Program Coordinator, Frankfort, KY

Department of Agriculture

Characteristics of the Job: Coordinates a statewide program area administered by the Department of Agriculture; and performs other duties as required.

Minimum Requirement – High school graduate.
Minimum Requirement – Experience : Five years of administrative or inspection experience in agricultural programs. Substitute Education for Experience : Vocational or technical training in agriculture or a related field will substitute for the experience on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of two years.

Position Type: Pay Grade 12 (MIN-MID) $29,129.28 – $38,588.64 yearly at 37.5 hour work week. or $31,071.12 – $41,161.20 yearly at 40 hour work week

Description of Job Duties
Coordinate on a statewide basis the Senior Farmer Market Program, Farm to School Program, & the Junior Chef Program administered by the Department of Agriculture; and performs other duties as required.Coordinate on a statewide basis the expansion & growth of the Senior Farmer Market Program, Farm to School Program, & the Junior Chef Program to help both producers, schools, seniors & students across the state. Attend annual meetings/conferences as well as Webinars & other required continuing education. Maintain program files & websites. Maintain & update monthly
newsletters.Senior Farmer Market Program: Coordinate & Train producers for the actual use & acceptance of product at market. Coordinate & train market managers on guidelines they must follow in order to be a credited Farmers Market. Coordinate and train individuals responsible for recording & distributing coupons to seniors.Review markets, farmers & distribution agencies yearly for compliance with regulations.Create/Review & Amend the State Plan annually. Process voucher reconciliation on a daily and monthly basis by monitoring & updating database on each producer/county and determine the redemption rate, as well as, reconcile any unredeemed vouchers. Collect and record program data within websites and files. Farm to School: Coordinate/provide trainings/technical support to Food Service Directors, Producers & entities that participate in the Program. Assist with food safety, procurement, bid reviewing & federal guidelines to maintain compliance. Aid in program development such as; curriculum, resource guide & brochures. Introduce local product/producers to food manufactures to further the Program.Junior Chef Program: Coordinate and Administer statewide culinary competition for grades 8th – 12th. Includes statewide promotion; recording all entries; determine & organize all district,
regional, state & national competitions; secure awards; and provide information for printing state booklet. Organize competitor’s schedules, hotel rooms, tours, summer workshops, gate passes & travel.Review recipes for compliance with federal meal pattern standards, public speaking & promotion via Webinars, etc. Develop Judging guidelines & provide technical assistance for the judges.Coordinate the judging schedule. Provide technical assistance for team coaches & students.Coordinate the judging schedule. Provide technical assistance for team coaches & students.Other duties as assigned.

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Community Garden Developer, Atlanta, GA

GREENLEAF FARM
TYPE: Full-Time
COMPANY DESCRIPTION
Greenleaf is not your typical farming operation. We don’t know much about farming at all, but we have an idea and boundless passion around it. Greenleaf is primarily an owner of apartment buildings in the Southeast, based in Atlanta. We started with one small apartment community on Edgewood Ave ten years ago and now have thousands of families that depend upon our team to provide safe, reliable housing that meets their needs. As we have grown, we are continually looking to change the way communities live, interact and eat. Our goal is to provide an organic food source to families so that they can provide one meal every day for their entire family. To achieve this goal we are actively expanding our community garden programs throughout our communities, providing an on site recurring food source. It is quite a challenge and it wont be easy. If you are passionate about changing how communities interact with food, eager to get your hands dirty in building gardens, chicken coops and chasing around some goats, then this is probably the opportunity for you.

JOB DESCRIPTION
We are looking for someone who wants to be on the front line of building, developing, teaching and engaging the community around community food production.
At the core of this role will be the passion and drive to build production capabilities for locally grown organic foods and share your experience and knowledge with the community. Functionally we will be constructing and maintaining community gardens throughout the greater Atlanta area along with a farm operation in North Georgia.
Here is a sample of our first garden that our team built!

COMPENSATION:
Salaried, 50k to 100k

HOW TO APPLY
Email dave@greenleafmgmt.com. Send your resume and your story of why this sounds like the dream position for you!

Internship, CCYA, Cobb County, GA

Job Title: “Blooming with Possibilities” Program Specialist Internship Type: Part-Time Compensation: $15 – $20/hour based on experience after probationary period (one month) Supervision: Reports to the COO for all Program Team responsibilities and CAO for all Development Team responsibilities. Works closely with the Cobb Master Gardeners, Director of Youth Activities & Volunteer Services, Development Specialist, and Life Skills Education Manager. Team Designation: This position serves on the Program Team, Meal Services Team, and the Development Team. Job Description: Assist in the maintenance and development of the Campus Garden and Farm: Native Plant Garden, Pollinator Garden, Berry Patches, Cutting Garden, Vegetable Garden, Herb Garden, Vine-Vegetable Garden. Manage Chicken Coop and future additions. Coordinate and Manage youth apprenticeships, assist in arranging cooking classes; and support development department activities. Applicable Skills: Knowledge of irrigation, plants, insects and plant disease; familiarity with tools and equipment used; proficient with spreadsheet and word processing applications; ability to read and assess statistical and operational reports; good interpersonal, team building, organizational and management skills. Physical Demands: Must be able to lift/carry materials up to 50lbs, move about the work site, turn on and operate a computer in the applicable environment, communicate efficiently and effectively on the telephone or in person, and complete required paperwork. Exposed to dust, pollen, chemicals, cold and heat in an external environment. Requires extended periods of walking, standing, kneeling, bending and lifting, up to 100% of a workday. Working Conditions: External environment with all weather and terrain exposure. Exposed to equipment that may cause cuts and significant bodily injury. Safety equipment includes gloves, work boots, proper clothing. Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture (preferred), Agronomy, or related fields of study, or Associate’s degree in Horticulture (preferred), Agronomy or related fields with

Applicable Skills: Knowledge of irrigation, plants, insects and plant disease; familiarity with tools and equipment used; proficient with spreadsheet and word processing applications; ability to read and assess statistical and operational reports; good interpersonal, team building, organizational and management skills. Physical Demands: Must be able to lift/carry materials up to 50lbs, move about the work site, turn on and operate a computer in the applicable environment, communicate efficiently and effectively on the telephone or in person, and complete required paperwork. Exposed to dust, pollen, chemicals, cold and heat in an external environment. Requires extended periods of walking, standing, kneeling, bending and lifting, up to 100% of a workday. Working Conditions: External environment with all weather and terrain exposure. Exposed to equipment that may cause cuts and significant bodily injury. Safety equipment includes gloves, work boots, proper clothing. Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture (preferred), Agronomy, or related fields of study, or Associate’s degree in Horticulture (preferred), Agronomy or related fields with

Type: Part-Time Compensation: $15 – $20/hour based on experience after probationary period (one month)

Supervision: Reports to the COO for all Program Team responsibilities and CAO for all Development Team responsibilities. Works closely with the Cobb Master Gardeners, Director of Youth Activities & Volunteer Services, Development Specialist, and Life Skills Education Manager. Team Designation: This position serves on the Program Team, Meal Services Team, and the Development Team.

Job Description: Assist in the maintenance and development of the Campus Garden and Farm: Native Plant Garden, Pollinator Garden, Berry Patches, Cutting Garden, Vegetable Garden, Herb Garden, Vine-Vegetable Garden. Manage Chicken Coop and future additions. Coordinate and Manage youth apprenticeships, assist in arranging cooking classes; and support development department activities. Applicable Skills: Knowledge of irrigation, plants, insects and plant disease; familiarity with tools and equipment used; proficient with spreadsheet and word processing applications; ability to read and assess statistical and operational reports; good interpersonal, team building, organizational and management skills. Physical Demands: Must be able to lift/carry materials up to 50lbs, move about the work site, turn on and operate a computer in the applicable environment, communicate efficiently and effectively on the telephone or in person, and complete required paperwork. Exposed to dust, pollen, chemicals, cold and heat in an external environment. Requires extended periods of walking, standing, kneeling, bending and lifting, up to 100% of a workday. Working Conditions: External environment with all weather and terrain exposure. Exposed to equipment that may cause cuts and significant bodily injury. Safety equipment includes gloves, work boots, proper clothing. Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture (preferred), Agronomy, or related fields of study, or Associate’s degree in Horticulture (preferred), Agronomy or related fields with a minimum of a 3 years experience in landscape management operations. May be enrolled in a degree program as above. • Working knowledge of planting calendars for spring, summer, and fall harvests (preferred); • Working knowledge of landscape restoration and revegetation (preferred); • Enjoy sharing your knowledge with others and teaching youth about gardening; • Understand the importance of growing plants as a demonstration of sustainability and leading by example.

Other duties: • Strategic Planning for the gardening & harvesting season with Master Gardeners, Kitchen Manager and Chefs; • Coordinate vegetable crop rotations and planting of cover crops in off season; • Supervise Youth Apprenticeships and Create duty work/chore schedules; • Develop and maintain irrigation plan; • Work with Master Gardeners and other organizations to broaden scope of garden; e.g. implementing Hoop House for winter crops; • Work with Life Skills Instructor to create educational Agriculture, Botany, Nutrition and Farming workshops for youth residents to provide learning opportunities and create interest in the garden by youth residents; • Have interest in farm animals including chickens, potentially pygmy goats and be open to possibility of bee aviary to be added to garden program in future; • Speak to tour groups; • Collect data and information for garden grants and work collaboratively with Development Team to seek funding opportunities for garden, cooking classes and other related activities; • Assist cooking classes and work collaboratively with cooking instructors to provide resources for skill building activities; • Coordinate and facilitate garden work with volunteer director to engage corporations and groups wishing to volunteer at CCYA. • Maintain inventory of tools and equipment for animals and garden; • Purchase feed and necessities for chickens. Garden Responsibilities using youth apprenticeships: • Supervise and manage youth responsibilities; • Establish youth schedule and review and submit timesheets; • Weeding, watering, planting, mulching, and harvesting of garden produce; Weigh, record, and deliver all produce to Kitchen Manager and Chefs; • Oversee care of chickens – including feeding, securing safety, cleaning, of up to 24 chickens. Oversee gathering of eggs daily; • Create system to dry chicken manure for fertilizer; • Oversee composting system; • Manage irrigation systems.

For more information, contact Victor Brown at vbrown@ccyakids.org

 

Farm Manager, Chatanooga, TN

Position: Farm Manager

Terms: Full-Time, salaried position open now

General Overview:
Crabtree Farms is a non-profit organization that is home to an urban
teaching farm, Chattanooga’s local food program, and myriad
education opportunities for all ages. Located on 22 acres, our total
land under cultivation ranges from four to five acres and supports a 100+ person 31-week CSA, weekly offerings at the local year-round farmers market, and produce to local restaurants and food artisans. The small staff of farmers work with a daily rotation of volunteers to run the farming operations. Some volunteers have a weekly schedule
and season-long commitment, while the rest comprise a shifting array of regulars, curious community members, and service groups.
We grow over 120 varieties of fruit and vegetable and raise a couple goats for program animals (petting and education). Farm and greenhouse staff manage maintenance of grounds and equipment and are key to the successful planning and facilitation of several fundraising events each year. Additionally, the farm plays host to several annual Crabtree Farms events, field trips for school-age youth, workshops, community events, and more.

Job Description:
This is a salaried, full-time position, which encompasses many aspects of the Urban Farm. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and works closely with the management team comprised of the Greenhouse Manager, Community Partnerships Manager, and Farm Manager. Duties for this position include, but are not
limited to:
• Planning and implementing growing, greenhouse, and ground preparation calendars
• Ensuring farm remains a safe, enjoyable place for volunteers, school groups, and general public
• Directing harvesting and post-harvest processing
• Facilitating general farm maintenance
• Overseeing crop maintenance such as weeding, cultivating, planting, and mowing
• Working with and directing volunteers and a small, dedicated staff
• As needed, there will be additional duties depending on the needs of the farm
• Administrative tasks will be assigned as necessary
• Other responsibilities are outlined below

Qualifications:
The Farm Manager must be experienced in all aspects of the farm, specifically in sustainable methods of vegetable, fruit and flower production. The individual should have excellent organizational skills, the ability to communicate clearly with staff and customers, be creative, and must maintain a high standard of quality control. The ideal
candidate will be self-motivated, have good time management, and be able to make decisions quickly as circumstances change. The FM will need to carry out procedures involved in all jobs, and must understand and implement the appropriate planting, pruning and harvesting schedules. This position demands a person who is dependable, reliable, and self-motivated. The candidate must be physically
capable of performing job duties. The candidate must be prepared to work in potentially adverse conditions, such as high heat, rain, etc. Other qualifications include:
• Experience: 3+ years, preferably one year with a community farm
• CSA experience
• Mechanical, carpentry, and plumbing experience
• Friendly, outgoing personality willing to work with the public and those interested in
farming/gardening
• Proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite
• Experience with Quickbooks
• Detail Oriented, use of common sense
• Clear and effective communicationThis position is largely an outdoor position. Crabtree Farms is a beautiful place to work, but time there must be

This position is largely an outdoor position. Crabtree Farms is a beautiful place to work, but time there must be spent productively. This job is ideal for a person that enjoys multi-tasking, jumping from project to project and who is not thrown off task easily. This job requires someone who is focused, stays on task, and can get the tasks
completed amidst the busy environment.

Key responsibilities:
1. Works closely with the Volunteer Coordinator, Greenhouse Manager and Assistant FM in leadership and management of volunteer and intern activities on the Farm. This includes delegating tasks, monitoring quality of work, and providing a positive work environment and educational instruction.
2. Chooses WorkShare participants for the season, creates their schedule, and monitors their hours throughout the season. The FM is responsible for making sure that all WorkShare are meeting their commitments and must address anyone that is not.
3. Keeps record of the crops: ground preparation, amendment, planting times, locations and harvests. During the growing season, this will include proper maintenance of summer crops through cultivation, fertilization, and spraying for pests/disease as needed.
4. Ensures that proper soil samples are taken in the winter and will need a basic understanding in reading
soil samples in order to create an amendment plan for the working season.
5. Is responsible for proper storage of all vegetables. In doing this, the FM will also monitor the condition of
storage and harvest bins ensuring that there are plenty to use throughout the season. This also includes making sure that the farm has adequate supplies necessary for packing produce which includes wax boxes, paper and plastic produce bags, paper bags, rubber bands, and herb bags.
6. Manages the marketing of produce as needed seasonally, as well as packing for orders in an efficient and organized manner. Quality control is essential to ensure no mistakes are made in this process.
7. Manages the full- and holiday-season CSAs, which includes the related paperwork, coordinating the daily harvests, maintaining high-quality standards, and ensuring that the year’s boxes are meeting their estimated value. Collaborates with the Assistant Farm Manager to effectively and efficiently supervise running the farm and its finances
8. Plans the next season. This includes crop profit analyses, crop rotations, adjustments in crop variety and quantity, the seed order for the Urban Farm and plant sales, soil tests and the calculations and ordering of soil amendments, and the Deerfield order for farm and greenhouse supplies. Additionally, the FM collaborates on the construction and execution of the winter list of duties, usually comprising large-scale projects and maintenance.
9. Oversees general care of all implements and machinery. The machinery should be in good working order and receive annual tune-ups.
10. Maintains the barn. This involves keeping tools in working order and annually cleaning and sharpening tools. It also includes making sure the trash, recycling and compost are taken out on time and that the farm has proper trash bags. The FM will manage all staff’s use of the barn and tools to ensure proper usage and placement.
11. Tractor work on the farm. This includes managing the ground preparation calendar, noting weather conditions, and ensuring implementation. Amendments and cover crop implementation are also the responsibility of the FM.
12. Manages all irrigation equipment, including proper storage, assessment of needs, and ordering parts needed ahead of schedule.
13. Shares in the general responsibilities of all Crabtree staff. These duties may include, but are not limited to: grounds maintenance; cleaning and maintenance of the building and facilities; preparation, execution, and clean-up for special events and workshops; care and maintenance of shared equipment and systems such as compost, garbage, and recycling; care, feeding, and maintenance of farm animals; and greeting and assisting the general public.

Benefits:
The greatest benefits are the access to healthy food, fresh air, honest work, new skills, great people, and passionate coworkers.
– United Healthcare health insurance.
– One half-share CSA membership each season
– Two weeks paid vacation; normal vacation regulations apply
– Professional development funds available to be applied for and learning reported on
– SIMPLE IRA with employer match program
– Yearly salary of $25-30,000

To Apply:
Send Cover Letter and Resume to:
MAIL: Crabtree Farms
FM Search
PO Box 2250
Chattanooga, TN 37409
FAX: 423/624-7439
EMAIL: smcintyre@crabtreefarms.org

Deadline: Until position filled; as soon as possible preferred as the position is open now

Farmer, Jim Adams Farm, Atlanta, GA

Job Description:
We are seeking an experienced farmer to a) lend technical support during our planning/startup phase and b) manage production in our Grow Houses. Experience growing produce in greenhouses is preferred.

Duties:
Set, update and refine Jim Adams crop slate – the types and varieties of plants to be grown, based on budgets, projected sales volumes, conditions, etc.
Set budget estimates for materials, supplies, etc.
Manage Grow Houses for optimal crop production with an eye toward quality and consistency.
Perform the array of agricultural tasks necessary to grow high-quality organic produce – seeding, watering, pruning, soil monitoring, harvesting, etc.
Assemble greenhouses and benches.
Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities.
Select and purchase seeds, fertilizers and other supplies necessary for successful production.
Establish, maintain and operate irrigation systems for maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
Establish, maintain and operate soil generation, acquisition and enrichment systems.
Support the eventual and timely hiring of agricultural workers as business expands.
Supervise agricultural staff, assign schedules and duties, track and manage performance.
Manage the growing environment for optimal conditions for each crop type.
Monitor and make adjustments as needed.

Qualifications (combination of any of the following will be considered):
A degree in agriculture, agricultural systems management, agribusiness, soil management, crop management or horticulture.
Greenhouse farming experience with demonstrable results, producing a variety of plants, preferably in USDA Zone 8a.
A network of working relationships in the agribusiness community, to include colleges and universities, public sector support agencies, other farmers and consumer outlets.

Jim Adams Farms plans to commence operation on a proposed site in Atlanta, GA in the third quarter of 2017. The Farmer will be a part of the planning, decision-making and ramp-up processes.

For more information: http://jimadamsfarms.com/

Farm Manager, U. of Colorado, Boulder

The Farm Manager is responsible for oversight and management of the daily operations of the Village Center greenhouse. This position will work with soil and soilless agriculture in order to develop crop and harvest schedules. The Farm Manager will work with others within the CDS community to make recommendations about new plant and crop varieties to grow and add to current menus with the goal of delivering high quality plants and produce year-round. In addition, the position is tasked with researching and implementing innovative farming technologies that allow for continuous improvement opportunities with CDS.

This position may require working longer hours and being on call to attend to the farm holidays and weekends if necessary.

Who we are:
Housing & Dining Services provides services to over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students on the CU Boulder campus. Our 650 full time staff and 1000 student staff strive to provide excellent customer service and to support student success through our programs in residence hall and apartment living, dining services and catering, conference services and childcare. The Housing & Dining Services Campus Dining leads the industry with superior quality food and exceptional dining experiences. We have 13 convenient campus locations, including all-you-care-to-eat dining centers, grab-n-go’s, convenience stores, coffee shops, bakery, and a late-night café.

Key Responsibilities:
Growing
Manage year-round production planning including:
Execute appropriate crop rotations, pest management, irrigation, fertilization harvesting and other cultivation techniques.
Responsible for management of growing conditions and nutrient mixes for optimal production that enhances taste, nutrition, speed of crop turnover and overall quality.
Manually harvest crops and prepare harvested crops for transportation to all units.
Select and purchase seeds, plant nutrients, disease control chemicals and garden care equipment.
Position and regulate plant irrigation systems and program environmental and irrigation controls.
Perform manual agriculture, aquaculture or horticultural tasks.

Management
Work with culinary leadership to determine crops to be grown.
Confer with management to report conditions, plan planting and harvesting schedules, and to discuss changes in fertilizer, herbicides, or cultivating techniques.
Train employees, volunteers and student staff in horticultural techniques, such as germinating, propagating, harvesting, and grading and packing.
Subject matter expert and is responsible for review of employees work to ascertain quality and quantity of work performed, and makes recommendations for improvement as needed.

Participate in inspections of facilities to determine maintenance needs, related to environmental control system, irrigation/fertilization system and general facility upkeep.
Keep up to date with developments and interests in the market and on other developments in horticulture applicable to company progress and excellence.
Facilitate community engagement through leading tours and information sessions.
Assign work schedules and duties to nursery or greenhouse staff or volunteers and supervise their work.
Follow best practices for food and workplace safety and sanitation of operation.

Record Keeping
Maintain audit trail for all activities from input purchasing through growing.
Keep detailed records of all harvested produce as well as all production budgets.
Provide detailed analysis of production records to meet marketing and management needs.
Record and track all crop rotations and planting diagrams.
What you should know:
You will need the ability to perform physical activity: lifting (up to 100 lbs. assisted); carrying (50 lbs.).
You must have a valid driver’s license.
This position may require working longer hours and being on call to attend to the farm holidays and weekends if necessary.

Qualifications
What we require:
Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agronomy, biology or similar field.
Experience may substitute for a degree on a year for year basis.
Must also possess 2 additional years’ experience with focus in horticultural space (hydroponics/aeroponics experience necessary), growing baby greens, micro greens, living lettuces and herbs, controlled environment systems, including hydroponics, growing systems, and environmental control systems (e.g. Argus, Priva), preferably in a multi-level environment, scheduling planting and cropping to meet customer demand.
Thorough knowledge of plant growing, disease prevention, and pest remediation, especially IPM principles.

Servsafe certified and or certificate appropriate for the position level or the ability to obtain Servsafe certification or certificate appropriate to position level within 6 months of hire. Must possess appropriate Servsafe certification or certificate appropriate to position level for the duration of employment with CDS.
Familiarity with Microsoft Office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint.

What you will need:
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with direct reports, peers, clients and service providers inside and outside the organization.
Ability to instruct team on control systems, fertilization, CO2, water, power and environmental control.

Preferred:
Master’s degree in Horticulture, Agronomy or a similar field.
Experience growing in a closed environment (e.g. greenhouse).
Experience with food safety and HACCP protocols and auditing procedures.

Anticipated salary for this position is $50,000.

For more information: Colorado State Farm Manager Job

Farm Director, Wakeman Town Farm, Westport CT

POSITION: Wakeman Town Farm Director

SALARY:

$ 20,000 – $ 24,000 Annual salary plus benefits
Four weeks paid vacation, 401K with match
Free rent ($67,000 value) including utilities
Access to Westport Public Schools

RESPONSIBILITIES: Seeking year round Farm Director to live and work at the newly renovated Wakeman Town Farm (WTF), an educational farm and sustainability center in Westport. As the public face of the Town Farm, this is a key role for a visionary with a passion for organic farming, sustainability, public education, and community. The Director maintains the 2.5-acre grounds including the general upkeep of the farmhouse and doing daily farm and animal chores. Will develop and implement farm-based educational programs including hiring and overseeing part-time teachers and seasonal counselors. Develop and teach seasonal workshops and oversee at least two farm events a year (with help from the WTF Committee). Responsible for the Spring High School internship program and the spring and fall Junior Apprentice Program. Coordinate with the Committee and Westport’s Public School to run Farm tours. Must keep up with agricultural trends and share new techniques with students and residents.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree required, related to farming and/or Animal Husbandry preferred. Teaching and relevant farm experience preferred. Must have strong administrative skills; responsible for the farm’s management. Criminal background and reference checks required prior to employment.

APPLY TO: Personnel/HR Department

dferrante@westportct.gov
Westport Town Hall
110 Myrtle Avenue Room 208
Westport, CT 06880