FULL-TIME HARVEST/FIELD MANAGER, Douglasville, GA

Rodgers Greens & Roots Farm is a certified organic farm, located 30 minutes southwest of Atlanta in Douglasville, Georgia, on 64 acres of historic farmland along the Chattahoochee River. Currently, 15 acres of flat clay-loam soil are under cultivation using organic practices.

The farm’s Owner and Operator, Ashley Rodgers, has been farming in Georgia organically for her entire career. Ashley previously managed Serenbe Farms in Chattahoochee Hills, GA, as well as vegetable production for White Oak Pastures, in Bluffton, GA, and Planted Rock Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. You can learn more about Ashley and her farming practices/beliefs on the following media: CBS Sunday Morning, Women’s Health Magazine, and Civil Eats.   We sell our produce at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, the Morningside Farmers Market, both in Atlanta, and to Metro-Atlanta area restaurants, our own CSA and wholesale.

The farm’s growing style is medium-scale, mechanized production: tractors, tools and machinery, however, we are not a big AG farm. Sustainable farming practices are the backbone of Rodgers Greens and Roots: compost, cover crop, and crop rotation.   We are a young, liberal-minded farming family and crew. We are an equal opportunity employer without discrimination and are accepting applications from anyone interested in applying for this position.JOB DESCRIPTION

We are hiring one full-time Harvest/Field Manager.  We are seeking someone with 2 years of experience in small to medium scale organic vegetable production. This is a full-time permanent year-round position and can be an excellent opportunity for someone looking to stay on a farm for more than a season.  We will be accepting applications until the position has been filled.

The Full-time Harvest/Field Manager will work alongside the assistant farm manager and field manager, and will focus on assisting in the growth and maintenance of the farm’s crops through cultivation, irrigation,  pest and disease prevention and application, row covers, trellising, and field clean-up. Harvesting, washing, packing and distribution of vegetables to farmer’s markets and restaurants will also be the primary role of this position. Harvest, wash and pack will be for a variety of outlets, as we sell to wholesale clients, restaurants and farmers markets. We grow a wide variety of vegetables, experience with harvesting a large variety of crops is important.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead Farm Crew of 4 to 5 through harvesting, washing, and packing vegetables for wholesale, restaurants and farmers market sales.
  • Irrigation installation and running of schedules
  • Cultivation and weed control. With tractor and some hand cultivation with farm crew.
  • Crop Maintenance: pest and disease prevention and application, row covers, trellising, and field clean-up
  • Tractor work: primarily tillage, bush hogging, and cultivation, will be expected after a significant training period

Job Requirements:

  • 2 years of full-time previous farming experience in organic vegetable production
  • A serious interest in farming as a lifestyle and livelihood
  • A mind for efficiency, attention to detail, organization and a sense of urgency
  • Open and positive communication skills
  • Willingness to take initiative and take on responsibility
  • Experience leading a farm crew

Skills Required:

  • Proficient in: harvesting all types of vegetables, washing, bunching and packing.
  • Proficient in crop maintenance : weeding, row covers, pest and disease control, installing drip tape and other forms of irrigation.

Salary:

$600/week for 6 months, with potential for a pay increase after 6 months.

Housing:

We do not currently have housing available. However, there is a possibility for housing.

Future Opportunities: This position has room for growth if the first season goes well and is a mutually beneficial relationship, this would include an increase in responsibility and a pay increase. We are looking for farmers to grow with us.

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in applying for this position please email your professional resume and cover letter with a paragraph about why you feel you would be a great fit for this position to: Ashley Rodgers at rodgersgreensandroots@gmail.com.

 

 

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Field and Fork Farm and Gardens Manager

WORK TYPE: Staff Full-Time

LOCATION: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)

CLASSIFICATION TITLE: Farm Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Plan, manage, supervise, participate in, and track soil management, planting, irrigation, fertilization, crop care, integrated pest management, harvesting, and food safety of all crops; recommend and implement operating policies and procedures at the farm level;
Keep records and prepare farm production reports and prepare and implement budget recommendations; procure supplies and materials needed to support farm and garden operations.
Supervise students and other collaborators at the farm to plan and develop objectives, workflows, and deadlines for farm and garden operations and those assigned to assist in the maintenance and management of the farm and gardens, assist in training interns and volunteers.
Assist Field and Fork Director and Program Coordinator in supporting faculty needs, outreach programming, and tours at the farm and gardens.
Operate, maintain and repair facilities and equipment used in agriculture and farming, including developing and implementing a preventive maintenance and repair program on equipment and facilities and planning and directing the construction and modification of buildings and infrastructure at the farm and gardens.
Other Duties as assigned.

ADVERTISED SALARY: $35,000 – $40,000 annually

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
High school diploma or equivalent and five years of relevant experience managing an agricultural operation and supervising staff. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required number of years of experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge of:

• Crop Science theory, methods and practices.

• Agronomic and horticulture practices including, but not limited to plant nutrition, soil management, composting, integrated pest management, planting, irrigation, harvest, and food safety.

• Common techniques used in the care of crops.

• Understanding of symptoms and care of crop disease and injury.

• Safe equipment maintenance and operation

• Supervision and training techniques and practices.

• University, state, city, county and federal rules and regulations applicable to area.

• Basic computer applications.

• Experiential learning and Extension

• Record-keeping and data collection techniques for farm management.

Skills and Abilities to:

• Follow instructions and perform acceptable farming practices.

• Communicate and deal effectively with faculty, students, administration, farmers, ranchers, state and federal agencies, and the public.

• Have hand/eye coordination and manual and physical dexterity to safely and effectively operate and maintain farm facility, equipment, and tools, and maneuver around a farm.

• Understand best management practices and keep up to date on latest efforts to improve the sustainability of management efforts for agricultural production.

• Understand and implement food safety protocols for field, harvest and post-harvest handling.

• Think creatively and work collaboratively with other members of the farm team to ensure a positive and interdisciplinary learning environment for sustainable agriculture and food systems.

• Recognize symptoms of crop illness, disease, or injury and be able to treat effectively.

• Manage maintenance and recordkeeping for farm facilities, equipment, and supplies.

• Travel, when required for meetings, training, transportation crops, or supplies and equipment.

• Supervise and assist with training of assigned staff.

• Operate computer to maintain records.

• Work as team member and foster a cooperative work environment.

• Experience with Organic certification a plus.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:
Most work performed outdoors; regular exposure to dirt, dust, noise, weather conditions and mechanical hazards when operating farm tools/equipment. Must be able to lift heavy (50-100 lbs) and irregular objects and push and pull tools and equipment as a regular part of his/her job. Must be able to bend, squat, and kneel on a regular basis. May travel to other centers to transport materials, equipment. May work at other sites related to the program as needed.

 

For more information: http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/507344/field-and-fork-farm-and-gardens-manager?utm_source=Indeed&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=Indeed

Farm Manager, AMI Farm at Augusta Health, Fisherville, VA

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI)
107 Medical Center Circle

FishersvilleVA 22939

Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Description:

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK: The Farm Manager is responsible for all operational aspects of the AMI Farm at Augusta Health, including managing vegetable production, education garden, and the farm team’s efforts. The Farm Manager assists and reports directly to the AMI Executive Director and works closely with AMI Board, Farm Operations Committee, Augusta Health partners, and consultants to install and maintain appropriate infrastructure to ensure smooth operation of the farm, and ensure adherence to sustainable, regenerative, organic practices.

PROGRAM: AMI manages a multi-faceted farm project on the main campus of Augusta Health hospital in Fishersville, VA. The farm includes educational gardens and a production farm to grow food for the hospital’s food service and the “Food Farmacy” program that serves at-risk patients. The farm supports AMI’s mission to promote sustainable agriculture and connect communities to local, nutrient-dense food.

COMPENSATION: This is a full-time, exempt, year-round position, available immediately. Salary range is $33K -$36K. Benefit package includes farm-grown food share, and earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays.

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

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

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.

AMI CORE VALUES: Positivity, Integrity, Sustainability, Stewardship, Experiential Learning, Regenerative Agriculture.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY:  Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status.  AMI is an equal opportunity employer

Duties & Responsibilities:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ TASKS

FARM OPERATIONS:

· Responsible for management of all operational aspects of production, including, but not limited to: seed starting, crop rotation planning, plant propagation, field cultivation, succession planting, pest and disease management, fertilization and soil health management, harvesting, processing, distribution, and quality and quantity control;
· Develop/finalize/execute a maintenance plan/schedule for infrastructure and grounds, including, contracts, material, and budgetary requirements;
· Develop and manage a fertility plan, including soil management record keeping systems, and maintaining the fertility and health of the soil food web of the farm and gardens;
· Establish safe food handling practices and enforce the Food Safety Plan, based on Sodexo’s “Food Safety Guidelines for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables”;
· Track weekly Sodexo’s “Garden Guidelines Weekly Checklist” and make corrective actions as needed;
· Work with AMI Local Food Coordinator to distribute produce to Augusta Health’s nutrition services, the Food Farmacy program, and AMI’s educational programming;
· In a timely manner, produce and maintain accurate records, photo logs, designs, and farm documents; ensure that such records are properly archived in AMI’s Dropbox account;
· Maintain farm site, systems, and equipment, including Irrigation system maintenance, repairs, inspections, scheduling; inspections and repairs of the operational farm infrastructure;
 Purchase and manage tool inventory for all equipment to meet buildings and grounds maintenance needs; Complete an inventory once per year;
 Plan and implement an efficient working composting system for use in the educational gardens.

ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
· Work with the AMI Executive Director and Farm Operations Committee to establish best practices, standard operating procedures (SOPs), training materials, and processes for AMI Farm record keeping;
· Meet regularly with AMI and Augusta Health staff to review, update, coordinate, farm operations;
· Present ideas, timelines, designs, research, and documentation for approval;
· Manage farm budget and expenditures, including purchasing and maintaining records;
· Provide data and information to support organizational Development efforts.

EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
· Serve as an AMI ambassador during farm tours and at educational outreach events;
· As called upon, serve as a spokesperson and promote the AMI mission through speaking engagements and media interviews, including radio, newspaper, interviews, etc.;
· Coordinate with the AMI Education Assistant to develop curriculum appropriate to the season and crop availability;
· Work with the AMI Farm Team to plan, prepare, and host events, workshops, and volunteer days;
· Provide educational opportunities for Augusta Health’s food service team via farm visits.

MANAGEMENT

· Supervise and mentor Production Assistant/s at Augusta Health;
· Manage and mentor Phase II Fellow(s) and volunteers;
· Develop scheduling for standard workweeks, watering, and planting;
· Manage inventories, records, and data from the farm (yields, volunteer numbers, etc.).

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
· Complete and maintain all applicable training and certifications as necessary, maintain certifications, particularly in food safety to fulfill hospital guidelines;
· Attend conferences to network and build awareness in regenerative, organic farming techniques;
· Receive regular training and mentoring with experts from the field of agriculture.

Education & Experience:

QUALIFICATIONS:  KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
· Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent training and/or work experience;
· Three years experience in organic vegetable production: post-handling, processing and storage;
· Commitment to and demonstrated understanding of regenerative, organic agricultural practices;
· Knowledge of Permaculture principles and ethics;
· Knowledge of and commitment to building sustainable food systems;
· Knowledge and experience with perennial fruits, berries, medicinal herbs, perennial systems, and organic farming practices;
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal;
· Ability to effectively manage support staff, AMI Fellows, and volunteers; provide demonstration and delegation;
·Ability to understand, interpret and enforce policies in an accurate and equitable manner;
· Strong interest in teaching and ability to make hands-on gardening concepts accessible to children;
· Ability to multi-task and prioritize, time management skills;
· Ability to operate a BCS walk-behind tractor and related implements;
· Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
· Knowledge of regenerative and organic practices relating to nutrient management, pest and disease management, weed management, and post-harvest processing and storage;
· Understanding of organic soil management including composting, mulching, cover cropping, and low/no-till techniques;
·  Computer proficiency, including Excel, Microsoft Office, Dropbox;
· Mentoring and/or teaching experience; High level of personal and ethical standards.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:
· Comfortable working outdoors in a variety of extreme weather conditions;
· Able to lift 50 (+) pounds regularly;
· Must have valid Driver’s License and good driving record;
· Work occasional nights and weekends for workshops and special events

Application Instructions:

 

For more information: www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org

Greenhouse Technician, Sunburst Chef and Farmer, Asheville, NC

Greenhouse Technician
Sunburst Chef and Farmer
Asheville, NC

Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Sunburst Chef and Farmer, located in West Asheville, NC, is seeking an entry level, year round, full time greenhouse technician. The greenhouse technician will assist in planting, transplanting, maintaining, and harvesting culinary herbs, microgreens, edible flowers, and other specialty vegetables. Other responsibilities include maintaining a clean workspace and assisting in other areas of the greenhouse as needed. Some experience in growing, farming, landscaping, or other horticulture is required. Some greenhouse growing experience preferred. Some weekend work required .

Application Instructions:
Please send resume and letter of interest to erica@sunburstchefandfarmer.com

Website: https://www.sunburstchefandfarmer.com/

UGA VISTA Network: School Garden VISTA, Athens, GA

Member Duties : Recruit and train volunteers to assist with school gardens, develop and implement garden, nutrition, and sustainability programs at a middle school, support food waste reduction and promote increased use of fresh produce in the school cafeteria, collaborate with others in school garden network, track/evaluate efforts, and build capacity for program sustainability. Program Benefits : Living Allowance , Childcare assistance if eligible , Health Coverage* , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

Terms :Car recommended .

Service Areas : Hunger , Children/Youth , Environment , Community Outreach , Education , Health .

Skills : Team Work , Teaching/Tutoring , Community Organization , Environment , Leadership , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Horticulture skills , Recruitment , Youth Development , Education .

 

Program Benefits : Living Allowance , Childcare assistance if eligible , Health Coverage* , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare Terms :
Car recommended . Service Areas :
Hunger , Children/Youth , Environment , Community Outreach , Education , Health . Skills :
Team Work , Teaching/Tutoring , Community Organization , Environment , Leadership ,

Fund raising/Grant Writing , Horticulture skills , Recruitment , Youth Development , Education .
Program Start/End Date: 07/20/2018 – 07/19/2019
Work Schedule: Full Time
Education level: College graduate
Age Requirement: Minimum: 18 Maximum: None
Program Locations GEORGIA Atlanta
Accepting Applications
From: 04/13/2018 To 05/15/2018

For more information: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=80102&fromSearch=true

Plant Breeding Technician • Tomatoes & Peppers, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Albion ME

Plant Breeding Technician • Tomatoes & Peppers
Position Summary

Johnny’s is seeking a motivated and passionate individual to join our Plant Breeding team as a Breeding Technician. This person will be responsible for assisting the Plant Breeder in the tomato and pepper breeding programs, including management of critical field and greenhouse operations and coordination with key departments on matters related to breeding nurseries and experimental trials. The ideal candidate will be research-oriented with a strong interest in agriculture and crop improvement. This is a full-time position, with opportunities for further career advancement into an Assistant Breeder level position.

Responsibilities

Manage breeding nursery and greenhouse activities, either directly or through coordination with farm manager and crew, including seeding, transplanting, field and greenhouse maintenance, pollinations, harvest, seed extraction, fruit quality evaluations, etc.
Assist in data collection and entry.
Support efforts in molecular marker testing.
Update records and manage seed inventory.
Acquire and maintain department supplies.
Supervise and train seasonal employees.
Participate in department and crop-specific team meetings.
Continue training/educational efforts to obtain new skills as required to stay current with changes in the program.
Assist in other projects and perform other duties as needed.
Assume responsibility for the breeding program when immediate supervisor is away.
Education

BS degree or equivalent, preferably in a biology- or agriculture-related field of study.
Qualifications & Skills

A working, practical knowledge of horticulture/crop production as demonstrated by previous research and/or farming experience.
Basic knowledge of plant breeding.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
High attention to detail and accuracy.
Strong organizational and project management skills, with ability to multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
Ability to work effectively on own or as part of a team.
Ability to work extended hours during peak times in the season.
Willingness to travel to off-site breeding nurseries and regional trials.
Ability to represent Johnny’s at outside events (conferences, meetings, etc).
Essential Physical Requirements

Excellent manual dexterity.
Ability to work under a wide range of weather conditions (including inclement/adverse weather).
Capable of frequent bending and occasional heavy lifting (up to 50 lb).
Ability to freely access all areas and locations of the business.
Benefits

Health Insurance (HNO, PPO, HSA)
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Flexible Spending Account (Medical & Dependent Care)
Employee Stock Ownership Plan & Profit Sharing
401(k)
Employee Discount
Maternity/Paternity/Adoption & Foster Care Leave
Company Paid Life Insurance
Voluntary Life Insurance
Voluntary Pet Insurance
Company Paid Short- & Long-Term Disability Insurance
Paid Time Off
Educational Assistance

For more information: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/about-us/careers/position-plant-breeding-technician-tomatoes-peppers.html

Agricultural Education Specialist Wilmington, DE

 

Agricultural Education Specialist
West End Neighborhood House, Inc. – Wilmington, DE 19805
$34,000 – $38,000 a year
An enthusiastic, flexible, team-oriented educator is needed to provide quality instruction to high school and GED students ages 14-24. The main goal of this position is to teach soft skills and agricultural vocational skills, as well as to teach participants about the history of food justice and facilitate critical thinking on community food systems. This is a full-time position at a job training program that focuses on the unemployed and underemployed, including veterans, individuals with criminal backgrounds, and at-risk youth.

Job Responsibilities:

Teach lessons on soft skills, horticulture/agriculture, and food justice.
Develop and implement horticulture/agriculture and food justice curricula, incorporating best practices and standards in Adult Education.
Recruit, train, and place youth participants in employment or further education.
Implement job development outreach activities to engage potential employers.
Forge partnerships to create advanced training and placement opportunities.
Conduct follow-up and evaluation of participant placements for one year after exit.
Implement effective classroom management strategies and customer service.
Assist with events (such as recognition and incentive activities and participant orientations), grant writing, recruitment, post-secondary opportunities for participants, and other program services.
Represent the organization at public forums and events.
Monitor, track and analyze all performance and attendance outcomes to ensure alignment with contract requirements; analyze data and write reports.
Education/Training:

Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Horticulture/Agriculture, or related field or demonstrated experience
At least 1 year of experience teaching and 1 year of experience in agriculture/horticulture.
Experience working with youth preferred.
Experience in program development preferred.
Teaching certification preferred.
Skills & Abilities·

Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills
Knowledge of food justice history and concepts
Knowledge and willingness to teach hands-on agricultural/horticultural techniques
Attention to detail and ability to balance multiple priorities
Strong classroom, organizational, data management, and communication skills
Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced environment. High degree of flexibility required.
Salary/benefits:

Compensation includes full benefit package such as paid time off, medical, dental and life insurance, and employer contribution to retirement plan.

Conditions of Hire:

A satisfactory criminal background check and valid driver’s license are required as a condition of hire.

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit a letter of interest highlighting relevant professional accomplishments, a current resume, the names and contact information of at least three references, and salary requirements. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. No calls please.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $34,000.00 to $38,000.00 /year

Required experience:

teaching and agriculture/horticulture: 1 year
Required education:

Bachelor’s
Required license or certification:

Valid Driver’s License

For more information: http://www.westendnh.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Agricultural-Education-Specialist-Job-Description-March-2018.pdf