Gaia Farm Manager, Brevard, NC

The Gaia Farm Manager oversees the entire greenhouse and Brevard farm operation managing 350 acres of organic medicinal herb production as well as the company’s fruit and vegetable CSA production.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
• Obtain the required annual requisition for Gaia farm crops from purchasing and develop the annual farm budget
• Develop the annual organic greenhouse plan, organic farm crop plan, organic fertility plan, and organic crop amendments and applications plan.
• Oversee the annual organic fam inspection insuring all farm records are kept in order.
• Manage the implementation of overall plan and vision for the Gaia farms and greenhouses
• Develop weekly fam planner for farm crew to execute
• Conduct seed germination trials for all seed prior to the start of greenhouse planting
• Ensure soil preparation is carried out according to farm standards – breaking down of cover crops, leveling of fields, and bed preparation
• Oversee all daily farm activities, including clearly and thoroughly delegating daily farm activities
• Implement and manage greenhouse, plant propagation and irrigation systems according to the organic farm crop plan
• Address greenhouse pathogens at initial stage to prevent damage to seedlings
• Manage all hardening off of greenhouse crops thru the thru the transplant stage
• Ensure all crops are transplanted into fields in appropriate time and field location
• Execute appropriate crop rotations, cover cropping, soil fertility management and composting programs
• Ensure all crops receive timely irrigation, fertilization and applications for pest management
• Report all daily field applications to Global Sourcing assistant for appropriate record keeping
• Ensure all crops are properly maintained throughout the growing cycle
• Responsible for all aspects of harvest, drying, processing and packing of farm crops
• Maintain cost saving methods in all applications of the farm operation
• Update Purchasing at least once per month during growing season to adjust Farm Plan quantities as needed
• Ensure seeds are harvested when viable and maintain seed inventory
• Ensure all farm equipment is properly maintained and is compliant with organic farm program

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position oversees and directly manages the Farm Crew Manager, and the acting field manager and oversees the work of the entire farm crew

Communication
Use written documents to communicate the weekly farm plan to field manager

Reports
• Farm Harvest Log – Maintain Daily
• Crop Amendments – Maintain Daily
• Annual Farm Crop Plan
• Annual Greenhouse Plan
• Annual Fertility Plan
• Seed Inventory
• Annual Budget

USDA – NOP Compliance – Must maintain annual NOP Certification

Indicators for Success/Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Achieve goals of farm crop plan, greenhouse plan and annual budget

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
• Applicant must have experience with large-scale organic field production
• Spanish speaking
• Experience with medicinal herb production

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Strong knowledge of organic/sustainable agriculture practices
• Ability to manage and lead farm crew
• Possess organizational, team building, and leadership skills
• An understanding of safe operation and skill with basic farm tools
• Basic knowledge of record-keeping and financial aspects of agriculture
• Tractor operation skills including but not limited to: disking, plowing, tilling, cultivating, bucket work
• Ability to communicate mechanical issues with mechanic
• Ability to work independently and be comfortable working long, non-traditional hours, particularly during peak season, and in all types of weather
• Ability to perform physical activity: lifting (up to 100 lbs. assisted), carrying (50 lbs.)
• Familiarity with Excel, Word, PowerPoint
• Must have a valid driver’s license.

Language Skills – English and Spanish speaking

For more information: http://newton.newtonsoftware.com/career/JobIntroduction.action?clientId=8ad64ec63fbd49de013fd3fa9e312886&id=8a78845d5a4a9314015a5c3b564e5322&source=

Assistant Farm Manager, Sterling College, VT

 

Start date: April 1, 2017

Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship. Sterling maintains an educational farm on 130 acres of mixed pasture, gardens, and woodlot. The farm focuses on ecological management of produce, crops, and livestock in support of our environmental stewardship curriculum. These educational operations also provide a significant proportion of the food eaten at Sterling College, and nearly all of the farm’s lumber needs. Students are integrated into the farm through coursework, the Work College program, and as a part of the Sterling College community experience. Students complete daily chores, conduct research, and receive hands-on experience growing crops, managing livestock, working with draft animals, and stewarding the College’s woodlot.

Position Description:

The daily management of the farm is shared among the Farm Manager, two Assistants, and a team of student employees. Each of the Assistant Managers carry responsibilities according to their own skill-set, and work collaboratively under the supervision of the Sterling Farm Manager, with the oversight and support from the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. We are currently seeking one Assistant Manager to take primary responsibility for annual and perennial garden production, as well as some integrated livestock management and planning, especially as it relates to the vegetable operation (ie: grazing cover crops, composting, or livestock tillage).

With training and mentoring from the Farm Manager, the Assistant Farm Manager is responsible for the following:

Working with a team of student employees. She or he is responsible for supervising work crews and creating an educationally stimulating work setting, to facilitate completion of all farm management tasks.
Coordinating with the faculty and staff to ensure the Sterling curriculum, and kitchen are well supported throughout the seasons. The Assistant Manager interacts with classes, helps supervise land management by students involved in independent studies, and ensures availability of land resources for research and other academic uses.
Helping manage production, coordinating harvests, managing infrastructure, maintaining the farm landscape in an organized and aesthetically pleasing manner, and working directly with the Sterling kitchen to facilitate order placement and fulfillment.
Acting as the voice of the Sterling Farm, through community announcements and awarenesses, coordinating periodic on-farm events, and interfacing with prospective students, community members, and other visitors to the College. This requires public speaking, informal presentations, tours, and attendance at agricultural events, both on- and off-campus.
Developing management protocols and keeping records to track production, management tasks, and profitability.
Collaborating and pitching in with the Farm Team, in any and all areas of management as the need arises.
Qualifications:

Applicants should have 1-2 seasons of experience farming in a production or educational setting; experiential teaching experience, preferably in a small-scale farm environment; a demonstrated ability to work independently, and as part of a team. Management experience on a diverse farm or a similar system is preferred. Completion of a B.A. or B.S. program in a related field of study, by the start date of the hire, is required.

Compensation:

This is a full-time, 40 hr/wk, salaried position. Though work hours will primarily be completed Mon-Fri, weekend work will be required on a rotating basis.

The Sterling Sustainable Agriculture Assistant Manager position includes a salary of $15,750; on-campus housing & meals (living off-campus is negotiable); a professional development stipend of $300 to be used on your choice of workshops, conferences, or classes offered by Sterling; and eligibility to enroll in Sterling College full-time employee benefits.

Being an integral part of the campus community is a key aspect of this position, therefore it is expected that you will maintain exemplary personal and professional boundaries.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, a current résumé, and three references to:

Gwyneth Harris, Farm Manager at gharris@sterlingcollege.edu

Athens Land Trust Volunteer Coordinator

ALT believes in a holistic approach to sustainable development that addresses environmental, economic and community needs.Affordable housing program: ALT provides affordable housing for residents of Athens-Clarke County. Our goal is to help people buy homes so that they aren’t forced to rent their entire lives. Land Conservation Program: ALT works with landowners to protect forests, river and stream corridors, wetlands and other ecologically rich areas, working farmland, and scenic areas in and surrounding Athens-Clarke County. Protecting natural areas sustains critical ecosystem products such as clean air and water, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, water supply and productive soils. Community Agriculture Program: The Community Agriculture Program strives to support Athens Land Trust’s commitment to neighborhood revitalization by developing a sustainable local food system in some of Athens most food insecure communities, strengthening the local economy and building unity and wellness at the community level. The Community Agriculture Program accomplishes this through its Food Justice and Economic Development programs. Our programs work to promote food justice awareness; provide food insecure communities easy access to fresh, affordable natural foods; host education activities; support entrepreneur development; promotes sustainable agriculture and is dedicated to bringing communities in Athens together.

Member Duties : The VISTA will review and revise, if necessary, ALTs volunteer program policies and data tracking systems; research effective volunteer database options; develop a sustainable volunteer recruitment strategy, especially for residents of the neighborhoods we serve and where our gardens are located; develop an inventory control system; develop a system to recognize and retain volunteers; and train community agriculture program staff to utilize and update the volunteer database. The VISTA will also attend community outreach events and ALT events and prepare materials/make presentations when appropriate; develop a community partner/media contact spreadsheet with information on potential ways we might collaborate and receive press; develop and/or build upon partnerships with organizations whose missions are similar to/complement ALT’s; and identify members of the community who will take ownership of certain facets of volunteer coordination and/or outreach.

Program Benefits: Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Living Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Stipend, Health Coverage*, Training, Relocation Allowance.

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours  Car recommended.

Service Areas:
Community and Economic Development, Community Outreach, Hunger, Housing, Education, Environment, Health.

Skills :
General Skills, Recruitment, Communications.

Program Start/End Date: 05/26/2017 – 05/25/2018

Accepting Applications From 03/03/2017 To 04/03/2017

Contact Kelsey Thompson
685 N Pope St
Athens GA 30601
7066130122
kelsey@athenslandtrust.org
http://www.athenslandtrust.org

AmeriCorps VISTA
Listing ID 70929

For more information: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=70929&fromSearch=true

Program Coordinator Food, Farm and Sustainability, Hampshire CollegeMA

One-Year Position
DATE POSTED: 02/15/2017
TYPE/DEPARTMENT: Staff in President’s Office
SEARCH STATUS: Searching for Candidates – Accepting Applications

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for a food, farm and sustainability program coordinator. This is a one-year, grant funded position with continuation pending future funding.

The food, farm and sustainability program coordinator will work with the sustainability initiative director on the Food, Farm and Sustainability program which aims to transform the way the Hampshire community interacts with food, from production to consumption, as well as our collaboration with the local community. The program coordinator will work with the community supported agriculture (CSA) and farm managers, area farms and local food businesses, and Bon Appetit Management Company, in support of our sustainable and local purchasing goals in an effort to foster and build relationships across Hampshire College and with other institutions and organizations. The process of realizing the goal of significant local sourcing will provide excellent opportunities for education and outreach and Hampshire and beyond. In addition, the food, farm and sustainability program coordinator will document the program’s planning process and accomplishments, through writing and editing the Food, Farm and Sustainability blog, as well as various communications to the College and local community.

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum of three years job-related experience is required. Candidates should possess excellent writing skills and ability to communicate clearly, using many forms of communication, including social media. The program coordinator should have excellent interpersonal and research skills, and be able to integrate qualitative and quantitative data. Qualified candidates will be highly skilled with multiple computer programs, including budgeting software. It is necessary that the program coordinator have an excellent background in subjects related to food, farm and sustainability, which is regularly updated through professional development. This knowledge should be attained through a minimum of three years of experience, graduate work, or a combination. This position will require occasional evenings and weekends. A commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds is essential.

This 12-month, 35-hour per week benefited position holds a grade 5 in the Hampshire College staff salary grading schedule, and has a one year employment cycle from date of hire. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits program.

For more information: https://jobs.hampshire.edu/index.cgi?&JA_m=JASDET&JA_s=561

 

Farmer’s Market Manager, Watkinsville, GA

Oconee Farmers Market Manager Job Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing day-to-day operations, on and off site
  1. Friday Night Parking lot closure
  2. Saturday market set up: Safety cones in place, Vendor/Farmer site assignment and sign in, Hospitality table set up
  3. Managing the Market: 8 am- 1 pm: Vendor Vehicles in correct parking area, mingle with customers, deal with any issues that may arise during market and enforce rules and regulations fairly, collect monies from vendors and sign out, Clean up area and place market items in correct storage area, take inventory of items that may need to be replace prior to next market
  4. Weekly updates of Social Media: Facebook, creatively promoting the Market to consumers and local and community groups
  5. Mail Chimp weekly newsletter with Blog to Vendors/Farmers and Market customers
  • Maintain Financial Records of Monies collected, turn funds into Treasurer for deposit
  • Report to Board with any new ideas or concerns or issues

The Oconee Farmers Market runs from April 1- Nov 25 (Saturdays only) 8am-1 pm. The Manager would need to be there from 7 am till closing/clean up.

Please forward your resume to Annie Kennedy, along with your contact information.

706-206-7105

athensrealtorannie@gmail.com

Part-time/Full-time Positions, Woodland Gardens, Winterville, GA

WORK AT A PROFITABLE ORGANIC FARM FOR THE SEASON! Woodland Gardens is a 12 acre, USDA Certified Organic vegetable, fruit and cut-flower farm in Winterville, Georgia, located 10 minutes from downtown Athens. Established in 2000, we specialize in highly diverse annual production, and we grow over 80 different types of fruits and vegetables. Our focus is on specialty production for chefs, a 100 member CSA, and direct retail sales at our Atlanta farmers market which we attend once a week. The farm operates year-round using heated greenhouses and high tunnels and has a full time crew of 6 plus 2 managers. We are an intensely cultivated farm that does high volume sales, our fields are constantly rotated and cover cropped in an effort to replenish the soil as we strive for efficiency, quality, and the ability to continually improve and limit our inputs. Everyone on our farm team is skilled and experienced, and we encourage working quickly and mindfully while staying positive. We also have perennial fruit- figs, and blueberries as well as a flower component of the farm, and bees!

We are looking to fill part-time/full time positions for our seasonal work that will begin in mid-March. This is an opportunity to get your feet wet at a well- recognized, highly productive USDA Certified Organic Farm and to meet other people like yourself that are interested in working outside and in nature.

Seasonal workers will receive an hourly wage of $10/hr. plus a 30 minute lunch break and optional yoga class on Wednesdays. We take care to train everyone in as many aspects of the production as is possible, and then expect that as the summer progresses everyone will pick up speed and efficiency as they gain experience. Our farm is supported 100% by the sale of the farm’s production, from which all paychecks and operating capital comes.

Becoming a market gardener means paying attention to how to do jobs quickly and well, and staying focused on the priorities at hand and while we don’t mind conversing in the fields, we don’t want it to be at the cost of slowing down or not meeting daily goals. We do not expect you to sit down in the fields while working because we need to maintain a quick pace and we discourage playing music in the fields in case we need to communicate with each other. We also believe that our phones are always with us and that our energy in the field should be focuses on the present moment and towards the plants we tend. Primary job’s around the farm include… Weeding, mulching, thinning, harvesting fruits as they come into season(strawberries, blueberries, figs), harvesting of vegetables on market harvest days. There is also the possibility of working in these areas… Flower harvesting, bouquet making, bee keeping

Besides the on-farm learning of production skills, there is also the Freedom Farmers Market which we attend every Saturday starting in March. If a seasonal worker has an interest in attending these markets, which we believe gives you a well-rounded view of the entire farm business and are honestly the funnest part of our work week, they are paid $100 for that day. We meet at the farm around 5:30am for ‘load-up’, arrive to Atlanta around 7:15am, start market by 8:30am, finish at 1:30pm, and with occasional restaurant deliveries afterward, get back to Athens around 4pm. Snacks and breakfast are paid for by the farm and if there are any leftover veggies that cannot be used for the following week, then we are able to take them home.

Working Together as a Community and the Art of Mindful Farming No doubt about it, working together as a harmonious community during the season, sharing daily work with the same people day after day….this is some of the most important and sometimes difficult work we do. Not only do we have to be ready to work in any kind of weather, but it takes discipline to get up early and work all day, day after day, and still offer a smile to our co-workers. We can get tired, impatient, cross, hungry, elated, boisterous, sleepy……And yet the farm keeps growing, must be watered, crops harvested, and the marketing cycle continues. It is a challenging lifestyle—extremely rewarding when done well, but challenging nonetheless.

People interested in working with us this season should first email Lauren at lauren@woodlandgardensorganic.com and send a resume along with a quick cover letter. We will then send back a questionnaire and go from there!

Extension Horticulture Program Assistant-School Gardens, Gaston County, NC

Full-Time – Permanent

Extension Program Assistant/Associate Extension Program Assistant/Associate

Salary: 23,000 to 25,000

Monday – Friday, business hours, evenings and weekends as requested

Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens. Gaston County is located in south central North Carolina.

The Extension Horticulture Program Assistant is responsible for managing Gaston County’s school gardening and farm to school initiatives. The position will work directly with school teachers and students to implement a hands-on gardening education program and will coordinate and help manage Master Gardener Volunteers and FoodCorps Service Members who are involved in the school gardening program. This position may also be asked to assist with summer youth programs and to partner with other Extension staff and community partners in youth, horticulture, and local foods related projects.

The minimum requirement for employment with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES) is a high-school diploma or equivalent. Advanced training in related fields is preferred. Experience in gardening and horticulture is required. Experience in organizing and conducting hands-on youth education programs is required. Strong communication skills, computer skills, and ability to work a schedule that may occasionally include some weekends and evenings. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. An Associate or Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis on horticulture, biology, or related skills and equivalent experience is preferred. Experience in management of volunteers and knowledge of local food systems and farm to school programs is preferred. Valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation required and must be maintained. In order to operate a state vehicle, a valid driver’s license is required and must be maintained.

For more information: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/81332