Farm Manager

Job Locations US-MA-Springfield
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/21/2022 9:39 AM)
Job ID
2022-2138
# of Openings
1
Category
Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Type
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Gardening The Community

Overview

Gardening the Community (gardeningthe.org) is a BIPOC-led urban agriculture organization engaged in youth development and advancing racial justice to build healthy and equitable communities. We work with youth to grow food on reclaimed abandoned lots in the Mason Square community of Springfield. We partner with the Springfield Food Policy Council on advocacy campaigns for increased access to healthy food and greater food security for historically marginalized residents. The impact of our work is far beyond growing vegetables. GTC contributes to the local and statewide food and racial justice movements that seek to change the root causes of the poor health and unjust food systems facing communities (especially low-income communities and communities of color) across the State. We are creating locally controlled food resources that support our young people, build community and offer sustainable alternatives to Springfield families.

 

GTC is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE (tsne.org).

 

Responsibilities

The Farm Manager is an integral position at Gardening the Community, stewarding and supporting multiple urban farming sites in Springfield.

 

Farm and Distribution 

  • Grow a variety of vegetables to be distributed through the Farm Store and Community Share of Agriculture (CSA) program - maximizing production using sustainable growing techniques - growing at least 10% of the culturally relevant vegetables sold through our social enterprises. 
  • Develop and implement a crop plan that reflects the needs of our social enterprises and our community; and a plan to realize this plan through our current assets. 
  • Manage our Urban Farm sites including: a greenhouse and 2 pieces of land to promote productivity, infrastructure improvement, and beautiful appearance.

○ 1 acre of land at Walnut Street

○ ¼ acre of land at Hancock Street, Central St and Tyler St.

○ 800 square foot greenhouse at Walnut Street

  • Maintain and improve fertility and safety of the soil through farming practices. 
  • Work with the GTC Executive Director to identify the amounts, timing, and types of produce that can be grown for the Farmstore  and GTC CSAs.
  • Work with GTC's Asst. Manager of Youth Leadership to incorporate on site learning into youth programming curriculum.
  • Distribute produce to GTC Farm Store & CSA Program through weekly produce deliveries.
  • Determine potential for expanded production and distribution to markets beyond GTC’s social enterprises. 
  • Supervise and educate GTC staff, youth and volunteers who are working on the land.
  • Partner work with GTC Volunteer Coordinator to manage integration of volunteers into appropriate on-farm work.
  • Including identifying Farm work opportunities that provide the best learning opportunities for and make the best use of the skill set of GTC youth. 
  • Work with the Farm Store/Food Access Assistant Manager and Asst. Manager of Youth Leadership under the leadership of the executive director to schedule  pop-up markets from July through October (site set-up, stand step-up, and systems, accounting, EBT/WIC management). 
  • Manage and operate a series of mobile farm stands for Springfield residents during July -September. 
  • Support relationship with Mass Department of Agriculture Resources, Department of Transitional Assistance, NOFA, NRCS, and other entities as necessary.
  • Manage maintenance and upkeep of greenhouse, sheds and other Farm real estate.
  • Drive GTC refrigerated truck and passenger van, as needed.

Community Engagement 

  • Build and maintain positive relationships with neighbors, partner organizations, teachers, and students.

Administrative & Organizational

  • Create and maintain crop planning, seed order, and harvest plan documents.
  • Track outputs and outcomes needed to report to organization and funders.
  • Participate in annual planning and development and management of budget. 
  • Serve as an active member of the GTC team by participating in the planning, team meetings and evaluation of all GTC Food Production and Food Access activities.
  • Serve as an active member of GTC by participating in the planning, team meetings, and evaluation of all relevant GTC activities.

 

Additional requirements

  • Completion of Undoing Racism Workshop (required upon hire).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

 

We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • At least 3 years of experience managing and/or operating a vegetable farm.
  • Deep understanding of hunger related issues.
  • Experience in organic crop production/agriculture.
  • Experience organizing volunteer groups safely and productively.
  • Experience leading or teaching young people in an outdoor setting.
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment.
  • Greenhouse management experience.
  • Experience with and interest in teaching about sustainable agriculture.
  • Proficient with basic power and hand tools.
  • Ability to relate easily to middle and high school aged youth and to support their growth and development as leaders;
  • Willing to work flexible schedules - more hours during the growing season, less in winter.
  • Bilingual, preferred. 
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds repetitively.
  • Valid driver's license and willingness to drive large vehicles in the city.
  • Successful Driver’s License Check.
  • Successful Background/CORI Check.

Key Attributes

  • Excellent organizational skills. 
  • Strong capacity to work both independently and in teams, with ability to explain processes clearly and support co-workers’ successful participation in them. 
  • Dependable, responsible, independent, and open to learning. 
  • Team-oriented individual with a good sense of humor. 
  • Comfortable and familiar in talking about Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-site environment.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.

 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Work on a farm site;
  • Work in a retail environment;
  • Work in a retail farm store environment and in close proximity to other workers;
  • Travel between farm sites;
  • Exposure to inclement weather on occasion;
  • Handle objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit or stand (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Lift and/or move up to 50 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.
  • Follow proper safety measures in a farm environment.

Regarding COVID-19: TSNE considers the health and safety of our employees of the utmost importance, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and subject to your state and local laws, our policy requires that all employees performing in-person work at a TSNE designated office are fully vaccinated. For the purpose of this policy, fully vaccinated indicates that you have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Certain exemptions may be requested and will be considered by Human Resources.

 

Compensation and Benefits

 

Location: Work will be primarily performed at GTC’s Urban Farm sites located in Springfield, MA. 

Schedule: 37.5 standard weekly hours on average. Hours vary across seasons. This role requires the ability to work occasional early mornings, nights and weekends.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $39,000.00/yr and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE/GTC strives to achieve excellence through a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that embraces all of our individual and collective differences. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Middle Eastern and North African, Bilingual and/or Bicultural candidates, and LGBTQ2SIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We value and honor the unique talents, learning styles, and lived experiences of each individual that enrich and strengthen our workplace culture, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

 

All employment conditions are based on an individual’s performance and job qualifications. TSNE/GTC prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, creed, color, religion, native language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, race-based hairstyles, or any other protected characteristic stated by federal and state law. Regardless of any class’ protection under the law or lack thereof, TSNE/GTC celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse team of employees. It is represented in our workplace culture, and it is who we are.

 

TSNE/GTC's EEO statement extends to volunteers, interns, contractors, vendors, and clients.

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