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Job Detail: Director Of Farming

About: 

Founded in 2011, SPACE on Ryder Farm has historically been a non-profit residency for artists and activists located on the grounds of a 224-year-old homestead in Brewster, NY. In 2016, SPACE expanded its mission and began providing agriculture-related administrative support to its co-tenant, Ryder Farm Cottage Industries (RFCI), who has farmed the land since 1979. In 2019, SPACE succeeded RFCI as the sole organic farming operation growing diversified vegetables, herbs and flowers.

The Director of Farming will report to the Executive Director and will join a team of seven full-time staff positions. The Director of Farming is part of the senior leadership team at SPACE, and is responsible for their area of expertise and for representing the organization as a whole and participating in organization-wide strategy. The Director of Farming will oversee the current farming operation which in 2019 covered approximately 6 acres and provided produce for:

  • A 140-member CSA;

  • Friday stand at the Union Square Greenmarket; 

  • SPACE's residency kitchen and farm-to-table events; 

  • Roadside farmstand in Brewster. 

The Director of Farming will act as the primary steward of the land to ensure best farm practices and a growing cycle that builds and maintains healthy soil. The Director of Farming supervises the day-to-day farm operations, including the management of the farm team. Additionally, the Director of Farming is responsible for farm administration including Organic Certification, recordkeeping and financial management. The Director of Farming will report primarily to SPACE’s Brewster, NY location, the Union Square Greenmarket on Fridays during the season and will occasionally be asked to attend events in NYC.  

Position Responsibilities:

Crop Production and Field Management- 35% of the Role

  • Responsible for creating and leading the execution of the crop plan. Plan must include a diversified selection of vegetables, herbs and flowers;
  • Oversee inventory and maintenance of supplies for seed starting, hoop house and field production;
  • Lead weekly field walks and develop work plans for the farm team to execute;
  • Oversee tractor work and hand scale cultivation;
  • Responsible for following regenerative and Organic standards for crop rotation, cover cropping, fertility management, pest and disease management and weed suppression. 

Administration- 25% of the Role 

  • Responsible for Organic Certification;
  • Responsible for weekly tracking and reporting of farm budget expenses and revenue;
  • Create and oversee safety protocols and SOPs for all aspects of crop production;
  • Attend weekly staff and Q2 and Q4 Board meetings and report on farm;
  • Play an active role in yearly budgeting and planning sessions.

Union Square GreenMarket- 15% of the Role

  • Develop and manage a weekly cut list for the Greenmarket;
  • Lead on all aspects of the Union Square Greenmarket - communicate as needed withGrowNYC, organize weekly staff and volunteers, systemize setup and breakdown procedures and sales SOP.
  • Director of Farming is required to attend at least 75% of Friday markets during the season. 

The Non Profit Residency- 15% of the Role 

  • On a weekly basis (June-October), coordinate food for residency kitchen with Food Program Coordinator;
  • When called upon, represent SPACE as a front facing ambassador with current and future stakeholders;
  • Work with Executive Director to plan for and administer the annual May plant sale;
  • Attend all SPACE related fundraising events (approximately 5-8 per year);
  • Join for lunch M-TH and serve as the farm ambassador for the residency community.

CSA- 10% of the Role 

  • In coordination with Executive Director, set parameters and systems around sliding-scale pricing, member pickup and communication;
  • Set the weekly produce list;
  • Liaise with CSA members (both English and Spanish speakers);
  • Lead monthly tours and other educational opportunities for CSA members

Position Qualifications:

Candidates must have 5 years experience with diversified vegetable production, and are required to have at minimum 2 years crew management and oversight of organic growing practices and certification protocols. Additionally, candidates must have 2 years experience overseeing a CSA of at least 70 customers. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and the ability to lift at least 50 lbs. The Director of Farming must have the resiliency to work outside in all conditions (heat, rain, snow, etc.) and have the necessary gear. Preference will be given to candidates who are comfortable and excited to represent SPACE in a front facing capacity. Experience with GAPS, nonprofit farming ventures and agriculture grants is a plus. Candidates that speak English and Spanish will be given preference. 

How To Apply: 

To apply please send a resume, cover letter and 3 professional references to jobs@spaceonryderfarm.org with the Subject Line Director of Farming at SPACE. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. If interested, we ask that you please submit materials as soon as possible 

About the job

Location Brewster, NY
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 05 February 2020

About the company

Company name SPACE on Ryder Farm
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