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Job Detail: Farm Intensive Certificate Facilitator
About Farm School NYC:
Farm School NYC trains local residents in urban agriculture in order to build self-reliant communities and inspire positive local action around food access and social, economic, and racial justice issues.
Farm School NYC offers urban agriculture training through two certificate programs as well as individual courses. Our courses are taught by experts in the field, and focus on a wide range of topics from urban planting techniques, to food justice, to planning & design. Through engaging, place-based education, Farm School classes cultivate future leaders in the food justice movement.
The Farm Intensive Facilitator is a 35-hour weekly position that will facilitate the Farm Intensive Certificate in Urban Agriculture Program (FIC), a 7-month intensive urban farming certificate program, which involves teaching and mentoring 8-12 adult farm apprentices on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, April 15th, 2019 - November 8th, 2019. The Facilitator will also work as part of a two-person team with the Farm Manager to co-manage farm production at The Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service (HSPS), with assistance from three part-time crew leaders.
This is the third year that Farm School NYC and The Youth Farm have partnered on the Farm Intensive Certificate (FIC) Program at the High School for Public Service. 2019 will be a year of deep reflection, restoration and healing for the land and for the people working and learning on The Youth Farm. The Farm Intensive Facilitator will lead this journey for the Farm Intensive apprentices, interpreting the existing curriculum and crop plan, and inviting guest teachers and field trips, with this focus in mind.
From April to November, the FIC Facilitator prepares and facilitates weekly FIC workshops and Farm Walks, arrange field trips, as well as organizes and manages apprentice’s hands-on learning activities through weekly rotations in propagation, irrigation, composting, CSA, flower production, farmers market management, and general farm management.
Farm Management Support:
The Facilitator works with the Farm Manager to plan and implement farm management practices that are sustainable, replicable on a small/low-cost scale, and that encourage healthy and happy soil and community life. They will also collaborate to execute the farm’s vegetable crop plan, ensuring the growth of culturally relevant crops that will generate a substantial portion to the Youth Farm’s overall income.
- Attend and share facilitation of two weekly staff meetings – one with HSPS, one with Farm School NYC team
- Share responsibility of weekend watering with Farm Manager and Crew Leaders, March-June
- Help create and maintain good communication with colleagues
- Assist with social media by posting (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram)
- Have working knowledge of Green Guerillas, HSPS, Youth Farm and Farm School NYC policies and handbooks (Orientation will cover!)
- Uphold and co-create ongoing plan for equity internally with other YF consultants
Veggie and Flower Production:
- Perform outreach, manage registrations, organize CSA shares for on-site pick up; handle communications with CSA members and pick-up site locations
- Contribute to weekly CSA newsletter by writing 50% of “From the Farmer” blurbs
- Model holistic farm work: combination of care, efficiency, safety and speed
- Help encourage consistent, legible and detailed farm record keeping forms
- Co-lead Orientation days for Interns and Crew Leaders late March / early April
- April-November: Lead FIC Program Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Teach FIC workshops and farm walks
- Check in regularly with FIC apprentices during farm hours, and conduct mid-session check ins with Farm School NYC and each apprentice
- Upload all FIC lesson plans and program planning tools to farm’s google Drive
- Lead planning and coordination of October FIC Career Panel
- Interview FIC applicants and help to select students over 2 weeks in October
- Attend meetings and calls with Farm School NYC to discuss FIC as needed
- Strong understanding of food and social justice (direct work experience is a plus)
- Knowledge or experience with Popular Education theories of learning
- Commitment to building community and creating a space for healing and restoration.
- At least 2 years experience in farm management; crop planning experience for agroecological intensive production on a small to medium scale strongly preferred
- At least 1 year experience teaching diverse adults: workshop planning and facilitation, curriculum writing, and assessment creation
- 1-2 years’ experience direct marketing fresh vegetables and flowers, through diverse streams including CSA, Farmers Market and Restaurants
- Wide ranging/holistic skill set in sustainable agriculture, including: propagation and greenhouse management, irrigation systems management, sustainable soil fertility and pest/pathogen management, harvest and post-harvest handling, sales, record keeping
- Self-starter and comfortable/able to lead people and work independently on site
- Welcoming nature and adept at balancing farm management/production goals within a community-oriented space
- Responsible, reliable, motivated, and has a sense of humor
- Excellent communication skills
- Working knowledge of Google Drive and knows basics of using Excel for crop planning
- Ability and knowledge of maintaining personal finances (as an independent consultant, you will need to save and file your taxes independently)
- Training of Trainers certification
- Conflict resolution training
- Undoing Racism training or similar experience
- Experience managing a CSA membership or managing a farmers’ market a major plus
- Familiarity with hand tools and light power equipment
- Detail oriented and organized
Average of 35 hours/week for 34 weeks, fluctuates seasonally*. This position is paid hourly at $23/hour, and includes a Vegetable CSA Share. Vacation dates are flexible and can be coordinated with supervisor and coworkers for coverage of responsibilities.
To apple, please fill out our Google Form Application - please click HERE. No cover letters please! We are committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity – we strongly welcome candidates of all backgrounds.
Interviews to run: Between March 18 and 29 (TBD)
Tentative Start Date: April 1st
Training dates: April 1st - April 15th
About the job
|Location||Brooklyn, New York|
|Date||10 March 2019|