Bright Spot Farms

Farm Manager

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Posted On: Thursday, 31st January 2019
Category: Administrative
Location: New Castle, Delaware
1901. North DuPont Hwy. New Castle, Delaware 19720
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About Bright Spot Farms:

Bright Spot Farms* is an urban farm social enterprise located in Wilmington, DE. We grow vegetables and annual and perennial flower crops on two acres, selling these products to local restaurants, at farmer’s markets, and at our greenhouse. We also provide landscaping services for select contracts. Our farm business serves as the hands-on classroom for our youth programs.

 

Position Summary:

We need an enthusiastic, flexible, team-oriented individual to lead the farm’s production, marketing, and sales of organically produced vegetables. The main goal of this position is to continue to build BSF’s farm production and marketing through improving on existing farm production processes and infrastructure. The secondary goal of this position is to work with and supervise at-risk young adults 14-24 in the production and sales of fresh produce. This position is full-time year-round at an urban farm that focuses on working with the unemployed and underemployed, including veterans, individuals with criminal backgrounds, and at-risk youth. The hours for this position vary seasonally, with summers requiring longer hours, and will require occasional evenings and weekends. The Assistant Farm Manager is required to have a reliable mode of transportation to and from work. The Farm Manager (FM) will report to the Program Director and will manage daily operations for the field vegetable production. The FM will coordinate with the Ag Education Specialist in supervising trainees during their vegetable production rotations.

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Participating in weekly staff meetings with the rest of the Bright Spot Farms staff
  • Planning and leading day-to-day farm operations, including but not limited to field prep, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, packing, and delivering produce.
  • Crop planning and ordering seeds
  • Maintaining records on materials orders, sales, harvest yields, etc.
  • Supervision of young adults 14-24 in all aspects of farm production.
  • Driving Bright Spot Farms’ refrigerated box truck and pick-up truck for markets and deliveries.
  • Working one or more farmer’s market (possibly evening markets)
  • Supervision of volunteers/volunteer groups
  • Promoting Bright Spot through social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  • Assisting with events on-farm (potlucks, fundraisers, etc.)
  • Managing restaurant deliveries and farmer’s markets
  • Helping with greenhouse/landscaping projects as needed
  • Working weekend and evening shifts as part of a rotation

 

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture/Agriculture or related field, or demonstrated experience
  • 2+ years experience in organic farming (at least one full season at one farm)
  • Experience working with youth preferred.
  • Experience speaking Spanish preferred.
  • Experience using social media platforms preferred.

 

Compensation:

Compensation is competitive and includes a full benefit package including paid time off, medical, dental and life insurance, and employer contribution to retirement plan.

 

To Apply:

Applicants must submit a letter of interest highlighting relevant experience, a current resume, the names and contact information of at least three references. Please apply by sending requested documents to brightspotventures@gmail.com with the subject line “Application for Farm Manager.” Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. If you have any questions, please e-mail brightspotventures@gmail.com or call 302-299-0355.

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