Community Harvest Project (CHP)

Farm Manager

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Posted On: Thursday, 8th June 2017
Category: Administrative
Location: Grafton, MA

37 Wheeler Rd, Grafton, MA, 01536
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

 

About Community Harvest Project (CHP)

CHP is a 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement.  Through our volunteer farming, education, and leadership programs and partnerships, we bring thousands of community members together each year to build an engaged and healthier Worcester County.  In 2016, thanks to over 10,000 volunteer visits, CHP grew over 220,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, the majority of which were donated through partnerships including the Worcester County Food Bank’s hunger relief network, Community Servings, and other local hunger relief agencies. For more information about our programs and impact, please visit www.community-harvest.org.

Job Overview

We are currently seeking a Farm Manager to join our team this summer and oversee our 12 acre vegetable growing operation. This position focuses on growing high quality produce best suited for donation to area hunger relief agencies (we do not sell what we grow).  Through overseeing the agricultural operations, the Farm Manager will ensure a positive volunteer experience. The Farm Manager is supported by the Farm Coordinator, Farm Assistant, summer interns, and Volunteer Manager.



Responsibilities 

Management of all planning activities:

  • Yearly crop plan
  • Yearly planning of acreage rotation
  • Yearly planning of equipment needs
  • Yearly pest and weed management plan

Management of all farming operations:

  • Planning, monitoring, and modifying the daily agricultural duties
  • Planning, monitoring, and modifying the daily produce distributions
  • Monitoring of equipment and executing related repairs/replacements
  • Monitoring of safety plan and ensuring its execution
  • Execution of skilled/restricted farm activities
  • Oversight of basic property maintenance (mowing, limbs, etc)

Management of all farm staff:

  • Hiring, scheduling, and training
  • Assigning duties and priorities
  • Communicating with the Orchard Manager on shared agriculture needs

Management of the volunteer experience:

  • Assigning duties and priorities to the Farm Coordinator
  • Assisting the Farm Coordinator in meeting volunteer needs
  • Working with volunteers as needed

Fiscal management of the Grafton agriculture budget:

  • Vendor management and ordering of supplies


Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years of full-time agricultural experience, preferably in an assistant manager or manager role.
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a physically strenuous job in all weather conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise self-motivation.
  • Commitment to efficiency and quality in one’s work.
  • Energetic personality, positive attitude, and an interest in working with volunteers of all ages and abilities.
  • A willingness to try new things and explore different methods of farming with our volunteers.


Benefits 

  • This is a full-time, year round position with flexible scheduling options.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits include 4 weeks of paid vacation, additional sick time and paid holidays, and 401k access.


To Apply
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Executive
Director Cordelia Lyon at cordelia@community-harvest.org

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