Pie Ranch

Año​ ​Nuevo​ ​Farm​ ​Director

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Posted On: Wednesday, 15th November 2017
Category: Administrative
Location: Pescadero CA
2080 Cabrillo Hwy Pescadero CA 94060

Job Description:


About​ ​the​ ​position

Pie​ ​Ranch​ ​is​ ​seeking​ ​a​ ​full-time,​ ​year​ ​round​ ​Farm​ ​Director​ ​for​ ​68​ ​acres​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Año Nuevo​ ​site​ ​(approximately​ ​30​ ​acres​ ​row​ ​crop​ ​production​ ​and​ ​30​ ​acres​ ​of​ ​pasture). Our​ ​current​ ​integrated​ ​crop​ ​and​ ​livestock​ ​production​ ​focus​ ​is​ ​on​ ​diverse​ ​coastal vegetables,​ ​grains​ ​and​ ​legumes,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​cattle​ ​and​ ​poultry​ ​with​ ​subleases​ ​on​ ​the pasture​ ​land. The​ ​Farm​ ​Director​ ​requires​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​practical​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​organic sustainable​ ​agriculture​ ​and​ ​farm​ ​management,​ ​a​ ​broad​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​community food​ ​security​ ​and​ ​a​ ​deep​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​food​ ​justice​ ​and​ ​social​ ​change.​ ​The​ ​Farm Director​ ​holds​ ​primary​ ​responsibility​ ​for​ ​the​ ​planning,​ ​directing,​ ​and implementation​ ​of​ ​all​ ​work​ ​and​ ​farm​ ​&​ ​production​ ​activities​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Pie​ ​Ranch​ ​at​ ​Año Nuevo​ ​site.​ ​This​ ​position​ ​directs,​ ​and​ ​supervises​ ​the​ ​Harvest​ ​Coordinator,​ ​farm​ ​crew as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​apprentices​ ​and​ ​interns​ ​(when​ ​appropriate).​ ​​ ​We​ ​have​ ​11-12​ ​full​ ​time​ ​crew members​ ​on​ ​our​ ​team,​ ​including​ ​field​ ​and​ ​wash​ ​station​ ​crew,​ ​head​ ​irrigator,​ ​tractor operator,​ ​and​ ​driver,​ ​at​ ​the​ ​peak​ ​of​ ​the​ ​season.​ ​​The​ ​Farm​ ​Director​ ​will​ ​also​ ​work​ ​in collaboration​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Sales​ ​and​ ​Operations​ ​Team​ ​to​ ​further​ ​develop,​ ​drive​ ​and direct​ ​all​ ​sales​ ​efforts​ ​and​ ​activities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​farm​ ​that​ ​are​ ​in​ ​line​ ​with​ ​the​ ​mission​ ​of​ ​Pie Ranch:​ ​to​ ​cultivate​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​and​ ​just​ ​food​ ​system​ ​from​ ​seed​ ​to​ ​table​ ​through​ ​food education,​ ​farmer-training​ ​and​ ​regional​ ​partnerships.



Farm,​ ​Production​ ​​ ​and​ ​Operations​ ​Leadership

  • Develop,​ ​track,​ ​and​ ​carry​ ​out​ ​the​ ​crop​ ​plan​ ​and​ ​seed​ ​orders.
  • Direct​ ​,​ ​plan​ ​and​ ​manage​ ​cultivation​ ​activities​ ​and​ ​related​ ​tractor​ ​work​ ​in​ ​fields.
  • Manage​ ​transplant​ ​orders​ ​with​ ​nursery,​ ​oversee​ ​and​ ​manage​ ​the​ ​planning​ ​and implementation​ ​of​ ​direct​ ​seeding​ ​and​ ​transplanting.
  • Manage​ ​insect​ ​and​ ​weed​ ​control,​ ​soil​ ​fertility​ ​monitoring,​ ​and​ ​general​ ​field observation
  • Manage​ ​and​ ​oversee​ ​irrigation​ ​schedule.
  • Direct​ ​the​ ​development,​ ​maintenance​ ​and​ ​improvement​ ​of​ ​farm​ ​infrastructure​ ​as needed
  • Create​ ​and​ ​implement​ ​new​ ​systems​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​overall​ ​production​ ​and operations
  • Maintain​ ​Pie​ ​Ranch’s​ ​Soil​ ​Fertility/Carbon​ ​Management​ ​Plan
    • Soils​ ​–​ ​Take​ ​periodic​ ​soil​ ​samples​ ​and​ ​plan​ ​amendments​ ​or​ ​other improvements
    • Work​ ​with​ ​soil​ ​scientist​ ​to​ ​take​ ​follow​ ​up​ ​deeper​ ​profile​ ​soil​ ​tests​ ​to analyze​ ​and​ ​compare​ ​carbon​ ​data​ ​between​ ​the​ ​various​ ​crops​ ​and pasture​ ​test​ ​plots​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ranch.
  • CCOF​ ​–​ ​implement​ ​and​ ​maintain​ ​good​ ​record-keeping​ ​,​ ​participate​ ​and​ ​manage inspection​ ​and​ ​certification​ ​process
  • Maintain​ ​thorough​ ​records​ ​of​ ​all​ ​farm​ ​activities,​ ​including​ ​pesticide​ ​application, irrigation,​ ​planting,​ ​transplant​ ​ordering​ ​and​ ​crop​ ​rotations
  • With​ ​support​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Finance​ ​Director,​ ​track​ ​and​ ​monitor​ ​production​ ​and​ ​animal expenses,​ ​including​ ​harvest​ ​supplies,​ ​fuel,​ ​certifications,​ ​animal​ ​feed,​ ​etc.
  • Adhere​ ​to​ ​CCOF,​ ​AJP/Food​ ​Justice​ ​Certification,​ ​GAP/GHP,​ ​Animal​ ​Welfare Approved​ ​certification​ ​standards.

Supervision,​ ​Management,​ ​and​ ​Teaching

  • Establish​ ​priorities​ ​and​ ​work​ ​plans​ ​for​ ​farm​ ​crew,​ ​apprentice,​ ​and​ ​interns maintaining​ ​daily​ ​flow​ ​of​ ​farm​ ​work​ ​in​ ​the​ ​field,​ ​while​ ​providing​ ​any​ ​necessary feedback​ ​and​ ​support.
  • Mentor​ ​Harvest​ ​Coordinator​ ​and​ ​crew​ ​in​ ​all​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​growing​ ​and​ ​harvesting vegetables​ ​and​ ​herbs​ ​organically,​ ​including​ ​but​ ​not​ ​limited​ ​to:​ ​field​ ​irrigation, succession​ ​planting,​ ​pre-irrigation​ ​&​ ​flaming,​ ​bed​ ​preparation,​ ​planting,​ ​fertility, pest​ ​and​ ​pathogen​ ​management,​ ​and​ ​cultivation​ ​techniques.
  • Formalize​ ​and​ ​adhere​ ​to​ ​disciplinary​ ​process.
  • Create​ ​and​ ​follow​ ​incentive​ ​process​ ​to​ ​reward​ ​high​ ​performing​ ​team​ ​members.
  • Identify​ ​staffing​ ​needs,​ ​create​ ​new​ ​positions,​ ​and​ ​lead​ ​hiring​ ​process.

Harvest​ ​and​ ​Delivery

  • Support​ ​Harvest​ ​&​ ​Delivery​ ​teams​ ​in​ ​planning​ ​and​ ​managing​ ​weekly​ ​harvest schedule,​ ​post-harvest​ ​handling,​ ​distribution​ ​and​ ​delivery​ ​to​ ​customers.

Sales​ ​and​ ​Marketing​ ​Support

  • Support​ ​the​ ​Sales​ ​and​ ​Operations​ ​Manager​ ​to​ ​further​ ​develop​ ​and​ ​maintain relationships​ ​with​ ​stakeholders​ ​in​ ​their​ ​food​ ​service​ ​programs.

Social​ ​Justice​ ​Support

  • Key​ ​player​ ​on​ ​Agricultural​ ​Justice​ ​Project’s​ ​Food​ ​Justice​ ​Certification
  • Be​ ​available​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​employee​ ​well-being​ ​with​ ​the​ ​HR​ ​Director​ ​and​ ​Sales​ ​and

Operations​ ​Manager

  • Coordinate​ ​additional​ ​professional​ ​development​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​employees.
  • Create​ ​and​ ​hold​ ​respectful,​ ​appropriate​ ​spaces​ ​for​ ​employee​ ​conflict​ ​resolution and​ ​team​ ​building​ ​opportunities.



  • A​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​10​ ​years​ ​of​ ​full-season​ ​organic​ ​agricultural​ ​experience
  • A​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​10​ ​years​ ​of​ ​full-season​ ​organic​ ​farm​ ​management,​ ​including year-long​ ​farm​ ​planning​ ​and​ ​weekly​ ​schedules,​ ​mechanical​ ​cultivation,
  • Working​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​farm​ ​infrastructure
  • Supervisory​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​farm​ ​workers​ ​and​ ​apprentices.
  • A​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​5+​ ​years​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​wholesale​ ​and/or​ ​retail​ ​produce​ ​sales.
  • Experience​ ​managing​ ​the​ ​distribution​ ​and​ ​sale​ ​of​ ​farm​ ​products​ ​through Community​ ​Supported​ ​Agriculture,​ ​farmers’​ ​markets,​ ​wholesales​ ​and​ ​corporate sales.
  • Demonstrated​ ​supervisory​ ​and​ ​training​ ​skills—able​ ​to​ ​comfortably​ ​provide hands​ ​on​ ​group​ ​and​ ​individual​ ​instruction​ ​to​ ​workers​ ​and​ ​apprentices​ ​of​ ​diverse ages​ ​and​ ​background.
  • Experience​ ​and​ ​skill​ ​in​ ​tractor​ ​work​ ​and​ ​implements​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​maintenance.
  • Irrigation​ ​and​ ​farm​ ​machinery/​ ​small​ ​engine​ ​maintenance​ ​and​ ​repair​ ​experience
  • Experience​ ​with​ ​and​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​livestock​ ​management
  • Basic​ ​carpentry​ ​and​ ​general​ ​building​ ​maintenance​ ​skills
  • Experience​ ​and​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​working​ ​with​ ​diverse​ ​populations​ ​-​ ​different​ ​ages​ ​and various​ ​economic,​ ​social​ ​and​ ​political​ ​backgrounds.
  • Possess​ ​qualities​ ​of​ ​self-motivation,​ ​time​ ​management,​ ​flexibility​ ​and cooperation.
  • Strong​ ​communication​ ​skills;​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​team​ ​and​ ​community​ ​members respectfully​ ​and​ ​with​ ​patience.
  • Ability​ ​to​ ​lift​ ​up​ ​to​ ​40​ ​pounds​ ​


This is a full-time position based in Pescadero, CA. We offer a competitive salary and
benefits package.

To​ ​apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to employment@pieranch.org with the
subject line “Farm Director at Año Nuevo”.
No deadline for submission -- position open until filled.

Pie​ ​Ranch​ ​is​ ​an​ ​affirmative​ ​action/equal​ ​opportunity​ ​employer.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​not
discriminate​ ​and​ ​will​ ​take​ ​affirmative​ ​action​ ​measures​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​against
discrimination​ ​in​ ​employment,​ ​recruitment,​ ​advertisements​ ​for​ ​employment,
compensation,​ ​termination,​ ​upgrading,​ ​promotions,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​conditions​ ​of
employment​ ​against​ ​any​ ​employee​ ​or​ ​job​ ​applicant​ ​on​ ​the​ ​basis​ ​of​ ​race,​ ​color,
gender,​ ​national​ ​origin,​ ​age,​ ​religion,​ ​creed,​ ​disability,​ ​veteran's​ ​status,​ ​sexual
orientation,​ ​gender​ ​identity​ ​or​ ​gender​ ​expression.
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