EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking a seasoned and dynamic farmer to serve as a mentor and educator to beginner farmers while optimizing mixed vegetable, fruit, and livestock production on our 14 acre historic farm in Ferguson, Missouri, in a residential area in a close suburb of St. Louis. The Farm Manager will design and implement innovative systems to maximize production, educate 25-35 part-time apprentices through field walks and classes, and contribute to long-term visioning and planning for a nationally-recognized non-profit organization combining food production, agroecology education, and community development.
A significant part of the Farm Manager’s responsibilities will be carrying out on-farm education for EarthDance apprentices and volunteers. The Farm Manager will work closely with the Program Director, Farm Manager & Founding Director to ensure that the training objectives of the EarthDance Farm & Garden Apprenticeship are being met. To read more about the position, find the full Farm Manager Job Description at http://www.earthdancefarms.org/contact/join-our-team/.
Our farm site is designed with permaculture principles at its core. It has 6 tillable acres, 7,980 sq ft of high tunnels,a 30’x96’ greenhouse, farmhouse office, a 36’x40’ harvest house, a 200 tree mixed perennial orchard planted on berms and swales with our annual crops alley cropped between, along with pastured poultry, mushrooms, herbs, cut flowers, a small pasture, prairie, and mixed woodlot. In 2017 we are focusing our production from 4 acres to 1 acre under intensive no-till management.
EarthDance Organic Farm School runs a variety of programs to educate all ages about organic farming and gardening, permaculture and sustainability. Our flagship program is our Farm & Garden Apprenticeship program, in which 25-35 adults take classes and do 8 hours a week of hands-on education and training on the farm. We run a paid job training program for Ferguson teens, engage students in a vocational program from the school district, host field trips and volunteers, and host neighborhood children in summer programs with seniors to encourage healthy habits. We also collaborate on research projects with nearby universities and research institutions.
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