Growing Places Indy hiring Public Greens Farming Position

Indianapolis, Indiana

Public Greens Farming Position Open Immediately in Indianapolis

Job Description – Public Greens Farmer
Growing Places Indy is a nonprofit organization cultivating transformation in Indianapolis through urban agriculture, food access and awareness and practices for healthy living and sustainable communities. Our vision is to empower individuals and communities to Grow well, Eat well, Live well and Be well.

We will be adding a part-time staff member to be responsible for a micro-farm site on the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple. All produce grown at the site will be given to the Public Greens restaurant (part of Patachou, Inc.) for use in their kitchen. All profits from Public Greens go to support The Patachou Foundation whose mission is to feed nutritious afterschool meals to at risk and food insecure children in our community.

Given the collaborative nature of this site, the Public Greens Farmer will be an employee of Growing Places Indy and will also represent Patachou, Inc. and The Patachou Foundation. Before beginning the position, the Public Greens Farmer must successfully complete Patachou, Inc. orientation and have a clear understanding of and fully comply with: Patachou, Inc. Principles, Employee Responsibilities and Guidelines, Company Rules and Employee Handbook.

The farmer will be responsible for managing the complete build out of the site taking the location from turf grass to a productive farming site. As such, the Public Greens Farmer will initially train with Growing Places Indy staff at our micro-farm at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center. We anticipate the Public Greens site will be built out through summer 2014 with the aim for active production starting in Fall 2014.

Job Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):
• Working directly with Public Greens restaurants to determine what specific crops, and in what amount, will be grown for Public Greens each season.
• Organize annual planting calendar, planting map and soil amendment regime for the site.
• Growing and harvesting as many vegetables/herbs as possible on-site for use in the kitchen at Public Greens, including as much season extension as is possible/logical.
• Providing consistent on-site opportunities for volunteers to work and learn.
• Providing approximately 4-6 relevant educational workshops for the benefit of Public Greens staff and the general public.
• Keeping the site maintained at the same high standards of all other Growing Places Indy micro-farm sites, ensuring the Public Greens Farm is beautiful, productive and educational.
• Attending Growing Places Indy staff meetings (approximately one each month).
• Working off-site with Growing Places Indy farming staff on common projects including seed starting, transplanting and infrastructure improvements. This amounts to approximately one day per week.
• Writing monthly reports that will be reviewed by the Growing Places Indy Staff and Board of Directors as well as staff of The Patachou Foundation.
• Representing Growing Places Indy and/or The Patachou Foundation on panels, speaking engagements, media coverage, farm tours, fairs/festivals, etc.
• Participating in relevant continuing education and training.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor degree preferred, high school diploma required.
• Experience working on a small farm/large garden is required and experience managing a small farm/large garden is preferred.
• Experience teaching, working with volunteers and/or organizing community activities is preferred.
• Dedication to working both collectively and individually to grow a significant amount of produce and support the missions of Growing Places Indy and The Patachou Foundation.
• Ability to work self-directed and with minimal oversight.

Commitment:
• Farming work of this type is seasonal by nature. We anticipate the Public Greens Farmer will work between 25-35 hours per week from April–November and 10-20 hours per week from December–March.
• The nature of this work is also somewhat unpredictable and the Public Greens Farmer should have flexibility to work some evenings and weekends, particularly at the peak of the growing season.

Please submit a one-page resume and letter of motivation of no more than 500 words outlining your interest in the position to Tyler Henderson (Growing Places Indy Farm Manager) at tyler@growingplacesindy.org.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2014
Salary is commensurate with experience

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