Job Description: Farm Manager
Coastal Roots Farm is looking for an experienced and well‐organized farm manager to coordinate a diverse non‐profit community farm and inspire our farm team by working closely alongside them through day‐to‐day operations.
The Farm Manager has the primary responsibility for managing the various production areas of Coastal Roots Farm including approximately 6 acres of mixed vegetables, herbs and flowers, an 8 acre food forest/silvopasture, 2.2 acre vineyard, compost, animals, greenhouse and nursery. The farm currently consists of about 20 acres with an additional 6 acres managed off‐site, and opportunities for expansion into additional greenhouse space.
The Farm Manager will be responsible for supervising staff and coordinating the tasks of the various aspects of the farm operation. As a non‐profit, Jewish Community Education farm there are both production and programmatic goals that need to be developed and integrated. The Farm Manager will work primarily with the production team and in a lesser capacity with the program team on integrating programming with production.
About Coastal Roots Farm
Coastal Roots Farm is a community farm program that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition and sustainable agriculture to grow and share healthy food, care for the land, and help and strengthen connections between neighbors. Through hands‐on educational experiences and produce donations to neighbors that need it most, the Farm is fostering a vibrant and sustainable community that grows, seeds, and shares.
Coastal Roots Farm consists of mixed gardens, an orchard/food forest, animal pastures, and a vineyard, all in various stages of development. It is also adjacent to a botanical garden, school farm, YMCA, senior retirement village and is one mile from the beach and downtown Encinitas. This program was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and was recently spun off as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Coastal Roots Farm is funded through a diverse revenue mix, including philanthropic partners and social enterprise.
About the Leichtag Foundation
The Leichtag Foundation (“Foundation”) is a private independent foundation located in Encinitas, California, with a strong interest in advancing the North County coastal region of San Diego where our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, of blessed memory, lived and worked. The Leichtag Foundation also supports programs in Jerusalem, Israel. The Foundation currently holds approximately $134 million in assets and has granted about $90 million since its inception in 1991—more than half of this since becoming independent in 2008. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self‐sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish 2 life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.
In 2012, the Leichtag Foundation purchased the former Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California. The Foundation’s goal for this 67.5‐acre agricultural property, now known as Leichtag Commons, is to create a physical platform for the advancement of the strategies listed above and a cultural and community resource for the San Diego region. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a network of greenhouses, barns and other structures, and easy access to the public, the Ranch is situated in an ideal North County location.
The Farm Manager is responsible for the following:
- Farm Management:
- Leading the operation of Coastal Roots Farm including supervising staff, crop planning, budgeting, crop/seed selection, pest management, greenhouse propagation, transplanting, harvesting, farm maintenance, cleanliness and organization, food sales and distribution
- Overseeing the Farm’s sales, which primarily include an onsite farm stand and retail nursery, wholesale to restaurants, and a Community Supported Agriculture program in its pilot year
- Managing donations made to food pantries
- Overseeing sales through future outlets, which include expansion of existing programs and new farm‐based social enterprises such as a food truck, value‐added products and expanded consulting services
- Managing Farmlab, the off‐site 6‐acre certified organic production farm as part of the contract agreement signed with the Encinitas Union School District, which currently consists of approximately 0.5 acre in production, 1.5 acres in cover crop and an additional 4 acres going into cover crop in 2016. Produce grown at Farmlab feeds all nine school districts through their salad bar program.
- Animal Husbandry:
- Overseeing the management of animals on the farm, which currently consists of 30 chickens, with plans to and add goats, sheep, rabbits, bees, and other animals to be determined
- Farm Development:
- Working with the Interim Executive Director to create and manage the farm budget and assist with farm programming, design and develop infrastructure for the farm onsite and for consulting projects off site
- Working with outside consultants and the rest of the staff in the design and implementation of Coastal Roots Farm and new farming opportunities.
- Agriculture Education:
- Developing and delivering agricultural curriculum for the farm apprentices, with the help of the Programming and Farm Production team, the Interim Executive Director and other advisors
- Developing and delivering curriculum and hands‐on activities on a variety of topics to apprentices, workshop participants and interns
- Provide training and professional development support to the Production Farm Manager to assist with his growth within the organization.
- Public Education:
- Working with program staff to teach relevant classes throughout the year and ensuring that visitors are engaging and integrating with the farm in meaningful, productive and educational ways. Examples of programs include: farm tours, gardening/farming classes, youth programs and weekly volunteer activities.
- Additional Responsibilities:
- Working with the property management team on projects related to farm infrastructure and management, such as irrigation, fencing, equipment maintenance and more
- Engaging in research, professional development and participating in capturing data for the farm’s evaluation process.
Qualifications / Experience
- Higher education degree in sustainable agriculture or related field required
- Certification in organic farming or related field preferred
- A minimum of 4 years of relevant farm management experience in organic/biodynamic farming focused on vegetable production and Community Supported Agriculture; small‐scale/sustainable animal husbandry; agricultural or environmental education; fruit tree production; seed‐starting and nursery operations/management; viticulture; horticulture; and/or forestry.
- Significant experience with supervision and management of staff, volunteers, and youth, with successful management/supervisory track record
- Possess an interest in and/or eagerness to learn about:
- Evolving agricultural systems (i.e. biodynamics, permaculture, etc.);
- Ancient Jewish farming traditions and practices;
- Soil stewardship, biodynamic composting and water conservation;
- Community farming and agri‐hoods, Jewish and faith‐based community farming and food justice
- Indoor Agriculture (hydroponics, aquaponics, etc.)
- Food forests and viticulture o Native landscaping, fruit trees and perennials, their methods of propagation, planting, pruning, grafting, seeding, and care
- Must have experience in/with
- CSA farming
- Farm stand and nursery retail
- Wholesale to restaurants, caterers, etc.
- Organic and/or biodynamic farming practices and certification
- Permaculture, regenerative agriculture and/or forest gardening
- Wide variety of edible plants.
- Familiarity with agricultural, Jewish and/or Jewish agricultural concepts that may be relevant to the content of a Jewish Community Farm, as well as possess an interest in learning and educating about Jewish traditions, texts, narrative and rituals
- Experience managing and facilitating Jewish and environmental/farm‐based experiential programming
- Flexible and willing to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects, with the ability to prioritize tasks and possess a strong track record of successful project/program management
- Ability to work well as part of a team and independently
- Works well under pressure and in a fast‐paced environment
- Able to work with urgency and meet or beat deadlines
- Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude
- Entrepreneurial, adaptable and creative
- Exceptional listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences
- Strong and proven communication, administrative and management skills, and is detail oriented.
- Ability to build and nurture relationships with a wide variety of people, including colleagues, the general public, youth, seniors, funders, etc.
- Experience with crop planning software (i.e. AgSquared), web‐based computing and Microsoft Office
- Must possess an interest in professional development and growth
- Must be in alignment with the farm’s values and possess a passion for Jewish education, sustainable agriculture, community development, engagement and interacting with people of all backgrounds and ages, sharing and innovating
- Must have experience working with heavy machinery, including tractors & bobcats, and power tools
- Must be able to routinely move farm produce, feed and other materials weighing up to 50lbs.
Reports directly to the Interim Executive Director.
Directly supervises the Production Farm Manager. Other farm staff to be determined.
Salary commensurate with experience. Coastal Roots Farm offers a competitive benefits package.
Typical Working Conditions
The Farm Manager will work outdoors. There will be exposure to Southern California outside temperatures, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises.
Essential Physical Tasks
Continual walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting, cutting and carrying.
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Coastal Roots Farm is an equal opportunity employer.