Missouri – EarthDance Organic Farm School hiring Farm Manager

Ferguson, Missouri

Farm Manager

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.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum 3 full seasons of organic vegetable farming
  • Supervisory experience
  • Familiarity with tractors, irrigation, cover cropping, and pest management using organic methods
  • Experience in greenhouse production of vegetable starts for transplant and sale
  • Knowledge of the use and service requirements of tractors, plows, discs, cultivators, and other farm equipment and implements
  • Crop planning
  • Livestock management
  • Farm recordkeeping
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel

DESIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • No-till, small scale, intensive market farming
  • Draft power / draft animals
  • Chainsaw
  • Carpentry or construction
  • Project management
  • Google Drive

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Cell phone communication

  • Frequent computer and internet access (including use of personal laptop for office work)

  • Reliable transportation or the ability to navigate the public transportation system

HOURS & COMPENSATION:

This is a full-time, year-round, salaried position, including health insurance and retirement benefits.

In addition, the Farm Manager will receive a weekly CSA share during the CSA season.

TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter, resume and contacts for 2 references to work@earthdancefarms.org with the subject line “Farm Manager”.  We will begin reviewing applications October 26.

When applying, please be as specific as possible when describing your previous farm experience. Tractors, size of operation, tools used, etc are helpful to know.

Maintaining a thriving Organic Farm School and with top notch production systems is built on having committed team members.  We ask that applicants interested in this position seriously consider a minimum 3 year commitment.

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