Tahoma Farms Seeks Farm Manager for 2017 Season and Beyond
Tahoma Farms, in Orting, Washington, is seeking a farm manager for the 2017 season, beginning ASAP. This is a year round, full time position, 30-60 hours per week, depending on the season. Some evenings and weekends are required as necessary. This is a salaried position, depending on experience. Benefits include on-farm housing in the main farm house, access to produce from the farm, a discount on produce and groceries from our sister company (Terra Organics), as well as 2 weeks of paid vacation.
Tahoma Farms is a 40-acre certified organic vegetable farm located on the fertile banks of the Puyallup River. Our farm has been in production since 2009, and is part of a 100-acre conservation easement held by the PCC Farmland Trust that ensures our farm will always be a farm in organic production. We grow a wide variety of mostly cool climate vegetables and berries. Three-quarters of what we produce goes directly to our sister company, Terra Organics (www.terra-organics.com) for distribution to homes and businesses in the Puget Sound region. We also sell certain crops to local wholesale companies.
The Farm Manager reports to and works with farm owner and other farm supervisors on a daily basis to develop a work plan, efficiently carry out work plan with field crew and maintain quality and quantity standards for products for wholesale and CSA customers. Ideal candidate will have 2+ years of management experience on a diversified organic farm, comfortable managing a crew of 5+ employees/interns, competent operating and maintaining farm equipment, proficient at keeping records of all kinds (related to production, organic certification, finances and GAP/food safety) and be a problem solver. We are looking for someone who is interested in farming as a career, and partnership opportunities are a possibility for the right person.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Assisting in planning of field preparations and executing planting plan
- Managing field crew including training and supervision of transplanting, hand cultivation and harvesting to a rate and quality standard
- Organizing daily harvest, including tools and supplies as well as maintaining inventory of harvest supplies
- Maintaining records related to organic certification, GAP certification, and production
- Develop bi-weekly availability lists of crops
- Help scout for pests, diseases and other conditions relating to crop quality
- Communicate with packing shed and sales staff regarding changes in availability and quality
- Maintain a safe and healthy environment for employees and product, especially in regards to GAP certification
- Increase efficiency of farm operations
Requirements: valid driver’s license, able to lift 50+ pounds regularly, ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees, basic computer skills (excel, word, etc), passion for growing healthy, organic food and the local food system, and enthusiasm for educating the next generation of farmers.
Interested candidates can email a letter of interest, resume and 3 references to Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.