Minnesota – Frogtown Farm hiring Farm Manager

St. Paul, Minnesota

Farm Manager

November 2016

Frogtown Farm is seeking an experienced and well-rounded individual with strong farming skills and a commitment to social justice to be full-time Farm Manager. This is an opportunity to be a part of the leadership team of one of the largest contiguous urban farms in the country.

Organization  Summary

Frogtown Farm is a community-based nonprofit organization that is located in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. The farm is one of the largest urban farms in the country with 5 acres of land within a 12.7-acre park. Frogtown Farm finished it’s first year of production and programming in 2016. Frogtown Farm is certified organic and uses permaculture principles.

Frogtown Farm is a nexus for a healthy food system that fills gaps in production, storage, education, training and networking. With spokes that reach beyond its acreage and the Frogtown neighborhood, Frogtown Farm is recognized as a destination for those seeking learning, innovation, reflection, celebration, and authentic community. Rooted in values of social equity, justice, and inter-connectedness, this urban farm on the hill serves as a model for multi- cultural community and a catalyst for economic development, wealth creation, community pride, and sustainability.

Position

The Farm Manager will be responsible for all aspects of daily operations of our 5-acre site ensuring production goals are achieved. This includes both annual vegetable and perennial production. This position requires commitment to and skill with working collaboratively with people from many backgrounds and creativity in managing the unique challenges of a farm in an urban environment. Most critically, the Farm Manager will be responsible for building healthy soil for high volume production – serving as the steward for an environmentally, economically and socially viable farm.

The position will be full-time, reporting directly to the Executive Director. The salary range is $45,000-

$55,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Frogtown Farm provides a competitive benefits package, including: group health insurance plan with employer contribution, retirement savings plan with 401k match, ample vacation, paid sick leave and holidays.

Essential Duties & Responsibility

  • With the Executive Director, develop long-term integrated plan for farm operations
  • Develop and implement crop plan, planting and harvesting schedule for each season with a focus on season extension and maximizing the existing and future hoop houses
  • Purchase seeds, supplies, tools and equipment; maintain tools & equipment ongoing
  • Manage planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, washing, packing and delivering produce
  • Maintain the full site for public use, ensuring a positive experience for anyone on site
  • Track farm operations and data, including crop plans, energy consumption, harvest log, germination rate, planting schedule, growth tracking, compost production and soil nutrient management
  • Research urban farm security methods and processes and determine viability of security system; oversee implementation of system
  • Ensure compliance of organic certification
  • Supervise additional farm production staff, interns and volunteers
  • Utilize sustainable organic agricultural methods, including weed and pest management and development of soil structure through composting and other organic methods
  • Responsible for compliance with all city, county and state agricultural, food and safety policies
  • Be an active and articulate ambassador for Frogtown Farm
  • Work with staff and partners to develop alternative sources of energy for farm operations
  • Assist with preparation of farm reports for grant applications and reports
  • Work collaboratively with Frogtown Farm staff to develop farm and permaculture training program; As farming season allows, lead trainings, workshops and/or classes
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • 5+ years vegetable farm management using sustainable agriculture practices
  • Knowledge and interest in the unique and complex aspects of urban agriculture
  • Experience operating and maintaining tools and farm equipment
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing start-up organization
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Working knowledge of organic and sustainable farming standards and techniques
  • Interest in permaculture-based agriculture
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and take part in physical labor in all weather conditions
  • Basic carpentry and mechanical skills
  • Interest and commitment to establish and maintain relationships with all staff, representatives of local and state agencies, other community organizations and individual community members
  • Computer skills required to develop budgets, communicate with colleagues, use software to plan and track farm operations
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work weekends and evening hours during peak growing season
  • Ability to manage assets resourcefully – equipment, labor
  • Commitment to mission and values of Frogtown Farm, including social justice and racial equity

To Apply

This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as submitted, so early application is encouraged. Please submit an email with current resume, cover letter and 3 professional references (references will not be contacted until candidate advances to interview round) to  eartha@frogtownfarm.org. Include “Your name: Farm Manager” in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we will not be able to respond to each application.

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