Massachusetts – Community Harvest Project hiring Farm Manager

North Grafton, Massachusetts

Job Summary

Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods for those experiencing food insecurity through volunteer farming and nutrition education. Through our programs and partnerships we bring thousands of community members together each year to build an engaged and healthier Worcester County. In 2017, thanks to over 8,000 volunteer visits, CHP grew and donated over 270,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to organizations including the Worcester County Food Bank’s partner agencies, Community Servings, and other area hunger relief agencies.

We are seeking a Farm Manager to join our team this season and oversee our 12 acre vegetable and PYO flower operation. This position focuses on growing high quality produce best suited for donation to area hunger relief agencies. In addition to overseeing the agricultural operations, the Farm Manager will ensure a positive volunteer experience. The Farm Manager is supported by the Farm Coordinator, Farm Assistant, summer interns, and Volunteer Manager.

Responsibilities and Duties

Management of all farming operations:

Planning, monitoring, and modifying the daily agricultural duties
Planning, monitoring, and modifying the daily produce distributions
Monitoring of equipment and executing related repairs/replacements
Monitoring of safety plan and ensuring its execution
Execution of skilled/restricted farm activities-Oversight of basic property maintenance (mowing, limbs, etc)
Management of the farm volunteer experience:

Working with and training volunteers
Ensuring a positive volunteer experience
Developing and overseeing additional volunteer projects
Management of all farm staff:

Hiring, scheduling, and training
Assigning duties and priorities
Communicating with the Orchard Manager on shared agriculture needs
Management of the volunteer experience:

Assigning duties and priorities to the Farm Coordinator
Assisting the Farm Coordinator in meeting volunteer needs
Working with volunteers as needed
Fiscal management of the Grafton agriculture budget:

Vendor management and ordering of supplies
Management of all planning activities:*

Yearly crop plan
Yearly planning of acreage rotation
Yearly planning of equipment needs
Yearly pest and weed management plan
*Crop planning has been completed for 2018, with the new Farm Manager taking on crop planning in 2019

Qualifications and Skills

2-4 years of farm leadership experience
2-4 years of tractor and related equipment experience
Experience working with groups of volunteers
Excellent communication skills
Positive, self-starting attitude
Knowledge of IPM and a Pesticide Applicator License a plus
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Ability to work in all types of weather including rain and snow
Benefits

This is a 40 hour per week, full time, year-round position. Salary and benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience
4 weeks of paid vacation, 2 weeks of paid holidays, and 1 week of sick time
Health insurance with 50% of the premium paid by Community Harvest Project
401k access
Professional development and staff engagement opportunities

All interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to cordelia@community-harvest.org

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