North Carolina – TRACTOR Food and Farms hiring Farm Manager

TRACTOR Food and Farms

Location: Burnsville, NC

Position Description: Farm Manager

Classification: Full Time / Salaried

Reports to: Director

Posting Date: 11/22/17

Closing Date: 12/13/15

Summary:

  • The Farm Manager is responsible coordinating with individual growers during all stages of vegetable and fruit production on the farmland managed by TRACTOR as well as working with growers who are on their own land and sell their products through TRACTOR.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Maintain all records in order to maintain Good Agricultural Practice certification for Bowditch Bottoms Farm and future farm properties
  • Will oversee Bowditch Bottoms Farm, which has 20 acres of land in production
  • Work on a plan for planting perennial crops including blackberries
  • Will recruit new growers both to sell through TRACTOR and to grow on TRACTOR lands and offer technical assistance if needed
  • Will be involved with getting any new tracts of land up into production for row crops
  • Responsible for maintenance of irrigation equipment and shared-use equipment
  • Manage shared-use equipment and maintain accurate logs of when equipment was used and note the condition that is was rented and returned
  • Assisting growers identify and control stress from weeds, pests, diseases, and drought
  • Training on post-harvest handling and proper use of equipment/implements
  • Will be involved in production planning and forecasting estimates
  • Assist with receiving, grading, and packaging of products
  • Grant writing for farm related funding such as soil and water conservation projects and new equipment
  • Posting to social media platforms with farm activities and produce related updates

Duties to include:

  • Work with team and growers to forecast availability list throughout the season
  • Create and maintain relationships with growers
  • Represent TRACTOR at community events

Authorities:

  • Post to all social media platforms
  • Suggest new items for growers to plant
  • Purchase farm equipment

Competencies:

  • Knowledge about product (varieties, flavor, applications, demand, pricing, seasonality)
  • Knowledge of a wide range of growing practice
  • Tractor skills, including a three-point hitch and farm implements
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Effective public speaker
  • Experience with social media
  • Adaptable to working outdoors in extreme weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and freezing temperatures
  • Able to operate in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Strong analytical, written, and verbal reasoning skills
  • Excellent computer skills and the ability to pick up on new systems and software
  • Self-directed with good organizational skill and attention to detail
  • Respect for others’ unique personalities

Supervises:

  • Interns where applicable

Work Environment:

The job operates in a professional office environment, in a warehouse, and on a farm. This role routinely uses technology equipment such as computers, printers, and label makers. Additionally, this position works within the community to attend meetings, lunches, dinners, and events.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Travel

Day trips and potential overnight conferences

Required Education and Experience

Farming experience is highly desired

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience in restaurant/produce industry.  Experience with Microsoft Office products. Experience with the operation and maintenance of tractors, irrigation systems, plasticulture, and three point hitch equipment. Pesticide license preferred, but can obtain after start date.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Clean driving record

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.

How To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter by 12/13/17 with subject  “TRACTOR Farm Manager Position” to robin.smith@tractorfoodandfarms.com  If you have questions, please call  828-536-0126.

 

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Louisiana – Grow Dat Youth Farm hiring Executive Director

New Orleans, Louisiana

Organization: Grow Dat Youth Farm

Location: New Orleans, LA

Job: Executive Director

Grow Dat Youth Farm seeks an Executive Director with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and experience growing nonprofit organizations. Our next Executive Director will have experience building relationships across difference, and will align closely with Grow Dat’s organizational values of youth leadership, sustainability, inclusion and multiculturalism, food justice, love of land, and solidarity. Significant experience with youth leadership programming, fundraising, and senior nonprofit management is essential.

For more information regarding this position, including responsibilities and qualifications, please visit growdatyouthfarm.org/executive-search and view the Candidate Profile.

Interested applicants should submit their letter of interest and resume via email at search@growdatyouthfarm.org.

To ensure consideration, please submit your application by September 30, 2017.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please direct any questions, nominations, or applications to search@growdatyouthfarm.org or call (225) 769-2676 to speak with a search consultant directly.

Florida – University of Florida hiring State Food Systems Specialist

Gainesville, Florida

State Food Systems Specialist

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Job no: 503423
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine, Education/Instructional
Department:60451000 – AG-FAMILY NUTRITION PROGRAM

Classification Title: Education/Training Spec II
Job Description: The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is the Florida component of the SNAP-Ed program (formerly food stamp nutrition education).   The Florida Farm to School and Community Program within the Family Nutrition Program envisions a state in which Farm to School and Community is an essential component of robust food systems and the quality and impact of its programs contribute substantially to the quality of life for school children, farmers, and their communities. This position will provide statewide leadership, education, and technical support in support of the program’s goals and objectives.  This position will supervise, train, and support regional Farm to School Specialists in their efforts to support capacity building among school food authorities, farmers, and communities to increase the availability of specialty crops in the school lunch program and to increase the number of farmers selling to local farmers markets using appropriate procurement processes while meeting state and federal food safety standards.  The Food Systems Specialist  will promote and expand Farm to School activities at the state and county levels within an extensive and diverse statewide network of school authorities, parents, and children; farmers and distributors; University of Florida Extension faculty and administrators; staff of federal and state agencies; and representatives from other public and private organizations. The position will be responsible for: coordinating with school food hubs; providing support and training for school, child care, and community gardens; promoting farmers’ market nutrition education; designing and developing  training programs to support Farm to School and Community program priorities; leading communication among team members; performing outreach to the public; and planning and implementing meetings and training events.

Ongoing Training and County Program Support
•           Implement and manage training in each of the following areas: school food procurement (in collaboration with FDACS); school, child care, and community gardens; access to healthful foods; working with vendors and farmers’ markets; and other areas as needed.
•           Provide technical support and assistance to FNP supervisors in creating on-going training opportunities for program assistants using established program assistant core competencies as a guide.
•           Work collaboratively with other state-level education specialists to develop and provide training support to counties.
•           Create presentations for statewide and national meetings and conferences.
•           Assist with county site visits and program reviews.
•           Identify research-based educational materials, including but not limited to, curricula, fact sheets, and brochures for project participants and recipients.

Supervision of Regional Specialists
• Provide leadership to regional specialists in all aspects of their job, including training on food safety and food systems, connecting school authorities to Florida farmers (in collaboration with FDACS), designing and implementing school and community gardens, and working effectively with Extension faculty and other team members.

• Conduct weekly or monthly “check-ins” to ensure regional specialists have the support and resources required to complete their jobs.
• Conduct site reviews to ensure regional specialists are appropriately and consistently implementing program objectives.
• Evaluate regional specialists on an annual basis.
• Approve and monitor time and leave requests.

This positions supervises ten Education/Training Specialist IIs, and three Extension Program Assistants that work in school food hubs.

Program Administration
• Schedule and facilitate conference calls among PI, Extension faculty, and stakeholders.
• Document and disseminate best practices through statewide and local meetings using a variety of communication tools.
• Develop and coordinate schedules and timetables for project milestones and deliverables.
• Assist the PIs and fellow staff members to foster strategic partnerships within the institution and broadly throughout the state to work in collaboration with Florida Farm to School and Community partners.

Reporting
• Draft monthly project status updates for contract manager.
• Assist with completion of other reports as needed.

Normal Work Schedule: Monday through Friday8 am to 5 pm, 40 hours a week or more as needed. Most work will occur during business hours Monday through Friday8 am – 5 pm. Variation includes travel to counties for program visits and reviews; some weekend work may be necessary. Travel within Florida and to attend national meetings for training and outreach is required.

Advertised Salary: $50-$55,000 commensurate with education and experience
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and four years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Management of multiple employees housed at locations around the state of Florida; excellent attendance history in prior positions; excellent oral and written communication skills, including a courteous and helpful manner in all communications; completeness, accuracy, and timeliness in all work, scheduling and event management experience; proficiency with MS office software, social media tools and other web computer applications are keys to success. Candidates must have a general knowledge of food systems, and some combination of experience in one or more of the following fields: nutrition, agriculture, marketing, curriculum development, program evaluation, and/or extension programming.

Candidates should have the ability to positively interact with a wide variety of business and organizational partners as an ambassador of the Florida Farm to School and Community Program and articulate the Program’s goals, strategies, and outcomes with confidence. Experience working in a college or university setting a plus. The successful candidate will manage and prioritize tasks, anticipate problems and work towards resolution without intensive management, pay attention to detail, exhibit superior time management and organizational skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants: This is a grant-funded, time-limited position. 435 Livescan background check required pre-employment.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (EDT) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No

Advertised: 21 Aug 2017 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 05 Sep 2017 Eastern Daylight Time

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Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Urban Farm Intern

Staunton, Virginia

Cultivating Healthy Communities Through Food and Education

POSITION TITLE: Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) Urban Farm Intern

MISSION:
Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

VISION:
A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health.

HISTORY:
AMI was founded in 2011 (as Allegheny Mountain School) as an intensive hands-on cooperative experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.

The URBAN FARM AT VSDB PROGRAM:
Allegheny Mountain Institute manages and operates the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB (Virginia School for the Dead and Blind) in Staunton, VA. The farm project provides students of all ages with a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors, and provides a resource for nutritious food for the community. Our 3-acre site consists of a 2-acre vegetable farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom and kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plantings. The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding  communities.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK:
The Urban Farm Intern will report to the AMI Urban Farm Manager and is responsible for assisting in all operational aspects of the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB. The position will fulfill daily and weekly tasks to support the Urban Farm Manager.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION:
The Urban Farm Intern will assist with operations of the 3-acre farm site, including intensive vegetable production, orchard and berries, educational gardens, and native wildlife habitat plantings. In addition, the Urban Farm Intern will work closely with the horticulture teaching staff at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) to carry out garden-based education curriculum at the farm.

Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AMI Farm Intern should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ TASKS:

  • Regular garden set up and maintenance, including:
  • Irrigation systems and repair.
  • Inspections and managing repairs of the farm infrastructure; garden fences; trellises, electric wire, rodent traps, etc.
  • Coordinate compost pickups with the VSDB cafeteria and control composting system.
  • Grass Cutting, weed management and mulching as needed.
  • Responsible for maintaining a high standard of cleanliness, neatness and order at the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB.
  • Assist in crop production through planting, harvesting, processing, and inventory control.
  • Establish best practices and processes for AMI Farm record keeping systems.
  • Meet regularly with AMI staff team, to review and plan.
  • Perform administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the operational farm.
  • Plan, coordinate and participate as an AMI ambassador in public visits and educational outreach events as needed, including Educator workshops for curriculum development.

QUALIFICATIONS: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in organic vegetable production and management, post-handling, and processing for sale and storage.
  • Knowledge and experience with perennial fruits, berries, medicinal herbs, perennial systems, and no till farming.
  • Ability to operate a BCS walk-behind tractor and related implements.
  • Willing to learn about developing sustainable food systems.
  • Ability to multi-task and has organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Working  knowledge  of  organic  practices  including  nutrient  management,  pest  and  disease management, weed management, and post-harvest processing and storage.
  • Interest in growing and managing native wildlife habitat plantings.
  • Computer proficiency, including Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to learn Sign Language is a plus.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:

  • Applicant must be comfortable working outside.
  • Applicant must be able to lift 50 (+) pounds regularly.
  • VSDB requires this intern to pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have valid Driver’s License and good driving record.
  • Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends for special events.

COMPENSATION:
This is a full-time, nonexempt position, available immediately and running through December 15, 2017. Pay is

$9/hour. Benefits package includes: farm-grown food share, workers’ compensation coverage, and earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays. This position requires occasional weekend and evening work.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer.

TO APPLY: Please send a single compiled .pdf file including a cover letter and resume to david@alleghenymountainschool.org. No phone calls or mailed applications, please.

North Carolina – TRACTOR Food and Farms hiring Operations Manager

Burnsville, North Carolina

TRACTOR Food and Farms

Position Description: Operations Manager

Classification:

Full Time / Salaried

Reports to:

General Manager

Date: 7/10/17

Summary:

  • Manage day to day operations of the warehouse including processing incoming/outgoing inventory, supervising drivers, maintaining safety SOPs, communicating with growers to promote a trustful working relationship and communicating with the sales team.
  • Create, maintain, monitor and communicate crop production plan to the growers and sales team.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Maintain inventory accuracy/quality/movement (i.e. FIFO)
  • Manage purchase orders and incoming inventories.
  • Production planning.
  • Continuously improve distribution efficiencies
  • Manage Warehouse Staff
  • Coordinate volunteers for CSA assembly
  • Office/Facility management including box inventory, facility supplies and shared use equipment
  • Website updates and management

Duties to include:

  • Maintaining accurate product physical and electronic inventory
  • QC incoming inventory
  • Monitor inventory to maximize sales/minimize shrinkage
  • Communicate quality standards and Purchase Orders to Growers
  • Communicate with Growers on incoming/upcoming inventory
  • Maintain accurate forecast boards with upcoming items
  • Put together “Gotta Go List” and communicate quality issues to sales team
  • Maintain accurate materials inventory and order when necessary
  • Route drivers
  • Manage the office and responsible for accurate inventory of warehouse supplies, office supplies, and box inventory.
  • Coordinate Volunteers for CSA bag assembly
  • Manage shared use equipment rental and box sales
  • Website management

 Authorities:

  • Accept/Reject incoming deliveries.
  • Guide crop production with the growers
  • Make changes in SOPs
  • Purchase warehouse equipment <$100

Competencies:

Self- directed with attention to detail; proficiency with inventory system, good rapport with the producers, able to make quick decisions in fast paced environment; effective verbal and written communication. Excellent computer skills and proficiency in all Microsoft Office products and WordPress.  Knowledge of QuickBooks is a plus.

Supervises:

Drivers/Warehouse Managers

Work Environment

The job operates in a warehouse environment including coolers/freezers that require dressing warmly. This role routinely uses warehouse equipment including fork lifts and pallet jacks. This role uses technology equipment such as computers. Additionally, this position works within the community to attend events.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Travel

Day trips / Potential overnight for conferences.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelors or Equivalent

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience in warehouse management. Experience in restaurant/produce industry. Experience in farming.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Clean driving record.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.

Please send resume and cover letter with subject:  TRACTOR Operations Manager Position  to robin.smith@tractorfoodandfarms.com with the  Subject:  TRACTOR Operations Manager Position.   If you have questions, please call  828 536-0126

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arkansas – Apple Seeds hiring AmeriCorps VISTA School Cooking Class Coordinator

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apple Seeds, a Fayetteville Arkansas-based non-profit providing garden-based education, is looking to fill a full time AmeriCorps VISTA position to serve as our School Cooking Class Coordinator.
This is an opportunity to be a part of an expanding endeavor and provide a unique service in a supportive community. We’re looking for candidates who love working with young students, have a passion for educating students about eating fresh healthy food, are self-starters, and are excited to help build capacity for this social-entrepreneurial non-profit. Experience in education is highly desirable!
The position, details and application can be found here:

Virginia – The Ag District hiring Farmer

Northern Virginia

Great opportunity for the right person. Well established markets.

The Ag District is seeking a farmer to establish a pig and laying hen enterprise on our farmland in Northern Virginia. The Ag District is a 400 acre farm ideally located 35 miles west of metropolitan Washington D.C. We specialize in direct marketing our premium quality value-added farm products through our modern 12,000 square foot marketing center, which includes a commercial kitchen and state-of-the-art cheese making facility.

Our flagship enterprise is one of Virginia’s largest and most successful vineyards and wineries. Our vision is to create a collaborative group of farmers and food and beverage artisans to fully develop the land and market opportunities that exist at the Ag District. The Farmer will be engaged in launching the farm’s sustainable pork and egg enterprise. The pork and eggs will be marketed through our marketing center and utilized as ingredients in value-added foods produced in our commercial kitchen. Previous farming experience is required. The successful candidate must be capable of managing their own time and working in a hands-on capacity. Potential for lease of land and facilities necessary for the enterprise or salaried employment.

Interested candidates should contact Perry Griffin via email at pgriffin@chrysaliswine.com or text/telephone 73-926-4759.