Job Description: Community Farmer
Temporary, Part‐Time, Nonexempt Position
Position: Community Farmer (Vegetable Production) Status: Temporary, Part‐Time, Non‐Exempt
Hours: Up to 16 hours per week, Sunday through Monday Reports to: Vegetable Production Coordinator
Coastal Roots Farm is seeking temporary, part‐time Community Farmers to support the development and maintenance of our five‐acre vegetable production fields. Community Farmers will work alongside our Vegetable Production Coordinator to assist in all aspects of farming, including greenhouse propagation, field preparation, transplanting, direct seeding, cultivation, harvesting and post‐harvest handling.
About Coastal Roots Farm
Coastal Roots Farm is a nonprofit community farm and education center that nourishes connections—to ourselves, our neighbors, and the land. Inspired by Jewish wisdom and centuries‐old agricultural traditions, Coastal Roots Farm practices biodynamic farming and shares their harvest with communities that lack access to healthy food. Their goal is to become a model for community farming and creative Jewish expression, both at home in Encinitas, California, and around the world.
The farm consists of approximately 20 acres of mixed gardens, orchards, food forest, animal pastures, compost, vineyard, barns, greenhouses and farmhouses all in various stages of development. Over 50% of the food grown at Coastal Roots Farm is donated to food and nutrition insecure families in our community through a pay‐what‐you‐can farm stand, pop‐up markets and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. The farm also distributes food through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program and to select local restaurants and grocery stores.
As a center for education and community connection, Coastal Roots Farm offers hands‐on learning about farming, gardening and environmental stewardship for people of all ages and backgrounds and hosts gatherings where the community can get to know each other, eat healthy food, connect to the earth and celebrate together.
Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and was recently spun off as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded through a diverse revenue mix, including philanthropic partners and social enterprise.
About the Leichtag Foundation
The Leichtag Foundation (“Foundation”) is a private independent foundation located in Encinitas, California, with a strong interest in advancing the North County coastal region of San Diego where our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, of blessed memory, lived and worked. The Leichtag Foundation also supports programs in Jerusalem, Israel. The Foundation currently holds approximately $134 million in assets and has granted about $100 million since its inception in 1991—more than half of this since becoming independent in 2008. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self‐sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.
In 2012, the Leichtag Foundation purchased the former Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California. The Foundation’s goal for this 67.5‐acre agricultural property, now known as Leichtag Commons, is to create a physical platform for the advancement of the strategies listed above and a cultural and community resource for the San Diego region. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a network of
greenhouses, barns and other structures, and easy access to the public, the Ranch is situated in an ideal North County location.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Field preparation and maintenance
- Greenhouse propagation
- Planting food crops and landscape plants
- Harvesting, washing, and packing fresh produce
- Soil amendment applications
- Rodent trapping
- Organic pesticide applications
- Tractor and bobcat use
- Agricultural fabric applications to fields
- Trellis and plant support infrastructure set‐up and removal
- General landscape maintenance and cleanliness
- Interaction with visitors and assistance with volunteers, as appropriate Occasional Farmstand staffing
Non‐Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Irrigation maintenance and construction, including sprinklers, drip, PVC, etc.
- Other duties, as assigned by supervisor, to support the development and maintenance of the entire farm including the food forest, vineyard, and animal pastures.