The assistant farm manager will have the opportunity to learn and take part in all of LCF's regenerative production systems. They will specifically be in charge of managing the nursery and post-harvest system, but they will also have the chance to develop and refine other systems on the farm as needed.
We are still in our formative stages of the business, so this is an opportunity to be part of actively growing a farm with the support of the farm manager and greater organization, with the potential for room to grow in management roles over time.
Our ideal candidate is excited for a career within regenerative agriculture and has a passion for feeding their community high quality food, using practices that nourish the land and workers alike. They are able to think critically and adapt within a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Challenges are seen as opportunities to continue to learn and foster creativity.
They are able to work hard and efficiently in the variety of weather that Northeast Ohio brings us. They are a team player, value communication and are able to receive and give feedback with grace and intention. They are a systems thinker, and they want their work to be a part of actively growing a mission-driven, for-profit farm that is of service to the greater community ecosystem.
As LCF is a small and growing operation, the assistant farm manager will be trained and expected to participate in most of the operation of the farm in addition to managing the Plant Nursery and Post-Harvest Systems as listed below:
● Plant Nursery
○ Seeding vegetable flats in accordance with the crop plan, which is housed within our Tend farm management software
○ Helping set up automatic irrigation system and making sure all flats are kept watered optimally
○ Assessing health of transplants and when they will be ready to plant
○ Properly hardening off transplants when appropriate
○ Labeling flats and keeping organized records in our Tend farm software
○ Further developing nursery best practices and SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)
○ Helping develop the design and workflow of the wash and pack station alongside the farm manager
○ Properly storing, washing, and packing produce to be ready for sale
○ Keeping up to date with current food regulations and food safety protocols
○ Sorting and grading produce for excellent quality
○ Further developing post-harvest best practices and SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)
● Additional aspects of the farm's operation that you will be trained and participate in:
○ Field production - bed prep, transplanting & direct seeding, installing row cover/insect netting/silage tarps, weeding, foliar feeding, pest control, irrigation, some tractor usage
○ Harvest - harvesting and processing produce, collecting data on harvests
○ Produce deliveries
○ Community relations - helping host tours and workshops
○ Maintenance, construction, & farm development
○ Crop planning and budget creation
○ Organizational communication - take part in regular meetings with the larger organization
● 2-3 seasons of farming experience, at least 1 season of management a plus
● Knowledge of and commitment to learning and practicing small scale, regenerative agriculture
● A strong commitment to caring for people and the earth
● Ability to problem-solve, think creatively, learn and adapt in a dynamic and changing work environment
● Excellent communication skills; ability to take and give clear directions as well as to ask for clarification and receive feedback
● Strong public speaking skills; must be comfortable speaking about and representing the farm in public settings like farm tours, workshops, and community events
● Ability to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds
● A strong work ethic and the ability to work independently with minimal oversight
● A valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
Work Conditions and Physical Demands
● Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. independently on a regular basis.
● Must be able to complete farm tasks outdoors in various climates and weather conditions
● Must be able to perform manual labor activities for extended periods of time while standing, crouching, kneeling, and bending
● Must be able to perform repetitive motions and manual work activities that include, but are not limited to: pulling weeds, broadforking, hoeing, shoveling, raking, pruning, using a wheelbarrow, and harvesting produce.
● Must be able or willing to learn to safely operate equipment such as tractors, mowers, walk-behind tiller, weed-eater, chainsaw, broadcast spreader, farm truck, etc.
● Must be able to wear provided personal protective safety equipment such as safety glasses, ear plugs and/or earmuffs, protective gloves, masks, etc.
● Must have clear, correctable vision, adequate hearing to permit proper communication with farm co-workers and the general public, and have adequate use and dexterity of arms and legs.
Visit www.livingcityfarms.com/pages/careers to apply by the deadline of January 31st!