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Community Farmer at Coastal Roots Farm - 12960

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Community Farmer
Coastal Roots Farm
441 Saxony Rd
92024 Encinitas , CA
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Job Description: 

Position:  Community Farmer - Seasonal

Status:  Part-Time, Non-Exempt 

Hours:  30 hours per week, Sunday‐Thursday. Evenings, weekends, and holidays on occasion. Duration of seasonal position is from Mid-June 2021 through Mid-October 2021.

Reports to:  Farm Production Manager 

About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm (CRF) is a nonprofit Jewish community farm and education center. We cultivate healthy, connected communities by integrating sustainable agriculture, food justice, and ancient Jewish wisdom.

We share organic produce with those who need it most and connect people to compelling Jewish ideas and traditions through farming and food. We distribute food through our on-site pay-what-you-can Farm Stand, pop up mobile farm stands, and donations to hunger relief organizations. We offer hands-on education and experiences through School and Group Visits, Farm Camp Farm Tours, Volunteer Opportunities, Jewish Agricultural Festivals, and other community events, inviting our neighbors to connect to the land, Jewish tradition, and each other.

Coastal Roots Farm is located in Encinitas, CA on approximately 17 acres of land. Our Farm consists of vegetable production fields, education farm and gardens, a food forest, chickens, and compost operations. Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation in 2014 and received 501(c)(3) public charity status in 2015.

Position Overview 

The Community Farmer seasonal, part-time position, will support the farm’s operations through landscape maintenance, harvesting, cultivation, and follow‐through of projects within the following organically maintained production areas: vegetables, food forest, chicken runs, and composting. The Community Farmer role requires flexibility and agility, as well as specializing in certain areas. While all farmers float between various farm operations, this position has as specific focus on small machinery operation, field edges, landscape, and facility area maintenance. There are times when this may require individualized scheduling to cover tasks and shifts.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following: 
Production Areas:
*Support infrastructure functionality, irrigation, field edge maintenance, cleanliness, and organization.
*Support crop production on the farm including weed and pest management, harvesting, watering, transplanting, fertilizing, sheet mulching, and greenhouse propagation.
*Support care and maintenance of chicken flocks as needed.
*Support organized record keeping.
*Support farm stand restocking and staffing as needed.

Education and Events:
*Provide support for Coastal Roots Farm programs and events as needed.

Required Qualifications and Experiences 

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
*Knowledge and experience in safe use of weed whackers, lawnmowers, power tools and other small machinery.
*Knowledge of agricultural equipment usage and safety.
*Technical knowledge and familiarity with irrigation construction, troubleshooting, and repair.
*Strong work ethic and ability to perform strenuous physical labor in inclement weather.
*Detail oriented.
*1-2 years of relevant work experience particularly within the fields of landscape maintenance, organic/regenerative farming, construction, plumbing, or relevant trades.
*Passion for interacting with, educating, and leading groups of community members and volunteers that include a range of ages and backgrounds.
*Knowledge and passion around community farming, food justice, food systems development, etc.
*Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude and ability to work independently and take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to completion.
*Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
*Ability to be open and flexible to new methods and approaches, and to working with diverse communities.
*Creative skills and ability to experiment to attain new, better strategies, approaches, and solutions to challenges.
*Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of tasks along with an ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative team environment.
*A valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience 
*Certification in organic farming and/or 1‐2 years of experience with sustainable farming.
*Food safety training.
*Knowledge of species and climate specific to Southern California.
*Project management experience.
*Experience as an agricultural or environmental educator.
*Familiarity with Jewish agricultural or arboreal concepts, texts, and traditions.
*Training in active listening and constructive communication techniques such as Non-violent Communication, meeting facilitation, etc.
*Understanding of working within a nonprofit organization.

Reporting Relationship
Reports directly to the Farm Production Manager

$15 per hour

Typical Working Conditions 
The Community Farmer will work outdoors conducting a variety of tasks, often repetitive with technical support from supervisor and teammates. There will be exposure to Southern California outside temperatures, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises.

Essential Physical Tasks 
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Continuous walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting and pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs., cutting and carrying.

Coastal Roots Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building an inclusive workforce. We welcome and strongly encourage people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. All qualified candidates, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information will be considered for this position.

Application Instructions: 

Please go to and click on “Job and Internship opportunities” to apply online. All applicants must submit:

*Cover letter
*Job questions

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