Project GROWS is currently hiring for a Director of Farming in Augusta County, Virginia! The Director of Farming oversees the diverse agricultural production that is central to Project GROWS’ mission and day-to-day operations. This is a salaried position with benefits, assuming approximately 40 hours/week with some seasonal fluctuation. Benefits include health insurance, two weeks accrued time off (plus the week between December 24 and January 1st), federal holidays, share of farm produce, and the opportunity to work with an engaged, dynamic, and supportive team.
his position requires someone with significant agricultural experience and knowledge of ecological, year-round vegetable production as well as the temperament and interpersonal skills to train and lead volunteers and staff in farm tasks. A demonstrated aptitude to engage and cultivate new relationships within our community and a strong, self-motivated work ethic are essential to this position, as is a passion for sustainable agriculture and a desire to work collaboratively with others who are committed to food justice. The Director of Farming will work with our Leadership Team and Board of Directors to explore and develop ways for the Project GROWS farm to support and advance the food education and access goals of the organization. Production capacity includes a heated greenhouse, three high tunnels, and field production, all within a deer enclosure. Our produce is sold to local public schools, afterschool programs, and community food access initiatives; at multiple farmer's markets; and through our 40-member, 20-week CSA. New barn facilities include an indoor processing room, two walk-in coolers, office and meeting space, and multiple storage rooms. For complete list of duties and responsibilities, please see our full job description at https://www.projectgrows.org/get-involved/internships-jobs.
A minimum of 2 years experience in farm management or 5 years experience in organic/ecologically-grown vegetable production (including greenhouse management and experience with machinery and power equipment such as BCS walk-behind tractor with implements and riding tractor with implements). Strong knowledge of the principles of sustainable agriculture, soil biology, low-till crop production, permaculture, growing perennials, using cover crops, and utilizing living mulches, incorporating stale/false seed beds, composting, soil testing, and other growing methods. A desire to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal and professional development is encouraged and supported at Project GROWS. For complete list of qualifications and experience required, please see full job description.
View our job description at our website: https://www.projectgrows.org/get-involved/internships-jobs!
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, ideal start date, and two farming-related references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover letter should address how the applicant's personal values relate to this position and Project GROWS' mission.