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Farm Co-Director at Deep Medicine Circle - 14782

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Farm Co-Director
Deep Medicine Circle
San Gregorio , CA
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Deep Medicine Circle
Ma Da Dil Farm Co-Director
Ramaytush Ohlone Homeland, San Gregorio, Ca

The Deep Medicine Circle (DMC) is a WOC-led nonprofit organization that is committed to heal the wounds of colonialism through food, medicine, story and learning. The farm at Ma Da Dil sits on 38-acres of land that the DMC is working to return the land to an Indigenous land trust, held by the Ramaytush Ohlone, the Indigenous people of the San Francisco Peninsula. All activities on this site are under Ramaytush Ohlone oversight, and the farming must uplift their ancestral responsibilities to care for the earth and care for the people in their territory. The DMC is advancing the Farming is Medicine initiative at this site, where farmers tend the land with ecological care, liberating the food from the market economy to be delivered to BIPOC and poor communities oppressed by hunger in San Francisco. Food grown at this site will be distributed to the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC)’s Kain Na Food Hub, the American Indian Cultural District and other partners. This site will also be an active incubator and training site for the growing urban agroecological movement.

Our farming practices prioritize no-till or minimal tillage in a five acre plot using a BCS walk behind tractor as the primary tool for bed preparation. Our 3-year goal is to expand annual production to the full 18-acres, including perennial crops, including berries, medicinal teas, native bunch grasses and a small orchard.

Job Description: This Farm Co-Director role will be shared with another Co-Director. The two Farm Co-Directors will coordinate meeting the responsibilities listed below as a team yet also have specific roles and responsibilities they will bottomline. These roles can also be shared and rotated through the teamwork and process that the Co-directors delegate between them. This is an exempt multifaceted management position whose responsibilities include the start up, development and agricultural operation of the Ma Da Dil Farm plan, which includes but is not limited to developing and implementing standard operating procedures for crop planning; seed starting; propagation; field preparation and management; planting; weeding, harvesting; fertility management; seed collection; caring for livestock, irrigation; staff oversight; documentation of crop production; organic certification, and coordinating produce delivery. The Farm Co-Director will also participate in the development and implementation of DMC’s policies, strategic and operational goals and objectives. While this is an at-will position, we prioritize candidates who are committed to the long-term vision of Deep Medicine Circle.
For this position, we require the Farm Co-Director to reside at the farm. The farm currently provides shared housing. A Portion of the utilities shall be paid by the Co-Director.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Prepare and enact plans and schedules for planting and harvesting crops
Work with Ecological Site Director on site layout, irrigation, fertility management
Lay out and maintaining irrigation of all production areas and cover crop
Prepare and perform soil and water tests every six months to ensure adequate nutrients for farming operations
Ensure all supplies (seeds, amendments, mulch) adequately stocked
Management of weekly harvests and documenting produce amounts and hours of work on food production for policy data collection
Coordinate delivery to partners American Indian Cultural District and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Schedule rentals, repairs, maintenance and replacement of equipment and machinery
Develop and implement a plan to introduce goats and laying hens to the farm production
Care for all livestock on site, ordering necessary feed and maintaining safe and healthy living spaces
Maintain onsite compost operations in combination with Ecological Site Director
Ensure staff and interns adhere to health and safety regulations
Assist with training new farm staff and interns
Collaborate with Executive Director to prepare farm capital improvement and yearly budgets
Build professional networks and represent the values of DMC around advancing a culture and politics of care.
Weekly meetings with other Farm Co-Director, Operations Directors, Executive Director and Ecological Site Director to assess progress and plan for upcoming work
This is a front-facing public position and requires a person with experienced community-building, communication and social skill.

Time Requirement: 32-40 hours a week

Compensation: $80,000 per year including state and federal taxes.

Start Date: March 1, 2022

Required and Additional Benefits: Health, dental and vision insurance, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and paid sick leave. Vacation policy is pending.

Education & Experience: 

Experience and Qualifications:
A Minimum of five years of market production experience
Self-directed and observant
Capacity to maintain an overall positive framework
A person who takes pride in a job well done!
Ability to work in all weather conditions
Comfortable working alone and in a team
Willingness to learn and practice mutual-management and accountability in a worker-directed nonprofit organization
Carpentry and use of hand tools is a plus!
Flexibility to work on weekends
Driver’s license and reliable transportation

Application Instructions: 

To Apply: Please email DMC Hiring Team at with:
Subject line: Farm Co-Director Application (Your Name)
Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
Three references, work- or farm-related, with current phone numbers and emails

Farm Director Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Agricultural, Ecology or Environmental Sciences or equivalent lifetime experience (4 yrs) Minimum of five years of market production experience. Soil fertility management skills necessary. Proficient in managing spreadsheets, Excel, google sheets. Ecological consciousness and alignment with Indigenous/Earth-based ecofeminist perspectives is a plus. Political education in the impacts of racism/ableism/sexism and decolonization praxis a plus. Management experience is helpful.

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