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Farm Manager/ Co-Manager at Seed Song Farm and Center - 9902

Job Title: 
Farm Manager/ Co-Manager
Seed Song Farm and Center
160 Esopus Ave
Kingston, NY 12401
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

Seed Song Farm & Center

Seed Song Farm is an L3C mission-based agro-ecological farm business that produces sustainably-grown vegetables, herbs, berries, flowers, and forest products, available through CSA shares, local farmers' markets, on-site farmstand, and donations. The Farm's commitment to health and sustainability goes far beyond the exclusion of harmful chemicals, as we will take the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York's (NOFA-NY) Farmer's Pledge. We use indigenous plants both for production, consumption, public activities, and habitat for beneficial plants and insects, including pollinators and natural insect predators.

Seed Song Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that partners with Seed Song Farm and many partner organizations to re-kindle a cultural reverence for the land and its bounty, through healthy food and farm experiences accessible to ALL. By growing, sharing, and celebrating our food together, we evolve our local culture toward an equitable and sustainable land access and stewardship. Seed Song Center organizes youth summer programs; afterschool program; field trips for schools, community groups and businesses; and farm-based educational events, workshops and festivals

The Farm & Center is located at 160 Esopus Ave, Kingston-- a small, diverse, vibrant city in the mid-Hudson River Valley, between New York City and Albany, where many organizations are working intersectionally to improve life for all residents. Good public transportation exists.

For additional information visit SeedSongFarm.org

This is an excellent opportunity for the right person seeking to transition from experienced crew member to a farm manager role with guidance and within an established, dynamic community farm setting. With the farm owner, as needed, and with farm crew leading some operations, the manager is responsible for all aspects of planning, producing and distributing chemical-free vegetables.

Reports to: Farm owner.

Terms: Start: now through March 31. End: Year-round position with great flexibility in December, January, and February, and mid-season vacation.
Hours: 25-50 hours per week depending on the month. Typically, Monday through Friday or Monday afternoon through Saturday lunchtime, but flexible.


Compensation: Annual raise. Competitive wide range, based on experience, responsibility taken, and years of commitment. May Include farm produce and/or Hudson Valley Currents. On-farm housing options and inexpensive housing available locally.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Responsibilities include:

• crop planning and ordering of supplies (some is completed for this season) 


• leading, motivating, and keeping one step ahead of farm crew in carrying out daily tasks 


• seeding, planting, and greenhouse propagation of seedlings 


• primary soil preparation and mowing using several tractors 


• cultivating and harvesting mostly by hand 


• distribute to CSA, weekly farm market, on-site farmstand, retail contracts, donations. 


• Record-keeping and suggesting and implementing system improvements. 


• Other tasks required of some farm crew: 


• minor daily animal care tasks for educational livestock 


• minor participation in education programs and events, eg driving tractor for haywagon or leading tours or activity stations


Education & Experience: 

Ideal Candidate: Minimum 3 full seasons of experience with similar operation. Resonates with project mission. Good with people, able to remain positive and motivational with self, crew/staff, and public. Can balance priorities and speed versus detail. Able to work independently, take direction, and switch gears. Physically fit for the work in all weather. Mechanical and carpentry skills a plus. Priority given to 2-3 year commitment.


Application Instructions: 

To apply: Send resume, 3 references (2 work and 1 character), and brief answers to (1) why I want to pursue this kind of work (2) why I'm a good fit for Seed Song Farm & Center to: Creek Iverson at creek@SeedSongFarm.org

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture