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Farm Manager at The Edible Schoolyard Project Stockton - 16418

Job Title: 
Farm Manager
The Edible Schoolyard Project Stockton
466 S Ventura Avenue
95203 Stockton , CA ,
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

Position Description
The ESYP Stockton Farm Manager works with ESYP Stockton staff to develop and maintain the educational Edible Schoolyard Project Community Farm. The Farm Manager manages the 5.5 acre Edible Schoolyard Community Farm, supervises site improvements, crop planning, maintenance, and all other farm operations. This is a full-time, salaried position. The Stockton Farm Manager supervises the Farm Specialist, between 2 and 6 part time employees, and volunteers. The Stockton Farm Manager reports to the Stockton Program Director.

About the Farm
The Edible Schoolyard Project Community Farm is an established community farm in the Boggs Tract neighborhood on the south side of Stockton, CA. It sits on 5.5 acres of land owned by the Port of Stockton, leased to the Edible Schoolyard Project. The farm has approximately one hundred and fifty mature fruit trees, thirty two 400 sq ft plots for individuals and families, a number of zones with 40’ rows in vegetable production, washing and storage facilities, covered classroom space, a greenhouse, and numerous other amenities. The entire farm is an educational space for students and community members through field trips, service days, and training programs.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Farming

Supervise the farm team to conduct general farm maintenance including, but not limited to, watering, propagation, greenhouse work, cultivating soil fertility, composting, crop rotation, pruning, weeding, irrigation, and pest and disease management.
Ensure that regular maintenance work and clean up tasks are completed including, but not limited to, mowing, weedeating, clearing brush, and emptying trash cans.
Develop and implement preventative maintenance systems and schedules for all farm tools and equipment.
Maintain organized storage spaces and keep a neat and tidy appearance in all farm spaces. Continue the work of beautifying the farm space through plantings of perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants.
Lead the farm team in harvesting, washing, and packing seasonal produce in compliance with health and safety standards.
Lead weekly meetings for farm staff to identify and prioritize farm work.
Establish and maintain protocols for enriching soil health including appropriate use of organic amendments and compost.
Ensure the wellbeing of a flock of ~30 laying hens.
Support community plotholders to grow successfully, manage pests and disease, and to access provided materials and tools.

Administration and Operations

Coordinate site services (refuse collection, sanitation services) and farm material deliveries.
Order and purchase supplies, seeds, and any other materials needed for farm operations.
Manage farm records including crop plans, harvest logs, and expenditures.
Develop and implement a crop plan that includes a wide variety of culturally relevant, seasonal crops that will support students to have a rich, educational farm experience.
In partnership with the Program Director, manage and coordinate contractors for infrastructure projects on the Community Farm.

Outreach and Communication

Participate in ESY staff meetings and professional development experiences.
Build and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders in the Stockton community, including CSA participations, neighbors, teachers, schools administrators, local farmers, partner organization employees, and donors.
Lead tours and work days on the farm for partner organizations and volunteer groups.
Participate in and lead the farm team to conduct community events on the farm.
Attend public events and represent the Edible Schoolyard Project Stockton’s mission and programming.
Write farm updates for newsletters, social media, and other forms of communication.

Teaching

Support farm field trips and other learning experiences on farm.
Provide on-the-job training and mentorship to the Farm Specialist, part-time workers, and volunteers.

Education & Experience: 

3+ years experience of production vegetable farming or farm management experience in a similar setting.
Experience operating and maintaining farm equipment including tractors and implements.
Basic carpentry and plumbing skills. Familiarity and comfort operating power tools.
Experience working with youth, preferably in a school garden setting or other outdoor educational environment.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@edibleschoolyard.org to be considered for this position. Applications will be reviewed starting on August 26th, 2022.

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture