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Farm Manager: Land's Sake Farm at Land's Sake Farm - 10666

Job Title: 
Farm Manager: Land's Sake Farm
Land's Sake Farm
27 Crescent St
02493 Weston , MA
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Oversee and manage:
• All produce and flower production (120,000 pounds annually) on the farm, with attention to nutrient management and organic practices. Production includes a heated greenhouse, hoop house, and field production. Specific responsibilities herein include:
o Managing the 300 share, 20-week CSA (June through December), including customer communications in conjunction with other staff, and all produce necessary to run the farm stand for six months.
o Managing a team of six or more employees, including additional part-time farm and forestry staff.
o Coordinating hunger relief efforts/donations to local organizations,
o Assisting LS staff in managing partnerships with farmer’s markets as needed from June through September.
• Mowing and maintaining fields adjacent to farm fields at several parcels.
• Farm maintenance, including machinery and cropping systems, as well as basic maintenance, such as plumbing, electrical, and light construction work as needed.
• Irrigation systems, including creating and managing a watering schedule for greenhouse, hoop house, and production fields
2. Work with the Executive Director to create annual production and sales goals, as well as an annual farming budget, for which the FM will primarily be responsible.
3. Assist our Education Manager with hands-on, garden-based education, including providing a weekly list of potential farm tasks that match with educational goals.
4. Maintain a system of record keeping and management.
5. Support LS’ marketing and fundraising efforts.
6. Other general tasks as requested by Executive Director.

TIME REQUIREMENTS
This is a full-time job. During the growing season, a typical workweek is approximately 50-60 hours/week; in the off-season, the typical work week is 25-30 hours/week. THESE ARE ESTIMATES. Some evenings and weekends are required during the growing season and for special events.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
• This is a salaried position that will provide a competitive salary based on the market and the applicant’s experience, among other factors. Typically, an annual evaluation will be conducted, at which time compensation levels are reviewed.
• Three weeks paid vacation, paid holidays and 40 hours a year paid sick time.
• 50% of health care costs.
• Partial mobile phone reimbursement.
• Access to organic produce and flowers grown on the farm.
• Personal and professional development opportunities in consultation with the Executive Director.
• The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be inspired alongside dedicated staff on a beautiful organic farm in a unique community!

Duties & Responsibilities: 

The ideal candidate will be willing to make a long-term commitment and possess the following qualifications and experience:
• A minimum of five years of farm/greenhouse management or seven years of farm work experience.
• Excellent communication, collaboration and leadership skills, including a proven track record of working in a cooperative team environment that requires a high level of planning, and organization.
• Ability to work well with a variety of customers and community members, including youth from diverse backgrounds. In addition, the experience and desire to work with and teach apprentices and youth on a regular basis.
• Experience with operating, maintaining and repairing machinery and power equipment.
• Knowledge of the principles of soil biology, no-till crop production, permaculture, growing perennials, using cover crops, utilizing living mulches, composting, soil testing, and/or other ecological/organic growing methods is a plus.
• Building/construction experience a plus.
• A willingness and ability to work outdoors in all types of weather, under potentially strenuous conditions.
• A detail-oriented approach, with considerable attention to order, cleanliness, and an ongoing commitment to improving systems and practices.
• Email communication (timely and proper etiquette), knowledge of Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint a plus.
• A desire to produce food of the highest nutritional, culinary, and ecological quality, and to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal development is encouraged and supported at Land’s Sake.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
• A valid driver’s license
• Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
• Cell phone communication
• Reliable transportation
• Satisfactory background (including criminal) and reference checks

Education & Experience: 

The ideal candidate will be willing to make a long-term commitment and possess the following qualifications and experience:
• A minimum of five years of farm/greenhouse management or seven years of farm work experience.
• Excellent communication, collaboration and leadership skills, including a proven track record of working in a cooperative team environment that requires a high level of planning, and organization.
• Ability to work well with a variety of customers and community members, including youth from diverse backgrounds. In addition, the experience and desire to work with and teach apprentices and youth on a regular basis.
• Experience with operating, maintaining and repairing machinery and power equipment.
• Knowledge of the principles of soil biology, no-till crop production, permaculture, growing perennials, using cover crops, utilizing living mulches, composting, soil testing, and/or other ecological/organic growing methods is a plus.
• Building/construction experience a plus.
• A willingness and ability to work outdoors in all types of weather, under potentially strenuous conditions.
• A detail-oriented approach, with considerable attention to order, cleanliness, and an ongoing commitment to improving systems and practices.
• Email communication (timely and proper etiquette), knowledge of Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint a plus.
• A desire to produce food of the highest nutritional, culinary, and ecological quality, and to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal development is encouraged and supported at Land’s Sake.

Application Instructions: 

TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and two farming-related references to: ed@landssake.org

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture