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Farm Manager at Urban Adamah - 5578

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Farm Manager
Urban Adamah
1151 Sixth Street Urban Adamah
Berkeley, CA 94702
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Job Description: 

Urban Adamah is currently seeking a full time Farm Manager. The primary function of Urban Adamah’s campus is to serve as an education and community center focused on the integration of Jewish tradition, sustainable agriculture, mindfulness, and social action. The farm is the heart of the campus and the heart of many of our programs, and 90% of farm produce is given to those in need at a weekly free farm stand.

The Farm Manager has primary responsibility for the continued development and oversight of the Urban Adamah farm. The Farm Manager is also responsible for the agriculture educational component of the Urban Adamah Fellowship curriculum and for working with program staff to ensure that public and group programs are integrated into the farm in meaningful ways. Additionally, the Farm Manager coordinates operations with the Site Manager, helping to manage upkeep of growing spaces across the site. The Farm Manager oversees the engagement and learning of fellows during their farm work and also manages 3 staff members: a half-time Assistant Farm Manager, a half-time Landscape Coordinator, and a quarter-time Aquaponics Manager.

This is a full-time position with benefits including health care and paid vacation. Salary is competitive and dependent on experience.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

• Farm Management: The Farm Manager is responsible for the operation of the Urban Adamah Farm in accordance with best science-based practices and sustainable growing methods. They should manage the farm to optimize both efficient food production and effective education and training. Production responsibilities include all aspects of annual and perennial crop management, (including propagation), greenhouse management, and animal husbandry (goats, bees, chickens). The Farm Manager is responsible for managing the work of up to 16 Urban Adamah fellows, a half-time Assistant Farm Manager, a half-time Landscape Coordinator, and a quarter-time Aquaponics Manager. While the Urban Adamah fellowship is in session (6 months/year), fellows are the primary source of labor for the farm. Between fellowship programs and during the winter, the Farm Manager is responsible for securing and managing a Winter/Spring Farm Hand Team.

• Farm Development: Operations moved to our current location in 2016 and the development of our site continues. The Farm Manager is responsible for continuing to help vision, coordinate and implement new growing spaces and systems and for the continued improvement of current growing spaces and systems.

• Agriculture Education: The Farm Manager is responsible for delivering a comprehensive urban sustainable agriculture curriculum to the Urban Adamah fellows. This includes both hands-on experiential learning as well as classroom instruction. The Farm Manager is not expected to teach every agricultural topic to the fellows –local experts will be recruited to serve as adjunct faculty for some classes.

• Youth, Family, and Public Programs: The Farm Manager is responsible for supporting the Director of Youth and Family Programs, Camp Director, and Public Programs Manager in identifying appropriate farm tasks for students, campers, and adults during programs and for maintaining gardening beds that are designed in collaboration with programs staff specifically for educational purposes. Depending on workload, ability, and interest, the Farm Manager may teach classes for the public.

• Additional Responsibilities: The Farm Manager participates in weekly staff meetings and other organization-wide meetings and processes, and performs administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the farm.

Education & Experience: 

We are looking for an individual who:
• has at least 3 years of experience managing all aspects of a sustainable, diversified vegetable garden/farm and at least five years of experience working in sustainable agriculture
• understands well and is able to effectively communicate sustainable production methods for annual and perennial crops, including fruit trees
• has experience teaching and supervising others in basic gardening skills
• has experience working with a wide range of ages in an educational or programmatic setting
• has a capacity and commitment to a high standard for farm organization, cleanliness, and beauty.
• has a high level of emotional maturity and exceptional communication skills
• is proficient in basic computer skills including Word and Excel.

It is highly desirable for the individual to have experience with the following:
• participating in establishing a new agricultural project in an urban setting
• growing vegetables and fruits year-round in the Bay Area
• managing egg-laying chickens and milking goats
• designing agricultural educational programs using sound pedagogy and teaching methods
• maintaining bee hives
• working to address food insecurity with fresh produce

Application Instructions: 

Complete the online application available at:

Application submittal includes: brief cover letter, resume with three professional reference (all to be submitted as PDFs) and responses to three short questions.

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