Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve
Farm Manager - Educator
Minglewood is seeking a seasoned and dynamic leader to direct daily farm operations at Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve. The Farm Manager will design and implement innovative systems to maximize production of annual vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and other products. The Farm Manager also directs the design and maintenance of irrigation systems, and manages the upkeep of farm equipment. The Farm Manager will participate in educational programming, including but not limited to: leading student field trips, assisting with class and workshop preparations, developing programs, and carrying out on-farm demonstrations. The Farm Manager will also assist in the hiring, training and supervising the Surry Community College Sustainable Agriculture interns. The Farm Manager will report to and work closely with the Minglewood Founders.
Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve is a 65-acre outdoor experiential learning center and sustainable farm. There are 8+ acres in production and the remainder is forest and meadow. Since 2014, MFNP has engaged students in classroom and on-site interactive nature learning. Minglewood has strong relationships with public, independent and home school educators, with an emphasis on K-5th grade. In addition to school groups, Minglewood offers a variety of workshops, classes, and events designed to engage the community in nature-related experiences.
Planning & Recordkeeping: Lead staff and interns in annual crop planning and daily farm record keeping
1. Develop a crop plan consistent with organic standards to achieve harvest goals. Includes propagation schedule, yields needed, crop selections, plans for rotations & sequencing of plantings, cultivation, pest and disease management, harvesting, and soil fertility.
2. Manage greenhouse in late winter into early summer, including upkeep and maintenance.
3. Assist with annual budgeting activities to estimate costs of farm inputs and maximize income.
4. Maintain a daily work-log to plan and record details of field work accomplished.
5. Perform or ensure entry of data pertaining to harvest, wholesale sales and distribution, planting, greenhouse seeding, seed source, pest and disease management, fertility input application and other information as needed.
6. Maintain an inventory of seeds and other supplies.
Production & Management: Maximize crop production while building healthy soil and maintaining high quality standards for produce
1. Implement crop plan to achieve harvest goals for various channels of distribution
2. Create daily work plans based on the week’s schedule of program participants, interns, groups and estimated daily volunteer numbers
3. Conduct purchasing for seeds, tools and supplies in accordance with budget.
4. Implement an organic fertility program (including cover cropping and field-scale composting) and crop rotation plan.
5. Plan, modify and/or expand the irrigation system as needed.
6. Oversee on-time harvest and optimal post-harvest handling.
7. Perform tractor and equipment maintenance and upkeep (and as needed identify outside personnel to make repairs).
8. Complete wholesale sales using existing chef email database to advertise available produce to local buyers (e.g. restaurants and grocers) and coordinate delivery and payment for produce.
9. General property maintenance as needed (mowing & weed eating)
Education & Community Engagement: Train beginning growers in sustainable agriculture
1. Conduct field walks prior to each field work session with interns to teach seasonal concepts, identify pests and diseases, and answer questions.
2. Supervise interns and periodic volunteer groups in all aspects of farm work
3. Assist in leading classes, field-trips or workshops, which may include demonstrations on the farm, guest speakers, hands-on activities.
4. Write one weekly field update email
Other Responsibilities: Lead by example and be a team player
1. Participate in staff meetings, bi-monthly site plan meetings and periodic strategic planning activities
2. Promote an atmosphere of hard work, inclusiveness, learning and fun every day
3. Other duties as assigned
● Minimum three years experience of seasonal organic farm management
● Supervisory experience, or two years of progressively responsible experience in a leadership role
● Bachelor's degree in organic farming or sustainable agriculture
● Five years of experience in sustainable agriculture and farming operations
● Experience working with students in a farming environment strongly preferred
SKILLS & ABILITIES
● Familiarity with tractors, irrigation, cover cropping, and pest management using organic methods
● Experience in greenhouse production of vegetable starts for transplant and sale
● Knowledge of the use and service requirements of tractors, plows, discs, cultivators, and other farm equipment and implements
● Crop planning
● Experience public speaking and the ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.
● Experience interacting with school groups and members of the public
● Farm record keeping and using Microsoft Excel
● Interest in learning and implementing new tools as our work evolves
● Work collaboratively with a wide range of people and build consensus.
● Demonstrated flexibility and initiative in solving problems
● Ability to transport 50 lbs.
● Ability to perform repetitive motions 75% of the time.
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.
• Full time, 40 hours per week.
• Salary $17 per hour.
• Combination of remote and on-site work.
• Some local travel required with produce deliveries and occasional off site lessons
• Must have flexibility to work outside traditional business hours.
Please send your resume and a cover letter stating why you would be a good fit for this position by September 8th to Margie Imus, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org