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Garden Manager at Community Soil Foundation - 13046

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Garden Manager
Community Soil Foundation
450 Noonan Ranch Lane Community Soil Foundation
95403 Larkfield-Wikiup , CA
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Job Description: 

The mission of Community Soil Foundation is to cultivate the wellness of Sonoma County communities by offering land-based education, creating access to organic produce, and regenerating habitat and natural resources. CSF teaches concepts of environmental stewardship and personal health to youth and adults through gardening, restoration projects and volunteer- driven fieldwork. We also provide a vibrant outdoor gathering-space, Larkfield Community Garden & Learning Center, for the public to grow food and connect with each other. Since 2015, we have served Mark West Union School District through garden-based education by delivering weekly lessons to nearly 400 students. CSF cultivates approximately 3,000 annual pounds of organic produce, has offered affordable sales of fresh food at a farm stand, and donates a portion of the yield to local food banks and low-income families.
The Garden Manager is responsible for managing the upkeep of the Larkfield Community Garden year-round, combining production farming with community engagement. The Garden Manager reports to the Program Director and collaborates with all staff, advisors, and partners. This position is part-time at 20 hours per week with a flexible schedule and occasional weekend duties. Wage at $17.00 per hour with paid holidays and sick leave. Anticipated start date in August with some training alongside current Garden Manager.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Job responsibilities include the following:
Maintenance & Operations
● Develop annual garden plan, with awareness of crop rotation, yields, and integrated pest management
● Build soil and prepare beds, with knowledge of bio-intensive, organic practices
● Build and maintain compost systems
● Save and source seeds to represent variety of crops for intended uses
● Plant annuals each season and attend to perennial herbs, flowers, and fruit orchard
● Maintain irrigation system, tools, and structures
● Communicate with garden educators on farm planting schedule and priorities
● Attend and contribute to monthly staff meetings
● Monitor expenditures within program budget
● Develop a business plan to generate revenue from produce and services
● Collect data to document program impact, such as crop yields and produce distribution
● Support organizational goals and strategies around health and biodiversity
● Oversee garden internship (three months each, twice annually)
● Harvest, clean, and deliver produce to intended audiences
● Collaborate and communicate with staff garden educators
● Engage with Mark West students and classes as a regular guest speaker
● Coordinate seasonal volunteer projects and attend monthly garden work days
● Orient garden visitors and maintain public signage
● Contribute to outreach events, newsletters, and social media

Education & Experience: 

● At least two years of farm and/or garden management experience, specifically organic and regenerative methods of 4-season food production
● Experience working with K-8 youth and desire to engage students in hands-on farm work
● Competent with both self-directed work and managing large groups
● Ability to lift 40 pounds and work outdoors in variable climatic conditions
● Desire to build a community rooted in collective land stewardship and sharing healthy
● Preferably access to reliable work vehicle (mileage reimbursed)
● Able to oversee a diverse group of committed volunteers and interns

Application Instructions: 

Qualified and interested applicants - send resume and cover letter to Background check conducted via CSF fiscal sponsor, Extended Child Care. Thank you for your interest!

Community Soil Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications. Our policy prohibits unlawful discrimination in any employment decision based on race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. Submission of your application is not an offer of employment or an employment contract.

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