Mountain Bounty Farm, Nevada City CA
Mountain Bounty Farm is a 50 acre organic farm located high on the forested contours of the San Juan Ridge near Nevada City, California. Our main fields are on Birchville Road, where we currently cultivate 18 acres. The rest of the land is a beautiful mosaic of forest and meadows. We are the oldest and largest CSA farm in the Sierras. Our produce is sold through our 700-800 member CSA, local restaurants and grocery stores, and the Nevada City Farmers Market. Founded in 1997 by John Tecklin, Mountain Bounty Farm has become an increasingly collaborative effort. The farm is now managed by a team of experienced employees, who collectively make decisions and work together to keep the farm growing and improving into the future.
The Greenhouse Manager is responsible for overseeing our extensive propagation program. We grow nearly all the transplants needed for our diverse 18 acre vegetable farm. We have a state of the art 3,000 square foot propagation house, as well as a shaded outdoor growing area. During non-greenhouse time, the Greenhouse Manager joins the farm crew to transplant, weed, harvest, wash and pack produce, and other farm tasks.
Leading weekly seeding chores according to the established planting plan timeline
Detailed record keeping of all plantings, and updating of planting plan
Day to day care and inspection of all greenhouse plants
Assessing irrigation needs, adjusting automated irrigation, and daily supplemental hand-watering as needed
Scouting and treating pests and diseases using organic methods
Hardening off and preparation of transplants for field planting
Ordering and managing seed inventory
Coordinating labor needs with the crew leader
Keeping the greenhouse clean and organized
Restocking materials and communicating with the farm manager when bigger orders are needed
2 + years working on a commercial scale vegetable farm
Previous leadership responsibilities on a commercial scale farm
Ability to balance time management in self directed work and collaborative work, and to prioritize tasks efficiently
Flexibility and a positive attitude
Excellent communication and organization skills
Commitment to developing strong working relationships and problem solving with the rest of the team
Ability to bend, kneel, and lift frequently
Competitive salary, a CSA share, 2 weeks paid vacation per year, and performance based bonuses. After one year this position is eligible for 401(k) and additional profit sharing, which builds with seniority. We can provide assistance in finding affordable housing nearby.
After you have read this description in its entirety, please send us one email only to Maia Lipkin email@example.com with:
Subject line: Greenhouse Manager Application, (your name)
Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
Responses to the questionnaire below
Three professional references, with current phone numbers
Why are you interested in Mountain Bounty Farm?
What previous experience are you bringing to this position and what do you feel you have to offer?
What are your short-term and long-term personal goals related to farming?
Do you have any experience managing or leading a farm crew? If so, please describe.
Do you have experience operating farm machinery or other heavy equipment?
Do you have any mechanical skills or experience? Please describe
Do you have any carpentry skills or experience? Please describe.
Do you have any prior injuries to back, knees, etc. that might limit your ability to do farm work?
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