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Organic Farm Production Manager in the Virgin Islands: at Ridge to Reef Farm - 15640

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Organic Farm Production Manager in the Virgin Islands:
Ridge to Reef Farm
Plot 6 Remainder Mt. Victory
00840 Frederiksted , VI
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Job Description: 

Ridge to Reef Farm, St. Croix, is seeking a capable production leader or a couple who can lead organic production and expand our customer base for our weekly Farm Share/CSA (50-80 members) and Farm to School sales. The manager will implement a production plan according to certified organic standards under direction of farm director while leading farm staff, work traders, and volunteers. As a subtropical farm, we have established orchard and perennial systems as well as the ability to grow most of the crops typical to temperate zone annual cropping regiments. Applicants should have strong references and more than 3 years of farming experience, at least 1 year of management experience, ability to operate relevant farm equipment, excellent communication skills, and basic computer skills. Salary $30,000-42,000+ based on experience and performance. Lodging on farm. Bonuses at sales increase levels.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

-Develop and implement a plan with Farm Director (on paternity leave) on a certified organic vegetable farm operation that includes servicing and expanding our existing Winter and Summer CSA, adhering to National Organic Plan (NOP) standards
-Hire and direct the management of contracted staff, farm apprentices and interns, work-trades and other volunteers
-Conduct and manage all production-related tractor work (including proper equipment storage and scheduled basic maintenance)
-Coordinate harvests, manage post-harvest handling and ensure product quality control (includes harvests for CSA, market stand, restaurant and special orders and farm events)
-Plant propagation, field prep, irrigation, planting, integrated pest management, cultivation, harvest, & packing.
-Coordinate produce deliveries (in conjunction with delivery driver)
-The use and basic maintenance of an entirely off-grid solar irrigation system of rain water catchment and wells
-Purchase farm supplies and seeds using farm account
-Maintain detailed farm records in compliance with organic certification requirements
-Lead crew to maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment

Education & Experience: 

Minimum Qualifications
-3-5 years farming experience
-Employee and volunteer management experience
-Commitment to organic agriculture and exposure to CSA model farming
-Ability to lift at least 50lbs and perform work outdoors in all weather conditions
-Able to operate relatively easy CSA management software, printing, and communicate via internet
-Strong professional and/or academic references
-Desired Qualifications:
-1 or more years farm management experience
-A love for plants, nature, increasing food security, and organic farming
-Experience farming in the tropics, a plus
-Experienced operation and basic maintenance of tractors and other farm equipment (BCS)
-Excellent communication skills and familiarity with relevant technology
-Clean driving record, age 25 or older to drive farm vehicles

Application Instructions: 

E-mail with the subject line: “Ridge to Reef Farm Management Job Application.” Please include a cover letter (including a brief description of your farming or management background), resume, the contact information for at least 3 references and answers to the following questions:
1. If selected, are you able to start on August 15, 2022? If not, when would you be able to start? Open until filled.
2. What is your preferred length of contract? 
3. Why do you want this job and what do you want to gain from it?

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