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Production Manager at The Talking Farm - 13042

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Production Manager
The Talking Farm
3669 West Howard Street
60076 Skokie , IL
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Job Description: 

The Production Manager reports to the Director of Farm Operations and is primarily responsible for the cultivation, maintenance, harvest, and operation of the Howard Street Farm by implementing the crop plan and facilitating the smooth operation of the farm. This position manages the supply of vegetables to an online farm stand, CSA, 2-3 farmers markets, and restaurant partners. This starts immediately as a part-time, seasonal hourly position requiring approximately 25 hours/week through the end of the season with the possibility of moving into a full-time, year-round salaried position for a 2.5-acre farm site that is expanding production in 2022.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Approximately 70% hands-on farming and 30% administration and management
• Manages production at 3 farm sites – one 2.5-acre urban farm (currently 1 – 1.5 acre developed and in
production) and 2 off-site educational gardens
• Independently handles the starting, maintaining and inventory of seedlings to be planted on the farm
or for sale to the public during Spring Seedling Fundraiser
• Develops or assists with the development of the crop plan for all sites and oversees the
implementation of such plans in line with the strategic, business, sustainability, and non-profit
objectives of the organization
• Oversees the planting, cultivation, watering, weeding, pruning, irrigation, harvesting, composting, and
winterizing of farm and its vegetable, fruit and herb crops
• Ability to train, manage and oversee interns, staff farmers, job trainees and/or volunteers in urban
farming activities
• Executes, assists, and/or oversees the supply of produce orders for an online farm stand, CSA, farmers markets
and/or restaurant-partners
• Assists Director of Education & Programming with volunteer programming
• Must be able on a weekly basis to accurately track and report sales and crop inventory and willing to
learn to be proficient with Excel spreadsheets and online commerce platforms such as Shopify

Education & Experience: 

Minimum of 2-3 years experience in all aspects of intensive organic field and hoop house farming including crop planning, planting, weeding, watering, pest management, fertilizing, harvesting, bed prepping, composting, soil health management, pruning, site management, washing, processing and packing crops, and overwintering crops
• Certification, degree, or job training in urban or organic farming practices a plus
Certified in or knowledgeable about safe food handling including any state, local, federal or trade regulations, Product Safety Alliance guidance, or USDA GAP/GHP practices
• Experience with and ability to manage and train staff
• Physical requirements: Ability to lift up to 30 pounds; bend and crouch; walk on uneven surfaces, use
hands and arms to pick/pull/grasp; see at close range, as well as at a distance; hear and speak to communicate with staff, volunteers, students, and the public; and work outdoors in all types of weather.
• A positive outlook and disposition and willingness and ability to multitask and adjust to the myriad “moving parts” of a working full-production farm.
• Valid driver’s license and ability to operate cargo van.
• Ability to think both creatively and critically as well as problem-solve.
• Excellent follow-through and communication and organizational skills.
• Ability and willingness to collaborate as part of a team but also the ability to lead the team and work
unsupervised to complete the job.

Application Instructions: 

Email resume and cover letter to Position is open until filled.

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