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Vegetable Production Manager at Smokey House Center - 11451

Job Title: 
Vegetable Production Manager
Smokey House Center
426 Danby Mountain Road
05739 Danby , VT
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

Smokey House Center in rural Danby, Vermont seeks a community-minded vegetable production manager with crop and people experience. With a committed program support team, you will lead our Community Farm effort to increase vegetable production and distribution in 2021 as we expand programming to serve our community. Since the launch of the Community Farm project in 2016, Smokey House Center has distributed over twenty-two tons of fresh vegetables throughout Rutland and Bennington counties for hunger relief and community food programs. The Community Farm works with local youth, visiting groups, and volunteers to grow this good food. In 2021, we are looking for a team player to lead field work, maintain farm systems, and support volunteer engagement in Community Farm activities.

Position Title: Vegetable Production Manager

Position Description:
The Vegetable Production Manager is responsible for Community Farm vegetable production, management of farm site and infrastructure, and engagement of crew, volunteers, and visitors in the Community Farm program.

Functions include
seeding, planting, cultivating, cover cropping, greenhouse work, harvesting, processing, and distributing storage crops for identified community food programs,
assistance recruiting, training, scheduling and supervision of production crew,
crop planning, field prep, and soil fertility management, with Program Coordinator and Mentor Farmer,
some shared responsibility for farm site and grounds maintenance including mowing, tree care, fencing, irrigation, equipment maintenance, and minor road repair
lead seedling production and support sales,
facilitating involvement of education partners, visiting groups, and individuals in Community Farm production activities,
additional farm enterprise management, community engagement, and program development with SHC staff as assigned.

Qualifications:
Two+ years of vegetable farming experience that would prepare you for a management role.
A passion for good food, education, and collaboration is key. Must be a proactive communicator and willing to take the lead. Interest in working with individuals of all ages. Applicant should be able to work well in a variety of settings and to direct the work of paid work and volunteers. Applicant should be mature, responsible, self-motivated, detail oriented with strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Additional Desired Skills:
Experience with naturally grown or certified organic practices,
Basic understanding or background in food security issues, nuance of giving a dignified food experience to those who receive produce from the Community Farm,
Educational experience with K-12 students,
Ability to work with the volunteers and the general public.

Compensation: This is a full-time employment opportunity beginning in Feb./March 2021 with the possibility of extending beyond 2021 based on program development and additional farm needs. Annual base salary is $24,000, housing and utilities, healthcare reimbursement, educational stipend and mentorship opportunities included. This position requires weekend and periodic evening work.

Application Instructions: 

Applicants should send cover letter and resume to jamie@smokeyhouse.org. We will begin reviewing applications as they are received and accept applications until the position is filled.

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture