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Posted: Fri, February 12, 2021

$20/hr or $42,000 salary equivalent Wappingers Falls, NY (near Beacon, NY) job

Email: sember@commongroundfarm.org

Common Ground Farm (CGF) is a non-profit organization based in Beacon, NY with a mission to serve our local community by growing vegetables, increasing access to fresh and local food for people of all incomes and socio-economic backgrounds, and educating people about food and agriculture. We grow about 3 acres of annual vegetables, following organic practices, on 6.5 acres of land outside of Beacon, NY. We donate approximately half of the produce we grow to local food pantries and community meal programs and the rest of the produce is distributed through our U-Pick CSA, local farmers’ markets, and a few local wholesale accounts, including the Beacon City School District.

FARM MANAGER
The Farm Manager will manage the 6.5 acres we steward and will be responsible for all aspects of our mixed vegetable production and distribution. The Farm Manager will hire, train, manage, and work alongside the farm team (including 3-4 crew members, U-Pick CSA manager, volunteers, and teen interns). The Farm Manager will inherit a productive and functional small vegetable operation, including a successful crop and distribution plan, however there is freedom to fine tune systems and bring new ideas and outside expertise as time goes on.

The Farm Manager will need to be able to provide on-site management for the field production and farm crew, and will be expected to supervise, plan, schedule, and participate in all aspects of farm operations: seeding, greenhouse management, cultivation and field prep, transplanting, weed and pest management, harvesting, processing, and marketing crops, including coordinating food pantry harvests and volunteers, and harvesting and preparing for our weekend farmers’ markets or wholesale accounts.

The Farm Manager will be responsible for meeting and setting the farm budget, ordering and maintaining supplies, as well as be responsible for production, distribution, and revenue goals (based on the previous year) and will report to the Executive Director. A large portion of our vegetables are donated and distributed, with the help of delivery volunteers and grant funding, to local food pantries and community meal programs. We sell our vegetables weekly at the Newburgh and Beacon Farmers’ Markets and via local wholesale outlets. We also grow vegetables on a specific area on the farm for our U-Pick CSA in which 65 members come each week during the summer to harvest a share of veggies.

CGF partners with many community organizations on various projects, so the Farm Manager will need to be able to coordinate and engage with community partners as it pertains to the farm (such as teen internships or farm to school programing). The Farm Manager will attend weekly staff meetings and bi-monthly Board meetings, and will have the opportunity to work with other staff members in long-term visioning and projects that overlap with the farm (like coordinating educational programs on the farm, events, etc.), as well as work with a Board liaison in order to complete infrastructure projects. The Farm Manager will need to track and monitor all farm related data and will be asked to provide information to support fundraising efforts.

Tractor experience is important as we use a tractor for soil preparation, but we are mostly operating with elbow grease to control weeds, with tarps and flame weeder. Therefore being familiar and comfortable with both systems is necessary. For bed prep we use a Kubota M6060 and have a chisel plow, disc set, a small and a big perfecta, and a plastic layer. Pretty much everything else is done by hand, including greenhouse propagation, transplanting, seeding, weeding, irrigating, cultivating, harvesting, washing, and general field maintenance. In addition to our propagation greenhouse, we currently have one 30’x96’ high tunnel primarily used for tomato production during the summer and greens in the winter, and have plans to add a second high tunnel in the next three years.

As a farm rooted in creating equal access to food and food education in our community, we seek applicants who are serious about a career in agriculture and have a deep interest in community food security.

Job Qualifications:

Required—while each of the bullets below are necessary to be able to manage our farm, we are committed to investing in the right person with additional training and support as needed. Please reach out to sember@commongroundfarm.org if you have any questions.

At least 3 years of vegetable production experience on a similar scale; farm management experience preferred

Driver’s license; comfort driving a pickup truck and large farmers’ market vehicle (step van)

Strong passion for production farming and desire to share and develop knowledge and skills

Excellent ability and desire to manage teams to cultivate both peak efficiency and personal growth

Tractor experience and knowledge in using various implements

Farmers’ market experience

Attention to detail, experience building efficient systems, and record keeping

Excellent work ethic and physical endurance in all weather conditions

Positive attitude and flexible thinking

Ability to work independently and take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to completion

Outstanding communication (oral and written) skills; share and accept feedback in a team environment, share farm updates on our newsletter and through social media

Have basic carpentry skills, general “fix it” know how, and is familiar with basic tools

Commitment to our shared vision of ensuring that all people in our community have access to fresh food, regardless of income.

Preferred

Basic Spanish language proficiency

Familiar with growing vegetables in a similar climate

Schedule: This is a year-round position and will average 40hrs/week over the course of the year, however the hours will fluctuate with the growing season (Mid-Feb-April: 40hrs/week, May-August: 50hrs/week, Sept-Nov: 40hrs/week, Dec-Mid-Feb: 20hrs/week). Excluding the winter season, the work week is Monday-Friday with occasional Saturdays/Sundays when staffing farmers’ markets, watering the greenhouse, or when needed to complete farm tasks.

Compensation: $42,000, paid hourly at $20/hr, paid vacation and sick time, all federal holidays paid time off, healthcare stipend, produce from the farm, 25% off all CGF education programs, two tickets to all CGF events.

To apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to sember@commongroundfarm.org.

Deadline extended: February 17th, 2021.