Vegetable Garden Co-Manager
Posted: Tue, September 14, 2021
Kimberton, PA job
Sankanac CSA is a 130-member biodynamic vegetable CSA that is a part of Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, an intentional life-sharing community of about 120 people including adults with developmental differences. Located in the gently rolling hills of southeastern PA, the 432-acre piece of land that we steward is a mix of woodlands, pasture, orchard, gardens, wild spaces, and home for all here.
The CSA garden operates on 20 acres of production fields/cover crops, including 6 hoop houses, berries, flowers, and 8 acres of pasture. Our Summer CSA provides for 30 shares within our community and 100 families from the wider community, and runs for 24 weeks. In addition to the Summer CSA, we sell to a local grocery store and at a farmer’s market. We also grow winter storage crops and greens in hoop houses for our community and a 35 member 5-week Winter CSA. We work our fields with a combination of hand work and tractors, creating a socially therapeutic environment for our friends of all abilities. Our raised-bed system runs with the contours of the land with berm/swale buffers to manage rainfall. While we do not have biodynamic or organic certification, we work with biodynamic practices. We use biodynamic preparations that we make here on our land, work with the Stella Natura planting calendar, and are always working towards improving our farm organism.
The Co-Manager would run all aspects of the farm in partnership with the current manager. Daily communication and collaboration are very important.
Responsibilities would include:
Oversight of and participation in daily tasks.
Operation and education regarding tractors, BCS walk behind tractor, various tractor implements.
Management of irrigation systems outdoor as well as in hoop houses. This includes sprinklers, drip tape, and overhead mist systems.
Planning and implementation of all vegetable production, from propagation to harvest and storage.
Management of perennial fruit and flower production.
Management of post-harvest handling of all vegetables in accordance with food safety standards.
Management and Education of all full and part-time farm crew, including adults with developmental differences.
Management of soil and plant health through crop rotation, cover cropping, composting and nutrient management.
Management and oversight of the Biodynamic practices
Management of all buildings and equipment
Maintaining records of relevant farm information.
Communication and accountability within CVKH. This includes organizing community gardening days, attending regular meetings with other land stewards, communicating about resource and financial management of the CSA garden.
This position requires 3+ years of on-farm training, particularly with organic annual vegetables. Some knowledge of fruit production, livestock, flowers, and herbs is needed as well. Ample tractor experience and ability to educate others in this skill is required. Must have experience with PTO powered tractor equipment, a three-point hitch, and operating a bucket loader. Interest in biodynamic farming. Enthusiasm for working with people of all levels of experience and ability is needed, as well as an interest and will to be in connection with the workings of the whole of Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, both personally and for the CSA as a workshop. Camphill Village Kimberton Hills has a flat system of governance in order to give space for all to be part of decision making, and that all resources are shared. This requires the Co-Manager to have skills in teamwork and collaboration, from communications with the garden team to the whole community.
Please contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss compensation and housing opportunities