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Job Detail: Farm Manager

About: 

Our Mission: to foster an agricultural program that integrates sustainable
land stewardship, education and food-based community engagement. Collaborating
with local farms, schools, and food pantries, TSGP aims to increase the amount
of sustainably produced local food, especially for those in need; support the
development of systems to get local food to consumers; and facilitate
education to increase community engagement in local agriculture.

We are currently seeking a salaried, year-round Farm Manager (FM) to manage
all aspects of the farm operation, including the farm budget, all food
production, care and maintenance of equipment and infrastructure, and hiring
and supervising farm crew. The farmer is semi- autonomous and reports directly
to the Executive Director: while a key part of the larger Three Sisters team
and collaborator with the ED and program/education staff, the Farm Manager’s
primary focus is food production and farm management.

Our first growing season was in 2015 and we have a small CSA at the core of
the farm operation. We cultivate 4.5 acres for summer and fall shares, with
wholesale & food pantry donations making up another third of production. Our
produce donations to food access partners are a key part of our mission and
production goals, with the same high expectations for quality and shelf life
as the food we grow for CSA members or wholesale accounts.
Three Sisters operates under a long-term lease from the Sisters of Notre Dame
de Namur, an international educational religious institution and its Cuvilly
Arts and Earth Center on the site of a former dairy farm.

Position Responsibilities: 

Manage all aspects of the farm and field work: crop planning, greenhouse and
high tunnel, field prep, seeding, transplanting, irrigation, weed, disease and
pest control, harvesting, washing & packing, inventory and ordering of all
supplies, soil fertility management, cover cropping, cultivation, equipment
maintenance, and more.
• Care and maintenance of all farm equipment, tools, and infrastructure,
including tractors, irrigation system, cooler, greenhouse and high tunnel, and
more.
• Managing seasonal farm crew and volunteers, including interviewing and
hiring, weekly payroll approval, daily management, and regular check-ins with
staff.
• Managing farm budget to achieve expected income and expenses; collaborate
with Executive Director and TSGP board to create the budget each year.
• Managing CSA member signup process and payments; managing all communications
with CSA members about the share, including weekly newsletter during the
season.
• Managing communication with wholesale accounts and food donation partner
organizations, including sending availability lists, fulfilling orders, and
creating invoices.
• Participate in regular staff meetings with the ED and other staff to
communicate the needs, goals, and priorities of the farm.

Position Qualifications: 

A minimum of 5 years production farming experience, with significant time
spent leading staff and volunteers;
• Experience in greenhouse and high tunnel production, crop planning, and
growing for a CSA, including farm record keeping, budget management, and
familiarity with spreadsheet applications;
• Knowledge, use and maintenance of tractors, cultivation tools, and other
farm equipment and infrastructure;
• Experience with organic/sustainable agricultural practices including crop
rotation, cover cropping, proper use of amendments, and ability to prioritize
soil health and fertility;
• Ability to be part of a team and work well with others, including the ED,
other staff, board members, farm neighbors and landlord, non-profit partners,
other farmers, and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.
• Good written and verbal communication skills, as well as interpersonal,
management and leadership skills, are all essential to the position: we are
looking for a confident leader with the ability to motivate, educate, and
inspire.

Requirements:
• Current driver’s license and ability to pass a CORI background check and
driving record check.
• Ability to lift 50lbs. regularly.
• Must have excellent organizational and time management skills, the ability
to multi-task,
and meet deadlines.

How to Apply: 

The position is based on a seasonally-variable 40-hour average work week and
includes a competitive salary, beginning early 2020. Contract will be reviewed
and renewed on an annual basis.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Pilar Redmond, Executive
Director:
pilar@threesistersgarden.org

About the job

Location Ipswich, MA
Field Agriculture
Time Full-time
Date 09 January 2020

About the company

Company name Three Sisters Garden Project

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