*Specific Roles and Responsibilities:*
*Farm Planning / Development*
· Participate in the overall short-term and long-term planning and development of Community Farm operations.
· Implement seasonal strategies for crop rotation, integrated pest management, soil amendment, cover cropping, tillage, propagation, transplanting, cultivation, harvesting, etc.
· Set goals and milestones, both short term and long-term, and develop record-keeping systems to monitor progress.
· Ensure that all farm practices comply with federal, state, and local government regulations (including the management of employees, activities, etc)
· Ensure that all practices protect the agricultural environment along with the farm’s natural resources and biodiversity.
· Establish, monitor, and meet quality control standards established for the farm.
*Budgeting / Financial Management *
· Develop an annual farming budget in conjunction with CAASTLC’s Program Administrator.
· Monitor farm progress against annual budget and provide monthly progress reports of revenues and expenses for CAASTLC and grant-reporting needs.
*Farm Facilities / Equipment Management*
· Provide day-to-day management of all farm facilities and equipment, including maintenance, repair, and replacement.
· Procure necessary equipment, tools, and supplies for on-farm operations within approved budget.
*Staffing / Supervision *
· Recruit, orient, train, motivate, supervise, and evaluate paid and volunteer workers.
· Work with CAASTLC administrators and accountant to assure that all labor regulations and payroll requirements are met.
· Apply and maintain all health and safety standards.
*Recordkeeping / Reporting / Communications *
· Monitor and document all land use, irrigation, and produce yield/losses and report to the CAASTLC project manager.
· Maintain production records, and create and maintain records for crops, soil amendments, and field history.
· Manage CSA to ensure all delivery scheduling is kept current, consistent, and in CAASTLC Farm’s goals.
· Serve as principle farm representative; participate in CSA sales; interact with general public, subscribers, media, and project directors.
· Create and maintain the CAASTLC Farm website and blog.
· Create and update marketing materials such as the farm brochure, CSA newsletter, etc.
· Work with Lincoln University Extension to schedule monthly on-farm nutrition education classes, and advertise events with CSA and Food Pantry clients.
· Create organized training program for farm apprentices/volunteers.
· Work with the Missouri Hlls Youth Center to create curriculum and teach the Food, Farm and Environment class for their students.
· Post-secondary degree (Associate’s; Bachelor’s preferred) in an appropriate discipline (e.g. plant science, horticulture, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, organic farming, greenhouse mgmt, etc.), and/or a minimum of 2 years demonstrated experience managing an intensive, sustainable, vegetable farm with a significant CSA enrollment and other direct marketing activities.
· Demonstrated supervisory experience of staff, volunteers, and interns and successful experience in recruiting, hiring, and motivating workers.
· Demonstrated experience in budgeting and financial management.
· Demonstrated experience in operating and maintaining and variety of farm equipment appropriate for vegetable production.
· Effective written, verbal, and electronic communication skills.
· Competence in using computer technology as a management tool (e.g. Excel, Word, Power Point, Access Internet, etc.).
· Strong leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences and collaborators.
· The ability to envision a positive future for low-income families & initiate actions to bring about change.
*TO APPLY:* To apply for this position send a resume and cover-letter to CAASTLC’s Human Resources Director.
Kathi Lucas-Johnson Human Resources/Farm Project
2709 Woodson Rd.
Overland, MO 63114
Please no phone calls.