Job: CSA Farm Manager in Massachusetts

Job: CSA Farm Manager in Massachusetts, 2013 Note: This job is not provided by beginningfarmers.org.  Please apply directly through the farm/organization offering the job. If you are reading this post on the homepage, click “read more” to find application instructions at the end of the post.CSA farm manager job Silverwood Organic Farm is an established Community Supported Agriculture farm providing for 200+ members.  It is situated on over 100 acres of owned and leased land, including 10+ cultivated acres, in Sherborn, Massachusetts - a small town in the western suburbs of Boston. We are actively seeking a full time, year round farm manager who is looking to successfully manage the farm operations including the current CSA membership base and to continue the growth of the Farm through initiatives such as farm-to-hospital, farm-to-business, farm-to-restaurant, vendor partnerships, and urban delivery. For more information and how to apply click “read more”

The fields are historic Massachusetts farm land and the Farm continues a tradition of providing for the surrounding community that dates back over 300 years.  The Farm’s newly built traditional post and beam barn includes heated farm offices and a fully equipped kitchen for farm employees.  In addition, the Farm owns newly purchased tractors and farm equipment. The mission of Silverwood Organic Farm is to provide farm shares of locally, certified organic, sustainably grown produce direct to consumers using the Community Supported Agriculture model.  Silverwood Organic Farm is completely dedicated to providing for its CSA members, with 2012 membership at 200+.  The Farm is solely focused on the CSA model and does not have other methods of distribution such as farm stands and farmers' markets. Farm Manager Position Required qualifications include: Three to five years experience as a Farm Manager for a CSA operation including a working knowledge of organic and sustainable growing principles. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Masters degree, in Agriculture or a related field. Proven ability to develop and implement strategic plans for future growth. Experience in managing farm budgets and optimizing labor, equipment, and operating costs. Track record in developing and implementing successful membership acquisition marketing campaigns. Experience in share delivery operations to off-site locations. Knowledge and ability of running successful volunteer days and farm events. Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Must operate the farm with enthusiasm, motivation, professionalism, and versatility. The Farm Manager is responsible for all aspects of operating and maintaining the farm, and will be responsible for most business operations, supervising a seasonal workforce, and participating in fieldwork. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:   Farm Planning and Operations:  Developing an operational plan and budget for the farm; planting, cultivating, harvesting, and processing of seedlings to mature fruits; greenhouse propagation, maintain field records, rotations, and crop harvests; wash, pack, and load produce with farm crew; operating machinery; ordering supplies; tending crops; maintaining and monitoring land use and crop yield; developing an integrated pest management plan; developing and implementing effective irrigation plans, managing maintenance and repair of all facilities and equipment; complying with USDA certified organic regulations, protecting the environment and maintaining biodiversity Farm Membership Growth:  Marketing the farm’s products and programs; membership acquisition, development of delivery operations, farm-to-business growth, vendor partnerships, developing and implementing year round share options Leadership and Supervision:  Hiring and supervision of seasonal farm crew; effective and collaborative planning, communication, and meetings with Owners Compensation will be commensurate with the position.  Please email your resume and a brief explanation of why you consider yourself to be a match for the opportunity to lhw@silverwood-farm.com.  Silverwood Farm is an equal opportunity employer. Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster. Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

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