Job: Farm Manager at Blenheim Hill Farm in Blenheim, NY, 2012Blenheim Hill Farm is seeking a Farm Manager to take charge of the overall planning, implementation, organization, and management of its farming activities. The individual must be hands-on and proficient in critical tasks involved with setting up a new farm -- clearing land, building infrastructure such as greenhouses, sheds and fences, as well as livestock and produce production. In addition to being hands-on, the individual needs to be skilled in strategic planning (both short-term and long-term), staffing, and financial management as described below. For all Responsibilities and Qualifications click MORE.
Specific Roles and Responsibilities:
Farm Planning / Development
-Participate in the overall short-term and long-term planning and development of Blenheim Hill Farm operations.
-Implement seasonal strategies for crop rotation, integrated pest management, soil amendment, cover cropping, tillage, propagation, transplanting, cultivation, harvesting, livestock management, etc.
-Set goals and milestones, both short term and long-term, and develop 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 farmâ€™s natural resources and biodiversity.
-Establish, monitor, meet and exceed product quality control standards established for the farm (e.g. Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Organic Handling Plan, and/or other standards).
Budgeting / Financial Management
-Develop an annual farming budget linked to the Blenheim Hill Farm management plan and in consultation with the Project Director.
-Maintain spending within the approved budget.
-Monitor farm progress against annual budget and provide monthly progress reports of revenues and expenses.
Farm Facilities / Equipment Management
-Provide day-to-day management of all farm facilities and equipment, including maintenance, repair, and replacement schedules (equipment needs to be maintained at the level required to accomplish our goals).
-Procure necessary equipment, tools, and supplies for on-farm operations within approved budget.
Staffing / Supervision
-Recruit, hire, orient, train, motivate, supervise, and evaluate paid and volunteer workers.
-Oversee independent contractors in the repair and maintenance of overall farm infrastructure and in the construction of new grounds and facilities.
-Work with Project Director and accountant to assure that all labor regulations and payroll requirements are met.
-Apply and maintain all health and safety standards required by law and the farm safety plan.
Recordkeeping / Reporting / Communications
-Monitor and document all land use, irrigation, and produce yield/loses and report to Project Director.
-Maintain production records, and create and maintain records for crops, soil amendments, and field history as required for organic certification and for quality standards.
-Work with CSA manager to ensure all delivery scheduling is kept current, consistent, and in compliance with Blenheim Hill Farm™s goals.
-Serve as principle farm representative; interact with general public, subscribers, media, and project director and investors.
-Constantly communicate with Project Director, CSA Manager, and staff.
-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 a minimum of five years demonstrated experience managing a profitable, sustainable, organic vegetable farm with a significant CSA enrollment and/or other direct marketing activities; OR ten years experience managing a profitable, sustainable, organic vegetable farm with a significant CSA enrollment and/or 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.
-Valid NYS State driver’s license or equivalent.
-Creativity, energy, motivation, and positive enthusiasm.
-Current New York State Private Pesticide Applicators License or ability to obtain.