Job: Farm Manager, Fondy Farm Project, Milwaukee

Agency Mission Statement: Fondy Food Center connects Greater Milwaukee to local, fresh food – from farm to table. We do this through 1) Support of small-scale Wisconsin farmers to secure the supply of fresh food to Milwaukee; 2) Cooking-based nutrition education for youth and adults; and 3) Filling the need for fresh, locally grown food in Milwaukee’s North Side neighborhoods through a historic farmers market tradition. Project Purpose: The purpose of the Fondy Farm Project is to build a secure, economically viable farm cooperative for small-scale local disadvantaged farmers that will provide fresh food for the people residing on Milwaukee’s North Side. The project will have four goals: economic viability, social justice, environmental quality, cultural continuity. Ultimately, the project will become a model for other similar efforts across the Upper Midwest. Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, October 25, 2010 Position Starts: On or around December 1, 2010

Term and funding: The position has secure grant funding for two years and 9 months. The position may continue beyond that time, depending on project outcomes and/or further grant funding. Compensation: $40,000 per year with benefits. This is a full time and salaried position with benefits in accordance with the agency’s Human Resources policy. Cell phone, internet, and laptop PC will be provided. Free on-site housing may be available. A small farmland plot for personal use may also be available. Reports to: Young Kim, Executive Director The successful applicant will have: A minimum of three years of farming experience; Four year bachelor’s degree in a related field; A minimum of two years farm management experience; Familiarity with all aspects of running a small scale farm - irrigation, hoop house maintenance, seeding, transplanting, bed preparation, composting, weed control, insect control, and post harvest handling; Basic tractor experience including tractor and implement maintenance, cultivating, disking and plowing; Basic carpentry skills; Teaching experience, ideally around agricultural subjects; Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with Southeast Asian, African American, South Asian, African, Hispanic, or Native American cultures; A thorough understanding of the impacts of race, culture, and racism on the American food system; Demonstrated prior experience in building and coaching a diverse team; Proficiency in Word and Excel for recordkeeping and reporting purposes; Reliable transportation; Experience managing interns; Excellent communication, conflict resolution, problem solving, and organizational skills; Ability to produce precise farm records; Ability to work with wide range of personalities; A sense of humor. Desired Skills: Two or more years of educational/outreach experience; Experience in successful application for grant funding and/or other fundraising techniques; Skills in operating and maintaining a wide range of specialized vegetable equipment and implements; Experience working with non-profits and government agencies; Experience in creation of a farm plan and whole farm budget; Knowledge about and prior experience in implementing organic principles and certification; Licensed pesticide applicator or willing to apply; Equipment procurement. We are seeking candidates that have demonstrated the following personal qualities in their past work experiences: Has a positive outlook; Is a self starter, motivated, reliable, and thorough; Holds high standards for him/herself as well as for program participants; Has enforced rules and held others accountable for their actions; Has good cross-cultural communication skills; Is an effective supervisor; Is always conscious of safety. Areas of Responsibility: The Farm Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fondy Farm Project – an 80-acre fruit and vegetable farm in Port Washington, WI. The Farm Manager will train approximately ten small limited resource/disadvantaged farmers of varied agricultural backgrounds in the areas of agricultural and business skills, record keeping, profit/loss analysis, planning, and risk management practices. The basic activities of the Farm Manager over the course of the project will be as follows: Year 1: · Participate in the recruitment, selection, and contracting with up to ten small farmers. · Assess farmers and begin education efforts around business skills and environmentally-friendly growing practices. · Assist in the management of farm infrastructure construction. · Begin collecting data for season-end evaluations. · Begin drafting a farm operations and policy manual. · Oversee the preparation of land and planting in the spring of 2011. · Assist in the establishment of a Customer/Farmer Advisory Group. · Manage daily operations while mindful of the goal of creating a farmer co-operative by the end of Year 3. Year 2: · Evaluate production results from Year 1. · Continue farmer training and refine the farm manual. · Co-manage the installation of season extension and labor saving infrastructure: hoop houses, irrigation, produce washing and packing equipment. · Continue to assist with quarterly Customer/Farmer Advisory Group meetings and farm visits. · Begin laying the mental and legal groundwork for the farmer co-operative in Year 3. Year 3: · Continue work of Years 1 and 2. · Co-manage the installation of last of the planned farm infrastructures. · Establish and incorporate a Fondy Farmers Co-operative. To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and three referencesvia US Mail: Fondy Food Center Attn: Young Kim 2242 N 17th St Milwaukee, WI 53205 via email: young@fondymarket.org

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