Organic Farm Manager Job, Illinois

Tomato FieldPlow Creek Farm in Illinois is hiring for the job of co-manager for the 2012 growing season and subsequent years to come. Established over 30 years ago, Plow Creek Farm is an established, diversified, organic farm operation that is connected with an intentional Christian Community (www.plowcreek.org). The farm is seeking an individual to help in the management of day-to-day operations which include two acres of strawberries, two acres of blueberries, smaller plantings of blackberries and raspberries, 5 acres of mixed vegetables and a small herd of grass-fed cattle. The co-manger will assist in all aspects of crop production and business management including: development of yearly crop plans, soil and fertility management, equipment use and maintenance, supervision of staff/interns, pest and disease management, and marketing and selling of crops. In addition to management roles, the co-manager will be involved with all the hands-on work of planting, hand weeding, harvesting, and post-harvest handling. The farm runs a u-pick operation in the summer for strawberries and blueberries, sells at farmers’ markets, and has had a CSA program of about 50 members. For a full job description please visit their website at www.plowcreek.org/farm/farm-manager_needed.htm Qualifications and Skills of the ideal candidate:
  • Knowledge of organic farming techniques and a minimum of 2 years working on a vegetable/berry farm
  • Ability and interest in working in a community setting and with a team of workers, as well as the ability to work independently
  • Strong mechanical skills and knowledge; ability to maintain and repair tractors and other farm equipment
  • Must be in good physical condition
  • Demonstration of initiative and innovation, especially in supporting more efficient farm production developing new enterprises for the farm
  • Interest or background in teaching sustainable agriculture and horticulture skills is a plus
  • Valid driver’s license
Compensation the first year would be an hourly wage and food from the farm. If after one year this is a good fit both for the farm and individual, subsequent years would be compensated with a share of the income. Work weeks during the peak growing season are typically 50 to 60 hours, with off season work closer to half-time. We are looking for someone to begin working in February of 2012. How to apply: Send a letter of interest and resume to farm@plowcreek.org. Please feel free send any questions about the farm or community to the same address.  Applications are due by January 20.

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