CITY GREEN FARMS IS HIRING AN URBAN FARM MANAGER FOR 2017 - NEW JERSEY
The City Green Urban Farm Manager oversees our two urban farms in Paterson and Clifton, NJ; and is responsible for overseeing day to day farm operations and the organic production of the 30,000 pounds of produce that supports our Farm Market program.
FARM PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
Oversee all aspects of day-to-day farm operations, year-round, at both City Green Farms, including:
Planting and Transplanting
Pest control and weed management o Field cultivation
Responsible for greenhouse operations at Schultheis Farm including:
Ordering, scheduling, seeding, fertilizing, watering, pest management.
Manage 2 bee hives (if knowledgeable in bee keeping)
Maintain, care for and service farm tools and equipment, including a John Deere 2720 Compact Utility Tractor
Maintain farm fencing and repair as needed
Maintain irrigation system
Maintain a high standard of aesthetic for the farm
URBAN FARM MANAGER ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
Prepare and implement an organic growing plan that produces desirable produce and farm products for sale year-round, determining types of crops to be raised, according to market demand, soil conditions, etc.
Ensure farm activities adhere to safety regulations and standards
Maintain financial, operational, production, and volunteer records as appropriate
Maintain detailed farm records related to production and harvest
URBAN FARM MANAGER INTERN AND VOLUNTEER SUPERVISION
Train high school and college interns on Organic Urban Farming Practices and Sustainable Agriculture
Supervise farm volunteers
URBAN FARM MANAGER MARKET, SALES AND DISTRIBUTION
Prepare harvest for weekly markets, Farm to Restaurant sales, and Farm to Pantry donations
Coordinate product pricing
Organize and oversee distribution
Participate in “All Hands On Deck” activities, where all City Green staff cooperate on a large project, event, educational program or volunteer day
Be prepared to lend a hand throughout the organization as needed
THIS POSITION REPORTS TO THE DIRECTOR OF HORTICULTURE AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTORBENEFITS
Weekly vegetable share
Generous paid vacation, sick and personal time
Health Insurance Reimbursement
URBAN FARM MANAGER MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of production farm management experience, preferably at an organic or chemical free farm and is capable of growing 30,000 pounds of food from seed to harvest
Experience operating a John Deere Compact Utility Tractor with various attachments
Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers and working with diverse communities.
Interest and familiarity with issues relating to local food, food access, and sustainable agriculture, and a genuine appreciation of the urban environment.
Strong organizational and written/verbal communication skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Proficiency in all MS office applications.
Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, natural resources, plant science, horticulture or a related field is preferred but not required.
Across the United States Urban Farming has become a viable and effective solution to many of the social, economic and environmental problems facing inner cities today: food insecurity, health problems related to the lack of access to healthy, affordable, fresh food, crime and environmental degradation. The benefits of producing food on vacant lots and underused spaces in urban areas are multifold: increasing food security; improving long-term health; fostering a sense of community; and, improving the economic status of communities and residents.
Through the production and distribution of locally grown fruits and vegetables community residents have increased access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate produce. This access, combined with targeted educational and outreach activities, has the possibility of improving, over the long-term, the health and environment of area residents.
Our goal at City Green has always been two-fold; namely to increase food security by providing access to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate food; and to use gardening and growing food as a catalyst for urban revitalization both on the personal and community level.
The Mission of the City Green Farms and Markets Program is to increase access to and affordability of fresh, locally grown produce in urban communities of Northern New Jersey and to foster an understanding of food systems, the benefits of locally grown organic produce and the importance of healthy food choices.