Job: Farm Manager at CBI’s Giving Tree Farm, Lansing, MI

This position has been filled, please do not apply. For current information on CBI's Giving Tree Farm please visit their website at Community Based Intervention’s program is hiring a year round farm manager for the Giving Tree Farm. Type: Full-time Salary: Competitive Location: Lansing, MI CBI’s Giving Tree Farm is a non-profit vocational training and rehabilitation program for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Monday through Friday, clients come out to help grow fresh, healthy produce for CSA members, area restaurants, the East Lansing Food Co-op, and local farmers’ markets. The Giving Tree is a productive certified organic farm with 7 acres of fields, a heated green house and 8 hoop houses for year round production. For more information about Community Based Interventions and the farm, go to and

Education and Experience: Training in horticulture and experience in management of year round organic production, CSA programs, marketing, and staff management desired.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and references to the current farm manager at and

Last Day to apply: November 10th, 2010.

Farm Manager Position Description:

Identifying ways for vocational program clients to participate in the daily farm work:

-Finding and adapting jobs for the clients, explaining tasks to the program coordinators daily, managing timing of projects and year round activities for the clients.

-Communication and coordination with CBI directors, and office staff.


-Farm planning, and season extension planning of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and some fruit with needs of the clients and accessibility in mind.

– Seed and supply inventories and orders.

– Promotion and marketing of CSA and additional produce.

-CSA distributions.



-Scheduling of crops and harvests, accessing needs of crops, managing and maintaining soil fertility, irrigation schedules, input applications, weed control, integrated pest management, and cover crop management.

– Monitor food safety issues and maintenance of farm infrastructure and equipment.

Managing farm staff:

-Prioritizing labor needs daily, weekly, monthly.

-Finding and hiring summer farm staff.

-Directing seasonal farm staff.

-Approving scheduling, hours, and mileage.

Record keeping for certification and produce sales:

-Complete application to be certified organic.

-Seeding, transplanting, and harvesting records.

-Compost, amendments, and IPM records.

-Monthly farm expenses.

-Weekly farmer’s market and restaurant sales.

-CSA payments.

Self education and research.

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