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The Youth Farm is hiring a Veggie Production Co-Farm Manager!

Published on December 8, 2017 under From the Farmer
The Youth Farm is hiring a Veggie Production Co-Farm Manager!

Erin Mercier, The Youth Farm’s Co-Farm Manager since 2015, has decided to spread her wings next year and won’t be returning in 2018 as one of your facilitators for the Farm Intensive at The Youth Farm. We are supporting this brave move with whole hearts, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for her.  Erin will be sorely missed! She has brought an incredible amount of passion, dedication, growing skill, creativity and a great sense of humor to the farm and to this program.

Transitions and change are a constant part of life, as I’m sure you’re well aware… we are always excited to welcome in new energy to come through the farm, and we look forward to hiring someone for this position in mid January.

Read on for our Job Description and Application Instructions.

The Youth Farm: Veggie Production Co-Farm Manager Position

Deadline to apply: January 5th, 2018
Interviews to run: Between Jan. 8th and 12th (TBD)

Tentative Start Date: January 15th
Training dates: Jan 15th – Jan 31st, 14 hrs/week (Includes Orientation on site for 2 days with all Youth Farm consultants)

Position Description:

The Youth Farm Veg Production Co-Farm Manager (VFM) works as part of a team of independent consultants (a Flower Production Co-Manager and Director of Youth Programming) to manage educational programs and farm production at The Youth Farm. Wearing two hats simultaneously, the VFM is both a popular education facilitator, and a production manager.

The VFM is responsible for preparing the farm’s vegetable crop plan (beginning fall 2018), ensuring the growth of culturally relevant crops that will generate a substantial portion to the Youth Farm’s overall income. The VFM works with the FFM to plan and implement farm management practices that are sustainable, replicable on a small/low-cost scale, and that encourage healthy and happy soil and community life.

The VFM co-facilitates the Farm Intensive Certificate in Urban Agriculture (FIC), a 7 month intensive urban farming certificate program in partnership with Farm School NYC, co-teaching on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, April – November with the FFM. The VFM prepares and leads 30% of FIC workshops (Mondays) and 90% of Farm Walks (Fridays). On Wednesdays, the FFM acts as the farm’s Market Manager, and The VFM will co-lead with a Crew Leader on Thursday intern days. The VFM will also supervise the Thursday Crew Leader in restaurant invoicing and billing.

The VFM is responsible for coordinating the farm’s CSA program, from sign up preparation and pick up site coordination, to tracking payments and membership communication, with support from a Monday Crew Leader. As the Youth Farm’s Market Manager, the VFM will be responsible for directing activities of the farm’s weekly farmers’ market, with the support of the Wednesday Crew Leader and FFM. The VFM will oversee and organize all market operations, and be responsible for setting the bar for a positive, informative, and community-oriented market.

The VFM will help to maintain a good working relationship with many Farm partners, including the HSPS administrators, Green Guerillas staff and board, Farm School NYC administrators, and partners at New York Cares, the Brooklyn Greenhouse, Sacred Vibes and others..

Seasonal work flow: The Veggie Farm Manager sends all seed and tool donation requests in Dec/Jan; orders farm supplies Jan-March; participates in annual budget and organizational planning  in Jan-March; Seed Sowing and CSA promotion in March; Market management June-October; FIC Program Facilitation March – November; Crop planning, Supply inventory and final closing tasks Nov/Dec; Fundraising and Event support throughout the year including the Summer Supper (July), Career Panel (October) Harvest Festival (October) and Winter Farmraiser (December).

Responsibilities – General:

  • Work with fellow staff to help set Youth Farm budget (January) and update areas of responsibility quarterly
  • Attend and share facilitation of weekly staff meetings (longer in winter, shorter in growing season) with Flower Production Co-Farm Manager and Director of Youth Programming
  • Prepare and mail seed and tool donation requests; order farm tools and supplies
  • Share responsibility of watering with DYP and FFM, March-May
  • Help plan, support and attend project fundraisers
  • Help create and maintain good communication with Flower Farm Manager, Crew Leaders and Director of Youth Programming
  • Assist farm with social media by posting on Wednesdays and Fridays (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram)
  • Have working knowledge of Green Guerillas, HSPS, Youth Farm and Farm School NYC policies and handbooks (Orientation will cover!)
  • Uphold and co-create ongoing plan for equity internally with other YF consultants

Responsibilities – Veggie Production:

  • Perform outreach, manage registrations, organize deliveries for CSA program; handle communications with CSA members and pick-up site locations
  • Contribute to weekly CSA newsletter by writing 25% of “From the Farmer” blurb
  • Manage Internship program (communications, applications, etc)
  • Lead Interns on Thursdays with a Crew Leader (April – November) and track intern attendance
  • Maintain general farm work task list and delegate tasks on Thursdays and Fridays via Farm Notes
  • Model optimal pace for farm work: combination of efficient technique, safety and speed
  • Help encourage consistent, legible and detailed farm record keeping forms
  • Co lead three Orientation days for Interns and Crew Leaders late March / early April
  • March: co lead 2 introductory sessions for FIC crew on the farm (dates TBD)
  • April-November: Co-lead FIC Program Wednesdays and Fridays; Teach 30% of FIC Monday workshops and lead 90% of Friday farm walks; plan on three days for FIC for first and last weeks
  • Co-run Mini check ins and Mid Season Reviews for FIC during farm hours
  • Plan and coordinate 4-5 off-farm field trips for FIC on Fridays, 1-2/x mo., July – Oct.
  • Support FFM in preparation for application release for FIC July – August
  • Upload all FIC lesson plans and program planning tools to farm’s google Drive
  • Set fair prices for Youth Farm produce sold direct through the market
  • Provide ideas or work with DYP on market outreach and promotion
  • Model and build good relations with all market customers
  • Provide support to students farmers and youth staffing the Market
  • Coordinate with DYP for youth-led cooking demos at the market
  • Developing and improving market protocols for efficiency, quality, and harmony
  • Place weekly purchases of complimentary produce and fruit through Greenmarket Co. and pursue other potential vendors for eggs, honey, maple syrup, and bread
  • Log market sales, tracking each form of payment (cash, EBT, FMNP, Health Bucks) weekly, and note trends in sales and popular products among customers
  • Create and analyze regular market surveys
  • Act as liaison with NY Cares and assist with management of other farm partners
  • Lead planning and coordination of October FIC Career Panel
  • Interview FIC applicants and help to select students over 2 weeks in October
  • Attend meetings and calls with Farm School NYC to discuss FIC as needed

Qualifications:

  • Strong motivation to continue in the path of production farm management and farm training/education
  • At least 2 years experience in farm management; crop planning experience for agro-ecological intensive production on a small to medium scale strongly preferred
  • At least 1 year experience teaching diverse adults: workshop planning and facilitation, curriculum writing, and assessment creation
  • 1-2 years experience direct marketing fresh vegetables and flowers, through diverse streams including CSA, Farmers Market and Restaurants
  • Wide ranging/holistic skill set in sustainable agriculture, including but not limited to: propagation and greenhouse management, irrigation systems management, sustainable soil fertility and pest/pathogen management, harvest and post harvest handling, sales, record keeping
  • Self-starter and comfortable/able to lead people and work independently on site
  • Welcoming nature and adept at balancing farm management/production goals within a community-oriented space
  • Strong desire to expand food and social justice (direct work experience a plus)
  • Responsible, reliable, prompt, motivated, and has a sense of humor
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Google Drive and knows basics of using Excel for budgeting and crop planning
  • Ability and knowledge of maintaining personal finances (as an independent consultant, you will need to save and file your taxes independently)

Additional/Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge or experience with Popular Education theories of learning
  • Training of Trainers certification
  • Conflict resolution training
  • Undoing Racism training or similar experience
  • Experience managing a CSA membership or managing a farmers market a major plus
  • Familiarity with hand tools and light power equipment
  • Detail oriented and organized

Hours/Compensation:

Average of 28 hours/week for 45 weeks, fluctuates seasonally*. This position is paid hourly, and includes a CSA Share. Vacation dates are flexible and can be coordinated with FFM for coverage of responsibilities.

*This is a seasonally fluctuating position. The position will require more hours between the months of April-October, and fewer hours between the months of November-March.

Sample Hours Breakdown:

March – Nov:

18 hrs: FIC Wednesdays and Fridays (7-4 or 11-8)
8 hrs: Thursday interns (8-4)
1hr: email/coordination of projects and events/intern coordination
1hr: CSA newsletter/Market ordering

Dec – February:

20 hrs: Crop planning, Supply budgeting and ordering, Intern/CSA/Market preparation (Dec-March)
2 hrs: Staff meetings (may be every other week)
4 hrs: Email / FIC Prep meetings

HOW TO APPLY:

We are committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity – we strongly welcome candidates of all backgrounds as we are committed to hiring staff that reflects the diversity of NYC.

1) Please fill out our Google Form Application – please click HERE.

2) Please send your resume to jobs@bkfarmyards.com.

No cover letters please!

 

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