ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Farm Manager & Educator plays a key role within RB’s Our Food programs. The Farm Manager is responsible for design, management, operations and programming of the Bushwick Grows! Community Farm, developing food programming for youth and adults, community outreach, and recruitment.
Bushwick Grows! Community Farm
- Propagate plants;
- Design and maintain all farm systems;
- Cultivate community involvement and develop innovative programming for youth and adults;
- Farmer designs, constructs and manages all areas of the farm, including garden beds and perimeters, compost toilet, signage, chickens, water collection system, pond, irrigation systems, mobile kitchen and sink with greywater system, and tool sheds;
- Process food scraps and manages the compost system, including browns collection and harvesting finished compost (the farm is an official DSNY compost drop-off site);
- Keep records of seasonal harvests and collected compost materials, and maintains a visual record of seasonal harvests, and farm activities;
- Plan, source, and purchase all necessary inputs for basic upkeep/expansion of farm supports for food production, structural maintenance, workshops, and cooking
- Maintain and care for all farm tools, equipment, and supports;
- During the winter season, urchase and plans all seeds, plants and materials for garden production area, and manages off-season office greenhouse for spring transplanting;
- Host open farm hours and provide RB, community members, and potential funders tours of the demonstration farm;
- Cultivate relationships with multi-sector partners to develop the farm’s potential as an event space as well as a cultivation and learning space.
Volunteers & Educational Programming
- Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and apprentices;
- Recruit and supervise Work Learn Grow/ NYC Summer Youth Employment Program participants. The SYEP participants will be available for 6 weeks from July to August for 25 hours per week. WLG participants will be available from mid-October through mid-April for up to 10 hours per week;
- Work with Our Food director to create innovative and collaborative programming with the youth center programs and other community partnerships. Further educational programming focused on cooking and nutrition is provided to other RiseBoro youth programs, including the SONYC and Sister Sage afterschool programs;
- Manage the weekly volunteer program, facilitate weekly community workshops throughout the season from June to November, coordinating activities for groups wishing to volunteer on the farm.
Development & Marketing
- Support the research and writing of grant applications for private and public funding opportunities (in collaboration with the Director);
- Provide data to support grant reporting;
- Provide photos and other content for RB marketing and social media channels;
- Send out weekly e-newsletters about the Farm and associated programming;
- Conduct direct community outreach through face-to-face interaction.
- Collaborate with other programs and provide general program support when needed.
- Cover letter required
- Bilingual Spanish/English strongly preferred
- Familiarity with and interest in the Bushwick community
- Knowledge of food systems and a commitment to principles of Food Sovereignty
- 3-5 years of experience growing food in an urban setting
- Familiarity with organic growing techniques, rainwater catchment and composting systems
- Understanding and familiarity with principles of plant-based nutrition
- Excellent communication skills and experience presenting to and engaging with groups large and small
- Experience working with youth and children
- Experience building organizational relationships
- Experience designing and implementing educational opportunities for diverse community members, particularly low-income residents
- Commitment to organization’s mission, vision and values
- Ability to understand the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities
- Have a demonstrated commitment to supporting communities who have experienced systemic oppression and bias (e.g. people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, justice involved persons, etc.)
- Ability to lift 50 – 75 pounds
- Ability to work outdoors for extended periods in all seasons
- Valid NYC Food Protection Certificate highly desired
- Application deadline is April 13th
EEO/Affirmative Action Policy Statement
It is the policy of RiseBoro to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. No individual will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, age, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship status, political or union affiliation, marital or partnership status, sex, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity, familial status, genetic information or predisposition or characteristic, disability, status as a victim of domestic violence, status as a veteran or member of the U.S. military and related obligations, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, job placement, compensation, benefits, training and apprenticeship, employee development, promotion, demotion, discipline, transfer, lay-off and recall, and termination. RiseBoro makes reasonable accommodations based on religion and/or disability as required by law, and requests for accommodation are to be directed to the Human Resources Department.