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Farm Manager

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Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry

August 2021



The Organization

The mission of Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry, a nonprofit organization in Graham County, AZ, is to make sure that all local people have access to quality food and to provide education in the areas of nutrition and STEM. Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry operates a food pantry distributing over a quarter million pounds of food annually. The one acre growing area producing upwards of 10,000 pounds of vegetables and fruit each year also serves as a basic resource for an education program. Plans are underway to expand farming operations to generate more earned income.


Position Summary

The farm manager is responsible for furthering the mission of Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry in two areas: 1) increase local access to quality food by building the farm’s sustainable vegetable and fruit production and 2) support the farm’s role as an education resource, as required. To carry out these tasks, the Farm Manager will be responsible for recruiting, training, supervising and coordinating the work of a cadre of volunteers. The farm manager reports to the Executive Director of Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry.


Responsibilities

Collaborate with the Executive Director and Pantry Manager of Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry to define production goals, strategies, and methods.

Collaborate with educators and Garden Educator to ensure a rich gardening environment for classes.

Prepare crop plans, including cultivars, quantities, timing, and use of growing structures.

Manage all daily operations, including but not limited to soil improvement, fertilization, water quality control, irrigation, plant propagation, planting, pest and weed control, and harvest.

Keep in touch with current horticultural practices; find scientific solutions to horticultural challenges and problems.

Work a significant amount of time in the field daily; train, organize, schedule, and supervise volunteers, interns, AmeriCorps members, probationers, and prison trustees; inspire others to do their best to achieve a great result.

Record accurate, useful farm records.

Manage Harvest Your Own, and work with Gila Valley Food Coalition and local producers.

Help prepare yearly farm budget; report financial data to Executive Director; monitor farm accounts; report progress on farm related projects and grants.

Maintain infrastructure, equipment, and tools; develop new infrastructure; purchase materials, supplies, tools, and equipment.

Produce compost; collect or receive compostable and mulching materials.

Maintain farm sanitation standards and general appearance.

Care for a limited number of farm animals.

Maintain native pollinator garden.


Minimum qualifications

3+ years experience growing produce with sustainable practices

2+ years experience managing volunteers or employees

Communication and analytical skills normally acquired through a 4-year college education.

Ability to work comfortably with a wide variety of people, effectively multitask, manage time to meet natural or organizational deadlines, endure demanding outdoor working conditions.

Willingness and ability to work irregular and sometimes long hours (40+ hours per week) depending upon crop needs.

In addition, the farm manager should love small-scale farming and horticulture and be an encouraging gardening mentor.

Farm Manager

Job Summary

Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry

August 2021



The Organization

The mission of Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry, a nonprofit organization in Graham County, AZ, is to make sure that all local people have access to quality…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 1, 2021

Salary

Salary dependent on experience.

Benefits

Paid time off

Health savings account

Paid time off

Health savings account

Location

On-site
1020 S 10th Ave, Safford, AZ 85546, USA

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to ONFandP@gmail.com

Please send cover letter and resume to ONFandP@gmail.com

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