Farm Manager Job Announcement

**DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 1st**

Movement Ground Farm is Hiring a Farm Manager and a Farm Worker to join a team of three employees, 6 worksharers, and lots of volunteers!

 

Movement Ground Farm (MFG) is a working farm with vegetable, egg, and poultry operations and uses only organic cultivation practices. The farm is grounded by an active CSA membership, a deep connection to communities of color, a commitment to fighting for a more just world, and the exploration of a new model of community-owned and -driven agriculture.

 

At Movement Ground Farm, we believe in a world where all individuals and families are empowered, sustained, and grounded by an intimate connection to land, food, and community. MGF is premised on a vision that we have the ability to heal our bodies and spirits, build our own systems, and fight for our highest ideals. We envision a day where communities who have historically been uprooted and displaced due to land theft, slavery, war, gentrification, development, and environmental destruction can once again turn to land as a source of healing, sustenance, empowerment, reflection, and guidance. Our mission is to grow a sustainable, collaborative community-based farm that has the capacity to feed, inspire, and connect disenfranchised communities.

 

MGF is on a beautiful 7+ acre parcel abutting a freshwater lake. We lease three additional acres, and we engage in organic farming practices. This will be our fifth season growing vegetables, our second season at our new farm in Tiverton, RI, and our first since transitioning into a non-profit organization. In addition to vegetables and greens, we will be introducing chicken and quail egg layers this season, as well as starting a few micro-orchards for future fruit and perennial production. In 2020, we expect to serve two farmers’ markets and 80 CSA member units.   CSA produce distribution is primarily done in collaboration with two social justice organizations, the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) in Providence, RI and the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) in Dorchester, MA. We also hold day retreats for queer folk and people of color, monetary-free Barter Days, and other community-based and movement building events and workshops. We do not have an elaborate website, but you may browse our posts on Facebook, Instagram, and our WordPress Blog.

 

We are looking for experienced candidates who believe in MGF’s vision, have a demonstrated commitment to racial justice, queer liberation, food justice and land justice, and most importantly, are excited to help lay some important foundational building blocks to grow MGF during these formative years! We are looking to build and grow a solid team and hope to find someone who intends to make this a two-year or more commitment.

 

Date and Hours:

 

This is a full-time, year-round, upper-level position to begin as early as March 1, 2020. The farm manager averages 40 hours a week with flexible scheduling based on the needs of the farm. Time demand is expected to be much heavier in the summer (50-60 hours) and lighter in the winter (20-30 hours). We would like candidates to view this as a minimum two-year commitment with potential to grow the position into a co-directorship role with the current Farm Director.

 

Compensation and Benefits:

 

$17/hour. Health reimbursement account of $300/month. Optional IRA retirement account with a 3% match, or option to divert equivalent amount into the hourly wage. At this time, we are not able to provide housing, but it may be an option further down the road.

 

What we are looking for:

 

We are looking for someone with at least 3 years of farm experience to work collaboratively with the Farm Director in all aspects of managing the farm and the people connected to it. He/She/They will train and supervise crew members (both paid and volunteer), lead field work and harvest, and assist in organizing and managing the CSA, farmers’ markets, and program implementation. The position requires hard work in all kinds of weather, flexibility, creativity, kindness, problem solving and a good sense of humor.   A successful candidate will be comfortable working in groups with volunteers and workshare members, as well as working alone, as we are a small operation with a total of only three staff positions.

 

Job Responsibilities:

 

  • Oversee and take a leading role in:
    • direct seeding, tray seeding, transplanting, and greenhouse production
    • weeding, cultivating, irrigating, pruning, and other field maintenance
    • harvesting, washing, storing, and packing
  • Participate and take a supportive and collaborative role with the Farm Director in:
    • field preparation, crop planning, bed preparations
    • organizing and running volunteer days, workshops, and events
    • CSA logistics and farmers’ market logistics
  • Attend and conduct sales at one of our two farmers’ markets
  • Supervise one seasonal farm crew member and several weekly worksharers, as well as volunteers
  • Maintain clean and organized work spaces for farm tools and supplies
  • Maintain clear records on seeding, transplanting, harvesting, field notes, hours worked, mileage reimbursement, supervision notes, etc.

 

Skills and Qualifications:

 

  • Three-years’ minimum experience working on farms
  • Experience in management of a farm or management of part of a farm operation; this is not an entry-level position
  • Strong knowledge of routine farm processes: plant growth, pest management, harvesting
  • Working knowledge of crop planning, crop rotation, pest management, plant care and harvest
  • Experience with tractor operation, maintenance, carpentry and construction skills are a big plus
  • Reliable source of transportation
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and computer skills; ability to take and give clear directions as well as to ask for clarification
  • Flexible, creative problem-solver with a sense of humor
  • Able to work independently and stay on task, see the big picture for the week, and develop one’s own daily task list as well as that of volunteers/other staff.
  • Skill at building a team that works efficiently and effectively together
  • Personable, warm, and engaging teacher
  • Ability to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender (including nonbinary), sexual orientation, class, and religion
  • Life experience living and working in low-income/low-financial-wealth communities preferred; farmers of color and food justice leaders are strongly encouraged to apply

 

 

How to Apply:

 

Please send an email to movementgroundfarm@gmail.com with a resume and a 1-2 page cover letter that answers the following questions:

 

  1. Why is this job right for you at this moment in your life?
  2. What qualifications for this job do you meet or exceed? Which skills, experiences, or work areas do you feel you need additional training and support around in order to be successful?
  3. What other farming skills, experiences, techniques, growing practices, connections, and passions do you feel you will bring to MGF’s farm operation and/or our vision and mission?

 

Deadline: Please consider applying ASAP, and no later than March 1st, 2020

 

Application Process: Upon receiving your application we will respond within three days with additional clarifying questions through phone or email. For select candidates, the next step will be scheduling a half-day, in-person work interview, and providing three references. We hope to make our decision before March 1st, and the position can start as early as you are accepted. Thank you for considering Movement Ground Farm. We are excited to hear from you!