Movement Ground Farm is Seeking a Farm Manager!
Movement Ground Farm (MFG) is an anti-racist farm exploring a new model of community owned, supported, and driven agriculture! This will be our fifth season growing vegetables, but only our second season at our new farm in Tiverton, RI. And it is our very first year since transitioning into a non-profit organization and taking a new direction. We are looking for candidates who believe in our 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 believe in a world where all individuals and families are empowered, sustained, and grounded by an intimate connection to land, food, and community. Movement Ground Farm is premised on a vision that we have the ability to heal our bodies, restore our 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 landless, displaced, disassociated, and disenfranchised communities.
We are looking to build a solid team and hope to find someone who intends to make this a two year or more commitment. The farm is on a beautiful 7+ acre parcel abutting a fresh water lake. We lease three additional acres, and we engage in organic farming practices. 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. We expect to serve 80 CSA member units and two farmers markets in 2020.
Date and hours:
This is a full-time, year-round position to begin as early as March 1, 2020. We would like candidates to view this as at least a two-year commitment with potential to grow the position into more of a co-management and co-directorship role. 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).
Compensation & 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, assist in organizing and managing harvest/CSA/farmers’ markets and program implementation. The position requires hard work in all kinds of weather, ability to work alone as well as in groups, as well as flexibility, creativity, kindness and a good sense of humor.
- 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 Farmer’s market logistics
- Attend and conduct sales at one of our two farmer’s markets
- Supervise one seasonal farm crew member and several weekly worksharers, as well as volunteers
- Maintain farm tools and supplies in a clean and orderly fashion
- Maintain clear records on seeding, transplanting, harvesting, field notes, hours worked, mileage reimbursement, supervision notes, etc.
Skills and qualifications:
- knowledge of routine farm processes (plant growth, pest management, harvesting). This is not an entry level position.
- Experience in management of a farm or management of part of a farm operation
- Three years minimum experience working on farms
- Has a fail-proof reliable source of transportation
- Working knowledge of crop planning, crop rotation, pest management, plant care and harvest.
- Excellent communication skills, including writing and computer skills. Able to take and give clear directions.
- 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.
- Personable, warm and engaging teacher
- Skill at building a team that works efficiently and effectively together and enjoys working together.
- Able 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 encouraged to apply.
- Experience with tractor operation, maintenance, carpentry and construction skills are big plus
Self-Reflection: We draw on the experience of Soul FIre Farm to offer the following: We expect that the people happiest with their work on the farm will have these characteristics:
- Excited to lean into the complexity of identity – race, class and gender – and hold non-dogmatic and curious perspectives on identity.
- has had successful, joyful personal and professional relationships with people with very different identities, including privileged identities – white, cis, male, etc..
- Does not romanticize farming or the mission of Movement Ground Farm – understanding that it can be at times repetitive, hard, dirty work – and finds joy in that reality!
- Does not romanticize the farm as a “POC Heaven” – understanding that we as staff provide services to the community and are not ourselves participants in receiving those services.
- Ability to navigate as an introvert and extravert, loving both long days of quiet self-motivated field work and times of teamwork, groups, hosting and sharing space.
- Apt to take personal responsibility for own well-being and not be one to blame, avoid challenge, or avoid challenging others.
- Excited about ideas, strategy, new knowledge, books, podcasts, and deep thinking.
- Be motivated by hard work, inspired by efficiency and satisfied with a job well done.
How to apply: Please send an email with a resume and a cover letter with answers to the following questions. Please limit your response to cover letter to under 1 or 2 pages. The four questions are:
- Why is this job right for you at this moment in your life?
- What qualifications for this job do you meet and/or exceed? Which skills, experiences, or work areas do you feel you need additional training and support around in order to be successful?
- What other farming skills, experiences, techniques, growing practices, and passions do you feel you will bring to the farm operation and/or our vision and mission?
- How will your current living and transportation system allow you to arrive early and participate intensively on a daily basis?
Please send cover letter and resume to: email@example.com
Deadline: February 21, 2020
Application Process: Upon receiving your application we will respond within three days with questions that seek clarification and as to whether you can move to the next step- 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. We are excited to hear from you, and we are open to making small changes to one’s role, job description, and wage, depending on one’s experience and fit.