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Job Title: Farm Manager (2017)

About Movement Ground Farm:

Movement Ground Farm is entering its third season in operation in 2017! We are a small farm focused on (1) sustainable food production and (2) building a land-based home for individuals, families, communities, and movements working for justice and social change.

Our main production consists of mixed vegetables, eggs, and chickens for meat, with a smattering of side projects that include mushrooms, herbs, and a pet goat. 2017 will be our second year growing on 3 acres of a beautiful 16-acre, partially-wooded property in Southeastern Massachusetts. We will also be engaged in the exciting challenge of searching for our more permanent home!

In 2016, we supplied a 65-member summer CSA and a 35 member fall CSA, as well as three farmers markets during the main season. We also hosted several work days for CSA members throughout the season, the occasional farm visit for student or other groups, retreats for our partner organizations, and a few large annual events including a harvest potluck and barter day. In 2017 we will be expanding our CSA membership to a target 90 members.

Mission and Values:

In the years to come, the mission is to build an inspirational farm and retreat center that can serve as a hub for local food distribution as well as for events, retreats, and transformative gatherings. The overall vision is the creation of an ‘intentional community’ comprised of individuals and organizations that span the spectrum of progressive social and environmental justice movements. The farm hopes to impact the movement by connecting individuals, families, and organizations to the grounding power found in access to land, food, and community. More can be read about the farm at www.movementgroundfarm.wordpress.com

Movement Ground Farm is committed to anti-racist and pro-LGBTQ values in the goals that drive our work as well as in our daily interactions with each other. The team (and household, if you choose to live on the farm) you will be joining are strongly oriented around building an anti-oppressive culture. People of color, LGBTQ people, others from marginalized groups and those serious about solidarity with them are strongly encouraged to apply!

Nearby organizations that we partner with include Providence Student Youth Movement, which centers the Southeast Asian community in Providence, RI and works around issues such as police brutality and racial profiling, and Grassroots International in Boston, which supports small farmers and producers, Indigenous Peoples and women working around the world to win resource rights to land, water, and food.

Employment Dates:

This is a salaried, year-round position. Work is full-time from April through October (about 50 hours/week), part-time from January through March (about 25 hours/week) These hours are approximate and depend on getting the job done. Right now we are looking to hire for a minimum of one full year, with priority given to candidates who are interested in filling this position for more than one year.  This position will remain open until the right person is found. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Desired start date is February 1st, 2017; required start date is March 1st.

Farm Manager Role:

Founder Kohei Ishihara is seeking a Farm Manager to take the lead on the production side of the operation. As Farm Manager you will be one of two people working year round at the farm – you and Kohei. As such you will have the ability and opportunity to make a big impact and help the farm grow towards its mission.  The ideal candidate will be interested in working for more than one full year.

Your main responsibility is to execute and oversee vegetable, chicken, and egg production for distribution to our CSA, farmers market sales, and wholesale accounts. With the help of Kohei, who will be splitting his time 50/50 between field work and administrative and sales work, and one full-time crew member from May-October, you will be responsible for all tasks associated with farm production and CSA distribution. Implied in most small farm operations, you will be wearing multiple hats and juggling many tasks. You and Kohei will be working together full-time in multiple roles: In the field, you will be managing the team and Kohei will work with you 20 hours/week. In the business, you will play a supporting role as part of a management team with Kohei. As such, as the farm manager it is crucial that you are comfortable both giving and taking instruction, and are committed to practicing direct and open communication!

Specific duties of the farm manager include but are not limited to:

  • With Kohei, plan soil fertility program during the winter/early spring
  • Tractor work and field amendment/preparation in the spring
  • Purchase some basic farm supplies such as: seed, animal feed, soil amendments, compost, and garden tools, within a budget outlined by Kohei
  • Provide supervision, support, and evaluation for farm crew: 1 full-time worker during main season, plus Kohei for 20 hours/week. Serve as liaison between Kohei and seasonal worker.
  • Oversee tray seeding, direct seeding, transplanting, and bed preparation
  • Oversee harvest and CSA packing days
  • Keep harvest and planting records
  • Present monthly and weekly work targets and task lists for the crew
  • Facilitate team meetings
  • Design, install, and operate drip and overhead sprinkler irrigation systems in the field and greenhouse
  • Design and implement pest and weed control systems
  • Help tend to the array of animals on the farm including large flocks of broilers (chickens for meat), 60 laying hens, and smaller numbers of ducks, quails, and emus. Your responsibilities with daily animal chores will depend on whether you are living on or off farm.
  • Potential to be involved in farmers market sales
  • Play a secondary/supporting role to Kohei in activities related to the farm’s broader vision, including:
    • Communications with CSA members
    • Social media and online content
    • Volunteer days
    • Educational workshops (cooking, chicken processing)
    • Special events

BENEFITS, PERKS, AND COMPENSATION:

  • Salary of $28,000 to $30,000 commensurate based on experience.
  • In-kind payments are available in the form of housing and food. Housing includes a large bedroom in a shared house on the farm, access to a shared bathroom, kitchen, living room, and washer/dryer. Heat, electricity, and internet are all included. A second room may be available. Food provided consists of vegetables and eggs equivalent to a year-round CSA share. We value this in-kind package at $8,400. The Farm manager is not required to accept the housing or food offered by MGF, but no increase in salary is made for opting out of these benefits.
  • Workers compensation, unemployment insurance, and short-term disability insurance are provided.
  • The farm is not able to offer health insurance right now, although it is a long term goal. If Trump gets rid of Obamacare, we will find a way to offer health insurance.
  • Ability to make a serious impact in a small and growing farm business and be truly valued for your contribution
  • Chance to be involved in all aspects of the farm business, from field work to farmer’s markets to special projects and events
  • Opportunity to connect to individuals, families, and organizations in the Providence and Boston metropolitan areas who are involved in various social justice movements and communities

DESIRED EXPERIENCE & ABILITIES:

  • Previous experience in management and supervising in agriculture
  • Solid experience in organic vegetable production (3+ years)
  • Experience in field preparation (disc-harrow, beds, soil amendment, direct     seeding, and transplanting) as well as experience in using tractors for all of the aforementioned.
  • A strong commitment to (or demonstrated perspective on) progressive social and environmental change that is inclusive of women, people of color, the working poor, LGBTQ, as well as immigrants and refugees.
  • Ability to drive vehicles and lift over 60 lbs repeatedly
  • Ability to be a self-initiator and to see tasks and projects to their full     completion
  • Proficient and direct interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to create and maintain organized and clean work spaces
  • Reliable source of transportation
  • Carpentry and other general building skills

Application Process:

  1. Fill out application by January 15, 2017.
  2. Skype interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis
  3. In-person working interview

We expect to respond to your application within two weeks!

 

 


 

Job Title: Farmer (Crew Member) (2017)

 

About Movement Ground Farm:

Movement Ground Farm is entering its third season in operation in 2017! We are a small farm focused on (1) sustainable food production and (2) building a land-based home for individuals, families, communities, and movements working for justice and social change.

 

Our main production consists of mixed vegetables, eggs, and chickens for meat, with a smattering of side projects that include mushrooms, herbs, and a pet goat. 2017 will be our second year growing on 3 acres of a beautiful 16-acre, partially-wooded property in Southeastern Massachusetts.

 

In 2016, we supplied a 65-member summer CSA and a 35 member fall CSA, as well as three farmers markets during the main season. We also hosted several work days for CSA members throughout the season, the occasional farm visit for student or other groups, retreats for our partner organizations, and a few large annual events including a harvest potluck and barter day. In 2017 we will be expanding our CSA membership to a target 90 members.

 

Mission and Values:

In the years to come, the mission is to build an inspirational farm and retreat center that can serve as a hub for local food distribution as well as for events, retreats, and transformative gatherings. The overall vision is the creation of an ‘intentional community’ comprised of individuals and organizations that span the spectrum of progressive social and environmental justice movements. The farm hopes to impact the movement by connecting individuals, families, and organizations to the grounding power found in access to land, food, and community. More can be read about the farm at www.movementgroundfarm.wordpress.com

 

Movement Ground Farm is committed to anti-racist and pro-LGBTQ values in the goals that drive our work as well as in our daily interactions with each other. The team (and household, if you choose to live on the farm) you will be joining are strongly oriented around building an anti-oppressive culture. People of color, LGBTQ people, others from marginalized groups and those serious about solidarity with them are strongly encouraged to apply!

 

Nearby organizations that we partner with include Providence Student Youth Movement, which centers the Southeast Asian community in Providence, RI and works around issues such as police brutality and racial profiling, and Grassroots International in Boston, which supports small farmers and producers, Indigenous Peoples and women working around the world to win resource rights to land, water, and food.

 

Employment Dates:

This is a hourly, seasonal position. Work is full-time from May through October (40-50 hours/week). Priority will be given to candidates who can work for the full season. This position will remain open until the right person is found. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

 

 

 

 

Crew member role:

As a crew member, you will be working under the direction of the farm manager as part of a small team: most days just 2 or 3 people will be responsible for daily operations of the farm. You will assist with all aspects of vegetable, chicken, and egg production for distribution to our CSA, farmers market sales, and wholesale accounts.

 

Specific duties may include but are not limited to:

 

  • Tray seeding, direct seeding, transplanting, and bed preparation
  • Harvest produce
  • Wash and pack produce for CSA, market, and orders
  • Help install and operate drip and overhead sprinkler irrigation systems in the field and greenhouse
  • Weeding and bed preparation
  • Help tend to the array of animals on the farm including large flocks of broilers (chickens for meat), 60 laying hens, and smaller numbers of ducks, quails, and emus. Your responsibilities with daily animal chores will depend on whether you are living on or off farm.
  • Potential to be involved in farmers market sales
  • Assist in welcoming and directing volunteers and other visitors to the farm

 

BENEFITS, PERKS, AND COMPENSATION:

  • $10-$12 an hour depending on experience.
  • In-kind payments are available in the form of housing and food. Housing includes a large bedroom in a shared house on the farm, access to a shared bathroom, kitchen, living room, and washer/dryer. Heat, electricity, and internet are all included. A second room may be available. Food provided consists of vegetables and eggs equivalent to a CSA share. We value this in-kind package at $4,200. The crew memer is not required to accept the housing or food offered by MGF, but no increase in pay is made for opting out of these benefits.
  • Workers compensation, unemployment insurance, and short-term disability insurance are provided.
  • The farm is not able to offer health insurance right now, although it is a long term goal. If Trump gets rid of Obamacare, we will find a way to offer health insurance.
  • Ability to make a serious impact in a small and growing farm business and be truly valued for your contribution
  • Chance to be involved in all aspects of the farm business, from field work to farmer’s markets to special projects and events
  • Opportunity to connect to individuals, families, and organizations in the Providence and Boston metropolitan areas who are involved in various social justice movements and communities

 

DESIRED EXPERIENCE & ABILITIES:

  • Solid experience in organic vegetable production (1+ years) is preferred
  • Experience in field preparation (disc-harrow, beds, soil amendment, direct seeding, and transplanting) as well as experience in using tractors for all of the aforementioned.
  • A strong commitment to (or demonstrated perspective on) progressive social and environmental change that is inclusive of women, people of color, the working poor, LGBTQ, as well as immigrants and refugees.
  • Ability to drive vehicles and lift over 60 lbs repeatedly
  • Ability to be a self-initiator and to see tasks and projects to their full completion
  • Proficient and direct interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to create and maintain organized and clean work spaces
  • Reliable source of transportation
  • Carpentry and other general building skills

 

 

Application Process:

  1. Fill out application by March 1st, 2017.
  2. Skype interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis
  3. In-person working interview

 

We expect to respond to your application within two weeks!

 

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