Minnesota: Growing Green Mini-Farm seeks CSA Farm Manager

13 Dec

To be filled by March 1, 2011

I am looking for a qualified individual who:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
–    Is interested in working with people with disabilities     
–    has commercial experience in Organic Gardening   
–    has supervisory skills

whose duties will include being the Farm Manager for the Growing Green Mini-Farm. This person will have the opportunity, along with their other duties, to help build a young CSA into a diversified work site offering many healthy job options to MRCI clients and high quality food products to the community of New Ulm.

Company Backgrounds:               
MRCI-New Ulm is a branch of MRCI based out of Mankato, one of the largest providers of vocational services for people with disabilities and disadvantages in Minnesota. In 2007, MRCI-New Ulm partnered with Putting Green, Inc., a non-profit environmental learning center, to create Growing Green Mini-farm, an organically grown produce CSA operation in New Ulm. MRCI-New Ulm provides workers with disabilities to do the growing/farm work.
Putting Green, Inc. has the mission to educate and inspire people to make informed choices for a healthy planet. An environmental themed Mini-golf park designed, developed, and operated by young people was their starting project. Another one of Putting Green’s goals is to inspire and train our young people to be the leaders of tomorrow by giving them the opportunity to discover, create and innovate, and be the next, better stewards of our natural resources.
Growing Green Mini-Farm started growing in 2008. We served  50 CSA members in 2010 and plan to expand to 70 members in 2011. Future plans include developing value added products and animal husbandry projects along with educational projects.

MRCI-New Ulm position description:
Community Work Site Coordinator – This position coordinates the activity of 5 to 7 production crews and 10 to 12 individuals working at various business sites in the New Ulm area.  The type of work includes packaging/assembly, cleaning and food service sites as well as the Garden. The primary duties include supervising 6 to 8 crew leaders, scheduling staff and client daily work assignments, maintaining relations with Employers to insure their needs are met, assessing productivity of clients and covering site supervision if necessary.

The Growing Green Mini-Farm is one of these sites. MRCI-New Ulm wants to build this to be its primary work community worksite (currently it is the 4th largest site).

Benefits: This is a full time position with Vacation, Sick leave, Holiday, Retirement Plan, Health, Dental and Life insurance benefits.

Contact:     Georg Marti, Branch Manager  507-276-5637   gmarti@mrciworksource.org

This 2011 CSA Farm Manager position will be located at Growing Green in New Ulm.

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