Massachusetts: The FARM Institute seeks Garden Manager

15 Dec
Reports To:  Executive Director

Works With: Garden Apprentices, Teachers, Students, Farm Staff, Business Manager, Volunteers

SUMMARY: Responsible for the coordination and implementation of the FARM Institute’s over-all  production and marketing strategy for our greenhouses, community garden, and production garden  with sales and distribution to local markets, our own farm stand and local restaurants.

Hours of Work: This is a full time salaried position beginning 1 February 2011

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage our production garden & greenhouse operation.  Includes crop planning, seed and supply ordering, tillage, fertility, care, harvest and handling, irrigation, crop rotation
  • Hire, train, supervise, evaluate garden apprentices (4-5)
  • Facilitate participation in West Tisbury Farmer’s Market throughout growing season on Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Manage sales, marketing and distribution of FARM Institute produce off site.  Including restaurants, groceries and other markets
  • Supervise and coordinate care, maintenance, cleanliness and organization of production garden fields, greenhouses, irrigation, equipment, tools, stations, sheds and related spaces
  • Develop and implement comprehensive landscaping plan. Experience with herbs, flowers and “non-traditional” crops is valuable but not essential.

QUALIFICATIONS & WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 3 or more years experience in production gardening
  • At least 2 full seasons of garden management experience including daily operations and staff management
  • Tractor operation and maintenance skills mandatory
  • CSA, farm stand, and farmer’s market sales, distribution and marketing skills
  • Experience and ability working with multiple colleagues; good organization and attention to detail, and ability to work efficiently and effectively without close supervision
  • Experiences that exemplify innovative methods for collaboration and problem solving

 

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