Washington State: Greenbank Farm Training Center seeks Farm Director

5 Feb

Greenbank Farm Training Center (GFTC)
A project of the Greenbank Farm Management Group (GFMG)
Job Description: Farm Director
Summery: The Farm Director will be responsible for managing and building both a residential experiential farming education program for beginning farmers and a locally-focused program for farm interns at other local farms. The Farm Director will provide the leadership in the classroom and the field and will help build and provide a community hub for promoting sustainable agriculture for the local community, the region and beyond. 

The primary responsibilities of this position include oversight of all farming and training in collaboration with others:
.    Providing leadership in the on-going development, implementation and
evaluation of the training center’s farm and educational programs including
managing the day-to-day activities of the Training Center
.    Educational training of the farmer-trainees in the classroom and in
the field.
.    Management of the farm’s infrastructure, production and marketing.
This includes the cultivation of certified organically-grown crops and the
distribution of them through various outlets including a CSA program, the
Greenbank Farmers Market and wholesale accounts.
Measureable results of a successful program will include:
.    7 to 10 trained farmers through the full-time experiential program
.    7 to 10 trained farmers through the weekly 3-hour academic course
.    Crop production supporting a minimum of 50 CSA shares, 20 Farmers
Market Harvests, and wholesale commitments
.    A balanced budget
.    Improvements in the farm’s biological diversity and soil fertility
.    A 3-year farm development and operation plan with budget
.    A core group of sustainable farmers working with the program and
integrating their apprentice training into the GFTC program.
Responsibilities for education at the Training Center include:
.    Recruit, select and orient new farmer-trainees
.    Continually develop and refine the GFTC farmer training program
curriculum, focused on small-scale commercial organic production, marketing
and small business management
.    Prepare and present the curriculum to farmer-trainees
.    Train and guide farmer-trainees in farm tasks
.    Evaluate farmer-trainee progress and offer constructive reflections
.    Provide leadership in creating a positive social environment for the
Responsibilities in management of the farm production & infrastructure
.    Develop a crop plan (based on the marketing plan) including planting
dates, amounts, locations, etc.
.    Implement the crop plan with farmer-trainees
.    Use organic best-management practices to build fertility, grow
healthy and productive crops, and minimize weeds and pests
.    Harvest and market/distribute the crops grown
.    Maintain and develop the farm’s infrastructure to efficiently
support the production goals of the program
.    Maintain accurate records as needed to maintain WSDA organic
Responsibilities in outreach and marketing include:
.    Develop a marketing plan, with the Outreach Director, including CSA,
farmers market and wholesale outlets
.    Assist the Outreach Director with the sale of 50 CSA shares
.    Manage weekly participation in the Greenbank Farmers Market
.    Maintain communications with wholesale accounts
.    Assist the Outreach Director in creating a regular newsletter for
farm customers
.    Represent the training center at public events as needed
.    Solicit and manage collaborative farm research projects with
regional partners to enhance the educational potential of the farm.
Responsibilities in the administration of the project include:
.    Communicate as needed with the GFTC Outreach Director, the Board of
Directors of the GFMG, GFMG staff, program partners and the public
.    Create annual and long-term work plans and budgets for the farming
and educational aspects of the training center
.    Manage farm and education budget, with GFMG support, including
tracking all expenses and income
.    Provide quarterly progress reports and an annual report to the GFMG
in collaboration with the Outreach Director
.    Participate in and assist guiding Advisory Board meetings
.    Ability to effectively work and communicate (both written and
verbal) with management, coworkers, students and community partners
.    Ability to develop short and long term work plans and budgets based
on program goals
.    Ability to plan, prioritize, implement, and complete projects in a
timely fashion
.    Ability to create, organize, and maintain records and files both
electronically and in hardcopy – skills in keeping records, using a computer
in a professional environment including word processors, spreadsheets, and
overhead projection programs such as Power Point
.    Ability to order supplies and equipment within budgetary constraints
.    One to three years demonstrated working knowledge of organic farming
systems including: field crops, propagation, planting, tillage, soil
fertility, composting, pest and disease control, irrigation, harvest, and
post-harvest handling as system components
.    Experience in successfully managing a certified organic agricultural
operation for at least three years including direct marketing
.    Experience and ability to locate, service and maintain farm
equipment and infrastructure
Education and training
.    Knowledge of curricula-based training for new and beginning farmers
.    Experienced leader with team management skills
.    At least three years experience presenting agricultural concepts
verbally and through writing
.    At least three-five years experience training and guiding groups in
agricultural activities
.    Ability to evaluate effectiveness of instruction and adapt
.    Ability to work effectively with a team as well as ability to work
independently and as part of a team
.    Demonstrated experience in furthering social justice in food systems
.    Reports directly to the Project Director and an advisory board
Compensation and schedule:
Salary and benefits
.    Salary DOE (min. $36K/yr). Position will be filled as soon as
.    Full-time equivalent with increased workload Mar.-Oct. and decreased
workload Nov.-Feb.
.    Major holidays and 15 days personal time off (appropriately timed
for minimal disturbance of program)
Send: Letter of interest, resume, and three references to:
Maryon Attwood, Project Director, 640 Patmore Road, Coupeville, WA 98239,

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