DC: Common Good City Farm seeks Farm Manager

16 Apr
Common Good City Farm (formerly called the 7th Street Garden) is an urban farm and education center growing food for low-income residents in Washington, DC and providing educational opportunities for all people that help increase food security, improve health, and contribute to environmental sustainability. Our Mission is to grow food, educate, and help low-income DC community members meet their food needs. Our Vision is to serve as a replicable model of a community-based urban food system.
JOB SUMMARY: The Farm Manager is responsible for planning, organizing and managing all the activities of the Farm. The Farm produces food using sustainable agriculture and permaculture ethics and practices.
FARM-SITE RESPONSIBILITIES: • Plan and direct day-to-day operation of the Farm based on activities outlined in the
annual work plan • Create and manage the Farm-site’s annual budget and small enterprise program • Supervise and train volunteer Farm Coordinators • Purchase materials and supplies for the operation of the Farm • Develop and execute yearly chronological and spatial planting plan • Manage all Farm work, including greenhouse plant propagation, disease/pest
control, planting, harvest and distribution of produce • Oversee assessment and evaluation of Farm operations • Promote active and broad participation by volunteers, Green Tomorrows
Participants and other stakeholders in all areas of the organization’s work • Coordinate Farm visits and teach lessons as necessary • Provide support to the Youth Education and Green Tomorrows Program
ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES: • With the Executive Director, develop an annual plan for Farm operations that
addresses programmatic needs and grant deliverables, and work diligently to meet
its benchmarks and goals • Develop and utilize a standardized tracking sheet for Farm operations and data,
including crop plans, harvest log, germination rate, planting schedule, growth
tracking, compost production, and soil nutrient management • With contribution from volunteer staff, keep a Farm journal to record Farm work,
events, program content and participation, and other pertinent information valuable to the Farm
COMMUNICATIONS RESPONSIBILITIES: • Support the maintenance and growth of the organization’s website, database, social
media, photographic library, and other forms of media • Assist with community meetings and other outreach efforts• Write monthly e-newsletter • Represent the mission and values of Common Good City Farm at local farmers’
markets, conferences, and other public relations or fundraising engagements • Form working relationships with local community leaders, businesses and
organizations to expand awareness of Common Good’s programming
QUALIFICATIONS: • The ideal candidate should have a Degree or Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture,
Plant Science, Horticulture or related field • Minimum 3-5 years vegetable farm management using sustainable agriculture
practices—urban agriculture experience a plus
COMPETENCIES: • Ability to train and manage diverse groups of volunteers and community members • Ability to organize and maintain records and daily written reports • Ability to manage assets – equipment, labor, etc. • Ability to budget and plan ahead looking at whole picture • Friendly, outgoing demeanor • Passion for community development, healthy eating, and sustainable agriculture • Broad conceptual judgment, initiative and ability to deal with complex issues as
well as exceptional analytical and problem solving abilities, with the ability to
introduce and manage change to achieve continuous improvement • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including comfort and
experience with speaking at public events, giving presentations on food security, food access, urban agriculture, and other topics relevant to Common Good City Farm
• Strong knowledge of community food systems, urban sustainability and food security issues nation-wide
• Ability to lift 50 pounds and take part in physical labor in all weather conditions • Spanish language proficiency a plus
SALARY: Competitive salary with medical benefits START DATE: On or before May 1, 2011 REPORTS TO: Executive Director
HOW TO APPLY: Email cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Pertula George at Pertula@commongoodcityfarm.org or mail to P.O. 26030 Washington, DC 20001. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.
Common Good City Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to maintain a staff that reflects the diversity of our community and the population we aim to serve. We welcome applicants of all races, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses and sexual orientations.
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