Westwood Site Farm Manager

We are excited to announce the creation of a brand new position at Shalom Farms as part of our next expansion project. In 2018 we will launch a second farm site, centrally located in Richmond’s Northside on property belonging to Union Seminary. Like our Powhatan site, the “Westwood site” will produce hundreds of thousands of servings of fruits and vegetables  with the support of thousands of annual volunteers. While the farm will maintain a focus on productivity, the highly accessible location and scale of the site will allow for innovative collaborations with new and existing partners ranging from Richmond Public Schools to Union Seminary. With 5 virgin acres and the ability for in-ground production, the farm will be the largest operation of its kind within the city, and one of the largest in the region.

Work with us: Westwood Site Farm Manager

This new project offers an exciting and extremely unique opportunity for someone to manage this new site. During the 2018 growing season, the Westwood Farm Manager will work closely with Shalom Farms’ Director of Farm Operations to develop the farm in a way that meets the rigorous standards of our existing agricultural operations. However, the ideal candidate will have the experience and skills to quickly take ownership and leadership of the project and, as appropriate, will be given autonomy to oversee all operations on the Westwood Site. The Westwood Farm Manager will work with a broad team to explore and develop new ways for this project to complement existing agricultural and food access programs and partnerships. Because this farm will be a space for both production and education, this position requires someone with a dynamic skill-set, including significant agricultural experience, interpersonal skills to lead untrained volunteers and educational visitors, and the commitment to social justice and health equity necessary to further our organizational mission.

Primary Responsibilities:

Planning & Recordkeeping:

  1. Under the supervision of the Director of Farm Operations, develop a crop plan consistent with organic standards to achieve harvest goals for our various distribution channels.
  2. Develop detailed annual farm budget.
  3. Maintain thorough records, including daily work log and inventory, and collect and analyze data pertaining to seeding, pest management, production, distribution, volunteer management,etc.

Farm Production & Management:

  1. Implement crop plan, using organic strategies, to achieve harvest goals for various channels of distribution.
  2. Create weekly and daily work plans based on the week’s schedule of program participants, interns, volunteer individuals and groups.
  3. Construct, install, or maintain all out-buildings, equipment, irrigation systems, and tools.
  4. Perform machine and tractor work as needed.
  5. Oversee and coordinate on-time harvest, delivery and, as appropriate, payment for produce.

Volunteer and Intern Management:

  1. Manage communication and scheduling with volunteers and visiting groups
  2. Lead educational programming including farm tours and lessons for visitors of all ages
  3. Conduct outreach for volunteer and educational programs as needed

Candidate Qualities:

  • Passion for sustainable agriculture and a desire to work collaboratively with others who are committed to environmental justice and food justice.
  • Comfortable working alone
  • Commitment to social justice and health equity, and an understanding of structural racism and inequity.
  • Possesses strong communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi task in stressful situations.
  • Creative, strategic, and analytical thinker with the ability to manage multiple projects   and prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Shows excellent leadership and supervision skills in management of interns and volunteer groups of sizes, ages, and skill levels.·         
  • Comfortable working in a faith-based setting.
  • Comfortable performing office tasks and proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Comfortable with public speaking.

Experience:

  • Three or more years of experience working in sustainable/regenerative agriculture with a track record of progressive increases in responsibility and leadership.
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with diverse groups, including ability to reach across racial, ethnic, generational, socioeconomic, rural/urban and religious lines.

Requirements:

  • Drivers’ license and good driving history
  • Ability to drive box truck
  • Ability to lift 60+ pounds
  • Ability to work Saturdays
  • Willingness to work in all weather conditions

Time Requirements:

The time requirements for this position vary with the agricultural season. In general, the applicant should expect to work significantly over 40 hours per week April through September, 40 hours per week in March and October, and fewer than 40 hours per week November through February. These hours should only be used as a guideline and may change according to weather, staffing, number of available volunteers, and other factors.

Salary: Commensurate based on experience.

Benefits: Shalom Farms offers highly competitive benefits, including high quality company-paid health insurance, a retirement plan with company match, and modest professional development funds.

How to apply:

To apply for this position, please send cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references to westwood@shalomfarms.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 24th.

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