Please note, Shalom Farms is currently hiring for two Farmer in Residence positions for the 2019 growing season. Below is the job description for the Farmer in Residence: Agricultural Production Specialization opening. If you would like to see the other posting for the Farmer in Residence: Volunteer and Education Specialization opening please click here.
Farmer in Residence: Agricultural Production Specialization
March 18, 2019 – November 22, 2019; 40+ hours/week
Shalom Farms is a nonprofit community farm project working with communities to increase access to healthy food and the support to live healthy lives. We work with thousands of volunteers from all backgrounds each year to produce more than 200,000 pounds of produce. We distribute this produce throughout the Richmond area through a variety of programs and partnerships.
The Farmer in Residence (FIR) is a season long, full-time position on Shalom’s 12 acre farm in Powhatan, VA. Under the guidance of the Director of Farm Operations, Assistant Farm Manager and Volunteer and Education Manager, the FIR will have the opportunity to participate in every aspect of our sustainable vegetable farm operation, as well as one or more of our city-based food access programs. FIRs also participate in a robust professional development program including regular readings, discussions, and field trips to partner farms throughout the season to support the FIR in furthering their education in regenerative farming and food justice.
- Assist with field work as assigned. Typical tasks include sowing, planting, harvesting, amending soil, washing/packing produce, and field preparation/maintenance.
- Assist with volunteer and educational groups as needed.
- Make produce deliveries to the city as needed.
- Participate in at least one city distribution program.
- Participate in implementation of crop plan.
- Help with the general organization and maintenance of all farm equipment and outbuildings.
- Will assist with overseeing interns and volunteers with field work and projects.
- Strong desire to learn and grow as a farmer
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Willingness to work hard in difficult weather conditions
- Ability to lift 50 lbs or more
- Ability to multi-task
- Detail oriented and organized
- Commitment to social justice
- Values diversity and enjoys working with diverse groups, including ability to reach across racial, ethnic, generational, socioeconomic, rural/urban and religious lines
- Ability to work both alone and with groups
- Ability to take initiative
- Farming or gardening experience is strongly preferred.
- A driver’s license and clean driving record.
Compensation: Housing in new tiny house that is in walking distance from the farm with lots of amenities (WiFi, heat and A/C, kitchenette, grill, and patio), unlimited produce from the farm, plus $725 (before taxes) monthly living stipend.
To apply for this position, please send cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.