Farm Manager Job Opening

Sobremesa Farm is seeking a farm manager to develop a new diversified polyculture/permaculture certified organic farm in Bloomington IN. This is a great opportunity for an experienced young farmer who is looking to holistically manage land, and build her/his experience in business development  The position entails managing the existing operations and assisting in developing additional site resources (small livestock, poultry, annual and perennial gardens/orchards, hoop house, greenhouse and more). The selected individual will also be instrumental in opening a wholesale/retail permaculture plant nursery. This is a residential arrangement with the manager living on-site in newly constructed apartment. A portion of the compensation is traded for lodging. Weekly hours of work will range from 20-40 depending on seasonal circumstances. This position is part administrative and part farm labor. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Minimum 1 year commitment.

The Farm Manager will work closely with the farm ownership, outside consultants and other hourly help to provide primary management and coordination of daily activities of the farm operation. This will include the operation of all small equipment, planting of vegetable crops, fertilizing, production management and harvesting. Additional activities will include the management of feed storage and handling facilities and routine maintenance of equipment.

Land description:

9 acres of forest, pastures, two ponds, orchards, hoop house, tropical green house,  market gardens, chickens, guineas, goats ( 2017), bees, stocked pond, extensive fencing, walk-in cooler and cellar, permaculture design layout. 

Required Qualifications: A successful candidate should have1-2 years’ experience growing vegetables and using small scale equipment. Having a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a plus. Additionally, a successful candidate should possess strong communication skills and be willing to work flexible hours.  A prime candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple activities.  Must be able and willing to work in all types of weather, be able to lift 50 pounds.

Desired Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in an agricultural related field; ie: plant and/or soil science, agriculture production, agriculture management etc. with a sincere interest in organic production strategies. Evidence of attention to detail and ability to develop and maintain high quality records and other documentation is desirable. Interest and ability in working, collaborating, and communicating in a team environment with individuals of diverse backgrounds, is a necessity. He or she should possess excellent organizational skills with demonstrated written and oral skills for communicating technical information to staff, owners and consultants.  The candidate should also have experience managing a CSA, working well with customers and hourly laborers.  

Availability: Spring 2017.

Application: All candidates must submit a complete application packet which should include a letter of application, a current resume, unofficial transcripts, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Applications will be accepted until a qualified applicant is selected. Submit application materials to Sobremesa Farm ; sobremesafarm@gmail.com or call 317-847-7598  with questions.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Conduct day-to-day field operations in relationship to food production in both conventional and organic areas: Field responsibilities include but are not limited to:

a.       Planting, transplanting 

b.      Irrigation set-up (drip tape) 

c.       Thinning (beets, carrots, etc.)

d.      Trellising (mainly tomatoes)

e.       Cultivating (broad fork, tilther cultivation, wheel hoes, stirrup hoes, linear hoes, hand weeding, thinning)

f.       Harvesting (All harvesting is done by hand)

g.       Wash area work (washing, bunching, quality control, packing)

h.      CSA 

i.        Farmers’ market (yet to be decided)

j.        Restaurant orders (yet to be decided) ( it would include: harvest, clean, and pack orders, then deliver to area restaurants)

k.      Assist with farm stand on weekends at times

2. Document field operations on farm generated forms to satisfy organic certification requirements and farm financial accounting.

3. Perform routine maintenance on equipment necessary to support all farm functions.

4. Conduct field and farm inspection for needed tasks and consult with farm owners on weekly priorities.

5. Operate equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

6. Educate and train temporary staff, volunteers and interns on the safe and effective use of any equipment used to accomplish daily tasks.

7. Work with all other hourly laborers as time allows to support our goals and objectives.

Note: Other duties may/will be assigned on a case by case and as-needed basis.

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