Hiring: Farm Manager – Abundance Farm

Abundance Farm, a non-profit, 1-acre food justice farm and outdoor classroom located near downtown Northampton, MA, is seeking a part-time Farm Manager. This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and talented farmer/educator to join our growing team.
Abundance Farm is a unique collaboration at Congregation B’nai Israel with the Northampton Survival Center and Lander-Grinspoon Academy.  The three-fold mission of Abundance Farm is to:
     Practice and Promote Food Justice and Local Food Security
     Build Strong Community between our three collaborating organizations (CBI, LGA and the Northampton Survival Center) and between the Northampton Jewish community and the broader local community
     Provide Outdoor Education Experiences which inspire a love of the natural world, promote a sense of personal responsibility to care for Creation and a love of learning
The Farm Manager will play a central role in the life of Abundance Farm, helping the Farm to continue to grow and thrive in its third season of production. The Farm Manager will work closely with staff, students and volunteers as the lead staffer responsible for soil management and food production and will also play an important role in support of farm-based, educational programming. 
Primary Responsibilities:
1.    Soil, Crop and Land Management
     Develop and manage comprehensive soil management plan to increase soil health
     Consistent soil testing
     Consult best practices with local experts
     Source local, sustainable sources of fertility (compost, manure, biochar, etc)
     Manage Farm Infrastructure
     Provide consultation to project partners and/or oversee installation of fencing, irrigation, season extension, storage, etc.
     *We plan to put up an 18’x24’ greenhouse this spring/summer and the Farm Manager will be responsible for managing this project
     Purchase, prepare and maintain hand tools, power tools, and small farm machinery. Develop systems and standards for use of tools.
     Manage the Growth and Distribution of Crops
     Maintain attractive, productive, and ecologically friendly growing spaces
     Create and follow yearly field plans to be based around successive plantings
     Create a soil-building program including green manures, soil amendments, composting and (possibly) vermiculture
     Seeding, field seeding, transplanting
     Control insect and weeds organically, monitor fertility, and conduct formal field observation; oversee hand cultivation
     Manage irrigation system
     Coordinate regular harvest schedule to include consistent weighing of produce
     Coordinate distribution of produce through weekly “pick-your-own” days, our free farm stand, delivery to the Northampton Survival Center and occasional use at CBI and LGA
     Report to community leadership teams monthly on the progress and key decisions in farm development
2. Education, Supervision and Community Interaction
     Offer critical support to teachers, parents and students to ensure maximizing the educational potential of the Farm.
     Develop and uphold safety protocols for farm site and all workers
     Develop and supervise work plans for volunteers in alignment with the farm production plans
     Establish systems for volunteers, youth and local residents to participate in farm tasks
     Oversee volunteer work days
     Supervise college interns
     Support professional development training for teachers
     Oversee students’ hands-on experiences in the garden to include planting, tending harvesting and cooking
     Occasionally lead students in garden-related programs and projects through after-school programming, summer and holiday programs, etc.
     Serve as lead staff person and supervisor for 7-week, summer teen internship that combines hands-on farming with educational workshops exploring the intersection of Judaism and food justice, agriculture, sustainability, race, class, gender and spirituality, and collaboration with Gardening the Community (GTC), a youth urban agriculture project in Springfield, MA.
     Foster healthy and vibrant community and learning environment
     Provide hands-on agricultural training
     Lead field trips to other local farming and food justice projects
     Facilitate and organize educational workshops on variety of topics mentioned above
Required Qualifications:
     A minimum of 2 years of full-season agricultural experience, preferably in an urban and/or educational environment
     Demonstrated success in vegetable production on a scale of 1 acre or larger
     Interest in organic orchard and berry management
     Demonstrated experience in project, program, and/or organizational management
     Experience working with youth and interest in youth education, leadership and youth development
     Experienced in cross-cultural environments
     Able to perform hard and repetitive physical work outside in all weather
     Available for occasional evening and weekend hours, as needed
     Current driver’s license and clean driving record
     Highly organized, with excellent attention to detail
     Ability to plan ahead, be prepared, and stay flexible
     Ability to file and organize electronic and paper documents
     Internet literacy, and proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel
     Positive and productive team player
     Reliable self-starter, with excellent ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities, follow-through, and meet deadlines
     Experience, familiarity, and/or passion with urban agriculture and local food systems.
Preferred Qualifications:
     Experience managing mixed fruit orchards and working with berries
     Permaculture certification and experience working in permaculture systems
     Experience with operating and maintaining irrigation, farm machinery, trucks
     Basic carpentry skills
     Experience working with children in farm setting
     Interest in the intersection of Judaism, the environment and agriculture
     Strong literacy of Jewish tradition including holidays, rituals and ethics
     Working knowledge of the Hebrew language
     Experience working in the field of Jewish education and/or Jewish communal settings
     Interest in and history of engagement in issues of food justice
Hours and Compensation:
     Part-time, 20hrs a week from March-October
     Preferred work days are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
     Hourly rate based on experience
To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter along with two, recent professional references to  Please put “Farm Manager” in the subject line and submit all documents in a PDF format.  Position will be posted until filled.

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