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Farm Manager- nonprofit at Farm Discovery at Live Earth - 19463

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Farm Manager- nonprofit
Farm Discovery at Live Earth
172 Litchfield Lane Farm Discovery at Live Earth
95076 Watsonville , CA ,
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About Farm Discovery and Live Earth Farm
Live Earth Farm, established in 1996, is a 150 acre diversified, organic, family farm overlooking the Pajaro Valley in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. We run a year round CSA with over 800 members, growing over 50 different fruits and vegetables surrounded by a native landscape of redwoods and oak woodland. Our produce is directly marketed through local farmer’s markets, restaurants, a thriving web store, and our weekly CSA program.

The education programs at Live Earth Farm began with the farm in 1996 and Farm Discovery at Live Earth was formally established as a nonprofit organization in 2007 to compliment and expand the educational programs at Live Earth Farm. Farm Discovery hosts more than 2000 children on the farm each year for farm based, hands-on learning opportunities through 9 different programs. Learn more about us at

Farm Discovery has a consistent track record of solid financial standing, and we’re on a growth trajectory. We are now looking for a new person to join our team and take a leadership position to drive our farm and food programming forward into our next decade of work. You should be ready to hit the ground running, implementing our existing crop plan and youth programming in your first year, with an eye toward farm/program development and innovation to take Farm Discovery to the next level shortly after.

Position Description
We are looking for a highly motivated, detail-oriented and energetic person for this position of Farm Manager & Education Associate. This position will lead the food/farming programming, including a revamped apprentice program and support all education programs. This role is the primary organizer and leader for all youth farming components of our core programming. Farming components include managing the up to 3-acre Discovery Garden, Education Fields, small milking goatherd and chicken flocks, as well as coordinating with farm staff and volunteers to accomplish large seasonal projects. You will not be behind the scenes, but very much a major partner in the program team in running programs with youth on the land and in the kitchen.

We run seasonal field trips and Farm Immersions (April-June &Sept-Nov), a weekly immersive program (Sept-June), a monthly Home School program (Sept-June), drop in programs (year round), Farm Camps, Summer Leader in Training and job programs (June-July), two large annual community events, a partnership with Food What?! (March-Oct) and will be adding a 10 month apprenticeship program. This position will work in concert with our Education Coordinator, and Executive Director in the planning, implementation, evaluation and development of these core programs, taking leadership on the farm and food aspects. Additionally, this position will be instrumental in developing and implementing a new farmer/educator apprenticeship program and value-added product launch.

This position requires a collaborative individual with a high level of organization and flexibility who is gifted in working with youth while being solid on farm production and in the kitchen. You will be a leader in our organization, and a youth educator. You are someone with outstanding farming, cooking and relationship building skills, who can engage and inspire the youth we serve about multiple aspects of the food system from production to consumption to food justice. You are approachable, a great communicator, and passionate about our mission. You get the big picture, while being a strategic thinker who can dive in and get the daily work done with a strong attention to detail. You’re playful, comfortable being you, and willing to share your personal magic with Farm Discovery students while creating safe space on the farm and in the kitchen.

Position Details:
This is a 40-hour per week, full time position with paid vacation, sick time, and holidays. A benefits stipend is provided. Salary $40,000+, commensurate with experience. Contributions to Simple IRA with 1% organization match after 12 month vetting period.

In addition, the farm will provide produce, fresh eggs, and goat milk as available. A private yurt and communal kitchen and bath facility are available for $450/month pre tax deduction from wages.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

• Farming and culinary curriculum creation, revision, and implementation for all programming.
• Manage seasonal and day-to-day organic farming operations with ongoing coordination with Live Earth Farm production operations.
o Lead and manage planning, propagation and greenhouse work, crop planning, planting and rotation, soil fertility, composting, perennial fruit tree and berry care, harvesting, post harvest handling, irrigation, pest and disease control.
o Manage goat heard and flocks of chickens through daily husbandry. Facilitate breeding and assist in kidding of goats, and raising of baby chicks.
• Maintain order and cleanliness of education barn, kitchen classroom, and restroom.
• Implement all education programs at the direction of or in collaboration with the Education Coordinator.
• Develop and implement a new value-added product line. Involves managing relationships with local business partners and retailers.
• Maintain existing, and create new, relationships with local chefs, coordinating their participation as summer camp guest chefs and chefs for our annual benefit.
• Work with program and administration staff to accomplish big events including Sheep to Shawl Fair, Harvest Festival and Fall Feast in the Fields, as well as smaller community building and fundraising events (Supporter’s Picnic, Holiday Sip & Shop, Land Stewardship Workdays).
• Direct the food aspects of four events, including annual benefit dinner. This includes menu creation with chefs, sourcing ingredients, and coordinating food day of.
• Support implementation of fundraising and community events.
• Participate in program evaluation (quantitative and qualitative).
• Supervision of full and part-time staff, seasonal program staff, interns, and volunteers.

Education & Experience: 

Required Qualifications:
• At least 2-5 years of organic farming production including crop planning, greenhouse, irrigation, cultivation, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest handling, CSA/market, and cover crop experience. Farm and crew management experience strongly preferred.
• Experience working with youth of all ages, infants through college age.
• Significant cooking experience—catering experience a plus.
• Strong facilitation and group management skills, especially in an outdoor education setting.
• Knowledge of and experience with low-income communities and underserved communities of color.
• Passion for building community and deep relationships through food and agriculture.
• Positive, creative, flexible, and takes initiative.
• Ability to work independently, in team setting, and in fast-paced, dynamic environment.
• Completes tasks successfully and within specified deadlines: demonstrates strong time management skills implementing programs on time and on budget.
• Dependable with thorough follow through.
• Ability to handle multiple programs/projects at once; strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Good communication skills: verbal, written, electronic and with a variety of audiences.
• Highly competent in use of computers and necessary technology on a daily basis; additional software experience a plus (salesforce, farm management tools, social media).
• Physically fit to meet the demands of working on farm with youth, experience/ability to dig beds by hand and with a BCS and the ability to lift 50lbs.
• Experience driving a tractor or a commitment to learning.
• Utilizes and can exemplify tools or strategies for maintaining self-care and personal well-being.
• Willingness to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends as farm/programs demand.
• Valid California Driver’s license and vehicle for personal travel.Preferred:
• Cultural identity and lived experience relevant to the youth we serve.
• Bilingual Spanish speaker.
• Rooted in Santa Cruz County, particularly the Pajaro Valley.

Application Instructions: 

To Apply:
Please upload to indeed job posting at:*wt7v1j*_g....
1. A cover letter that shares the unique skills you bring to the table and includes the date or range of timing you are interested/available to start
2. A resume with at least two professional references

We will begin reviewing and accepting candidate material immediately.

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