Assistant Farm Manager Powisset Farm
- Date Posted January 30, 2018
- Location Dover, MA
- Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
- Job Type Full-Time
Powisset Farm has a long history of agricultural enterprises, from a dairy farm many years ago, to Amelia Peabody’s legendary farm, famous for its breed stock of Hereford cattle and Yorkshire pigs. Many visitors remember fondly the glowing green pastures dotted with cattle and framed by beautiful barns.
Today, our farm is better known for its CSA (community supported agriculture) operation. In 2007, we began a CSA operation with 100 shares, and are currently growing for 350 Summer CSA members and 100 Winter CSA members. By purchasing a share at Powisset Farm, CSA members help to create community around our farm and their commitment to locally grown produce. They receive vegetables each week throughout the growing season, and participate in our pick-your-own crops as well, like fruits, flowers, and herbs. We also host an on-site Farm Stand three days per week during the summer and fall, so that members of the public have access to Powisset produce. In addition to these outlets, our farm donates produce to local hunger relief partners and serves our Mobile Market program in Boston, in order to make sure that our produce reaches as many people as possible.
At Powisset Farm we are committed to growing our community by connecting people to food and the land on which it grows. We host farm events, volunteer opportunities, grassroots workshops, farm tours, and work-for-share opportunities.Job Description
The Assistant CSA Manager works with the CSA Manager to grow vegetables for shareholders, our farm stand that is open to the public, our Mobile Market program, donations to hunger relief agencies and wholesale accounts. The Assistant reports directly to the CSA Manager and also works with property colleagues from education, stewardship, and livestock programs as needed. The position is salaried and year-round with a seasonally variable work schedule.
- Participate in leadership of all day-to-day operations, including field preparation, planting, cultivating, irrigating and harvesting.
- Assist the CSA manager in supervising apprentices, part-time workers and volunteers in all field work, and in demonstrating appropriate pace and best practices in carrying out these tasks.
- Help foster a positive and friendly work atmosphere.
- Work with the CSA Manager to monitor field conditions and soils, evaluate and improve soil health and fertility, control for pests, diseases, and weed pressure, and develop annual crop plans and rotations.
- Help manage and maintain CSA equipment, infrastructure and facilities including tractors, implements, trucks, greenhouse and hoophouse, barn, coolers and root cellar, fencing and irrigation systems.
- With the CSA Manager, help train seasonal CSA staff in safe tractor operation and use of equipment and facilities.
- Help recruit and hire seasonal staff, including posting jobs and participating in screening and interviews.
- Help manage and encourage public involvement in the CSA operation where appropriate.
- - At least 3 years of direct, hands-on experience on a production–scale vegetable farm.
- - Experience operating and maintaining tractors and other farm equipment.
- - Ability to work independently with little supervision or as a member of a team.
- - Excellent interpersonal skills and customer service skills.
- - Experience supervising other staff and volunteers.
- - Ability to work long hours and perform physically strenuous farm tasks including repeatedly lifting up to 50lbs.
- - Strong work ethic, willingness to be flexible and a positive attitude.
- - Current drivers’ license and clean driving record.
- Salary and Benefits:
- Starting salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position provides an excellent benefits package which includes group health and dental insurance, vacation and sick pay and after one year, a defined contribution pension plan. Housing is not available with this position.
- Additional Benefits:
- CSA vegetables;
- A modest education stipend for agricultural-based trainings/conferences/workshops;
- An annual membership to the Trustees.
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