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Farm Production Assistant Orkestai Farm
- Date Posted April 05, 2018
- Location Oyster Bay, NY
- Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
- Job type Part-Time
Orkestai Farm is a nonprofit located in the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Our mission is to promote the creative participation in society of those differently abled through practicing ecological agriculture and expressive arts. We facilitate farm-based learning for people of All Abilities including Autism and developmental challenges, as well as the community at large.
Orkestai Farm is looking for a part-time Farm Production Assistant for the 2018 growing season. We are currently growing a variety of vegetables on a one-acre plot for a 25 member CCA “Community Cultivated Agriculture” in which all members participate in cultivating the farm. We adhere to organic, no-till practices and take the NOFA Farmer’s Pledge, but are not certified organic.
The Farm Production Assistant will...Collaborate with Farm Educators to oversee, plan, and execute vegetable farm production, which includes but is not limited to: crop planning, seed ordering, succession planning, greenhouse management, irrigation and mulching, nutrient management, CCA coordination, weed management, organic pest management, harvest and post-harvest handling of vegetables. This position is primarily focused on maintaining the farm operation using organic/no-till methods, with the long-term sustainability of the land as a critical goal. Collaborate with the Director & Farm Facilitators who will be running the CCA program, which includes participating in the CCA program by occasionally explaining the art of farming and demonstrating best practices of land and vegetable care.
At least three full seasons of farm experience preferred with at least one of those years in a leadership/management role. Excellent communication and teamwork skills, a positive attitude, and a passion for farming in a non-profit collective and inclusive setting are a must. Patience and an open-mind are essential. Comfortable providing occasional tours of the Farm (when needed, with advanced notice) and comfortable in a neuro- and socio-economically diverse community of adults and youth. Experience working with people with Autism or other developmental challenges an added plus. Must be available to be on the farm 20 hours a week, from late April - early October. Must provide own transportation, and have a driver’s license.
Benefits: Beautiful setting, awesome people, meaningful work, lots of fresh produce…Compensation this position is : hourly, $15/hr + Application instructions