Agricultural Program Manager Sweet Farm Foundation
- Date Posted March 02, 2019
- Location Half Moon Bay, CA
- Category Agriculture / Production
- Job type Full-Time
Sweet Farm Foundation was founded in 2015 by Anna Sweet and Nate Salpeter, they created an organization that combines animal rescue, hands-on agriculture programs, and educational experiences that empower people to take personal steps that make profound impacts on the lives of farm animals, the environment, and one's personal health.
To achieve our mission Sweet Farm educates, encourages, and facilitates positive and sustainable change through individuals' everyday choices while also driving global impact through the support of innovative technologies that reduce and eliminate the need for animals in the system.
The Agriculture Manager is a key role in driving impact at Sweet Farm. This role is the planner, manager, supervisor and primary implementer of the foundation’s agriculture program, including it’s CSA Program, volunteer program and on-going agriculture based education initiatives. This role is responsible for the planting, weeding, irrigation and management of the produce and flowers grown on the farm employing organic and permaculture practices in a way that drives the foundations goals of educating the public on how to make the world a humane and sustainable place.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Selection, planning and planting of the fruits, vegetables and flowers for the heirloom plant program designed to support and complement the farm’s CSA programs and events.
- Management of seasonal and day-to-day farming operations based on organic and veganic practices, maintaining a balance of production needs and providing a pleasing experience for tours and events.
- Lead and manage planning, propagation and greenhouse work, crop planning, planting and rotation, soil fertility, composting, harvesting, post-harvest handling, irrigation, pest and disease control in a manner consistent with Sweet Farm’s sustainability and veganic goals.
- Lead farming and culinary curriculum creation, revision, and implementation for all programming, including education via social media and other platforms. Provide content to the Social Media Coordinator that highlights the Agriculture Program, the CSA Program and the benefits of sustainable agriculture.
- Maintain existing, and create new, relationships with local chefs, coordinating their participation in the CSA Program and on-the-farm events.
- Develop, implement and facilitate workshops that focus on the impact of factory farming on other areas of one's life, specifically the loss of the biodiversity and sustainability issues.
- Develop workshops that engage the community through our CSA Program, (such as making jam, floral arrangements, seed-saving).
- Develop and implement a new value-added product line, made from crops grown on the farm, for example, honey, herbal salts, dried teas, seeds and floral lip balms.
- Work with foundation staff to accomplish big events including community building and fundraising events (monthly Member Days, annual Harvest Moon Festival, etc).
- Develop and grow the agriculture program’s base of volunteers, including training, support and supervision in tasks that provide meaningful value.
- Order and receive farm equipment and supplies necessary to maintain the agriculture program.
- Maintain the agriculture program’s irrigation system, tools, fences and workspaces in good repair and in a safe and orderly fashion.
- Maintain and provide ongoing care to the beehives.
- Provide training and supervision to agriculture interns and seasonal employees.
- Assist Development Director with writing LOIs, grant proposals and reports. Conduct targeted research to identify new institutional funders and help grow the existing portfolio of funders.
- Assist in the preparation and monitoring of department budget.
- Assist in screening and hiring of potential employees.
- Other duties as assigned.