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Greenhouse Manager in Training Crabtree Farms of Chattanooga

  • Date Posted November 23, 2022
  • Location Chattanooga, TN
  • Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Crabtree Farms aspires to be catalytic and cooperative in growing a healthier and more connected community. Our mission as a 501(c)3 nonprofit is to cultivate a thriving and inspirational farm that grows healthy food, educates our community, and brings people together.

At the heart of our programming is the Urban Farm, a place for both teaching and working. Products from the farm are sold on-site and at local markets. The Urban Farm is host to over 600 volunteers annually.

The twin heart to our farm is our education program. Often referred to separately as kids education programs and adult education programs, our kids program reaches over 3000 kids annually through tours and field trips targeted at engaging and educating youth and their senses. Adult education/workshop programs focus on sharing the traditions of the past through a modern lens. 

Additionally Crabtree Farms is home to a rental facility, the Evelyn Center, which is a perfect location for company retreats, workshops, wedding rehearsal dinners, and other meaningful occasions.

Crabtree Farms was founded in 1998 by a local Chattanooga family. Our 22 acres is leased from the City of Chattanooga. The parcel was originally donated to the City in 1998, with the stipulation it remain in agriculture. Through a public/private partnership the land was secured, and Crabtree Farms was born. The first growing season and programs were launched in 2001. We've grown throughout the years and look forward to a strong and passionate future. 


Job description Job Description :Greenhouse Manager in Training
Crabtree Farms of Chattanooga
November 2022 Position: Greenhouse Manager in Training
Reports to: Director of Horticulture and Greenhouse Operations
Terms: Full-time, 40 hours per week, starting pay $15/hour

Crabtree Farms is a community-based service organization that promotes sustainable agriculture through our core tenets of Grow, Educate and Connect, in an urban, working farm setting. Located on 22 acres, the total land under cultivation hovers around four acres. The produce we grow is offered weekly at farmers’ markets, to local restaurants, and onsite at the farm stand. We focus on engaging the community in agriculture and food awareness through community gardening programs, volunteerism, u-pick/agritourism, markets, plant sales, and education programs such as workshops and field trips. The small staff works with a rotation of volunteers to run the farming and greenhouse operations. Some volunteers have a weekly schedule and season-long commitment, while the rest comprise a shifting array of regulars, curious community members, and service groups.

Job Description: The Greenhouse Manager in Training position is a diverse and at times intense position working through all four seasons in a combined indoor and outdoor setting. The labor is intellectually and physically demanding with the hopes that the candidate will be prepared to manage greenhouse operations within 9-12 months of the position's start date.

Key Functions:
o Assist in the utilization, management and maintenance of the three current greenhouses to support the plant production needs of urban farm activities, plant sales, community gardening programs, specialty crops, and market and farm store needs.
o Assist in the running of the robust greenhouse and farm-wide volunteer programming.
o Represent the farm on and off-site.
o Monitor community trends and needs that Crabtree Farms could be the solution for.
o Demonstrate leadership capabilities and be prepared to lead a diverse set of staff, volunteers and students in an ever-changing environment.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
o Serves as part of planning team to design annual sales and production goals for Crabtree Farms as a whole and the greenhouse specifically.
o Serves as part of planning team to create the annual crop plan and calendars.
o Assist with annual seed, plant and plug selection based on annual sales and production goals.
o Propagate and cultivate plant starts to meet annual sales and production goals for urban farm, plant sales, community gardening programs, specialty crops and market and farm store with an emphasis on maximizing profit and productivity.
o Partner with the farm Education and Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, orientate, plan, schedule and direct volunteers to meet the needs of greenhouse activities and volunteer work schedules.
o Partner with the farm Education and Volunteer Coordinator to assist with education and instruction to the community through formal and informal teaching moments around a variety of topics including greenhouse propagation methods.
o Maintain records of farm activities such as greenhouse plant propagation times, sales, and successes and challenges in a usable format to drive decision-making.
o Maintain ongoing coordination with Urban Farm staff to monitor annual crop plan goals and timeframes for propagation, plant starts and plugs.
o Oversight of plant maintenance including watering, thinning, labeling, transplanting, pruning, weeding, harvesting etc. o Thorough oversight of pest awareness and management in greenhouses and other greenhouse operations growing spaces. o Lead role in coordination and execution of SPS and FPS and other annual events and fundraisers.
o Assist in the maintenance and care for greenhouse structures and potting shed.

o The individual should have experience in the cultivation and marketing of plant starts (vegetables, herbs, flowers and perennials) as well as maintain/exceed organic growing standards.
o The individual should have experience and knowledge in the field of sustainable Horticulture.
o The individual should have excellent organizational skills, the ability to communicate clearly with staff, volunteers and the community, and must maintain a high standard of quality control.
o The individual should be highly motivated, eager to work with others and bring a creative and entrepreneurial spirit to this position.
o The individual should be familiar with organic growing practices in relation to agriculture and food production. 

o Work in a positive and healthy atmosphere
o Training in organic greenhouse management o Professional development opportunities
o Develop community presence and relationship building
o Access to local produce

Crabtree Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Company provides equal opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment, ensures nondiscriminatory treatment in all aspects of personnel policy and procedure, and maintains compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  Compensation this position is : hourly, varies DOE, $15.00 - $15.00 Application instructions Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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