Assistant Managers

Location: 
Olney, Maryland
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 23, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
The Farm at Our House Farm

The Farm at Our House Farm seeks two motivated self-starters to assist in managing the production, marketing and sales of organic vegetables, berries, eggs and shitake mushrooms on and off the farm. Members of the farm management team play a critical role in leading and managing between 2-4 college interns, 4-8 Our House trainees, and up to 10 high school volunteers in the summer. The Assistant Farm Managers report to the Farm Manager and works in collaboration with the owners, and typically works at least 40 hours per week. The position ends December 1st, 2014, with potential to extend the contract.  

The Farm at Our House is located in Brookeville, Maryland, 23 miles north of Washington, DC. We grow certified organic fruits and vegetables on 4.5 acres owned by Our House, a residential job training center for young men ages 16-21. The Farm at Our House offers a 26-week CSA, sells at three local farmers markets and to local restaurants and grocers. While The Farm at Our House and Our House Job Training Center are distinct entities, we work in partnership to achieve mutually supportive goals. We also collaborate with other farmers who have recently started to make use of the 140-acre Our House property. 2014 will be an exciting year as we continue to expand our operation, invest in labor-saving equipment and infrastructure, and expand our winter production.

Responsibilities: 

·       Production—Lead and perform field work, including supervision of staff: planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, packing of crops, and care of laying hens; assist with mushroom production, equipment maintenance/repair, capital projects, and care of transitional plot.

·       Marketing--represent farm at one or more weekly farmers markets or CSA pick-up site; deliver produce to wholesale customers; contribute to newsletter, website, and marketing materials.

·       Administration—Collaborate with Farm Manager and owners on marketing, budgeting, crop rotation planning, crop/variety selection, and capital project planning; communicate with CSA members; ensure documentation of work and meeting of organic certification requirements.

·       Typically the Assistant Farm Managers’ responsibilities are matched with their interests and strengths to the extent possible.  

Estimated Time Allotment:

Production and on-farm supervision: about 70% of time

Marketing: about 20% of time

Administration: about 10% of time

Qualifications:
Minimum one season of farming experience; experience working with at-risk young people preferred; some administrative/supervisory experience is preferred, but not required; very good communication and organizational skills. Experience operating tractors, walk-behind tillers, and other machinery a plus. Experience with construction, welding, and animals also helpful. Must be in good health, able to work in the heat and the cold, and able to lift 50+ lbs.

Compensation:
Weekly salary: $240; possible free on-site living space, but not guaranteed; free produce from the farm; $150 towards professional development; free meals with Our House trainees; transportation reimbursement; free internet access; access to CRAFT workshops, farm library and on line resources, $1100 bonus for completing the season.

Please forward resume, cover letter, and three references to Marc Grossman, at marcgrossman2001@yahoo.com. Position open until filled. Flexible start date Jan.-March 2014.

 The Farm at Our House

Organic produce & eggs from free-range hens

Job training for youth
19715 Zion Rd. Brookeville, MD

TheFarmAtOurHouse.com