Farm Manager

Location: 
Weston, Massachusetts
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Land's Sake, Inc.

27 Crescent Street, Weston, MA 02493 – 781.893.1162 – www.landssake.org
Farm Manager at Land’s Sake – search re-opened
Land’s Sake Inc. is seeking a skilled, enthusiastic and dynamic farm manager to run our 24 acre diversified vegetable farm. The ideal candidate should be positive, engaging, adaptive, hard-working, community-oriented, creative, and collaborative. Applicants should have 7 to 10 years of organic/sustainable diversified vegetable growing experience, with at least three of those years spent managing a production farm of similar scale and/or complexity. Our produce markets include a large CSA program, a busy five-months-a-year roadside farmstand, and a donations program. We are known for our beautiful, high quality vegetables and responsive customer service, and we are looking for a farmer that will uphold those standards.
Land’s Sake is a small and supportive organization where there is a lot of room to make a big impact as a farm manager. This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to play a critical role in fine-tuning existing farm systems, developing and implementing a long-term soil fertility plan, potentially re-envisioning a new staffing structure and seeking out prospective new markets. Successful candidates will embrace logistical complexity with gusto and can manage production pressure during the height of the growing season. Growers with experience managing multiple sites, planning a path to and accomplishing change, leveraging volunteers to good use, and getting the most from farm staff will find this an exciting opportunity.
For more information about Land’s Sake, please visit www.landssake.org.
Preferred start date for our new farm manager would be early January 2014, though this is flexible. He/she will have the support of the current farm manager formally through the end of February and informally for the duration of the farm season. We are seeking a minimum two year commitment. Applications will be reviewed beginning December 27, 2013, but will be accepted until the position is filled.
Experience and skills required:
 Three to five years of vegetable farm management experience, preferably at an educational farm of near or equal size.
 At least 7-10 years total experience working on vegetable production farms, with a range of experiences preferred.
 Direct management experience at a busy farm with 5-15 employees, and comfort with logistical complexity and resource scarcity.
 Demonstrated organizational and record keeping skills.
 Demonstrated farm planning experience and working knowledge of farm infrastructure.
 An outgoing, engaging, organized, customer service oriented style. Well-developed problem-solving skills and positive attitude.
 Enthusiasm for working with town officials, community volunteers, and children.
27 Crescent Street, Weston, MA 02493 – 781.893.1162 – www.landssake.org
 Disciplined work ethic and passion for ecological responsibility and the importance of inclusive, welcoming farm-based education.
 Ability to lift, carry, and move heavy items repeatedly and the dexterity and endurance to perform hard physical labor over the full farm year.
 Strong written and verbal communication skills.
 Basic mechanic skills and ability to operate a wide range of farm machinery.
 Valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
 Up-to-date certification for materials handling and application (can be provided by Land’s Sake).
 B.S. or M.S. in Agronomy, Plant Science, Horticulture or a similar field preferred.
Basic responsibilities:
 Develop and manage farm budget (in collaboration with Executive Director).
 Develop and implement annual crop plan, including greenhouse plan and field planting plan.
 Care and maintenance, (or coordination of care and maintenance) of all farm equipment and infrastructure including tractors, trucks, tractor implements, etc.
 Meet or exceed the ecological goals of Land's Sake's farming operation.
 Hire and oversee Farm team and Farm Stand Manager.
 Uphold high standards for production and presentation of produce.
 Help to create and uphold a collaborative space that welcomes and encourages education.
 Create and sustain a culture of safety at all farm sites.
Compensation
 This is a full-time position offering salaried compensation commensurate with experience.
 Health insurance, paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave days.
 Monthly stipend for cell phone reimbursement.
 Veggies from the farm.
To Apply
Email your resume, a thoughtful cover letter and three references to: farmmanager@landssake.org. Qualified candidates will receive a more comprehensive job description during the interview process.
Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to create an inclusive and supportive workplace.

Deadline to apply: 
Friday, December 27, 2013 (All day)