Farm Production Manager, CSA, Market & Outreach Coordinator and Farm Apprenticeships

Location: 
St. Croix, USVI
Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 8, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Ridge to Reef Farm

Ridge to Reef Farm (St. Croix, USVI) is seeking experienced, reliable, hardworking, and dedicated individuals to fill multiple roles in our growing organic farm business. Below are descriptions for the Farm Production Manager, CSA, Market & Outreach Coordinator and Farm Apprenticeships. 

Farm Production Manager

Start Date: October 16, 2013. 1-year minimum contract (2 years preferred).

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with preference given to applications received on or before August 18th. Position open until filled.

Roles & Responsibilities:

•           Develop and implement a plan with Farm Director on a certified organic vegetable farm operation that includes servicing and expanding our existing 100-member   CSA, adhering to National Organic Plan (NOP) standards

•           Hire and direct the management of contracted staff, farm apprentices and interns, and some work-trades and volunteer groups

•           Conduct and manage all production-related tractor work and landscaping (including proper equipment storage and scheduled maintenance)

•           Coordinate harvests, manage post-harvest handling and ensure product quality control (includes harvests for CSA, V.I. Locally Grown market, market stands, restaurant and special orders and farm events)

•           Determine CSA box contents, manage Ridge to Reef Farm’s account with the V.I. Locally Grown market and create weekly produce availability and pricing lists

•           Coordinate produce deliveries (in conjunction with CSA/Market Manager)

•           Responsible for: weed management, fertility management (cover cropping, compost, crop rotation, etc.), pest and disease management, and irrigation design, maintenance and management (from an entirely off-grid system of rain water catchment and wells)

•           Purchase farm supplies and seeds

•           Maintain detailed farm records in compliance with organic certification requirements

•           Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment

•           Report progress bi-weekly in manager/director meetings; communicate and coordinate regularly with Farm Director

•           Participate in community/staff chores and clean-ups during non-visitor times; participate in Community Meeting coordination (monthly)

Minimum Qualifications: 

•   3-5 years farming experience; employee management experience

•   Commitment to organic agriculture

•   Ability to lift at least 50lbs and perform work outdoors in all weather conditions

Desired Qualifications:

•   1 or more years farm management experience

•   Experience farming in the tropics, sub-tropics or the Southern U.S.

•   Experienced operation of tractors and other farm equipment

•   Excellent communication skills

•   Clean driving record 

Compensation: Pay scale is commensurate with experience, length of contract, and demonstrated ability manage employees and increase production/revenue. Includes one-month farm management integration training period instructed by current management. Includes 2 weeks paid vacation and up to 2 weeks unpaid vacation annually. On-farm residency package available (see below).

Residency: Resident package includes on-farm accommodations with mini-stove and solar power/water, seasonal produce from the farm and orchards, kitchen bulk staples (rice, beans, flour, sugar, etc). Also includes access to the community center, including industrial kitchen, wireless Internet, and phone, and bathhouse.

TO APPLY

E-mail CSA@ridge2reef.org with the subject line: “Ridge to Reef Farm Management Job Application.” Please include a cover letter (including a brief description of your farming or management background), resume, the contact information for at least 3 references and answers to the following questions:

1. If selected, are you able to start on Oct 16, 2013?

2. What is your preferred length of contract? 

3. Why do you want this job?

No phone calls, please. Serious inquiries only.

 

CSA, Market & Outreach Coordinator

Start Date: October 16th 2013.  1-year minimum contract.

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with preference given to applications received on or before August 18th. Position open until filled.

Responsibilities:

•           Coordinate CSA sign-ups using Member Assembler software. Manage payments, delivery logistics and bookkeeping. Handle general communication with CSA members. Format, edit, and produce content for weekly newsletter.

•           Manage V.I. Locally Grown website and market; coordinate with current growers; recruit new growers; organize product distribution and pick-up locations; send out weekly Blog email.

•           Coordinate and manage all deliveries, markets and CSA pick-ups.

•           Other administrative duties, including but not limited to:

◦           Apply for and set-up acceptance of SNAP benefits for farm products;

◦           Communicate with existing and new restaurant (and other) accounts;

◦           Conduct all invoicing, payment entry and accounting for farm budget;

◦           Perform administrative duties for farm grant projects, such as EQUIP;

◦           Compile monthly sales by item for Government reporting and Organic certification records;

◦           Handle payroll for VILG growers, farm staff and other weekly payments;

◦           Update and maintain Ridge to Reef Farm website;

◦           Design and create promotional materials, product labeling and signage;

◦           Create publicity (e-mails, flyers and signage) for farm events and announcements.

•        Represent R2R Farm at off-farm functions, meetings, and events.

•           Report progress bi-weekly in manager/director meetings; communicate and coordinate regularly with Farm Director

•       Participate in community/staff chores and clean-ups during non-visitor times; participate in Community Meeting coordination (monthly) 

 

Minimum Qualifications: 

•           Commitment to organic agriculture

•           Computer and accounting proficiency

•           Clean driving record

•           High standard of customer relations

 

Desired Qualifications:

•           1 or more years farm and/or farmer’s market experience

•           1 or more years experience in administrative work

•           Experience working with CSA programs

•           Ability to provide your own computer

•           Experience with software like Microsoft Office, Member Assembler, Adobe Illustrator, QuickBooks, etc., apple preferred

•           Ability to lift 50lbs and handle multiple heavy boxes at a time

•           Excellent communication skills and organization

•           Experience living or working in the tropics or sub-tropics

Compensation: Pay scale is commensurate with experience, length of contract, and demonstrated ability manage employees and increase production/revenue. Includes one-month farm management integration training period instructed by current management. Includes 2 weeks paid vacation and up to 2 weeks unpaid vacation annually. On-farm residency package available (see below).

Residency: Resident package includes on-farm accommodations with mini-stove and solar power/water, seasonal produce from the farm and orchards, kitchen bulk staples (rice, beans, flour, sugar, etc). Also includes access to the community center, including industrial kitchen, wireless Internet, and phone, and bathhouse.

TO APPLY

E-mail CSA@ridge2reef.org with the subject line: “Ridge to Reef Farm Management Job Application.” Please include a cover letter (including a brief description of your farming or management background), resume, the contact information for at least 3 references and answers to the following questions:

1. If selected, are you able to start on Oct 16, 2013?

2. What is your preferred length of contract? 

3. Why do you want this job?

No phone calls, please. Serious inquiries only.

  

Ridge to Reef Farm Apprenticeships

The 2013 Ridge to Reef Farm Apprenticeship is a three to six month seasonal position, starting August 29th

Fall Season: August 29th to November 27th  (3 months)

Full Season: August 29th to March 1st   (6 months)

Farm Apprenticeship Description:

Farm apprentices participate in all aspects of farm production and maintenance including but not limited to: weed management, pest and disease management, harvesting, post-harvest handling, irrigation, greenhouse propagation, seeding, transplanting, composting, assisting with CSA operation, markets, basic building projects and maintenance, volunteer management and animal caretaking. Apprentices also participate in community living responsibilities and meetings.

Farm apprentices are expected to work five days a week, 40-50 hours total, under the direction of the Farm Managers. Apprentices will work independently, with others and with the farm managers. The educational experience is entirely learning-by-doing and asking questions. Apprentices may have the opportunity to learn skills necessary in managing a farm.

This is an opportunity to live, work and learn on an organic farm. Farm work is physically demanding and can be tedious, exhausting, and frustrating – but it is also very rewarding. Communal or shared living situations can be challenging as well, but can also be an opportunity to connect with others and engage in personal growth. This position is ideal for an aspiring farmer who is looking to deepen their knowledge by participating in all aspects of maintaining the farm.

This position is ideal for an aspiring farmer who is looking to deepen their knowledge by participating in all aspects of maintaining the farm. 

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age with the ability to work outside performing manual labor.

Some experience farming or gardening, or a background in agriculture or horticulture, is required.

Desired Qualifications:

- One or more full seasons working on a farm.

This position is best suited for someone with a desire to be a farmer. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working on a production-scale farm or market garden, and is seriously interested in pursuing farming and gardening as a career and lifestyle. Candidates with a basic knowledge of plants and an interest in sustainable agriculture and farm management are preferred.

As a working apprenticeship on a fast-paced production farm, this position requires mental and physical stamina. Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work independently with minimum supervision on occasion. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator, easy-going and hard-working with a positive attitude and a sense of humor.

Other desired qualifications include:

• Desire to learn by doing, and improve throughout the season

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team 

• Ability to take direction as well as to take initiative

• Excellent work ethic

• High level of attention to detail and to quality standards

• Strong organizational skills

• Dependability, especially showing up for work on time.

• Willingness to work outdoors in all conditions (rain, mud, heat, etc)

• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs repeatedly

• Interest in sustainable agriculture at a medium scale

• Comfort managing volunteers

• Excellent communication skills

• Light carpentry and building skills

• Electrical or mechanical skills are a plus

• Full season commitment preferred

Compensation

Compensation includes rustic accommodations, access to seasonal produce from the farm, eggs when available, kitchen staples (rice, beans, flour, sugar, etc), farm training and a monthly stipend of $400-500 depending on experience and length of commitment.  Farm apprentices are granted use of the community center, including kitchen, wireless Internet, and phone, and the bathhouse.

Accommodations depend on availability, and may include either a simple shack with a hammock and/or bed, a single or double-occupancy cabana or camping on the farm. Some accommodations have running water and electricity while others have neither.

How To Apply

If you think you may be a good fit for the Farm Apprenticeship at Ridge to Reef Farm, please fill out the application form which can be found on our websitehttp://www.ridge2reef.org/internships--apprenticeships.html, or by e-mailing us at CSA@ridge2reef.org. Send the completed form, along with your current resume (optional, but encouraged) to CSA@ridge2reef.org with the subject “Fall 2013 Farm Apprenticeship.” Check our website for other jobs and opportunities at Ridge to Reef Farm.

 

About Ridge to Reef Farm and St. Croix: 

For those applying from abroad or those not familiar with the current state of farming in the area, a brief contextual description: An estimated 99% of the food consumed on St. Croix is imported, yet the island is suited for agriculture with a rich agrarian heritage dating to pre-Columbian times. Fortunately, recent advances in the local food system including government, community, and consumer support have been made. We and other farmers believe that St. Croix, currently enjoying resurgence in small farming, has the potential to become a model for organic food production locally and globally. While it’s small size (84 square miles) intensifies its problems, it also enables change at a rapid pace. We work diligently to be a part of that change for the better.

Ridge to Reef Farm, currently only USDA certified organic farm in the territory, is located in the relatively undeveloped and remote northwest quarter of St. Croix, U.S.V.I, (i.e., the “rain forest”). At our primary 100-acre site, 5-7 acres of land are currently in vegetable production; the remainder is a combination of orchards, pastures and forests.  We also manage a nearby 20-acre historic mango orchard, and plan to expand production to additional satellite sites on the island with a mix of fruits and produce.

We supply a 100-member CSA program with fresh organic produce and tropical fruit, in addition to weekly market-stands and restaurant sales. The farm also hosts agritourism events, multi-week educational farm retreats, tours, farm-to-table guest chef donation dinners, farm stays, and educational workshops. In addition to produce, the farm has shorthair sheep (25) and pigs (3-10) for meat production, and rotating flocks of chickens (40-200) for eggs and meat.

There are a number of recreational possibilities at Ridge to Reef Farm, and the views of the countryside, rainforest, surrounding farms and ocean are quite idyllic. There are hiking trails, dirt roads for walking/running (mostly hilly terrain), and the beautiful west end beaches of St. Croix, with opportunities for snorkeling, paddle boarding and diving. At 17 degrees latitude, we enjoy a semi-tropical climate with semi-defined rainy and dry seasons.  More information about St. Croix can be found at http://www.gotostcroix.com

Questions? Please call 340.220.0466 and leave message (we get poor reception here and check calls daily) or email r2rfarm@gmail.com

 

 

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Claudia Seixas

CSA Farm Manager

Ridge to Reef Farm 
P.O. Box 174

Frederiksted, USVI 00841

(843) 327 3959

cmc.seixas@gmail.com

Deadline to apply: 
Sunday, August 18, 2013 (All day)