Just Roots and the Greenfield Community Farm

Posted on December 14, 2016 • Last updated 3 months ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Public landowner (town, county, state)

Property Location:

34 Glenbrook Dr, Greenfield, MA 01301

Total number of acres available with this property:

51-100

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

6-20

Acres of pasture:

6-20

Acres of forested land:

1-5
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Water sources details

Well and potential use of stream

Barns and sheds

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Barn, well, 1 greenhouse, 3 hoophouses, office

Farmer housing

None available

Farmer housing details

1 and 2-bedroom apartments occasionally come up for rent on property. Not provided or guaranteed.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Equipment functional but some in need maintenance. All to be used by Farm Manager. 35-horse power John Deere tractor (we currently rent neighbor's tractor for larger jobs) Harrow Disc Bush hog Bed shaper/plastic layer Potato plough
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Other

Other

Farm Manager for non-profit food justice organization
Additional Information

Description

JUST ROOTS IS SEEKING A FARM MANAGER:

Just Roots is a non-profit food justice organization in Greenfield, Massachusetts committed to increasing access to healthy food. Founded in 2008 by a group of community members seeking land to grow on, Just Roots began as a community garden.  Eight years later, Just Roots and the Greenfield Community Farm manage 60 acres of town-owned land, growing 5-7 acres of vegetables and running a wide range of healthy food access programs in our community. 

 

Our programs: 

  • Put food on the tables of low-income households through a subsidized CSA program and donations to food pantries and community meals
  • Bring a fun, interactive healthy snack "laboratory" and nutrition education to our local elementary schools
  • Develop, produce and serve healthy local soup to our school cafeterias
  • Make growing food through community garden plots an option for everyone
  • Provide skill-building and volunteering opportunities for community members and people from all over western Massachusetts including young farmers, inmates and students
  • Increase awareness of and registration assistance for local and governmental food support systems such as SNAP and WIC through one-on-one sessions at monthly Healthy Food Clinics
  • Strengthen our community's relationships with one another and with healthy lifestyles through vegetable-based community meals on the farm and in low-income housing developments
  • Facilitate experiences for students and community members to explore the ties between nature, good food, good health and food justice

Position:  
We’re seeking a Farm Manager to join our small, dedicated team. This position is full-time and year-round, however hours will dramatically shift with the seasons and the needs of the farm.

Compensation:
Year 1 compensation: $25,000 base salary, + $5,000 of performance-based bonuses throughout the season.  Increased base salary and shift in payment structure available for the right candidate in year two.

Job Description:

The Farm Manager is responsible for all aspects of the Greenfield Community Farm’s operations. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and execute/oversee sustainably-grown vegetable production on 5-7 acres of land, manage greenhouse, two high tunnels and ½-acre perennial crops 
  • Work closely with Just Roots Programs and Marketing Manager to administer CSA and ensure smooth communications and execution of on-farm programming and CSA/wholesale fulfillment. 
  • Attend or staff all CSA pickups and marketing outlets 
  • Hire, train and manage 3-person full-time farm staff - including orientation, scheduling, timesheets, safe food handling, safe work practices, quality control, team culture, sustainable practices and day-to-day leadership.
  • Collaborate with Community Outreach Coordinator on management of volunteer crews
  • Maintain financial records and production records, to be used for reporting, budgeting, and evaluation.
  • Maintain equipment and infrastructure
  • Support community garden and other utilized spaces on Just Roots land with occasional tractor work and labor support
  • Lead farm tours and represent Just Roots at local agriculture events
  • Take ultimate responsibility for all aspects of farm operations as well as product quality.

 

Qualifications:  

  • Three years of vegetable production experience, at least one year of mid-level management.  Preferred experience of at least two years on farms of 5+ acres.
  • Commitment to sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Knowledge of advanced small-scale vegetable production and greenhouse propagation.
  • Expertise with farm equipment and machinery.
  • Experience with farm budgeting, intensive crop planning, soil fertility planning.
  • Highly motivated, with the ability to train and work with a diverse (in skills, backgrounds, life situations) group of people in farm operations.
  • Strong leadership, organizational, collaborative and time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Valid drivers license.

 

You’ll be particularly suited for this job if you:

  • Love (passionately!) growing food
  • Thrive on bringing people together around physical, productive labor
  • Accel in collaboration - both supporting teammates and receiving support
  • Believe in the local farm as a powerful vehicle for social change and community building.
  • Work with enthusiasm, passion, compassion and a sense of humor!

Sound interesting to you? Please be in touch!  

Send the following to rochelle@justroots.org:

  • Cover letter and resume that demonstrates your qualifications.
  • Three professional references. Include: name, title, business website, e-mail address and phone number

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