Newhall Fields Community Farm - Seeking Farm Manager - Peabody, MA

Posted on May 12, 2022Last updated 1 week ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

193 Lynn Street, Peabody Massachusetts

Total number of acres available with this property:

17.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

7.0

Acres of pasture:

0.0

Acres of forested land:

0.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

10 acres farm buildings; wetland, and other conservation land

Is the property enrolled in a current use or other state program that affects property taxes?:

Yes

Is the property protected with any type of Conservation Easement?:

Yes

Easement details:

Essex Greenbelt holds an agricultural conservation restriction on the property

Is there a forest management plan for forestland on the available property?:

No

If the property is contracted to be sold through a real estate agent, please provide name of agent and/or agency and the MLS #:

The property is not being sold. This posting is to hire a farmer.
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Drilled well
Irrigation system
Town/municipal water

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Shed, lean-to, outdoor walk-in cooler with CoolBot (Newhall Fields 2 acres) Greenhouses, farm stand, residence, sheds (Tillie's Farm 14 acres Bee hives (Al's Hives and Honey 1 acre)

Farmer housing

None available

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

BCS two-wheeled walk-behind tractor and implements for regenerative agricultural practices
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Other

Other tenure arrangement

The property is not being sold. This posting is to hire a farmer. Newhall Fields Community Farm has a land use agreement with the City of Peabody for a 2 acre parcel of the 17 acre farm. The land is owned and managed by the City of Peabody Parks and Recreation Department.
Additional Information

Description

Newhall Fields is a non-profit organization and community farm with a mission to increase access to fresh, high quality local produce for everyone in our community. We use organic and sustainable methods to grow a diverse range of vegetables and herbs on less than an acre of historic farmland in Peabody, Massachusetts. We work with hunger relief organizations, senior living facilities and other community partners to distribute food in Peabody, Lynn, Lynnfield, and Salem. We provide on-farm engagement opportunities for community members of all ages and abilities through volunteering and farm-based educational programs. We are seeking an energetic, community-minded grower to guide our farm through the next phase of wholesale growth, infrastructure improvements, and expansion of our cultivated fields. 

Title: Farm Manager and Instructor

Reports to: Newhall Fields Community Farm Director, Jeannette McGinn

Status: Seasonal part-time; approximately 20 hours/week; Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 8:30am to 12:00pm on the farm; plus additional hours preparation, planning, and field work

Salary Range: Compensation is per hour based on experience 

Start Date: Seasonal employment from March to November (start and end dates are somewhat flexible) [2022 as soon as possible]

Added benefit: Access to all farm grown produce, herbs, and flowers

Overview of primary responsibilities

Agriculture and produce/herb/flower distribution

Crop planning and greenhouse management; including seeding and watering with the help of volunteers

Setup and maintain irrigation, equipment, and tools

Lead and supervise the farm volunteers and interns: planting, weeding, harvesting, and other field work

Operate tractors and other mechanical equipment

Manage farm food safety protocols

Supervise the washing and packing of produce and herbs for distribution to food pantries, senior mobile market, farm-to-family programs (i.e. volunteer work-for-a-farm-share, SNAP and WIC coupon fresh produce and herb box), and wholesale accounts

Schedule deliveries for wholesale and donations so that volunteers can make these deliveries in an efficient manner

Work with the board of directors to create a budget and place orders for supplies and materials

Develop a long-term farm plan including regenerative organic agriculture and land/soil management best practices, increase production, add conservation practices, and diversify distribution

Programming and engaging the community

Help to develop farm-based education program offerings

Manage and teach programs for small groups of young people on the farm

Coordinate the program schedule with the director

Work with the director to coordinate farm-based volunteering for individuals and groups

Work with, provide guidance to, and create a welcoming and friendly environment for volunteers, neighbors, SNAP/WIC/Senior coupon customers, and other visitors

Maintain working relationship with Tillie’s Farmstand manager

Administrative responsibilities (support and additional volunteer resources will be provided to assist you in following responsibilities including bookkeeping and data entry support)

Maintain accurate records of crop production: including harvest, distribution, sales, and donations

Contribute to newsletter and social media to promote programs and education

Comply with state requirements for educators who work with children (CORI and First Aid/CPR certification) 

Work with teams of lead volunteers and the board to improve existing systems to be more efficient and effective

Collaborate and build partnerships with farms, farmers, land conservation organizations, and stakeholders with board support

Input on annual budgeting, grant applications, and fundraising efforts 

Submit hours every two weeks to human resources 

Qualifications

Passionate and motivated to work on a small-scale, low-till, sustainable vegetable, flower, and herb production farm using organic practices

At least two seasons of experience on a vegetable farm strongly preferred   

Eager to learn and receive constructive feedback

Ability to work both independently and as a team member

Demonstrate strong communication skills

Be able to crouch, squat, bend over, kneel, and stand for a good amount of time and ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds

Willingness to work in all weather conditions

Good at following directions and detail oriented 

Have a creative and flexible approach to teaching and collaborating 

Have experience directing and leading small groups

21 years of age by June 1, 2022

Pass CORI and SORI checks

Multilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply (Spanish and Portuguese language skills, a plus)

Follow COVID-19 protocols

Ability to arrive punctually at the agreed-upon time and be reliably present on all 

assigned work dates

Apply to join the Newhall Fields Community Farm team!

**Interested in becoming a Newhall Fields Community Farm team member in summer 2022. Send a cover letter, your resume, and references as soon as possible  (applications will be accepted on a rolling basis). Email [email protected] with the subject line: Farm Manager, or mail Newhall Fields Community Farm, P.O. Box 131, Peabody, MA 01960. Any questions please call 978-595-1778. We will follow up with you to set up an interview.

Workplace considerations and expectations

Covid-19: We prioritize maintaining a safe and comfortable work environment and community space on the farm. Please note that employment with us means you are making a commitment to following all COVID-19 guidelines, limit personal risk outside of farm hours, and exercise caution and consideration for staff, volunteers, and community members as we collectively navigate this public health crisis.

Workplace inclusion: We are committed to creating a work environment that values and affirms the experiences of individuals of marginalized identities and backgrounds. We seek to foster a spirit of mutual accountability, constructive dialogue, empathetic listening, and inclusivity by acknowledging the role of systemic oppression as it impacts ourselves, each other, and the world of sustainable agriculture and food access.

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