FRESH New London is a small non-profit located in New London, CT. Our mission is to build momentum for food system change through local agriculture and youth empowerment. We use food to connect to the community, encourage leadership, inspire stewardship and incite change. FRESH has recently turned our focus to urban farming and community gardening as a way to build resiliency in our city and to inspire more people to take part in the community food system. FRESH New London is a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England.
The Urban Farm Manager collaborates and assists FRESH Staff with the planning and coordination of all FRESH agricultural activities and projects from seed to sale. The FRESH Urban Farm produces food (mostly produce), plants and a myriad of opportunities for training of youth and the general public—all within the City of New London. Urban Farm Manager supervises and mentors paid youth Farm Staff, Farm Interns and other volunteers. The UF Manager is also responsible for marketing FRESH food through a small CSA and at the local farmers market. Primary work site is the ½ acre FRESH Urban Farm and Education Center, but management responsibilities include the developing McDonald Park Edible Park project, upcoming edible landscape projects and consultation/occasional site visits at the constellation of community and school gardens with which we are associated.
Essential Job Functions
Farm Management: From Seed to Sale
- Collaborate on annual field plans and lead implementation of those plans;
- Seed ordering and material acquisition for Urban Farm, FRESH Programs and community partners/members;
- Greenhouse management, plant propagation and season extension;
- Planning and implementation of weekly planting schedule for greenhouse seeding, field seeding and transplanting;
- Environmentally sustainable insect and weed control, fertility monitoring and general field observation;
- Assist with infrastructure planning, creation and maintenance:
- Irrigation planning and implementation, including harvesting rain water;
- Develop soil-building/ fertility program, including composting;
- Coordinate efforts to include poultry and bees into FRESH’s Urban Farm.
- Coordinate Pilot CSA program in 2017 along with FRESH staff and youth: post-harvest handling, sales and marketing and distribution. Plan weekly harvest schedule—harvest, wash and pack produce for delivery/market;
- Assist with delivery of produce in FRESH Box Truck and set up at some direct marketing events as needed;
- Work with community members and FRESH members (youth and adult) to include culturally appropriate produce/plants in annual plan.
Supervision and Education
- Collaborate with FRESH Staff to train youth in practical agricultural skills and experiences:
- Integrate program youth and volunteers into weekly farm work.
- Incorporate educational experiences into youth and volunteer work crews;
- Develop educational goals and curricula for Summer Youth Employment Program;
- Supervision and guidance of Farm Interns and YAS (Youth Adult Staff);
- Collaborate with staff, youth, FRESH Advisory Board Members and others to create and coordinate regular/monthly workshop/workdays which engage participants in service learning and connect people to the food, land, and each other.
Record Keeping and Assessment
- Track yield, sales, donations, other;
- Assess and adjust cultural practices, fertility and other systems plans;
- Feedback—proactive communication within organization to solve problems and advance program:
- Evaluate activities based on clear goals and objectives.
- Participate in planning for long-term/strategic farm development, fertility and programming.
Work in urban farm, greenhouse, outdoor classroom and office. Hard and repetitive physical work. Evening and weekend hours, flexibility required. Current driver’s license and clean driving record. Comfortable driving trucks.
The FRESH Urban Farm Manager will need a strong practical knowledge of agricultural skills and management, dedication to community food security and a passionate commitment to food justice, social change and environmental stewardship.
- A minimum of 2 years of full-season agricultural experience;
- Working knowledge of sustainable farming and urban farming methods;
- Supervisory experience with farm workers, volunteers and/or youth;
- Experience working with youth. interest in youth leadership and youth development is strongly preferred;
- Strong communication skills;
- Ability to work with team and community members respectfully and with patience;
- Ability to lift up to 40 pounds repeatedly, wake up early and do physical labor;
- Experience and interest in working with diverse populations—different ages and various economic, social and political backgrounds;
- Qualities of self-motivation, time management, flexibility and cooperation.
This is an hourly position. Pay range will be $13.50 to $15.00 per hour and will include a full benefits package, including medical and dental. Abundant fresh vegetables.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Anticipated Start Date: March 15, 2017
We strongly encourage online applications.
We also accept applications by mail or fax. Apply by mail to: Third Sector New England, Attn: Employment Manager, NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111; or send by fax to: 617.896.9393.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE and FRESH New London will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran or disability status.