Hiring a Farm Manager
Tricycle Gardens is seeking a dynamic and energetic Urban Farm Manager to oversee the organization’s urban agriculture sites. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of organic and sustainable growing practices, season extension techniques, four season farming and enjoy sharing their knowledge with farm visitors, fellows, workforce development participants, students and volunteers. Experience farming in an urban environment is a plus.
RVA’s Urban Farm is a one-acre site with about 5,000 square feet of growing space divided into in- ground no-till rows, hoop house growing space, wooden raised beds and a variety of keyhole and sub-irrigated bed designs from around the world. Soil fertility is largely dependent on our collection of compost material from local businesses, which is composted on-site within wooden composters and through our vermicomposting operation. The 31st Street Baptist Church Urban Farm is currently under reconstruction to mitigate lead soils and includes a 30×74 foot hoophouse and about 1/3 acre of growing space. Also under management is a small urban orchard with a variety of asian pear, fig and apple trees. We strive to utilize the resources of the city to maximize the potential of a small space.
Oversee all aspects of day-to-day farm operations, including crop planning, crop rotation, soil amendment, planting, pest control, weed management, perennial crop case, crop harvest, season extension and distribution.
This includes working with staff, interns and volunteers to manage:
- Four season production and distribution.
- Four hoop houses.
- Compost operation.
- Service and care for farm tools and equipment.
- Water catchment and irrigation systems.
- Insectary, herb and flower gardens.
- A high standard of aesthetic for the farm.
This also includes:
- Advising supporting staff on ways to improve and optimize efficiency and productivity in all aforementioned areas.
- Preparing and implementing an organic growing plan that yields desirable produce, herbs and flowers distribution through the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, farm stands and educational programming year-round.
- Completing soil tests in fall and consulting with the local extension office and agronomists to maintain soil health.
- Ensuring farm activities adhere to safety regulations and standards.
- Working with Director to maintain financial, operational, production and volunteer records as appropriate.
- Coordinating product pricing.
- Maintaining detailed farm records, inventories and databases related to crop production, rotation and pounds of produce harvested.
- Maintain detailed farm records, inventories, and databases related to crop production, rotation, and pounds of produce harvested.
- Work with staff to manage the Four Season Farmers’ Market.
- Train and manage interns and program fellows and supervise volunteers.
- Assist Program Manager train and manage farm interns and workforce development participants.
- Participate in various educational programming and special events throughout the year.
- Participate in workdays and “all staff” activities, where Tricycle Gardens staff manage a large project, event or educational program or volunteer day.
- Be willing and able to lend a hand throughout the organization as needed.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
- 3 – 5 years of farm management experience, preferably with an organic or sustainable farm.
- Competencies in sustainable, organic or biological agricultural practices.
- Large knowledge base or willingness to acquire a knowledge base in low or no-till agricultural methods.
- Experience supervising staff, fellows and volunteers.
- Experience or willingness to work within a diverse community and with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Competency with small-scale agricultural machinery including chipper/shredder, two-wheeled hand tractor, tiller, and brush mower.
- Experience teaching children and adults in a farm or garden setting.
- Interest and familiarity with issues related to local food, food access, and sustainable agriculture, and an appreciation of the urban environment.
- Strong organizational and written/verbal communication skills.
- Sense of humor and joy for our work.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team that feels like a family.
How to Apply:
Tricycle Gardens is an equal opportunity employer and an open and affirming community. We seek candidates of diverse backgrounds. For consideration, please email resume and cover letter to Sally@tricyclegardens.org by Friday, March 20th. Thank you for your interest and please no phone calls.