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The Nashville Food Project

Community Farm Manager

The Nashville Food Project

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Job Summary

The Nashville Food Project Mission Statement

Bringing people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city.

Position Summary

The Community Farm Manager provides onsite management at The Nashville Food Project’s Community Farm at Mill Ridge. This position includes site management with an emphasis on long-term sustainable farming practices, volunteer & participant support, and engagement with diverse communities.

CLASSIFICATION

This is a full-time, exempt salaried position that averages 37.5 hours/week, 40 hours per week during the peak season and decreased hours during the winter months. Weekend and evening hours frequently required including at least 2 weekends per month.

 

Immigrants, refugees, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. The Nashville Food Project does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin.

 

 

Job Responsibilities

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Farm Management

● In collaboration with the Community Farm Director and Community Garden Manager implement management plans that utilize permaculture and sustainable agriculture practices to emphasize organic year-round production and soil health.
● In collaboration with the Community Farm Director respond to the daily needs of the garden, including but not limited to, procuring seeds, greenhouse work, soil preparation, compost maintenance, pest management, weeding, watering and harvesting.

● Support all greenhouse production for Project Grow plant sale and community gardens.

● Provide support in the care of livestock including bees and chickens in coordination with the garden team.

● Design, build and maintain infrastructure at the Community Farm including irrigation, equipment storage, and seed management.

● Purchase and maintain garden tools and equipment as needed, maintaining accurate expense records of all purchases.

● Property maintenance as needed, including but not limited to mowing and weed eating.

Full Circle Community Garden Management

● Provide onsite direction and technical support for farm work days at Mill Ridge.

● Facilitate volunteer groups; guide and educate volunteers of diverse backgrounds, ages and levels of experience during garden work sessions.

● Lead harvest work days and distribution of produce from Full Circle Community Garden.

● Work in collaboration with the Community Farm Director and Community Garden Manager to manage excess produce.

Gardener Support

● Support onsite communication and technical assistance for Community Farm individual gardeners.

● Work in collaboration with the Community Garden Manager to address participant concerns and communicate updates.

Resource Management

● Work with the Community Garden Manager to refine and implement resource management systems, including the purchase and distribution of seeds, season extension, compost/ fertilizers and organic pest control.

Leadership/ Administration

● Work as part of a collaborative garden team providing support as needed for all gardens and garden programs.

● Attend weekly team and staff meetings as appropriate.

● Work closely with Directors and team to develop and monitor budget, strategic plan and work plan for garden programming.

● Maintain and prepare monthly reports, as requested.

● Supervise the work of intern(s) and volunteers as needed, including scheduling and ensuring quality work, as needed.

 

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS

● Demonstrated understanding of TNFP’s mission and vision of community food.

● Experienced in farm or garden management, with emphasis on vegetable production.

● Availability to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends.

● Must have reliable transportation and valid Tennessee driver license.

● Fluency in English required, fluency in an additional language is a plus.

● Basic computer and internet skills (Microsoft Office, video conferencing, and data management systems). Training can be provided, if needed.

● Ability to regularly lift and move at least 40 pounds.

● Demonstrated ability to be highly organized, able to work within a team and execute responsibilities independently.

● Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.

● Has a willingness to work hard, have fun, and learn amongst a collaborative team.

Additional Information

Benefits

COMPENSATION: Starting rate of pay for this position is $34,000-$37,000, commensurate with experience. The Nashville Food Project also offers a competitive benefits package for full time employees including:

● 75% Employer paid health insurance, and voluntary dental and vision insurance options

● Employer paid term-life and AD&D insurance, and long-term disability insurance coverage

● Employee Assistance Program

● Cell phone stipend

● Nine paid holidays plus two floating holidays

● Paid Time Off (PTO) program

● Parental leave

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to elke@thenashvillefoodproject.org before Tuesday, March 2nd.

Details

  • Date Posted: February 3, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Other
  • Salary Range: 34,000-37,000