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2 Mar 2022

Part-Time Co-Farm Manager

Whitelock Community Farm – Posted by apew Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Job Description

Whitelock Community Farm 

Co-Farm Manager Job Description 

Summary of Organization: 

Whitelock Community Farm is an urban farm located in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. The farm is a vibrant open space that grows food and activates community to promote social equity in the neighborhood. We work to: Create educational, skill building, and leadership development opportunities; Increase access to healthy, affordable food; Foster positive community activity; Promote dialogue about food access, neighborhood development, and environmental justice. 

Summary of Responsibilities: The Co-Farm Manager will be responsible for staff and volunteer management, farm operation, seasonal planning, and general farm maintenance at Whitelock Community Farm in partnership with the other co-Farm Manager. The Co-Farm manager will work directly with the Whitelock Community Farm Board, and work alongside the other co-Farm Manager, Program Manager and Market Manager. The position will also support a Seasonal Farm Assistant, when and as needed. 

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 

  • Staff Management 

o Scheduling, organize daily and weekly tasks for staff and apprentices 

o Training and evaluation, reporting to Whitelock Farm Board 

  • Volunteer training and management 

o Coordinate with Program Manager to support regular volunteer opportunities 

o Conduct regular volunteer orientations 

o Identify tasks and tools to suit volunteer needs/abilities 

  • Field production 

o Develop and maintain crop plan using sustainable practices, focusing on productivity and community input 

o Harvest, wash and prepare produce for outlets according to GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) guidelines 

o Maintain and record information/documentation, such as production, farm management practices, etc.

o Manage greenhouse and hoop houses: propagation and maintenance 

o Responsible for field maintenance (planting, mowing, weeding, etc) 

o Utilize sustainable (chemical-free) practices of soil remediation, integrated pest management, production and crop rotation o Practice safe post-harvest handling following Food Safety Plans and GAP Guidelines 

o Manage the community compost system 

  • Produce Outlets 

o Communicate with Market Manager regarding produce availability, pricing, customer feedback 

o Coordinate CSA: 

Advertise for shares, organize membership database and payments 

Weekly communications with members with produce list, recipes, farm updates and events 

o Participate in the Farm Alliance of Baltimore: send availability lists, prepare orders, coordinate delivery, work shared market shifts and attend monthly membership meetings 

o Manage volunteer compensation and donations 

o Identify sales goals inline with the organizational mission 

  • Social media 

o Contribute content for Social Media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Instagram), and email newsletters 

  • Property management 

o Watering and opening cold frames and hoop house in hot weather 

o Maintaining a clean and vibrant farm in accordance with the guidelines set up by the board and community (ie: regular trash & weed removal) 

  • Tools and Inventory Management 

Keep records of tools and inventories 

Report, repair and replace tools as needed 

Ensure proper use of tools with staff and volunteers 

  • Administrative Work 

o Manage sales records, invoices, expenses and bank deposits o Participate in staff meetings 

o Create data sets of sales, harvested amounts, volunteer numbers, etc for grant writing purposes

o Attend relevant city, community events, meetings and represent the farm in pubic forums 

o Advise and communicate with the WCF Board for decisions o Assist with development and implementation of WCF Events and tours at the Farm 

o Contribute to fundraising initiatives 

Qualifications and Requirements: 

  • Applicant must be confident in their ability and experience in farm production and knowledge of gardening and organic methods of producing food 
  • Ability to navigate transportation systems as needed, access to a car is a plus 
  • Ability to complete manual labor including sitting, bending, and lifting and/or moving items weighing from 20-50+ pounds. Good vision abilities are needed for close vision, distance vision, and color vision. 
  • Ability to work outdoors in extreme weather for extended periods of time 
  • Willing to work flexible work schedule, including weekends and possibly holidays 
  • Basic knowledge of MS office and other basic computer skills, or desire and willingness to learn. 
  • Comfortable with a team approach to programming and the ability to manage several activities 
  • Strong preference for applicants who live in Reservoir Hill 

Compensation and Benefits: 

This is a part time position of 25 hours p/week, with a salary of $20,000

EEO Statement: Whitelock Community Farm does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Whitelock Farm Board President, Aisha Pew at aisha@citydibs.com with “Farm Manager Application” in the subject line. No phone calls please.  Applications close on Mar 25, 2022

Job Categories: Farming. Job Types: Part-Time. Job Tags: farmer training, food desert, food deserts, food justice, urban farmer, and urban farming. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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