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Farm Director, EAT South [AL]


Position Overview:

The EAT South Farm Director is the leader of site management and production at the Downtown Farm, and technical support for gardens throughout the local community. The Farm Director holds the vision for the farm and for other EAT South programs as they relate to sustainable farming and gardening. This position is one of three central leadership positions of EAT South along with the Education Director and Executive Director. Responsibilities of the EAT South Farm Director include:


Organization Management and Promotion

·         Work with the Executive Director and Education Director to develop, assess, adjust and carry out EAT South’s strategic plan and programs

·         Help create a community-focused environment that supports EAT South’s mission

·         Engage with the public about EAT South, including attending community events, public speaking and media representation

·         Promote EAT South and local sustainable agriculture through blogs, newsletters, social media posts, etc.

·         Contribute to shared organizational responsibilities as needed


Downtown Farm Management

·         Manage the vegetable production of EAT South’s Downtown Farm, which consists of 600 bed feet this year and will grow to be 1,100 bed feet in 2016. All vegetables are grown in raised beds and are cultivated by hand, using sustainable farming methods.

·         Create a strategic plan for the sale and use of EAT South’s produce which will make the farm financially self-sufficient while serving our mission

·         Manage greenhouse production for EAT South’s Downtown Farm and coordinate with EAT South employees, local schools, and community gardens to provide greenhouse space for local gardening projects

·         Create an annual budget for farm expenses and projected income

·         Keep records of crop plans, greenhouse plantings, field plantings, sales, etc.

·         Manage upkeep and appearance of EAT South’s Downtown Farm

·         Manage perennial beds and borders for beneficial insect habitat

·         Care for chickens and cats residing at EAT South’s Downtown Farm


Oversee Farm Expansion and Construction

·         Spearhead and oversee construction projects at the EAT South Downtown Farm

·         Create a plan for the remediation, planting, and management of a one acre urban orchard at our downtown farm site based on our site plan, and manage the implementation of the plan


Manage the Downtown Farm Work Force

·         Supervise and train volunteers, from individuals to groups up to 30

·         Supervise other employees and AmeriCorps VISTA service members on EAT South’s Farm production team


Technical Support

·         Train employees in essential skills of sustainable agriculture about growing food and facilitate discussion about the relationship between farming and social justice

·         Provide ongoing technical support related to gardening for employees and community gardens

·         Lead gardening classes for the public

Preferred Qualifications:

·         3 years of experience in farm management for annual vegetable production using sustainable agriculture practices

·         Agricultural or horticultural training either in school, in an apprenticeship program, or through extensive self study and hands on learning

·         Experience pricing, marketing, and managing sales of produce, ideally including restaurant sales

·         Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers and working with diverse communities

·         Experience in fruit orchard management, including pruning and care

·         An understanding of how our food system and social justice are connected

·         A strong dedication to social justice and food justice

·         A demonstrated interest in community-based work

·         Experience teaching about sustainable farming or gardening

·         Comfort with speaking and presenting in public on food security, food access, urban agriculture, and other relevant topics.

·         Ability to work independently and as part of a team

·         Ability to work weekend hours during the growing season to participate in farmers markets and gardening classes

·         Knowledge in using Microsoft Office and other computer applications such as Word, Excel, Publisher, Google Docs, etc.

·         Organized and self-motivated

·         Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. and work outdoors in all seasons and in the greenhouse

·         Ability to perform frequent standing, walking, lifting, and bending

·         Reliable transportation

EAT South encourages applicants from all backgrounds. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Organization: EAT South

Location: Montgomery, AL

Position: Farm Director

Begins: February 15th, 2016

Salary: commensurate with experience

Application deadline: Jan. 1st, 2016

Earlier Event: December 4
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