Farm Manager (Part-Time)

Job Title: Farm Manager

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Farm Manager is responsible for planning and executing the production of vegetables for distribution to the food insecure in Linn County. The Farm Manager will work with 30+ growing partners that include urban farms and rural farmers. Feed Iowa First prepares the soil and provides growing materials and instruction to urban farm sites. Rural farms share their surplus produce. Maintaining and strengthening these relationships are vital to Feed Iowa First. The Farm Manager is responsible for developing a farm plan and budget; procurement of seeds and growing materials; starting seeds and nurturing their growth; providing leadership to urban farms using sustainable agricultural practices; adhering to the safe harvest of vegetables and their preparation for distribution; oversite of equipment and production facility; and implementing all safety standards. This is a part-time position that requires availability on weekday nights and weekends. This is a part-time position.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Farm Management

  • Create and facilitate farm plan
  • Establish and adhere to production budget
  • Procure seeds, growing materials and make recommendations on additional needs
  • Manage seedling production
  • Operate farm machinery
  • Maintain and strengthen growing partner relationships
  • Provide leadership on sustainable agricultural practices to urban farm partners
  • Develop a schedule and facilitate soil preparation, planting, harvest and post-harvest activities
  • Provide support to growing partners as needed
  • Interact with and educate volunteers
  • Provide leadership and adhere to safety standards for harvest, storage and preparation of produce for distribution
  • Manage the recording of harvest

 

Production Facility Management

  • Oversee the maintenance of production facility and equipment
  • Ensure compliance with food safety standards
  • Ensure compliance with safe work habits and equipment use
  • Maintain a clean, safe and welcoming space for volunteers

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

Experience Required

  • Three or more year’s agricultural experience with focus on chemical-free vegetable production
  • Ability to the safely operate farm equipment
  • Demonstrated project management skills; ability to work with efficiency and flexibility
  • Excellent communicator to work effectively and cooperatively with a diverse group of people both internally and externally
  • Ability to be adaptive and innovative to resolve challenges
  • Integrity, positive attitude and passionate about the mission of Feed Iowa First; Combating food insecurity by growing food and farmers
  • Ability to lift 60 lbs. and perform physically strenuous work in all weather conditions
  • Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Experience with OfficeSuites, internet and basic office tasks

 

Successful candidates will be subject to credential and criminal background checks.

Email resume and detailed cover letter describing your qualifications for this position and interest in Feed Iowa First to carter@feediowa1st.com

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