The Farm Production Manager is responsible for overseeing all Production aspects of the Food Shuttle Farm to ensure the timely execution of all farm activities in collaboration with VP of Agriculture. The scope of the position includes crop and field management planning and executional aspects of planting, irrigation, crop and field maintenance, and harvest. This position is the farm team lead and works closely with farm staff, FRD staff and volunteers to ensure program goals are met. Farm Production Manager is based on the Farm but travel to the Malone Center and other locations in our service area is required as needed.
FARM PLANNING AND DESIGN:
• Create crop production goals and projections in collaboration with the Director of Agriculture Programs and Operations Manager
• Create operational resource plans for annual and seasonal field and high-tunnel crops in collaboration with the Director of Agriculture Programs
• Design crop plans with focus on operational requirements to maximize efficient use of volunteers in collaboration with the Farm Engagement Coordinators
• Responsible for strategic assignment of tasks to ensure efficient use of staff and volunteers to meet production goals
• Create and communicate farm crop production policies and procedures in collaboration with the Director of Agriculture Programs
• Create and communicate food safety and food handling procedures at all points of the production process
• Create annual and seasonal crop plans for field and high-tunnel production
• Create annual and seasonal field and high-tunnel preparation and cultivation plans
• Develop annual crop production budgets with guidance from the Director of Agriculture Programs
• Create and maintain record-keeping mechanisms for field amendments, crop plans including field preparation, planting and harvest dates, cultivation, crop rotations, harvest yields, irrigation, pest management
• Record, complete and communicate all necessary documentation
• Plan, Coordinate, and Manage the execution of all aspects of Farm crop production, mechanized aspects of field preparation, planting, cultivation, pest control in field, greenhouse and high-tunnels.
• Manage transplant and greenhouse operations including ordering, scheduling, seeding, fertilizing, watering, pest management, and distribution
• Ensure harvested crops meet established standards for quality and quantity
• Soil management including field and high-tunnel amendments, cover cropping and field rotation
• Assist in tasks necessary to achieve specified production, revenue, and volunteer goals for the farm. Ability to create and maintain interdepartmental collaboration to assist in reaching goals is required.
FARM COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH:
• Communicate schedule of monthly/weekly farm production tasks to the Food Shuttle farm team (staff, interns, and volunteers) including seeding/transplanting/harvesting dates, livestock chores, soil amendments, and field duties
• Communicate regularly with the Director of Agriculture Programs and staff about progress, difficulties, and needs related to farm production
• In the absence of the Director of Agriculture Programs, makes decisions related to farm operations and communicates those decisions to the farm team
• Communicate safe, efficient methods of all aspects of farm production and protocol with farm staff, interns, and volunteers
• Attend and participate in all departmental, staff and development meetings, reporting progress and collaborating across departments for more effective programming
• Represent and promote the Food Shuttle and Food Shuttle farm programs at local events, workshops, meetings, conferences, etc.
• Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture preferred.
• At least three years of farm experience, preferably on a diversified produce farm.
• Experience with production planning, field preparation and cultivation, and organic weed and pest control principles are required
• Very strong ability to multi-task and balance projects at various stages simultaneously.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Able to solve problems or overcome issues quickly and creatively.
• Passionate about eradicating hunger.
• Proven ability to work steadily and independently with minimum supervision.
• Ability to work positively with a team.
• Ability to pass a criminal background check.
• North Carolina Driving License and clean driving record.
• Fostering Teamwork: The ability to demonstrate interest, skill, and success in getting groups to learn to work together.
• Managing Performance: The ability to take responsibility for one’s own or one’s employees’ performance, by setting clear goals and expectations, tracking progress against the goals, ensuring feedback, and addressing performance problems and issues promptly.
• Technical Expertise: The ability to demonstrate depth of knowledge and skill in a technical area.
• Forward Thinking: The ability to anticipate the implications and consequences of situations and take appropriate action to be prepared for possible contingencies.
• Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Medical Benefits Plan: The Food Shuttle currently contributes 70% of the employee Core Medical Plan, 70% of the employee Dental Plan, and 100% towards the employees Life Insurance.
• Simple IRA: The Food Shuttle provides a matching contribution equal to 100% of your elective deferrals, up to a limit of 3% of your compensation for the calendar year
• Paid Time Off: Fifteen (15) Paid Time Off (PTO) days annually.
• Paid Holidays: Ten (10) designated paid holidays per year, including 1 floating holiday.
Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We respect and seek to build a team of individuals from diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community. As a member of Feeding America, the Food Shuttle distributes nearly 6 million pounds of food per year, 40% of which is fresh produce. From Senior Grocery Bags, Backpack Buddies and School Pantries; Community Health Education and Mobile Markets; Catering and Culinary Job Training; and Urban Gardening and a 14-Acre Farm; we go directly to the point of need to empower people. We feed, teach and grow to create a healthy and hunger-free North Carolina.
Work Environment: Work is value, goal and deadline oriented with frequent interaction with volunteers. Light computer work is expected, with extended hours as needed. Frequent, potentially heavy physical work in the outdoors, in all weather conditions and temperatures can be anticipated. This position is based on the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm under the supervision of the Director of Agriculture Programs.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to lift 40 pounds.
DIRECT REPORTS: Farm Engagement Coordinators, Seasonal Farm Workers