Incubator Farm Manager – Jennifer Hashley Research, Friedman School of Nutrition – (20001671)
This is a limited term position ending October 31, 2021. This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s (New Entry) mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious and culturally preferred and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, New Entry provides critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers.
The Incubator Farm Manager is responsible for providing year-round technical assistance (TA) and farm production and business training to small-scale beginning farmers, both on and off the field, on multiple aspects of farm enterprise development. Responsibilities include: managing New Entry’s 15-acre fields and incubator farm sites at the historic Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA; maintaining associated farm equipment and infrastructure; developing and implementing land management and crop production plans using USDA Certified Organic production techniques and meeting MDAR CQP Food Safety protocols; and supporting producers to achieve commercial farm goals. In 2020, New Entry also began producing 3+ acres of wholesale crops for sale through the New Entry Food Hub, farm-to-school sales, food access, and other market channels as a demonstration and revenue generation effort to support farm operations. The Incubator Farm Manager is a vital part of the farmer training team and will share the responsibility of fulfilling farmer training grant deliverables and reporting requirements.
Comfortable working both in a collaborative office setting and independently on a farm;
Ability to safely operate 65hp+ tractors with multiple implements;
Ability to haul trailers loaded with heavy farm equipment and maneuver safely in and out of fields;
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends;
Access to reliable private transportation;
Valid drivers’ license and clean driving record.
Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field required;
Agricultural training and experience in multiple aspects of farming and farm enterprise is essential;
At least 3 years’ experience in providing instruction/mentorship in the areas of crop production, marketing, and business planning;
Experience in adult education and teaching to diverse learning styles;
Experience in regenerative agriculture, complying with Certified Organic production and record-keeping requirements, and promoting reduced tillage practices to conserve soil health
Ability to build relationships with early-stage beginning farmers and immigrant and refugee farmer participants;
Friendly, personable, good sense of humor, demonstrates empathy, and ability to maintain positive relationships under pressure;
Ability to manage large groups of volunteers;
Highly organized and good attention to detail;
Self-motivated, self- directed;
Strong leadership and diplomacy skills;
Ability to manage multiple competing tasks and work well within a rapidly-changing environment;
Excellent customer service, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Familiarity with federal and private grants proposals and reports, or willingness to learn.
Prior farm management/farm business ownership experience;
Experience managing a certified organic farm;
Experience managing historic working landscapes where aesthetics are important (field edges neat and tidy; clean farm; neat rows of implements);
Experience with food safety compliance and training;
Working knowledge of computer software (MS Office, social media, spreadsheets), and Salesforce experience;
Community organizing and cross-cultural experience.
Additional languages spoken a plus.
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Periods of intense farming activities are April through October where multiple days per week will require long hours, and completion of field preparation, farm management, cultivation, and service to customers (incubator farmers). Work happens on farm/outside with limited heating/cooling, so it can be extremely hot or extremely cold, wet, muddy, snowy, or other variable conditions depending on the weather. If adverse weather events or major equipment or infrastructure malfunctions on the farm, the Farm Manager may need to respond at any time of day or day of week to assess and provide critical response.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.