Fundraising and Partime Farm Manager

Hello Again all.

After a year “off” or should I say a year with a new baby, trying to grow food as best as possible, and still giving tours and presentations, we are in the planning phase for 2019.

We recently started an advisory board to brainstorm ideas and help guide us into the future. More info on these amazing, energetic individuals soon.

We started a GoFundMe account and are hoping to raise $20,000 to help pay for our first employee, start a program for minority high school students interested in sustainability and sustainable agriculture, and to purchase supplies to grow in our neighbor’s 1,000 ft2 greenhouse. We are building beds right now and have already sowed one bed with a variety of crops to see how they hold up against the cold night time temps.  Please help us spread the word and consider donating to our our efforts:

https://www.gofundme.com/growing-food-to-grow-the-community

The farm manager will be a part time position and will be in charge of managing the field and greenhouse, a 30-40 share CSA that will again support Women Infants and Children program here in Coconino County, sell produce to a few local restaurants, and help the diector teach and schedule our interns. If you know of anyone interested in a farm manager position, please refer them to our job description below and have them apply.

Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts and for your continued support.

Position Description:

This will be a paid, ten-month (February through November), part time position. Weekly hours may vary depending on needed tasks. The farm manager will be expected to manage plant health, soil health, pests, weekly tasks for interns, intern schedules, data collection, and harvests.

Position Goals:

  • Successfully run a CSA (up to 40 shares) by growing in a 1,000 ft2 greenhouse and 15 hoop houses
  • Grow produce for local restaurants
  • Communicate progress via social media (FB, WordPress, Twitter)
  • Develop the program’s success so the position remains economically self-sufficient
  • Educate interns on self-sufficiency, agriculture, and other biology related topics

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience working on a farm or direct agricultural experience OR
  • Degree in agriculture, botany, or related field and 1 year working on a farm or direct agricultural experience

Preferred Skills:

  • Planning, evaluating, and organizing plant production schedule
  • Pest and disease management skills and the ability to solve these problems quickly
  • Manage schedules and provide leadership for up to five interns
  • Communicate and promote EcoRanch’s mission and core values to the community
  • Effectively communicate monthly progress through writing on social media
  • Update and maintain accurate farm records and reports using Word and Excel

Job Requirements:

  • 20 hours/week (although it may fluctuate between 15 and 30 hours/week)
  • Valid driver’s license, clean record, and reliable transportation

Compensation:

  • $7,500 + $1,000 bonus upon completion of the term
  • Produce for the duration of the position (equivalent to ~$2,000)
  • Two weeks paid vacation

Timeline:

  • Applications accepted until Dec 1st
  • Interviews conducted week December 8th
  • Position chosen week of Dec 15th

Please send a resume and cover letter to flagstaffecoranch@gmail.com

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