FARM MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION
Manager, Urban Farm
Job Title: Farm Manager, Green Gate Farms’ Urban Farm
Organization: Green Gate Farms, 8310 Canoga Avenue, Austin, TX 78724, 512-484-2746, www.greengatefarms.net
Green Gate Farms is an award-winning, certified organic family farm begun in 2006 by Skip Connett and Erin Flynn. In the past nine years, we’ve grown from a one acre to a 33-acre operation with two farming locations. Our “Urban Farm” location is 5-acres, set on an historic urban farmstead 8 miles east of downtown Austin. Our “River Farm” is a 33-acre tract 25 minutes east of downtown Austin (and 8 miles west of Bastrop) along the Colorado River. (Staff participate at both farms, transportation provided.)
We grow certified organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers as well as raise heritage hogs, goats, sheep, and chicken. Our produce serves our 200+-member CSA and our farm stand, which is open to the community 3 times a week most of the year. We also sell to a few area restaurants and wholesale distributors like Greenling and Farmhouse Delivery.
During the 2014 growing season, our farm will be focused upon the following projects: building new infrastructure at the River Farm (e.g., processing area, storage sheds, housing), establishing an Education Center at the Urban Farm (e.g., livestock areas, classroom, housing), and increasing membership for our meat, vegetable and flower CSAs.
The ideal candidate for this full-time position will possess:
Be a passionate farmer, eager to learn about what it takes to succeed in Central Texas
Have at least three years sustainable farming experience with a record of increasing responsibilities
Establish and maintain a professional, fast work pace for others to emulate
Manage the entire process of growing, from seed selection to sales
Enjoy interacting with customers, chefs and general public
Be comfortable teaching and managing 1)interns, adult volunteers and workshare members, some of whom have farming aspirations, 2) children on field trips and in camp, and 3) general public during our weekly tours.
Sense of humor a must
Actively contribute to the harmony of the farm team
Physically fit, able to lift 50+ lb. feed bags
Able to repair equipment, build infrastructure (or willingness to learn)
Not required but preferred:
Spanish speaker – our farm stand is in a food desert and many customers do not speak English
Experienced with Farmigo, our online farm management system and/or Quickbooks
Your duties will include but are not limited to:
Day-to-day field/CSA operations (50% of time)
Coordinate harvests (15% of time)
Sales: Farm stand and Accounts (10% of time)
Education and outreach (25%)
Salary & Benefits (Housing is not provided):
Salary based upon experience
Full-time position with up to 3-4 weeks off between seasons (e.g. July/Aug and Dec/Jan)
Participation in a mission-driven, community farm
Free vegetables and $50 monthly Protein bonus
Introductions to farming community
Pay increases with responsibility
Tuition for one in-state farming conference
Free enrollment in weeklong camp for your child(ren)
Efforts made to tailor job to your goals
Opportunities to supplement income by teaching workshops
Friendly, open working environment
Submit cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All candidates will be contacted upon receipt of resume.
Qualified candidates will be contacted for telephone interview, followed by on-farm interview
Farm Manager will be hired by mid-April.
No telephone calls, please.