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What We Seek

The Food Project is seeking a Wenham Farm Manager to manage a 33 acre farm (5 acres in
production) while supervising a farm team consisting of two full time seasonal Assistant
Growers this season, High School-Aged Youth Crews, Volunteer Groups and Individuals.
Applicants for this position should have experience managing a comparably-sized farm
operation with at least 2 years of experience on vegetable farms. A strong interest in and
passion for engaging youth and volunteers is essential, as well as a commitment to teamwork.
They should also have creative energy for making a difference in the world and a passion for
the vision of The Food Project.

 

Responsibilities

Farm and Distribution

  • Manage several acres of our farm in Wenham including crop planning and overseeing
    the farm’s budget and greenhouse.  Includes 33 acres of land in Wenham (5 acres in production) and 4,000 square foot greenhouse with Glen Urquhart School
  • Maintain and improve fertility of the soil through regenerative farming practices. 
  • Distribute produce through an on-farm and box CSA program and to hunger relief organizations, coordinating re: donation amounts, timing, and mix of produce. Partner with Lynn Farm Manager to provide produce for distribution in Lynn.
  • Work with Community Partnerships & Food Access Manager to cultivate wholesale
    accounts on the North Shore.
  • Supervise and educate Seed Crew, Dirt Crew, and Root Crew youth. Offer after school
    work opportunities for TFP youth.
  • Partner with Youth Development Specialists and Volunteer Coordinator to manage
    Serve & Grow, our volunteer program, and Work for Share members.
  • Manage maintenance and upkeep of TFP vehicles and equipment.

Community

  • Continue to build positive relationships with neighbors of the farm, and with school
    staff, teachers, and students at the Glen Urquhart School where we have Greenhouse
    space.
  • Manage relationships with the Town of Wenham, including the Conservation
    Commission and other partners around land use.

Administrative

  • Maintain harvest, distribution, and crop plan records.
  • Participate in annual planning and the development and management of budget.
  • Serve as an active member of the North Shore team by participating in team meetings
    and in the planning and evaluation of all North Shore activities. Provide and receive
    feedback to all team members.
  • Serve as an active member of The Food Project by participating in all-staff meetings and
    TFP activities.

Qualifications
● At least 3 years of experience managing and/or operating a vegetable farm.
● Experience in regenerative and/or organic crop production/agriculture.
● Experience with/interest in farm equipment operations.
● Greenhouse management experience.
● Experience with and interest in teaching about sustainable agriculture.
● Experience leading or teaching young people in an outdoor setting.
● Experience managing volunteer groups safely and productively.
● Experience working in a multicultural environment.
● Proficient with basic power and hand tools.
● Willing to work flexible schedules: more hours in growing season, less in winter.
● 21 years of age or older (to allow use of TFP vehicles)
● Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive large vehicles in the city.

Skills
● Excellent organizational skills
● Strong capacity to work both independently and in teams, with ability to explain
processes clearly and support co-workers’ successful participation in them
● Dependable, responsible, independent, and open to learning
● Team-oriented individual with a good sense of humor
● Comfortable and familiar in talking about Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
● Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Wenham Farm Manager Work Schedule
● January – 20 hours/week
● February – 20 hours/week
● March – 35 hours/week
● April – 50 hours/week
● May – 55 hours/week
● June – 55 hours/week
● July – 50 hours/week
● August – 50 hours/week
● September – 50 hours/week
● October – 45 hours/week
● November – 30 hours/week
● December – 20 hours/week

Compensation

This is a full-time benefit eligible position. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Recruitment Process

We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates and contact ONLY those individuals selected to continue in the search process. The position will be filled when the desired candidate is found. 

Please send resume and cover letter via email to:  jobs@thefoodproject.org. In the subject line, write your name and the position for which you are applying, eg: “Will Smith – Wenham Farm Manager”. 

Electronic submission is greatly preferred, or correspondence can be mailed to:

Human Resources, The Food Project

10 Lewis Street

Lincoln, MA 01773

 The Food Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating an inclusive organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position. 

About The Food Project

Youth. Food. Community. Three important issues that intersect in one place: The Food Project. Here, we believe that food is a unique vehicle for creating personal and social change. Nothing else ties us so intimately to each other and the planet we share, affecting our health, the climate, culture, and poverty and privilege around the globe. If we — young and old from all walks of life — can unite to change the food system, we can change the world. From our urban and suburban farms to our community education programs, we aim to do just that by bringing together youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build local and sustainable food systems.

Since 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Each year, we work with more than 120 teenagers and 3,000 volunteers to farm on 40 acres in eastern Massachusetts in the towns and cities of Beverly, Boston, Lincoln, and Lynn. We consider our hallmark to be our focus on identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in unusually responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work. In addition, we help others grow their own food and provide training resources based on all we have learned since 1991.