The Sipp Culture Community Farm is a community practice in sustainable local food production. Our work plays an important role in helping transform Utica’s food system by growing healthy food in our community, engaging community members, and offering training and apprenticeship opportunities to increase the community of food producers in our area.
The Farm Manager coordinates and implements all aspects of the SCCF seventeen acre property, which includes a 1.5 acre vegetable production and educational farm and a small fruit orchard. Coordination responsibilities include planning and production of a mix of crops for sale and distribution through a CSA, farm stand, and farmers markets; coordinating volunteers and interns, as well as training and managing farm staff. The Farm Manager will work closely with, and report to the Co-Director.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Create an annual budget and production plan and ensure implementation
- Develop and implement organic crop plan, long-term soil fertility plan, plant nutrition, and pest management plan
- Oversee tillage and cultivation, including safe operation of farm equipment, irrigation, and greenhouse propagation
- Execute basic maintenance of farm facilities
- Maintain records and handle paperwork for county and state permits and certifications Record keeping, handling paperwork, tracking season to season & harvesting, monitor pests and diseases that affect trees and fruit
- Helps ensure compliance for organic certification, government regulations and health and safety standards
- Supervise and manage farm staff, apprentice program, and interns
- Coordinate and develop volunteers
- Develop and manage distribution infrastructure for CSA, Sipp Culture vegetable stand, Utica Farmers Market, donations and retail sales
- Plan and implement propagation for annual Sipp Culture Plant Sale
- Represent Sipp Culture Community Farm to the public and media
- Manage day to day operations of farm, delegating where appropriate, while periodically assessing progress toward annual goals
Skills and qualifications:
- Commitment to Sipp Culture’s mission and goals
- Commitment to organic, sustainable farming standards
- 3-5 years farming experience, including farm management and familiarity with CSA and Farmers Markets programs
- Knowledge of food safety, product quality standards, and regulatory issues pertaining small farm production
- Ability to drive a tractor and utilize farm equipment in a safe and effective manner
- Ability to lift 50+ pounds regularly up to 8 hours per day
- Ability to do physical labor up to 8 hours daily outdoors
- Good DMV record
- Experience and ability to coordinate volunteers
- Experience and ability to teach diverse audiences at varying skill levels
- Demonstrated communications and interpersonal skills
- Experience and ability working with people of all ages from diverse ethnic and cultural background
- Self-motivated and self-managing
- Excellent record-keeping
- Computer literate and proficient in Word, Excel, and Google Docs
- Flexible and understands unique challenges of farming in community and commitment to meeting those challenges on a daily basis
Salary and Benefits
This position will start as soon as we identify the right candidate to fill the position. This is a salaried position that starts at $48k annually and includes health insurance and paid time off.
Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Approximate start date is mid-January. This position is located in Utica, Mississippi and is expected to work on site. Standard days and hours of work are 40 hours a week. Monday-Friday with some weekend hours (included in the 40 hours).
If you are interested in this position, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Farm Manager Applicant in subject
- Cover letter
- Three (3) professional references, required. Personal references may only be provided in addition to professional references.
Sipp Culture is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourages applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life. Come join us.