Name: Traci Barkley
Phone: (217) 367-1189
Job location: Urbana, Illinois
Business name: Sola Gratia CSA
We seek an Assistant Farm Manager for our 9-12 acre not-for-profit community vegetable farm. Experience in working on a CSA farm or vegetable farm that follows organic practices in the Midwest is important. Experience with a wide range of equipment is preferred as the farm’s infrastructure includes a greenhouse, two high-tunnel hoophouses, wash/pack shed, two walk-in coolers, water well and irrigation system, a storage building, a seed drill, a cultivating tractor with five-row seeders, a medium-sized tractor and a BCS walking tractor, both with a wide range of implements and various other pieces of equipment and tools. Preference is given to candidates who have expertise and experience working at comparable farm operations and with tractor operation experience. Also important is the ability to work effectively with a Board of Directors, managing teams of staff and volunteers, maintaining a focus on the farm mission and achieving CSA, retail, wholesale and food donation goals.
SOLA GRATIA FARM:
Sola Gratia Farm is unique in many ways. We are a community mission-based farm started by St. Matthew Lutheran Church, dedicated to producing locally-grown, high-quality produce following organic practices. The farm is committed to helping those who lack adequate food resources by donating at least ten percent of our product to support regional hunger programs, such as Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Carle Hospital Mobile Health Clinics, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and our pay-what-you-can markets. We grow a wide range of produce to support our 150 member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, two farmers markets and several retail and wholesale clients. We operate a robust volunteer program and have many established and active community partnerships. The Farm promotes healthy lifestyles and community building through volunteering and service, special events and outreach and education programs. More information at www.solagratiacsa.com
The Assistant Farm Manager will work closely with the Sola Gratia Farm Manager and Director. The responsibilities of the Assistant Farm Manager will include:
· assisting in execution of a yearly organic vegetable crop rotation plan including cover crops;
· planting, weeding, watering, managing fertilizers, pesticides and other inputs, and harvesting produce;
· assisting in management of the greenhouse and high tunnel hoophouses;
· overseeing work of seasonal staff, volunteers, seasonal interns and being hands on the ground, as directed by Farm Manager, for most of the season;
· promoting the farm at farmers markets, farm activities, and community events;
· supporting retail and wholesale sales of produce.
Send cover letter and resume no later than close of business November 27, 2019 to Traci Barkley, Sola Gratia Farm, 2200 S. Philo Rd., Urbana, IL 61802 or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Early applications encouraged. Call 217-367-1189 with any questions.
Salary: Hourly wage or salary possible, commensurate with qualifications and experience