Medway Community Farm Inc, is a non-profit farm on town land in Medway, Massachusetts with 7 acres in vegetable production spread over three close range sites. MCF uses non-certified organic methods to manage a diverse vegetable operation that produces food for CSA programs, an on-site farm stand, local farmers markets, wholesale accounts, and local food pantry donations. We offer a variety of education programs, community events, and volunteer opportunities for the public.
As an Assistant Farm Manager at Medway Community Farm, you will play a pivotal role in supporting the farm manager in day-to-day operations, fostering community engagement, and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. You will assist in overseeing farming activities, coordinating volunteers, and contributing to the farm's overall success.
Assist in Farm Operations:
Support the Farm Manager in planning, organizing, and executing daily farm activities, including planting, irrigation, harvesting, and pest control.
Supervise and guide farm crews with the Operations Manager including volunteers, ensuring tasks are completed efficiently and according to established standards.
Foster positive relationships with the local community, volunteers, and stakeholders.
Assist in promoting sustainable farming practices and raise awareness about the farm's mission.
Monitor crop health, growth, and quality, implementing appropriate measures for pest control and disease management.
Participate in crop planning, rotation, and harvesting schedules to optimize yields and maintain soil health.
Infrastructure and Equipment:
Assist in maintaining farm infrastructure, including irrigation systems, fencing, and equipment. Report any maintenance needs or repairs to the Farm Manager.
Ensure proper care and storage of tools and equipment to prolong their lifespan.
Health and Safety Compliance:
Adhere to and promote safety protocols and standards for all farm activities.
Educate and enforce safety guidelines among staff and volunteers, minimizing risks and ensuring a safe working environment.
Data Management and Record Keeping:
Assist in maintaining accurate records of farming activities, including planting schedules, harvest yields, inputs, and expenses.
Contribute to the development of reports for farm performance and compliance purposes.
Qualifications and Skills:
Previous experience in farming, agriculture, or related fields.
Knowledge of sustainable farming practices, crop management, and organic farming principles.
Strong organizational and leadership skills with the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Excellent communication skills to engage with diverse stakeholders and the local community.
Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions and perform physically demanding tasks.
Ability to list and carry 50 pounds
Proficiency in basic computer skills for record-keeping purposes.
Education and Requirements:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in agriculture, horticulture, environmental science, or related fields is preferred.
Valid driver's license and the ability to operate farm machinery or willingness to learn.
Competitive compensation based on experience.
Opportunities for professional development and growth within the organization.
Contribution to a vibrant community-focused initiative centered on sustainable agriculture.
One week PTO
Weekly Vegetable allowance
This is a full-time seasonal position starting February or March and ending in November or December, estimated at around 30 hours a week from February to March, 40-50 hours a week from April to October, and back down again for our winter season. The workday begins at 8 am with possible 7 am starts in the heat of the season.
Application Process:Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their relevant experience and interest in the position to Todd.Sandstrum@medwayCommunityFarm.org
Medway Community Farm is an equal opportunity employer. MCF Mission: To maintain a place that enhances Medway’s rural character, fosters community spirit and encourages “learning from the land” by providing locally grown food, volunteer experiences, educational programs and public events.