Norwell Farms seeks a talented Farmer! If you are interested in running our micro farm for the 2020 season, now is your chance!
Description: Norwell Farms is a 501(3)c nonprofit organization and a farm-based education provider on the South Shore of Massachusetts. This is an exciting time to come grow with us!
Norwell Farms is a non-profit education organization on the South Shore in Norwell, MA. We take pride in our mission to promote the benefits of local regenerative agriculture through farm-based education and community engagement across all ages. We are hiring and looking for energetic and talented people!
Farmer/Field Manager Opportunity Description:
Norwell Farms is hiring a Farmer/Field Manager to run farming of ~1/2 acre for vegetable production. S/he will recruit, coordinate, and oversee the volunteer program. The position is seasonal and part-time, with an expected start date of April 1st, 2020. July and August months may be up to full time. Pay is commensurate with experience, but likely ~$18-20/hr.
Duties of the Field Manager Include:
- Develop and implement a farm plan for a financially sustainable, organic vegetable farm operation at ~1/2 acre area.
- Grow vegetable production for wholesale value, donations in support of our food insecurity programs, as well as for the learning garden in support of our educational programming.
- In this model, the Farmer will grow higher value crops per acre by building soils with compost and other amendments, reducing tillage, maximizing plantings per bed and controlling weeds.
- The Farmer will manage the farm operation financially independently and report to the Board and be in regular communication.
- Maintain the farm’s year-round appearance.
- Work alongside our Farm Educator to coordinate volunteers and education programming.
Successful Applicants Will Have:
- 3+ years organic, vegetable crop production. Preference for previous experience or interest in building a small scale, intensive farming operation
- Understanding of whole-farm planning, crop rotation, soil enhancement methods, and general ecological principles
- Preference if have an education background and/or experience with farm-based education.
- Be physically capable of strenuous labor necessary to do farm and barnyard chores.
- Be comfortable working with farm animals (chickens, cows, etc)
- Have a creative and flexible approach to teaching and collaborating under changeable working conditions including heat and bad weather.
- Have experience directing / leading an educational group.
- Have excellent verbal and written communications skills.
- Pass CORI and SORI checks.
- Be First Aid Certified