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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Learning Garden Manager Position


Noyo Food Forest
Fort Bragg, CA

This is a year round position, requiring dedication to our local food system and a passionate determination to produce organic fruits and vegetables for our Farm to School program and other outlets.

The ideal candidate will enjoy working with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in achieving our production goals.  He/She will have a proven history of organic vegetable production for market. The salary for this part-time position is $20,800. per year. This position will start on February 1, 2012. For a full job description go to CLICK HERE or call (707) 964-0218.

The application deadline is November 30, 2011 at 5pm. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Linda Pack, Executive Director, at linda@noyofoodforest.org.

Job Description:

The Noyo Food Forest Learning Garden Manager is a year round, part time position, requiring dedication to our local food system and passionate determination to produce organic fruits and vegetables for our Farm to School program and other outlets. He/she supervises the Learning Garden Interns and volunteers and represents the organization and its efforts to our community in a knowledgeable, proud and positive way. The Learning Garden Manager receives direction from the Executive Director of the Noyo Food Forest.

The Ideal Candidate has:
    At least 2 years experience in organic vegetable production for market.
    Demonstrated success in coordinating and supervising volunteers.
    Positive attitude and willingness to work with people of all ages and abilities.
    Creative, well-organized, flexible, responsible, and highly-motivated.
    Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    Familiar and comfortable with using email, Internet, and other electronic communication.
    Possess a valid California drivers license.
    Bilingual preferred.

DUTIES:
Activities of the Learning Garden Manager may include, but are not limited to:

    Planning and Design of Garden:
        Research organic growing techniques, tools, and practices.
        Keep a planting log and crop rotations plan.
        Create seeding schedule and production plan for garden and nursery, based on tried and tested varieties.
        Create and maintain up to date map of garden.
        Provide information to the Executive Director for budget preparation

    Planting, Maintaining and Harvesting from the garden:
        Weekly gardening activities including but not limited to: sowing, transplanting, weeding, watering, fertilizing, harvesting, composting, and pest control.
        Purchase seeds, supplies, tools and equipment within budget constraints.
        Plan & coordinate harvests for FBUSD, Farmers Market, CSAs and commercial accounts.

    Administering and Fulfilling the Farm to School program:
        Coordinate crop selection with FBUSD Nutrition Services Program.
        Plan harvests for weekly deliveries.
        Maintain produce log & provide information to Executive Director for billing purposes.
        Develop and maintain healthy working relationships with FBUSD cafeteria staff and administration.
        Teaching, Training and Supervising Garden Activities:
            Cultivate a friendly, inviting, and engaging learning environment.
            Work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator
            Provide training in gardening activities for volunteers, summer youth interns and at workshops
            Maintain an ongoing list of garden activities for staff, students, and volunteers.
            Facilitate community service workers through Mendocino Lake Alternative Service

    Maintaining Learning Garden facilities:
        Coordinate maintenance, repairs, and improvements of infrastructure.
        Maintain a safe work environment and first aid supplies.
        Perform custodial duties as needed.

COMPENSATION
$20,800. per year, based on an average of 25 hours per week

This position will start on February 1, 2012.

The application deadline is November 30, 2011 at 5pm. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Linda Pack, Executive Director, atlinda@noyofoodforest.org.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
The Learning Garden is an on-site Farm-to-School program and training center in organic, community -based agriculture at Fort Bragg High School. The garden is a project of the Noyo Food Forest in partnership with the Fort Bragg Unified School District and The Mendocino County Office of Education. The ½ acre garden comprising open air beds, 2 hoop houses and a greenhouse was started in the Fall of 2006 and is cared for by volunteers from the community, students from FBHS, summer youth interns, and Noyo Food Forest staff.

Produce from the garden is purchased by the School District for the schools' cafeterias, nutrition and after school programs and is also brought to the Farmer's Market. Food is also shared with volunteers, the Hospitality House, Redwood Coast Senior Center and Safe Passage Family Resource Center. The garden grows nursery starts for market sales and fundraising events. Proceeds from these sales and generous donations from the community ensure the continuation of the garden and its educational programs. Community volunteers are welcomed daily.

P.O.Box 974
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-0218



originally posted on the EcoFarm listserve

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