Position: Homeless Garden Project Farm Manager
Hours: 40 hours/week, occasional weekends, holidays and evenings
Salary: $16.50/hour – 18/hour, commensurate with qualifications and experience (Equivalent to $34,320-$37,440 annually.)
Benefits: Health Benefits, 16 days paid vacation, 6 days paid sick leave, 9 days paid holiday
Reports to: Executive Director
Area of Focus: Farming and Agriculture, Social Entrepreneurship, Homelessness, Job training, Community focus
Applications: Mail resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to Darrie Ganzhorn, Executive Director, P.O. Box 617, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 or email to email@example.com. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Initial review 12/28/16
The Homeless Garden Project (HGP), a 501c3 nonprofit based in Santa Cruz, CA, provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are homeless. In complement, HGP operates a vibrant community volunteer and education program. The training, employment, education and volunteer programs take place in a 3.5 organic farm and related enterprises.
Products produced in the training program are sold through farm and Value-added Enterprises. The farm enterprises include a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, a farm stand, wholesale accounts and wedding flowers. The farm provides the raw materials for the Value-added Enterprise which consists of a retail store, an online store, and wholesale to other retailers. Production provides for a real work environment and is also a meaningful source of revenue for the Project.
HGP seeks an experienced and dedicated individual to lead all operations of the farm. We specifically seek an enthusiastic, outgoing and organized person skilled in agriculture, production, marketing, human relationships, and building partnerships. The ideal candidate will also have a sincere commitment to ending homelessness and have experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness and/or mental health challenges. The Farm Manager will create and maintain an economically robust farm with exemplary sustainable agriculture practices.
HGP is currently going through an exciting period of growth, preparing to move our farm from its temporary 3.5-acre site to a permanent 9.5-acre farm site, within a 20-acre site on City of Santa Cruz Pogonip park land.
Under the general supervision of the Executive Director, the Natural Bridges Farm (NBF) Manager oversees all aspects of the farm program, including production of agriculture crops, CSA, crops used in the production of value-added products, marketing, greenhouse management, and the farm business planning and management. The Farm Manager is responsible for supervision of the Weekend Steward and the Production Manger
• Develop and implement annual Community Supported Agriculture goals, including recruitment of shareholders, crop harvesting, CSA newsletter and collaborations with other agencies.
• Develop and implement Farm Stand, wholesale and wedding flower production and sales goals.
• Consult with experts regarding troubleshooting and delivering on production goals.
• Determine relevant records necessary for measuring progress toward business goals; monitor progress and adjust accordingly. Provide reports on monthly basis to Executive Director
• In conjunction with Training and Supervision staff and Volunteer Coordinator, set daily priorities for work crews to complete production plans according to schedule.
• Develop and implement crop plan, planting and harvesting schedules.
• Oversee all applicable certification and license processes, such as CCOF.
Business Planning and Development
• Analyze farm plan to determine which crops are most cost-effective.
• Determine which sales strategies are most effective and most compatible with HGP mission
• Ensure that internal controls are maintained at farm stand.
• Plan and implement strategies to increase sales; plan and implement strategies to use our farm and farm sales to communicate HGP mission and attract donors.
• Develop business in ways that increase training opportunities for our participants.
• Develop partnerships that enhance sales, HGP visibility and fulfill HGP mission.
• Attend Pogonip building committee meetings and provide leadership and guidance on farming practices, layout, design, and transition.
• Participate in strategic plan discussions regarding the vision for the farm at Pogonip.
• Meet with local farmers and experts to gain models and insight into best practices for farming at Pogonip.
In conjunction with Value-added enterprise staff:
• Assist with value-added product development
• Set and ensure implementation of farm production goals for value-added products.
In conjunction with Farm production staff:
• Oversee greenhouse operation.
• Development of an adequate irrigation schedule, to ensure proper watering of plants.
• Oversee ground preparation for planting.
• Oversee the winterizing of the garden at the end of the growing season.
• Keep thorough and accurate records of farm process including planting, weeding, watering and harvesting schedules; yields; ground prep; winterizing, etc.
• Utilize sustainable organic agricultural methods, to include weed and pest
• management; development of soil structure through composting and other organic methods.
• Oversee the delivery of produce and set up of produce distribution
• Oversee effective and efficient cooling, washing and packaging of produce.
In conjunction with the Farm Production and Training staff:
• Ensure safety of work crews.
• Support and reinforce training in general work skills and behaviors, such as problem solving, communication and social skills.
• Training in horticulture skills such as propagating and tending annuals and perennials, composting, bed preparation, irrigation.
• Serve as a positive role model
In conjunction with the Farm Supervision and Training staff and the Volunteer
• Supervise trainees, interns, and volunteers at NBF
• Enforce the policies of the Homeless Garden Project, including reliability,
• tardiness, and drug/alcohol abuse
• Provide support to help each trainee meet personal goals that increase their long-term personal and economic stability
• Introduce the Homeless Garden Project farm to the community at large, presenting talks, lectures and guided tours to donors, civic organizations and visiting groups, together with a trainee whenever possible
• Maintenance of farm truck, machinery, equipment and structures
• Promote farm safety through regular safety trainings; ensure first aid supplies are stocked.
Other duties as assigned.
• Strong physical labor skills (e.g. sit, stand, bend, lift, walk, carry)
• Strong knowledge of organic gardening methods
• Demonstrated ability to make assignments and follow up on
• Demonstrated ability to both follow and give directions, seek assistance, when
• Requires ability to work early morning hours, evening hours and weekends; in
all weather conditions
• Demonstrated ability to organize, delegate, give direction, monitor others
• Demonstrated ability to operate farm equipment such as: tiller, mower, etc.
• An academic degree or equivalent work experience horticulture and/or organic farming
• At least five years of very broad horticultural/agriculture experience
• Experience supervising persons coping with difficult life issues and challenges
• Experience managing—or helping to manage—a small business
• Ability to work successfully as part of a team
• Leadership skills to inspire others to do their best, meets deadlines; and manages complex responsibilities without losing her sense of humor
• Able to work effectively with all populations to include: individuals with serious mental illness, disadvantaged youth, homeless, students and community members
Desirable skills and qualifications
• Bi-lingual/bi-cultural background
• Effective and positive interpersonal and management skills
• Experience with creating and managing budgets
• Commitment to sustainable agriculture and food systems
• Experience with social justice issues and affected populations a plus
• Understanding of and experience implementing conservation efforts on a working farm.
Homeless Garden Project
PO Box 617
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
In the soil of our urban farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world.