Mentor & Farm Manager

Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020
 Soil Health
 Contract
 Sustainable

Position Description

Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE) is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation whose mission is to create and support an NSW South Coast sustainable fair food economy and food sovereignty for local communities.

Stepping Stone Farm is an initiative of SAGE and will be a major local social enterprise. Stepping Stone Farm will:

  • Build on SAGE’s track record of supporting the education, development, and careers of market gardeners
  • Produce high quality and sustainable food for both local consumption and for distribution outside Eurobodalla
  • Create an incubator environment for future vegetable farmers
  • Develop and document a model for sustainable small-scale market gardening
A training farm for new growers 

The Farm is a working market garden with all the infrastructure, tooling, vehicles and machinery that a viable market farming business needs. The Farm, and its program, are based on organic and regenerative farming practices and provide opportunities for new farmers to develop the skillset and experience to run a successful small farm enterprise, and the knowledge to develop a business plan. With the knowledge, skills, and experience these new farmers will have a better chance of securing capital and land access, and as a result, be more likely to succeed in realising their farm business aspirations.

The Mentor and Farm Manager will work with and report to the SSF Management Committee to:

  • Develop and implement a business plan and growing schedule for SSF
  • Ensure student farmers attain benchmark skills and knowledge to leave SSF as confident market growers
  • Develop a curriculum in conjunction with the SSF committee and the local TAFE campus
  • Assist in the recruitment of student farmers Identify and develop markets
  • Mentor and manage the student farmers to develop their own business plans
  • Deliver the curriculum to students
  • Lead the students to grow and market their produce
  • Advise on and contribute to the description of a model for small-scale market gardening that could be replicated across the country.
  • Carefully steward the land as if it was their own
  • The precise job description will be negotiated with the successful candidate prior to the appointment.
Who do we need?

You will have an extensive and successful experience in the application of regenerative farming methods to small-scale market gardening. You will be an outgoing and confident self-starter with experience in developing and implementing business plans, experienced in managing and training people and possess strong communication skills.

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