Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2020

Wild Hope Farm

Chester, SC 29706, USA
Full Time
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Propagation Assistant Manager

Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2020
 Full Time
 All - Poultry
 All - Cropping
 Farming Practices
 Small Scale
 Soil Health
 Other

Position Description

Wild Hope Farm is a sustainable farm in Chester, SC, using organic practices and permaculture design to grow fresh produce, flowers, and pasture raised laying hens. We are currently growing 12 acres of certified organic production that we heavily cover crop when not in production. The 220 acre property consists of greenhouses, walking trails, a 10-acre pond, and diversified natural areas. Our produce is sold through a 350 person farm share, to local chefs, and at a farmers market. We host complementary on-farm events including retreats, weddings, farm-to-table dinners, and educational workshops to cultivate community and encourage people to learn about our farming practices.

During your time at Wild Hope Farm, you will work directly with Shawn Jadrnicek, our farm manager with over 22 years experience in sustainable agriculture through work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist and landscaper. You can learn more about Shawn’s approach through his book, The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens and More.

Propagation:

We grow 75% of our plants from transplants on the farm. The propagation assistant is responsible for handling all aspects of seed starting, transplant and microgreen production. Apprentices and other members of the crew will aid the propagation assistant in tasks as needed in coordination with other farming priorities. Throughout the season, the propagation assistant will also participate in harvesting, packing, transplanting, weeding, spraying, sales, events and other farm tasks as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Seeding flats and direct seeding according to established planting plan timeline
  • Fertilizing transplants on a weekly basis
  • Assessing irrigation needs of transplants and adjusting automated irrigation timer as needed
  • Assessing operation of misting system and cleaning/replacing misters as needed
  • Scouting and treating pests and diseases in transplants
  • Hardening off and preparation of transplants for field planting
  • Seeding microgreens according to market and CSA needs
  • Producing potting soil as needed for transplant production
  • Keeping the greenhouse clean and organized
  • Running a variety trial program - monitoring and evaluating new varieties for the farm
  • Co-managing the direct seeding along with the Farm Manager
  • Running the perennial propagation for small nursery sales
  • Coordinating use of farm crew with managers
  • Helping to facilitate educational workshops on the farm

Qualifications:

  • At least three seasons working on a commercial vegetable farm (CSA farm experience preferred)
  • Knowledge of seeding techniques
  • Knowledge of potting soil ingredients and production
  • Knowledge of microgreen production
  • Ability to identify and control common pests and diseases of transplants
  • Knowledge of food safety standards
  • Ability to identify all types of vegetables
  • Ability to sort/grade produce for quality
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to use Excel and/or Numbers documents
  • Ability to operate (or interest in learning to operate) tractors and use broad range of tractor implements
  • Ability to read and understand weather forecasts
  • Ability to bend, kneel, and lift frequently
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