Garden Manager

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2020
 Full Time
 Large scale
 All - Livestock
 Farming Practices
 All - Cropping
 All - Horticulture
 Soil Health
 Business Management

Position Description

Slough Farm is a non-profit educational farm, located on Martha’s Vineyard that strives to be a resource for the Island community and beyond. Our farm grows for donation and provides food for our local community, as well as to support our on-site programming.

We take pride in being able to donate produce to island schools, senior centers and those in need. We farm with nature, using organic methods and compost made on-site to ensure healthy crops and healthy soil. Slough Farm uses no dig, no pesticides, and regenerative practices to manage its crops and pastures. Slough Farm also rotationally grazes its biodiverse livestock (cows, sheep, pigs, goats, layers, turkeys and meat chickens).

While our garden’s top priority is growing healthful produce for our Island community, we are also an organization dedicated to programming and community outreach. We run year-round food equity and farming ed programs, educational farm visits, as well as gatherings and residencies focused on handcrafts, arts, and shared learning. 

We hope to find a Garden Manager who’s eager to be an integral part of the Slough Farm team, and this means a willingness to lend support with other elements of the organization as time allows. 

The Role:

Our team is seeking an experienced, hard working, self motivated, Garden Manager committed to regenerative practices who can independently manage all aspects of vegetable production.

Currently, our vegetable garden includes 42 beds (2.5’ x 52’) which are surrounded by a 8’ deer fence, as well as an in-ground glass greenhouse. We grow a diverse variety of crops, year round, with a focus on soil and crop health, taste, and production productivity. We are looking to further expand crop production in 2021 by adding a hoop house as well as more field rows. Garden manager will be responsible for planning and executing vegetable growing expansions. 

Your Experience:

Candidates for this role should:

  • Have experience with or interest in regenerative garden practices
  • Have at least 1 full-year managing all aspects of a production vegetable garden
  • Adhere to / add to best practices for soil management
  • Be able to pass CORI/SORI, as we often host children on the farm
  • Have knowledge of organic IPM techniques and strategies
  • Bring experience with systems for tracking and recording all aspects of garden performance
  • Be comfortable working with Farm and Field Manager to hire and manage farm hands

An ideal candidate will be:

  • Self-motivated and capable of working without assistance after training and transition 
  • Unafraid to ask for help or ask questions
  • Able to demonstrate warm and welcoming people skills during field trips to the garden by local students, farm residents, program attendees, neighbors, and other visitors
  • Willing to involve the farm’s founders in the annual selection of crop varieties
  • Collaborative with the Executive Director, who lives much of the year remotely, creating long range plans for the garden

Our current Garden Manager is staying on site to fill a different role with the team, but will be available for support during the transition. Shared housing available if desired.

Due to the seasonal nature of farming and the Covid-19 pandemic, we understand that candidates may have commitments through the fall or may be unable to relocate immediately. We still encourage you to apply!

We’re committed to building a diverse and equitable team. Slough Farm is an equal opportunity employer, and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran's status (including protected veterans), sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected class.

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