Gaining Ground is a nonprofit, no-till organic farm in Concord, Massachusetts, that supplies fresh, high-quality vegetables, herbs, maple syrup, and honey to emergency meal programs in Boston and the surrounding region. Our mission is simple: We grow organic produce for hunger relief with help from volunteers of all ages and abilities who work and learn in our gardens. Everything we grow is given away.
Our innovative approach is over 26 years old. It combines organic, sustainable agriculture with community volunteerism to improve equitable access to nutritious, fresh produce. We cultivate approximately three acres of farmland leased from the Town of Concord and Massport. Last year we supplied more than 126,000 pounds of fresh food to those in need. Our grassroots organization thrives on committed, friendly individuals who support our mission with enthusiasm and a sense of humor.
About the Job
Gaining Ground is looking for an exceptional candidate to fill the role of farm manager. The farm manager will possess significant experience with and knowledge of no-till, organic vegetable production, a demonstrated aptitude in managing a team of farmers and engaging with more than 2,500 annual volunteers, and a healthy, self-motivated work ethic. We are looking for a new farm manager to come on board this fall to train under the current farm manager, who will be departing at the end of the year.
This position requires robust and practical knowledge of agricultural skills and farm management, and a passionate commitment to hunger relief and equitable access to nutritious food. The farm manager has primary responsibility for the planning, coordination, and implementation of all farm activities in a manner that supports the mission as defined by the board of directors.
The farm manager is accountable to the board of directors and executive director and is responsible for sound agricultural and business management of the farm operation.
Primary Job Responsibilities
1. Oversee and manage: All produce and flower production (125,000+ pounds annually) on the farm, including heated greenhouse, hoop houses, caterpillar tunnels, and field production.
Specific responsibilities include:
2. Work with the executive director to create an annual farming budget, for which the farm manager will primarily be responsible.
3. Work with the program manager to support the volunteer program, which includes up to 2,500 annual volunteers of all ages and abilities. Provide regular lists of farm tasks that match with volunteer/educational goals.
4. Attend regular board and committee meetings.
The ideal candidate will be willing to make a commitment of at least three years and possess the following qualifications and experience:
This is a full-time job. During the growing season, a typical workweek is approximately 50-60 hours/week; in the off-season, the typical workweek is 25-30 hours/week. THESE ARE ESTIMATES. Some evenings and weekends are required during the growing season and for special events.
Salary and Benefits