Farm Manager

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Start Date: ASAP  Compensation: negotiable

Originally established in 1975, Valentines Farm (VF) was re-conceived as a small biodynamic farm in 2016. Over time, the farm was leased and subdivided from its original 40 acres, and currently encompasses roughly four acres. The current Farm Team lovingly cultivates the land to produce a bounty of crops to be shared with the community at large.

The VF Farm Manager is responsible for managing the agricultural operations of a family residence as well as training, leading and overseeing full-time and seasonal farm staff.  The Farm Manager leads the cultivation of the farm as a whole, including management of intensive annual vegetables, perennials, orchards, berries, beekeeping, free range poultry, food preserving, and beyond. 

Responsibilities/Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage all aspects of a sustainable, diversified bio-dynamic farm 
  • Create and execute seasonal planting, harvesting and maintenance of farm and land
  • Manage Farm Team including sourcing, hiring, training, and developing the team.  Oversee daily operations and ensure Farm stays on track with the schedule of production
  • Organize workflow, daily tasks and allocation of resources to maximize production efforts including all seasonal preparations and maintenance needs
  • Oversee the distribution of produce and flowers to residences, markets, e-commerce and other miscellaneous channels as needed
  • Adhere to biodynamic practices
  • Identify and manage disease and pest problems
  • Source and purchase equipment and supplies
  • Ensure safe operation and maintenance of farm tools and equipment
  • Undertake and oversee production of value-added products
  • Ensure implementation of sanitary standards and procedures
  • Keep accurate records, inventories and collect relevant data
  • Improve farm facilities and infrastructure
  • Schedule and receive vendors and visitors with professionalism and hospitality, following company rules and privacy protocols
  • Maintain the farm as an “events-ready space
  •  Part-take in long-term development of VF, community outreach, promotion, and educational initiatives includi

Qualifications/Requirements

  • 5-10 years experience working on an agricultural farm with focus on organic and/or biodynamic practices
  • Strong understanding of year-round farm operations and seasonality needs in North East, including winterization of property, preparing beds for planting, protecting crops from elements/predators, etc.
  • 3+ year successfully leading and managing a team in an agricultural setting
  • Organizational and strategic planning a must
  • Comfort working with autonomy to set priorities and schedule for farm seasonally and day-to-day
  • Polished, poised and professional in both mindset and manor; use of utmost discretion and confidentiality required at all times
  • Savvy with computers (mac and/or PC) as well as iphones and smart home technology
  • Experience caring for chickens and bees a plus
  • Valid US driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Legally able to work in the US

Contact Information

Clover Group
Email: cg@clovergroup.com