Urban Garden Manager
Historic Fairhill seeks and Urban Garden manager to lead its garden program.
Historic Fairhill is looking for a energetic, outgoing and positive individual with strong farming/ gardening skills and a commitment to community-based food systems to manage our four neighborhood gardens and two school gardens. The garden manager will join a diverse team of committed and talented staff and volunteers. This position requires dedication and skill in working with people of many different backgrounds and ages, personal and professional maturity, creativity, and commitment to the vision and mission of Historic Fairhill. This is a part-time position.
Application Deadline: March 7th, early applicants encouraged!
Time: This position requires an average of 28 hours per week, March-October with opportunities for winter employment.
- With the Executive Director, develop an annual plan for garden operations that addresses programmatic needs and grant deliverables.
- Plan and direct day-to-day operation of the farm to meet benchmarks and goals of annual plan.
- Develop and implement crop plan, planting and harvesting schedule for each season (spring/summer/fall),
- Recruit, train and supervise volunteers of various skill levels and set daily priorities for work crew to complete production plans according to schedule.
- Leading volunteer groups of up to 20 individuals in large farm tasks.
- Track farm operations and data, including crop plans, harvest log, composting, and planting schedule.
- Maintain and supervise entries to farm journal; recording work, events, program content and participation.
- Coordinate free distribution of garden produce via farm stand and door to door.
- Organizing group workdays.
- Coordinate HFH garden and nature field trip program with local schools; co-lead field trip activities for children of all ages.
- Coordinate and supervise summer youth garden intern program. Coordinate 5th-8th grade students as they work at the Historic Fairhill gardens and run the weekly farmstand.
- Coordinate periodic neighborhood greening activities such as tree planting.
- Be a welcoming presence to youth and adult community residents, promoting active and broad participation by volunteers, program participants and other stakeholders in a manner that supports relationship building between Historic Fairhill and the community.
- Assist with preparation of farm reports for board meetings and grant reporting.
- Represent Historic Fairhill at community meetings, events and other outreach efforts.
- Experience working on farms and in gardens
- Spanish speaking strongly preferred
- Strong verbal and written communications skills. Comfort with speaking and presenting in public on food access.
- Mature and professional demeanor with a strong work ethic.
- Ability to work independently.
- Friendly, outgoing demeanor. Ability to create and build positive relationships with a wide variety of people and to invite and incorporate feedback.
- Ability to work weekends and evening hours during peak growing season.
- Ability to train and manage diverse groups of volunteers and community members.
- Ability to organize and maintain records and daily written reports
- Ability to budget and plan ahead.
- Passion for and knowledge of community development, healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, community food systems and food security.
- Ability to lift 50 pounds and take part in physical labor in all weather conditions.
About Grow Healthy: GROW (Gardening for Restorative, Optimum Wellness) Healthy is HFH’s community gardening, greening, and fresh food initiative. The aim of the program is to unite Fairhill neighbors of all ages around fresh healthy food grown right here in the neighborhood. The program includes 5 community gardens, 2 school gardens, a youth summer intern program, a summer farm stand, food preparation workshops and cookouts, tree planting, and a variety of educational and celebratory community events.To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume with three personal or professional references to Ms. Jean Warrington, Executive Director, jeanwarrington[at]historicfairhill.com