Farm Manager

Website Allensworth Progressive Association

About Allensworth
The town of Allensworth, California was named after Colonel Allen Allensworth. He was an escaped slave who went on to serve in the Union’s military during the Civil War. At the time of his retirement, he was the highest ranking African- American in the Army. Colonel Allensworth co-founded the Allensworth township in 1908 as the first and only African- American farming township in California. The Allensworth community believed in and thrived on the concept of self-reliance. Allensworth follows the ideals of Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and Tuskegee Insititute, which are based on education, innovation, and access to farming techniques for all members of society.

About TAC Teaching and Innovation Farm
TAC Teaching and Innovation Farm’s mission is to build a sustainable food and farming ecosystem at Allensworth. This includes supporting people, land, and animals in Allensworth and Tulare County. TAC Teaching and Innovation Farm aspires to be an economic engine for Allensworth. The farm is dedicated to encouraging and supporting aspiring farmers in the region to start their own farms or farm careers.

The Position
The Farm Manager position is a unique opportunity to contribute to the healing and revitalization of the Allensworth community. The farm manager will have a mixture of responsibilities from community engagement to farm-related duties. The position requires robust and pragmatic knowledge of vegetables, fruit, and livestock. The farm manager will create a vision, inspire stakeholders, and execute a diverse plan. A successful candidate is a servant leader who develops others and brings together opposing views to meet goals. The incumbent will create the metrics and coordination needed to support a robust and sustainable agricultural ecosystem.

Farm Manager Job Description
The Farm Manager will be employed full-time based in Allensworth. The Manager will report to the Allensworth Progressive Association. The responsibilities for this position will include the following:

Farm
Research and establish farm plan which includes crops, livestock, and composting programs
Making farm purchases
Support compost operations as needed
Maintain farm facilities, irrigation system, fences, and farm machinery
Analyzing existing operations, crops, livestock, staff, and financial documents and recommending improvements in line with TAC Farm’s mission.
Engage farmer training program as required
Ensuring all staff and visitors adhere to safety and health regulations

Financial Management
Formulate farm budget
Hiring employees
Managing hiring of contractors
In charge of making farm related purchases
Planning and preparing financial reports, monthly financial and production reporting to TAC Farm management

Marketing
Establishing marketing evaluation, client relationships
Working with Allensworth’s farm stand
Building professional networks and maintaining professional development education
Engaging with Allensworth community and being available to answer community questions

Farm Manager Mandatory Requirements
B.S. Agriculture business management, Plant Science or Agriculture Education related degree (able to substitute with years of experience)
Strong knowledge of agriculture equipment, maintenance, and repair
Knowledge of food safety procedures
A Servant Leader with the capacity to restore a farming community
Excellent communication skills with high empathy to connect with various audiences from diverse backgrounds
Desire to produce food of the highest nutritional and ecological quality with a growth mindset
Authorized to work in the US
Valid driver’s license
Spanish speaking

In addition, the ideal candidate will also have:
Experience with building a new project from the ground up
Comfort with calling, emailing, and speaking to a wide range of partners
Experience with military veterans or familiarity with veteran programs
An ability and willingness to be flexible with tasks assigned
Moderate computer skill, especially with Microsoft Office suite, Gmail, and social media
A willingness to work odd hours and weekends as necessary

Wages:
This is a full-time exempt position. The annual salary depends on experience and benefits include vacation, health insurance, and a 401(k).

How to Apply:
Send cover letter and resume to: apafarmmanager@gmail.com
Deadline for applications: July 31, 2022

Preferred Qualifications:
Employee management
Familiar with challenges of socially marginalized communities
Strong knowledge of agriculture equipment and safety
Strong local networks in Tulare County
Training in active listening and positive communication techniques such as Non-Violent Communication, meeting facilitation

To apply for this job email your details to apafarmmanager@gmail.com