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Position: Assistant Farm Manager
Organization: Sole Food Farms
Location: Vancouver, BC (in and around Downtown Eastside)

Who Are We

Sole Food Street Farms is an internationally recognized social enterprise that transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables, available at farmer’s markets, local restaurants and through a CSA program. Our mission is to empower individuals with limited resources by providing jobs, agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers. Individuals are given basic agriculture training and are employed at the farm based on their capability. Some participants excel in this environment, but the project is set up to allow for the “ups and downs” of people with multiple barriers. Unlike mainstream employers, Sole Food uses employment as an outreach tactic, working to develop and nurture relationships with people of diverse backgrounds.

With few significant food production farms within the city, the project provides educational opportunities, a place to learn new skills and an opportunity for self-growth. Sole Food now includes a network of four farms throughout the city that are providing meaningful employment to 25 individuals. The farms are supplying fresh food to inner city residents and modelling a successful and credible model of high quality intensive urban agriculture.

The Position

The Assistant Farm Manager will work closely with the Director of Farm Operations to implement Sole Food’s seasonal farm plan with a focus on harvesting and post-harvest processing. The successful candidate will act as produce “traffic director” ensuring that all products find a home. The position is responsible for post-harvest handling of all farm products, consolidating products from all farm locations, and washing, sorting, processing, packing, and coordinating delivery in conjunction with the marketing/sales manager. The ideal candidate will be ready to make a multi-year commitment to our organization.

Specific Responsibilities

Harvest Management

  • With the Director of Farm Operations, maintain steady harvest flow for three farmers’ markets, CSA and twice-weekly Fresh Sheet
  • Ensure consistent and timely harvests for quality produce
  • Maintain a daily cooler inventory that would be communicated to Director of Farm Operations and sales manager
  • Maintain quality standards for produce set by management staff, and communicate quality issues to farm management
  • Maintain cleanliness and order in processing and office areas includes washing harvest and processing totes at the ends of most days
  • Supervision of support staff
  • Post-harvest processing and coordination of all produce. Processing occurs at a central wash station and involves washing, bunching, quality control, grading, weighing, and packing produce for orders and farmers markets
  • Accurate record keeping of appropriate information for Harvest Log to be completed at the end of the season
  • Completion of ‘take sheet’ prior to each market.
  • Ensuring market setups are complete and organized before each market
  • Determination of products and quantities for each market and restaurant order day with Director of Farm Operations

Marketing & Social Media

  • Help recruit and retain on-farm CSA members
  • Support the Director of Farm Operation with sales and marketing for Farmers Markets and CSA
  • Posting and monitoring to Sole Food Instagram account.
  • Contribute to event coordination and production as needed

Staff Supervision

  • Support the Director of Farm Operation with staff supervision and oversight
  • Provide clear direction to farm staff and ensure follow-through

Misc.

  • Participate in on-farm activities as requested by the Director of Farm Operations which could include irrigating, propagation house maintenance, bed prep, planting, etc.
  • Participate in farmers’ markets and consistently meet sales goals

Requirements

  • Minimum of 2+ years of agricultural production experience, with at least one year in a leadership role
  • Demonstrated understanding of sustainable and organic production
  • Strong organizational skills including: record-keeping, multi-tasking, prioritizing, planning, and effective time management
  • Motivated, flexible and able to work independently
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations
  • Valid driver’s license and able to drive manual transmission and larger vehicles
  • Access to computer and phone
  • Be in excellent physical condition and able to lift 50 lbs
  • Candidates must be able to work independently as well as with a group, and possess creativity, flexibility and the ability to problem-solve and take initiative

Fluency in spoken Spanish and/or Kiswahili a plus.

Salary: Salary Range $20-$22/hour based on a full-time 10-month contract beginning in May 2019 with subsequent renewal in March. This position is classified as Farm Worker under BC Employment standards.

We are a production farm and work hours will fluctuate with the season; applicants should expect longer days during peak season (June-Sept).

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to andrea@solefoodfarms.com — only applications with both items will be considered.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 17 2019    ID: 50461