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Sole Food Street Farms 2019 Farm Supervisor

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

Sole Food Street Farms is seeking a full-time Farm Supervisor to help supervise and work alongside a large staff including long-time employees and seasonal volunteers. This position will also act as a Market Lead at our stands on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday which means this position will work Tuesday to Saturday. The right candidate will be production-driven but also socially engaged and excited about working with diverse groups of people in an urban environment.

About Sole Food Street Farms

Sole Food is a Vancouver, B.C.-based social enterprise that transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables. 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.

Sole Food Street Farms is in its tenth year of operation with two and a half acres of land in production, 25 employees, and over 40,000 lbs. of food produced annually. We have four farm sites in and around the Downtown Eastside, including a privately owned parking lot and three city-owned brownfields. We are modelling innovative ways of growing food in vacant urban spaces and in abandoned lots with contaminated soils. Our approach is reenvisioning and repurposing vacant lands to improve the food security of our local communities, while providing meaningful employment for people who face systemic barriers to accessing and maintaining traditional employment.

The Position

The Farm Supervisor will oversee the sales of produce at our farmers markets stands and coordinate staff members and volunteers in various tasks related to the day-to-day management of the farm. This person will be responsible for merchandising of the displays, sampling during market, managing the market assistant, handling cash, and tracking the sales of product to meet market goals. On-farm duties will include bed preparation, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, post-harvest processing, etc.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Supervise small crews of staff members in the completion of tasks set out by the Director of Farm Operations
  • Understand and help implement annual crop plan including rotations, planting map, and greenhouse seeding
  • Assist in facilitating harvest to ensure high quality and timely production
  • Participate and help coordinate all activities from seeding to harvest
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly environment
  • Serve as a pace-setter for all activities — harvesting, transplanting, seeding, etc.
  • Manage three weekly markets: Main Street on Wednesday, On-site Farmers’ Market and CSA pick-up on Thursday, and Trout Lake on Saturday.
  • Pick up and return market produce to the farm using a one-ton truck
  • Set up, tear down, and manage stand at farmers markets
  • Merchandising of produce display according to our standards
  • Managing market assistants and ensure sampling throughout the market
  • Maintenance of accurate records of all sales activities

Requirements

  • Minimum of 1 year of agricultural experience on an organic production farm of equal or larger size (2.5 acres or more)
  • Demonstrated understanding of sustainable and organic production
  • Experience with farmers’ markets and meeting sales goals
  • 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 one-ton box truck
  • Access to computer and phone
  • Be in excellent physical condition and able to lift 50 lbs
  • Outgoing and engaging personality; enjoy working with the public

This position will be paid hourly DOE and includes extended health benefits, access to farm products, and deep discounts at the farmers market. Please note that we are a production farm and are looking to hire someone who will not only support our staff but help us meet our production goals.

If you are interested, please send a resume and a cover letter to andrea@solefoodfarms.com; only applications with both items will be considered.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 14 2019    ID: 50370