Farm Consultant

Website Table Farm & Table Bread

A social enterprise of the The Table UMC (thetableumc.org)

FARM CONSULTANT POSITION DESCRIPTION

STATUS: HOURLY

March 15 – July 15, 2021

● 10-15 hours per week

● Help lead 3 Community Volunteer Shifts per week (5 of total 10-15 hours)

PAY: This is a paid position on an hourly basis. $20-25/hour based on experience.

 

GENERAL PURPOSE

The Farm Consultant is responsible for laying a strong foundation for the 2021 growing season (April – September) at Table Farm, a ⅕ acre farm located in Hollywood Park with 35 50-foot beds. We would like to position Table Farm to grow and sell 30 produce subscriptions and 30 flower subscriptions at $15 value each week (May – September, pre-ordered online and available for pick-up at the farm). Extra produce will be donated to the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership Food Closet (SSIP).

The Cultivator for a Sustainable Future will create a growing plan, coordinate with necessary vendors for seedlings and supplies, and help orient the Farm Consultant to the space and community in March. The Farm Consultant will then take the lead on directing farm operations after onboarding (late March through early July), during which three of those months the Cultivator for a Sustainable Future will be on maternity leave. In addition to maintaining and overseeing the farming activities at Table Farm during this time, the Farm Consultant will offer their expertise to ensure efficient, maximizing, and sustainable methods are incorporated into the farm’s production.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP AND SUPERVISION

The Farm Consultant will be on-boarded by and report to the Cultivator for a Sustainable Future. While the Cultivator for a Sustainable Future is on maternity leave, the Farm Consultant will report to the Co-Pastors of The Table UMC.

RESPONSIBILITIES

●   On-board with the Cultivator for Sustainable Future over a 1-2 week period. Transition farm back to direction of Cultivator for Sustainable Future upon her return.

●   Plan for, be present, and help direct Community Volunteers on appropriate farm tasks during three volunteer shifts a week (currently Tuesdays and Fridays 7:30-8:30am, Saturdays 9-11am, open to negotiation). Community Volunteer Shifts typically consist of 5-15 volunteers of all ages and abilities who come to the farm to assist with its operations, develop community, and reach in love to SSIP. Farm Consultant will be responsible for prioritizing and assessing skill level for farm activities for that shift, working with a staff person to designate which volunteers will work on which activities, and then orienting volunteers to the shift’s activities during the opening circle when volunteers arrive. In addition, the Farm Consultant will prepare the space and materials before their arrival and ensure tasks are finished and the space is tidy upon close before locking up the farm. When the Cultivator for a Sustainable Future is on maternity leave, a Co-Pastor and/or Sunday Morning Coordinator will be available during most shifts to help lead the opening and closing circles, as well as provide hospitality and pastoral support to volunteers as needed.

●   Use additional time independently at the farm to plant, maintain, and harvest. Ensure farm gate and sheds are locked, tools are put away, and any additional safety measures are taken at the close of each shift, as farm is accessible to neighborhood and school. The Farm Consultant may occasionally need to order, pick-up, or coordinate the purchase or arrival of seedlings, compost, woodchips, or other supplies.

●   Maintain farm records and direct volunteers on farm and food safety. Practice and model safe methods, including covid safety protocol.

●   Assess and coordinate with staff to determine appropriate distribution of food. Produce will either be harvested for pre-order sales to the neighborhood or donated to the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership Food Closet. Oversee harvest and distribution (farm pick-up and/or delivery to food closet). Coordinate with staff to ensure that used gloves/ towels are regularly washed off-site, and that weeds are put in an off-site green waste container.

●   After the return of the Cultivator for a Sustainable Future, communicate progress and needs of the farm to her.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

●   Assist Co-Pastors and Sunday Morning Coordinator with their communications to The Table UMC community via social media, emails, etc., as needed.

●   Communicate any financial needs, tracking, and/or concerns transparently with the Co-Pastors.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Completion of fingerprinting and Safe Environment training required by the Diocese of Sacramento (farm land is leased from St. Robert Catholic School), to be completed upon hire. *A fingerprinted employee of The Table UMC must always be present when volunteers are on the farm.
  • Authorize The Table UMC to perform a background check (required of all staff and volunteers who interact with children and youth).
    Please note: there are no restrooms or produce cooler space on-site. Having a personal phone at the farm site is recommended for safety. Car access is preferred, with no reimbursement for mileage.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to safely lift heavy items, and to ask for support as needed.
  • Ability to safely and effectively use farm tools for the duration of a work shift, including but not limited to hoes, forks, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, and a battery operated weed wacker (battery has to be recharged off-site).
  • Ability to work in weather conditions that range from cold and damp to hot and dry.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES

  • Farm skills and leadership training, ideally through a training program or apprenticeship (such as, or equivalent to, the Center for Land-Based Learning Farm Academy).
  • Experience overseeing the daily operations of a small-scale farm.
  • Experience working with the community in a farm setting.
  • Knowledge of how to prepare a small-scale farm for spring planting, including preparation of beds, appropriate planting of seeds and transplants on schedule, farm maintenance (such as regular weeding, irrigation, pest management using organic methods), harvesting, food safety, direction of volunteers, food distribution to local food closet, and farm sales (via pre-order online sales and farm pick-up, or farm stand if possible).
  • Knowledge and praxis of organic, no-till methods. Ability to implement knowledge.
  • Maintain records for food safety and to track production.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to cultivate healthy, motivating relationships with others.
  • Administrative experience, including team coordination, good planning and organizational skills, and budget management.

EXPECTATIONS

  • Passion for sustainable community farming.
  • Embrace The Table UMC’s commitment to radical inclusivity (https://thetableumc.org/im-new/radically-inclusive/) and create a safe and welcoming environment for all people who interact with TFTB.
    Reliable self-starter who follows-through on details.
  • Respectful of others, sensitive, and maintains confidentiality.
    Proactively collaborate with Sunday Morning Coordinator, Co-Pastors, and other staff.

 

TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT A COVER LETTER AND RESUME HIGHLIGHTING YOUR FARMING EXPERIENCE TO CHLOE@THETABLEUMC.ORG BY JANUARY 31, 2021. THANK YOU!

To apply for this job email your details to chloe@thetableumc.org