Farm Manager

Website The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

Fairview Gardens Farm is a nonprofit, USDA certified organic urban farm in Goleta, CA consisting of 12 acres of protected agricultural land. We grow and supply fresh, high-quality seasonal vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers to our surrounding community on the Central Coast of California. Our mission is simple: we connect our community to healthy food systems through education and stewardship. We are building sustainable agriculture systems to improve soil health and ecological diversity with a focus on educating the community while transitioning to minimal-to-no-till systems with a conservation approach to land stewardship.

About the Job

Live and grow in sunny California by the beach! Fairview Gardens Farm is looking for an exceptional candidate to fill the role of Farm Manager. The farm manager will possess significant experience with and knowledge of organic vegetable production, a demonstrated aptitude in managing a team of farmers and engaging with volunteers. A successful candidate will have a passionate, healthy, self-motivated work ethic.

This position requires robust and practical knowledge of agricultural skills and farm management specifically with annual vegetable and fruit tree production. Experience with livestock integration preferred. The farm manager has the primary responsibility for the planning, coordination, and implementation of all farm activities in a manner that supports the organization’s mission. An option to live onsite in a yurt accommodation is available with shower/restroom and full kitchen for use.

The farm is currently in a transitional phase and in need of long term planning to create a viable and sustainable future of agriculture production. The incoming farm manager should be interested in assisting to develop plans to this end with an emphasis on rebuilding soil health and imposing production measures viable for the size and scope of the farm and its objectives.

The farm manager is accountable to the executive director and is responsible for sound agricultural and business management of the farm operation.

Primary Job Responsibilities

Oversee and manage: All annual and perennial produce production including seasonal crop rotations, fruit trees and livestock.

Specific responsibilities include:

Managing a team of three or more staff as well as any farm contractors. Training new farm staff and developing community educational opportunities for volunteers.
Creating a daily work schedule for the farm team. Overseeing and participating in daily farm work.
Maintaining the farm, including tools and machinery, irrigation, livestock and keeping fields and surrounding areas clean.
Pest management and control.
Creating and managing a watering schedule for a greenhouse, hoop houses, and production fields.
Developing extensive annual crop plans, as well as weekly cultivation, harvesting, and distribution plans. Ordering seeds and planning and implementing a weekly planting schedule. Keeping crop records and field logs.
Managing harvest schedule and communicating availability with sales outlets.
Continuing and building soil-health programs.
Communication with executive director on plans, needs, and support of overall goals for the organization.
Work with the executive director to create an annual farming budget, for which the farm manager will primarily be responsible.

Work with the program manager to support the volunteer program. Provide regular lists of farm tasks that match with volunteer/educational goals.

The ideal candidate will be willing to make a commitment of at least three years and possess the following qualifications and experience:

A minimum of five years of organic farm and greenhouse management experience or 7 years combined farm work and management experience with an emphasis on organic practices with desire to build a no-till sustainable farm system. Livestock experience a plus.
Excellent communication, collaboration, and leadership skills, including a proven track record of working in a cooperative team environment that requires a high level of planning and organization.
Ability to work well with a variety of community members. In addition, the experience and desire to work with and teach new farm crew members and volunteers.
Experience with operating, maintaining, and repairing machinery and power equipment. Experience with BCS walk behind tractors preferred.
Knowledge of the principles of soil biology, no-till crop production, using cover crops, soil testing, and/or other ecological/organic growing methods.
Understanding of the Organic Certification process.
Knowledge of livestock integration with emphasis on chickens.
A willingness and ability to work outdoors in all types of weather, under potentially strenuous conditions.
A detail-oriented approach, with considerable attention to order, cleanliness, and an ongoing commitment to improving systems and practices.
A desire to produce food of the highest nutritional and ecological quality, and to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal development is encouraged and supported.
A calm, grounded presence.
Humility and a good sense of humor.
Flexible, adaptive, and efficient.
Other Requirements

A valid driver’s license
Ability to legally work in the USA
Ability to operate a large tractor and BCS
Ability to regularly lift a minimum of 50 pounds
Cell phone communication
Reliable transportation
Satisfactory background and reference checks
Time Requirements: This is a full-time job, year round. A typical work week is approximately 45-55 hours/week (estimates only.)

Salary and Benefits

This position will provide a salary based on the candidate’s experience but ranges from $45,000 – $65,000 annually. Typically, an annual evaluation will be conducted, at which time compensation levels are reviewed.
Onsite living accommodations available.
Healthcare benefits.
Paid vacation and sick time.
Personal and professional development opportunities in consultation with the executive director.
The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be inspired alongside dedicated staff on a beautiful organic farm in a unique community just minutes from the mountains and beach!

*Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line Farm Manager Position.

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