Philadelphia Community Farm, Osceola, Wisconsin
Field & Greenhouse-Production Manager– March to November 2013
The Field & Greenhouse Production Manager will work under the leadership of an experienced older gardener and with the assistance of other resident community members and many volunteers to implement the daily and weekly plans for garden and greenhouse production at Philadelphia Community Farm (PCF). PCF, a non-profit education and conservation organization is based in an intentional community, and begins it’s 24th season as a CSA this spring, targeting the bulk of summer food production toward an inner city children’s after school food program and low-income families.
This person would be the day–to-day “go to person” for understanding “the plan” and it’s implementation for that day. Assigning and training the volunteer coordinator and/or volunteers into daily tasks will be a key aspect of the position. While experience in CSA gardening is not essential, prior experience in gardening and skill in the use of hand tools will be critical, in combination with social skills, a joyful positive attitude and an ability and willingness to work with children and adults from many cultural backgrounds.
Skills and Qualifications
Requirements for this position include:
- Prior experience in gardening and green house production.
- Willingness to work with children, youth or people with special needs and must be interested in community living.
- Must possess and demonstrate excellent problem-solving skills, and solid written and verbal communication skills. Keeping journals and detailed records will be an important part of this person’s daily work.
- Position includes some Saturday or full weekend work. A schedule is established so that essential care of animals/greenhouse is shared with others and there is time off, however, expect some early days when harvesting, and occasional after supper meetings.
- Valid driver’s license is required. The following would be helpful:, current certifications in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
BENEFITS: Room and board, plus a small stipend. Housing and cooking/cleaning tasks are shared with other volunteers. The farm is located adjacent to a National Park, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Additional benefits: experience in rural community living, training in organic/biodynamic agriculture, CSA production, greenhouse management, the use of hoop houses and a mobile high tunnel for season extension, and the care of a small collection of animals.
TO APPLY: Request application materials by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Verna Kragnes at 715-294-4048.
Philadelphia Community Farm is a participating mentor farm in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP). For more details, please visit the farm's profile in our NABDAP program pages.