(BRIDGEPORT) Farm Manager, Green Village Initiative (PT)

Green Village Initiative in Bridgeport is seeking a part time Farm Manager.

Position Title: Farm Manager
Organization: Green Village Initiative
Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut

About Green Village Initiative

Green Village Initiative (GVI) is an urban agriculture organization in Bridgeport. Our mission is to grow food, knowledge, leadership and community through urban gardening and farming, to create a more just food system in Bridgeport. We recognize the importance of addressing the systemic inequities that cause poverty and hunger in our city and we are working towards a Bridgeport in which all people can access healthy, culturally relevant, locally grown foods at school, at work, and at home. We support Bridgeport’s school gardens, manage 12 community gardens and an urban farm and engage youth in leadership programming. Our programs engage thousands of community members in growing and consuming Bridgeport-grown food; all produce is grown without the use of harmful chemicals for the local community.

Learn more about Green Village Initiative.

Position Responsibilities

This position consists of farm management, community building, and long-term growth of food justice in the city of Bridgeport. This position includes both indoor and field-based work, requiring the ability to multitask, work outdoors in hot and cold weather, lead teams of staff, volunteers and visitors in farm work, maintain a safe, welcoming, environment on site, and be part of a passionate team dedicated to helping each other achieve goals in creating a more just food system in Bridgeport. This Farm Program Manager will further develop and implement our year-round program strategy for our Farm Program, located at Reservoir Community Farm. Our farm program is multifaceted and includes: providing fresh, affordable food for the immediate community; facilitating new food business development through offering educational programs, growing space and a farmers market; increasing knowledge and skills in food justice among the Bridgeport community, especially youth; and creating a sense of ownership and belonging on the farm among neighbors and visitors. Day to day tasks include management of: all vegetable production and food safety practices on site, produce sold during farmer’s market season, weekly volunteer days, and community building. The farm is a site for educational programming, an intensive 8-week Youth Farm Crew program, and community gardening. The Farm Manager will be the guide and leader in all farm programming, with safety top of mind and with an eye towards long term sustainability. This position will work closely with our Director of Education & Community Engagement to further develop and improve our weekly workshop series, organize volunteer engagement, and create new opportunities for community engagement in GVI’s mission and programs.

This position is responsible for the following activities:

  • Establishing annual goals and workplan, including farm crop plan, program priorities, and evaluation tools.
  • Seasonal soil preparation, plans for planting, management and harvesting a 1.7-acre diverse vegetable operation with organically-grown practices.
  • Seeding, transplanting, harvesting, irrigation management, weed and pest control, inventory and ordering, soil enhancement, cover cropping, greenhouse work, hand cultivation, equipment maintenance, washing and packing, and all aspects of running a small farm.
  • Supervising a team consisting of anAssistant Farm Manager, 2 to 3 Farm Crew Members, seasonal interns and volunteers, to implement tasks and reach goals.
  • Set work flows for all team members and cultivate development of team members throughout the year.
  • Collaborate with other GVI staff and teams to ensure successful implementation of school field trips, educational programs and other events at the farm.
  • Developing and managing the annual farm program budget Researching, developing and implementing farm upkeep and improvements such as: season extension/hoop house plans, composting, and storage
  • Participating in GVI staff meetings and maintaining communication with other GVI teams to stay up to date on key program priorities, successes and challenges.
  • Working with partners to develop and implement productive and meaningful volunteer days and events.
  • Work with the Youth Program Coordinator to the design agricultural responsibilities of the Youth Farm Crew, who will be on site for an 8 week summer youth program.
  • Collaborate with School Garden team to design educational farm tasks for school field trips.
  • Support farm team and youth leadership development; ensure that personal growth and safety of youth is top of mind throughout all programming.
  • Facilitate healthy relationships and conflict resolution among team throughout programming.
  • Ensure all team members are proficient in all farm process (such as harvesting, food safety, data collection, and greeting visitors). Conduct team trainings (and refreshers as needed).
  • Represent Green Village Initiative at community events and meetings.
  • Conduct community outreach about our farm programs and other GVI programs.
  • Work collaboratively, toward shared goals, with the entire GVI Team, including our Youth Team, School Gardens Team, Community Gardens Team, interns, consultants and volunteers.
  • Support GVI’s gardens teams in cleanup days and garden builds as needed, including leading volunteers.
  • Other activities as needed

Necessary Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • At least 2 years project management experience
  • Experience supervising others
  • At least 2 years experience in agricultural field management, infrastructure and tool repair, record keeping, and food safety
  • Fluency in food justice and antiracism, commitment to continued learning, and interest in engaging, and continuing to learn alongside, young people in this work
  • Commitment to thinking critically around lived experiences within the contexts of race, class, gender and sexuality, and to dismantling oppressive systems
  • Farm record keeping, data analysis, and spreadsheet applications
  • A strong understanding of organic agricultural principles, whole-farm planning, crop rotation, soil enhancement methods, soil science, and general ecological principles
  • A commitment to community building and to integrating community feedback into our programs
  • Experience working in community gardening, urban agriculture or food justice
  • Self direction and commitment to clear and timely written and verbal communications
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills; conversational Spanish is a plus
  • Remarkable attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Google Suite and Microsoft Office and an ability to maintain and update data
  • Ability to develop and lead multiple projects independently and to seek direction when needed
  • Excitement to work in a fast-paced organization and to learn more about urban farming and non-profits
  • Ability to perform physical at garden work (e.g. bending, kneeling) including in extreme heat
  • A commitment to GVI’s mission and values and a sense of responsibility to the Bridgeport community
  • Access to reliable transportation

To Apply
Send an email stating your experience and interest to opportunities@gogvi.org. This is a Part Time position starting immediately and reporting to GVI’s Executive Director. Compensation will be in the range of $17 to $19 per hour depending on experience.