Urban Farm Manager—Half Time or Full Time
Harvest was founded in 1997 on the belief that ALL people should have access to
fresh, healthy foods regardless of ones neighborhood or socio-economic status.
Community Harvest is seeking a manager for its urban mini-farm, which grows one
acre of chemical-free vegetables, herbs, and flowers for the nutritional and
educational benefit of the community. This is a unique opportunity to
improve the lives of DC residents by providing leadership in a growing and
mission of Community Harvest is to create a locally rooted and sustainable food
system that meets the needs of both underserved communities and small farmers
in the Washington, DC region. In addition to the mini-farm, the organization’s Local
Food Alliance program helps communities to develop urban farmers’ markets
served by regional family farmers, and its Youth Leadership Program seeks to
educate, employ and empower youth in the areas of sustainable agriculture,
environmental justice, nutrition, and hunger.
Oasis Community Farm and Learning Center, located near the Anacostia and Congress Heights
neighborhoods of Southeast
DC, is maintained by
a force of volunteers and youth. The farm is run on the following principles:
use of sustainable, chemical-free growing methods;
strong commitment to selling produce in low-income neighborhoods at a fair
involvement of local residents in the farm’s production, empowering
them in the improvement of their neighborhood’s food security, and
providing educational and recreational opportunities.
Oasis was initiated in 1998 when the only supermarket in DC’s 8th
Ward, which is home to more than 70,000 residents, permanently closed its
doors. To this day, not one supermarket has moved in to fill the void. The mini-farm
is one of few healthy food options serving the Ward 8 community.
Manager’s primary responsibilities are:
grow vegetables using sustainable, chemical-free methods in the one acre garden.
The individual must manage the volunteer labor force and oversee the
distribution of the produce. He/she should additionally act as a resource to
Community Harvest staff and partners regarding sustainable agriculture issues
educate and engage adult volunteers, teen staff, and school aged youth. The
individual will conduct the Living Learning Laboratory garden-based curriculum
for K-6 graders and lead other hands-on learning activities for children.
manage the administrative duties of the program, including working proactively
to assure land tenure for the garden, seeking funding and public relations
opportunities, and keeping records of production and volunteerism.
development of garden products and programs should focus on the interests of the
neighboring community and seek to increase their ownership and investment in
the project. The Farm
Manager must be outgoing with an innate ability to motivate others to get
involved in social change.
Experience in small
scale sustainable agriculture production and marketing.
· Experience interacting with culturally
and economically diverse audiences.
community activism and working with youths preferred.
Skills and Abilities
Awareness of and
enthusiasm about food access/nutrition and sustainable agriculture issues.
Desire to work in a
community organizing and coalition building.
organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects.
skills including writing, interpersonal and ability to articulate Community
Harvest’s mission to a variety of audiences.
Commitment to social
change and the mission of Community Harvest.
spirit and ability to create opportunities.
Database and basic
computer skills a plus.
Working Conditions and Hours: The Farm Manager will work in a variety of
conditions including outdoors at the farm and indoor administrative work. Most
of the work will be conducted during normal working hours but some work will be
required on the weekends, especially during the growing season. The Farm
Manager may be a half- or full-time position for fall/winter of 2003 and is a
full time position during the 2004 growing season.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience with benefits.
Opportunities for professional training and development are available.
How to Apply:
apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:
15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202.667.9669 or email: email@example.com.
No phone calls please.
job announcement is intended to describe the general nature of work being
performed and not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties
and skills required. Community Harvest is an Equal Opportunity Employer and
seeks applicants who will contribute to the diversity of the staff.