Farm manager Job at Stone Bank Farm Market, Oconomowoc, WI

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  • Stone Bank Farm Market
  • Oconomowoc, WI

Job Description

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About Stone Bank Farm Market

At Stone Bank Farm Market, we believe in knowing where our food comes from, shaking hands with the people who grow it, and honoring the land we live on. Our farm and market are located on a 3 acre property in Stone Bank, Wisconsin where we provide fresh produce, dairy products, poultry, pork, and organic grass-fed beef as well as a wide variety of artisanal foods in our year-round market.

The farm is dedicated to producing delicious, high quality, organically-grown vegetables, herbs and flowers on a half-acre of land that includes raised vegetable beds, field beds and greenhouses. We take great pride in using sustainable growing practices in our gardens and the 75 acres of preserved farmland surrounding our property where we raise beef cattle, pigs and sheep.

Position Overview :

We are seeking a dedicated and experienced Farm Manager to lead the operations of our small-scale organic vegetable farm. As the Farm Manager, you will play a vital role in ensuring the success of our farm by overseeing day-to-day operations, planning for the future, and utilizing sustainable agricultural practices. Your leadership skills, strong work ethic and passion for organic farming will contribute to the growth and prosperity of our farm.

Responsibilities:

Crop Production:

  • Manage and participate in all aspects of crop production, including planting, cultivating, harvesting and packaging.
  • Develop daily and weekly farm plans.
  • Develop annual crop plans.
  • Utilize regenerative agriculture practices such as crop rotation and cover crops to maintain soil health and prevent pests and diseases.
  • Monitor potential threats to crop production such as weather conditions, pest infestations, irrigation problems, etc. and adjust practices as needed to optimize crop yields and quality.
  • Maintain accurate records of crop yields, expenses, labor hours, and other relevant farm data.

Communication and Team Management:

  • Manage a team of 3 farm workers and 2-4 volunteers.
  • Create farm worker schedules, modifying as needed to meet farm needs.
  • Train and supervise farm workers, ensuring efficient and productive teamwork.
  • Delegate tasks, provide guidance, and conduct regular performance evaluations to maintain a motivated and skilled workforce.
  • Foster a positive, collaborative work environment that promotes communication and respect.
  • Communicate regularly with heads of the Market and Kitchen.

Farm Maintenance:

  • Maintain farm infrastructure, equipment, and facilities in proper working condition.
  • Organize and oversee repairs, maintenance, and upgrades as necessary to ensure safe and efficient operations.

Sustainability and Education:

  • Explore opportunities to improve farm practices and reduce environmental impact.
  • Develop initiatives to educate our customers and the community on sustainable farming.

Qualifications :

  • At least 3 years experience in organic, no-till farming and crop production, preferably in a managerial or supervisory role.
  • Strong knowledge of organic farming principles, sustainable agriculture, and pest/disease management.
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to motivate and manage a diverse team.
  • Ability to effectively solve problems and make decisions in a dynamic environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail for maintaining records and managing resources.
  • Clear communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Physical ability to perform manual labor and work outdoors in various weather conditions.

The Ideal Candidateā€¦

  • Is passionate about sustainable and organic small-scale vegetable production
  • Is a self-starter and goal-oriented
  • Is creative, curious and adaptable
  • Has the ability to work both independently and on a team
  • Possesses strong attention to detail
  • Can work in a potentially challenging environment and be adaptable
  • Has transportation and is punctual
  • Is energetic and willing to have fun!
  • Can share and accept feedback in a team environment

Benefits:

  • Contract option: 12 month or 10 month
  • Flexible time-off
  • 20% off all market purchases and access to farm seconds
  • Opportunity to make a meaningful impact on sustainable agriculture and local food

The workload will average approximately 40 hours/week over the contract period, but the weekly averages will vary with higher hours during peak season between May-Sept and lower in the off-season.

If you have a passion for organic farming and a desire to lead a dedicated team in producing high-quality, sustainable vegetables, we encourage you to apply for the position of Farm Manager. Join us in our mission to provide fresh, healthy, and locally grown produce to our community while promoting sustainable farming practices. To apply, please email your resume and a brief letter of interest to: [email protected]

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $45,000.00 - $55,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply

Application Question(s):

  • Please send a cover letter explaining why your interested in this job and attach your resume.

Experience:

  • Farming: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

Job Tags

Full time, Contract work, Local area, Outdoor, Flexible hours, Shift work,

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