Employment Opportunities

Farm Program Manager
Reports To: Executive Director
Location: 75 Laurel Street, Hartford, CT 06106

SUMMARY:

The KNOX, Inc. Farm Program Manager will oversee the development and expansion of an incubator farming program, which is a network of urban farmers growing ethnic crops through environmentally-sustainable practices in Hartford, CT. She/he will be responsible for the success and further development of the program, community building and networking, maintenance of the farm site(s), continuing education for farmers, managing grant reporting for the program, and accomplishing program goals set by the KNOX Executive Director and Board of Directors. Must be independently-motivated and passionate about the local food movement!

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee incubator farmers and provide on-site support
  • Oversee the management of ethnic crop growing and development of farm site
  • Manage program budget which includes obtaining permitting, contracting and other services
  • Obtain materials and equipment for operation expansion and maintenance
  • Serve as liaison between farmers and the CT Department of Agriculture
  • Network and connect farmers with product markets and sustainable accounts
  • Schedule and facilitate farmer evaluation meetings and database system
  • Research and develop on-site sales strategy
  • Assist farmers in meeting their revenue goals and developing forward-thinking business plans for an urban growing setting
  • Coordinate educational trainings on and off-site for farmers and CT agricultural community
  • Work with KNOX’s fundraising staff to identify and seek funding sources for program
  • Work with KNOX’s community garden staff to recruit new applicants to program
  • Provide written and quantitative reports on work in a timely manner
  • Promote best conservation practices in coordination with KNOX Field Operations Manager
  • Attend community meetings and network conferences as required
  • Coordinate farm waste, recycling and create a compost management system
  • Create plans for winter maintenance
  • Install and maintain drip irrigation system for farm use
  • Refine and update Farmers Manual
  • Continue to adapt program based on results and feedback
  • Schedule and facilitate farmer evaluation meetings and database system
  • Supervise interns and volunteers throughout the season
  • Provide support for fellow staff during organization-wide events

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 4 years farming experience
  • Knowledge in sustainable agriculture, particularly in an urban setting
  • Demonstrated experience in program management and development
  • Demonstrated ability to execute grant goals and deliverables on external timelines
  • Knowledge of basic office and business software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher
  • Independently motivated and capable of self-direction
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented office environment and to conduct community outreach
  • Comfortable working with stakeholders from a wide range of cultural and educational backgrounds
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Business and entrepreneurial skills, a plus
  • Energetic and dedicated to community improvement
  • Has a CT drivers license and own transportation
  • Ability to multi-task, strong organizational skills
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • BS in agriculture/environmental studies/business, a plus
  • Bilingual, a plus (Spanish/English)
  • Hartford resident desired

HOURS:

  • Position is full-time, salaried
  • 40+ hours a week, M-F some evenings and weekend required
  • Full benefits

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KNOX, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE.) Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regards to age, race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

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