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Sweet Freedom Farm: Lead Farmer & Distribution Coordinator

Company: Sweet Freedom Farm

Hourly Rate: $29 Location: Germantown, New York

Description

Who we are:

Sweet Freedom Farm, a project of the Freedom Food Alliance, seeks a beginning farmer to join a small team of farmers and organizers. We grow vegetables, cultivate small scale grains, produce maple syrup, and are developing several landrace seed populations. We feed folks and families in our community impacted by mass incarceration and food apartheid. We provide food for a monthly free food distribution at Sing Sing Prison. We are a multi-racial, majority-Black team that centers Black leadership. This is a grassroots team that is often moving between many types of farm tasks and this role requires creative problem solving on a daily basis.

What we’re looking for:

A team-oriented farmer and distribution coordinator with 3+ years of experience with market vegetable farming. Our ideal candidate appreciates working on teams, as they will be working with farm co- managers and staff, and can perform basic farm tasks safely and efficiently, has attention to detail, loves being on the land, and shares an alignment with our mission and vision. Given the right fit, the person in this role could commit to the farm beyond the 2024 season and continue in a leadership position on the farm. See below for additional information about valued skills and forms of experience.

Start:  Start date, Mid February/ March 1 – December 13, 2024

Pay: Approx $47,000 over 10 months, or $25-$29 per hour DOE, 40 hours per week. We offer 20 days of PTO. Plus, $400/month QSHERA (healthcare reimbursement) contribution. We can offer options for heavily subsidized housing.

Requirements

Farm specific responsibilities: 

*All Farm responsibilities will be jointly held with the farming team and farm’s co-managers. The Lead Farmer and Distribution coordinator will work alongside the two farm co-managers in the planning and implementation of the farm season. Work plans will be made weekly, but can be subject to daily change depending on weather and other field needs. This farm role may include long days to complete time-sensitive tasks, work in all kinds of weather, work with teams of volunteers, and work that involves heavy lifting. Please know that beginning farmers often are building and strengthening their body capacity, and that additional training or body support and care may be needed as you transition into a farming role.

  • Bed prepping with tractor and walk-behind BCS
  • Crop planning, participating in weekly farm leadership meetings
  • Working with the farming team on planting, transplanting, irrigating, cultivation, harvest, wash/ pack days, distribution and delivery
  • Watering and irrigation repair
  • Seeding, transplanting and greenhouse management using the Tend app and Excel
  • Coordinating distribution logistics including but not limited to driving a sprinter delivery van, loading and unloading the van, coordinating van use on delivery days (Fridays), communicating with partners about pick up and delivery time, etc. Sky High pick ups on (Thursdays).
  • Driving to distribution locations in Ossining, NY; Lee, MA; Hudson, NY, and Poughkeepsie, NY. And additional deliveries as needed.
  • Greenhouse tending, seeding, organizing
  • Participating in on-farm youth education days and community workdays
  • Supporting with inventory and staying acquainted with the planting plans
  • Participate in the team’s communication norms (heart / work check-ins, conflict care, task delegation, etc).
  • Participate in farm team meetings, occasionally supporting with note keeping from those meetings
  • Ordering of tools, equipment – communicating with Admin team on this
  • Participate in assigning roles of primary responsibility for the various farm tasks
  • Administrative duties, including tracking production, developing systems, etc.

Required skills and qualifications

  • Commitment to the liberation, self-determination, healing, and joy of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities and those marginalized by racial capitalism and settler colonialism.
  • Emotional maturity, commitment to treating others with respect, kindness, and compassion, and a willingness to engage and navigate potential conflicts with intention and care for self and others.
  • Able to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender (including trans and non-binary individuals and communities), sexual orientation, class, and religion.
  • Ability to walk, stoop, kneel, and safely lift approximately 50 lbs.
  • Has transportation to and from work
  • Valid driver’s license

Ideal Candidate

Additionally valued skills and qualifications

  • Experience working with and supporting young people of color, young people from working-class communities, and youth in conflict with the law,
  • Experience living or working with communities of color, including fluency in Black, Indigenous, and/or Latinx cultural reference points,
  • Experience living or working with low income/low financial wealth communities
  • Experience living or working with communities inside prisons and those returning from incarceration

 

Encouraged to apply

We strongly encourage BIPOC, queer, trans, non-binary people, and formerly incarcerated people to apply. We are committed to an inclusive and non-discriminatory workplace.

How to Apply

TO APPLY:
Send a resume, two references and a cover letter to beloved@sweetfreedomfarm.org. Include the subject line: Lead Farmer and Distribution Coordinator. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.