Employment Offered

Employment Offered

Date Submitted
05/23/19
Position Title
Lead Grower
Position Description
The Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative (NUFFI) is hiring for the position of Lead Grower at the Downing Park Urban Farm (DPUF). The Farm is located in the City of Newburgh on the historic Downing Park. We grow food and flowers for the City while providing education to youth and residents in how to grow their own food.

Start date is July 1, 2019. Please send resume and cover letter with references to: NewburghUrbanFarmandFood@gmail.com or P.O. Box 541 Newburgh NY 12551

Primary Responsibilities

The Lead Grower at the Downing Park Urban Farm is responsible for planning, growing and tending of the production (not education) portion of the Farm, as well as overseeing maintenance and sales at the Farm.

Responsibilities include planting, seeding, harvesting, cultivating, soil fertility, maintenance of fields and raised beds, selling at market, and documenting the total production whether sold or donated. There is a Team in place to manage other aspects of the Farm. There is regular collaboration between the Education Coordinator and Lead Grower. The Lead Grower is responsible for the production areas that include: a hoop house, 12 raised beds, a 2500 square foot in-ground growing area, and a fresh flower cutting garden. The Lead Grower will coordinate volunteer labor on the Farm and collaborate with the Team in the coordination of on-farm workshops.

Additional Qualities

· Self-starter, self-disciplined, goal orientated

· Ability to communicate well with the public and volunteers

· Ability to work with minimal supervision

· Ability to work both independently and as a team member

· Be in good physical condition and able to lift 50lbs

· Have own transportation

Time commitment - 32 Hours or Four days a week, Mondays (11-7) and Saturdays (9:30-3:30) required.

Salary @ $ 650 /week - This is a contract position.

Housing is not provided.

POSITION COMPONENTS

PRODUCE PRODUCTION
I - Tending
· Watering
· Weeding
o methods used to limit weeds and save on labor
· Monitoring for insects and disease
o organic methods to be used to deal with insects and diseases
· Fertilizing
o products to be used
o schedule for use
· Harvesting
o monitor growth of plant
o determine expected yields
o establish schedule for harvesting

II – Distribution
Plan for pricing, packaging and marketing
· Farm stand
· Farm market – planning, harvesting; not attending
· Donation program

FRESH FLOWERS CUTTING GARDEN
I – Tending
· Watering
· Weeding
o methods to be used to limit weeds and save on labor
· Monitoring for insects and disease
o organic methods to be used to deal with insects and diseases
· Fertilizing
o products to be used;
o schedule for use
· Harvesting
o monitor growth of plants
o determine expected yields

II – Distribution
· Plan for pricing, packaging and marketing
· On Farm Pick-Your-Own
· Farm Stand
· Farm Market
· Restaurants

FRUITS & FRUIT TREES ORCHARD
I – Tending
· Watering
· Weeding
o methods to be used to limit weeds and save on labor
· Harvesting - Strawberries & Raspberries
o monitor growth of plants
o determine expected yields

II– Distribution
· Plan for pricing, packaging and marketing
· Farm Stand
· Farm Market
· Restaurants

MANAGEMENT
I - Record Keeping
· Yield for each crop

II - Farm Maintenance and Safety

VOLUNTEERS
I - Categories
· Weekly
· Events
II - Scheduling

WORKSHOPS
TBD
County
Orange
Farm Name
Downing Park Urban Farm (DPUF)
How to Apply
Start date is July 1, 2019. Please send resume and cover letter with references to: NewburghUrbanFarmandFood@gmail.com or P.O. Box 541 Newburgh NY 12551
Farm or Organization Website
www.NewburghUrbanFarmandFood.org