2023 Farm Manager Job Description and Application
Horton Road Organics is a five acre market garden located in the Oregon coast range outside Eugene. For over 30 years, we have integrated education, residential community development and conscientious hands on organic food production. The farm supplies mixed vegetables for three thriving farmers markets, restaurants, natural food stores as well as an online store. It is also the home of a rustic retreat space used by a Zen community led by one of the farm owners.
Our farm manager is responsible for leading a new group of apprentices in a wide range of farm activities and fostering a strong cohesive community. The manager is supported by the two long time farmers, Bill and Debra Seido, who also work day to day on the farm but maintain flexible schedules.
- Organizing and leading day-to-day farm work. Sowing, planting, harvesting, and cultivating crops. Washing, packing and distributing produce. We have high quality standards.
- Directing Apprentice Crew - Instruct, delegate and supervise apprentice. Give constructive feedback. Option to teach some of the classes in the 26 week curriculum.
- Active Participant in Residential Community - Contribute to positive group dynamics and constructive conflict resolution. Harmony in the community is a core value.
- Serving at Farmers Markets: Negotiable - Involvement based on manager preference, farm need and scheduling.
- Minimum of two seasons of row crop farming experience on a production oriented farm.
- Well organized
- Capacity to maintain in house efficiency and quality standards
- Excellent physical health
- Teaching experience
- Community building skills
- Communication and conflict resolution skills
- Hourly rate based on experience. Starting $16/hr.
- Room and partial board; Private yurt, shared kitchen, some bulk foods.
- Additional pay for Saturday farmers markets
April 1 – November 15. 44 hours per week, Monday-Friday, plus some Saturday markets. Subsequent seasons negotiable.
To apply for this position, please send your responses to the questions below to us at firstname.lastname@example.org including resume and work references.
- What draws you to our farm?
- Are you available for the full season April – mid November?
Yes_____ No _____(if No, please explain)
- What are your ideal hours per week you prefer to work? (We generally work 40-42 hours/ week, but also have optional farmers markets outside those hours. Early and late in the season, hours can be less.)
- What are your short and long term goals related to sustainable agriculture and education?
- What is your teaching/leadership experience? Describe your teaching style and how you help different kinds of learners or students who are struggling?
- What kind of group residential experience have you had? What do you contribute to a residential community? How have you dealt with conflict in these settings?
- Every year we bring together a new inexperienced crew where the challenge is to achieve basic efficiency rates of harvesting, planting and so on by peak season. Please describe your experience of learning farm standards and how you might teach those. Specific examples are helpful.
- Please share anything else you’d like us to know about you.