This organization unites two nonprofits, New Haven Farms and the New Haven Land Trust. These organizations have been leaders and innovators in New Haven’s urban environmental movement. The New Haven Land Trust (NHLT), Connecticut’s first urban land trust, has served the community for nearly 40 years by acquiring and stewarding over 80 acres of nature preserves city-wide and by supporting 55 community gardens throughout New Haven’s diverse neighborhoods. NHLT has grown significantly over the last five years to include programs for young environmental entrepreneurs and a marine and coastal exploration summer camp on Long Island Sound.
New Haven Farms (NHF) was formed eight years ago with its innovative Farm-Based Wellness Program (FBWP) that partners with medical centers to engage people with diet-related chronic disease risk factors in learning about nutrition and gardening at one of seven farm sites across New Haven. Gather New Haven has a growing commitment to racial equity and community leadership and is taking strides in cultivating broader inclusion and community ownership among its stakeholders. A large part of the organization’s work takes place in bilingual settings, with Spanish and English as the predominant languages. Gather New Haven strives to be a leader for advancing community engagement and focusing the resources of nature to support community health and well being.
The Farm Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing farm operations on seven sites throughout New Haven. The Farm Manager is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s farm operations, including participating in the development of strategic priorities, annual operating goals and budgeting for the farm; general maintenance and care for the sites; production of food for the Farm-Based Wellness Program, and weekly Farm Stand; and management of farm staff and volunteers.
● Create and implement an annual work plan and crop plan for the farm sites in consultation with various stakeholders
● Manage farm activities, including planting, harvesting, washing, packing, distribution of produce, pest control, soil testing, and fertility management, irrigation construction and
maintenance, greenhouse maintenance on seven sites
● Ensure produce yield is high quality, consistent, and plentiful and order supplemental produce from other farms when necessary to provide produce for the FBWP during the
18-week program season (June- October)
● Generate at least $12,500 in farm sales, between but not limited to seedling sale, farm stands, and wholesale sales to a limited set of restaurants and local non-profits
● Manage Saturday Farm Stand and open volunteer day June through October
● Track material donations and purchase/acquire equipment and supplies for the farms
● Develop plans for infrastructure developments for each farm site and implement new urban farming strategies as needed
● Assure produce donation is collected weekly from Bishops Orchards, (June- November)and manage the relationship with Bishops Orchards
Financial and Budgetary Responsibilities
● Write an annual budget in collaboration with Executive Director for all farm sites
● Document all expenses and work within the agreed-upon annual farm budget
● Maintain accounts with local restaurants/food retailers for wholesale a revenue stream
● Submit all documentation for maintaining the organization’s FNS/ current authorization to accept SNAP/EBT and complete all record-keeping and data entry necessary for any matching grant funding, etc.
Supervisory and Volunteer Management Responsibilities
● Hire, supervise, train and schedule paid farm employees: Seasonal Farm Apprentice, Growing Entrepreneurs in Farm track, Farm Caretaker, and Garden Captains
● Schedule and facilitate regular assessments and evaluations with all staff supervised and develop individualized plans for their skill/career development
● Schedule, coordinate, and facilitate 3-5 weekly farm volunteer shifts March – November
● Track and document all farm operations, including staff and volunteer hours
● Work to build a welcoming and positive atmosphere at all the gardens
Partnerships and Community Development Activities
● Build/ maintain community support and trust with community members at all farm sites
● Maintain and develop relationships with the SCSU Sustainability Office and student garden by providing technical assistance in the form of advising student workers,
supporting the procurement of supplies, hands-on education at Gather farm sites
● Inform and co-lead the design, scheduling, and facilitation of agricultural workshops throughout the year
● Manage the CT Mental Health Center contract for the care of two small garden sites and weekly therapeutic garden class for residents
● Develop relationships and partnerships as relevant to our mission
● Attend Gather New Haven staff meetings
● Work collaboratively and contribute to Gather New Haven’s strategic focus and planning.
● Contribute directly to the effort to address racial equity at every level of the organization
● Participate annually in the professional development and evaluation process with the Executive Director around organizational and personal goals.
Required Skills and Qualifications
● Experience in urban agriculture and food production
● Capability to manage all aspects of small scale organic vegetable production in an urban setting
● Familiarity with the New Haven community in which they will be working
● Ability to lift 40lbs
● Desire to work outside in all weather conditions (heat, rain/snow, cold, poor air quality)
● Experience with and passion for coaching/mentoring in a farm/garden setting
● Able to work as part of a small and close-knit team: coordinate, collaborate, and delegate as appropriate
● Demonstrated capability to supervise, lead and cultivate and learn from the talents and skills of others
● Strong written and spoken communication skills
● Legacy/sustainability-oriented – strong documentation and record-keeping skills
● Inquisitive/ proactive in finding solutions to obstacles and very attentive to detail
● Flexibility to adapt to the frequently changing daily tasks
● Excellent time management skills and ability to manage multiple projects and priorities at the same time
● A valid driver’s license and ability to drive a manual transmission (or willingness to learn)
● Bilingual (English/Spanish)
● Experience managing an annual diversified vegetable crop plan for upwards of 10,000lbs
● Knowledge of and experience in integrated pest management (IPM), organically managing soil fertility, and other organic growing practices
Position Classification and Schedule
This is a full-time, year-round exempt, salaried position. Expected working hours vary by season. This position typically works a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with occasional brief tasks on non-working days. This position will be supervised by the Executive Director.
This is a salaried and benefits-eligible position. Salary range is $45,000-50,000 annually.
Benefits include sick days, vacation, and holidays (federally recognized holidays as well as three floating holidays), and employer-sponsored medical health insurance. Workers compensation insurance is also provided.Apply via Regen Farming News →