Field Manager
Description

  

Weavers Way has two farm sites in Northwest Philadelphia, located a few miles apart

from one another. The farm sites consist of a 2 acre farm at the Awbury Arboretum

(the Mort Brooks Memorial Farm), and a 3 acre farm at Saul High School (the Henry

Got Crops farm), as well as a 1.5 acre fruit, nut and berry orchard adjacent to the

Henry Got Crops farm at Saul. The farms are a part of Weavers Way Coop, a 10,000

member, community owned market with locations in Mt Airy and Chestnut Hill, Ambler

and soon to be in Germantown. Both farms offer experience with small scale,

diversified, no-till organic farming and the opportunity to develop skills in greenhouse

production, season extension, pest management, planting, weeding, harvesting, farm

market experience, as well as volunteer management. Each farm grows a unique set

of vegetables, few of which are duplicated at the other farm. The harvests of the two

farms are coordinated in order to satisfy our existing outlets. Each farm position will

focus most of their time at one of the two sites, yet we all work in conjunction with one

another, as one team. Produce from the two farms is sold at the three Co-op stores,

our Henry Got Crops CSA, our on-site farm market, the cafeteria at Saul High School

and occasionally a few restaurants in Northwest Philadelphia as well as.  The Henry

Got Crops site also hosts the education programs of our affiliated non-profit, Food

Moxie. The Henry Got Crops farm is located right on the campus of Saul High School

and through the facilitation of Food Moxie, teachers and their classes come to the

farm on a regular basis and are involved in the operations of the farm.

For more information about Weavers Way and our farms, please visit

www.weaversway.coop


Who are we looking for?

Weavers Way is looking for a Farm Manager to oversee farm operations and implement the

seeding, planting and harvest plans for the 3 acre Henry Got Crops farm at Saul High

School. These seasonal plans are either provided by, or created with, or approved by

the Farm Manager, depending on the circumstances and tenure of the Field Manager.

This position is ideal for someone with a few years of farming experience, who is

looking to gain experience managing a community-centric, urban, production farm, with

the mentorship and support of a Farm Manager.

Requirements

 Duties/Responsibilities:

The Field Manager is responsible for day-to-day farm operation and maintenance,

including crop, site and tool/equipment maintenance. Field Manager must maintain a

tidy, organized work site for safety and efficiency. Basic tasks include preparing beds,

planting, watering, and harvesting, as well as amending the soil, weeding, mulching,

thinning, and pest and disease prevention and control. This position will share

responsibilities for ensuring a smooth CSA pick-up with the Farm Manager or Field

Manager from the other farm site. This entails making sure walk-ins are well organized,

and explaining pertinent CSA details to the assistants. Field Manger is also responsible

for estimating harvest availability, and ensuring the assistant knows what they need to

clean up the CSA at the end of the night.

Field Manager is expected to communicate and coordinate as necessary with Education

Coordinator for that site. Field Manager and Education Manager share farm space and

tools and equipment. Education Manager and Field Manager coordinate projects in the

field for Saul classes, visiting tours and groups. In the absence of an Education

Manager, Field Manager and Farm Manager will work together to ensure Saul students

have access to the field as a learning laboratory to complement their existing

curriculum.

Field Manager is expected to communicate with Saul staff about daily or immediate

concerns, such as shared equipment or spaces, etc.

Field Manager is responsible for supervising volunteers on a daily basis. Field Manager

also is also responsible for coordinating and guiding field assistants while the Farm

Manager is off site.

Field Manager may be asked to help maintain or harvest in the adjacent orchard, on

occasion.


This position may be required to help with large harvests or large projects at the Mort

Brooks Memorial Farm, on an as-needed basis, as is the Mort Brooks Field Manager for

the Henry Got Crops site.

Field Manager is expected to use and maintain walk behind tractor, riding tractor,

mowers and weed whackers. Training will be provided.

Administrative tasks include: Farm record keeping, such as filling out time sheets,

tracking volunteer hours, writing in log book, completing invoices, logging harvest

pounds, submitting receipts for expense reimbursements or mileage reimbursements.


Minimum Qualifications: At least two full seasons of farming (spring, summer, fall), more

preferred. A valid driver’s license.


Physical Requirements and Time Line Commitment:

Field Manager is expected to commit to a minimum of one growing season, from

February through November, with a preferred commitment of multiple seasons. You

should be able to work under adverse conditions (heat, humidity, cold, rain) and be able

to lift 50 lbs, preferably at the same time.


Skills/Attributes: Must be team oriented, a strong communicator, have a positive attitude

and be flexible. Must have a strong work ethic and willingness to get dirty, as well as an

ability and strong interest in working with and supervising volunteers of all ages and

abilities. Must be good at mental math, have strong people skills, and be a strong multi-

tasker. This is a very social farm with students and customers on site. Must enjoy

engaging with the public and be able to navigate interruptions from customers and the

school while remaining focused on the work at hand. An ideal candidate manages their

time, and the time of others, with an aim to maximize efficiency in all farm tasks. Prior

experience with equipment such as tractors, walk behind tractors, mowers and weed

whackers is a benefit, but not required. Living near the farm is strongly recommended,

although not required.

Hours: Hours and days are dictated by the ebbs and flows of the season. Field Manager

is expected to work an average of 5 or 6 days a week during the growing season,

averaging 55 hrs per week. More/less hours per week and days per week might be

necessary during the slower/busier times of the season. Weekend days are expected

during the growing season for field work, watering, venting high tunnels, or volunteer

days.

Paid time off during the winter is provided for Field Managers that return for the next

season; typically this is the month of January, although winter time off is decided year to

year based on the winter work load.


Compensation/Benefits: This is a full time, year round position offering a starting salary of $37,565,

eligible for the co-op’s health insurance and benefits plans. Farm staff are welcome to

have produce from the farms, and receive a staff discount and working member

discount of 15% at Weavers Way Co-op.


To Apply: Submit cover letter, resume and application through WW Website below.

Application deadline is midnight, Sunday Dec 4th , 2022; but applicants are encouraged

to apply early.


For questions, please contact Farm Manager Nina Berryman at

nberryman@weaversway.coop

Salary Description
Starting at 37,565