Assistant Farmer - Farm to School

Murfreesboro City Schools - Murfreesboro, TN4.0

Part-time$14 an hour
Job Description

Assistant Farmer – Farm to School

Purpose and Scope: Year-round, contract position. Provides leadership, coordination, oversight and management of our Farm to School program including assessing growing season, planting, and harvesting vegetables.

Farmer will work with district Nutrition and Coordinated School Health staff to implement programs that support schools in providing fresh, locally sourced foods in school meal programs while also facilitating projects and activities that enable students to learn about local agriculture and healthy eating.

Manages and directs daily operations of a diverse mixed crop through growing environments that include raised beds, greenhouses and tower gardens.

Ideal candidates will have experience with organic farming, environmental education, and working with diverse audiences.

Manage the farm to school gardens, plan and prepare for garden activities, manage planting schedule, ensure availability of tools and other necessary materials at the site;
Assist with multiple phases of the program, including, but not limited to: assessing garden progress during the growing season, preparing and delivering planting kits to schools, assisting with garden construction and maintenance;
Collaborate with school staff and project partners to schedule garden lessons and to ensure program success and continuity;

Essential Job Functions:
Assist with planting, developing, and implements the Farm to School Program for the district by working with farmers, aggregators, school staff, volunteers and students to meet the educational and school nutrition goals.

Knowledge and skills in small-scale food production or home gardening;
Knowledge of, or interest in, topics including urban gardening, plant science, environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access;
Works with farm to school staff, partners, and advisors to identify and create opportunities for student participation and benefit through farm operations.
Collaborates with stakeholders to develop an aggregation model to provide fresh, local produce to the school district.
Trains school staff and students on Garden/Produce Safety Guidelines.
Maintains and monitors the quality and safety of farm/garden produce.
Takes leadership role in daily farm operations which include but not limited to: soil preparation, planting, irrigation, cultivating, and harvesting.
Excellent problem-solving abilities, ability to make decisions and adapt to changes;
Self-motivated, with excellent organizational & time management skills;
Ability to perform manual labor and work outdoors in a physically demanding environment;
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults;
Ability to work independently and be flexible;
Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office.

Assures adherence of farm/garden operations to federal, state and local policies and procedures, laws and regulations, codes and ordinances concerning human health, standards of quality, safety and sanitation.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
Physical Demands: Requires walking, climbing stairs, climbing ladders, and exerting minimum of seventy five (75) pounds of force on a regular basis.

Unavoidable Hazards: The position is exposed for prolonged periods of time to the heat, sunlight, rain, cold, wind, and chemicals in farm/garden production facilities.

Sensory (ADA) Requirements: The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities.

Must possess a valid driver’s license, have access to reliable transportation, and verify liability insurance on personal vehicles driven for work purposes;

“This district is an Equal Opportunity Employer”

The district does not discriminate in its programs or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, genetics or age.