Monday, June 6, 2016

Cannery Farm Coordinator, California Farm Academy

The Center for Land‐Based Learning (CLBL) inspires and motivates people of all ages, especially youth, to promote a healthy interplay between agriculture, nature and society through their actions and as leaders in their communities. We serve high schools students and adults through our experiential programs in 25 California counties. Our California Farm Academy beginning farmer training program and farm business incubator has provided hands‐on education, mentorship, land for lease and marketing support for over 80 new farmers to date.

Background:

The Cannery Farm is an urban farm site integrated into the Cannery, the first ‘agrihood’ development of its kind in California. It is the result of a partnership between the City of Davis, the Center for Land‐Based Learning (Land‐Based Learning), and The New Home Company (NWHM) – a model for a public‐private‐non‐profit partnership. The 7.4‐acre farm site is currently in its final development stages by The New Home Company, the master developer for The Cannery neighbourhood. As the final touches are put on by the NWHM Company, the Center for Land‐Based Learning is beginning operations of the working farm. Graduates of CFA are growing their farm businesses at the Cannery Farm, gaining access to more land, infrastructure, and new markets in a community enthusiastic about sustainability.

Job Description:

The Cannery Farm Coordinator will be based at our office at the Cannery Farm, 1550 Cannery Ave, Davis CA. This position will report to the California Farm Academy Director and will be responsible for the following:

• Work with the Beginning Farmer Apprenticeship Coordinator to coordinate farm maintenance and some field work with incubator farmers.

• Managing shared spaces at the Cannery Farm that will include maintenance of hedgerows, gardens, farm edges, roads, and the barn (including coordinating use of space for events, supplies and equipment storage, cooler, wash station, and kitchen/break room area), and events (both fundraising and educational).

• Setting and maintaining policies for day‐to‐day upkeep of the Cannery Farm.

• Coordinating, in partnership with incubator farmers and additional local and regional partners, educational opportunities, workshops, and volunteer events at Cannery Farm for community members.

• Set up and manage the Cannery Farm office, including infrastructure maintenance scheduling, general operations and logistics.

• Serve as the liaison between the Center for Land‐Based Learning, the City of Davis, the New Home Development Company, and the incubator farmers by working to foster open communication between all parties and promote the interests of all the stakeholders. This responsibility will include attending such regular meetings as the Davis Open Space and Habitat Commission (which is held in the evening once per month).

• Facilitating marketing opportunities for beginning farmers in the Cannery Community and Davis.

• Facilitating and coordinating possible research opportunities (e.g. UC Davis CAES, UCCE, and UC Ag and Natural Resources).

• Spearheading fundraising and development of partnerships to support long‐term management, development of infrastructure, acquisition of tools and implements for farm use.

• Assisting with CLBL events (fundraisers, donor appreciation events, open houses, etc).

Mandatory requirements:

The Cannery Farm Coordinator should have a strong commitment to education, community building, agriculture, and ecology and land stewardship. She/he must be self‐motivated, and capable of working effectively both alone and with a larger team.

● Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in Agriculture, Community Development, or other closely‐related field.

● Experience in farming; either as a beginning farmer, apprentice/intern, or other related agricultural farm job, or experience in restoration or landscape architecture.

● Experience working with diverse partners and stakeholders, with ability to work collaboratively to create and implement programs.

● Excellent communication, social and writing skills.

● Experience in event planning, workshop planning, and community building.

● Experience in adult education, particularly involving urban agriculture, community organizing, market development and mentoring new businesses.

In addition, the ideal candidate will also have:

• A background in either formal or informal educational programs, including developing and implementing workshops and community events

• An ability and willingness to be flexible

• Moderate to advanced computer skill, especially with Microsoft Office, web browsers, social media, and email

• Willingness to work odd hours and weekends as required.

Salary:

This position will begin at .50 FTE (half‐time), but is expected to grow to full‐time within three years. Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to: Sri Sethuratnam, Director ‐ sri@landbasedlearning.org. Application deadline is July 6, 2016, or until filled. We encourage you to visit our website www.landbasedlearning.org.