Rural Resources is a 501 c-3, 15 acre farm located in east Tennessee. The farm includes a 3,900 square foot Farm and Food Education Center, barn, creek, greenhouse, hoophouse, and walk-in cooler. Our mission is to connect farms, food, and the community through experiential learning based on sustainable agriculture practices. The 2,500 square foot garden is managed using hand tools, tiller, and a small John Deere tractor with a tiller attachment. We also have small livestock that has served for education and small scale meat production.
This is a full-time AmeriCorps position through Appalachia CARES. Responsibilities include meeting AmeriCorps program requirements by (including but not limited to) managing the Farm & Food Education Center’ George Muller Garden and working with the site manager to oversee livestock production, being an educational resource on organic food production, and supporting the overall mission of RR. The Garden Manager teaches youth, manages volunteer groups, and implements educational activities for younger children during field trips. This position coordinates with staff to grow food for and execute special projects and events throughout the year.
Abilities and Skills:
The Farm & Garden Manager must possess a strong commitment to helping youth and community members gain understanding regarding garden and livestock education. This position must enjoy working alongside a diverse group of youth, volunteers, and others through executing gardening projects, discussing our local food economy, and creating a safe, respectful learning environment. An excellent candidate would work independently with minimal supervision. Must be able & willing to learn new skills through professional development opportunities to meet the broad range of tasks assigned to the position.
Oversee planning, growing, and maintaining a garden
Share organic, sustainable agriculture methods with youth and community members
Help design, build, and maintain home gardens with teens and their families (if funding allows)
Supervise volunteers and personnel as needed in the garden
Maintain growing infrastructures including greenhouse, hoophouse, tool shed, pack out house, and walk-in cooler
Support youth program and Rural Resources through participation in fundraisers, workshops, special events, curriculum development, and food growing as needed
Keep updated records of garden operations to include harvest numbers, planting dates, crop rotation, pest management, and fertilizer implementation.
Assist in leading teen program special events including farmers market demos, chaperoning field trips, prep for pizza nights, etc.
Assist the Teen Program Coordinator in additional ways as assigned.
Ability to teach and work with youth and community members from all backgrounds, belief systems, abilities, and ages
Minimum of 3 years organic vegetable crop production preferred
Ability to communicate effectively with the public including partner organizations, volunteers, community stakeholders, etc.
Understanding of agricultural principles and whole farm planning including soil enhancement methods, crop rotation, companion planting, and rotational grazing
A positive attitude, strong work ethic, flexibility and commitment to achieving the goals and mission of Rural Resources
Strong interpersonal, oral and written, skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team