Website Friends of Holly Hill Farm

The Friends of Holly Hill Farm, Inc. is a nonprofit, educational farm that grows and sells certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers in coastal Cohasset, MA, 20 miles south of Boston. Growing takes place on 2 of our 5 acres, utilizing 2 greenhouses, 2 high tunnels,  and 2 caterpillar tunnels for year-round production. Sales take place at our historic barn farm stand, farmers market and online for pickup at the farm. The Spring Plant Sale is a major source of our annual revenue. Our education department depends upon the farm providing seedlings for school gardens and our onsite education garden. The Farm Manager must make decisions that uphold the mission of the Friends Holly Hill Farm including but not limited to a commitment to regenerative no-till agriculture, our community and our environment.

 

Job Overview:

The major farm responsibilities are shared between two farm managers – the Greenhouse Operations manager has the primary responsibility for all aspects of seedling propagation, post harvest management, direct to consumer sales at the plant sale, farm stand, and farmers market. In this position the greenhouse manager must make decisions that uphold the mission of Holly Hill Farm including but not limited to a commitment to regenerative agriculture, our community, and our environment.

 

Responsibilities and Duties:

 

Management of all plant propagation activities including seeding and care of plants for the farm, education department and annual plant sale
Responsible for planning and execution of the annual plant sale
Support farm sales including on and offsite markets and wholesale accounts
 

These areas are shared with the Field Operations Manager:

 

Responsible for seasonal farm chores including snow removal, watering, and greenhouse temperature management
Participation in maintenance of driveways, barns and sheds, fields, woods and trails including plowing and shoveling of snow for winter access to buildings and animals
Coordination with co-manager to create and implement a yearly crop plan and greenhouse schedule as well as the weekly development of activities and schedules
Participation in the farm’s community including planning meetings and events as well as coordination of weekly farm activities with Farm Owner, Executive Director, Educational Director, Farm Co-Manager, and Staff
Management of the recruitment, training, and supervision of other full or part-time and/or seasonal employees and/or volunteers
Participation in the farm’s administration including data collecting, record-keeping, and reporting required to maintain organic certification and assisting in the keeping of financial records, making of budgets, handling of receipts, etc.
Participation in long term strategic planning activities working towards the goals of sustainability and conservation practices of the farm
 

Qualifications

Education level: High School Diploma

Experience: 3-5 years of on farm employment

Specific skills:

 

Familiar with the operation, maintenance and repair of basic farm machinery such as mechanized gardening equipment and tractors.
Skilled in all major organic and sustainable farming practices including greenhouse management and the successful growing of an extensive variety of vegetables and flowers
Expertise with post harvest handling of vegetables, flowers, and herbs ●
Experience with marketing of vegetables, flowers and seedlings at farm stands, farmers’ markets and restaurants
Skilled in dealing with clients and the general public
Proficient in the use of Excel, Word, Google Suite, and the ability to adapt to new technologies
Supportive of and able to contribute actively to the owners’ goals of utilizing the farm for educational and community purposes
Capable of supervising and training other employees and volunteers and organizing their work schedules
 

Personal characteristics:

● Responsible

● Community oriented

● Strong work ethic

● Self-motivated

● Adaptable

● Ability to work well with others

● Ability to adjust to the seasonal demands of farming

● Good sense of humor

Certifications: None required however one farm manager must have taken a food safety course Licenses: Drivers License

Physical abilities required:

● Ability to lift 50 lbs. Repetitively

● Ability to work in all weather conditions

● Ability to stand for long periods of time

 

More information/Compensation

 

Competitive salary, including a generous paid-vacation package.
On-farm housing
75% employer sponsored health insurance
401k retirement plan
Veggies for personal use
 

To apply email  [email protected]  Please include a brief description of why you would be a good candidate for this position and a copy of your resume.

To apply for this job email your details to ndoyle@sterlingcollege.edu


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