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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
1. Farm Manager: The Greening of Detroit
2. Farmers' Market Coordinator: The Greening of Detroit
3. Organic Blueberry Farm Apprentice

JOB OPPORTUNITES

1. Farm Manager: The Greening of Detroit

Location: 1418 Michigan Ave., Detroit 48216
Date Posted: December 8, 2008
Application Deadline: January 8, 2009
Salary: +/- $32,000 (depending on experience) plus benefits
Area of Focus: Urban Agriculture, Organic Farming Education, Environment

Position Summary:
The Greening of Detroit is seeking a full-time Farm Manger to manage
production and operations at two urban farms in Detroit. The Romanowski Farm
Park is 30 acre city-owned park where The Greening of Detroit operates a 
acre farm, teaching gardens, an orchard, and sugar bush. The Detroit Market
Garden, our newest project, is a 2.5 acre production focused farm located in
the heart of the Eastern Market District in Downtown Detroit, equip with
three 30'X96' solar passive greenhouses and one transplant greenhouse. The
Farm Manager is responsible for the management, planning, and oversight of
The Greening of Detroit's farming operations at both sites from land
preparation through quality harvest including all aspects of organic
vegetable, herb, flower and fruit production. The Farm Manager reports to
the Director of Urban Agriculture.

Duties and Responsibilities:
 Oversee all aspects of day-to-day farm operations at both Romanowski Park
and The Market Garden, including business and planting plans, pest control
and weed management, field cultivation, compost and seed production, and
harvest.
 Responsible for solar passive greenhouse and transplant greenhouse
operations including ordering, scheduling, seeding, fertilizing, watering,
pest management, and distribution.
 Supervise staff and volunteers working at both sites as well as oversee
our Urban Agriculture Apprentices.
 Work with Urban Agriculture staff to plan and implement educational
activities and tours for both youth and adults at both farms.
 Work with Urban Agriculture staff to coordinate harvest and sales at
farmers' markets, to restaurants, and at u-pick events.

Additional Qualifications:
 The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of farm management experience,
preferably at an organic or chemical free farm.
 Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers and working with diverse
communities.
 Experience teaching youth and/or adults in a farm or garden setting.
 Interest and familiarity with issues relating to local food, food access,
and sustainable agriculture, and a genuine appreciation of the urban
environment.
 Strong organizational and written/verbal communication skills.
 Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
 Proficiency in all MS office applications required. Bachelor's degree in
agriculture, natural resources, plant science, horticulture or a related
field is preferred but not required.

How to Apply:
Please send email of your resume and cover letter to
[log in to unmask] Use the
job title as the subject line. Only potential interviewees will be
contacted. Visit our website at
www.detroitagriculture.org.

2. Farmers' Market Coordinator: The Greening of Detroit

Location: 1418 Michigan Ave., Detroit 48216
Date Posted: December 8, 2008
Application Deadline: January 8, 2009
Salary: +/- $30,000 (depending on experience) plus benefits
Area of Focus: Teaching, Nutrition, Community Organizing, Urban Agriculture,

Position Summary:
The Greening of Detroit is seeking a full- time Market Coordinator to
support urban gardeners participating in our Grown In Detroit cooperative
who are producing fruits and vegetables for sale at farmers' markets and to
local restaurants. In 2008, Grown In Detroit sold regularly at 6 Detroit
Farmers' Markets as well as to local restaurants and grossed over $14,000.
This position requires an individual with strong interest in
community-driven food systems and urban agriculture, the experience and
willingness to work with diverse groups, and the ability to collaborate with
community organizations. The Farmers' Market Coordinator reports to the
Director of Urban Agriculture.

Duties and Responsibilities:
 Oversee Grown in Detroit's cooperative farmers' marketing and retail sales
activities including coordinating our farmers' market schedule and
restaurant sales, creating and updating program literature, monitoring and
upholding harvest and post-harvest handling standards and practices,
supervising sales, processing accounts, and recruiting, training, and
supporting participating urban growers.
 Coordinate Youth Growing Detroit farm stand program including selecting
groups, training, and supporting participating urban growers.
 Work with Urban Agriculture staff to develop and implement farm plans at
Greening of Detroit operated market gardens that maximize production to
supplement direct and retail sales. Oversee produce harvest, post-harvest
handling, and sales.
 Management of other related projects including coordination of u-pick
activities at Greening of Detroit Market Gardens and local produce delivery
to a CSA like project called The Green Ribbon Good Food Box.
 Project based supervision of staff, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers.

Additional Qualifications:
 The ideal candidate will have 2-5 years experience selling vegetables,
fruit, and flowers directly to consumers at farmers' markets or to local
restaurants.
 Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers and working with diverse
communities.
 Experience teaching youth and/or adults in a farm or garden setting.
 Interest and familiarity with issues relating to local food, food access,
and sustainable agriculture, and a genuine appreciation of the urban
environment.
 Strong organizational and written/verbal communication skills
 Ability to work independently and as part of a team
 Proficiency in all MS office applications required
 Bachelor's degree in marketing, community development, natural resources,
plant science, or a related field.

How to Apply:
Please send email of your resume and cover letter to
[log in to unmask] Use the job title as the subject line. Only
potential interviewees will be contacted. Visit our website at
www.detroitagriculture.org.

3. Organic Blueberry Farm Apprentice

Pleasant Hill Farm is seeking a apprentices for the 2009 season on our
organic blueberry farm. They are located 5 miles from Lake Michigan, just
outside of Fennville and has been certified for over 30 years. Housing is
provided as well as a small stipend and a fair amount of food, plus a large
plot for a garden.
Interns would participate in basic blueberry culture, weeding, helping to
mow, and learning how to brew compost tea and other activities. The main
work occurs in mid-July to early Sept when interns work on the blueberry
shaker stacking (literally) tons of berries and then working on the packing
line where we sort fruit. Because of the heavy lifting, workers need strong
backs and stamina. Other skills that could be learned are: driving oxen,
cheesemaking, canning, milking goats, helping with haying. Pleasant Hill
Farm lives off the grid, so there are opportunities to learn basic
information about wind and solar and also are traditional Irish musicians.
Interested people should either call 269-561-2850 or email us at our
website: www.pleasanthillblueberryfarm.com

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