Seasonal New Roots Wheadon Farm Coordinator
The mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC has 25 offices in the United States and a presence in over 40 countries. New Roots in Salt Lake City (New Roots SLC) is an innovative agriculture and food access program that provides opportunities for refugees to garden, start farm-based businesses, and access healthy, local, culturally appropriate produce.
The New Roots Wheadon Farm Coordinator will work with the New Roots Program Manager to enhance and build the capacity of the New Roots Farm Training Program, through development and delivery of trainings, facilitating resource access, and managing physical resources, staff, and volunteers. The New Roots Wheadon Farm Coordinator is directly responsible for management of the 13-acre Wheadon Farm, in Draper, Utah, and will coordinate farmer-participant activities and participation pertaining to all retail markets and outlets, including farmers markets, schools, grocers, restaurants, and a robust Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The Coordinator will provide one on one technical assistance and training on organic and sustainable agricultural production, small scale production techniques, and agricultural production methods adapted for the semi-arid environment of northern Utah. The New Roots Redwood Farm Coordinator will be responsible for the oversight of physical resources, infrastructure, and the facilitation of resource access for farmers. This position reports to the New Roots Program Manager.
Infrastructure Development and Maintenance
·Maintain farming equipment and vehicles, including tractor, implements, tools, irrigation systems, washing station, and post-harvest and handling equipment, including arranging purchasing and replacement of tools and equipment as needed and tracking inventory.
·Maintain all new and existing infrastructure, including arranging for upkeep.
·Develop and implement land management plan
·Manage soil fertility and conduct regular soil testing; support implementation of organic and sustainable farming systems including composting, cover cropping, etc.
·Participate in total farm planning with other New Roots staff and farm training participants.
·Implement farm and food safety plan; and coordinate with farmers to implement harvesting and post-harvest handling activities.
·Collaborate in land development and preparation including soil remediation, infrastructure development and installation, and farm layout planning.
·Oversee any land that is being managed by New Roots and is not yet under production by New Roots Farmers (i.e. fallow land being cover cropped or otherwise maintained by New Roots in anticipation of agricultural production).
·Coordinate greenhouse production relationships, including contract and planning with USU horticultural classes and/or other partners.
Farmer Training and Technical Assistance
- Develop and manage application, assessments, and evaluation process for all Farm Training Program participants.
- Develop, improve, and deliver curriculum and training materials on organic and sustainable agricultural production topics including: farm planning, crop planning, seed starting, and composting, soil fertility, soil testing, soil amendments, and crop rotations, through the Winter Workshop series and regular in-season one-to-one training and technical assistance
- Coordinate and lead production trainings, workshops, and regular field walks for all Farm Training Program participants.
- Collaborate with IRC SLC Microenterprise and Financial Literacy staff to offer business development training and technical assistance for Farm Training Program participants.
- Keep accurate case files and participant records for all Farm Training Program clients.
- Utilize language skills to communicate to clients in native languages when possible, and encourage English language development through English as a Second Language programming.
·Record farmers production data, including farm planting plans and harvest data for farmers market and retail sales.
·Monitor and record skill acquisition with New Roots farmers.
·Monitor soil fertility, including soil testing, addition of soil amendments, and tracking tillage and crop rotations.
·Assist New Roots Program Manager in grant reporting and donor relationships.
Community Relations and Resource Acquisition/Development
·Develop and maintain strong community partner relations, establish coordination meetings and conduct follow up as necessary.
·Represent New Roots in the larger community including attending outreach events, participating in media events, and planning and executing events and volunteer days.
·Work with New Roots Program Manager in fund raising, development activities, and resource acquisition of in-kind and monetary donations.
·Identify and supervise volunteers including groups and individuals
·Liaise with partners including: Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation and Salt Lake City Office of Sustainability regarding land management.
·Assist in working with any seasonal Farm Training Program staff, AmeriCorps VISTA, volunteers, and interns as necessary.
- Collaborate with other staff to represent New Roots in the larger community including attending outreach events and planning and executing events and volunteer days.
- Support New Roots SLC team through collaboration and participation in various New Roots SLC events and projects, including seasonal farmers markets, produce deliveries, and community gardening activities.
·Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities, and fully engage as a member of the team.
·Comply with all policies, procedures and protocols of the organization.
·Other related duties as assigned.