"Growing Markets" Program
Market Garden Manager
This is a fantastic low-risk opportunity for an aspiring agricultural entrepreneur to plant and maintain an established 1/4-acre organic market garden, manage weekly CSA subscriptions (15-20), and (optionally) participate as a vendor in the Downtown Hazleton Farmers Market. The Farmer will not only learn the basics of bio-intensive garden operations, but also gain insight and experience in marketing organically and locally raised produce for retail sales. For those interested in starting their own farm market program, it provides a unique opportunity to "test drive" the experience before committing time and money to purchasing land, materials, and equipment.
Working under the direction of the Market Garden Manager and CLDS President, the CLDS Intern is responsible for assistance with market garden operations, to include preparation of the areas to be planted for market garden production, transplanting, direct seeding, weed management, irrigation, pest management, harvesting, post-harvest handling, produce sales at the Downtown Hazleton Farmers Market, record-keeping, and other tasks incidental to community garden management and operations.
Season generally runs from April through September. Work will include all tasks associated with managing and maintaining a garden for production of organic produce sales, including but not limited to: seeding & transplanting, tilling, fertilization, organic pest management, weed control, irrigation, harvesting/packing, marketing, social networking, retail sales, farmers market participation (optional), and produce subscription management. The CLDS provides general liability insurance and product insurance for food grown within the garden.
Compensation of the Market Garden Manager will be 90% of all net revenue collected through produce sales (10% of net revenue will be paid to the CLDS at the end of the season as payment for use of land, water, equipment, etc.). The internship position is compensated at $10/hour, not to exceed 200 hours total.
At a minimum, candidates should have organic gardening experience, an interest in local and organically raised food, a mature and responsible work ethic with strong organizational and communication skills, be in good health, have physical endurance, enjoy working outdoors, and be able to work independently. Manual labor is required (participants should be able to lift 40 lbs). Candidates should also be able to operate a tiller and a garden tractor (training will be provided), and provide their own transportation to/from the garden and the downtown Hazleton Farmers Market.
For Questions or to Apply
Contact Krista Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 570-578-5903.