One of the core missions of Farmer South is to communicate–and hopefully increase–sustainable farming opportunities in the Southeast. Don’t get me wrong, I love that there’s an abundance of progressive agricultural positions in the Northeast and West. But I read the listings on the Greenhorns’ blog and the National Sustainable Agricultural Commission’s blog with a bit of jealousy and spitefulness. What’s wrong with the South? Why can’t these things happen here, where I choose to live?
Well, little by little, they are. And with this first advertisement for help, I’m passing on that good news. While a temporary manager has been hired, the New Urbanist Hampstead residential development in Montgomery, Alabama is still looking for a permanent manager for its on-site farm.
From the Sustainable Food Jobs entry:
Hampstead Farm is a traditional neighborhood development in Montgomery, Alabama that includes a multi-acre farm with barn facility known as Hampstead Farms. The farm is seeking a farm manager who embraces and uses sustainable farming practices […].
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Planning and production of organic produce, flowers, and herbs on our urban farm
- Marketing organically-grown produce, flowers, and herbs at a local farmers marker, to local restaurants (including restaurants within the development) and grocery stores ensuring a high level of quality control
- Developing and managing a CSA for the local community
- Running on-site farm stand, including purchasing of wholesale products for resale
- Manage on-site composting, and potential small-scale egg production, and other livestock
- Upkeep of farm equipment and infrastructure
- Farm cultivation using tractor, tiller, and hand tools
- Oversee interns, volunteers, and program participants in regards to production activities
- Organizing students and volunteers to help with production
- Teaching organic gardening classes
- Assistance in planning future expansions
- Collaborating with local elementary school to develop ‘Farm to School’ program
- Keeping records of crop plans and market sales
- Writing grants for production research and education programs
- Being a team player
- Organizing seasonal public events
- Commensurate with experience
- Health insurance
- Worker’s compensation
- Educational opportunities
- Paid vacation
Please send resumes to Edwin Marty:
or PO Box 55357, Birmingham, AL 35255
Apply, apply! And please pass on other great food- and farm-related jobs in the South.