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Urban Farmer

Reporting to:

Senior Community Projects Manager

Our Mission:

To sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come.

Mission of Position:
The Urban Farmer coordinates the agricultural operations of the Pershing Farm and Community Garden, located at Pershing Park in the City of Poughkeepsie. This position encompasses various responsibilities; including cultivating food crops, establishing and executing a neighborhood food distribution system, managing the community garden, mentoring community gardeners, maintaining farm infrastructure, and collaborating with urban food system partners.

About Pershing Farm and Community Garden:
Pershing Avenue Farm and Community Garden is committed to cultivating fresh, locally-grown produce that nourishes and strengthens the well-being of the local community. The site has a production area of over 3,000 square feet and 22 community garden beds. The mission is threefold: grow and distribute staples and culturally relevant produce in the Northside of Poughkeepsie, engage community members – especially youth – in urban farming operations, and provide raised beds and mentorship for community members to grow their own food. The Farm plays an integral role in the activation and community
stewardship of Pershing Avenue Park in the city’s Northside.

Qualifications:

This individual should be an enthusiastic self-starter with a minimum of two years of experience in sustainable agriculture, urban farming, or community gardening. The Urban Farmer should be able to effectively work in a diverse, urban environment with people from various racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Knowledge of organic farming methods, soil health, and pest management techniques is important. The candidate must be able to work independently and as part of a team, managing time effectively to meet farming and garden maintenance schedules. Physical fitness and ability to perform tasks associated with farming and garden upkeep is a must, including being able to carry up to 25 lbs. Strong communication skills, patience, and compassion are necessary. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

Key responsibilities:

Perform daily farm-related tasks including planting, weeding, harvesting, irrigating, soil maintenance, pest management, food distribution, general maintenance and cleanup. Serve as an advocate and mentor for urban agriculture, conduct outreach and promotion for the farm stand/CSA and community garden.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Develop a year-round farm plan.
  • Cultivate a variety of staples and culturally relevant crops.
  • Monitor and manage soil health, irrigation, and pest control.
  • Implement sustainable farming practices to optimize yield and quality.
  • Keep the farm tidy and presentable.
  • Work with community garden members to keep the community garden plots maintained and productive.
  • Offer gardening advice and suggestions to community gardeners when asked.
  • Operate a free community farm stand and/or CSA offering produce from the urban farm.
  • Keep records of produce inventory and community feedback.
  • Engage with visitors, provide information on produce, and promote sustainable farming practices.
  • Maintain composting systems for organic waste generated from the farm and garden.
  • Maintain farm infrastructure such as the toolshed, greenhouse, irrigation systems, fencing, etc.
  • Implement recycling and waste reduction initiatives to minimize environmental impact.
  • Maintain accurate records of planting schedules, harvest yields, produce distributed, and expenses.
  • Engage with volunteers and lead volunteer workdays on the Farm.
  • Collaborate with local food system partners to advance initiatives that develop land stewardship and agricultural skills in local youth.
  • Coordinate communications and events with the Communications and Strategic Engagement Teams.
  • Attend and participate in River Cities Team meetings.

The responsibilities outlined above are subject to change based on the evolving needs of the Pershing
Farm and Community Garden. The Urban Farmer will work closely with the Senior Community Projects
Manager to adapt to new initiatives and challenges.

Compensation:

This is a year-round position with seasonal hours. 35 hours a week from March 1 – November 30 and 10
hours a week from December 1 – February 28 at a rate of $26 per hour. Additional compensation includes
a budget for training related to urban farming.

Contact: Applications should be sent to: jobs@scenichudson.org. Send a cover letter and resume. Further information can be found on our website: www.scenichudson.org. No phone calls please.

Scenic Hudson defines Environmental Justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people regardless of their ability, culture, education, gender, heritage, income, or race in efforts, decisions, and actions that impact their environment, health and livelihoods.

Scenic Hudson is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting and celebrating excellence and cultural diversity. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, representation, and inclusion, and strive to serve all people in the Hudson Valley by evaluating all our projects, strategic initiatives, and outcomes through that lens.