Join Our Team as a Farm Field-hand!

Join Our Team as a Farm Field-hand!

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Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is seeking a part-time, seasonal Farm Field-hand for the 2017 growing season. The Field-hand will participate in all aspects of managing a small-scale production farm. Schoolyard Farms grows over 40 different annual and perennial fruits and vegetables. The produce is grown for an 85-member CSA, Head Start, local grocers and the school cafeteria. Our ideal candidate has a background in farming, and a passion for outdoor education. This position is hands-on, and can be physically rigorous. The field hand will work primarily with the farm manager, and is an integral part to the Schoolyard Farms community, working alongside garden educators, summer camp participants, students, and volunteers. We’re willing to train the right person.

Farm Field-hand Responsibilities:

  • Field work: Schoolyard Farms does most of their farming by hand. This includes seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bed preparations, watering, trellising, washing and packing produce
  • Small machine maintenance and operation, including weed whackers, mowers and tillers
  • Wash/pack on harvest days (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
  • General farm maintenance: tool and equipment care
  • Produce sales and customer interaction
  • Working with youth (primarily students from New Urban High School) and mentoring summer interns from New Urban High School’s job training program

Qualifications:

  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Demonstrated experience with some farming and gardening
  • Physical fitness and ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Self-motivated: farm work requires physical and mental endurance, and farm days are spent outside in any weather
  • Flexible: Farm work is dynamic, field hand must be able to shift gears quickly and efficiently
  • Collaborative: field hand must be comfortable working as a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one year farming experience
  • Experience working with children elementary to high school age
  • Owns a reliable vehicle for transportation

Position Details:

  • This is a part-time, seasonal position from April – October 2017, with an average of 20 hours of work per week
  • You will be scheduled to work Tuesday thru Friday from 8:30-1:30 pm, two days a week will be spent at the Candy Lane Farm and two days will be at the New Urban Farm. Schedule negotiable for the right candidate
  • Some schedule flexibility required for special events with advance notice
  • Hourly rate: $11

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter answering the following questions: (1) Why do you want to work at Schoolyard Farms? (2) What prior experience do you have with farming and/or gardening? (3) What experience do you have with physical work? (4) What three attributes would co-workers, family and friends all agree that you possess? to Schoolyard Farms’ Farm Manager, Annika La Fave, at annika@schoolyardfarms.org by 5:00pm on Friday, March 10, 2017.

We regret that due to the high volume of applicants only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

About Schoolyard Farms:
Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since it was founded in 2012, we have reach thousands of kids each year through our various programs, increasing the likelihood that they’ll grow up to be healthy adults. We have a total of 1.5 acres in production at 2 schools, where 1,100 kids received hands-on garden lessons. We’ve grown 6,000 pounds of produce harvested for the community each year. Our two farm sites are at Candy Lane Elementary, our one-acre pilot farm where we host our summer camp, and at New Urban High School, our half-acre farm where we host our youth job-training program. We harvest produce from the farms for our 85 member CSA, restaurants and our partner schools. Both farms are located in Milwaukie, OR–a quick drive from downtown Portland.

Five Ways Kids Benefit from Farm Summer Camp

Five Ways Kids Benefit from Farm Summer Camp

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At Schoolyard Farms, summer is go-time! By the time your kids pack up their last day of school this June, our greenhouse, raised beds and fields will be packed full of seeds, starts, and first fruits to share. The lengthening, warming days of Spring lead to the busy harvest mornings and timeless afternoons of Summer–and life on the Farm feels right when we have our campers in on all the fun.

Let’s look forward to another season of growth together! Here are 5 ways kids benefit from summer camp, from our “farmily” to yours.

1. Summer Camp connects kids to nature. A 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation national survey found that children and teens clock an average of seven hours (and thirty-eight minutes) of screen time each day. In the bracing air and bright sunlight campers at Schoolyard Farms spend six hours a day engaged in farm ecology exploration and outdoor play. Research on the benefits of nature connection is clear: including kids in farm practices like walking the fields, testing the soil, planting seeds and pulling weeds exposes the mind, body, and spirit to balance, grounding and growth.

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2. Summer camp inspires kid creativity. Farming, gardening, cooking, and crafting in connection with nature brings out your child’s imagination in a hands-on way. At Schoolyard Farms, we provide campers with the raw materials to create: blank pages transform into camper-made nature journals, carrots harvested in the field transform into our famous carrot-citrus-cinnamon salad. We begin each morning with a story, and conclude each afternoon with reflection on the adventures we make of each day.

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3. Summer camp celebrates kids in community. Schoolyard Farms connects campers headed into 1st-6th grades this Fall with a diverse group of Middle School Intern Educators, High School Intern Educators, Adult Volunteer Educators, and even local Chefs enthusiastic to share their training, backgrounds, interests, and talents with kids in a dynamic, community-based way. All participants grow leadership skills when we put kids first, and the Farm provides lots of inspiration for the community to share in Wonder, together. We’ve witnessed lasting friendships made and renewed the Farm, and we encourage new friends and old to reunite in Headquarters (or “HQ”) this summer!

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4. Summer camp promotes healthy eating and active lifestyles. Did you know kids who participate in growing, preparing, and sharing healthy food are more willing eat it? At Schoolyard Farms, campers trace fruits and veggies in their fresh farm snacks from field to plate, learning to identify plant parts, expand their palate, and role model healthy eating choices for healthier communities along the way. We promote healthy movement and activity habits at camp by taking time to stretch, and making time to play energetic “everybody wins” summer camp games like “Eagle Eye,” “Snake in the Grass,” and “Lemonade” each day.

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5. Summer camp builds confidence, and kids take new skills home. A you ready to sign up for camp yet? Moms, Dads, Aunties, Uncles, and Grandparents alike often remark that they want to send themselves to camp at Schoolyard Farms! At our end-of-week celebrations they have also mentioned the sense of self and sense of place they’ve seen their kids take home from camp, as well as healthy food cravings, a newfound respect/fascination for bees, curiosity around cooking and gardening at home, a new set of (non-screen) games and crafts to teach their friends, and a capacity for wonder and inquiry that leads to amazing conversation. At Schoolyard Farms, we believe kids are capable and natural scientists, artists, philosophers and poets–and the work they produce is awesome. The next best thing to going to camp is sending a young person you love, and, very much like we get to do on the farm, to enjoy the satisfaction of cultivating their growth.

We look forward to seeing you on the Farm this summer. Learn more about Summer Camp at Schoolyard Farms and register here!

5 Reasons to Join A CSA

5 Reasons to Join A CSA

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If you’re unfamiliar with what a CSA is, it stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”. A farm that has a CSA invites members to buy a crop share before the start of the farm season, and then compiles a share box of just-harvested produce for each member every week of the season. At Schoolyard Farms, our farm share program runs for 20 weeks from June – October, providing members with approximately 5-8 bunches of in-season produce each week. You can learn more about our CSA and how to sign-up here.

Considering joining a CSA? Here are 5 reasons why you should become a member this season:

1. CSAs keep small farms going by funding farm costs upfront before the season begins. Knowing what their farm budget is and how many people to grow for, allows farmers to curate their crop plan based on the specific needs of their business. This helps to minimize food and resource waste. It also enables farms to stay afloat by better allocating funds to much needed resources like tools and skilled labor.

2. CSAs inspire communities to support local business instead of “Big Ag” companies. This benefits local economies and local pockets. Additionally, CSAs help to cut out middleman sales by allowing customers to buy from the farmer directly. This means your organic veggies are fresher and cheaper than the ones on the grocery store shelf.

3. CSAs provide the freshest produce possible. At Schoolyard Farms, we harvest all the vegetables in each share the same day our members pick up. Did you know produce begins to lose its nutritional value as soon as it has been harvested? This means that it can lose as much as 50% of its nutritional value while it is transported to stores and sitting on shelves. Picking up your produce the day it is harvested means you won’t lose those nutrients.

4. By joining a CSA, you are signing up for healthier eating. CSAs bring a variety of produce into your house and enable you to try new, fun varieties of heirloom vegetables. Eating a variety of crops through the growing season means you will experiment with new vegetables and recipes you may not otherwise try. When you’re eating in-season produce, you create for yourself and your family an understanding of what real food is and a better appreciation for its true production value. This means better nutrition choices and health for you and your family.

5. CSAs are convenient and help families to save money on organic produce. If you break down the price per week of your CSA membership, as well as the price per bunch of vegetables, you will likely find that the cost of a CSA is comparable to or less than what it would cost to buy organic produce from the grocery store.

Help Us Cultivate the Next Generation of Green Leaders

Help Us Cultivate the Next Generation of Green Leaders

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Earlier this year, we launched our second Schoolyard Farm at New Urban High School. The farm is thriving, students are learning how to grow their own food and eating fresh, healthy produce. Now we’re ready to expand our high-quality hands-on programs at the school. In the spring of 2017, we will kickstart a job-training program at New Urban. We will train students in basic job-readiness, horticulture, outdoor education and food production through hands-on lessons and internships on their school farm and at our sister farm at Candy Lane Elementary.

There is a need in our community for meaningful job-training for our youth, and farm-based job-training offers so many benefits beyond technical job skills. On the farm, students learn how to care for the environment, their surrounding community and are likely to be more engaged with their school. We need to foster programs that provide these opportunities for youth now more than ever. You can help do that.

Make a donation of $10 or more to the fundraising campaign for the New Urban job-training program today and you’ll be entered to win one of the following fabulous prizes:

A free week to Schoolyard Farms’ Summer Camp, a $250 value

A free 2017 Schoolyard Farms CSA Share, a $300 value

A Taste of Milwaukie package, including gift certificates for an unlimited month at the Warrior Room, two acupuncture treatments at Acupuncture for Wellness and 5 Skate Pass to Oaks Park.

$100 in gift certificates to Dove Vivi.

$100 in gift certificates to Garden Bar.

Visit schoolyardfarmjobs.causevox.com to make a donation.

Donate $10 or more by midnight on December 31st, 2016, to be entered to win. Winner’s will be drawn and announced on January 3rd.

A Message About Our Food Safety from our Executive Director

A Message About Our Food Safety from our Executive Director

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In light of recent concerns about lead levels at Portland Public Schools (PPS) water, I wanted to share with you the efforts we’re making at Schoolyard Farms to ensure that the food we’re growing is safe and lead free.

This spring, we tested the soil specifically for lead at both of our school sites and found zero traces of lead at both farms. The soil test results can be made available upon request by emailing hello[at]schoolyardfarms.org. Research shows that it is considered safe to consume garden produce grown in soils with total lead levels less than 300 ppm. With our soil test results of 0 ppm, we can ensure that the food we’re growing is safe and lead free.

In addition to the soil test, the school districts with which we work (Oregon City and North Clackamas) have been conducting lead testing on their water fixtures this summer. As you can see in this report from Oregon City School District, two fixtures at Candy Lane exceeded safe lead levels. Both of these fixtures are indoors and neither affects the school farm. The report from North Clackamas School District shows that two fixtures at New Urban also exceeded safe lead levels. Neither of those fixtures are connected to the school farm and the water from those fixtures has been shut off, again not affecting the farm.

We strive to make sure that all of the produce grown on our farms is done so in a safe and ecological way. We promise to let you know if we ever feel the health or safety of our food has been compromised. Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Courtney Leeds
Co-founder & Executive Director, Schoolyard Farms

Join Our Team as a 2016 Summer Camp Educator Intern!

Join Our Team as a 2016 Summer Camp Educator Intern!

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This summer, Schoolyard Farms is offering the community 8 weeks of summer day camp inviting 1st-6th grade campers to explore and farm the schoolyard with us!

The Summer Farm Camp Educator Internship is a stipended position reporting to the Farm Camp Director Brooke Hieserich of Schoolyard Farms. Farm Camp Educator Interns will collaborate with all- camp staff to set-up, clean-up, lead and evaluate daily onsite activities engaging campers in exploring the farm, participating in farm tasks, preparing healthy snacks, farm arts and crafts, scientific inquiry, and active play.

Schoolyard Farms is a young organization looking to expand in the near future. Interning with Schoolyard Farms will allow you to grow your skills, get to know a growing organization, and could turn into a long-term opportunity. Please share your goals and expectations with us!

Time Commitment:

  • June 20 – August 19th, 2016. We break for the July 4th holiday July 4-8
  • A consistent presence at Camp at 3-4 days a week, Monday through Friday, from 8:30am-4pm, your schedule permitting
  • Must be available for Farm Camp Staff training the week of June 13th

Responsibilities:

  • Lead in providing for the safety and care for the unique needs of campers outdoors
  • Lead in bringing camp curriculum to life for high-energy groups of 1st-6rd grade campers including activity planning, prep, leadership, clean-up, and evaluation
  • Enthusiastically role model healthy eating, active living, appropriate attire and appropriate use of technology
  • Observe Schoolyard Farms’ Food Safety, Farm Safety, 1st Aid, and Emergency Protocol
  • Commit to consistent attendance, timeliness, and finding own transportation to and from site. Educators will collaborate with staff to track their service hours
  • Contribute to a safe, inclusive, diverse and fun learning community at Schoolyard Farms

Qualifications:

  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • At least 18 years of age, or will provide an adult contact + support person if under 18
  • Experience leading children and youth in outdoor education programs
  • Experience farming and gardening in the Pacific Northwest
  • Enthusiasm to take initiative and learn new things
  • Enthusiasm to observe, improvise, give and receive feedback, and grow!

Benefits:

  • $1,000 total for 4 day/wk commitment for 9 weeks or $750 total for 3 day/wk commitment for 9 weeks
  • College credits (check with your school)
  • Grow as a Leader!
  • Professional References and Networking
  • Experience leading and developing outdoor education programs
  • Knowledge of sustainable farming practices in the Pacific Northwest

How to Apply:
Email Summer Camp Director, Brooke Hieserich, at brooke@schoolyardfarms.org for a Summer Camp Intern Application. Once you receive the application, send it back to her by 5:00pm on June 6th, 2016 or by the date of special arrangement. All applicants must be available for Farm Camp Staff training the week of June 13th. Thank you for your interest in interning with us!

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

About Schoolyard Farms:
Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since its founding in 2012, Schoolyard Farms has partnered with Candy Lane Elementary to manage and cultivate one-acre of the schoolyard; integrated the farm into 300 students’ classroom lessons weekly while teaching them where food comes from and how to grow it; hosted farm-based summer camp for 1ts-6th graders; grown over 3,000 lbs. of produce for 35 CSA members, Head Start and the Farmers Market, each year; and built community partnerships with organizations like the Clackamas County Juvenile Department and the Soil and Water Conservation District. This year, SYF is growing to its second site, New Urban High School, and is looking for dedicated people to join the team.

Join Our Team as a Summer Farm Intern!

Join Our Team as a Summer Farm Intern!

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Schoolyard Farm Interns participate in all aspects of running a small-scale production farm. Schoolyard Farms grows over 40 different annual and perennial fruits and vegetables. The produce is grown for a 55-member CSA, Head Start, local grocers and the school cafeteria. The farm internship is designed for first-time urban farmers who are interested in learning farm basics. The internship is a hands-on, physical education. Farm interns will work primarily with the Farm Manager, and are an integral part to the Schoolyard Farms community, working alongside Garden Educators, Summer Camp participants and volunteers.

Time Commitment:

  • June 14th – August 12th, 2016
  • Tuesday thru Friday from 9-4pm, two days a week will be spent at the Candy Lane Farm and two days at the New Urban Farm

Responsibilities:

  • Field work: Schoolyard Farms does most of their farming by hand. This includes seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bed preparations, watering, trellising, washing and packing produce
  • Small machine maintenance and operation, including weed whackers, mowers and tillers
  • General farm maintenance: Tool and equipment care
  • Produce sales and customer interaction

Qualifications:

  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Demonstrated experience with some farming and gardening
  • Physical fitness and ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Self-motivated: Farm work requires physical and mental endurance, and farm days are spent outside in any weather
  • Flexible: Farm work is dynamic, interns must be able to shift gears quickly and efficiently
  • Collaborative: Farm interns must be comfortable working as a team

Benefits:

  • $500 monthly stipend
  • College credits (check with your school)
  • Hands-on training in small-scale, sustainable farming practices
  • One CSA share (June-August)

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter answering the following questions: (1) Why do you want to participate in a farming internship at Schoolyard Farms? (2) What prior experience do you have with farming and/or gardening? (3) What experience do you have with physical work? (4) What three attributes would co-workers, family and friends all agree that you possess? to Schoolyard Farms’ Farm Manager, Annika La Fave, at annika@schoolyardfarms.org by 5:00pm on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

About Schoolyard Farms:
Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since its founding in 2012, Schoolyard Farms has partnered with Candy Lane Elementary to manage and cultivate one-acre of the schoolyard; integrated the farm into 300 students’ classroom lessons weekly while teaching them where food comes from and how to grow it; hosted farm-based summer camp for 1ts-6th graders; grown over 3,000 lbs. of produce for 35 CSA members, Head Start and the Farmers Market, each year; and built community partnerships with organizations like the Clackamas County Juvenile Department and the Soil and Water Conservation District. This year, SYF is growing to its second site, New Urban High School, and is looking for dedicated people to join the team.

Cooking With What’s in Season: Spring Turnips

Cooking With What’s in Season: Spring Turnips

A turnip recipe used in our cooking classes at Candy Lane Elementary.

A turnip recipe used in our cooking classes at Candy Lane Elementary.

This blog series will highlight the vegetables we grow at our Schoolyard Farms and give you simple tips about how to cook the vegetables at home.

The kids at Candy Lane Elementary recently tasted turnips and the response was great! In order to support you and your family in future turnip cooking of your own, here are some helpful turnip tips and preparation methods.

Selection and Storage:
In the Spring, you are likely to find small, tender turnips in the grocery store or farmers market called Hakurei Turnips. These juicy turnips have a mild horseradish flavor and are delicious raw or cooked. In the Fall, you’re likely to find Purple Top Turnips. These hearty turnips have a long shelf-life should be cooked for best results. Turnips should be firm and smooth with no signs of mold or decay. If the turnips have greens attached, make sure they are unblemished, crisp, and deep green in color.

Preparation:
Scrub turnips clean under cool running water.

Quick Serving Tips:
Dice turnips and boil them in water or chicken stock until tender. Mash them with a little bit of the reserved cooking liquid and season simply with salt, pepper, and some good quality butter or olive oil. You can also combine them with equal parts mashed potatoes as a way to sneak in additional nutrients.

Turnips are great in soups, stews, and vegetable casseroles.

Turnip greens can be added to any green salad.

Serve sautéed turnip greens with a little olive oil, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper, or salt and pepper.

Recipe:
Baked Spicy Turnip Fries, 2 Servings

  • 4 turnips, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch french fries
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder (can be adjusted to taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

(If you don’t have spices on hand, feel free to simply use salt and pepper with olive oil. Or, if you have other spices you would rather use, feel free to substitute!)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Put the sliced turnips in a mixing bowl and toss really well with the chili powder, oregano, and olive oil (or spices of choice). Lay them out flat onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, take the fries out and flip every one of them then bake for another 15 minutes on the other side.

I hope you find these tips and recipes helpful and tasty for you and your family.

The author of this post, Sadie Harmon, is currently working on earning her master’s degree in Nutrition at the National College of Natural Medicine and is excited to be a part of the farm team as an intern for the semester! She truly believes that getting kids in the garden to try new foods, see how they grow, and learn why they are important for their bodies sets them up for future dietary success.

Join Our Team as a 2016 Farm Intern!

Join Our Team as a 2016 Farm Intern!

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Schoolyard Farm Interns participate in all aspects of running a small-scale production farm. Schoolyard Farms grows over 40 different annual and perennial fruits and vegetables. The produce is grown for a 55-member CSA, Head Start, local grocers and the school cafeteria. The farm internship is designed for first-time urban farmers who are interested in learning farm basics. The internship is a hands-on, physical education. Farm interns will work primarily with the Farm Manager, and are an integral part to the Schoolyard Farms community, working alongside Garden Educators, Summer Camp participants and volunteers.

Time Commitment:

  • April 5th – October 28th, 2016
  • Tuesday thru Friday from 9-4pm*, two days a week will be spent at the Candy Lane Farm and two days at the New Urban Farm
  • *In May and June, Interns must be available on Wednesdays to alternate between an 8am-2pm shift and a 1pm-8pm shift. The 1-8pm shift will take place at the Moreland Farmers Market.

Responsibilities:

  • Field work: Schoolyard Farms does most of their farming by hand. This includes seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bed preparations, watering, trellising, washing and packing produce
  • Small machine maintenance and operation, including weed whackers, mowers and tillers
  • General farm maintenance: Tool and equipment care
  • Produce sales and customer interaction

Qualifications:

  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Demonstrated experience with some farming and gardening
  • Physical fitness and ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Self-motivated: Farm work requires physical and mental endurance, and farm days are spent outside in any weather
  • Flexible: Farm work is dynamic, interns must be able to shift gears quickly and efficiently
  • Collaborative: Farm interns must be comfortable working as a team

Benefits:

  • $500 monthly stipend
  • College credits (check with your school)
  • Hands-on training in small-scale, sustainable farming practices
  • One CSA share (June-October)

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter answering the following questions: (1) Why do you want to participate in a farming internship at Schoolyard Farms? (2) What prior experience do you have with farming and/or gardening? (3) What experience do you have with physical work? (4) What three attributes would co-workers, family and friends all agree that you possess? to Schoolyard Farms’ Executive Director, Courtney Leeds, at courtney@schoolyardfarms.org by 5:00pm on Friday, February 26th, 2016.

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

About Schoolyard Farms:
Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since its founding in 2012, Schoolyard Farms has partnered with Candy Lane Elementary to manage and cultivate one-acre of the schoolyard; integrated the farm into 300 students’ classroom lessons weekly while teaching them where food comes from and how to grow it; hosted farm-based summer camp for 1ts-6th graders; grown over 3,000 lbs. of produce for 35 CSA members, Head Start and the Farmers Market, each year; and built community partnerships with organizations like the Clackamas County Juvenile Department and the Soil and Water Conservation District. This year, SYF is growing to its second site, New Urban High School, and is looking for dedicated people to join the team.

Join Our Team as a Farm Manager!

Join Our Team as a Farm Manager!

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Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is seeking a Farm Manager (FM) for the 2016 growing season. The FM is responsible for all agricultural operations for Schoolyard Farms at Candy Lane Elementary and New Urban High School, as well as facilitating community involvement on the land and maintaining an aesthetic of an educational farm. This job balances running a small production farm and incorporating various educational and empowerment objectives. The FM works closely with the Executive Director, Education Coordinator and Interns to meet production and educational objectives. The FM should be deeply committed to sustainable agriculture and food justice and energized by personal interactions and social change. This position requires organization, vision, patience, energy, delegation abilities, and good humor!

Farm Manager Responsibilities:

  • Develops the farm plan utilizing intensive, small plot growing techniques
  • Manages schoolyard farms for production and educational purposes, working closely with the Lead Education Coordinator
  • Manages farm team interns/volunteers to carry out all farm operations including harvest processing and packaging
  • Maintenance of accurate records of all farm activities
  • Engages and represents SYF to the school and community at large
  • Ensures opportunities for integration of teaching and learning into all components of the farms
  • Coordinates SYF’s CSA program and communicates effectively with all of the members
  • Continues to develop and grow SYF’s produce sales to restaurants, grocery stores and other small vendors

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years of sustainable farming experience, with at least 1 year in a leadership role
  • Teaching experience required: formal or informal
  • Demonstrated experience in farm record keeping and crop planning
  • Experience managing staff, with particular experience supporting and engaging high school aged youths
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with limited supervision, self-motivated
  • Organized, team oriented, dedicated
  • Excellent public relations and communications skills; interpersonal, written, and oral
  • Valid driver’s license and will pass a criminal record check
  • Be in excellent physical condition and be able to lift 50 lbs and able to work in all weather conditions
  • Proficient computer skills, strongly skilled in Excel
  • Access to a computer and smartphone
  • Access to a truck, van or SUV for transporting farm produce and supplies

Position Details:

  • Begins February 15th
  • This is a year round position with an average of 40 hrs / week, must be available to work some weekends and occasional evenings
  • Hourly rate: $13
  • Mileage will be reimbursed at the IRS rate of 54 cents per mile

How to Apply:
E-mail a short cover letter and resume, including three references, to courtney@schoolyardfarms.org with your name and the name of the job position in the subject.

Applications must be received no later than January 29th, 2016. Interviews will begin the first week of February.

We regret that due to the high volume of applicants only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

About Schoolyard Farms:
Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since its founding in 2012, Schoolyard Farms has partnered with Candy Lane Elementary to manage and cultivate one-acre of the schoolyard; integrated the farm into 300 students’ classroom lessons weekly while teaching them where food comes from and how to grow it; hosted farm-based summer camp for 1ts-6th graders; grown over 3,000 lbs. of produce for 35 CSA members, Head Start and the Farmers Market, each year; and built community partnerships with organizations like the Clackamas County Juvenile Department and the Soil and Water Conservation District. This year, SYF is growing to its second site, New Urban High School, and is looking for dedicated people to join the team.