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Campus Farm Manager

Ann Arbor, MI - Posted on: Wednesday 07/27/16


Job Summary

The Campus Farm is a student-run 2-3 acre farm and education complex including organically managed produce plots, permaculture plantings, beehives, hoop house (expected fall 2016), and pollinator and native plantings located at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Staff and faculty guide the students in operations and framework for the farm, and the Campus Farm Manager will serve as a permanent point of contact for these partners. This position will oversee Campus Farm operations, evaluation and academic relationships while supporting student learning and leadership opportunities. The Farm Manager will play a significant role in the continued growth of this relatively young project and will support and expand collaboration with campus partners. The Campus Farm should be a model both of four season sustainable agriculture and for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The farm should also demonstrate a business/economic model that is realistic and sustainable for the long-term. This position will also play a role along with the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP) in supporting food gardens throughout campus. The Farm supports an academic mission, including but not limited to an undergraduate minor in Sustainable Food Systems, a Graduate Certificate Program in Sustainable Food Systems, research, and related coursework. This position works cooperatively with the UMSFP Manager.

Campus Farm Mission Statement:

The Campus Farm is a collaborative, student-led project of the UMSFP and Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (MBGNA). The purpose of the Campus Farm is to serve the greater University of Michigan community through formal and informal educational opportunities related to growing sustainable food. The Campus Farm’s mission is to serve as a center hands-on learning related to sustainability, food systems and food production. It strives to be a space that fosters a healthy and diverse community. Using organic practices, Campus Farm promotes local and sustainable local food economies. 


Farm Operations:

  • Oversee maintenance and growth of two-acre market farm, hoop house, and small urban plot for year-round production
  • Demonstrate sustainable farm operations
  • Oversee sales and distribution of produce
  • Supervise/coordinate with student staff to plan and implement schedules for planting, maintenance, harvest and sales.
  • Develop and maintain a system for keeping records of planting, harvest, sales, volunteer hours and other visits to the Campus Farm
  • Insure operations gain/retain GAP or other third party food safety certification
  • Maintain sales relationships with the campus community (UMSFP Member Groups, Michigan Dining, Ross Dining, etc,
  • Create a bridge between Michigan Dining and the Campus Farm in providing high quality produce to food service outlets across campus such as U-go’s and Fields Cafe
  • Oversee ‘Cultivating Community’ garden on central campus

Student Engagement:

  • Assist student staff and Friends of the Campus Farm in coordination of volunteer activities including weekly work sessions and group volunteer activities
  • Work with student organizations such as UMSFP and the UMSFP Manager
  • Cultivate student leadership and support student projects and ideas within the mission of the Campus Farm
  • Engage students from all aspects of the campus community; create an open community for students of diverse backgrounds to come together for common purpose

Program Development:

  • Teach/train student leaders and volunteers various sustainable agriculture techniques and market farm management
  • Collaborate with faculty to build and support formal learning tie-ins with the Campus Farm
  • Utilize the Campus Farm as a site to further and enrich dialogues around food access, food sovereignty, and other issues related to food justice
  • Meet regularly with campus stakeholders to further campus sustainability goals, support collaboration and coordinate cross -utilization of resources
  • Ensure representation of the Campus Farm at campus/community events
  • Work with Marketing and Outreach to develop and maintain communications plan regarding the farm
  • Build continuity and economic viability of the program
  • Play an active role in stewarding the Campus Farm as a place for diverse, equitable and inclusive student involvement
  • Other duties as required


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Small farm experience (2 + years)
  • Supervision/coaching or mentorship experience
  • Ability to operate farm equipment (i.e. tractor, tiller, mower, brush cutters) and move or transport objects weighing up to 20 pounds or more

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in season extension growing techniques
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Ability to improvise and be flexible to make things work
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or have the ability to obtain one

Work Schedule

Evening and weekend work may be required.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

To Apply:

Please visit http://umjobs.org/job_detail/128358/campus_farm_manager