Farm Manager

Briarcliff Manor, NY - Posted: 12/18/17 | SHARE:


Congregation Sons of Israel is a conservative synagogue in Briarcliff Manor. The synagogue owns over 5 acres of land - part of it is dedicated to the building, the parking lot and the surrounding lawn areas. A memorial garden was developed on a small area over 20 years ago. Part of the property is wooded and steeply sloped. Approximately 1.5 acres of the property was a farm up until the early 1950’s. The field was untended for 60 plus years and very quickly filled with invasive species such as multiflora Rose, Barberry, Wisteria and patches of Phragmites. The brush and bramble was a thick tangled mess approximately 8-10’ high in spots. There was illegal dumping over the years (tires, concrete and trash).


Two years ago the field was cleared of the invasives by ripping the roots with machines (no herbicide was used) and piling the debris off to the sides of the field. The debris has almost completely turned into compost! The planting beds were established through the use of lasagna gardening, additional compost was brought in, wood chip paths were created and a cover crop was planted in the fall. The field is fenced. A well and an irrigation system are installed.

Position Description:
The applicant would be responsible for helping with the initial planning of crops and the timing of the planting, planting of both starts and seeds, harvesting, scheduling and overall crop management. Applicant must have knowledge of organic farming techniques and be proactive in recognizing insect and disease and best practices for control. The fence will need to be inspected on a weekly basis and the irrigation system will need to be managed and adjusted as needed. Help will be needed with weeding, staking, pruning and harvesting, etc. There will be a laborer available for the heavy weeding and regular maintenance. Quick runs to the hardware store for materials will occur periodically. Good communication skills are important both with the office and the volunteers. (The volunteers will be in charge of handling the harvest once it gets to the kitchen. Additionally, and depending on the number of volunteers, they could run a harvest day on Sunday mornings.)


Applicant must live in Westchester County and have their own transportation. Bilingual English/
Spanish is a big plus.

To Apply:

Start Date: May 15 End Date: August 31
This position is for minimum of 20 hours per week.
Starting earlier than May and ending later than August would be preferred (but not necessary).
A stipend is available.
Contact info for more information or to apply: Ryna Lustig 

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