Garden Program Manager

Common Threads Farm

About the organization

Common Threads connects kids to healthy food in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the table. We want kids to grow up making food choices that are good for their bodies, their communities, and the environment. Founded in 2007 and based in Bellingham, Washington, Common Threads is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes a “seed to table” approach to food production, good nutrition, and environmental stewardship. Historically, most of our programs have taken place on public school grounds, during the school day. Common Threads also runs after-school gardening and cooking programs at schools and affordable housing complexes, and spring/summer camps at an urban farm site. During the Covid19 Pandemic, our focus has shifted somewhat more toward food production and distribution as well as gardening and cooking at community sites identified as facing both outdoor recreation and food access barriers.

Duties

The Garden Program Manager position will manage, train, and support AmeriCorps Food Educators and community volunteers stewarding school and community gardens that are both educational and productive.

Serve as a member of the Common Threads’ core leadership (Perennial) team - representing farm and garden stewardship and providing agricultural skills training within the context of Common Threads’ overall mission, purpose and programs
Work closely with other members of the Perennial team to refine curriculum and program offerings to make the most of the school and community-based gardens throughout the year.
Direct and oversee AmeriCorps Food Educators in management of production/learning gardens including cultivating and harvesting annual vegetables, herbs, flowers, and bush and tree fruit, managing perennial food forests, irrigation, crop planning, mapping, pest management, facilities improvement
Develop and implement systems to maintain and improve garden quality (aesthetics, accessibility, soil health, community engagement, etc.)
Direct and oversee new garden and garden expansion projects
Coordinate procurement of agriculture materials to support curriculum delivery and garden management (both purchases and donations)
Work closely with Common Threads staff and district facilities staff on developing and fulfilling school garden design and maintenance expectations

Qualifications

Passion for and understanding of Common Threads’ mission and programs
Ready, willing and able to think about farming and gardening through an equity lens
Agricultural training and experience (formal or informal)
Experience with and passion for garden education and for mentoring in a farm and garden setting
Self-starter, flexible, collaborative, reliable, able to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines, and willing to respond creatively to changing community needs
Physical stamina and an appreciation for the varying needs of gardens across seasons
Strong written and spoken communication skills
Skill and experience building and sustaining relationships
Able to work as part of a small and close-knit team: coordinate, collaborate and delegate as appropriate
Strong computer skills and experience with using spreadsheets for data tracking, crop planning, and project management
Legacy/sustainability oriented – strong documentation and record-keeping skills
Able and willing to travel between multiple sites (by foot, bike, bus, personal vehicle or Common Threads vehicle as appropriate)

Salary

$36,400

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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