Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Farm for the City will spotlight healthy food access issues and invite the public to help solve these issues through urban gardening and farming. Farm for the City will be created on the highly visible Thomas Paine Plaza, adjacent to the Municipal Services Building at 1400 Arch Street. The demonstration container farm will open in summer 2018 and continue into the fall as a site for dynamic public forums, gardening workshops and performances. The programming will bring people together in a civic discussion about social equity and food security, encourage policies that promote healthy communities, and highlight ways urban agriculture strengthens neighborhoods. The goal is for the farm to produce an estimated 1,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to be donated to Broad Street Ministry, which is dedicated to serving the homeless. Young apprentices will assist in the food production on the farm and will engage visitors in dialogue about urban gardening and social issues related to food security.
PHS seeks an outstanding farmer, educator, communicator and creative thinker to lead gardening and deliver programming as part of the Farm for the City. Key day-to-day responsibilities for the position include advising the design/build team on the design of the Farm for the City, leading the onsite education and engagement, manage the farm within project costs, keep accurate records of project development, challenges, and successes, build and manage relationships with stakeholders and partners, execute the public programming, build and deliver the apprenticeship program, and manage the team to organically farm and yield maximum harvests for donation to Broad Street Ministry. In all this work, the Farmer collaborates actively with PHS team members, Broad Street Ministry, the Design/Build team, the Curator, and other partners to deliver the project with excellence.
FARM FOR THE CITY OVERVIEW
Farm for the City will be open to the public on Thomas Paine Plaza from June 15, 2048 to Sept 30, 2018 with daily hours from 11 AM to 7 PM and occasional additional special events. Containers will be designed and built by a design/build firm and constructed off site. The containers will then be delivered to the site and installed with soil and pre-grown mature plants for an instant impact.
Farm for the City will be used to grow organic food and deliver the harvest to Broad Street Ministry for use in their meal programs. Demonstrations, lectures and other programming will take place in the farm. A Program Curator with create an manage the delivery of public engagement programming. The Farmer and team will support delivery of engagement programming. The farm will also have a Farm Assistant and two apprentices to assist the farmer and engage with the public. Volunteers will occasionally be engaged.
· Act as an advisor for input on the design and building of Farm for the City.
· Coordinate plant selection with Broad Street Ministry, PHS, and the design/build team.
· Grow plants using organic practices.
· Oversee all aspects of farm management and the daily operations of the farm.
· Coordinate on crop planning and harvests to yield at the goal of 1,000 pounds of produce for donation to Broad Street Ministry.
· Manage the delivery of food to Broad Street Ministry.
· Keep the farm maintained, organized and visually pleasing. Ensure excellence throughout the growing season. Coordinate with the design/build team on any maintenance issues related to the containers.
· Recruit, hire, manage and support Farm Assistant, apprentices and volunteers.
· Train, support and monitor performance of all team members to deliver excellence.
· Support the Project Curator in delivery of public programming and education experiences including scheduled programs, drop-in interactions, apprenticeships, and community meals.
· Represent PHS to the public and act as a liaison to partners such as the Department of Public Property and Broad Street Ministry.
· Coordinate with PHS Project Manager to ensure the farm stays within budget and time constraints.
· Provide content and assist the PHS Marketing and Communications team to execute promotional campaigns to ensures meaningful participation by diverse audiences, engagement of public officials, and shining a light on urban faming and community gardening success stories from across the City.
· Contribute to data collection and analysis. Work with the project manager to track progress and produce reports for funders and management.
· Other duties as assigned.
SUPPORTIVE FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY
· Promote sustainability to individuals, other agencies and communities
· Participates in PHS events throughout the year including PHeaSt and the Philadelphia Flower Show.
· Helps to enlist new and retain existing donors by sharing the benefits of PHS membership with partners, advisors, program participants and others with whom carrying out our mission
· Remain current with organization information and changes.
· Promotes the work of PHS Programs locally, regionally, and nationally.
· Communicates and implements the organization’s strategies, policies, and procedures to staff.
· Comply with the organization’s policies and procedures.
· Promote and applies teamwork skills.
· Notifies appropriate individuals promptly of problems, discrepancies, irregularities or unusual matters of significance.
· Execute emergency procedures in accordance with organizational standards.
· Comply with safety regulations and procedures.
· Attend appropriate meetings and training sessions.
· Use sustainable practices whenever possible.
This position will supervise an assistant and three apprentices along with volunteers.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
· Minimum of 3 years of relevant, professional experience in intensive, organic vegetable production, crop planning, and/or urban agriculture.
· Hands-on experience with urban agriculture and community food systems .
· Demonstrated history of managing an educational farm.
· Passion for urban farming, organic growing, and food access related issues.
· Well-spoken with an aptitude for engaging and educating the public.
· Demonstrated ability to interact with diverse audiences including citizens, elected officials, sponsors and funders, populations of all ages and backgrounds, tourists, locals, etc.
· Demonstrated ability to successfully direct and manage a multidisciplinary team and work collaboratively.
· Ability to manage multiple projects, on budget, while adhering to deadlines.
· Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
· Flexible, yet extremely organized with exceptional follow through.
· Familiarity with Philadelphia region and stakeholders.
· This position will require some heavy lifting of 50 lbs and the ability to be outdoors and active for the majority of the day.
· Ability to work under variable conditions including early mornings, evenings, weekends, and inclement weather.
PHS offers a competitive salary and benefits package
PHS is an equal opportunity employer