The Garden of Concord, An Extension Ministry of Concord UMC located in Eli Whitney, NC
About The Garden of Concord: The garden’s mission is to share God’s creation with our neighbors by providing purpose and produce through garden stewardship. We grow pesticide-free vegetables and fruits with and for the community of Southern Alamance County. The garden is a collective (not individual plots) community garden with over 50 varieties of seasonal produce planted in 100+ wide raised beds (1/2 acre of growing space). Operating under the basic principles of sustainable agriculture, our crops are grown without fertilizers or chemicals, relying instead on cover-cropping and compost. Membership is open to all people who want to work together to grow fresh healthy organic fruits, vegetables, and friendships. Members join for $25 per family per year with a commitment to work one hour per week for a share of the day’s harvest. A portion of the daily harvest is also donated to our local food pantry as well as any other neighbors in need within our community. We also offer CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) with our “Box of Blessings” program to families in need as referred by our local food pantry and elementary school for 24 weeks of fresh produce.
Job Overview This position will be part-time (20-30 hours a week, depending on the seasonal demands). The Garden Coordinator will be responsible for the leadership and oversight of the garden, which will include staff/volunteer management, assisting weekly garden tasks, event planning, and fundraising. Responsibilities and Duties • Provide oversight and leadership to the Garden of Concord. • Manage of budget/finances. • Supervise staff and manage volunteers. • Provide oversight to the distribution and sales of seasonal produce (including CSA’s and restaurant sales). • Organize, co-lead, and assist in the planning of events and fundraisers such as harvest dinners, quarterly community gatherings, and presentations. • Assist in the planning and maintenance of yearly vegetable production (ordering seeds, planting, weeding, harvesting, pest-management, and irrigation). • Maintain and establish community partners in Southern Alamance County. • Communicate with garden volunteers, CSA recipients, and other partners on a weekly basis (emails, phone calls, in-person meetings as needed). • Search and apply for grants. • Carry out other administrative tasks such as weekly emails, Facebook posts, contacting donors, etc. • Co-manage garden volunteer workdays throughout the growing season. Qualifications • High school diploma/GED or higher. advanced degree in communication, divinity or related field preferred. • Experience in managing volunteers and/or staff. • Excellent oral and written communication skills • The ideal candidate must be a strong leader, willing to think creatively and bring new ideas to the table. • Must be a self-starter and self-motivated to take on this leadership role. • Knowledge and experience in an organic produce operation; knowledge of farming/gardening skills is preferred. • An interest/passion for food justice and building community is preferred. • Must be physically able to meet the demands of gardening/farming. • Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. Overall, we are looking for someone to lead our community garden who is dedicated, dependable, flexible, good-humored, and genuinely interested in growing wholesome, chemical-free food on a small sustainable farm. Organization and self-motivation are imperative. Interested and qualified candidates must submit resume, a cover letter, and up to three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.