Kroka Farmer

Kroka Expeditions is seeking a farmer to join our dynamic team. Our diversified farm is comprised of 30 acres of pasture, hay fields and gardens amidst a beautiful 100-acre campus. Livestock includes dairy cows, laying hens, and a draft horse. Our gardens produce a variety of greens, root crops, fruits, and berries to feed 1,000 students who join Kroka’s programs annually. The farm is managed by two full-time farmers and aided by apprentices, staff, and students. Working in a close-knit team, our farmers plan and execute food production and farm education, while caring for the land and the animals using biodynamic and organic practices.

Schedule

Year-round, full-time, salaried.

Responsibilities

Working in a team, the Kroka Farmer will conduct all aspects of managing Kroka’s diversified educational farm, balancing productivity with educational goals. Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and execution of a diversified vegetable production – for consumption by students and staff, market sales, and donations to local area food banks
  • Care of fruit trees and perennial crops
  • Development and sales of value-added products
  • Overseeing daily chores and maintenance of the farm

In addition, the Kroka Farmer will:

  • Develop educational curriculum for students and apprentices
  • Facilitate daily and weekly work projects with students of all ages
  • Train and mentor Farm Apprentices
  • Maintain farm equipment and barn spaces
  • Assist with pasture management
  • Collaborate with program coordinators to meet the food needs of the organization
  • Carry out other responsibilities inherent in being part of a working farm and residential community!

Qualifications & Experience

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of 5 seasons experience in organic farming/gardening as well as the following experiences:

  • Diversified gardening – including season-extension
  • Proficiency in operating a tractor and implements – mechanical skills are a plus
  • Excited to engage in farm education with students ages 9 – 19, apprentices, and staff
  • Experience or interest in developing and teaching agricultural curriculum
  • Desire to join a land-based community of staff and students working together towards a sustainable future
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a strong work ethic, a consistent positive attitude, attention to detail, and a capacity for cooperative teamwork
  • Valid driver’s license with clean record
  • Ability to work outdoors in a physically active role year round
  • Animal husbandry – including dairy and poultry
  • Working understanding of intensive rotational grazing, including fencing and pasture management
  • Proficiency in operating a tractor and implements – mechanical skills are a plus

Compensation & Benefits:

Being one of Kroka’s farmers is a year-round, full time, residential position. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Kroka staff benefits include health insurance, retirement benefits, vacation and health days, and participation in a vibrant community.