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When opportunities to work with us at Seminary Hill Farm become available, they will be posted here.

Seminary Hill Farm Manager

About MTSO and Seminary Hill Farm: Established in 2013, Seminary Hill Farm covers 10 acres of the 80-acre campus of MTSO and features three production greenhouses and six season-extension hoop houses. It is our mission to teach small-scale farming and produce good food for all in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. Our farm is committed to teaching and learning about local agriculture, stewardship of the land, engaging matters of environmental justice, and working toward food security and community health.

Seminary Hill Farm is a vegetable production farm that provides food to MTSO’s dining hall and food security partners through MTSO’s Community Food and Wellness Initiative. Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program has distribution sites in Columbus as well as on the MTSO campus, raising the profile of the farm in both communities.

The Farm Manager will work closely with the Farm Consultant and the CSA, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator. The team also includes MTSO’s Land Steward and Chef de Cuisine.

Job description: We are hiring a full-time Farm Manager to oversee and direct all growing activities: soil health and composting, seeding, planting, irrigation, chemical-free weed and pest control. Along with the CSA, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator, the Farm Manger will serve as the public face of the farm to the campus community and external stakeholders. On-site residence is available but not required.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in regenerative agricultural practices including composting, vegetable production and soil health. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience in repair and maintenance of farm equipment and infrastructure.
  • Understanding of whole-farm planning and management, crew scheduling, crop planning, and farm budgeting.
  • Experience teaching, mentoring and/or facilitating experiential learning.
  • Comfort with year-round physical labor outdoors.
  • Willingness to receive feedback and seek support when needed.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Track record of working collaboratively with diverse constituencies.
  • Self-motivation with excellent problem-solving, analytical and critical-thinking skills.
  • Willingness and ability to be an integral part of a student-centered, inclusive campus community.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record.

FLSA status and schedule: Full-time, salaried, exempt. Occasional weekends and evenings to support campus events and respond to weather emergencies.

Primary responsibilities and duties

  • Oversee all aspects of vegetable and herb production: seed starting, greenhouse management, field preparation, transplanting and weeding.
  • Manage agricultural and operational dimensions of the farm in ways that support the primary educational mission of the program.
  • Production:
    • Analyze soil to determine type and quantity of compost or other soil amendments required for sustainable and regenerative practices.
    • Source and purchase supplies, such as compost, seed and tools.
    • Operate, inspect and maintain tractor and other farm equipment.
    • Maintain proper planting and accounting records.
    • Assist the Land Steward with snow and ice removal.
  • Education:
    • Partner with the CSA, Intern and Volunteer Coordinator to communicate and enforce safety protocols and procedures for all on-site employees and volunteers.
    • Collaborate with the extended farm and land stewardship team and MTSO’s director of communications to promote farm via social media and other channels.
    • Work collaboratively with the CSA, Intern and Volunteer Coordinator to provide instruction to Seminary Hill Farm interns, volunteers and MTSO student workers, establishing seasonal goals for the team, planning daily activities, and mentoring students in their leadership and skill development.
    • Work collaboratively with the CSA, Intern and Volunteer Coordinator to facilitate and lead meaningful farm work for visiting classes or campus groups (i.e., orientation, environmental workdays, academic classes), building a “hands-on” component.
    • Attend and present at school-sponsored or farm-hosted functions.
    • Provide farm tours and program information for visiting groups.
    • Serve as a liaison between Seminary Hill Farm and other farms in our agricultural community.

Physical requirements: The ability to work outside in all types of weather and temperatures. Must be able to regularly carry 50 pounds, stand and walk for extended periods, and engage in frequent stooping, bending, kneeling and squatting. Should be comfortable with ladder work up to 15 feet.

Email a letter of interest in this position and a resume to ewiggins@mtso.edu.

MTSO requires COVID vaccination for all MTSO community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals seeking an exemption of any kind should contact the Coordinator of Human Resources. More information regarding the Healthy Together Policy may be found at Employee COVID-19 Protocol.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, ancestry, physical or mental disabilities, military status, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy and parenting status, creed or any other protected class, or other non‐merit reasons. See our notice of nondiscrimination.

Seminary Hill Farm Internships

About Seminary Hill Farm: Seminary Hill Farm is integral to Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 30 minutes north of Columbus in Delaware, Ohio. We grow food for our campus dining hall, community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and nonprofit partners. We grow in two passive solar hoop houses, a greenhouse, 13 caterpillar tunnels and 10 acres of field production.

The farm is continuously evolving as we continue to learn about how vibrant ecosystems function. By mimicking nature, we tap into cycles that maintain the biodiversity, resilience and integrity of soils. We seek to minimize off-farm inputs by utilizing more on-farm resources.

Seminary Hill Farm is a reflection of MTSO’s commitment to a just, sustainable and generative world.

FLSA status: Full-time, seasonal, hourly.

Farm intern overview: Interns fully engage in stewardship tasks for seasonal vegetable production, delivery and farm-to-table processing for the Seminary Hill Farm kitchen. Prior farming and gardening experience is not required. Farm tasks include:

  • Seeding, seedling and transplant production, planting, and maintenance of fruit and vegetable crops
  • Harvest, post-harvest handling and packing of farm products
  • CSA and nonprofit distributions
  • Small and large equipment and hand tool utilization and maintenance
  • Crop water and soil moisture management (sprinkler, drip irrigation, mulching)
  • Pest management (monitoring, treating, and application of materials and techniques) of weeds, insects, wildlife destruction and diseases.

Internships are conducted in a collaborative environment with opportunities for multi-dimensional exploration and growth, including:

  • Day-to-day work-flow coordination, management and team-advised decision-making processes
  • Directing, teaching, and learning from each other and visiting volunteers
  • Incorporating life skills into self-designed, land-based independent projects
  • Participating in extension opportunities such as regional farm tours, on-site guest lectures and self-care activities
  • Daily communal lunch featuring Seminary Hill Farm produce, an important part of the farm day, allowing additional interaction with our permanent farm team, our chef/farmers, and a range of guests.

Who can apply: The intern experience is open to all who have a calling to steward the land and engage in justice-oriented personal and community development.

Compensation package

  • Wage and hours: Interns will work 40-hour weeks ($12/hour, no overtime) while participating in all aspects of day-to-day farm work. Intermittent 4-hour shifts on weekends – with corresponding 4 hours off during weekdays – are required.
  • Food: Interns will have lunch at the dining hall (when open) and a free CSA share.
  • Housing: On-campus, unfurnished student efficiency apartments are provided.
  • Academic credit: Interns who are also students can receive academic credit through approval and process of their home institutions.
  • Campus amenities: Interns are able to utilize the Dickhaut Library and participate in campus student activities and events.

Physical requirements: Must have the range of motion, strength and stamina to accomplish the farm work listed above, as well as the ability to work outside in all types of weather.

Schedule: Applications are being accepted for a March 2023 start date. Start and end dates are flexible. Please indicate your preferred start date in your application.

To apply, email resume and cover letter to Erin Wiggins: ewiggins@mtso.edu. Letters of recommendation are not required but can be helpful in your application.

To learn more about this opportunity, contact Laura Ann Bergman, SHF CSA/volunteer/intern coordinator at 740-409-1881 or seminaryhillfarm@mtso.edu.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, ancestry, physical or mental disabilities, military status, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy and parenting status, creed or any other protected class, or other non‐merit reasons. See our notice of nondiscrimination.