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Seeking a U.S. Veteran with Agricultural Experience to be a Farm Manager.  Good salary.  Housing also included.

Farm Manager Job Description

Baltimore, MD

January 2017

JOB TITLE:

Farm Manager and Instructor in Sustainable Agriculture  

SUMMARY OF ORGANIZATION:

TALMAR is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the mission of enhancing and improving health for all people of all ages and abilities using horticulture and agriculture as its therapeutic medium. We have been in existence since 1998, relying heavily on volunteers and key personnel.  On our 10 acre organic farm (five acres in production), we provide work skill development, vocational training and horticultural therapy. In so doing, we produce a variety of vegetables, herbs and specialty cut flowers which are grown, harvested and sold to the community at large. In conjunction with a local community college, we offer a two year accredited degree curriculum as well as a ten month certification in Sustainable Agriculture. We are located inside a 400 acre passive park in close proximity to Baltimore city, in Parkville, MD.   

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

We are seeking a farm manager/agricultural instructor, with a minimum of five years’ experience, to support a broad range of activities on our farm. The manager will be responsible for management duties as described below and the ability to teach and train beginning farmers to become versatile in a large variety of farming practices, i.e., permaculture design and implementation, raised beds, vertical farming, small commercial and urban farming, high tunnel production, square foot gardening, greenhouse operation and management, etc.  Our target trainees are our military veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, however anyone having interest in the coursework is welcome to enroll.

The farm manager will report directly to the Executive Director. Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the operation of a farm, including planning and managing production
  • -Plan and direct activities such as planting, growing, and harvesting crops and the  raising and caring for poultry livestock.
  • -Seed ordering and material acquisition
  • -Insect and weed control, fertility monitoring and general field observation
  • -Cultivation activities;
  • -Infrastructure planning, creation and maintenance
  • -Soil building program including composting
  • -Installation, maintenance and monitoring of deer fencing
  • -Confers with purchasers and arranges for sale of crops
  • -Planning and implementation of  weekly planting schedule, harvest schedule,  harvest, market and deliveries
  • Ensure farm operations and practices to meet health, safety, and environmental standards and regulations.
  • Hire, train, and supervise workers (students, seasonal staff, interns and volunteers) and plan, coordinate, and direct their activities.
  • Inspect farm buildings and equipment, making sure routine maintenance is carried out and repairs made when necessary.
  • Determines procedural changes in drying, grading, storage, and shipment for greater efficiency and accuracy.
  • Analyzes soil to determine type and quantity of fertilizer required for maximum production.
  • Market development, including participation in local Farmers’ Markets and with local retail partners
  • Implementation of advertising, communication, activities, program and special events coordination, marketing, promotions and public relations.
  • Orientating, coordinating, and overseeing volunteer participants so as to maximize their satisfaction and their contribution to TALMAR.
  • Produce planning and implementation including, but not limited to, seasonal crop rotation for annual and perennial food, flower planting and harvesting, scheduling of all.
  • Horticultural produce undertakings, flock maintenance and egg production and distribution, oversight of all produce preparation and presentation, as well as pricing, delivery, and set-up and stall staffing of both on- and off-site sales.
  • Social media engagement of TALMAR’s multiple audiences through weekly blogs, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook and websites, and any and all other such outlets for TALMAR’s message.
  • Collaboration with program leaders in TALMAR’s educational, vocational and horticultural therapy programs. It may be necessary to assist in these programs when necessary and
  • Any and all responsibilities related to day to day operations as directed by the Executive Director.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have 5 years farm production experience
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • No criminal record; Background check required
  • Applicant should be experienced and capable of safely operating heavy equipment without direct supervision
  • Ability to complete manual labor including sitting, bending, and lifting and/or moving items weighing from 20-50+ pounds.
  • Good vision abilities are needed for close vision, distance vision, and color vision.
  • Ability to work outdoors in extreme weather for extended periods of time
  • Willing to work a flexible work schedule, including weekends; Some evening or special event hours may be required
  • Basic knowledge of MS office and other basic computer skills is a plus
  • Flexible, energetic, with a strong work ethic

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Able to multi-task
  • Excel in operating independently when given proper instructions and equipment
  • Proven ability to work with a variety of people and handle stressful situations calmly is essential

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  

  • 3 bedroom house and $30,000 – $50,000 (depending on experience)

Contact:

  • Position to begin mid-February, 2017.  Please email resume with a cover letter as to why you think you might be the best candidate for this position to: [email protected] .

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The “Aspire Challenge” is the next phase of our work to provide entrepreneurship education to individuals who have been formerly incarcerated.  About the Challenge:

The Aspire Challenge is a prize competition conducted under the America Competes Act. This competition’s objective is to spur development and provision of innovative entrepreneurial development and access to capital resource for formerly incarcerated individuals or those who are non-violent ex-offenders.

Prizes:

Up to 16 prizes of $75,000 each for a total of up to $1.2 million will be awarded to contestants. To be eligible to win a prize, a contestant must have an account in System for Award Management (https://www.sam.gov) to receive the award. This challenge is open to all for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurial support organizations.

How to Apply:

Submissions will be accepted from 8:00am ET on December 29, 2016 until 11:59pm ET onFebruary 12, 2017. Applications can be submitted by going to https://challenge.gov/challenge/aspire-challenge/ and clicking on the “Submit Solutions” link on the left-hand side. SBA anticipates announcing winners no later than March 14, 2017.

Contestants for this challenge must detail innovative and sustainable solutions to equipping formerly-incarcerated individuals with technical assistance to start and grow businesses. Contestant solutions must specifically address methods to deliver Entrepreneurial Education(including: recruitment, instruction, mentoring, and community connection) and Access to Capital resources to formerly incarcerated individuals.

More Details:

Contestant entries will be evaluated by a review committee that may be comprised of SBA officials, employees of other federal agencies, and/or private sector experts. Winners will be selected based on quality, clarity, completeness, and feasibility of their approach to addressing the issues outlined in the challenge. In addition, the SBA may take into account contestant geographic locations and areas of service when selecting winners.

Winning contestants will receive cash awards disbursed in a series of three payments. The first payment, equal to 40% of a winner’s total prize amount, will be disbursed upon award once all initial requirements in the rules. The second payment, equal to 30% of a winner’s total prize amount, will be disbursed after a winner has delivered a kickoff event and the first 50% of the proposed training program has been delivered to the intended audience. The final 30% of the total prize amount will be disbursed after a winner submits a written assessment that includes, but is not limited to the outcomes and outputs of the technical assistance curriculum as measured by the metrics outlined in the contestant’s submitted solution. For more information, see the Aspire Challenge solicitation at https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/aspire-challenge.

Goal:

This challenge’s goal is to build on the momentum of the Aspire Entrepreneurship Initiative to source innovative solutions to deliver entrepreneurship education programming and microloan assistance for formerly incarcerated individuals and to expand the technical assistance network for formerly incarcerated individuals beyond the four metropolitan areas of St. Louis, MO; Chicago, IL; Louisville, KY; and Detroit, MI.

Key Dates:

Challenge Launch: 8:00 am ET, December 29, 2016

Informational Webinars to Explain Details of the Challenge:  See below.

Close of Submission Period: 11:59 pm ET, February 12, 2017

Winners Announced: March 14, 2017

Additional Information for those Interested in Applying

The SBA is hosting  informational webinars to address issues and answer frequently asked questions every Tuesday for the remainder of January (each webinar will offer the same standard content, but questions may be posed at each of the sessions for appropriate responses; no live responses will be provided; written responses will be posted on the discussion board on challenge.gov). The webinar schedule is:

No pre-registration is required to attend the webinars.


The V.A. is seeking landlords for vets housing

Thirteen percent of U.S. adults who are homeless have served in the military-a significant number, given that Veterans represent just 7 percent of the overall population. VA is working diligently to end Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, and you can help.  If you have a rental property, consider participating in a program that has helped tens of thousands of Veterans and their families overcome the challenges of homelessness and lead independent lives.

What Is HUD-VASH?

The HUD – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program is a collaborative effort among the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and local public housing authorities. Under HUD-VASH (VA Supportive Housing), eligible low-income Veterans receive a Section 8 rental voucher plus case management and supportive services from VA.1

If interested, contact POC:

Karen Zogheib, LCSW, ACSW
Housing Development Specialist
Wilmington VA Medical Center
1601 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE 19805
Office: (302) 994-2511 ext.4470
Mobile: (302) 650-9174


Expansion of DART Bus Route 106 in Kent County Delaware

The service provides better access from the DAFB to points of interest along the U.S. Route 13 corridor, allowing the Airmen and their families to enjoy shopping, entertainment, and educational opportunities.

The Route 106 has been streamlined for customer convenience providing direct access to attractions along U.S. Route 13 between DAFB and Scarborough Road Park & Ride via Blue Hen Corporate Center, Luther Village   Apartments, Capital Commons Shopping Center (formerly Kmart), Dover Downs and Dover Mall. The route operates hourly from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Riders can connect to Route 107 at the Blue Hen Mall for service into downtown Dover and Dover Transit Center.
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CHRISTINE F. KUBIK
DELAWARE NATIONAL GUARD
MILITARY OUTREACH & COMMUNITY RELATIONS
302.326.7582
302.540.0711
[email protected]

DELAWARE JOINING FORCES …because No single organization can meet all the needs of our Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF), but a community of partners can provide an array of essential services.   www.delaware.gov/djf