About Camphill Village Minnesota:
Camphill Village Minnesota is a non-profit community in Central Minnesota. Our mission is to create and sustain community where people with and without disabilities live, work and care for each other to foster social, spiritual, cultural and agricultural renewal. The garden manager in this context is responsible for the production vegetables for the Camphill community of 50 people and outside markets using organic and biodynamic agricultural practices that reflect our land ethics.
The garden manager is responsible for the production of vegetables for the community and outside markets whilst managing a team of coworkers to create a therapeutic work environment for their peers with special needs. It is the responsibility of the garden manager to work with the community to determine the size of production. This is based on a balance between the skills of the garden manager, the needs of the community and the other financial, human and land resources that are currently available. The garden is one of many work areas in the community which include homemaking, food processing, crafts, forestry, farming, and art. During the growing season the garden is a core workplace in our community. The garden manager and food processors must work closely together as a team.
Responsibilities and Duties:
To work 2 acres alongside a crew of 8 including persons with special needs.
Openness to developing a garden plan with the community based on needs
Complete state mandated and Camphill specific training
Openness to “life-sharing”
Experience with tractor and equipment operation and maintenance recommended
Qualifications and Skills:
Organic and / or Biodynamic vegetable production experience ( minimum of 1 year experience preferred)
Experience working with people with special needs (minimum 1 year experience preferred)
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to lift 50+ lbs
Volunteer coordination/finding assistance or apprenticeship
Goal setting/Assessment of successes and how to better achieve goals in the next growing season?
Ability and willingness to work outdoors for long periods of time