SAGE is seeking a Mentor and Farm Manager

This is an exciting opportunity to be a critical part of a start-up in the agricultural sector located in Moruya, NSW for a fixed term 12 month contract at $1,000 a week. 

Who are we?

Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE) is a not- for-profit, community-based organisation whose mission is to create and support a NSW South Coast sustainable fair food economy and food sovereignty for local communities.

What are we doing?

Stepping Stone Farm is an initiative of SAGE and will be a major local social enterprise. Stepping Stone Farm will:

-Build on SAGE’s track record of supporting the education, development and careers of market gardeners

-Produce high quality and sustainable food for both local consumption and for distribution outside Eurobodalla

-Create an incubator environment for future vegetable farmers

-Develop and document a model for sustainable small-scale market gardening

-Be a training farm for new growers.

The Farm is a working market garden with all the infrastructure, tooling, vehicles and machinery that a viable market farming business needs. The Farm, and its program, are based on organic and regenerative farming practices, and provide opportunities for new farmers to develop the skill set and experience to run a successful small farm enterprise, and the knowledge to develop a business plan. With the knowledge, skills and experience these new farmers will have a better chance of securing capital and land access, and as a result be more likely to succeed in realising their farm business aspirations.

What do we need?

The Mentor and Farm Manager will work with and report to the SSF Management Committee to:

-Develop and implement a business plan and growing schedule for SSF

-Ensure student farmers attain benchmark skills and knowledge to leave SSF as confident market growers

-Develop a curriculum in conjunction with the SSF committee and the local TAFE campus

-Assist in the recruitment of student farmers

-Identify and develop markets

-Mentor and manage the student farmers to develop their own business plans

-Deliver the curriculum to students

-Lead the students to grow and market their produce

-Advise on and contribute to the description of a model for small-scale market gardening that could be replicated across the country

Carefully steward the land as if it was their own .

The precise job description will be negotiated with the successful candidate prior to appointment.

Who do we need? 

You will have extensive and successful experience in the application of regenerative farming methods to small-scale market gardening.

You will be an outgoing and confident self-starter with experience of developing and implementing business plans, experienced in managing and training people and possess strong communication skills.

Questions and applications in writing please to  

Applications close at midnight (Australian Eastern Time) on 31 March 2020.

3 Replies to “SAGE is seeking a Mentor and Farm Manager”

  1. Hi Sage people,
    My name is Michael Champion and I think I have the skills set you require to mentor your young farmers. I was the owner manager of Champions Mountain Organics at Mangrove Mountain on the Central Coast. The farm ran as a commercial (not hobby) operation for 20 years until I retired at the end of 2017. My website is not longer up but you can see my old facebook page if you google Champions mountain orgaincs and there is some blog still showing on duckduckgo search engine. This will give you some pics of the farm. You can aslo check with Jason Symington from Salads direct near Cobargo who can attest to my bona fides.
    (he and i were original satll holders at Carrigeworks narket in Sydney)
    I have worked with a lot of students over the years (good and not so) and had a steady influx from a French Ag college who regularly sent students over about 5 years. I also had a number of trainees/apprentices from Ourimbah Tafe and have helped one of my employees gain a certificate IV in Organic farming from Riverina Tafe (Rob Fenton knows me and I am hoping to get some correspondence work from him this year. To that end I will be soon finishing a TAE40116 training and assement qualification from Tafe which qualifies me to run accredited courses for Tafe or other registed RTOs.
    Ilove working with people who want to become market gardenersans are willing tolearn and do the heard work. I have helped to run a number of workshps for BD Australia in Bellingen and have been amember since 1996.

    That’s the good stuff….. now the bad stuff. I’m 71 but by no means over the hill i just want to misrepresentmy self. I am fit and healthy but the bones do feel the years some days.
    the biggest problem is that inow live on the mid north coast near Taree so Moruya isa long way away.
    However if you are happy to talk so am I…. I may be able to help anyway.

    So I reckon plan A we have a chat.
    Plan B you keep looking and you will probably find someone just assuitable and better.
    Plan C if you don’t, we chat again…. I am so keen on this stuff that you may tempt me to relocate, but lets not premept anything .
    give me a call
    all the best
    0428 797 919

  2. sorry about the typos I was excited and rushing a bit

  3. Andrew Sansom says:

    Hi there, I am very excited about the mentor and farm manager position. I just wanted to follow up from the application I emailed to you on Monday morning and check that you received my attached resume. I became a SAGE member in June 2019 after attending the Regenerative Soil Management day with Bruce Davison and have been most impressed with the work of your organisation. Thank you for the wonderful work you do for our community. I am relatively new to the South Coast having moved to Moruya from the North Coast 2 years ago. I have been working in Organic Farming and Market gardening for my working life as well as being a Mentor and Youth Worker. I have facilitated business planning training sessions for young people and lead many social enterprise projects for young people including a compost making enterprise, market gardens, arts projects and organic nursery business. My family has been market gardening for generations, my grandma’s family had extensive market gardens since the early 1900’s where current day Lilydale in Victoria exists. I have qualifications in business management and a Diploma in Permaculture with 25 years experience. I am really looking forward to hearing from you and hope we can meet again in person sometime soon. Happy growing, Andrew

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