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Systemwide School Farmer

at Murfreesboro City Schools

Posted: 10/29/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2070
Categories: Other/General

Job Description

Job Description

School Farmer

Purpose and Scope:  Plans, develops, implements and evaluates the Farm to School Program for the district by working with farmers, aggregators, school staff, volunteers and students to meet the educational and school nutrition goals.

Essential Job Functions: 

  1. Oversees farm operations to include school-based gardens, greenhouses and tower gardens.
  2. Leads the production farm and the start-up of school based garden projects.
  3. Supports farmer educator in learning activities and curriculum implementation.
  4. Serves as a principal resource to staff, volunteers, key stockholders, and to the public on farm/garden operations and activities.
  5. Works with all farm/garden staff, partners, and advisors to identify and create opportunities for student participation and benefit through farm operations.
  6. Collaborates with stakeholders to develop an aggregation model to provide fresh, local produce to the school district.
  7. Trains school staff and students on Garden/Produce Safety Guidelines.
  8. Maintains and monitors the quality and safety of farm/garden produce.
  9. Takes leadership role in daily farm operations which include but not limited to: soil preparation, planting, irrigation, cultivating, and harvesting.
  10. Oversees the training and management of volunteers assigned to the farm/garden.
  11. Organizes schedules, assigns farm/garden work, and reviews the work of the volunteers, school staff, and students.
  12. Works with the farmer educator to coordinate the activities of students who participate in farm/garden operations as part of their curriculum.
  13. Undertakes a wide range of practical activities.
  14. Periodically inspects farm/garden structures, grounds, and equipment to identify safety and sanitary hazards; and works with Farm to School Coordinators and Maintenance to initiate immediate or preventative maintenance measures.
  15. Works with support staff to maintain records and production reports on farm/garden activities that are used for fiscal reports and budget expenditures.
  16. Assures adherence of farm/garden operations to federal, state and local policies and procedures, laws and regulations, codes and ordinances concerning human health, standards of quality, safety and sanitation.

Job Description

School Farmer

  1. Performs other general administrative/clerical tasks as required, including but not limited to entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents, receiving and responding to e-mails and faxes.
  2. Attends meeting, trainings, seminars and conferences as appropriate to enhance job knowledge and skills.
  3. Preforms other related duties as assigned or directed.

Minimum Qualifications: Must have a High School Diploma, Experience in Agriculture. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of advanced small-scale vegetable production, soil preparation, planting, cultivation, and harvesting.
  • Expertise in the operation and use of farm/garden equipment and machinery.
  • Ability to train others in farm/garden operation related activities.
  • Ability to interpret and apply rules and regulations related to farm/garden operations.
  • Strong leadership, organization and time management skills.
  • Experience in working with a diverse groups with varied skill sets.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and customer service.
  • Ability to manage a variety of projects independently.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment: 

Physical Demands:  Requires walking, climbing stairs, climbing ladders, and exerting minimum of seventy five (75) pounds of force on a regular basis.

Unavoidable Hazards:  The position is exposed for prolonged periods of time to the heat, sunlight, rain, cold, wind, and chemicals in farm/garden production facilities.

Sensory (ADA) Requirements:  The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities.

“This district is an Equal Opportunity Employer”

The district does not discriminate in its programs or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, genetics or age.

Primary Location: District Wide

Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information

Applications will be accepted beginning
Thursday, October 3, 2019 12:00 AM
(Central Standard Time)