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Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries, llc

 

 

Position:             Farm Manager

Status:                Permanent, Full‐Time

Hours:                40+/- hours per week (depending on season)

Location:            Western Pulaski County, Central Arkansas. 25 miles west of Little Rock,                             Arkansas  

Contact:             farm@wyemountian.net 

 

About Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries

We are a small 18 acre farm located in the  Wye Mountain/Little Italy area of central Arkansas about 30 minutes drive from Little Rock. Currently we have about 9 acres in total production. We are growing numerous varieties of specialty cut fresh flowers and have u-pic blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. The farm also has a farm fun-land along with animals as an agritourism activity.  

The farm was established in 1998 with about twelve beds of flowers and expanded each year until it now has a total of about three acres of field grown specialty cut flowers.

In 2008 the berry field was planted with eight different varieties of blueberries, four varieties of thornless blackberries, and two varieties of raspberries.

Since 2011, the Eggers have enjoyed hosting families, as they visit and enjoy a morning of picking fresh berries and choosing a beautiful fresh bunch of flowers.

     In addition to sales from the farm, our flowers  can also be found at the Hillcrest and Westover Farmers Markets and Catering to You. When you purchase sunflowers during the growing season from many of the local florists chances are they are from Wye Mountain! 

More information on our farm can be found at https://www.wyemountain.net or at https://www.facebook.com/WyeMountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position Overview

The Farm Manager will oversee and participate in the day to day operation of the farm along with long term planning with the owners to expand operations. Additional agricultural enterprises over time might include but not be limited to: market expansion, vegetable production, farm stays, farm to table experiences, educational classes, and fundraisers.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • Responsible for crop production health and yield for flower, berry, and potential vegetable acreage

  • Establish crop production of annual and  perennial crops, including land preparation, crop design, ordering, planting, pest management, propagation, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, pruning, and harvesting.

  • Managing daily schedules of farm crew, planting, harvesting, packing, arranging, and delivering

  • Support farm infrastructure development, including irrigation systems, hoop-house, outbuildings, and equipment

  • Collect data and support organized record-keeping

  • Participate in regular staff meetings

  • Monitor and control resources by assisting in developing budgets.

  • Assist in implementation of farm education and events

  • Host guests and lead occasional tours

  • Quality control and inventory procedures

  • Managing and staffing the on farm u-pic berry operation.

  • Soil analysis, pesticide and fertilizer scheduling and application (Arkansas Private Applicator Lic. preferred)

  • Proactively troubleshooting and problem solving

  • Work side by side managing, mentoring, motivating, and setting the pace for a team of workers in day-to-day farm tasks

  • Ensure equipment and facilities are well maintained

  • Regular care and feeding of farm animals. (rabbits, peacocks, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep and quail)

  • Operate tractors, delivery vans and other equipment as needed

  • Work at farmers’ markets, on-farm sales, and delivery as needed.

Required Qualifications and Experiences

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Knowledge of zone 7.5 growing climate. (Pulaski County, Central Arkansas)

  • At least 2 years of farming experience, especially within the fields of specialty cut flowers, blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry farming, and an interest in vegetable production, along with marketing agricultural products in the retail and wholesale markets

  • Strong mechanical aptitude (plumbing, electrical, machinery, and carpentry along with agricultural equipment use and maintenance.)

  • Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude and ability to work independently and take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to completion.

  • Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship development skills.

  • Creative skills and ability to experiment to attain new, better strategies, approaches, and solutions to problems.

  • Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of tasks along with an ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative, team-driven environment

  • Strong work ethic and ability to perform strenuous physical labor in inclement weather.

  • Ability to work carefully and quickly, with precision and extreme attention to detail

  • Flexible in work hours as farm work can be unpredictable.

  • Computer skills and proficiency in Mac Pages, Numbers, and email or Microsoft Word, Excel, and email. Also social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Wix website design

  • A valid driver’s license with clean driving record.

 

 

 

Compensation

Salaried position commensurate with experience plus housing and utilities paid.  Bonus program based on individual and farm performance.

 

 

 

Housing provided

Private furnished 2-bedroom apartment with kitchenette & bath. Utilities and wifi furnished.  Apartment possibly shared with up to 2 apprentices/interns as needed.

 

Day(s) off  

Will vary depending on season and workload. However, we try to take Sundays off as much as possible. 

 

Essential Physical Tasks

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

Continuous walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting and pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs., cutting and carrying.

 

How to apply:

No phone calls, please.  We are accepting applications until the position is filled and will only consider complete applications.  If you are interested in being the manager at Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries, please e-mail the following items to:  farm@wyemountain.net

 

  1. A one-page letter introducing yourself, describing your farm related experience, and why you want to work at Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries

  2. A list of recent/relevant work history (or a resume) including names of previous employers, duration worked, and primary job responsibilities

  3. Three work-related references with job title and contact information

  4. We will respond to all completed applications that are received.