Farm Production Apprentice

About Backyard Basecamp

Backyard Basecamp, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in northeast Baltimore City established to (re)connect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to land and nature. We provide education in urban agriculture, food sovereignty, and just sustainability while growing a relationship with the local ecology. Founded in 2019, the organization acquired a 10-acre parcel of urban land called BLISS Meadows, which will be the nucleus of educational programming and community outreach.

Position Summary

We are seeking a self-motivated farmer with a love for feeding people and desire to further their growth in the agricultural industry to join our Farm Team at Backyard Basecamp. The Production Apprentice will support the Production Manager in regular labor duties on agricultural sites owned, managed, and/or leased by Backyard Basecamp, Inc. Typical tasks will include/but not be limited to cultivation, maintenance, and the follow-through of projects within the following organically-maintained production areas: market gardens, greenhouses, hoop houses, pollinator gardens, orchards, animal enclosures, apiary, and composting operation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

General Administration (5%)

Communication with Production Manager for general tasking and record keeping
Assurance that all farm documents are properly completed and submitted
Other duties as assigned
Production Management (70%)

Work directly alongside Production Manager for all farm related tasks across different work sites in northeast Baltimore City
Inspect fields, raised beds, high tunnels, and other growing areas to determine maturity of crops and to estimate any potential crop damage
Preparing cultivation sites for planting and harvesting
Adherence to all mechanical, chemical, and food safety procedures and regulations
Maintenance and repair of farm structures (fencing, high tunnels, irrigation, bee supers, etc.)
Execution of weekly planting/harvesting schedule
Insect and weed control, fertility monitoring, and general field observation
Post-Harvest (15%)

Post-harvest washing, drying and packing of produce for distributions/storage
Accurately record weights and data for all food distributions
Ensure cleanliness and quality control of production and food distribution areas
Direct support to the Farm Manager for farm store and farmers market stocking and supply as needed
Education and Events (10%)

Occasional facilitation of programming in and around the production sites
Support Production Manager in occasional educational modules for the Fox and Heron Summer Camp
Occasional supervision of interns and volunteers assigned to the farm labor
Attend professional development and related training, as appropriate

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, abilities):

At least one year of farming or gardening experience, including organic and/or sustainable methods
An understanding of local/regional food justice issues, Black history, and culture are essential
Demonstrated commitment to sustainable agricultural production
Knowledge of small-scale vegetable production, year-round high tunnel production, and plant propagation
Experience with farm equipment and machinery, including irrigation equipment, scales, harvesters, and wash stations
Basic computer skills and knowledge
Highly motivated and a self-starter
Capacity to work well in an urban setting and understands the issues and effects of over-policing, poverty, racism, and lack of opportunities in a predominantly Black neighborhood
Knowledge and passion for community farming, food justice, food systems development
Ability to apply rules and regulations related to farm operations and food production
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong organizational, collaborative, and time management skills
Reliable transportation
Access to a smartphone
Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The Production Apprentice will work outdoors with the Production Manager. There will be exposure to Mid-Atlantic outside temperatures year-round as well as chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises, and proximity to livestock. Work during Code Red or Code Blue heat advisories will be conducted with additional breaks. Most workdays begin shortly after sunrise.

Essential Physical Tasks:

Continual walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting, cutting,

and carrying. The ideal candidate will be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs at a time.

Equipment Used:

Lawn mower, String trimmer, farm equipment, hand tools, power tools, computer, and more

To apply, please use the following link:

Jobs, Internships & Opportunities
Baltimore & Central Maryland
5111 Plainfield Ave

Baltimore, Maryland 21206
Contact Name:
Jordan Bethea
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