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Job Announcement: Food Grower/Educator

Stony Point Retreat and Conference Center, a 180-bed facility in Rockland County, lower Hudson River Valley (30 mi. north of Manhattan), is seeking a full-time, fully benefitted food grower/educator to help with start up program that will grow more food (eventually up to 2 acres of space) for the dining room, help educate the Center's guests on healthy food issues, and connect with local/regional folks on food justice issues.

The job involves planting, growing, harvesting, and cleaning vegetables, herbs, and fruit for use in the Center's dining room; making use of and increasing greenhouse/hoop house space to start seeds and extend the growing season; growing flowers for use in the dining room; animal husbandry; providing opportunities for resident volunteers, staff, guests, workgroups, summer institute participants, and others to work in the gardens; recruiting additional local volunteers to work in the garden as needed; working with volunteers and staff to create and evaluate educational materials and workshops around sustainable food production practices, composting, food system, community food security and food justice issues; and building relations with local farmers, community gardeners, and food justice-oriented people to support community efforts to create local, accessible to all, sustainable food systems.

Qualifications include 2 or more years growing organically and animal husbandry experience, ability to work well with diverse populations, positive attitude, and a passion for growing and educating about food. Salary commensurate with experience. Position to begin by March 1st. Please send questions, or resume and cover letter stating qualifications and interest in the position to Kitty Ufford-Chase, Stony Point Center Co-Director, at