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Fauquier Education Farm Job Title: Education Specialist

Fauquier Education Farm
Warrenton
The Fauquier Education Farm Education Specialist will run educational programing for youth and adults. They will expand and improve on existing programing including: The Northern Piedmont New and Beginning Farmer Program, the Introduction to Getting Your Hands Dirty, the New Farmer Incubator Program, and The Workshop Series. This position will use in person classes and workshops, social media, on-line and remote teaching options to share the message of the farm. They will work with community partners to share quality educational programs with commercial growers, home gardens and the youth in the community. This person would also serve as a backup for the Executive Director. This individual will be supervised by the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

Run and expand the Northern Piedmont New and Beginning Farmer Program –
Longer class with more field trips and more follow-up with individual class members. Have a class that runs during the winter and another in the summer. Add a youth New and Beginning Farmer Program to work with the 12-20 year old population in the community.

Expand the Introduction to Getting Your Hands Dirty training. The training will go more in depth and include additional field trips and one on one support for new and beginning farmers.

Expand our New Farmer Incubator to include participants who are farming their own land Expand social media presence of the Ed Farm/ tell stories/ acknowledge donors

Develop short educational videos from the Farm.

Share longer format Educational programing in a digital format with the community
Expand youth educational programing

Engage in an agricultural production enterprise at the Education Farm that is of interest to you and builds on your experience. This person will have real experience as a grower or producer.

Run the summer workshop series with the support of Jim Hankins.

Run, collect and share variety trial data. Create budgets to estimate the cost of producing different crops on the farm.

Serve as a backup for the Executive Director

This position is flexible and can be designed around the talents, skills and interests of an applicant. Some evenings and weekends will be expected as part of this very flexible work schedule.

This is a full-time position with benefits, competitive professional salary.

Qualifications

Relevant experience, real production experience is desirable.

Ability to work with students, volunteers and communicate clearly. Strong fluency using social media and virtual teaching methods desirable. 4-year degree in agriculture or a related experience is desirable.

Vehicle and valid driver license.

The Fauquier Education Farm

The Fauquier Education Farm, a 501(c)(3) organization, was created in 2010. The work of the Farm is led by the Fauquier Education Farm Executive Director.
The Virginia Co-operative Extension office in Fauquier County plays a critical role in the operation of the Fauquier Education Farm (FEF). Extension staff members serve as advisors to the FEF board and to the Director. The Farm, located on Fauquier County property on Meetze Road, serves as a laboratory to pilot new techniques as well as to provide continuing agricultural education to interested citizens.

The FEF has a dual focus: offering agricultural education and growing produce for local food banks. Programs are conducted to serve existing farmers, beginning farmers, students, and residents of the community. This education component has included:

• The Beginning Farmer program
• Agricultural best practices demonstration
• Workshop Series
• Field trips for school classes and other groups

Fresh produce grown on the Farm is distributed to local food banks for further distribution to those in need. In 2017 over 60,000 pounds of produce was grown and distributed. Crops planned for the coming year include squash, watermelon, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, cantaloupe, potatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, sweet potatoes, eggplant and tomatoes.
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