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Temalpakh Vision Statement:
The Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, is developing a sustainable farm, farmers market and environmental education center on its Reservation in California’s Coachella Valley. Our intention with Temalpakh Farms is that this venture will be both profitable and a model of sustainable living. In spite of recent rapid residential and commercial development, the eastern Coachella Valley continues to be an important agricultural center. The local meteorological conditions permit off-season (fall, winter, spring) growing of cash crops.
Electricity produced by an adjacent photovoltaic array will offset the power used for the farm, including the well and other pumps used to irrigate the crops and lighting for the market and parking areas. Temalpakh Farms intention is to begin with approximately 23 acres planted with crops, including 14 acres of date palms, with the balance of the site devoted to the farmers market, parking, a small reservoir, wildlife habitat education areas, and an environmental education center. Temalpakh Farms will also grow and sell horticultural palms both to individuals and bulk buyers. A number of specialty gardens for halophytes, medicinal plants, and native plants will add interest to the site, assist in the educational mission of the project and provide diversity to the products we offer in the farmers market.
We will use the permanent farmers market building to sell as much of the crops we harvest on Temalpakh Farms as possible. Other local organic vendors will be solicited to sell their produce and other products in the outdoor farmers market, which will occupy the plaza between the permanent market and the Environmental Education Center. The market will also house a small smoothie bar.
Temalpakh Farms would like to develop agritourism activities, educational programs for school children involving hands on farming, arts and other experiences. Cooking and gardening classes for adults could also be part of the diverse experiences we offer.
We believe that the project will attract a considerable number of visitors looking for interesting experiences and a beautiful place to spend time, to shop, and to be exposed to ideas about sustainable living. We therefore will be developing multiple ways to monetize these experiences by selling both products and experiences.
Under the direction of the General Manager, the Farm Manager will have primary responsibility for the operation of the farm including: crop selection, crop cycle planning, farm worker training and safety, labor management, risk management including employee and product safety, crop disease diagnosis and management, and operating budgeting for the farm; supervision of tillage, planting, soil building, irrigation, crop nutrition, integrated pest management, harvesting, post-harvest washing, trimming and storage, value-added processing, and farm machinery maintenance and repair. The Farm Manager will play a secondary role in customer interactions, particularly with respect to restaurants, institutional customers, aggregators and other bulk buyers. Crop selection and crop cycle planning will be done in close cooperation with the General Manager, the Farmer’s Market Coordinator, and the Education Coordinator.
The Farm Manager will be responsible for maintaining all landscaping, buildings and equipment on the farm. Maintaining the pollinator corridor, the demonstration garden and other specialty gardens, including planning and implementing occasional updates to the plantings will also be the Farm Manager’s responsibility.
The ideal candidate for this position will have a Bachelor’s of Science in Horticulture, Agriculture, Agronomy or related field and at least 4 years of experience in the operation of a small farm, including the supervision of farm workers. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the principles of sustainable organic agriculture. With respect to both education and experience we will be looking for qualifications in some or all of the following areas:
1. Crop selection, especially high value-added crops;
2. Soil building and soil management, including erosion control;
3. Agricultural chemical handling and storage;
4. Energy and water conservation, including irrigation practice;
5. Integrated pest management;
6. Crop disease analysis and treatment;
7. Sustainable and organic farming principles and best practices;
8. Harvesting and crop quality control;
9. Weed suppression;
10. Plant nutrition;
11. Strategies to make agriculture compatible with wildlife;
12. Horticultural practices and landscaping;
13. Irrigation system maintenance;
14. Agricultural equipment maintenance and repair;
15. Adding value to crops through processing;
16. Budgeting and financial analysis;
17. Worker safety
18. Farm Labor management.
19. Post-harvest crop handling
20. Food safety
To be considered, applicants must have a valid California Driver’s license and be willing to submit to a detailed background check as well as a pre-employment drug test.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
This position is a full-time, permanent position, subject to the periodic approval of the Tribal Council. The Farm Manager will work at-will.
The Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians is an equal opportunity employer.To apply please click on APPLY TO THIS POSITION