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Sustainable Ag Instructor / Program Manager

Company: Talmar, Inc
Location: Parkville
Posted on: July 14, 2019

Job Description:

TALMAR (Therapeutic Alternatives of Maryland), a non-profit organization, was established in 1998 and dedicated to the mission of enhancing health for all people of all ages and abilities. TALMAR offers an innovative therapeutic environment providing work skills development, vocational, educational and recreational programming in horticulture and agriculture. All programs are designed particularly for individuals with physical, mental or developmental challenges that impact their health and well-being. The instructor will be responsible to train military veterans in sustainable agriculture throughout an entire growing season. Instruction would also incorporate teaching entry level skills associated with landscaping, greenhouse production and floriculture. In collaboration with the Veterans Administration, each veteran will be offered a network of support to offset mental health challenges while engaging in the beginning farmer training program. Ultimately, the veteran will obtain the skills that will enhance employment in this industry. Responsibilities also include the following: > Assist in the recruitment, screening and orientation process of each applicant in conjunction with the Veterans Administrations recommendations. > Build, refine and teach from an existing USDA curriculum while delivering a balance of educational course work in coordination with hands-on experience in a large variety of farming practices, i.e., permaculture design and implementation, raised beds, vertical farming, small commercial and urban farming, high tunnel production, square foot gardening, greenhouse operation and management, etc. > Provide training, job development, and support for each veteran who is enrolled in this program. > Provide adaptive instructional techniques that correspond to individual learning styles. > Engage, assign, manage, schedule, and evaluate student performance through data collection and recordkeeping of weekly lesson plans, individual progress notes and all data as required by the Veteran Administration. > Attend all meetings as specified by the Veterans Administration, including conference calls and speaking engagements. > Coordinate with the farm manager, who will also provide instructional support, in crop production for end-users. It is understood that students will take an active role in all facets of greenhouse, hoop house and field planning inclusive of soil preparation, planting, maintaining, harvesting and distribution of crops including, but not limited to, seasonal crop rotation for annual and perennial food, flower planting and harvesting, scheduling of all agricultural and horticultural produce undertakings, flock maintenance of hens and egg production and distribution. > Oversight of all produce preparation and presentation. > Development and implementation of educational workshops for students which may include participants from the community. > Assist colleagues with activities, programs and special events that take place on the farm. > Share in media engagement of TALMARs multiple audiences through weekly blogs, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook and websites, and all other such outlets for TALMARs message; > Grant writing/Cost share applications during the off season: The USDA/FSA provides many cost share opportunities that provide financial assistance for sustainable farming programs, i.e. Organic certification, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)value-added processing and marketing, crop insurance, high tunnel cost sharing and the like. > Attend a weekly meeting of department heads and other meetings as necessary with the Executive Director. > Adhere to all policies and procedures as outlined in the TALMAR Employee Manual.

Keywords: Talmar, Inc, Baltimore , Sustainable Ag Instructor / Program Manager, Executive , Parkville, Maryland

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