Once Munsee Orchard

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Property Location
889 Hoagerburgh Road, Shawangunk (Wallkill), NY
[Ulster County]
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300 acres available
50 open acres for farming
250 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):

Once Munsee Orchard seeks an Orchard Manager with the expertise, energy and ambition to make the most of this new orchard! This is a start-up apple orchard in the Lower Hudson Valley. The first planting will be in April of 2019; 3 successive years (2020, 2021, 2022) planned for a total of at least 50 acres, all to be planted de novo, with a total of 10 different apples in high-density tall-spindle blocks for wholesale fresh market. Once Munsee Orchard has room to grow — both literally, as well as figuratively. While much of the planning has already happened, much remains to be done. A great opportunity for someone who is eager to help shape an innovative agricultural concern. There are two potential candidates for this job.

1. A farmer with extensive on orchard experience. This candidate would be proficient in farm management, marketing, and horticulture. If you fall under this category you should view the Orchard Manager description that is provided in the tenure options description box.

2. An energetic beginning farmer who has some direct on farm experience (preferably with apples) and a minimum of two years post-secondary education in agriculture or a related field.  If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, are business-savvy, and are willing to learn about orchard management consider looking at the Hands-on Management Trainee position that is attached at the bottom of this profile.

Please carefully read either job description before reaching out!

Farm history / past uses of the property:

50 years ago, the land was a dairy farm. For the past 2 +  years, we have been doing field prep

Crops and Livestock

Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:

Fruits

Livestock/crops description :

Apple Orchard

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Farm Management

Description of tenure options:

Once Munsee Orchard is offering strictly a Orchard Management Opportunity! Preference will be giving to those looking for a long term commitment to a project. 

Orchard Manager (Full Time)

Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Undergraduate degree, and/or relevant education or certificates related to commercial horticulture.

Skills: Orchard Management, Horticulture, Nutrient/Pest Management, Human Resources, Regulatory Compliance, Fabrication, Equipment Maintenance and Repair, Irrigation

    * Growing Experience — preferably apples

    * Pomology/Horticulture

    * Finance and Management

    * Marketing

    * Driver’s License

    * Familiarity with orchard equipment

    * Bilingual or strong Spanish

Benefits:

    * Flexible schedule

    * Housing available

Orchard manager for start-up apple orchard in the Lower Hudson Valley. First planting in April 2019; 3 successive years (2020, 2021, 2022) planned for a total of at least 50 acres, all to be planted de novo, with a total of 10 different apples in high-density tall-spindle blocks for wholesale fresh market.

Hours: between 40 - 60 hours/week, varying with seasonal workload

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Orchard Manager will be primarily responsible for day-to-day management of a commercial venture in its earliest stage. The person in this key position of our management team will oversee both the technical aspects and the personnel, including the planting, pruning, picking, and marketing of our fruit.  Once Munsee comprises some 300 acres in the heart of apple country, with the potential for expanding the orchard which will start on 50 of those acres.

You will be coordinating and leading employees; compiling records on the crops; creating schedules for planting, irrigation, spraying and fertilizing (we are looking to practice IPM, limiting inorganic sprays and fertilization as much as possible); pruning, training and planting orchards; coordinating equipment readiness and harvesting; directing harvest operations and conducting off-season activities.

Responsibilities include monitoring apple orchards for disease and pest issues, monitoring plant and soil nutrient levels and assisting in planning of applications, assisting in pesticide planning, maintaining pesticide and nutrient records, monitoring weather and recording data, managing and monitoring the irrigation system, participating in or leading various cultural practices as needed and keeping records of trees and planting blocks. The Orchard Manager will be involved in helping to plan the construction, maintenance and repair of buildings, trellis and irrigation systems, and all related infrastructure as necessary.

Candidates must be able to work with managers, foremen and laborers in a positive way, purchase supplies and prepare budgets and have a very strong desire to succeed and produce results, be self-motivated and competitive.

Field Duties: 

- Oversee, communicate, manage, assess and direct staff who report to this position, while supporting and encouraging their success.

-Provide leadership in directing the field work force to ensure timely completion of necessary farming practices

-Ensure correct training of workforce, assessment of skills and performance.

-Ensure the collection of all pertinent horticultural information

-Review reports/analysis and provide summary to ownership

-Be able to communicate English; Ideal candidates will be able to speak Spanish

-Proven ability to effectively build and manage a team-oriented culture

-Ability to plan ahead and to look at the whole picture

-Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision

-Be experienced with farming techniques, procedures, crop timing, chemicals, and basic ratios

-Thrive in a fast-paced environment and handle pressure while managing multiple tasks

-Assist in the direction and coordination of the overall operations of the farm, including farm development, planting, irrigation, application/pest management, pruning, training and harvesting

-Manage a team of regular and seasonal employees

-Report weekly orchard field evaluations to assist teams in planning spray applications, irrigation, fertilizer applications, mowing, pests and equipment care

-Record information, such as production, farm management practices, and parent stock, and prepare operational reports

-Inspect equipment to ensure proper functioning and coordinate maintenance or repairs with qualified mechanics

-Determine and authorize alternative procedures to accommodate variables, for example weather conditions, water supply (and effective irrigation), stage of crop or tree development, and new compliance issues

-Be capable of working a flexible schedule, as workload requires

-Must have a mechanical aptitude, irrigation knowledge, pruning and trellising experience.

Office Duties: 

-Bid out major expenditures

-Assist in creation of annual budget

-Payroll review and timecard data on a daily basis to ensure accuracy

-Maintain a culture of safety and safe work practices in the Orchard and associated property.

-Knowledgeable about agricultural safety laws. Assist with or conduct required safety training; monthly reporting; and following up on work related injuries/modified duty assignments.

-Member of Food Safety, GAP and Safety Committees

-Accurate record keeping - pesticide and chemical usage and inventories data entry

-Oversee and supervise completion and submission of appropriate reporting.

-Other administrative duties as needed

QUALIFICATIONS:

-Documented experience in production agriculture and management is REQUIRED

-Have relevant fruit growing experience

-A horticultural bachelor's degree is preferred but equivalent experience can substitute

-Working knowledge and experience with Word and Excel

-Experience with GAP, PrimusGFS and Global GAP is desirable

-Possess a valid driver's license (CDL preferred) and a clean record

-Ability to build positive, constructive relationships at all levels of the company

-NYState Private Pesticide Applicator License or ability to obtain one

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

Candidates should have documented and verifiable agricultural experience, preferably related to commercial horticulture.

Additional Information

Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?:

No

Are you willing to have the public on the property as a part of the farm business?:

No

Any additional information about this property:

There is so much room to grow with this orchard!