Primary Purpose of Position
This position will be located in Goldsboro, NC and will have an initial contract period of 3 years, will end 9/1/2023 and continuation is contingent upon future funding. The primary purpose of the position is to support the PI to conduct a long-term mixed vegetable farm budget and financial analysis for small farmers. Tasks include production of the mixed vegetables, management of the mixed vegetable plot, and data collection and recording using EXCEL.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T helps people across the state lead better lives by finding solutions to their problems. We deliver educational programs and technology to enrich the lives, the land and the economy of North Carolina’s limited-resource individuals, families and communities. The Small Farm Unit is one of the research units with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. The Center is a three-way partnership between North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and North Carolina State University. The Small Farm Unit covers approximately 30 acres with a wide range of soil types, equipment, buildings and educational focal points. The function of the unit is to model a systems-based approach within a whole farm context. Embedded within the farm design are ongoing research projects in systems rotation and other production topics relevant to small farm stakeholders. Farm produce is donated to local community organizations, food kitchens, and shelters. Farm transplants are grown in a greenhouse. The unit composts organic waste, which is incorporated into the farm’s fertility management strategy. The Small Farm Unit includes a 15-acre certified organic area and a postharvest handling area. Current projects include various short- and long-term research projects such as mixed vegetable enterprise budget studies, greenhouse and high tunnel monitoring (testing various season extension techniques), organic transplant production, organic systems work (utilizing various cover crops as part of whole season rotation), and entomology projects (studying agricultural pests’ life cycles).
Cooperative Extension is unique in structure and function. Through the expertise of specialists, associates and county-based agents, Extension is the outreach arm of the University and its School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Our programs are developed here at the campus level and then delivered to people through our 101 Cooperative Extension centers across the state.
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
Associates degree with 2 years farming experience 3 years preferred or bachelors degree in horticulture science, crop science, or a closely related field desired and 2 years farming experience.
-At least 2 years of mixed vegetable production experience (organic and non-organic)
-MS Word and Excel for reporting and data entry and arrangement
-Weekend work required occasionally
-Greenhouse/high tunnel experience
-Experience using large equipment such as three-point hitch tractors and PTO driven implements
-Experience using power tools and basic building skills
If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training and experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.
Please note that the application period for this position has been extended, if you applied to posting SPA1343 you do not need to re-apply to be considered.