At Plenty, we’re on a mission to give people in local communities everywhere access to the freshest, most amazing tasting produce possible. And to do so in a way that’s better for the planet.
Reporting to the General Manager, the Head Grower will manage the seed start and propagation, transplant, grow and harvest process for the entire indoor farm. Responsible for the planning and execution of Plenty’s seed to harvest recipe across multiple crops within a food safe environment and leading the discipline for reliable harvests. Knowledge/experience of machines and equipment in such environments and process balancing to meet daily and weekly production plans. This is an experienced-level position requiring strong leadership skills to recruit and build a team of growers and farm associates in order to reliably produce great tasting fruits and vegetables.
What You'll Do
This will be a hands-on role where you will be harvesting and transplanting crops, monitoring and controlling plant nutrition, and managing high-intensity plant production equipment.
The Head Grower will oversee and direct a variety of farm-wide activities:
Establish germination, propagation and growing processes to generate reliable high yield farm output to meet weekly demand
Lead a team of associates to meet production schedules
Coordinate equipment, raw materials, processing tools, training and resource balancing to meet daily seeding, transplanting and harvesting schedules.
Establish guidelines for process completion time commitments.
Monitors and adjusts irrigation, nutrient, lighting and climate to minimize farm environment variation and optimize plant health and output.
Establish and maintains food safe environment and processes including daily cleaning with staff and farm associates.
Conducts 24-7 farm grow cycle scheduling and coverage to ensure no farm disruption.
Implements strict budgetary controls
What We're Looking For
Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, business or other with experience in agriculture.
Understanding of plant science, horticulture and plant materials, propagation, pest management, crop production.
5+ years’ experience working in greenhouse or production environment.
Ability to implement and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Agriculture - Knowledge of plant material functionality, plant biology, and plant biochemistry a plus.
Experience in a manufacturing (or similar) environment where disciplined process, product quality, on-time deliveries and attention to cleanliness is paramount.
Coordination and Supervision – demonstrated experience in leading teams.
Food Safety – understanding of processes, tools, cleaning techniques, worker clothing and behavior to meet and exceeds food safety requirements for the proper work zone.
Worker Health & Safety – demonstrated experience as a contributor to safe work practices, caring about employees and leading by example.
Experience with common data collection, analysis and documentation tools.
Collaborative - problem solves well with other managers, team leads and associates.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
Plenty is here to change the way people eat, making extraordinary flavor and nutrition more available in a way that's better for people and the planet. We build farms that can put craveable flavor first while delivering exceptional yields. And our produce is always pesticide-free and grown using less than 1% of the land and 5% of the water of outdoor farming.