Abundance Farm hiring Young Farmers for Collaborative Farming

Keysville, Virginia

Run by Elli Sparks and Rob Staropoli, Abundance Farm consists of 111 acres in south-central Virginia owned by Elli’s aunt.  Currently, British White cattle graze 40 acres of pasture; a flock of Khaki Campbell ducks follows the cattle to cleanse pastures; a growing herd of American Guinea Hogs eat mast in the 70 acres of woodlands; and a pair of Maremma livestock guard dogs guards the animals. We are in the early stages of building our farm.  Our flocks and herds are small but will grow over time.  We see plenty of room for additional enterprises and would like to invite a couple or small group of individuals to live in the second farmhouse and create, manage, and profit from enterprises that complement ours.

We are offering the 3-bedroom farmhouse for rent either as a whole or by the bedroom.  With the farmhouse comes free use of the land as long as one follows regenerative agricultural practices and coordinates with us which particular piece of the land is being used and in what fashion.

In regards to enterprises, we value synergy, co-existence, and independence.  As such, enterprises can dovetail with ours (like someone’s laying hens following our cattle or our cattle grazing down cover-crops in someone’s garden,) exist independent of ours (like someone’s laying hens fertilizing their garden beds, with no cover-crop grazing from our cattle,), but not compete with ours (for example, a gaggle of geese grazing on the land is out of the picture because the pasture-eating geese compete with our cattle.)

We are open to marketing together or separately and can decide that on a case by case basis.

We will happily barter time, tools, talent, and product.  We have tools, equipment, and vehicles available for use.  We can barter animal sitting from time to time and will help with big projects or busy times if it works in our schedule. We hope to benefit from the same in return.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please send an email of introduction to elinorsparks@gmail.com.

Blue Heron Farm hiring Full Time Crew Members

Lodi, New York

Blue Heron Farm, Lodi, NY is hiring full time crew members for the 2015 season.

We have been organic vegetable farmers since 1981. We are self-educated, and have experimented with many crops, growing schemes, marketing ideas, and pieces of farming equipment over the years. Well over 150  people have worked for us, and we’ve learned a little something from each of them. We have 160 acres near Seneca Lake, one of the largest of the Finger Lakes. Fifteen acres are used for growing a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and berries and other perennial crops. For 25 years, we’ve been using a permanent bed system in all of our fields, with strips of native vegetation between each bed. This enables us to avoid soil compaction, be more accurate in applying soil amendments, and provides habitat for beneficial insects. Although we grow over 40 kinds of vegetables, the main crops are garlic, cabbage, squash, potatoes, root crops, and various greens. We also grow ornamental and vegetable transplants, as well as early tomatoes and greens, in three greenhouses and four unheated hoop-houses.

Marketing is also diverse. We sell at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market, about 20 miles away, every weekend. We sell to two large food co-ops and several restaurants in the local area. We started a winter CSA in 1997, offering storage vegetables and hardy greens to customers in the Ithaca and Rochester area during January, February and March.

The farm work varies according to the season. In the spring, we’re busy with field preparation, seeding and transplanting, (which are mainly done by tractor) and greenhouse work. As the crops grow, there is plenty of weeding, thinning, hoeing, cultivating, and irrigating to do. From late June on, much time is also spent on harvesting, washing, packing, transporting, and selling the produce.  The work requires the ability to do repetitive tasks quickly and efficiently, a love of the outdoors in all kinds of weather, a strong back and tough knees, an eye for details, and the ability to work well with other people. Although the  work is hard and physically tiring, there are many rewards. Every day is different, but every day the results of our efforts are clear. The main results are so important -growing healthy food in a sustainable  day, and providing it to local consumers.

We will be hiring 4-5 full time people. The 40-hour workweek is Tuesday through Saturday. Most people live locally, but we do offer housing on a first come, first served basis. If you’re interested in housing, make a note on your application. Starting pay is $9 per hour, (more for those with significant farm experience) plus produce for personal consumption, plus a bonus based on total hours, paid at the  season’s end. Merit-based raises are always a possibility. We need people from around May 1 to December 1, and require a full season commitment.  See our website, Blueheronorganic.com for more information. To apply, email a resume or fill out an application from the website. If you have additional questions, e-mail bluheron@empacc.net.

Stonework Farm posting Work-Trade opportunity

White Salmon, Washington

We are coming into our second growing season at Stonework Farm in White Salmon, WA (about 7 miles up Snowden Road).  We are looking for another person (or a couple) to help us out this year.  We have a large vegetable garden that we’re working on expanding as well as a collection of animals: sheep, turkeys, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and dogs.  We are going to be selling our products at farmers’ markets, through a CSA, and at local restaurants and stores.

We are three people sharing a house and living cooperatively.  We have a bedroom available that we’re looking for someone to fill on a work-trade basis.  Your room and access to our products will be provided in exchange for 20 hours a week of your time (with flexible scheduling) and your share of the utilities (usually around $100/month).  This arrangement is on a month-to-month basis, with the potential to last throughout the growing season.

We’re looking for someone who is interested in living a sustainable lifestyle and is motivated and responsible.  We’d like someone with a good work ethic and who has skills to bring to the table (previous farming and/or handy-person experience a plus!).  Must be able to live communally with other people and lots of animals with no TV or microwave.

If you’re interested (email preferred):

Wise Acres Farm hiring Part Time Farm Worker

Kenduskeag, Maine

We are seeking a part-time farm worker for the 2015 season (mid-May to October, 18 to 24 hours per week). We’re headed into our fourth season growing 2+ acres of certified organic vegetables and berries for two local farmers’ markets. Primary tasks will include planting, cultivating, harvesting and washing a wide variety of produce and helping us manage our self-serve farm stand (a new enterprise this year). The farm worker will work closely with the principal farmer with ample opportunity for discussing the hows and whys of daily tasks as well as business and management aspects of the farm.

Requirements:

• Attention to detail and efficiency while performing repetitive tasks
• Willingness to take both direction and initiative
• Ability to do strenuous work outside in all weather conditions and lift heavy items
• Reliability and punctuality
• Driver’s license
• Availability on Fridays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; other hours can be arranged to meet our mutual needs
• A positive attitude and a sense of humor – we are on the quiet side but have great appreciation for silliness, which can be a good thing to summon on a long day!

Starting wage is $10/hour. This position does not include housing or meals, but it does include access to our surplus organic produce. We are located 25 minutes northwest of Bangor in a beautiful, peaceful spot.

To apply, email us at wiseacresgarden@gmail.com. Please include:

a note describing your interest and recent/relevant work history (or a resume)
two non-family references with contact information

Wise Acres Farm
424 Townhouse Road
Kenduskeag, ME 04450
wiseacresgarden@gmail.com

Bug Hill Farm hiring Apprentices

Ashfield, Massachusetts

Bug Hill Farm is a certified organic berry farm and state certified commercial kitchen,  We make value added fruit products for retail and wholesale. Please see our website for details. Located one mile from the historical Ashfield Village in rural western Mass “hilltowns” and the five college Pioneer Valley community.  Seeking one or more apprentices and part or full time hourly help for the 2015 growing season in the following areas:

Marketing, Social Networking, Sales, On Farm event coordinator and Farmer’s market assistant building on an existing value added small business model
Cultivation and Maintenance of high tunnel berry crops, field crops, SARE grant and PYO business
Making and bottling jams, syrups, cordials in our commercial kitchen
The perfect candidate would be competent or a quick learner in all these areas – savvy with social media, have own transportation, love specialty foods, have a basic familiarity with plants and farm equipment, a tolerance of outdoor working conditions, and be able to lift at least 40 pounds.  After an initial training period, they should be able to work with little or no supervision and with committed attention to detail and the ability to see what needs to be done next.
Housing may be available, renumeration commiserate with experience.
Please send a letter of interest, a brief resume, and dates available to:
Kate Kerivan, owner/grower
Bug Hill Farm
POB 516
Ashfield MA 01330

Green Spark Farm hiring Farm Workers

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Green Spark Farm
www.greensparkfarm.com
www.facebook.com/Greensparkfarm

Green Spark Farm produces vegetables year-round, and cut flowers, garden seedlings, and herbs in season in coastal Cape Elizabeth, Maine. At Green Spark Farm, we grow rare and uniquely flavorful and colorful produce. We employ between three and six employees on the farm from May to Thanksgiving. We produce beautiful vegetables for the Greater Portland community, selling through our on-farm stand, CSA, restaurants, and at the Portland Farmer’s Market in Summer and Winter. All our farm products are certified organic by MOFGA Certification Services, LLC.

What we are looking for: We are looking to hire employees who are able to committ to a full time work schedule for the main season from April to November.

Hours: In early spring, and late in the fall, we start at 7am and finish about 4 pm M-F. On our busiest harvest days, Tuesdays and Fridays, as we prepare for our Wendesday and Saturday markets, we work until work is done. During peak season (about July – September), we work twelve hour days from 7am to 5pm.

Work: There are many types of work on our farm. Primarily work days are filled with harvesting, washing and packing vegetables for market, potting-up seedlings, transplanting and bed preparation in the field, as well as weeding, amending, construction projects, and fence maintenance. All of these tasks require focus to ensure efficiency for the farm’s viability. Please be prepared for fast physical labor in any weather.

Pay: We pay a starting wage of $10/hr. This includes a mid-morning 10 minute snack break. Our half-hour lunch is off the clock.  Housing is not included.

We want you to come away from your time at Green Spark with more farming knowledge than when you started; we are invested in your education and your wellbeing. If you have questions or special interests, please communicate them to us. We are willing to share everything we know about running a farm business with those interested in farming as a career.

To Apply: Please email maryellenchadd@gmail.com with your resume and brief letter of interest. We require on-farm working interview before hire.

One Drop Farm hiring Crew Members

Skowhegan, Maine

Looking for enthusiastic, hard working crew members to work on 127 acres of beautiful Skowhegan, central Maine.  One Drop Farm, specializing in conscientiously and righteously raised certified organic produce (2 acres), seedlings, eggs (anywhere from 35-350 hens) and pork and we craft a line a value added products like sauces, salsas and dried herbs. We offer experience in 4-season hoophouse management in which we teach the fine technique of high-quality organic, in-soil, solar-gain fruiting crop and cold-weather greens production.  We sell direct to farmers markets and to many area wholesale accounts including schools and hospitals as well as a multi-farm CSA we co-own.  Skowhegan is gaining buzz as a very active local food hub.  We are a farming family seeking a full season assistant manager and crew interested in being immersed in growing good food.  Compensation based on experience. Please visit the apprentice page of our website to learn all the details about joining our crew:www.OneDropFarm.com and contact Ann Mefferd at farmers@OneDropFarm.com.

Duties Include

  • Assist with greenhouse production, including scouting for pests and diseases, propagation and watering.
  • Harvest crops, using proper harvest systems and post-harvest treatments and labeling.
  • Assist with weed and disease management, transplanting, tunnel and field work.
  • Operate tractors, delivery vans and other equipment as needed, based on experience.
  • Assist at farmers’ markets, wholesale orders and on-farm sales
  • Assist with cooler management

Qualifications

  • Positive attitude, enjoying good communication with customers and volunteers.
  • Punctual and reliable.
  • Able to work independently and in groups of workers.
  • Able and willing to work full days of physically demanding tasks. These may be repetitive and strenuous, with occasional heavy lifting (up to 50lbs) and bending, kneeling, etc.
  • Able to and interested in working efficiently and quickly.
  • Experience with farming or horticulture work is preferred but not required.
  • Inquisitive minds are strongly encouraged.