The Center for Urban Agriculture Fairview Gardens hiring Director of Farm Operations

Goleta, California

Please Reply with Resume and Cover Letter to: dlbirkley@cox.net

Director of Farm Operations – Job Description

MISSION

Fairview Gardens builds critical connections between community, agriculture and education by:

  • Innovating and producing safe, organic, locally-grown foods in a sustainable manner
  • Serving as a community-based educational resource
  • Advocating for appropriately scaled, healthy food systems, and
  • Providing engaging, hands-on experience with farming.

VISION

We envision a sustainable world for future generations where knowing the source of food is common knowledge and being connected to nature is common practice.

CORE VALUES

  • Sustainability – We are able to replenish what we use and leave this world better than we found it.
  • Community – A place for people to gather, celebrate and rejuvenate.
  • Learning – Days filled with inspiration and excitement to learn about everything that keeps us alive.
  • Abundance – As a community farm, food and resources flow to the people, while the farm thrives.

Position Description

We seek a highly organized, detail oriented, reliable, self-starter for the position of Director of Farm Operations (DFO). This position requires a strong practical knowledge of agricultural skills and farm management, a broad understanding of community food security, and a passionate commitment to education and community building.

The DFO has primary responsibility for developing and managing the organic farm enterprises at The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (CUAFG) in a manner that meets its business and educational goals. The DFO supervises any and all farm staff, including farm apprentices and works closely with other CUAFG staff and volunteer members who provide educational programming on-site.

Salary Range: $32,000–$36,000/yr, depending on experience.

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Peacemeal Farm hiring Apprentices

Dixmont, Maine
Organic Vegetable Farm in Maine Seeking Apprentices
Learn the art of growing tons of delicious organic vegetables and selling them at local farmers’ markets!  We are looking for hard working, reliable folks who want to join us for a full immersion apprenticeship here in the beautiful hills of Dixmont, Maine.  Apprentices will learn all aspects of production from seed starting and weeding, to harvesting and marketing. We work 10-15 hour days Monday thru Friday plus a half day on Saturday.  The ideal candidate will have a strong work ethic, physical and mental endurance for working long hours, excellent attention to detail, positive attitude, good communication skills and the burning desire to live a vegetable driven existence.

We provide room, most of your food, $300/week and a hands on learning experience.

For a detailed job description and application, send us (Marcia and Mark) an email at peacemeal@midmaine.com

Spiral Natural Foods Co-op hiring General Manager

Hastings, Minnesota

General Manager Position Available

Spiral Natural Foods Co-op is seeking a General Manager to lead our established and growing natural foods cooperative.   We are located in Hastings, MN just outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, on the beautiful and scenic Mississippi River.  Our store currently has 3000 sq ft of space, over 1000 owners, 10 dedicated employees, and a committed Board of Directors.

The General Manager will be responsible for the overall operation of the store, and will work with a seven person Board of Directors to maintain the co-op’s investment in policy governance.  We are looking for skills and experience in grocery retail, leadership, communication, staff and financial management, and customer service.  Our ideal candidate also has knowledge of and a strong commitment to natural, organic, and locally-sourced food systems, and possesses personal and professional values that align with cooperative principles.

Visit our website at www.spiralnaturalfoods.coop for a full job description.  To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and salary expectation to spiralfoodsboard@yahoo.com.  Priority consideration will be given to applications received by May 15, 2015; however, applications will be considered until the position is filled.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Direct any questions to spiralfoodsboard@yahoo.com.

Youth Garden Project hiring Program Manager

Moab, Utah

Now Hiring – Program Manager. This is a full-time, year-round, salaried position.
To apply: send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Delite Primus, Executive Director, at delite@youthgardenproject.org
Application Deadline: April 9, 2015.                                                                                    

Program Manager Job Description

Position Overview: Under the direction of the Executive Director, the program manager will oversee the Youth Garden Project’s youth programs, collaborate with community partners, supervise Program Interns and ensure all programs align with the organization’s mission. This is a key staff position, requiring someone who is flexible, collaborative, able to work independently, loves to work with people, exhibits strong leadership, and is enthusiastic about using a garden as a classroom to teach academic and life lessons to youth of all ages and backgrounds.

The Program Manager is responsible for coordination and administration of the Youth Garden Project’s youth programs, including but not limited to: Garden Classroom Field Trips, Summer Camp, After School Program, and Middle School Class. The Program Manager works with teachers and schools to develop and build programming.  The Program Manager collaborates with YGP’s Garden Manager to integrate youth into the garden space as much as possible andco-manage the YGP internship program.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The Program Manager is responsible for the planning, development, organizing, staffing, and leading program activities in the following areas: 

Youth Programs:

  • Create, oversee, and develop youth programs including Garden Classroom Field Trips, After School Program, Summer Camp, and Middle School Class.
  • Remain up-to-date on Utah Core Curriculum Standards.
  • Develop or update Garden Classroom Curriculum based on teacher or intern feedback and/or change in State Standards.
  • Build relationships with the schools and their teachers, and families of program attendees.
  • Develop new programs by assessing community/school needs, identifying potential areas of growth, and conducting research.
  • Inventory and acquire supplies for the infrastructure of the youth programs.
  • Track numbers and budget for grant writing purposes.
  • Provide a safe, active, and engaging environment for all students. 

Internship Program:

  • Recruit & hire Program Interns.
  • Conduct trainings and provide training materials for interns on YGP programs and working with youth.
  • Facilitate an educational experience and provide a supportive learning environment such that interns grow as outdoor garden educators.
  • General management of up to four interns including goal setting, scheduling, and mentoring.

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La Veta Farm hiring Two Interns

La Veta, Colorado

La Veta Farm to Table Looking for Two More Interns for our 2015 Team! 

Love to cook and want to learn how to farm?  Have farm experience but want to pair it with culinary skills by preparing great creative organic food that you have raised and grown?  This unique program puts it all together so that you have the skills and experience to work in the new Farm to Table movement.  La Veta Farm to Table is dedicated to the local Good Food crusade in the beautiful, mountain town of La Veta in rural South Central Colorado.

Tierra Sagrada Farm is our new biodynamic farm that uses “deep organic”, no-till, permaculture methods to grow vibrant, super nutritious produce, free-range chicken, eggs and pastured pork.

Our farm to table bakery and café serves up creative, delicious food from our farm and other local food producers and is a lively hangout for our community and visitors alike.

Our internship program, formerly run by our non-profit Wahatoya Community Initiatives, encompasses the whole food life cycle from farm to table.  Interns learn all aspects of farming from farm and garden design, soiling building, seeding, sheet mulching, green house management, low tunnel hoops, to harvest, vegetable prep for the farmer’s market and the café, seed saving and food preservation.

Culinary skills are honed at our bakery café as we prepare creative dishes using our fresh biodynamic food, following the season.  Baking artisan bread with local flour, whipping up breakfast skillets with our farm eggs, creating salads with all the colors of the rainbow drizzled with home-made fruit shrubs, grilling heirloom local lamb on the spit seasoned with garlic, mint, thyme and oregano that we have grown, Farm to Table wedding feasts, foraging in our mountains for porcini and chanterelle mushrooms, catching wild trout, smoking it then paring it with freshly dug horseradish, our interns embark on an exciting culinary adventure.

We call our project “love in action” as we work together to restore the earth through biodynamic agricultural practices, tapping into the universal wisdom that feeds the human body and spirit, increasing the health and well-being of the land, plants, animals and ourselves.  If you would like to make a difference in the world by participating in a new way of farming, living and serving the community that honors all life, we encourage you to join us for the 2015 season.

We are looking for 8 motivated, community-oriented self-starters who would like to make sustainable farming or some aspect of local food their livelihood. Strong candidates have sustainable agriculture experience or schooling and/or professional culinary arts experience. All interns work together on the farm and at our cafe, but can concentrate on the farm or the table side of our program depending on your life goals.

The internship starts in April and ends late October.  Full room and board is provided.   Interns share a spacious four bedroom house on the farm and cook organic meals together or eat at our café.  Monthly stipend and an end of season completion bonus of $1000 are also provided.

For more info or to apply, please go to www.LaVetaFarmtoTable.com and click on “Our Farm”.  We will take applications until all positions are filled.

Siena Farms hiring 2015 Apprentices

Sudbury, Massachusetts

2015 Apprenticeship at Siena Farms

We are seeking hardworking, high-energy, positive individuals who are motivated by a career interest in sustainable agriculture to join our 2015 team. Our apprentices participate in all of the farm’s daily operations, including production, harvest, and retail. This traditional, hands-on apprenticeship provides the opportunity to be an integral, productive part of our fast-paced, for-profit farm. Apprentices gain knowledge, farming skills, and professional work-experience to help them prepare for the next steps in their farming careers.

The apprentice position is seasonal, with start dates between April and June, and an end date in mid-December. Hours range from 50-60 hours per week, 5 days per week. Applicants should be prepared to lift upwards of 50lbs repeatedly and work in all weather conditions. Compensation includes hourly wage, farm veggies, and employee discounts at Siena Farms South End, Oleana, Sofra, and Sarma. We do not offer on-farm housing.

Responsibilities

Production

  • Planting, including greenhouse propagation and mechanical transplanting
  • Cultivation/weed-control by hand and hoe
  • Field work such as trellising, pruning, fencing, thinning

Harvest

  • Daily harvest of our 200+ varieties of vegetables, fresh herbs, fruits, and flowers
  • Post-harvest handling, including washing, curing, packing, and transporting produce

Sales & Distribution

  • Assisting with sales, customer service, and farmers market set-up and break-down
  • Preparation and packing of wholesale orders for restaurant deliveries
  • Preparation and packing of CSA shares for pickup and distribution
  • Participation in farm outreach events such as CSA member farm tours and volunteer days

Weekly Training Sessions

  • Paid participation in bi-weekly EMass CRAFT farm-tours
  • On-farm training sessions on practical farming topics, including crop-planning, field-planning, business-planning, marketing, soil fertility, pest and disease management and irrigation
  • Orientation to all of our equipment, as well as our planning documents including crop plans, field plans, soil tests and pricelists
  • Group field walks with Farmer Chris and farm managers to learn from the fields and crops themselves

To Apply

Please email a letter of interest and a resumé to jobs@sienafarms.com We look forward to hearing from you!

Fairview Gardens hiring Farm Education Apprentices

Santa Barbara, California

Farm Education Apprenticeships at Fairview Gardens

Application Deadline: April 20, 2015
Program start: June 2015

Join us on our 12.5 acre organic urban farm for a 6 month Farm Education Apprenticeship. The Fairview Gardens Apprenticeship program provides a hands-on direct experience in farm education, community outreach, organic farming, and sustainable food systems. Apprentice roles include organizing and leading children’s programs, designing engaging and creative cooking, crating, and gardening activities, curriculum development and write-ups for after school program, educational material development for farm tours, tending to children’s garden, create educational signage, marketing/flyering, and tabling tabling at community events. Gain a variety of skills useful for teaching farm-based education, including developing age-appropriate activities, place-based curriculum, and engaging farm tours as well as participating in farm outreach events. Participants are also provided with opportunities to shadow parallel programs in our community. You also will work alongside our farming and marketing staff, engaging in all activities essential to the operation of an organic and public education farm.  Yurt housing and stipend provided.