Spiritwind Farm looking for Manager

Lebanon, Maine

Spiritwind Farm LLC is looking for a manager with the option to take over the business.  The farm consists of over 100 acres of land with approximately 20+ acres cleared, some of it in vegetable production.  The farm also raises Nubian and Nigerian goats for milk products (no dairy license).  The farm also owns two mare English Shire horses to pull carriages and sleighs and can also be used for agriculture work.  The farm also raises pigs, meat chickens, and hens.  Products are sold online and at local farmers’ markets.

The farm is a registered member of Farmstayus.com, hosting visitors for short stays.  The farm also hosts Wwoofers.

The ideal candidate would have farming experience as well as agritourism; draft horse experience would be great.  They should be physically able to do hard work, love animals, and creativity is a plus.

This opportunity also includes the option to potentially take over the business at some point in the future.

Housing includes a studio apartment over the garage with a kitchen and full bath as well as 3 guest bedrooms upstairs in the main house with a full bath upstairs.

Visit spiritwindfarmllc.com for more information.
Kathy Ossinger, Spiritwind Farm LLC, Lebanon, Maine 207 457 3001

Edible Earth Farm hiring Full-Time Field & Production Specialist

Tionesta, Pennsylvania

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Full-Time Field & Production Specialist
Employment Dates: Seasonal Seasonal, March-November

Edible Earth Farm is a small USDA certified organic farm located along the Allegheny River in Tionesta, Pennsylvania. Edible Earth Farm manages a 250-member CSA program, participates in local farmer’s markets and supplies regional restaurants and institutional kitchens. In addition to growing certified organic vegetables, fruit, mushrooms and ginger, the farm also raises poultry and hogs.

Job Description
The Field and Production Specialist will collaborate with the Farm Managers to ensure the daily functioning of the farm.  Excellent leadership and management skills are a requirement for this position. The individual will have an eye for improving efficiencies, will maintain a positive attitude, have proven time management skills and have a strong work ethic. The primary responsibilities of the Field and Production Specialist include: field prep and cultivation, direct seeding, irrigation installation and maintenance, transplanting, harvesting, spraying, chicken processing, maintaining organic records, grounds maintenance and equipment maintenance. Individual will work closely with the Farm Manager and implement weekly farm schedules.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•       Maintain a clean, safe and organized work environment, demonstrating a commitment to safety
•       Use time efficiently by learning what needs to be done and actively working to accomplish tasks with minimal instruction or assistance
•       Experience completing organic certification paperwork
•       Have a good understanding of quality and actively work to ensure that their work and product meets high quality standards.
•       Ability to follow and implement a comprehensive farm plan for 20 acres of agriculture production. Oversee plan improvements and optimizations.
•       Oversee the maintenance of facilities and equipment
•       Perform field labor and work as part of the harvest crew 1-2 days a week
•       Be a collaborative part of a team. Support other team members.
•       Have a positive, enthusiastic, and supportive attitude

Interviewing for the 2015 seasons. Full-time hours are 45-55 hours a week.

Must be able to follow directions, take criticism, be quick to learn and be detail-oriented. Must be physically fit and able to lift 60 pounds. Must have a car for transportation. Non-smoking work environment.

Application Instructions: Please send letter of interest and resume via email to mail@edibleearthfarm.com or call 814/303-9663. Must be prepared to provide 3 work references (not a relative), if you are to be hired.

Compensation
$1400/mo. salary + housing + educational opportunities + fresh organic food

Learn about the farm at edibleearthfarm.com or check us out on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm hiring Organic Dairy Program Director

Freeport, Maine

Organic Dairy Program Director

Position Summary

A pioneer in sustainable agriculture since the 1960s, Wolfe’s Neck Farm (WNF) is a Freeport-based nonprofit agricultural campus close to the greater Portland metro area, set on 626-acres of incredible beauty, consisting of a unique mix of ecological systems: forest, marsh, pasture lands and four miles of coastline.  Our programs focus on helping support a stronger regional food system and connecting people all ages with sustainable agriculture.  Thousands of people are attracted annually to the farm for programs and events where they learn about sustainable farming; gain a greater understanding of where their food comes from, and how they can be more active participants in the regional food system.

In 2015, Wolfe’s Neck Farm is launching an Organic Dairy Program to be used as a platform for pasture and forage-based research, experimentation, demonstration and training, with a specific focus on training the next generation of viable and profitable organic dairy farmers.  Wolfe’s Neck Farm has an ambitious vision and the Organic Dairy Program will play a critical role in helping realize that vision.  This program is the first of its kind in the nation, and is being launched with a major grant from the Danone Ecosystem Fund and Stonyfield.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm seeks an experienced, innovative leader and manager who shares our passion for supporting the organic dairy industry, helping develop the most viable future models for organic dairy – both economically and ecologically – and training the next generation of organic dairy farmers.  The Program Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Organic Dairy Program at Wolfe’s Neck Farm including a Farmer Training program.  The Program Director will report directly to the Executive Director and will be responsible for leading the design of the operation from the ground up, selecting the herd, recruiting and managing the trainees and ensuring that the care, management and health of the dairy herd meets and exceeds industry best management practices.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide effective leadership in the design, planning and development of the new Organic Dairy Program and farmer training program
  • Manage daily operations of the organic dairy operation, ensuring the highest quality care is provided to all animals at all times
  • Provide effective leadership and management of the farmer trainees
  • Develop and manage the Organic Dairy Program budget
  • Work closely with the Farmer and Technical Advisory Board for the Organic Dairy Program, made up of active organic dairy farmers and industry leaders from throughout New England
  • Support planning of an annual organic dairy conference at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in conjunction with other organizations and higher institutions
  • Manage herd health and performance; maintain accurate records including those required for organic certification
  • Assist in the management and maintenance of grazing infrastructure, including pastures, water systems, travel lanes and fencing. Stay abreast of leading forage-based practice and research from around the world and incorporate and evaluate new approaches as appropriate
  • Collaborate with researchers and research projects related to dairy and forage operations
  • Seek out training and networking opportunities, including workshops, conferences, visits to area farms, etc. Work to develop partnerships and articulation agreements with other institutions
  • Work closely with the WNF Board and Education Staff to integrate the Organic Dairy Program into existing education programs, events and the visitor experience at WNF
  • Attend and participate in Wolfe’s Neck Farm and community events as needed and as appropriate

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Emma’s Garden hiring Executive Director

 

Portland, Oregon

Executive Director

Organization Need and Overview

Emma’s Garden’s is searching for a talented Executive Director to join our dedicated community members, volunteer staff, and board. We are looking for candidates whom have experience in the non-profit world or social justice organizing, are strong communicators and leaders, and willing to lead the charge on cultivating a local, equitable food system.

Emma’s Garden is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Northeast Portland. We are dedicated to developing local economies and equitable food systems in underserved neighborhoods. Emma’s Garden was formed in 2009 and currently helps run a first year market garden in Cully Neighborhood.

Position Description

 

The Executive Director has the primary responsibility for ensuring the vision and objectives of Emma’s Garden are achieved.  This includes overseeing fundraising, organizational management, and community networking. The Executive Director is also responsible for the maintaining of the organizations non-profit status. The Executive Director will work with program staff, as well as with community members and the Board of Directors.

Essential position functions include:

Senior Management Team Member

  • Work closely with staff in making collaborative management decisions
  • Ensure the organizational vision and overall programming is executed
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and determine resources to undertake initiatives
  • Plan and setup workshop for staff that allows for increased skills and knowledge for the implementation of the organization’s goals.
  • Draft organizational policies in consultation with the Board of Directors.
  • Facilitate executive staff meetings.

Organizational Networking and Outreach

  • Serve as the Organization’s spokesman.
  • Liaison between the Executive Staff and the Board of Director.
  • Liaison with foundations and donors
  • Create coalitions between residents, organizations, and leaders within the local community to facilitate the execution of joint vision.
  • Identify and contact local organizations and leaders within the community.
  • Plan and coordinate workshops for local community as necessary.

Program Management

  • Plan and coordinate Fundraising Strategies.
  • File necessary paperwork to maintain 501c3 status
  • Oversee benefits and expenses
  • Develop and submit grant proposals
  • Draft status reports for Funders and Board of Directors
  • Develop work plan and budgets

 

 

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes

Emma’s Garden’s values based, mission oriented enterprise requires executive staff to exercise sound judgment; to be organized, flexible, and detail-oriented; and to build rapport with members and partners. Emma’s Garden staff possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and analytical and problem-solving abilities. In addition, the Executive Director must possess:Intimate knowledge of participatory decision making practices

  • Familiarity with economic concepts
  • Dedication to social justice
  • Grant writing skills
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to supervise, train, and mentor staff and volunteers

Partnerships and Reporting Requirements

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

 

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume, a few sentences about your experience with non-profits and why you’re passionate about food justice and community outreach to: kaitlyn@emmasgarden.org

Private farm hiring Caretaker/Farmhand

Bowdoinham, Maine

Caretaker/Farmhand/Gardener/Landscaper Needed 

This is a job at a small private farm in Maine and the position is open immediately. The Employee is responsible for but not limited to:

  • Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, pruning, trellising, thinning, managing irrigation systems, and pest control
  • Some tractor and rototiller work will be required for soil preparation and cultivation
  • Post-harvest operations will include sorting, washing, packing/storage responsibilities
  • Transport and delivery of farm products will also be required
  • Feeding, watering, general handling of domestic and farm animals
  • Maintenance of grounds and gardens, including mowing grass, spring and fall cleanup, snow removal

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Previous experience with raising vegetables and farm animals preferred
  • Familiarity with lawn mowers, week whackers, snow blowers, chainsaws etc. and able to perform maintenance and simple repairs on these common machines
  • Demonstrated work history
  • Ability to maintain a professional attitude and neat appearance, tobacco, alcohol and drug-free
  • Follow direction well
  • Strong attention to detail and organization
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work under challenging ergonomic conditions, including work that requires frequent crouching, bending and kneeling.
  • Ability to regularly lift loads of 50 pounds or more
  • Must be able to work outside in all conditions
  • Valid Driver’s License and reliable transportation is required
  • Expect that employee has health insurance through partner or MaineCare/Obamacare

HOURS and PAY:

This is a full-time, year-round (12 month) position, averaging 40 hours per week.

Candidates will be expected to have flexibility in terms of scheduling.  This position starts at $10 an hour with the ability to increase compensation once a baseline of knowledge and ability has been proven.

Deer Creek Farm hiring Farm Manager

San Juan Islands, Washington

Organic farm in the San Juan Islands seeks a farm manager. We are a seventy-two-acre, small-scale cattle farm with an established forty-tree fruit orchard and we also keep and raise chickens. We are looking to expand into organic vegetable production and possibly hops. We are seeking a full-time farm manager who has at least five years of diversified experience in commercial organic farming and who has basic carpentry and maintenance skills. In addition, the ability to maintain and operate machinery, management experience and familiarity with the Pacific Northwest are a plus. The ideal candidate will be a hard worker, a creative thinker, a good problem-solver, and a meticulous and precise person who has a real appreciation for order and aesthetics. No drug users please (marijuana and tobacco included). Salary includes on-site housing in a beautiful pasture with a view of Puget Sound; food from the farm including organic beef, chicken, eggs, fruit and vegetables; $1.6K to $2K a month with profit-sharing possible; and one month of paid vacation a year. Please note that we are looking for a manager to live on the farm and that the housing is large enough to accommodate a couple but not children. Please send a detailed description of your experience along with your reasons for interest in the position to peaceful.island.farm@gmail.com.

Poughkeepsie Farm Project hiring Interns

Poughkeepsie, New York

Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP) is currently seeking applicants for a late summer 2014 internship. Applicants must be able to start ASAP and preference will be given to those with at least a season of farm experience. The end date of this internship is flexible, with a one month check-in/evaluation. Flexible schedule, full time or part time

Please find the position description and learn more about our organization on our website: https://farmproject.org/content/work-opportunities
To apply, please send a resume and short cover letter to: jesica@farmproject.org