Deck Family Farm hiring Interns

Eugene, Oregon

General Description: Deck Family Farm is a 320-acre Certified Organic farm located in Western Willamette Valley near Eugene. Deck is a diversified operation with the current focus on Oregon Tilth Certified Organic Meats, raw dairy and fruit. We stand on the principles of humane handling, conservation practices including riparian restoration and exclusion, and increased soil fertility through management intensive grazing.

As a certified organic pasture based farm. We do not use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics. We are a family oriented farm with an “open gate” policy, meaning the farm is open to visitors any day but Sunday. We strive to be transparent in our practices and to be a conduit for folks to stay connected to our agricultural heritage.

Our farm consists of: A small raw milk dairy – We milk and care for an average of 10-15 cows throughout the seasons. The herd is a legal cooperative and owned by shareholders who pay for feed, care and milking of the herd. We also make a small amount of butter, cheese, and yogurt for our shareholders.

Pastured Pigs – We raise heritage pigs on pasture. In the wettest part of the winter pigs are brought up in barns to farrow and stay warm and dry. Piglets are fed raw milk from the dairy during weaning and finished on hazelnuts. Our breeding program has allowed us to become Animal Welfare Approved and to produce pigs birth to finish.

Beef – Deck Family Farm also produces 100% grass fed and finished Certified Organic Heritage Galloway beef. Our management intensive grazing system has brought greater fertility to our pastures and rotating crops of grains, legumes and grasses has extended our grazing season to 8-9 months of the year.

Chickens – Organic layers for eggs and roasters for meat. All chickens are out on pasture during the day and housed in “chicken tractors” at night to prevent predation. Salim, our Anatolian Shepard does her best to keep them safe. Chickens are grazed behind and sometimes beside cattle. In addition to their great tasting eggs the poultry is an integral part of breaking parasite life cycles and bringing more fertility to the pastures.

Sheep – Flock size of 150 ewes. We normally lamb in the early spring with babies coming in the months of January-March. Our current breeds are Romney, Dorset, Suffolk and Textile. Much of our grazng is on leased ground off site.

Garden – We are experimenting with a large home garden, aimed to balance our diets with fresh veggies year round. It is our hope to create a “Full Farm CSA” by 2016 to bring more good clean food to families on the farm in our area. The garden is often intern initiated and run.

Marketing – We direct market to our customers through farmer’s markets, buying clubs, grocery stores and a CSA program. All farm interns are required to participate in this level of the business because it is the engine that drives profitability and allows us to stay in business farming.

We are not a homestead operation but a for-profit business that requires economy of scale to successfully compete in the current economic model. If you are interested in homesteading practices we can provide some animal husbandry training but our program is more focused on what it takes to run an successful business than a subsistence homestead.

It is our hope that through the years we can partner with other individuals and families committed to the principles of strong work ethics, environmental justice and good business practices. If you think this description fits you, please give us a call.

Internship Starts: Rotating year round
Internship Ends: Rotating year round
Number of Interns: 5
App Deadline: Open
Minimum Length of Stay: 3-6 months Continue reading

Duke Farms hiring Staff Farmer

Hillsborough, New Jersey

Duke Farms serves as a model of environmental stewardship and inspires visitors to become informed stewards of the land. It is a place of education, enjoyment and research that enhances the environmental health of the region. Through the beauty of its natural setting, the diversity of its wildlife, and the scope and quality of its educational programs, demonstrations and research, Duke Farms inspires people to transform their approach to conservation and to start building a more sustainable future.

JOB SUMMARY The Staff Farmer is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture team. The individual will contribute to the development and implementation of Duke Farms’ multifaceted agriculture program, including greenhouse production, permaculture, annual crops (till and no-till), perennial crops, innovative cover crop/green manure practices, on-site compost production and marketing through our own farm-to-table market. In addition, he/she will be responsible for collaborating with the Manager of Sustainable Agriculture and the Director of Natural Resources & Agroecology at Duke Farms on the development and maintenance of a vigorous, viable grazing operation that conserves and restores grassland bird habitat while standing as an independent and economically viable model. The Staff Farmer will also be responsible for managing and implementing haying activities and may be called upon to support other aspects of the farm if needed. The Staff Farmer will be expected to reside at Duke Farms, as a condition of his/her employment, in housing provided by Duke Farms and subject to the Duke Farms Housing Protocols

View the entire job description and learn how to apply here: Duke Farms Staff Farmer

Evergreen State College hiring Organic Farmers

Olympia, Washington

Farmer 3 and Farmer 5

For complete details and to learn how to apply for this position visit: http://www.evergreen.edu/employment/staffjobs.htm                                             

The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Since opening its doors in 1971, Evergreen has established a national reputation for leadership in developing innovative interdisciplinary, collaborative and team-taught academic programs. The college has a vibrant undergraduate program, graduate programs, and public service centers that constitute a unique academic setting. The college values a student-centered learning environment, a link between theory and practice, and a multicultural community of diverse faculty, students and staff working together. For more information about Evergreen, please visit our college catalog or our website: http://www.evergreen.edu.

There are two overtime-eligible positions available at the Organic Farm on the Olympia Campus of The Evergreen State College.  This is a combined recruitment for:

  • One Farmer 3 that is part-time and works 0.6 FTE (24 hours per week) year-round.
  • One Farmer 5 that is cyclic and works full-time April through December and part-time, 0.6 FTE (24 hours per week) January through March each year.

The candidate pool established from this announcement may be used to fill comparable permanent, full-time, part-time, and temporary vacancies in the future.

FARMER 3

This position reports to and receives day-to-day direction from the Farmer 5 to implement and maintain daily, year-round operations of the organic Farm and to provide direct instructional support to the farm-based agriculture curriculum (Practice of Organic Farming).  This position leads the work of student and/or temporary employees.

Salary: $1,586.40 – $2,107.80 per month of 0.6 FTE work, plus a full state benefits package.

FARMER 5

This position is responsible for managing a working organic farm including coordinating and overseeing all daily operations of the Farm and providing direct instructional support to the farm-based agriculture curriculum (Practice of Organic Farming).  This position consults with the faculty to develop and implement the curriculum; supervises the work of the Farm staff (classified, caretaker, student, and/or temporary); is responsible for crop and livestock production and direct marketing including Farm Stand operations; and oversees and performs maintenance of the farm infrastructure (materials and supplies, greenhouses, equipment, irrigation, etc.) and the farm grounds.

Salary: $3,187 – $4,280 per month of full time work and $1,912.20 – $2,568 per month of 0.6 FTE work, plus a full state benefits package.

Closes: September 14, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. PST

Note: The College will be closed on September 7, 2015 in observance of Labor Day

All requested application materials must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered.

For details on the application requirements and process visit: http://www.evergreen.edu/employment/staffjobs.htm

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

North End Community Improvement Collaborative hiring AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Mansfield, Ohio

Help Wanted!  Join NECIC’s Local Foods Team as AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Imagine Mansfield filled with abundant food gardens that nourish healthy families in a thriving community.  Visualize a vibrant local foods scene where neighbors grow for market and bring home extra spending money.  Now imagine yourself actively engaged in this work as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America).

NECIC is currently recruiting for an AmeriCorps VISTA member to join our North End Local Foods team for a year-long assignment starting November 16, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year.

This position will support the startup of our North End Local Foods Initiative, with work duties focusing on three key areas:

– Develop resources for the Market Garden training program, targeting low- to moderate-income growers.
– Increase capacity by building partnerships and collaborations to support urban agriculture and healthy local foods projects.
– Increase access to fresh food by developing new outlets for local market growers.

Full job duty details are available at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=59129

Benefits of VISTA Service

In addition to professional development and networking, this VISTA position offers a modest cost of living stipend of $979/month, plus the choice of either an end of term education award or monetary stipend.  The education award results in about $5,600 or the end of term cash stipend results in about $1,500.

Other benefits include: basic health coverage (not insurance), personal and sick days, mileage reimbursement, and attendance at the Ohio CDC Association conference in October.  VISTA members may also be eligible for a relocation allowance or childcare allowance.  VISTA Members who successfully complete their service also get preferential consideration for federal job openings.

Want more info?

If you or someone you know would like more information about this position, please contact Jean Taddie at 419-525-3101 or jean@necic-ohio.org.

For more info about NECIC, see www.necic-ohio.org or www.facebook.com/NECIC1.  AmeriCorps VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National Community Service, for more details on VISTA goals and priorities see:

http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista

Apply now for NECIC’s Local Foods Initiative VISTA position at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=59129

 

 

Heron Pond Farm hiring Full-time Field Crew

South Hampton, New Hampshire

Heron Pond Farm:  Building Community through Local Agriculture

At Heron Pond Farm we produce over 250 varieties of 35 fruits and vegetables, as well as a large variety of herbs and flowers. We practice sustainable agriculture to produce healthy, fresh food for local consumption in pursuit of our commitment to building community through local agriculture. We distribute our produce through a summer and winter CSA, a farm stand, several farmer’s markets in the Seacoast of NH and the North Shore of MA, as well as wholesale marketing to area farm stands and restaurants. We strive to create a fun and supported work environment while working at an efficient pace to get the job done. We all take pride in our work and give 110% to meet our goals each week. We are seeking like minded people who can work well with others as well as be self-directed, quick learners, have a positive attitude, love to be outside and are passionate about local food!!

Position: Full-time Field Crew (2)

Start Date: Immediately through early November

Duties include: harvesting and washing of vegetables; hand weeding and transplanting. Candidates must be able to repeatedly lift crates of veggies weighing as much as 50 lbs. We look for applicants who can work well with others even under adverse weather conditions.

Pay: $9.50 to $11 an hour (based upon experience).

Benefits: fresh air, sunshine and lots of free veggies.

Please send all inquiries by e-mail to greg@heronpondfarm.com

 

 

North End Community Improvement Collaborative hiring Teaching Garden Coordinator

Mansfield, Ohio

Position Opening: Teaching Garden Coordinator

The North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) is seeking a full-time Teaching Garden Coordinator to oversee production, produce sales, and classes at our 1/3 acre teaching garden.  The goals of the Teaching Garden are to increase fresh food access and economic opportunity in the North End by demonstrating and teaching urban food production to home, community, and market growers of all ages.

Position Description:

Oversee production and marketing of produce at the Teaching Garden:

  • Coordinate year-round production at Teaching Garden, maximizing productivity of raised garden beds and hoop house (currently 1/3 acre)
  • Assess potential customer demands to target plant selection
  • Coordinate seed starting, plant propagation, seasonal rotation of crops, garden maintenance, etc.
  • Develop a system to effectively harvest & store produce for freshness and marketability, utilizing best practices for food safety
  • Design and staff a safe and attractive farmers market stand for selling Teaching Garden produce
  • Manage budget and track expenses, harvests, sales, etc.
  • Obtain quotes and coordinate purchases and partnerships to assist in the completed development of the garden
  • Oversee site improvements, including designing and constructing raised garden beds and other structures
  • Assess potential expansion opportunities
  • Coordinate activities of volunteers at the Teaching Garden

Promote urban garden education and support market growers:

  • Plan, organize and host classes, activities, workshops, and tours for both youth and adults
  • Teach group classes on gardening topics for children and adults
  • Teach advanced production techniques to market growers
  • Develop and/or assess garden curriculum for youth
  • Provide 1-on-1 technical assistance to market growers
  • Assess new market opportunities

Collaborate with local partners to promote the Teaching Garden:

  • Conduct outreach and engagement to build partnerships with local businesses, agencies and organizations
  • Recruit and train volunteers and interns
  • Develop promotional materials, write press releases, and outreach via social media

Assist with North End Farmers Market coordination

Qualifications:

The top candidate will have a mix of agricultural, educational, and entrepreneurial skills and experience.

Minimum qualifications for this position:

  • Successful track record of raising produce, especially in an urban setting
  • Ability to perform physical garden maintenance, including lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to use garden and construction tools and equipment
  • Entrepreneurial skills, including marketing, planning, and customer service
  • Teaching and/or training experience, including developing class content for adults and children
  • Strong communications skills, including writing, interpersonal, and public speaking
  • Proven ability to work well with diverse populations
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Computer skills, including Excel & Word, photo editing, email, Facebook, etc.
  • Ability to work independently within a team environment to achieve objectives
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes days, evenings and/or occasional weekends
  • College degree – or equivalent experience – in agriculture, business/marketing, education or related field

The ideal candidate will also possess:

  • Expertise in growing produce for market and selling at farmers market
  • Knowledge of organic growing principles
  • Experience raising produce in a hoop house / high tunnel
  • Experience utilizing season extension and labor saving production methods
  • Knowledge of garden design and experience building garden structures
  • Experience designing an effective market stand and marketing materials
  • Experience recruiting & training volunteers
  • Track record of building community partnerships
  • Interest in and passion for promoting local foods
  • Familiarity with food safety and safe production and food handling requirements
  • Knowledge of Mansfield, especially the North End

To apply for this position, forward your resume/cover letter, including salary requirements, to Jean Taddie at NECIC, 199 N. Main Street, Mansfield 44902, or jean@necic-ohio.org

NECIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for North End residents.  For more info, check out our website and Facebook pages: necic-ohio.org or facebook.com/NECIC1

Jordan’s Farm hiring Various Positions

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Jordan’s Farm – POSITIONS AVAILABLE – LATE AUGUST through MID NOVEMBER

Great Option for People in their “Third Act” of life or students taking a “gap year”!

A dynamic and diverse work environment

LATE AUGUST THROUGH MID NOVEMBER 

Seeking people who like a fast pace and know how to get work done. If you like to work hard, are creative, a logical thinker/problem solver, are willing to learn to love and care for beautiful vegetables, like talking with people about food, see the beauty in vegetables, can balance a multitude of tasks and like to sweat during the heat of the summer, get wet when it rains and knows the value of boots and laying cloths – then we have a JOB for you!

Type of Work AvailableVegetable Prep, Washing and Packing, Farm Stand, Customer Service, Harvesting and Field Maintenance (weeding/hoeing).

Additional Information:

  • We operate 7 days per week (7:00 am – 6:00 pm)
  • Ability to work weekends as needed
  • Most schedules are 30-40 hrs/week
  • Driver’s license a must (ability to drive a standard a plus)
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs is needed for most jobs
  • Reliable transportation a must
  • Must be able to tolerate heat, rain and cold

Contact Penny for Details (pennyjordan@jordansfarm.com) or call 207-671-5341

www.jordansfarm.com