Red Fire Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Granby, Massachusetts

FIELD CREW

Red Fire Farm, located in Western Massachusetts, is looking to hire field crew workers for the 2015 growing season (June-October).

We are seeking mainly full-time crew. Work involves harvesting, transplanting, weeding, hoeing, & packing over 40 different types of vegetable crops.

We are looking for people who can ideally work at our farms in both Montague and Granby. For example, one day you might be helping at the Granby location to bulk harvest root crops in fall, or transplant early melons in spring, and then big harvest and packing days you’d be in Montague picking the seasonal bounty for CSA and market.

There are several field crew positions that have added responsibilities that we are looking to fill, such as Weekend Harvest Coordinator and harvest team, Spring Greenhouse Assistant, end of day packing shed organizers, and daily Harvest Crew Leaders.

Farming is hard physical work, requiring a rugged work ethic and endurance, but is also very satisfying. Previous farming experience is a plus, but not required for field crew positions.

Necessary Skills
• Must be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly and easily, and work physically all day.
• Must work well in teams
• Must have a good attitude and be willing to learn

Starting pay is $8/ hr, with the possibility of pay increase over time. Please see our website, redfirefarm.com, for more information, and send applications to jobs@redfirefarm.com.

CREW LEADER

Red Fire Farm is hiring crew leaders for the 2015 season. If you are passionate about local farming, have at least a year of previous farming experience and want to help teach and inspire new farmers, please consider applying. Our crew leaders work hard, but that work is fulfilling — and all of it takes place in some of the most beautiful spots in the Pioneer Valley. Leaders, with the support of 4 to 7 crew members, will primarily manage the daily harvest for our 1500+ member CSA and large wholesale accounts. Red Fire is dedicated to growing and harvesting high quality, certified organic produce. Our crew leaders will learn about those standards and be responsible for maintaining them with their team. You will bring in the harvest of thousands of pounds of local food!

More about what we’re looking for:

Ideally two years of farming experience
Excellent communication skills
A positive attitude and sense of humor
An excellent driving record
Willingness to hustle and promote hustle with crew members
Previous leadership or management experience (a plus)Other perks of the job include:

Year-round access to delicious, organic produce
Fresh air and exercise
An open, friendly environment where your feedback is welcomed
Opportunities to advance and build on your skillsEarn $9- $10/hr based on experience, potential for year round work in farming. Please send applications, received on a rolling basis. Open until filled. Positions start in spring. Please see our website, redfirefarm.com, for more information, and send applications to jobs@redfirefarm.com.

Werner Farm hiring Market and CSA Staff

Farm Market and CSA Staff

Sunderland, Massachusetts

Farm Description: Warner Farm is a 10th generation diversified small fruit and vegetable farm located in Sunderland, MA. We grow over 150 acres of both IPM (125 ac.) and certified organic (25 ac.) crops for wholesale throughout the Pioneer Valley as well as operate a 300-member CSA and attend farmers markets in eastern Massachusetts. In the fall, Warner Farm is also home to Mike’s Maze, the Pioneer Valley’s world famous corn maze, and Zombie Night Patrol, our premier haunted paintball attraction. Warner Farm always hires with an eye on our core values of respect, integrity, sustainability and family.  We seek motivated, energetic, hard working individuals who can grow our business and grow with our farm family.

Job Description: Warner Farm is seeking individuals to help staff farmer’s markets and CSA distributions. We attend 3 weekly farmer’s markets located in Amherst, Winchester and Watertown as well as manage 4 different drop-off sites for our 300-member CSA program. Market staff is responsible for communicating directly with the public and must be comfortable regularly interacting with the public. While market and CSA drop off days can be demanding, sometimes requiring 10-hour days, management does its best to ensure time off in between long days. Market and CSA Staff report directly to the CSA and Market Manager.

Duties include:  arriving promptly to load trucks for markets; filling out market logs accurately; driving to, setting up, and breaking down market displays; creating an attractive produce display; facilitating sales; answering customer questions about our farm and produce; attending weekly CSA drop off in the greater Boston area; attend weekly check-in meetings with management; provide management with feedback regarding markets and drop-offs; all duties are to be preformed in a manner to promote a positive image of Warner Farm and ensure customer satisfaction.

Requirements:

  • 1-2 years customer service experience
  • Outgoing personality
  • Positive and hard-working attitude
  • Ability to drive 16 ft box truck
  • Ability to lift 40 lb.

Preferred skills:

  • Previous farm experience
  • Previous retail experience
  • Interest in cooking and fresh food

This is a seasonal, part-time position requiring up to 25 hours per week from May through October. $10/hr and access to delicious, fresh produce. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to david@warnerfarm.com. Applicants are received on a rolling basis and position is open until filled. Ideal start date is May 15th.

Farmdoor hiring Delivery Driver

Palo Alto, California

JOB DESCRIPTION

Cookpad Inc., a Palo Alto based food tech startup, is hiring delivery drivers for its Farmdoor residential farmstand project. Someone who’s worked on a farm, worked at farmers’ markets, done CSA delivery, or worked with produce (grocery stores/restaurants) is strongly preferred.

“Farmdoor” (http://farmstand.me) operates self­serve farm stands in residential area. Members can get farm­direct fresh produce any time, any day, just outside of their house: We are currently running 6 pilots in Menlo Park, planning to expand soon. All our farmstands are located within close proximity of one another.

Job Responsibilities:

  • ­Receive, pack, and deliver produce to farm stands (1­3 times per week). ­
  • Follow stocking and produce handling guidelines provided by Operations Manager.

This would be a great opportunity for a someone already working as a part­time delivery driver or courier. It would also be ideal for someone looking for additional part­time work.

Requirements

  • Efficient, organized, clean, and professional.
  • Ability to work on Saturdays or Sundays when needed.
  • Available to do delivery between 8­10 am on delivery days.
  • Valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • Reliable car. Preferably SUV, large hatchback, or car with large trunk. Need to have air conditioning for Summer time. No pick up trucks please.
  • Resident in the lower Peninsula.
  • Lift 30+ lbs.
  • Experience handling/displaying fresh produce is a plus.
  • Familiarity with food safety protocol.

Compensation (this position is a paid independent contractor position)

$40 per delivery (delivery should take 2 hours or less)

1­3 deliveries per week (deliveries are shared among other drivers)

HOW TO APPLY Please email ariel@farmstand.me Contact riel Russell (operations manager) ariel@farmstand.me

Next Barn Over hiring Field Crew Members

Hadley, Massachusetts

Next Barn Over is a 34-acre organic mixed vegetable farm in Hadley, MA. We grow for our 500-member CSA as well as a few local restaurants and grocery stores.

We are currently hiring 2 people to join our returning five-member field crew for the 2015 season. Both positions are full-time (40-60 hrs/wk) and full season (April-December).

Applicants should have an interest in efficient farm systems; be hardworking, reliable, and self-motivated. Farm work is fun and rewarding but also very physically demanding. Applicants should have the desire to work outside even in adverse weather and be able to work early in the morning. Preference will be given to folks interested in a multiple-year commitment. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Women, people of color, queer and trans people are encouraged to apply.

Competitive wages will be offered, commensurate with experience. To learn more about the positions, or to apply, please send your letter of interest and resume to info@nextbarnover.com or check out our website or facebook page.

Tricycle Gardens hiring Program Coordinator

Richmond, Virginia

Program Coordinator

Organizational Mission: Tricycle Gardens is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grow healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy local food system.

Since breaking ground on our first garden, we have engaged thousands of neighbors and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to change the overall health of our community. This work addresses a myriad of challenging issues, and ultimately our mission is about FOOD:

F- Focus on Community Needs, O-Outreach & Education, O-Opportunities for Healthy Food Access, D- Design of Beautiful Spaces.

Location: Richmond, VA

The Program Coordinator is an essential and integral member of our growing team and supports Tricycle Gardens’ strategic food access and education programs. These programs include the Corner Farm, a city-wide healthy corner store initiative, and farmers’ markets with partner organizations to directly address the food deserts in our community through outreach, education and distribution of healthy, local produce to communities that are currently lacking access.

Responsibilities:

The Program Coordinator will join our dynamic team during an exciting time in our organizational advancement. This position manages daily and strategic expansion of Corner Farm, a city-wide healthy corner store initiative, including store owner outreach, produce deliveries and technical assistance. By training and coordinating volunteers, the Program Coordinator leads food skills education programs including in-store tastings and cooking demonstrations. The Program Coordinator manages operations for two farmers’ markets that include double-up SNAP programming, and this includes implementation and volunteer coordination for the markets. Other responsibilities include:

  • Track and report program deliverables and metrics
  • Work with Farm Manager to determine weekly harvest and seasonal crop selection to support food access programs
  • Support our Mission Manager with program evaluation and grant reporting
  • Maintain and grow strategic and healthy relationships with our community-based partners
  • Support various educational programming and special events throughout the year
  • Support volunteer recruitment, coordination, training and evaluation
  • Participate in farm work days and “all staff” activities, where Tricycle Gardens staff manage large projects, events, educational programs, or volunteer days
  • Be willing and able to lend a hand throughout the organization as needed

Ideal Qualities:

  • 3-5 years of program coordination experience
  • Interest in and familiarity with issues related to local food systems, food access and equity and sustainable agriculture
  • Experience facilitating interactive workshops with adults and children
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills
  • Sense of humor and joy for our work
  • Experience working in diverse environments and ability to work with people of varied backgrounds
  • Strong public speaking and group facilitation skills
  • Comfort working in a variety of settings and managing priorities independently, in an evolving, fast-paced, and multi-tasking environment
  • Excellent ability to build and sustain strong working relationships
  • A desire to laugh, have fun, and make a positive impact

Requirements: Drivers license, ability to drive a delivery van, ability to periodically work evenings and weekends.

Compensation: We offer a competitive salary and benefits.

To Apply:

Tricycle Gardens is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and an open and affirming community. We encourage applications from non-traditional applicants and those who are underrepresented in the field.

For consideration, please email resume and cover letter to jobs@tricyclegardens.org. The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to resumes and cover letters received by April 17, 2015.

Thank you for your interest and please no phone calls.

Rancho Mastatal hiring Apprentices

Costa Rica

2016 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living: Permaculture, Natural Building, and Homesteading Skills at Rancho Mastatal

www.ranchomastatal.com

Nestled against the virgin rainforest of La Cangreja National Park, Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center has been teaching, exploring, and promoting techniques of living harmoniously in the landscape for 14 years. Renowned for it’s natural building and delicious culinary spreads of fresh homemade food, the Ranch offers profound, innovative and authentic apprenticeships throughout the year.  Apprentices will experience a rural Costa Rican community, delight in 325 acres of pristine forests and waterfalls, and participate in a working permaculture farm.

Currently we are seeking applicants for our twelve month 2016 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living beginning January 2016.

2016 Program Overview

Participants in Rancho Mastatal’s Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living live and work with amazing people at the Ranch and in Mastatal. They make lifelong friends, participating in a style of living that oftentimes changes them forever. This experience offers the unique opportunity to become a part of the magic and beauty of a remote area of Costa Rica, while simultaneously learning tangible skills to take back home.

Our goals for this program are to:

  • empower individuals who are genuinely interested in creating a more sustainable world.
  • be a “living laboratory” for experiential education and the daily practice of skills you can use for the rest of your life.
  • inspire and enable individuals to continue to develop creative solutions and generate positive social change and sustainable practices in their own lives and communities after they leave.
  • prepare a group of capable individuals to help manage and care-take the Ranch during the months of August, September, October and November.
  • provide post-apprenticeship support through our networks.

We offer five to seven positions for our year long apprenticeship and a limited number of half year positions. The year long apprenticeship costs $475 per month for the first 7 months and includes your Wilderness First Responder Certification. The last 4 months of the apprenticeship is run as a work-trade. The total cost for the year long apprenticeship is $3,325. The cost of the half year apprenticeship is $375 per month.

Half year positions are only for the second half of the calendar year. The training differs significantly from full year positions in that it is done over a shorter period of time, and much of it will be led by the full year apprentices as part of their learning process. Roughly half of this time period occurs during our caretaker season, when the Ranch Core Team is absent from the site. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals interested in learning the in’s and out’s of managing our site and systems.

Dates and Instruction

Start Date Year-Long Apprenticeship:  January 16, 2016
End Date Year-Long Apprenticeship:  December 16, 2016
Start Date Half-Year Apprenticeship:  June 18, 2016
End Date Half-Year Apprenticeship:  December 16, 2016
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The Neighborhood Farm hiring Crew Members

Needham, Massachusetts

Crew Members

We are seeking crew members who are interested in working and learning on a small family farm operation. Crew members will work with the Farm Managers/Owners and Crew Leaders on all aspects of vegetable, herb and flower production and harvesting. These tasks will include, but are not limited to, planting, weeding, irrigation, greenhouse work, harvest, washing, packing and selling at farmers’ markets.

We are looking for crew members who are flexible, productive, easy to work with, open minded, and responsible, with a good sense of humor to see them through the challenges of farming. Crew members must also have reliable transportation and a clean driving record.  Previous farming or gardening experience is preferred, but not required.

The work can be physically challenging as we do the vast majority of our work by hand. Candidates should be able to lift 50 lbs, repeatedly. We will be working outside in all weather conditions. The hours will vary by season, but can be long (between 35 and 50 hr/week). Crew members will work either a Monday through Friday schedule or a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with weekend greenhouse duties once a month. Some schedule changes are possible, but in general the schedule will be set.

We have crew member positions beginning June 1st, running through Thanksgiving. Crew members must commit for the entire season. There may be a possibility of some winter work if desired.

Compensation: $10/hour, and vegetables from the farm. Unfortunately, we cannot provide housing.

If you are interested, please email kate@theneighborhoodfarm.com and we will send you more information. For more information about the farm, please visit our website http://www.theneighborhoodfarm.com. Please contact us with any questions.

About the farm:

The Neighborhood Farm is a collection of market gardens. In 2008 we planted gardens in five Needham back yards, because we couldn’t find available farm land in the Boston area. Homeowners lent us a portion of their yards and we grew vegetables, herbs and flowers – all without synthetic inputs of any kind. The number of sites and the logistics made us decide against pursuing organic certification.

Since then we’ve grown substantially, adding and subtracting gardens from year to year as circumstances changed. We also began leasing a field from The Trustees Of Reservations in Medfield. We now grow on about six and half acres and sell our produce at four local farmers’ markets, to restaurants, and through our Farmers’ Market CSA. For the 2015 growing season, we will be based at Powisset Farm in Dover where we rent barn space. We will be working at garden sites in Needham and Dedham, at the field in Medfield, and at our rented greenhouse space in Sharon. Despite the number of sites we use, more than 90% of our time will be spent at the field or at the barn, which are both on the Dover/Medfield line, less than 2 miles apart.

As a family owned small business, we are committed to helping others prepare to start their own farming and gardening operations. We love to work with people who are exploring the possibilities of starting their own enterprises, and with people who are just looking for more experience in farming and gardening.