Vibrant Life Sharing Community hiring Gardener

Sauke Centre, Minnesota

Vibrant Life Sharing Community Seeks Gardener

Camphill Village Minnesota is an intentional community of approximately 60 people, including adults with developmental disabilities, located on a 500-acre biodynamic farm ten miles north of Sauk Centre in Central Minnesota. People live together family-style in seven different homes. Everyone shares in the responsibilities of life in the community. The community is based on the belief that every individual, regardless of ability, is an independent spiritual being.

The Village has a strong agricultural component made up of farming and gardening. Craft work includes weaving and card-making, as well as a bakery that provides for the needs of the Village and sells in the surrounding area.

Description of Length of Service:
Minimum of one year for assistants, although we are actively seeking seasoned gardeners who are interested in making a longer-term commitment, to carry the garden for a number of years.

Main Responsibilities:
To help manage and tend our 3-acre biodynamic vegetable garden and also our food processing kitchen during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Live and assist in one of our houses, lifesharing with other coworkers as well as adults with developmental disabilities.

Main Duties:
Planning, planting, tending, harvesting and processing vegetables. Coworkers are expected to also integrate people with developmental disabilities into their work.

Required Skills And Knowledge:
Knowledge of and experience with organic and biodynamic gardening methods is essential for a person applying for a leadership position in the garden. Otherwise, this is not required, just helpful.

Benefits & Training:
Onsite training provided for short term helpers. For applicants interested in a leadership position, prior training is needed. Living expenses provided, along with medical insurance, use of machinery and vehicles. 3-week paid vacation per year.

Contact Person:
Kristin Wilson

Contact’s Email:
camphill.mn@hotmail.com

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!

Green Village Initiative hiring Executive Director

Bridgeport, Connecticut

GVI, fast growing non-profit focused on sustainability and empowerment through urban farms, community and school gardens and youth development, seeks an Executive Director to manage the day-to-day operations in Bridgeport CT.  The ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for GVI’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its vision and mission. Job responsibilities include general management, financial and project management, as well as fundraising and development. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a shared belief in and commitment to GVI’s mission to create social, economic and environmental change through local action and urban agriculture.  This energetic, service oriented and highly organized individual will have excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain positive relationships with our dynamic Board, along with local government and community leaders.  Prior financial and project management experience are prerequisite, and excellent written communication and speaking skills are a must.  College degree and 5+ years of work experience are required.

For more information about the work we are doing visit us at www.gogvi.org

Salary Range: $50,000 – $65,000

If interested send resume and cover letter to Carmela Iacobucci @ GVI office:  ci@mainstreetresources.com

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project hiring National Technical Assistance Coordinator

Lowell, Massachusetts

COMMUNITY TEAMWORK, INC. – New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
National Technical Assistance Coordinator
POSITION DESCRIPTION
TITLE:                                     National Technical Assistance Coordinator
Workforce Development Division
DIRECT REPORT:                   New Entry Director
STATUS:                                 Exempt, Full-Time
LOCATION:                           Lowell, MA

POSITION SUMMARY:  This position will oversee the administration of New Entry’s National programs, including the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI), and our Community Food Projects Technical Assistance work. This involves managing partner networks, developing professional development tools and events, and ongoing project planning and development.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Conduct national planning, outreach, and technical assistance to emerging or developing beginning farmer training and incubator farm programs through recruiting clients and engaging national partners in TA and community of practice (CoP) efforts.
  • Develop TA protocols in areas of financial literacy, land and credit access, and metrics and evaluation for farm incubator projects.
  • Maintain national TA request and referral system.
  • Develop national webinars on incubator farm program topics.
  • Refine and expand upon web-based national clearinghouse for farm incubator resources.
  • Develop case studies, success stories, and best practices.
  • Organize multi-day Incubator Farm Schools and CoP national meetings/conferences.
  • Facilitate ongoing CoP strategies for beginning farmer program staff.
  • Document and evaluate program outputs and outcomes.
  • Collaborate on development of national metrics and evaluation of farm incubator projects.
  • Collaborate on national-level research on incubator projects.
  • Promote and distribute existing NIFTI toolkits, fact sheets, and other materials.
  • Collaborate with national partners on local and regional-level projects to encourage and strengthen farm incubators by partnering and serving in an advisory capacity as requested.
  • Work with New Entry’s Community Food Projects Coordinator to establish goals and monitor outcomes of National CFP TA Initiative.
  • Promote New Entry’s work on a national scale by attending and presenting at relevant conferences and events.
  • Participate as part of a team to support the mission of New Entry and CTI’s Workforce Development Division through working with staff to develop robust program metrics and evaluation tools.
  • Work with staff to create shareable curriculum for licensing.
  • Investigate and pursue fee-for-service and additional revenue generating opportunities.
  • Create and manage consulting agreements and contracts with program partners.
  • Develop and maintain operations manuals for all aspects of National TA program administration.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

  • This position has supervisory responsibility:
  • Management of external consultants
  • Intern and work study student supervision
  • Develop and manage contracts with external project partners
  • Facilitative leadership of internal and external meetings and events.

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East End Farm hiring Apprentices

Long Island, New York

East End Farm Apprenticeships:

Apply now to be a farm apprentice on the East End of Long Island. AFI connects individuals who are interested in working on an East End farm with farmers who want to share their expertise. We work with a range of small, sustainable farms, each with different business models and varying educational programs. Most farms provide housing, fresh produce, and a stipend, while apprentices receive intensive, hands-on training.  An East End farm apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain experience in

•       Mixed vegetable, herbs, and cut flower production
•       Greenhouse production
•       Marketing and other business management skills
•       Educating and interacting with community members at CSA pick-ups, farmers markets, and more.
•       Opportunities to network within the farm community and deepen your educational experience through AFI’s CRAFT program

AFI’s apprentice service offers the opportunity to apply to multiple farms through one application. Go to http://www.amagansettfoodinstitute.org/programs/apprentice-matching to learn more and apply.

Red Fire Farm hiring Flower Grower

Granby, Massachusetts

Flower Grower

Red Fire Farm, located in Granby and Montague, Massachusetts, is seeking an experienced flower grower to provide CSA flower shares and bouquets for our farm stands. At Red Fire Farm, we’ve been growing with certified organic practices since we started in 2001. The farm produces a wide variety of vegetables, flowers and fruit on 100 acres. We deliver CSA shares to 1600 member families across the state and sell at farmers markets, our two farm stands and to wholesale customers throughout the region.

As the Flower Grower, you will be harvesting flowers and arranging bouquets for our CSA members, our farm stands and market, and some flower arranging for special events. You will oversee and participate in the creation of about 300 bouquets or more a week in the peak season – sending these organically-grown flowers to CSA members, local stores and restaurants, our own stands and markets, and individuals with celebrations.

The work here is hard but fulfilling. We’re committed to an extremely high quality product and we take a lot of pride in what we do. Some of the perks of working at Red Fire include fresh, in-season produce, a warm and friendly crew, and opportunities for year-round farm work.

The flower department at the farm has lots of potential for growth, and could thrive with the right leader in this position. Areas of possible growth include flowers for special events, extended season flowers, and an expanded wholesale market. If you are interested in growing the flower business at the farm, we are open to developing it further with you over future years.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop growing plan for flowers (if you’re available in the early winter)
  • Order materials, seed stock, and make sure they are organized and stocked
  • Seed flower starts and manage greenhouse care
  • Arrange transplanting plans, field preparation, and cultivation with production team
  • Care for flower fields for optimal harvestable blooms
  • Harvest flowers, manage crews and prepare bouquets for scheduled deliveries
  • Maintain flower arranging area in organized and clean state
  • Work with special events customers for special orders
  • Plan and communicate with farmers’ market staff, management, marketing, and the wholesale team to make the most of flower sales in each of our market areas

Necessary Skills

  • Knowledge of flower varieties, growing needs, and harvesting and pack techniques
  • Sense of design and color for arranging
  • Proven experience planning flower crops
  • Ability to coordinate a small team (1-3 people) and train new tasks
  • Good written and verbal communication with customers
  • Excellent organizational skills and self motivation
  • Must be able to commit to working here for at least one full growing season

Compensation based on experience. Please send resumes to jobs@redfirefarm.com and include with your application photos of previous flower arrangements you have done, and examples of planning documents you have created for another farming position. Rolling applications – position open until filled.

Red Fire Farm hiring 2015 Farm Crew

Granby, Massachusetts

Red Fire Farm, located in Granby and Montague, Massachusetts, is seeking applicants for its 2015 crew. At Red Fire Farm, we’ve been growing with certified organic practices since we started in 200. Our emphasis is on year-round local food production. The farm produces a wide variety of vegetables, flowers and fruit on 100 acres. We deliver CSA shares to 1600 member families across the state and sell at farmers markets, our two farm stands and to wholesale customers throughout the region.

The work here is hard but fulfilling. We’re committed to an extremely high quality product and we take a lot of pride in what we do. Most of our positions involve long days spent outside no matter what the weather. We are looking for responsible candidates who are up for the challenge of keeping pace at a large scale farm. Some of the perks of working at Red Fire include fresh, in-season produce, a warm and friendly crew, opportunities for year-round farm work and advancement to leadership positions.

Please see our website at http://www.redfirefarm.com for more details on the following jobs and any other openings:

CREW LEADER: responsible for leading harvest and production crews in order to complete daily tasks on the farm

  • TRACTOR OPERATOR/PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
  • FLOWER INTERN: work with Flower Growers to grow and arrange fresh cut flowers
  • BEDDING PLANT ASSISTANT: work with bedding plant manager in the greenhouse
  • FLOWER GROWER: a leadership position for someone with previous flower growing experience
  • GREENHOUSE ASSISTANT
  • FARM INTERN: crew leading responsibilities along with CRAFT intern program
  • PACKING SHED ASSISTANT: work with Packing Shed Supervisor to process daily harvests
  • SEASONAL CREW MEMBERS

Previous farm experience or experience working outdoors is a big plus, but it’s not necessary for all of our positions. After reviewing the information on our website, please feel free to contact us at jobs@redfirefarm.com. We look forward to hearing from you!