West Kill, New York
Newton Farm Collective seeking intern for 2014 season, April through October. We are a small organic farm in the Catskills growing 2 acres of intensively planted biodynamic vegetables and herbs. We sell at a local Farmer’s market, onsite farm stand, and to restaurants. Accomodations are in our large old farmhouse with private bedroom and shared bath with one or two others. Half the farmhouse is rented during the summer season for farm stays. Your quarters are private, but tidiness is essential. The farm is in a high mountain valley with streams for swimming on the property and some of the best hiking trails in the Catskills right on our road. We are located 3 hours from NYC and 15 minutes to Phoenicia, NY.
Work to be done includes full range of soil amending, planting, fencing, weeding, mulching, organic pest control, mowing, harvesting and marketing. Farm work also includes help with maintenance of small flock of chickens and upkeep of onsite farm store. We are looking for an independent, self motivated, individual who can entertain themselves during off hours. We need about 5 hours a day of farm work, Monday through Saturday. Must have own transportation as farm is quite rural. Kitchen is available for cooking and intern can use all vegetables grown on farm. A small stipend will be paid. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in sustainable agriculture on a small scale. There is one farmer living on farm, and 2 others who commute from the city regularly. Other activities at the farm include: bees, cidering, pickling, and preserving. Music is a large area of interest for everyone involved.
2014 Apprenticeships at First Root Farm
First Root Farm is small, diversified vegetable farm, growing on 2.5 acres of historic farmland in Concord, MA. We run a 120 member CSA, a mini-farmstand, and sell to local restaurants. We use organic and sustainable growing practices and cultivate a cooperative & joyful work atmosphere. We are looking for motivated, creative, dirt-loving people, enthusiastic about sustainable farming and community building, to join our farm team. This is a perfect position for someone with limited farm experience, who is interested in pursuing a career in agriculture and looking to broaden their knowledge of whole farm systems.
The First Root apprenticeship is a great opportunity to learn about production farming by doing it. There are several educational components built into the workweek, and apprentices are encouraged to ask lots of questions. We love what we do and we love teaching new people about small-scale farming. We’re looking for apprentices who are eager to learn and excited to work hard.
This is a part-time, seasonal position. The apprenticeship is 26 weeks, from May 6th through October 31st. The workweek is Tuesday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
In potential applicants, we value: willingness to problem solve and think critically, eagerness to get dirty in all kinds of weather, an aptitude for physically demanding work, careful attention to detail, a sense of humor, and a desire to work at increasing efficiency and effectiveness in farm tasks. We prefer applicants who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. One season of farming experience is preferred, but not required.
- Aptitude for physically demanding work in all weather (rain, wind, heat, cold).
- Desire and ability to take on the challenges of the farm season, including fast-paced work and a physically demanding schedule.
- Excellent communication skills, a positive attitude, ability to take and give direction, and comfort working both alone and as part of team.
- Ability to safely lift and carry 50 pounds.
- A valid driver’s license.
- A demonstrated interest in sustainable agriculture
- Assisting the farmers in all aspects of vegetable production and fieldwork, including: greenhouse work, soil and field prep, tillage and cultivation, harvest, and CSA distribution. Apprentices will be trained to use our walk-behind BCS.
- Interacting with the public, including CSA members, work shares, and volunteers. Apprentices will be trained in customer service, and will have the opportunity to work at the CSA distribution.
- Being an active, creative and enthusiastic member of a cooperative farm team.
- CRAFT (collaborative regional alliance for farmer training) farm visits to other local farms. There are two CRAFT visits per month on Wednesday afternoons. Apprentices are encouraged to attend these visits, to learn about other farm systems.
- Weekly farm field walks to discuss pest & disease control, weed ID, soil fertility, whole farm management, etc. Each week, the whole farm crew gathers for an educational field walk. We will talk about the week’s agenda, current challenges, upcoming harvests, etc.
- Packet including crop plan, seeding schedules, and other useful resources, as well as a weekly handout outlining the week’s work. Continue reading
Next Barn Over Farm is Hiring Apprentice, Field Crew, and Assistant Grower
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 for the following positions:
-Apprentice. Apprentices will gain experience in all aspects of our crop production systems, from planning to planting, cultivation, harvest, and distribution; and will take on leadership within specific areas of the operation including tractor operation.
-Field crew/tractor operator. Must have at least two-years of experience on a similar farm and be comfortable operating equipment.
-Assistant grower. Must have at least two-years of experience on a similar farm and be comfortable operating equipment and leading a crew. This position requires strong communication, leadership, organization, and good time-management. Spanish language, computer, or mechanical skills are all a plus. This is a position that the right candidate could grow into over the course of the season.
All positions are full-time (40-60 hrs/wk) and full season (April-December). Applicants for all of our positions should have an interest in efficient farm systems; be hardworking, reliable, and highly motivated. Preference will be given to folks interested in a multiple-year commitment. Competitive salaries will be offered, commensurate with experience. To learn more about the positions, or to apply, please send your letter of interest, detailing your experience, to email@example.com, or visit our website: www.nextbarnover.com
DAMASCUS FRESH AND LOCAL MARKET
MARKET MANAGER POSITION OPENING
The Damascus Fresh and Local Market is a non-profit community farmer’s market supported by the Committee for the Future of Damascus, an independent, 501-3 non-profit organization, seeking to serve the community through education, activities, and community-building. The market is in its third year of operation and provides a venue for local farmers, artists, educators, and entertainers. It is staffed entirely by volunteers. We also provide SNAP to our customers.
We are seeking a Market Manager for the summer of 2014. The market opens in May and runs through September every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm. It is located in the City of Damascus. Compensation will be approximately $1500 for the season. There will be potential to increase this amount based upon vendor recruitment. Details to be negotiated during the hiring process. The Market Manager will be overseen by the market committee.
Duties would include:
- Coordinate with the Damascus Fresh and Local Market committee to help plan and coordinate various aspects of the market such as publicity, signage, entertainment, market organization, and site development.
- Recruit vendors and process applications.
- Design the market layout and assign booth spaces.
- Oversee all aspects of the market day, in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the Vendor Guide. This may include managing setup, volunteers, entertainment, parking and the information booth as well as enforcing rules and collecting fees.
- Complete and deliver to the Treasurer an accounting of all funds collected/spent for each Market. This will be done weekly.
- Must be able to provide own transportation.
- Must be in good health and able to participate in market activities each week.
- Good organizational skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Must have a strong interest in community building
To apply: Please submit a Letter of Interest and current resume.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail: Damascus Fresh & Local Market
c/o Leslie Shalduha
PO Box 1084
Boring, Oregon 97009
Peterborough, New Hampshire
Co-Director: School Programs
Executive Summary: The Cornucopia Project plants the seeds for a lifetime of healthy eating by teaching the joys of growing food in school and community-based gardens. The Co-Director of School (CDS) programs has primary responsibility for managing Cornucopia’s school-based garden education program, and shares responsibility for managing the organization with the Co-Director of Community Programs.
The CDS teaches developmentally appropriate garden-based curriculum to first and second graders in eight ConVal District elementary schools. The program extends into 3rd to 5th grades in two of the schools, reaching more than 400 children in total. Cornucopia lessons are closely aligned to district-approved learning standards and tailored to enhance classroom teaching. During two seven-week spring and fall sessions, the CDS teaches part-time and supervises a full-time teacher. The Co-Director works closely with District and school administrators, teachers and parents to sustain the school gardens and programs.
In addition, this position shares joint responsibility with the Communities Co-Director for managing the organization and securing funding from foundations and donors, and has primary responsibility for overseeing Cornucopia’s budget and finances. Both Co-Directors report directly to the Board and represent Cornucopia to stakeholders and the community-at-large. This fulltime salaried position is based out of our office in Peterborough, NH.
Educational and School-based Responsibilities:
- The CDS provides educational leadership and strategic vision for Cornucopia’s school-based programs.
- Manages Grades 1 & 2 programs at eight ConVal elementary schools, as well as grades K through 4 at Hancock Elementary School and grades K through 5 at Dublin Consolidated School.
- Teaches part-time during two seven-week programs; recruits, trains and manages Cornucopia teacher and future interns.
- Works closely with teachers to purposefully blend district-approved academic standards and curricular guidelines with experiential garden-based learning culminating in annual harvest event.
- Manages and administers teaching contracts and oversees long-term program development.
- Supervises the management of school gardens; organizes and manages planting schedules; builds raised beds when needed; and procures and maintains gardening supplies and equipment.
- Establishes positive relationships with the ConVal school administration, teachers and PTO’s, and cultivates engagement and commitment to the gardens by building a strong volunteer and funding base at each school.
- Designs and executes program evaluation and assessment, and documents and reports on all school-based activities.
Organizational and Management Responsibilities:
- Works closely with Co-Director of Community Programs and Board to manage Cornucopia’s administrative, governance, and human and financial resources.
- Shares responsibility for staff recruitment, training and management.
- Assumes primary responsibility for foundation and grant-based fundraising and shares responsibility for identifying and pursuing individual donor, in-kind and program-related resource opportunities.
- Assumes primary responsibility for managing Cornucopia’s budgets and financial systems.
- Participates in external communications including public speaking, publications, policy and advocacy opportunities.
- Supports Cornucopia’s mission and is committed to promoting healthy and sustainable programs, organization and community.
- Certified teacher (New Hampshire or New England) with a minimum of 2 to 3 years of elementary school teaching experience. Experience with agricultural-based curriculum, organic food production and/or home gardening and knowledge of related science, health and food topics.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, staff management experience and ability to work collaboratively.
- Experience with managing organizational budgets and financial accounting systems.
- Outstanding time management, strategic and organizational skills.
- Track record of successful grant writing and fundraising experience. Continue reading
Peterborough, New Hampshire
School Garden Teacher
Executive Summary: The Cornucopia Project plants the seeds for a lifetime of healthy eating by teaching children, youth and adults the joys of growing food in school and community-based gardens.
The School Garden Teacher (SGT) is responsible for teaching Cornucopia’s elementary grade schoolbased garden education program in the Contoocook Valley School District in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. This is a salaried position that reports to the Co-Director for School Programs. The position is based at our office in Peterborough, NH.
- Teaches full time for 26 weeks which includes 7 weeks of programming (each spring and fall) of developmentally-appropriate garden-based curriculum to 1st and 2nd graders in 8 Contoocook Valley District elementary schools. The program extends into 3 rd to 5th grades in two of the schools, reaching a total of more than 400 children. There is a potential for additional employment during the summer.
- Cultivates a strong collaboration with classroom teachers to highlight and enhance existing academic curriculum, and engages students and encourages participation in every step of the ‘seed to table’ process.
- Responsible for executing program evaluation and assessment including student, teacher and parent surveys.
- Monitor, document and report on all school-based activities including the collection of relevant anecdotal and photographic accounts.
- Certified teacher (NH or New England) with at least 2 to 3 years experience teaching elementary school.
- Knowledge in agricultural-based curriculum and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening, and interest in related science, health and food topics preferred.
- Strong interpersonal skills and positive and collaborative attitude.
- Self directed with outstanding time management and organizational skills.
- Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills.
- Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage a variety of tasks and assignments.
- Computer skills: adept at MS Office (Word, Excel and PPT) and social media a plus.
- Must provide your own transportation among schools in the ConVal District and have offsite access to phone, email and internet.
Compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with education experience and includes a benefit package. Continue reading
Hillsdale, New York
SITE MANAGER: Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market at Roe Jan Park seeks individual for 2014 season (5/31-10/25) to set up, staff the market during operating hours, and break down; staff Manager’s table; oversee Community table; oversee guests and volunteers; point of contact for all customer, vendor and safety issues; manage vendor parking and space assignments; be “the face of the market”. Reliable transportation, cell phone required. For details and compensation info, email email@example.com
The Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market is seeking new local vendors of fresh fruit, ready-to-eat food, prepared food, “fine” baked goods, goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, poultry, lamb, fish (fresh or smoked), eggs, yogurt, milk, and micro brewed beer. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org