Round Right Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Terra Alta, West Virginia

Want to feel a strong connection to the land on a regular basis? Want easier access to great food? Are you looking for a meaningful way to make a living? No matter what your background experience, farming can become a calling. We grew up in the suburbs and worked in corporations, academia, and the arts before turning to life on a farm. Now we’re entering our ninth season as full-time farmers. Every day brings its own unique problems and solutions; there’s always something new to learn. Come join our team and discover what real food tastes like and what real work feels like. You might just find that you’re a farmer at heart.

Round Right Farm raises vegetables and meats following organic practices. We attend weekly farmer’s markets, have a 250 member CSA and sell to restaurants. We are also innovating new concepts in local food sales. For example, through our online CSA, our members have the option of choosing exactly what goes in their box (share) each week. We are located near the tri-state intersection of MD, WV and PA, 10 miles NW of Oakland, MD.

Round Right Farm is currently looking to hire Apprentices, Interns, a Greenhouse Manager and Farm Hands for the 2015 season. Please visit our website for more information: www.roundrightfarm.com/pages/jobs.

Rogue Farm Corps’ FarmNOW Program seeking Applicants

Various locations, Oregon

Applications Open for Rogue Farm Corps’ FarmsNOW Program

FarmsNOW is an advanced training program that is designed for the student who has a solid foundation of farm knowledge, skills, experience, and the goal of running their own farm enterprise. This program will take beginning farmers to the next step, prepping them for running a successful independent business. FarmsNOW is designed for those seeking mastery in the art and business of farming—the program will dig deep into planning, designing and running integrated farming systems.

The program has three areas of educational focus:

Field-based training and hands-on learning

The majority of the program will be focused on learning by doing. Over time, the students will be expected to share responsibilities with the farmers. These responsibilities could include overseeing transplant crew and harvest crew, helping with wash and pack, tractor cultivation, field walks and observation, record keeping, produce deliveries, setting up and running farmers markets and general farm maintenance.

Practical skills and business classes and seminars

In addition to the hands-on training provided by our host farms, students will attend a series of classes facilitated by RFC and Oregon State University Small Farms Program.

Classroom and seminar topics may include:

  • Managing labor & human resources
  • Choosing & maintaining farm equipment
  • Designing irrigation systems
  • Enterprise selection & diversification
  • Integrating perennial & annual cropping systems
  • Post-harvest handling/food safety
  • Long-term soil fertility/advanced soil science
  • Book-keeping/income & expense tracking/cash flow

Peer to peer networking

Students in FarmsNOW will have the opportunity to meet and network with local farmers and agricultural professionals. RFC will organize farm tours and will host potluck discussion circles to bring together partners from across the agricultural community.

Based in four locations throughout Oregon, RFC brings together hands-on training, classroom learning and farm-based experience on a diverse network of commercial family farms to provide opportunities for beginners to train to launch their own farm business.

The next two-year cohort begins in March of 2015. To find a complete FarmsNOW program description, information on our host farms, and an application, please visit:http://roguefarmcorps.org

Rogue Farm Corps FarmsNext hiring Interns

Various Locations, Oregon

FarmsNext is a full season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. Through an innovative and cooperative model, FarmsNext combines up to 1500 hours of field training with a mentor farmer, 75 hours of classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, 15 tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study on a diverse network of commercial family farms across Oregon’s agricultural communities. Chapter locations include the Rogue Valley, South Willamette, Portland and Central Oregon.

FarmsNext is an immersive experience that will leave students with a deeper understanding of sustainable agriculture, a foundation of entrepreneurial skills, and practical knowledge to plan for and start their own farming operation.  Students will live and work full-time on a host farm, receive ongoing training, and learn in-depth skills from their mentor farmer.

The companion classroom component, farm tours, discussion circles, and independent study will deepen the experience and expose students to the vast array of knowledge and expertise in our farming community. In addition, students in FarmsNext are offered an unparalleled sense of community and social networking as they engage in the daily life of a vibrant agricultural economy.

FarmsNext offers opportunity for hands-on training in:

•    Organic vegetable, herb, seed and flower production at various scales.

•    Marketing techniques, including direct marketing through farmers markets, restaurant sales and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.

•    Raising livestock, including cattle, goats, poultry, sheep, and hogs.

•    Farmstead dairying, including cheese making, with cows and goats.

•    Farm-based education and agri-tourism opportunities.

Education Components:

1. Field-based training and on-farm work experience (30-40 hours/week)

The majority of this program is focused on learning by doing, while under the close supervision and mentorship of your host farmer. Students will work both cooperatively with the host farmer and independently to develop skills and accomplish the daily tasks and farm work. These tasks will vary according to each host farm and it’s production methods.

Students will be provided with skill-based training curriculum unique to their host farm site. Host farmers will offer close supervision and consistent mentoring to promote mastery of the basic skills needed to operate their farm. Students will be exposed to all aspects of the farm operation and develop skills throughout the season. Students will be expected to keep a weekly reflective journal on what they are learning and experiencing. Two times per season, RFC’s Chapter Coordinators will conduct on-site evaluations to ensure that the education and training goals are being met and agreements are being honored.

2. Practical Skills Classes (Weekly at beginning of the season, followed by two to three classes per month)

Students in the FarmsNext program will join together for group classes and lectures taught by agricultural professionals from Oregon State University and expert farmers. Some classes are held in a traditional classroom setting, while others are held in the field.

3.  Farm tours (2-3 times a month throughout the farming season)

Once the farming season is underway, students will have the opportunity to meet, observe, learn and potentially work with other farmers in the local community.  Farmers will lead a farm tour while incorporating time for questions, discussions, and demonstrations, allowing for students to have a more interactive learning experience.  These farm tours and on-farm classes will expose the students to a number of different operations, techniques and farming styles. Continue reading

Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation hiring Director of Education

Job Posting

Freeport, Maine

Director of Education

Position Summary

A pioneer in sustainable agriculture since the 1960s, Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation (WNFF) 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 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 food system.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation believes strongly in the power of experiential education, and uses our special campus to bring people of all ages to the farm for immersive and powerful hands-on learning experiences. WNFF is seeking a visionary, energetic, entrepreneurial, organized and charismatic education leader who will guide the organization’s farm-based education programming through a period of significant growth, and leadthe organization to become a nationally recognized innovator and leader in experiential, farm-based education.

The Director of Education (DoE) will play a key role on the Foundation’s senior leadership team, will report directly to the Foundation’s Executive Director and will collaborate closely with Foundation Staff as well as with the Board of Directors to provide inspirational and strategic direction to all Education programming at Wolfe’s Neck Farm. The DoE will connect with other agriculture and education related partners and organizations throughout the region to design, promote and execute programs for a range of age groups that teach all aspects of sustainable agriculture; all the while supporting a stronger local and regional food system. The DoE will be responsible for identifying, designing and successfully launching a range of new, innovative educational offerings aligned with the Foundation’s mission, in addition to strengthening the focus and implementation of current programming.  This is a terrifically exciting opportunity for the right individual to join a growing organization at the launch of a new Strategic Vision.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide inspirational and effective overall leadership, management, and coordination, of current youth and family programs, including curriculum development and customization
  • Be an entrepreneurial organizational leader who can proactively work with the Executive Director, Board and other key partners to identify strategic opportunities for new education programs, identify needed resources and successfully launch and implement these programs
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise and support full-time and seasonal education staff
  • Oversee the financial management of education programs, setting reasonable targets and ensuring that educational programs are operated according to the approved budget
  • Work closely with key staff at the farm, especially marketing, to ensure education program business goals (including registration numbers) are achieved
  • Identify, seek and secure targeted grant funding that supports strategic organizational objectives and facilitates program growth and impact.
  • Design, implement and evaluate regular program reviews to ensure the Education program’s goals of  customer satisfaction  and learning outcomes are met
  • Work closely with other departments (especially agriculture/farming staff) to ensure that education programs are well integrated into other aspects of the farm’s operations, and taking advantage of possible organizational synergies
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of the latest developments in the field of sustainable food systems and agriculture, as well as experiential education, and evolve and improve program curriculum to ensure that WNFF is “best in class” and a leader in experiential education
  • Be proactive in developing and managing relationships with key partner organizations, including other non-profits and schools, to help strengthen existing programs and identify opportunities for new programs.
  • Work closely with Staff, Board and consultants to design and create physical spaces that facilitate learning.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Five–plus years progressive leadership and management in a classroom or in an experiential education setting, preferably in a farm-based setting.
  • A strong interest in and knowledge of the food system, sustainable agriculture, and the natural environment.
  • A demonstrated passion for the field of experiential education and to inspiring future generations
  • Strong desire to be part of a dynamic, entrepreneurial work environment and a growing, farm-based non-profit organization.
  • Bachelors Degree in Education, Agriculture, Environmental, or a related field. Related Advanced degree is desired but not required.

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McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm hiring Lead Farm Manger

Muskegon, Michigan

Urban Farm Manager Position Opening in Muskegon, Michigan
 
Muskegon, Michigan’s McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm is hiring a Lead Farm Manager.  McLaughlin Grows is a program of the downtown Muskegon non-profit Community enCompass, a community development organization in core city Muskegon.  McLaughlin Grows is a community-based social enterprise with a mission to:
• Provide employment to local residents by offering job training opportunities as well as the development of entrepreneurial and business skills
• Transform the local food system by providing neighborhood residents with access to nutritious, affordable, organic produce
• Build a healthy neighborhood by creating green space, promoting social interaction and
fostering a sense of community
This is an opportunity to get involved with an amazing community and run one of West Michigan’s premier urban farms!
Please see the McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm Manager full description for more information, applications are due to Sarah Rinsema-Sybenga (sarah@communityencompass.org) by December 19th at 5 PM.

Learn more about McLaughlin Grows at:

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Sacred Foods Farm hiring Partners

Keysville, Virginia

Sacred Foods Farm Seeking Partners

Worker-owned farm business emerging at Sacred Foods Farm. We seek partners with compatible vision, commitment, and energy to heal the land, grow nutrient dense food, and build a thriving farm business.

Sacred Foods Farm comprises 111 acres in Keysville, Virginia, located halfway between Richmond and Lynchburg.  We seek partners with appropriate experience to launch a poly-culture pasture and woodland farm.  Profit centers include apiary, pastured poultry and water fowl, pigs in oak glens, no-till garden, and grass-based dairy. Partners will work together to plan, manage, produce, process, and direct market nutrient dense foods.  Partners will share profits.

Housing available on farm.

Please send letter of introduction to elinorsparks@gmail.com.  Feel free to include any questions you may have of this unique opportunity.

You can find us on Facebook at Sacred Foods Farm.

Gibbet Hill Farm hiring Apprentices

Groton, Massachusetts

About Gibbet Hill Farm

Gibbet Hill Farm (http://www.gibbethillfarm.com/) is a 3 acre sustainably-grown vegetable and berry farm located in Groton, MA.  We also raise a small amount of grass-fed lamb (5-10 head).  The farm is part of the Webber Restaurant Group and is dedicated solely to supplying produce and meat to the 5 chefs within the restaurant group.  Two of the venues (Gibbet Hill Grill and The Barn at Gibbet Hill) are located on the farm and customers are highly encouraged to hike the walking trails and visit with the farmers and livestock.  The other venues are located in Hingham and Burlington, MA.  This is a very exciting time for the farm as we are planning to increase acreage with the help of a local private school, and expand our crop plan by adding a small heirloom apple orchard, blueberries and flowers this season.

We are now taking applications for 2 apprentices to work side-by-side with the farm manager at the forefront of the farm-to-restaurant movement in New England.  The apprentices will be an integral part of all day-to-day operations, including greenhouse seeding, field planting, tractor skills, soil health, weed and pest management, harvesting, livestock chores, care of perennial fruit crops, and the necessary quality-controls required for growing for restaurants.  Apprentices will also be driving the deliveries to the Hingham and Burlington restaurants and will be tending to a small raised bed garden at one of the off-site locations.  Apprentices will also help lead any volunteer or student groups that come to work on the farm.

Qualifications

Gibbet Hill Farm is a small farm with a big heart and is part of an amazing larger family in the restaurant world!  The farm manager here has a lot of enthusiasm and energy and is looking for a team that is just as enthusiastic and loves to farm no matter what the conditions.  We are looking for individuals who are energetic, friendly, and passionate about a career in sustainable agriculture and producing really good food.  Individuals must be excited for the physically demanding schedule, tasks, and pace of the farm season.  Ideally, you are someone who loves working hard towards a great goal, has an awesome positive attitude, works well both in a team and independently, and has 1 year of experience working on a production farm.  Being punctual and having good time management skills are key.  You must be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly and have a valid driver’s license.

Hours

The apprenticeship will run from the beginning of April until the beginning of November.  The hours worked/week will fluctuate with the growing season, ranging from 35-55 hours/week, 5 days a week.  Apprentices are required to cover weekend chores on a rotational basis.  A maximum of 5 unpaid vacation days are available to be taken all at once or spread out through the season.

Compensation

The position pays $10/hr plus overtime ($15/hr for any hour over 40) and produce from the farm.  A free staff meal is served everyday in the restaurant at 3pm, which is available for you to have as a take-home meal.  Discounts are available at all the restaurants.  Free admittance to the 2 farm-to-table dinners is provided.  Apprentices will be highly encouraged to attend the biweekly emassCRAFT meetings to further their learning experience and have a $100 stipend to use at one of the local farming conferences.  There is no on-farm housing available.

Applying

Interested persons should email a resume and cover letter to Farm Manager, Molly DellaRoman at molly@gibbethill.com.