Hmong American Farmers Association hiring Farm Hand

St. Paul, Minnesota

Hmong American Farmers Association

TITLE:                                    Farm Hand

COMPENSATION:              $30-$40k plus generous benefits, This is a salary position- 40hrs./ week

SUPERVISOR:                    Farm Manager

The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a membership based, social justice minded nonprofit organization that works with Hmong American farmers in the Twin Cities and the surrounding metropolitan area. The mission of the organization is to advance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of these farmers and their families. Many Hmong farmers face numerous obstacles to farming, including lack of access to land, capital, training and alternative markets besides the farmers’ markets. Through cooperative farming, education and advocacy, HAFA works with Hmong farmers to create a path to wealth creation, not just income generation. HAFA was started by and is led by Hmong American farmers and uses an organizing approach to do its work.

HAFA is hiring an entry level Farm Hand to start immediately. The Farm Hand will report to the HAFA Farm Manager and work on the HAFA Farm, a 155-acre incubator and research produce farm located in Vermillion Township, Minnesota. A good candidate must be self-motivated, responsible, and hardworking. The candidate must also be willing to perform physical labor and work outside or in the fields. The position requires a minimum of 40 hours per week, but may require longer hours and work on the weekend.

The duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultivating soil, sowing crops, controlling weeds and harvesting crops;
  • Inspecting, maintaining or fixing equipment, structures, or projects on the farm;
  • Conducting ground and building maintenance on the farm;
  • Interacting with farmers to ensure compliance with HAFA Farm protocols and to ascertain farmers’ thoughts about the farm;
  • Preparing the farm for the September Open House.
  • Maintaining HAFA demonstration projects on bee hives, cover crops, pollinators, and pea trellises
  • Maintaining HAFA crops on such as watermelons, cucumbers and corn
  • Communicating with farmers, staff, and technical experts about HAFA research projects
  • Collecting soil and water samples and tests
  • Interacting with farmers to ensure compliance with HAFA Farm protocols and collect farmers’ ideas about the farm
  • Preparing the farm for annual events

Prospective candidates MUST have reliable transportation. Selected applicant is expected to work through the month of October. HAFA is an equal opportunity employer.  Ability to speak Hmong and knowledge of Hmong culture and customs is a plus.

If interested, please send your resume, cover letter, 3 references and a writing sample to: Zoe Hollomon at Zoe@hmongfarmers.com. Please put “Farm Hand Applicant” in the Subject Line.

Hmong American Farmers Association hiring Intern

St. Paul, Minnesota

Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA)

TITLE:  HAFA Intern

COMPENSATION:   $1200/month,   June – November 30th

SUPERVISOR:  Depending upon the assigned area, Farm & Research or Alternatives Markets, the supervisor could be the Executive Director, the Senior Organizer, or one of the HAFA Organizers.

The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a membership based nonprofit organization that works with Hmong American farmers in the Twin Cities and the surrounding metropolitan area. The mission of the organization is to advance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of these farmers and their families. Many Hmong farmers face numerous obstacles to farming including lack of access to land, capital, training and alternative markets besides the farmers’ market system. Through cooperative farming, education and advocacy, HAFA works with Hmong farmers and their families to create a path to wealth creation not just income generation.

This internship is an incredible learning opportunity for anyone looking to get first-hand experience pioneering a local food hub, piloting innovative sustainable agricultural practices, helping to solve challenges faced by farmers in the local food system, and helping to run a bourgeoning cooperative farm.

Expectations

HAFA interns are expected to work a minimum of 30hrs. a week on a number of assigned activities.  Interns should be prepared to work hard and in a variety of different weather conditions. Interns should arrive to work on time, complete their assignments efficiently, and act respectfully and professionally to fellow colleagues and farmers.

Responsibilities

All interns are expected to assist with the HAFA farm maintenance activities, which include land maintenance, loading and unloading produce and special events on the HAFA Farm. In addition, the following activities are areas of specialization for HAFA interns.

Alternative Markets Program (AMP)

  • Communicating with farmers and staff about upcoming orders and contract deliverables
  • Communicating with institutional partners and CSA members about upcoming orders and contract deliverables
  • Cleaning and maintaining the rinse station, packing shed and cooler area in accordance with food safety standards
  • Packing, loading, tracking, cleaning and maintaining all packaging, small equipment, materials, and protocols associated with the AMP in accordance with food safety standards
  • Washing, sorting, packing, loading and unloading produce for institutional sales
  • Conducting due diligence tests on farmers and their produce
  • Performing data entry
  • Other duties as assigned

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Hmong American Farmers Association hiring WWOOF Farming Intern

Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA)

TITLE:  WWOOF Farming Intern

COMPENSATION:   $1,200/month. + housing and amenities

SUPERVISOR:  The Senior Organizer/ Farm Manager

The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a membership based nonprofit organization that works with Hmong American farmers in the Twin Cities and the surrounding metropolitan area. The mission of the organization is to advance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of these farmers and their families. Many Hmong farmers face numerous obstacles to farming including lack of access to land, capital, training and alternative markets besides the farmers’ market system. Through cooperative farming, education and advocacy, HAFA works with Hmong farmers and their families to create a path to wealth creation not just income generation.

HAFA is pleased to be a host site for Worldwide Organic Farming Network (WWOOF) helping people interested in getting hands-on experience working and living on a farm.  We are excited to host a few WOOFers in 2015.

The Basics of WOOFing

WWOOF is a cultural and educational exchange program, through which WWOOFers learn about organic and sustainable agriculture, and farmers meet people interested in helping them grow organic foods. By opening your door to WWOOFers, you are welcoming people with diverse backgrounds from all over the U.S. and world.  Sharing different customs and lifestyles is a great part of the program that we encourage you to embrace.  Keep in mind that the folks you welcome to your farm would like to learn about organic farming, so please be actively involved and share your knowledge in a way that fosters the future of organic farming.

Hmong American Farmers Association WOOF Host Site Profile

The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a non-profit organization that was created in 2011 to serve, support and advocate for Hmong American farmers and their families. The HAFA Farm is a 155-acre research and incubator farm located in Hastings, Minnesota. HAFA sub-leases the land to small scale, family farmers and maintains multiple demonstration plots to teach Hmong farmers how to be better farmers, business operators and stewards of the environment. HAFA utilizes numerous sustainable agricultural practices on the farm including farming on the contour, planting pollinators, seeding grass roadways, composting, and using cover crops. The HAFA farm includes a fully weatherized house, with multiple bedrooms, a restored barn, indoor and outdoor washing stations, a commercial cooler, farm equipment and much more.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Cultivating soil, sowing crops, controlling weeds and harvesting crops;
• Inspecting, maintaining or fixing equipment, structures, or projects on the farm;
• Conducting ground and building maintenance on the farm;
• Interacting with farmers to ensure compliance with HAFA Farm protocols and to ascertain farmers’ thoughts about the farm;
• Preparing the farm for the September Open House.
• Maintaining HAFA demonstration projects on bee hives, cover crops, pollinators, and pea trellises
• Maintaining HAFA crops on such as watermelons, cucumbers and corn
• Communicating with farmers, staff, and technical experts about HAFA research projects
• Collecting soil and water samples and tests
• Interacting with farmers to ensure compliance with HAFA Farm protocols and collect farmers’ ideas about the farm
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Central Virginia Farm hiring Caretaker

We are a large property in central Virginia and we are in need of a caretaker/farm person.
Farm Hand/Caretaker
We are a private farm and primarily raise hay .  We plan to re-establish a fish farm that we had in the past.  There will be general property maintenance requirements.  We require that the individual will be able to service and repair our farm equipment as well as operate it.   We have 1000 acres with approx. 650 of that in timber.

Housing will be provided with fair compensation.

Job responsibilities would include:
Maintaining and repairing the various pieces of equipment on the farm:
-JD 5210 tractor
-JD 5075m tractor
-10 ft bush hog
-5 ft bush hog
-New Holland square baler
-New Holland round baler
-New Holland cutter/conditioner
-New Holland rake
-2013 4×6 JD gator
-Skag zero turn mower
-Cub cadet zero turn mower
-Chain saws, wood splitter, appliances
Generator maintenance
Maintenance of outdoor boiler
Repairing and maintaining farm infrastructure (ponds, roads)
General repair work (carpentry, minor electric and plumbing)
Mowing of fields
Haying of fields
Helping set up and maintain fish farm
Please contact candisse.reynolds@gmail.com if you are interested.

1034 Mushrooms hiring Intern/Apprentice

Raleigh, North Carolina

CATEGORY   Agriculture / Production

JOB TYPE   Internship/Apprentice

ORGANIZATION
1034MUSHROOMS IS A GROWING INDOOR-URBAN GOURMET MUSHROOM FARM LOCATED IN SOUTH RALEIGH, A STONE’S THROW FROM BOYLAN HEIGHTS, DIX, AND NC STATE.

JOB DESCRIPTION

20-30 hrs a week working for an urban indoor gourmet mushroom production company.
Like most farming, this job involves lots of physical labor and heavy lifting so applicants should be able to lift 50lbs or more.

No prior-experience necessary, but a love of learning and an interest in the art of growing mushrooms is a must!

Some possible tasks:
-shredding straw
-lifting bags and moving mushroom bags
-pasteurizing straw and other substrate
-cleaning chamber
-inoculating substrate
-cleaning equipment
-learning sterile technique
-attending farmer’s markets and other events if necessary
-harvesting and storing mushrooms

COMPENSATION   this position is PAID: stipend

HOW TO APPLY
Email info@ten34.com
Please send resume and a brief cover letter (email format is fine) explaining your interest, other commitments, availability, and career goals.

DEADLINE   May 31, 2015

Siena Farms hiring Retail Assistant

Boston, Massachusetts

Siena Farms’ Retail Assistant

We are seeking hardworking, high-energy, positive individuals who are motivated by a career interest in food and sustainable agriculture to join our team. Siena Farms Retail Assistants will be core team members of the year-round retail staff for our 75-acre vegetable farm. Retail Assistants will work closely with the managers and other members of the Siena Farms team to help professionally operate and grow retail sales at Siena Farms South End (106 Waltham St., Boston) and the Copley Square Farmers’ Market in Boston.

Retail Assistants will be held to high standards for organization, inter-managerial/crew communication, and work quality. We encourage a transparent and communicative working environment focused on respect and kindness for others, while maintaining a professional work ethic and schedule. A background in retail sales or customer service is required, as well as experience with, and passion for, farming and/or cooking.

The retail assistant position is a full-time, year-round position. Hours range from 40-50 hours per week, 4 or 5 days per week. Weekend availability is required. Compensation includes hourly wage, year-round CSA membership throughout period of employment, access to after-market produce, and employee discounts at Siena Farms South End, Oleana, Sofra, and Sarma.

Responsibilities

  • Greet customers and provide friendly and informed customer service
  • Maintain a high-level of product knowledge and be able to recommend products based on customer needs and desires
  • Perform daily retail sales using point-of-sale system
  • Follow all opening and end-of-day systems and protocols
  • Help maintain product display, product pricing and labeling
  • Maintain accurate invoices for chefs and other wholesale customers
  • Uphold a clean, organized working environment for customers and fellow co-workers

To Apply

Please email a letter of interest and a resumé to jobs@sienafarms.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Siena Farms hiring 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!