New York – Shekomeko Farms hiring Farm Crew

Shekomeko, New York

Shekomeko Farms

2017 Farm Crew Job Description

Shekomeko Farms is a new and expanding small-scale diversified organic farm in the hamlet of Shekomeko, NY, near Millbrook and Millerton. We are producing a diverse array of certified-organic vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, edible flowers, micro-greens, berries, fruit and honey. The primary goal of Shekomeko Farms is to provide delicious and thoughtfully curated produce and flowers directly to consumers both locally and in New York City. Our growing philosophy is based on best ecological practices for soil health and biodiversity, including cover cropping and low-till methods.

We focus on growing unique varieties selected for optimal flavor and work closely with a number of chefs to optimize our crop and variety mix. This season we will sell at farmers markets, local restaurants and stores, and a small CSA. We are also experimenting with advanced value-added processing and food preservation techniques in our on-site facility.

Shekomeko Farms is looking to fill multiple crew positions for the 2017 growing season, with potential for rapid advancement and year-round employment. We are looking for self-motivated individuals to join our farm team who are passionate about growing food and want to quickly take on management responsibilities. Given the start up nature of our operation, farmers will need to be able to efficiently perform a variety of job functions with high energy and a good sense of humor in all weather conditions alone or in a small group. Areas of work and responsibility will primarily be in production and may include propagation, planting, direct seeding, field prep, tractor work, equipment maintenance, cultivation, irrigation, trellising and harvest. In addition, motivated crew members will have the opportunity to expand into sales through delivery, both locally and to New York City, and farmers market sales.

Individuals must have strong organizational skills, be detail oriented and be able to streamline workflow. They must be able to follow all operational procedures to ensure we maintain quality and consistent production. Applicants should be able to lift and carry 50 lbs, and ideally have at least one season of experience on a farm. They should have reliable transportation to and from the farm, as well as workwear for all seasons. Availability to occasionally work weekends for markets and farm chores is preferred. Experience with tractors, equipment maintenance, construction and/or fruit production are all pluses.

Work is seasonal, full time from April to early November, with longer work hours in the high season. There may be opportunities for year round employment. Pay scale starts at $13-15/hour for less experienced crew member positions. Higher pay scale available for more experienced individuals. Part time applicants may be considered, particularly for farmer’s market work.

To apply, send an introductory letter, resume and 3 professional references to eh@shekomekofarms.com.

Notice:

The job duties, responsibilities, requirements and work conditions listed here are examples of the tasks that an employee may be required to perform, and Shekomeko Farms may revise this job description at any time for any reason. Shekomeko Farms provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants of any race, gender, age, sexual orientation or religion are encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

Massachusetts – Siena Farms hiring Apprentices

Sudbury, Massachusetts

2017 Apprenticeship at Siena Farms

We are seeking hard-working, committed, positive individuals who are motivated by a career interest in sustainable agriculture to join our 2017 team. Our apprentices participate in many of the farm’s daily operations, including facets of 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 flexible start and end dates between April and December. Hours range from 40-60 hours per week. Applicants should be prepared to lift upwards of 50lbs repeatedly and work in all weather conditions.  Previous farming experience is preferred but not required. Compensation includes hourly wage and farm vegetables. 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, and thinning

Harvest

  • Daily harvest of our 100+ varieties of vegetables, fresh herbs, and sunflowers
  • 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

Practical Training Sessions

  • Participation in bi-weekly EMass CRAFT farm-tours
  • Orientation to core farming topics and systems, including crop-planning, field-planning, marketing, soil fertility, pest and disease management, irrigation, and farm equipment.
  • 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!

New Hampshire – Applecrest Farm Bistro hiring Assistant Manager

Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

Applecrest Farm Bistro is looking for an Assistant Manager to join the Applecrest family.

If you are enthusiastic and energetic and would love to work at a 100+ year old farm and orchard then you should check out this great opportunity. 

The Assistant Bistro Manager assists the Bistro Manager with hiring, training, and directing the Barista/Bartenders, Servers, Bussers, Host/Hostess and Food Runners. In this role you will be leading and driving the guest service experience and assuring our guests thoroughly enjoy dining on the farm.

Candidates should have 1-2 years management experience in a fast paced restaurant or cafe.  HS diploma/GED required; culinary or college degree preferred.

Candidates should email a cover letter, resume and references to hello@farmbistro.com. Or stop by the farm.

Applecrest Farm Bistro. Inspired New England fare, grown and served on the farm. farmbistro.com

Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Urban Farm Manager

Staunton, Virginia

AMI Urban Farm Manager at VSDB

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) seeks an Urban Farm Manager to oversee the operations of a 3-acre farm site at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton, VA. The 3-acre site consists of a 1-acre vegetable farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom and kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plantings. AMI manages and operates the Urban Farm at VSDB, which provides students of all ages a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors. The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding communities. The incumbent will plan and carry out the continued development of the farm site based on the goals of the project, and work closely with the VSDB horticulture teaching staff to carry out garden-based education curriculum at the farm. The Urban Farm Manager is responsible for the organic,sustainable management of all operational aspects of farm production including: plant propagation, cultivation, succession planting, pest and nutrient management, harvesting, processing, distribution, quality and quantity control for all vegetative plantings, both perennial and annual.

The Urban Farm Manager position description and AMI Application Form is attached to this email.  In addition, those interested may visit AMI’s website athttp://www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org/ to view the complete Urban Farm Manager position description, download the AMI application form, and follow instructions to apply. 

When applying, please email a single compiled .pdf file that includes a cover letter, resume, AMI Application Form, and at least 3 professional references to:EDSearch@alleghenymountainschool.org.

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c) 3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer. 

Massachusetts – Slip Away Farm hiring Field Crew Member

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Slip Away Farm is a small-scale vegetable and flower farm located on Chappaquiddick Island on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. We are proud to be growing entirely on conservation lands, continuing a long history of agriculture on the Island. Our mission is to grow high-quality, organically produced vegetables and flowers while also building community for our island neighbors. We strive to maintain a financially, environmentally, and personally sustainable business.

We supply a 65-member vegetable CSA, a 30-member flower CSA, a weekend farm stand and a weekly farmer’s market booth at the West Tisbury market. We also sell produce and flowers wholesale to several Martha’s Vineyard businesses.

For the 2017 farm season, we are looking for a full time individual to join our field crew. This job is on average 40 hours a week Tuesday through Saturday June through late August or early September. Because we are a fairly small crew (only six of us at the most), this individual will experience all aspects of farming: seeding, weeding, harvesting, planting, pruning, etc. We want you to walk away from a season at Slip Away with a firm understanding of the methods used in small agriculture.

Requirements for this position include:

  • A valid drivers license
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and willingness to work in all weather conditions.
  • A positive attitude, flexibility, eagerness to learn, and good team spirit.
  • Ability to work efficiently alone or with others.
  • Willingness to prepare crew lunch once a week.
  • Ability to find housing on Martha’s Vineyard or Chappy. This can be very challenging in the summer season.

An ideal candidate would also have the following characteristics, although these are not required: 

  • Prior farm or other outdoor work experience.
  • Experience or interest in working with flowers.

How to Apply: 

Send a current resume, list of three references (at least two work related, one may be a personal reference), and a short statement outlining your interest in this position and your agricultural or outdoor experience to Lily at slipawayfarm@gmail.com by March 15

Utah – Green Urban Lunch Box hiring Americorps Position

Salt Lake City, Utah

The Green Urban Lunch Box is a non profit located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah. Our mission is to empower people to engage in local food production by using the resources available in their community. We do so by connecting people to a creative network of spaces and opportunities.

One of the ways we achieve this is through our FruitShare program where we, with the help of volunteers, harvest the unused fruit trees throughout the valley. The food is then split between the homeowner, the volunteers, and immediate hunger relief efforts, with a very small portion being sold to local businesses to increase our sustainability.
In partnership with the Utah Conservation Corps we are offering a 900 hr seasonal Americorps position. The member’s main tasks will include but are not limited to thinning and harvesting fruit trees while educating volunteers.
Please see this link for the full position description and information on applying. Thank you!

Maryland – Clark’s Farm hiring Vegetable Production Manager

Ellicott City, Maryland

Clark’s Farm is Hiring! 

Are you looking for a great farming opportunity? Do you want to grow vegetables and know there is a market for them? Do you want to help make decisions where and when to expand? Come join our farm and help us grown our produce operation and keep our customers satisfied!

Clark’s Farm is a family farm in central Maryland (Howard County). We run a summer vegetable garden, on farm retail store, and CSA. We also operate a petting farm and raise 100% grass fed beef and pasture raised pork.

www.clarklandfarm.com

www.facebook.com/ClarksProduce

Description: Clark’s Farm is looking for someone with produce growing experience to expand our organic produce operation. Our farm produce stand is open every day July 1 through Labor Day and our CSA runs for 12 weeks. There is plenty of room to expand here and we are looking for the right person to make that happen!

Job Duties: 

  • Planning, planting, and other garden prep (including tractor work)
  • Irrigation set up, weeding, trellising, harvesting, and packing
  • Prioritizing tasks for helpers during the busiest season
  • Plan, pick, and pack CSA
  • Be comfortable interacting with customers and working at farm market.

Qualifications: Positive attitude, self motivated, passionate, ready to share knowledge and to learn, hard working, time management skills, organizational skills. Must have farm experience with growing vegetables successfully.

Details: Approximate dates for employment March1-Nov 30, with year round work possible. Compensation will be based on experience.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for land to grow! We have the market, land, and capacity to grow our business. We are just looking for the right person to expand the operation!

If you are interested please send a message with a brief description of yourself and your interests, your resume, and/or questions to Nora at clarksbeef@gmail.com before March 4, 2017