Massachusetts – Norwell Farms hiring Vegetable Farmer

Norwell, Massachusetts

Seeking an Organic Vegetable Farmer at Norwell Farms

Our History

Norwell Farms is a 501c(3) non-profit community farm in Norwell, MA, a small town located about 25 miles south of Boston. We have a license from the Town of Norwell to farm on 7 acres at the Historic Jacobs Farm, and we are in our 8th year of operation. The nonprofit organization of Norwell Farms runs community events and educational programs at the farm and supports local organizations and food pantries to address food insecurity.

Opportunity Description

Norwell Farms is seeking an experienced, organic vegetable farmer who shares our vision to build a small-scale, organic, market garden at Jacobs Farm. In this model, the farmer might grow only higher value crops for two or three markets (e.g. CSA, Farm Stand, Wholesale), with the goal of obtaining higher yields per acre through building soils with compost and other amendments, reducing tillage, maximizing plantings per bed, and controlling weeds.

The vegetable farmer will have the advantage of starting with an established farm operation and “Norwell Farms” brand, which has become a household name in our surrounding South Shore community. Norwell Farms currently serves 100+/- member vegetable CSA, a farm stand, and wholesale accounts. In addition, our social media presence has grown to over 2,500 followers on Facebook and has over  ~1,300 newsletter subscribers.

At Norwell Farms, we have access to a historic barn for storage and distribution and other key infrastructure, including:

  • 10×10 ft. walk-in cooler
  • 26×72 ft. heated greenhouse with ventilation
  • Dodge van & storage for equipment
  • Existing CSA and market supplies
  • Two private wells and irrigation equipment

Role of the Vegetable Farmer:

  • Develop and implement a farm plan for a financially sustainable, organic vegetable farm operation with the goal of serving up to 100+ member Summer CSA and 30+ member Fall CSA, and seasonal farm stand hours
  • Partner with Norwell Farms Non-Profit Organization to achieve our goals by:
    • Providing vegetable donations in support of our food insecurity programs,
    • Maintaining the learning garden during the growing season in support of our educational programming,
    • Participating in community events in support of our mission to connect the community to the land, and
    • Maintaining the farm’s year-round appearance in support of our commitment to stewardship of the land and in compliance with town requirements.
  • Cooperate with the other stakeholders of Norwell Farms (e.g. Non-Profit, town officials, etc.)
  • Provide own primary tillage/cultivating equipment
  • Maintain appropriate insurance coverage

Requirements:

  • 5+ years organic, vegetable crop production
  • Understanding of whole-farm planning, crop rotation, soil enhancement methods, and general ecological principles
  • Experience running and maintaining farm vehicles, equipment, irrigation, and greenhouses
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Eagerness to partner with the non-profit arm of Norwell Farms
  • Previous experience running a CSA and hiring and managing farm staff preferred
  • Previous experience or interest in building a small scale, intensive farming operation

Salary and Benefits:

Farmer should consider their compensation and build it into their budget to be submitted with the farm plan.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume, interest letter, and three references to:

Norwell Farms, attn: Mari Creatini, P.O. Box 5434, Norwell, MA  02061
email: mari@norwellfarms.org
website: http://www.norwellfarms.org

 

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New York – Capital Roots hiring Seasonal Garden Organizer  

Troy, New York

Seasonal Garden Organizer

About Capital Roots

Capital Roots is striving to create a more vibrant and equitable food system in New York’s Capital Region. We work to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties. Our mission is to nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh healthy foods and green space for all.

TITLE:  Seasonal Garden Organizer

REPORTS TO: Community Gardening Program Manager

Capital Roots’ Community Gardening Program makes community food plots available to hundreds of gardening families across four counties in our 53 community gardens. The Seasonal Garden Organizer will welcome new and returning gardeners into the community gardening program and prepare the gardens for the 2017 growing season under the supervision of the Community Gardening Program Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Commitment to the mission of Capital Roots
  • Motivated and energetic person who enjoys working outside
  • Must have excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Must have a clean driving record
  • Community organizing and/or gardening experience preferred

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Register returning gardeners and conduct orientations for new participants
  • Gain firm understanding of Community Gardening Handbook (provided during staff orientation) to articulate general responsibilities of participating gardeners while addressing consumer
  • Generate maps and contact lists for program participants
  • Lead work parties in gardens
  • Site preparation and new garden development
  • Foster greater gardener involvement in program

SALARY & BENEFITS:

  • This is a full-time, temporary position (from January through June), paid at an hourly rate of $12/hr.

To learn more about Capital Roots, go to www.capitalroots.org. Capital Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We will not discriminate in our hiring on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Send cover letter and resume to:

Tara Quackenbush, Community Gardening Program Manager Capital Roots |594 River Street, Troy NY 12180 gardens1@capitalroots.org

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Ohio – Gorman Heritage Farm hiring Manager

Cincinnati, Ohio

Gorman Heritage Farm ​Crops, Grounds & Facilities Manager Application
Job Description
Job​ ​Title:​ ​Crops, Grounds & Facilities Manager
Reports​ ​to:​ ​Executive Director
Category:​ ​Full time
Classification​: Non-exempt
Beginning​ ​Pay​ ​Scale:​ $30,000 – $35,000 annually, depending on experience, plus benefits

Purpose

Plans, budgets, implements and evaluates the crop production programs of Gorman Heritage Farm working in collaboration with other GHF staff and the Land Use Committee. Manages crop production, use and sales. Manages Farmyard volunteers. Maintains grounds and facilities in conjunction with the Land Use Committee and volunteers. Supports the Gorman Heritage Farm mission, promotes membership and acts as an advocate for GHF.

Job​ ​Responsibilities

Create, manage and document annual and long range plans for crop production and orchard. Select crops appropriate for educational purposes, market, animal feed, pastures, and bedding. Plant, irrigate, tend, harvest, utilize on Farm and sell crops each season.
Work to replenish soil/maintain soil health through use of cover crops, on-farm compost and crop rotation.
Responsible for grounds maintenance of Gorman Heritage Farm including moving, trimming and snow
removal as needed.
Responsible for maintenance of buildings, fences and other structures in farmyard.
Annual and monthly program budgeting. Responsible for achieving budgeted revenues and maintaining
expenses.
Assure compliance with standards for safety, best practices and overall aesthetics of fields, trails, grounds and
facilities.
Work with Livestock Manager to assure pastures are suitable for grazing.
Provide education as needed for GHF school groups, tours, summer camps, adult education, visitors, exhibits
and demonstrations. Collaborate with Education and Program Managers assuring that the farm offers
exemplary adult, family and children’s educational programs and workshops.
Supervise volunteers (including AmeriCorps, volunteers, interns or stipend workers) working in the fields.
Attend weekly Farmyard meetings and monthly Land Use Committee meetings
Represent Gorman Heritage Farm with environmental, agricultural, and educational organizations both locally
and nationally. Stay up to date on current trends and new developments in the field.
Other duties as assigned
Education/Skills​

At least 5 years experience required. Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is a plus.
Collaborative leadership style and strong team player.
Strong oral communication skills. Fun personality. Proficient in public speaking.
Ability to work with and teach a variety of ages.
Computer skills required but not limited to: Google Suite.
Nonprofit experience preferred but not required.
Physical​ ​demands​

This position requires very strenuous physical activities. The work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather.

Equipment​ ​operated​

Tractors, cultivator, baler, manure spreader, combine and other farm equipment as well as zero turn mower, hand tools, copier, telephone, and other equipment found in office, farm and teaching environment.

Visit https://form.jotform.com/73164335492155 to apply

Virginia – Project GROWS hiring Education Manager

Verona, Virginia

Job Description
Title: Education Manager (part-time 30hrs/wk)

Reports to: Executive Director

Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, garden-based education and 2) access to healthy local food. Project GROWS cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 25,000 pounds of food each year. We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.

General Statement of Responsibilities
The Education Manager (EM) will be responsible for coordinating and implementing all aspects of education programming at Project GROWS. The EM will implement programming at the farm and partner sites including but not limited to curriculum development and modification, on-site instruction, in-school instruction, and the development of learning gardens in the community. Along with the Farm Manager, the EM will supervise and mentor youth staff and education interns including Fellows from the Allegheny Mountain Institute. In addition, the EM will be expected to participate in ongoing design, planning, and maintenance of farm. The EM will:

·         Manage and collaborate with other staff, interns, and volunteers to provide nutrition, gardening, and cooking instruction to youth and adult participants at Project GROWS

·         Manage and collaborate with staff, interns, and community partners to modify and implement food education taking place at partner agency sites and farmer’s markets and at community events

·         Meet with youth staff and intern(s) on a weekly basis to discuss performance and growth and provide him/her with any support and assistance he/she may need

·         Develop systems for tracking quantitative and qualitative data in order to accurately measure the impact of educational programs and make necessary adjustments to the programs

·         Develop resources and aids to accompany lessons, working toward a holistic learning experience that takes a student from the classroom, to the farm, and beyond

·         Manage all aspects of communication with local school systems, including teachers, administrations and nutrition directors, facilitating and managing field trips, staff visits, and farm to school activities

·         Develop and implement workshops on nutrition and gardening in the community throughout the year

·         Develop new lessons and strategies for connecting children to nature, including a comprehensive summer camp curriculum

·         Serve as the liaison and coordinator for the Youth Education Committee (a committee of the Project GROWS Board), and recruit community partners as members

·         Participate regularly in farm maintenance and farmer’s market management, as needed

·         Work closely with the farm manager to develop education-focused spaces throughout the farm

·         Coordinate the monthly Project GROWS newsletter and manage other social media as required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Most importantly, Project GROWS seeks a flexible individual who is willing to take part in all PG responsibilities and be part of a dynamic team. Specifically for this position, Project Grows seeks an individual who is comfortable with and knowledgeable in development of curriculum, effective instructional strategies, and an interest in providing appropriate classroom management in a garden setting.  Has experience and knowledge of working with children and youth from diverse backgrounds. Possesses strong interpersonal skills and an ability to manage various community relationships. Is very organized and has strong communication skills including managing a high volume of email requests in a timely manner and coordinating all scheduling. In addition, knowledge of the flow of a full season in a production garden and a basic knowledge of Permaculture and/or sustainable food production is a plus. All Project GROWS’ staff must be able to lift 50 lbs and work outside in physically demanding environments.

 

Physical Attributes and/or Environmental Issues
The position is very much a “textured” position requiring of the Education Manager to be both comfortable in an outdoor setting engaging plants, comfortable working independently in an office setting, as well as comfortable providing instruction and/or workshops to youth on and off-site.

Other Requirements:
·         Cell phone communication

·         Frequent computer and internet access

·         Reliable transportation

·         A valid driver’s license

·         Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

·         Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

Compensation
This is a year-round, 30 hr/wk position. Benefits include paid time off and a share of farm produce. Weekend availability is required for special education events and occasional farmer’s markets (May through September). This is a paid position starting at $15-$18 an hour negotiable based on experience.

TO APPLY
Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to Jenna Clarke, Executive Director, at jenna@projectgrows.org.

Pennsylvania – Old School Farm hiring Farm Manager

Pennsylvania

Bio-diverse organic farm in Northeastern Pennsylvania is looking for a multi-talented individual to run a 50 acre farm with 1 acre under cultivation. Focus will be on managing two seasonal interns, maintaining property, and growing vegetable crops for wood-fired pizza events from May – October (we have someone to manage the pizza nights) House provided in the town of Honesdale – 10 minutes from farm. Housing in farmhouse on site during summer is possible.  Work to start in Feb/Mar or possibly sooner for the right candidate. Please send resume and cover letter to info@oldschoolfarm.com   Learn more at OldSchoolFarm.com  Compensation negotiable

Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Advanced Interns

Various Locations, Oregon

RFC’S ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Are you ready to take your education and training to the next level and kick start your farming career? RFC’s Apprenticeship Program is the next step towards learning to manage and run a diversified farming operation.

The Apprenticeship Program is an advanced on-farm program combining hands-on training and skills-based education for those seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture.

This full-immersion program is designed for those who have completed RFC’s Internship Program, or have two years of on-farm experience. You will live and train full-time on a host farm, receive up to two seasons of on-farm training, and learn in-depth skills from your mentor farmer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG
ON-FARM TRAINING AND HANDS-ON LEARNING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)

RFC’s Apprenticeship Program is designed for the individual who already has a solid foundation of farm knowledge and skills but is looking to deepen their experience managing a successful farm business with the goal of running their own farm enterprise. The majority of the program will be focused on learning by doing.

Over time, you will be expected to share responsibilities with the farmers. These tasks will generally include overseeing farm crews and harvest crews, processing, tractor cultivation, field walks and observation, record keeping, product deliveries, marketing, irrigation, and general farm maintenance.

CLASSES AND SEMINARS

In addition to the hands-on training provided by the host farm, apprentices will attend a series of classes facilitated by RFC, Oregon State University Extension’s Small Farms Program, and other agricultural service agencies.

Topics may include:

• Farm and Production Planning: Crop Plan, Tillage Plan, Seeding Plan, Cover Cropping
• Pest & Disease Management: IPM, Farmscaping, Organic Treatment Methods
• Seed Production, Variety Selection, Stewardship
• Conservation/ Restorative Agriculture: No Till, Hedgerows, Restoration Techniques, Dryland Farming
• Food Safety & Post-harvest Handling
• Irrigation Methods + System Design + Repairs
• Soil Health Management: Fertility + Nutrient Management Plan, Soil Science, Soil Test Interpretation
• Tractors and Equipment: Implements, Maintenance + Repair
• Animal Systems and/ or Perennial Systems, Pastures, Integrating Veg/Animal, Holistic Management
• Farm Carpentry and Building Infrastructure
• Managing People on the Farm, Labor Costs, Communication Systems
• Scaling Up + Exploring Distribution Channels
• Marketing: Market Research/ Assessment & Niche Selection
• Certification Programs + Record keeping
• Insurance Needs and Considerations
• Overview of Farm Business Planning, Visioning, Legal + Business Structure Considerations
• Enterprise Selection & Diversification, Evaluating and Improving Profitability
• Farm Finances- Financial Preparedness, Bookkeeping, Creative Financing & Funding Panel
• Accessing Land- Leasing Land, Purchasing Land, Working with Land Trusts & Conservation Easements, Oregon FarmLink, Networking Opportunities, Accessing Service Providers

ONE-ON-ONE FARM DEVELOPMENT COUNSELING

Rogue Farm Corps staff will work closely with you to identify additional course work and resources to support your entrepreneurial development.

PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKING

You will have the opportunity to meet and network with local farmers and agricultural professionals in the community you are working in. Rogue Farm Corps will organize farm tours and will host potluck discussion circles to bring together folks from across the farming community.

PROGRAM DETAILS

The Apprenticeship Program will run for up to two full farming seasons. You will complete up to 3,000 hours of on-farm time over the course of two seasons. Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. In any case, you can expect safe, secure housing, farm produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend in the range of $700-1000 or an hourly wage.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG

Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Interns

Various Locations, Oregon

Are you looking to start a career in sustainable agriculture? RFC’s Internship Program is a great launching point for beginning farmers and ranchers with little or no previous experience.

The Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture.

As an intern, you will live and train full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from your mentor. Your residential farm training experience is combined with farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as opportunities for independent study. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities.

TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG

ON-FARM TRAINING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)

The Internship is a hands-on learning experience. The vast majority of your time will be spent learning by doing. You will train alongside your mentor and independently to develop skills while accomplishing daily tasks that move your host farm along through the season.

Rogue Farm Corps works closely with farm mentors to provide you with a skill-based curriculum that is unique to your host farm.  Our Chapter Coordinators will conduct formal on-site evaluations with interns and host farmers to ensure that your education and training goals are being met.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: CLASSES, FARM TOURS, AND DISCUSSIONS (~3-5 TIMES PER MONTH)

To augment your training and learning at your host farm, you will join other interns in your local region for classes that teach practical skills as well as foundational concepts and knowledge, farm tours, discussion circles and potlucks throughout the agricultural region. These are led by Rogue Farm Corps staff, agricultural professionals, and expert farmers. You can expect a variety of teaching approaches and locations, from traditional classroom settings to experiential on-farm settings.

INDEPENDENT PROJECTS (~1-2 HOURS PER WEEK)

During the course of the farming season, every intern will complete an independent project, submit a report and make a short presentation at the end-of-season Closing Dinner. Examples of previous independent projects include raising a small flock of ducks for market, constructing a root crop storage room, developing recipe cards for market customers, and building an outdoor cob oven.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

The Internship Program begins somewhere between March 15 and April 15 and concludes somewhere between October 15 and November 15 depending on your host farm.

Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. In any case, you can expect safe, secure housing, farm-produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend. Each host farmer determines the details.

To successfully complete the program, you will complete 1,000 to 1,500 hours of on-farm training time, submit weekly reflective journal entries, complete an independent project, and attend all outlined classes and farm tours.

TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG