Massachusetts – Land’s Sake hiring Fall Farmstand Manager

Weston, Massachusetts

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit farm located in Weston, MA that strives to connect individuals to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship. The seasonal Farmstand serves as the hub of the farm from June to October, and each year we assemble an awesome team to sell our vegetables, guide and educate our community, occasionally battle chipmunks, and have a lot of fun doing it.

A successful Fall Farmstand Manager will possess an interest in sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and/or cooking. They will be efficient and detail oriented in their work. As a point of contact for Land’s Sake, Farmstand staff are trained about the farm’s many offerings, in order to communicate with customers as to how they can become involved with activities within the organization. Great customer service skills, an ability to work quickly and efficiently, and a good sense of humor are vital this position.

Responsibilities:

●      Shift Work

  • Set up and breakdown Farmstand on assigned days
  • Maintain produce quality throughout the day (i.e. temperature control, hydration)
  • Learn produce varieties, growing standards and farmstand products
  • Operate cash register, scales, and occasionally share cash counting duties

●      Inventory Management

  • Work with the Farm Manager to select produce and quantities for the Farmstand
  • Conduct product pickup runs, using one of the farm trucks
  •  Place all orders and adjust standing orders as needed
  • Update two inventory systems, weekly

●      Team Management

  • Supervise and assist all staff members
  • Make the monthly schedule
  • Fill in for shifts in case of illness or emergency

●      Marketing

  • Publish the weekly Farmstand Newsletter
  • Update the Farmstand webpage
  • Produce marketing materials as needed

●      Other

  • Data reporting as needed
  • Farmstand maintenance
  • Packing the Farmstand for the season at the end of October
  • Planning and executing the Pre-Thanksgiving sale for November

Qualifications:

  • Personable customer service skills
  • Cash handling experience
  •  Be willing and able to work in all weather conditions, stand for long periods of time, and bend and lift up to 50 pounds

Employment Dates:

  • August 1 to October 30, with additional available hours in November
  • Farmstand hours are 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Weekend availability is a must, and flexible schedules will be considered
  • Approximately 30-35 hours per week are required for this position

Compensation:

  • Dependent on experience
  • As much free produce as you can eat
  • Discount on other products sold at the Farmstand

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to klukas101@gmail.com.

Virginia – Baiunm Foundation hiring Farm Manager

Middleburg, Virginia
Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture seeks a Farm Manager to establish a new nonprofit agricultural operation in Middleburg, Virginia. Bainum Foundation Farm is a 263 acre farm enterprise managed by Arcadia in partnership with the Bainum Family Foundation. The Farm Manager will be an Arcadia employee with the responsibility for operating and managing the farm in a manner that builds and enhances the reputation of both organizations.
Bainum Foundation Farm is being developed on property that had been a horse operation. The Farm is being developed with new and updated farm buildings, new farm equipment, and new and updated infrastructure. Current plans for the Farm include 7 new acres in annual fruit and vegetable production in 2017, with plans to expand up to 15 acres in the following years. The 7 acres are being prepared during the 2016 season. Additional use of the 263 acres will be determined via a long-term planning effort in which the Farm Manager will participate.
The Farm Manager will be responsible for all aspects of farm management, including crop planning, developing annual operating budgets, ordering supplies, planting/seeding, tillage, cultivation, harvest and packing, and record-keeping. The Farm Manager will be responsible for maintaining all farm equipment and the management of all farm infrastructure. Bainum Foundation Farm is not certified organic, but all production will be performed using sustainable production methods.
This is a full-time, salaried position with an negotiable annual rate that will be commensurate with experience. On-site housing is available as part of the compensation package. Applications will be reviewed as they are received with a desired start date by November 2016.
Arcadia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to diversity in the workplace. People of color, LGBTQ and multilingual people are encouraged to apply.
Visit our Arcadiafood.org for a complete job description application instructions.
Please direct all questions to Matt Mulder, Director of Operations, by email at info@arcadiafood.org.

Powisset Farm hiring Farm Crew Members

Dover, MA

Farm Crew
Multiple Positions Available
Powisset Farm

About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 40,000 members.

The Trustees Farms:

The Trustees farms have rich history in New England agricultural communities, from the oldest dairy farm to Amelia Peabody’s legendary farm, there are deep roots.   Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, and historic farm buildings are part of our pastoral landscape.  Today, our farms still retain their bucolic quality and have also become well known for their CSA (community supported agriculture) operations.  By purchasing a CSA share, members help to create community around our farms and their commitment to locally grown produce. They receive vegetables each week throughout the growing season, and participate in our pick-your-own crops as well, like fruits, flowers, and herbs.  In addition, our farms donate produce to local hunger relief partners each week in order to make sure that our produce reaches as many people as possible.  At The Trustees we are committed to growing our community by connecting people to food and the land on which it grows.  We host farm events, volunteer opportunities, grassroots workshops, farm tours, and work-for-share opportunities.

 Position Summary:

There are two positions available. Position one is Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM starting in July   and expected to end in late-October. Position two is Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM starting in August and expected to end in late-October. An extended season may be available for either of these positions.

As a part time farm worker, the majority of your time will be spent weeding and harvesting, with occasional work on other projects such as planting, tomato twining or various field tasks.  Most of these activities require working on your hands and knees for hours, or in crouched positions that are sometimes uncomfortable.  The job requires strength to carry bins of harvested vegetables down long rows.  You will be required to work in rain or shine, and in the humid, hot days of summer.   You must also be able to be content doing repetitive tasks for several hours or days at a time.

This is not an educational position; this is a manual labor position.  We will, of course, teach you the basics of the work that you will be doing, whether it is weeding, thinning, harvesting, planting or any other project that comes up.  However, we will not formally teach you about crop planning or farm management and you will not be instructed on any of our tractors.  We will also be directing you with very specific tasks that will most likely not have too much room for interpretation.  In summary, it is a challenging job but also a very rewarding one, and can be an excellent fit for the right person!

Essential Functions:

  • Hand Weeding
  • Transplant seedlings to field
  • Harvest crops
  • Trellis tomatoes
  • Helping with special projects at the farm
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

 Qualifications:

This position is great for someone who is a hard worker, excited to work outside for the summer, and who enjoys being in a community of people who are passionate about farming, food and the local organic movement.  We hope that you are a kind, fun, easy-going person.  We enjoy conversations in the fields, sudden bursts of song, high fives and coworkers with positive attitudes.  We are excited to expand our crew this season to include someone who thinks that they might be a great candidate for this farm and position.

The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

APPLY NOW – Farm Crew

Click here to see all job opportunities at The Trustees of Reservations

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team.  We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

Chestnut Hill Farm hiring Farm Apprentice

Southborough, MA

Farm Apprenticeship-Late Season
Chestnut Hill Farm

About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.

Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places.  Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special.

Position Summary:

Chestnut Hill Farm is in its 2nd year as a CSA farm on a myriad of crop fields, pastures, rolling hills and woods on 130 acres. Located in Southborough, MA the farm is only a few minutes from the commuter rail which gets you to Boston in under an hour; Hopkinton State Park with is glorious lake; and all the hustle and bustle of the growing towns of Westborough, Northborough and Marlborough.

Farming 12 acres of vegetables this year, we are continuing to grow- breaking new ground and building systems from the ground up to create a new community farm with an active CSA and farm store. Under the leadership of a dynamic and experienced grower, this season will provide a unique learning experience for apprentices, as you will be able to be a part of a growing farm operation still in its infancy. We have a small tree fruit orchard, a small flock of chickens and our farmer also has a small herd of charismatic dairy goats that rotationally graze around the farm. Our apprenticeship is a well-rounded experience for anyone interested in diverse farming opportunities.

Our summer season apprenticeship offers the unique opportunity for someone to jump into the farm world during the height of the season, and work for a few months until the end of the season. We are seeking people who are excited or interested in sustainable farming and eager to take on the physically demanding, fast-paced, public and busy production part of farming.  This includes: assisting with all aspects of crop production, greenhouse work, field preparations and tillage, hand and tractor cultivation, transplanting, harvest and distribution and working with groups and volunteers. You will also be expected to participate in and help facilitate small and large farm events throughout the season that are an exciting opportunity to learn about adding educational and engagement opportunities to a working farm.

Qualifications:

Ideally, you are responsible, flexible and personable, and can be happy working as an integral part of a small farm crew. We are looking for people who can take on the physically demanding schedule, tasks, pace and inevitable challenges of the farm season with consistency and good humor. We need people who are ready each day to learn, take and give direction, be patient with themselves and others and are excited about working intensely with all types of people.

In addition to the above you must also:

  • Have at least one season of experience working on a production farm, (or other physically demanding work).
  • Be able to comfortably and safely lift and carry 40 lbs.
  • Have the ability and interest to work long hours outside in any type of weather – wind, rain, heat, cold.
  • Have seasonal availability for the rest of the Summer Season – from now until Thanksgiving.
  • Have a satisfactory driving record and pass a driving check in order to operate Trustees vehicles (must be 18+ years old).

Benefits and Salary:

Apprentices are paid hourly: $10/hr and should expect to work 50-55 hrs/week for the remainder of the summer season, working less hours as the season winds down.  Apprentices also receive:

  • CSA vegetables
  • Optional participation in Eastern MA CRAFT workshops
  • Trainings on mechanized tillage and cultivation practices, farm planning and record-keeping, tractor and farm safety practices and basic equipment maintenance, food safety guidelines, and more.
  • The opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

We have a limited amount of on farm housing that is available for rent.

APPLY NOW – Chestnut Hill Farm Apprenticeship

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No phone calls please.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team.  We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

Family Farm Seeks Manager

Little Compton, Rhode Island
Seeking an experienced farmer looking to establish themselves as a leader on our family farm. A skilled laborer who is enthusiastic, creative and hard-working. Livestock experience a big plus – esp. beef cattle. Knowledge about organic farming, crop rotation and best use for lands encouraged. Ability to multi-task, manage a team and work with others is essential.
Compensation is an hourly rate commensurate with experience and Room & Board – available but not required.
Applicants must provide a description of their experience and have the ability to provide references. Applications must also have a reliable form of transportation.
Applications expected by email only: nimbyinlc@gmail.com

The Sylvia Center hiring Farm to Table Culinary Program Manager

Kinderhook, New York

Farm to Table Culinary Program Manager

The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm

The Sylvia Center(TSC) is a non­profit organization based in New York City and Kinderhook, NY. Our mission is to inspire children to eat well through hands­-on learning experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. Through our programs, children learn what fresh food is, how delicious it tastes, and how to prepare it for themselves and their families. In our Children’s Garden, and outdoor kitchen on Katchkie Farm, and in local schools and community centers, we teach skills that inspire children to establish independent healthy eating habits – so that they may lead healthy and productive lives.

Job Title and Summary

The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm is seeking a full­time Farm to Table Culinary Program Manager. This person is passionate about cooking straight out of the garden and is an unwaveringly and enthusiastic teacher of all ages. Working with the Education Director, the Culinary Manager develops, manages, and conducts the culinary component of our farm to table educational programs which teach basic culinary skills, food seasonality, and the joy of cooking and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

Primary duties include managing and teaching culinary programs on the farm and in Columbia County schools and community centers. In partnership with the Education Director, the Culinary Manager creates meaningful learning experiences for all
participants and serves as a spokesperson for the culinary programs in Columbia County. The Culinary Manager will be supported  by the Culinary Assistant and work closely with the Education Director to ensure the best learning experiences for students.

Job Schedule

This position requires an extremely flexible schedule, as the workweek will vary over the course of each season including some early mornings, evenings, and occasional weekends for special events.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Envisions, manages, plans, and leads educational culinary programs that support our five key learning competencies for students: Willingness to try new things, ability to identify components of a healthy meal, knowledge of where food comes from
    and how it grows, understanding of seasonality, and increase of self efficacy in food preparation
  • Teaches groups of 10­60 participants (divided into smaller groups) in an outdoor setting and in after school programs, how to create seasonally inspired vegetarian meals from scratch using farm produce · Manages and leads offsite culinary programs
  • Reviews program plans and recipes with staff prior to programs with support from the part­time Culinary Assistant · Directs the part­time Culinary Assistant to complete tasks that will support the program
  • Serves as community liaison for all culinary­related activities and represents the Center as appropriate
  • Performs outreach and support development of relationships with schools, community centers, and youth programs
  • Manages grants related to culinary program including implementation, maintaining budgets, and reporting
  • Assists with farm and garden work as needed and maintains high level of cleanliness and organization in the prep and field house kitchens
  • Assists Education Director with administration, operations, site management, special events, and other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Culinary Degree or equivalent professional experience and a minimum of 2 years experience teaching children culinary skills
  • Management experience preferably in a teaching environment
  • Experience managing grant funded projects
  • Experience working in low­income communities
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, and able to work quickly and efficiently in a fast paced environment
  • Detail­oriented, responsible, and focused
  • Able to work independently on projects, anticipate what needs to be done, and take action
  • Exceptional and cooperative work ethic, and the ability to rise to the occasion with a positive attitude when unexpected tasks need to be completed
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs., and perform physical, outdoor jobs in inclement weather
  • Flexible schedule and ability to accommodate irregular work weeks and occasional weekends
  • Current CPR, First­Aid Certification, Valid Driver’s License, and a reliable vehicle

Compensation: Salaried position with benefits and healthy portions of farm produce and eggs.

To Apply: Please email your resume, cover letter, and three references, at least two professional, (include name, relationship, phone number, and email address) to Julie Cerny, Education Director and Garden Manager, julie.cerny@sylviacenter.org. Please visit our website for additional information.

http://sylviacenter.org/category/employment/

Green Mountain Farm-to-School hiring Executive Director

Newport, Vermont

Job Opening: Executive Director

Status: Full-time, permanent

Position Description

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) seeks a dynamic, passionate, experienced nonprofit leader who will grow our efforts to strengthen local food systems in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The Executive Director (ED) will:

  • Lead GMFTS by managing the finances, staff, programs, and structure required to enact GMFTS’s mission

  • Ensure GMFTS’s sustainability by managing the budget in cooperation with the board

  • Increase GMFTS’s visibility by serving as the external face of the organization and developing partnerships to support the organization’s mission

  • Be responsible for the implementation of the GMFTS Strategic Plan, as well as setting and achieving ambitious goals in cooperation with the board.

The ED must have a passion for the GMFTS work, demonstrated strengths in marketing and fundraising, a strategic vision, and the ability to support day-to-day operations of a small organization.  Complete job description here.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, and short professional writing sample (such as strategic plan, board memo, email, or grant application) to jobs@gmfts.org. Please indicate how you learned about this position.  Background check will be required. Deadline is 08/31/2016; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until that date.

GMFTS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

About Green Mountain Farm-to-School

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization located in Newport, Vermont. Our mission is to restore and strengthen local food systems in the Northeast Kingdom by promoting positive economic and educational relationships among schools, farms, and communities. We create healthy communities by working across the food system with capacity building, resource development, and technical assistance through GMFTS school gardens, Farm to School Programs, a food hub, a food truck, and statewide marketing campaigns.