Florida – Arden Community Farm hiring Farm Director

Palm Beach County, Florida

COMMUNITY FARM DIRECTOR

The Community Farm Director is responsible for community farm production and coordinating educational and outreach programming for the farm at Arden. She/he will manage the staffing requirements for the site, including seasonal interns and volunteers, and is responsible for hiring and managing the farm crew, including the assistant farm manager.

The Community Farm Director serves as a local food ambassador and ensures that the daily farm operations will uphold the values at Arden in providing fresh, healthy food and farm-based community and educational activities to residents and community members.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a farm management plan: crop selection, planting schedules, weed management, fertility management (cover cropping, compost, crop rotation, etc.), pest and disease management, and irrigation design, maintenance and management
  • Develop and maintain farm infrastructure
  • Hire and direct the management of staff, interns and volunteers
  • Coordinate harvests, manage post-harvest handling and ensure product quality control
  • Manage vegetable, fruit, herb and flower production and distribution
  • Manage all production-related tractor work
  • Purchase farm supplies and seeds
  • Maintain detailed farm records
  • Oversees all farm activities including farm tours, programs and events
  • Coordinate farm outreach into community as local food ambassador
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years farming experience; employee management experience
  • Experience with all aspects of daily farm activities, including but not limited to tractor operation, cultivation, organic pest and disease control, harvest, post-harvest handling and distribution, marketing
  • Commitment to organic agriculture
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs and perform work outdoors in all weather conditions

Desired Qualifications:

  • 2 or more years farm management experience
  • Experience farming in Florida
  • Experienced operation of tractors and other farm equipment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Clean driving record and licensed to drive in Florida

Compensation:

Pay scale is commensurate with experience, length of contract, and demonstrated ability to manage employees and increase production/revenue.

Interested:

Please send cover letter and resume to Monica Hollins at mrh@freeholdcommunities.com.

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Washington – Willowood Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Coupeville, Washington

Willowood Farm – Hiring Field Production Manager, Harvest Manager and Field Crew Hands NOW

FARM BACKGROUND

Willowood Farm is a 20-acre historic family farm with expected 10 acres in vegetable production in 2018.  We grow following organic standards but are not certified.  We are located centrally on Whidbey Island north of Seattle.  Our farm is often considered the “heart” of the Ebey Landing National Historic Reserve, an unique unit of the National Park Service that was established in 1978 with the purposes of maintaining our beautiful historic farming small town community.  Within just hours of our farm you can easily access both the Olympic Peninsula and the Cascade Mountain Range, as well as surrounded by the amazing waters of the Pacific Ocean.

FARM CREW

Willowood Farm is run and managed by Farmer Georgie who grew up on the property.  Her father Bill is an essential employee, working on tractor and equipment maintenance and additional special projects. Our farm crew consists of  Farmer Georgie who handles sales, marketing, networking and overall business management.  Melony Edwards who has been on the farm for three years taking over this year as Farm Manager in Training overseeing employee relations, employee training, farm organization and systems and is assisting Georgie with sales, ordering, marketing and community outreach.  We also have hired a new pack shed manager to oversee organization and pack shed and walk-in management of our crops and we are looking to hire a field production and equipment manager who will oversee and implement our production needs and schedules, and operate and manager our machinery (with mechanical help from Farmer Bill).  And we are also looking to hire a harvest manager that runs the crew in the fields on harvest days as well as one two possibly two field crew hands for general work.  All employees in the crew work together closely and are cross trained on each others jobs.

Note  We are willing to accept qualified couples to fill two of these positions.  So say, Field Production Manager and Harvest Manager. Please refer to job descriptions for any other openings if you are part of a “couple” seeking a position.

FIRE REBUILDING

In addition, in March of 2017 Willowood Farm suffered a devastating barn fire and lost our main storage and indoor production area along with about 80 percent of our equipment.  We began immediately rebuilding our systems (new pack shed, new tractors, etc) but still have a long ways to go.  2018 will see a focus on building of a new barn plus implementing new equipment, systems and ideas.  The barn fire was devastating, but also gave opportunity to create new and better systems going forward.  All employees in the 2018 crew will be challenged with looking at the farm with new eyes as far as how do we recreate ourselves better, more efficiently. 

PRODUCTION METHODS

Willowood Farm is a production farm with a strong focus on efficiency, crop diversity, and a superb quality product.  We pride ourselves on being one of the leading suppliers of vegetables to the best restaurants in the Pacific Northwest and we do so with consistency and quality.  We produce crops year-round and sell primarily to the growing farm to table restaurant scene in Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest.  We produce crops following organic standards but are not certified.  We use a mix of more modern and “new” small farm techniques and practices with time-honored practices of old.  We have both tractors, and hoes! Our time is devoted to tasks as driven by the ebb and flow of a vegetable farm, following the demands of the season.  Our time is mostly divided between production, seeding, transplanting and weeding what our tractors cannot get to.  And lots and lots of time spent in harvest and packing as our season progresses and the bounty comes in, with abundance!

2018 OPEN POSITIONS – OPEN TIL FILLED! 

We seek energetic and motivated individuals who are not only a smart, tough, resourceful, detail-oriented team player to fill the following positions.  All positions including housing on farm as part of compensation package.  We can accept couples as long as both are filling one of the duties on the farm. 

FIELD PRODUCTION MANAGER

This is our “Chief Grower” responsible for all duties related to the efficient growing of our beautiful, tasty and sellable vegetables!  The ideal applicant will have excellent communication skills, enjoy being in a leadership role, and have strong skills in vegetable production and experience, or at least strong interest in, small farm equipment and techniques, like growing on plastic mulch, using Planet Junior walk behind tractors, flame weeding, irrigation systems and etc.  The ideal person will be able to self-manage weekly tasks according to our planting calendars and be able to identify and work with other management persons to make sure fields are ready, needed supplies are available, and delegate, assign and overseas all production related tasks to our field crew.  The Field Production Manager will work closely and collaboratively with the Harvest Manager, Packing Shed Manager, Farm Manager and of course, Farmer Georgie.  The Field Production Manager also will work closely with Bill on tractor and equipment related issues.

HARVEST MANAGER

This person is charge of all field aspects of our very busy and intense harvest days. The ideal candidate has the interest and skills to lead a crew of similar folks in harvest related tasks, and the maturity and  ability to work with our Production Manager as assistant field task manager and have experience harvesting vegetables on a production scale vegetable farm. The ideal applicant will have excellent communication skills, enjoy being in a leadership role, and have strong skills in harvest to set a timely pace for crew and oversee quality control.  The ideal person must be highly flexible and adaptive to continually changing harvest needs and demands and be able to quickly make decisions and instruct crew.  The Harvest Manager will work closely with the Farm Manager, Production Manager, Pack Shed Manager and Farmer Georgie

FIELD CREW HAND 

We currently have openings for up to three, full time seasonal field crew positions for the 2018 season. Field Crew would live on the farm, housing and food produced by the farm is provided.  Ideal field crew applicants are smart, tough, detail-orientated and possess a strong interest in food and farming.  They should enjoy working on a a team and are ready for a new challenge.  At least one season previous farm work, or similar outdoor type work, HIGHLY preferred.  

For more information on these positions please go to:
 
 
Or email Farmer Georgie at willowoodfarm@gmail.com

Colorado – Smith Fork Ranch hiring Farmstead Gardener and Groundskeeper

 Crawford, Colorado

Position: Farmstead Gardener and Groundskeeper

Smith Fork Ranch provides luxurious guest accommodations in the rustic tradition, breathtaking views in every direction, highly acclaimed cuisine using our own organically grown vegetables, fruits, poultry and regional game, an award-winning wine cellar, outstanding fly fishing on miles of private waters, a stable of well-trained riding horses, expert guides for fishing, riding, hiking, sporting clays, mountain biking and other outdoor activities including a very active children’s program. Our passion and mission is to preserve and nurture the authentic western lifestyle and experience, and to share it with guests at Smith Fork Ranch here in our magnificent corner of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

The groundskeeper/gardener at Smith Fork Ranch will report directly to the General Manager and work closely with both the Ranch Foreman and Executive Chef. This position consists of two different but related aspects of the Smith Fork Ranch experience. The cultivated grounds within the ranch compound and the farmstead garden are of equal importance to the guest experience. This position will be responsible for assigning tasks (such as mowing, weed removal, etc.) to the outdoor guides during the guest season. The management of our 1/3 acre farmstead garden and greenhouse before and during season to ensure our kitchen team is supplied with a proper harvest of fruits and vegetables is of the utmost importance.

GROUNDSKEEPING RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans and executes landscaping operations, maintains grounds and landscape of the Smith Fork Ranch property, including Hill House grounds and landscaping
  • Prepares terrain, applies fertilizers, seeding lawns, transplanting shrubs and plants as necessary, uses manual and power operated equipment
  • Locates and plants shrubs, trees, and flowers selected by property owner or those recommended for the particular landscape effect
  • Mows and trims lawns, using push mower or riding mower
  • Manages outdoor guides during the season to assist in mowing, weeding, and any other tasks that need attention on Smith Fork Ranch property
  • Maintain grounds using rakes, brooms, or hoses
  • Apply nutrients to trees, shrubs, or lawns as needed
  • Maintain sprinkler system to ensure accurate coverage with assistance of Ranch Foreman
  • Schedule maintenance of sprinkler system upon opening and closing of the season with assistance of the ranch foreman

 

FARMSTEAD GARDEN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with Executive Chef in ordering seeds for the season
  • Place orders for all gardening supplies/seeds in a timely manner after approved by GM
  • Start seeds in a timely manner for maximum production
  • Prepare the soil for planting
  • Maintain irrigation in the farmstead area
  • Control greenhouse temperature and production throughout the year
  • Keep the farmstead area clean, organized, and aesthetically pleasing to guests during the season
  • Be available for farmstead tours when needed throughout the season
  • Communicate with the Executive Chef regarding items for harvest
  • Properly wash and prepare items for kitchen
  • Ensure quality items are being harvested
  • Plant flowers in the garden or around the property for the use of the housekeeping and dining staff
  • Ensure the housekeeping and dining staff are aware of the flowers that are their responsibility and that they are properly watered throughout the season

REQUIREMENTS

  • Basic knowledge of water systems
  • Extensive knowledge and experience running a LARGE garden plot
  • Knowledge of harvest times and plant needs
  • At least 3 years gardening experience
  • Ability to grow and maintain an abundant garden at 7,200 feet
  • Physical strength
  • Ability to lift 50lbs. consecutively
  • Ability to get along with people and guests who often want a tour of the farmstead
  • Ability to work with the executive chef in planning meals around produce
  • Self starting/self managing qualifications
  • Available from March 1 through November 15

Compensation

Competitive salary based on ability and experience. Housing available, meals and share of employee tip pool.

Mail or Email application, cover letter, resume and photo to:

Smith Fork Ranch

Attn: General Manager

45362 Needle Rock Road

Crawford, CO 81415

Phone: 970-921-3454

Email: info@smithforkranch.com

 

Pennsylvania – Urban Tree Connection hiring Community Education & Land Stewardship Coordinator

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Urban Tree Connection (UTC)’s mission is to work with residents in historically marginalized urban communities to revitalize their neighborhoods by transforming abandoned open spaces into safe and functional places that inspire and promote positive human interaction.

Job title
Community Education & Land Stewardship Coordinator

Department
Programs

Reports to
Executive Director

Status
Full-Time, Salaried

Position Summary

UTC’s Community Education & Land Stewardship Programs aim to cultivate community leadership development and land stewardship among multigenerational groups and community, primarily in the Haddington neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The Community Education & Land Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing multi-generational programming which includes managing all children, youth and adult educational programming; and cultivation of community leadership development and stewardship of UTC’s scattered farming and community garden sites.

Duties and responsibilities

Community Building & Stewardship

·         Manage all aspects of community education and land stewardship programming in alignment with UTC’s mission and forward vision.  Support and carry out the organizational strategy.

·         Build strong relationships with community members, apprentices, leaders and gardeners that support their leadership development and forward UTC’s work and strategy.

·         Ensure that all scattered community garden sites are maintained and planted up; garden beds are fairly distributed, and resources coordinated with growers. Host garden work days with community members, developing community support and stewardship of sites.  Coordinate programming and events to promote highest community usage of sites.

·         Support the Farm Manager in developing Neighborhood Foods Farm as the hub for events and programming (tours, workshops, etc.), establishing open hours and volunteer days, and developing a hands-on workshare program for community residents.

·         Manage the Youth Apprenticeship Program, providing support and direction to Staff.  Develop accountability systems, further expand and build upon the existing model, develop evaluative measures for impact with support from Executive Director (ED).

·         With support of E.D. develop a signature curriculum for all educational / stewardship programming – utilizing agroecology/popular education principles and practices.

·         Connect and build relationships with other farmers/growers, community organizers, educators and food justice advocates (etc.) that align with UTC’s vision and strategy.

Management/Admin

·         In cooperation with ED, seek, hire, orient, train, manage, and evaluate programs Staff.

·         Supervise, train, and inspire programs Staff, apprentices, interns, and volunteers – providing regular feedback of their performance and development (i.e. develop training for Staff to effectively engage and work with youth people-apprentices).

·         Regularly track and record data related to community education programs (sign in sheets, registration forms, food production, surveys, etc.); develop outreach materials for community events; develop curriculum and educational materials.

·         Attend UTC Staff meetings, participate in fundraising events, contribute / complete grant applications and reports related to community programs and events (as appropriate, in coordination with the Executive Director).

·         Ensure all timesheets, receipts and reimbursements and other admin related documentation and record keeping are submitted from the programs department in a timely manner.

·         Manage the programs budget and aim to meet projected financial goals.

·         Seek opportunities for personal and professional growth and development that forwards UTC’s work and strategy.

Qualifications

·         Education: Must have obtained a high school diploma and/or G.E.D. equivalency.  College degree, and experience strongly preferred.

·         Experience: A minimum of three years of experience in working with young people and/or in multi-generational community-based programming.  Experience in teaching and developing political education; using popular education methodology. A minimum of two years of experience with sustainable gardening, farming, horticulture or landscaping.  Extensive experience working in urban communities and Black communities and/or communities of color. Experience as a community organizer is strongly valued.

·         Skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to develop curriculum and programming; facilitate meetings and workshops, and coordinate events. Ability to manage several community garden sites; and build strong relationships with community members. Ability to lead and take direction. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and various online platforms.

·         Abilities: Ability to lift 50 pounds; walk, stand, kneel, drive and bend for long periods of time; to work in varying weather conditions (heat, cold, wind, rain, etc.); to work in physically demanding environment while modeling endurance and positivity.

·         Other Characteristics: Commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; respect for people of all cultures and backgrounds; open to personal growth and new experiences; demonstrate a passion for working with youth and community members.

·         Other Requirements: Can pass all background checks as required by the organization. Must have a driver’s license and clean driving record.

 

UTC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Black and people of color, gender oppressed candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to noelle@urbantreeconnection.org by February 1, 2017, with the subject line ‘Community Education and Land Stewardship Coordinator Position.’

Maine – Bumbleroot Organic Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Windham, Maine
 
FIELD HAND (Vegetable Focus)
40 hours a week, April-October
Job Description:
Assistance with all daily farm activities including (but not limited to) seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, setting up irrigation, washing and packing vegetables, tractor work, CSA preparation. You will be expected to work farmers’ market shifts as a part of your 40 hour per week schedule. Time will be spent in the greenhouse, in the field and at markets. Work is fast-paced and physically demanding.
Requirements: 
We are looking for candidates with at least one year of farming experience, the capacity to lift 50lbs. and be on your feet for 6 hours. Must have a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and a positive attitude. We value communication, efficiency, and initiative. We do not offer housing so reliable transportation is necessary (we are located 20 minutes from Portland) .
Work Environment and Schedule:
The job will be 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, with a one hour unpaid lunch break. April or May through September/October. Early start times on harvest days and market days (6am) and we work in all weather conditions. Bumbleroot’s daily field operations are managed by three of Bumbleroot’s owners with whom you will work closely.
FIELD HAND (Flower Focus)
40 hours/week, May-October
Job Description
Assistance with all daily farm activities including (but not limited to) seeding, transplanting, weeding, setting up irrigation, trellising vegetables and flowers, pinching & deadheading, harvesting vegetables and flowers, and making floral arrangements and bouquets. This full-time position will work with both vegetables and flowers with a focus on cut flower production, harvest and floral design. Time will be spent in the greenhouse, in the field and in the flower processing/design space.
Requirements:
Candidates must have at least one year of farming experience on a commercial farm and an interest in cut flower production and floral design. We are looking for someone with a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, excellent listening and communication skills, and ability to work with efficiency in a team setting. We do not offer housing so reliable transportation to and from the farm is necessary.
Work Environment and Schedule:
The job will be 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with a one hour unpaid lunch break. Start times are early on harvest days, and we work in all weather conditions. You will work directly under the flower manager, but will work alongside the whole Bumbleroot team. Some flexibility is required for this position due to weekend weddings and events.
To apply for either of our field hand positions for 2018, please email bumblerootorganicfarm@gmail.com with your resume and a cover letter indicating which position you are interested in and explaining why you’d like to join the Bumbleroot team.

Maine – Green Spark Farm hiring Organic Farm Crew

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Organic Farm Crew at Green Spark Farm – Full Time

Green Spark Farm produces vegetables year-round, and cut flowers, garden seedlings, and herbs in season in coastal Cape Elizabeth, Maine. We grow rare and uniquely flavorful and colorful produce. We employ between four and seven employees on the farm from April to November, and one person year-round. We produce beautiful vegetables for the Greater Portland community, selling through our on-farm stand, CSA, restaurants, and at the Portland Farmer’s Market in Summer and Winter. All our farm products are certified organic by MOFGA Certification Services, LLC.

What we are looking for: We are looking to hire employees who are able to commit to a full time work schedule for the main season from April to November. There is opportunity for one person to stay on year round and work with us producing winter greens and prepping storage crops for market through the winter (2 days/week December through March, when spring season begins again).

Hours: The hours at Green Spark Farm are consistently 40-50 hrs a week.  We work 8.5 to 10 hours a day, depending on the season. There is opportunity for more hours.

Work: There are many types of work on our farm. Primarily work days are filled with harvesting, washing and packing vegetables for market, potting-up seedlings, planting, weeding, and construction projects.  All of these tasks require focus to ensure efficiency for the farm’s viability. Please be prepared for fast physical labor in any weather.

Pay: We pay $12/hour starting wage with an August and September bonus as well. We take a half-hour lunch break that is unpaid.

There is no housing available on the farm.  Rental housing can be found can be found 7-15 minutes from the farm in South Portland, Westbrook, Portland, and Scarborough.

We want you to come away from your time at Green Spark with more farming knowledge than when you started. If you have questions or special interests, please communicate them to us. We are willing to share everything we know about running a farm business with those serious about farming as a career.

To Apply: Please email with your resume and brief letter of interest with three references. We require on-farm working interview before hire. While farming experience isn’t necessary, we prioritize applicants with the following experience: commercial agricultural experience or equivalent physical labor in construction, carpentry, landscaping, trails crew, etc.

About Us:

www.greensparkfarm.com

www.facebook.com/Greensparkfarm

Oregon – Lucky Crow Farm hiring Production Manager

Monmouth, Oregon

Production Manager at Lucky Crow Farm LLC

BACKGROUND

Lucky Crow Farm cultivates mixed vegetables in Monmouth, Oregon and operates two urban farm plots in Monmouth and Salem. The farm has a 65-member CSA and vends at the Corvallis Farmers Market in Corvallis, Oregon. We are growing and are ready to hire our first employee!

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are hiring for a full-time, hourly position from March through October 2018 to support vegetable production at the farm.  We are looking for an individual who is self-motivated, detail oriented, a fast learner and motivated to streamline workflow.  An ideal candidate has fun working alone and in a partnership. The work is mostly physical, but requires a sharp mind, good judgment and a great sense of humor.  Folks with prior farm experience are encouraged to apply, but we will also consider qualified candidates with no prior experience. Living situation not provided.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work will include, but not be limited to, harvesting, packing, cultivating, transplanting, greenhouse propagation, bed preparation and fertility work, irrigating, composting and clean-up.
  • Work may include deliveries and occasional driving off farm.
  • Farmers’ market vending.
  • Other duties, as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Detail oriented and fast learner.
  • Self-motivated and able to streamline workflow.
  • Ability to work efficiently alone or in a group.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Ability to keep clear, handwritten and electronic records.
  • Positive attitude in all types of weather.
  • Willingness to participate in a startup environment where it will be necessary to wear many “hats” at different times.
  • Commitment to work entire season (with potential for unpaid vacation time).

Preferred

  • 1-2 years of prior farm work.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Strong love of food, nutrition and healthy local economies.
  • Experienced/licensed driver.
  • Organized and thorough.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, bend, climb and reach.
  • Regularly lift up to 50 pounds without assistance.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, often for long durations.
  • Capable of performing repetitive tasks with endurance.

Working Hours: 40 hours per week

Reports to: Eden Olsen, owner and farmer

Compensation: $12-$15/hr DOE

Please send a cover letter and resume to farmers@luckycrowfarm.com