Oregon – Roselawn Seed, Inc. hiring Farm Hand Equipment Operator

Aurora, Oregon

Farm Hand Equipment Operator

Roselawn Seed, Inc. is a grass seed farm Located in Woodburn and Canby Oregon area. We also raise a small amount of cattle. We are looking to fill a full time permanent position as a General Farm Hand and Equipment Operator, carrying out a multitude of functions on the farm. The responsibilities of this position may change from a day to day perceptive according to the season and operational needs.

Primary Duties:
– Operate various farm equipment including but not limited to combines, tractors, swathers, balers, stats cruisers, and fertilizer spreaders.
– Perform routine preventive/maintenance on equipment to maintain optimal functionality.
– Work as a team member and independently on multiple projects.
– Communicate task status and equipment updates to management.
– Ensure compliance with OSHA procedures and company practices.
– Candidates must be able to quickly switch tasks and perform a wide range of farm requirements and responsibilities.

Qualifications:
– Ideally 10 years of farm experience
– CDL license to operate a Semi-truck is an added plus
– Ability to follow clear and concise daily directions
– Bilingual English/Spanish is a bonus
– Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
– Flexible schedule, as the seasons change hours will vary. Must be willing to work long hours when operational demands increase and some weekends as season demands.
– Must be able to pass pre-employment drug test

Roselawn offers a completive benefits package including time off benefits.
Compensation: $14 – $14.50

If you enjoy a high volume, fast paced atmosphere, have a positive hard working outlook and are looking for an organization that has established an outstanding reputation for quality apply with us! For consideration, please mail your resume, letter of interest and references to Ed & Tammi Rose, Po Box 182 Aurora, OR 97002.

Roselawn is an EEO employer.

Wisconsin – REAP hiring Executive Director

Madison, Wisconsin

Nourishing the links between land and table
306 E. Wilson St. #2W • Madison, WI 53703 • 608-310-7836

Job Title: Executive Director
Position Posting: September 21, 2016

About REAP:
For more than 19 years, REAP Food Group has been working throughout Southern Wisconsin to build and sustain a local food system that supports small family farms and locally owned businesses, promotes sustainable agricultural practices, and provides access to fresh, healthy food for the entire community. Pioneers in the local and sustainable food movement, REAP’s initiatives include Farm to School activities in the Madison  Metropolitan School District; Southern Wisconsin Buy Fresh Buy Local, a certification program for restaurants and institutions; and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a consumer guide to local food.

Mission:
REAP Food Group connects producers, consumers, businesses, and organizations to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system in Southern Wisconsin. Our staff, members, volunteers, and partners envision sustainable, local food on every plate.

Position Summary:
The Executive Director, only the second in the history of this highly regarded and financially strong organization, will be tasked with nourishing REAP’s existing and well established programs and sharing their vision for a local, sustainable food system. The REAP board seeks a dynamic leader with a mastery of organizational management and fundraising, the ability to inspire a small dedicated staff, and the willingness to
work closely with REAP’s board and staff to create and execute a vision for a local food system that could serve as a model for regions throughout the country.

Starting Salary Range:
$55,000 – $65,000, depending on qualifications. Benefits include health and dental insurance and paid vacation and sick leave.

Job Responsibilities:

A. Organizational Leadership
1. Collaborate with REAP’s staff and Board of Directors to move forward a strategic vision that aligns with the organization’s mission and values and demonstrates a commitment to local producers and eaters.
2. Develop and track organizational goals, ensuring that programs and operation reflect these goals.
3. Recommend and develop policies, procedures and programs that move forward the organization’s strategic direction.
4. Regularly report to the board on the status of internal and external issues affecting the
organization.
5. Support the Board of Directors in the recruitment, orientation, and cultivation of new board members.
6. Implement practices and processes to ensure a strong sense of cooperation between the staff and the Board of Directors and committees.
7. Provide oversight and implementation of bylaws and other policies approved by the board.
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Indiana – The Food & Growers Association hiring Consultant

Batesville, Indiana

 

Program Consultant – Southeastern Indiana Farmer Training Initiative (SIFTI)

Food & Growers Association, Batesville, Indiana

The Food & Growers Association in southeastern Indiana is looking for a consultant to help direct a pilot farmer training program for producing local foods.  This position will begin November, 2016 and conclude in approximately 7 months.  This is a part-time position, 15 to 20 hours per week, with the potential for the consultant to be hired full-time as the SIFTI Program Director at the conclusion of the pilot program.

About this program

 The successful attempts over the past ten years of the Food & Growers Association (FGA) to build a local food system in Southeastern Indiana centered in the Laughery Valley area of Ripley County, Indiana, reached a level of new expectations for increased quantity, and improved quality, of fresh local foods to be served in the area’s institutions. This interest and desire of the local schools, the hospital and restaurants to order significant amounts of local food for their food service needs is a great opportunity for family farmers in the area, many of whom have been relying on farmers markets to sell their produce and other food items. These area farms are mostly small- and mid-sized farms with farmers holding other jobs to make a decent living. However, the opportunity for increased institutional sales also poses problems which FGA, an all-volunteer organization, cannot address on its own—and a problem that conventional farmers hoping to shift to the specialty crop wholesale market would find difficult to reach without some supportive services.

These institutions have made it clear what their needs are to make a significant shift from their commercial wholesale suppliers. Institutions need consistent amounts of certain specialty crops that they are willing to purchase over many more months than local farmers can usually supply. A centralized ordering and billing system with regular and reliable deliveries is a priority. They do not want to order from individual farmers nor receive deliveries on a haphazard basis. They need to have farmers follow national food safety guidelines to satisfy health department regulations. Most importantly they need to be able to afford local fresh food. They may also expect some processing of the fresh produce to limit their own labor costs in food preparations.

While the local institutions have already been ordering local foods in minimal amounts, without an abundant and reliable supply of local specialty crops they cannot increase their purchasing level. Is there sufficient arable land in the area and enough farmers willing to shift from conventional farming to specialty crop farming for the wholesale market? What would it take to bring new farmers into the mix?

Primary Job Functions

 The Program Consultant will provide leadership for the Food & Growers Association’s SIFTI program which includes:  implementing the SIFTI certification program and all its components with emphasis on collaboration with the Food & Growers Association (FGA), IVY Tech Community College, pilot farms/farmers, mentor farmers and any institutions that partner with SIFTI.  Marketing, accounting and business coaching will be contracted to others.

 Essential Job Functions/Duties

  • Administer SIFTI certificate program for FGA and be responsible to the established SIFTI board for implementing grant funds.
  • Collaborate with all personnel involved with SIFTI.
  • Manage SIFTI and all its components: program administration, public relations, personnel, finance management and collaboration with all stakeholders and other contracted services.
  • Help select candidates for the SIFTI training program who will best accomplish the goals of the SIFTI program.
  • Monitor and maintain successful relationships with pilot farms/farmers and farm mentors.
  • Facilitate grant-writing opportunities for projects that would advance business success for the trainees.

Minimum Work Experience/Educational Requirements

  • experience as a manager and leader
  • ability to convey ideas and communicate effectively
  • genuine interest and belief in the cooperative system
  • a desire to succeed and continually improve performance
  • ability to carry forward the details of operating the business
  • ability to recognize differences in people and be flexible in dealing with them
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • ability to work with a board of directors
  • recent successful farming experience, especially with specialty crops, if possible
  • experience and success in farm management
  • understanding of food safety requirements and their applications to specialty crops and wholesale markets
  • computer and finance skills sufficient to carry out the above tasks

Requirements of the Applicant

Please submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your experience and education by November 7, 2016.  Please mail your resume and cover letter to:

Food & Growers Association
1032 3 Mile Rd.
Batesville, IN  47006

OR

EMAIL:  Deanna@foodandgrowers.org

 

FGA Mission:  To be the driving force for building a market for locally produced foods and to be a catalyst for change to improve the health of residents in the Laughery Valley and the environs. FGA Vision:  By promoting the use of locally grown produce, the Food and Growers Association supports family farms, safeguards the community’s health, while strengthening the local economy and protecting our environment.

 

New Hampshire – Three River Farmers Alliance hiring Part-time Driver/Customer Service

Various Locations, New Hampshire

Three River Farmers Alliance

Job Description: Part­time Driver/Customer Service

Three River Farmers Alliance is seeking a motivated individual to play a key role in our local food collective marketing and delivery service.

Responsibilities:

●  Deliver a wide variety of product to different establishments. Attention to detail is a must.
●  Follow route and time schedule
●  Load, unload, prepare, inspect and operate delivery vehicle
●  Ask for feedback on provided services and resolve clients’ complaints
●  Collect payments
●  Inform on new products and services
●  Complete logs and reports
●  Follow DOT regulations and safety standards

Requirements
●  Ability to drive a 16ft box truck.
●  Ability to lift 50lbs
●  Valid Drivers License
●  Good/Clean driving record
●  Excellent organizational and time management skills
●  Excellent problem solving skills
●  Ability to obtain DOT health card

Commitment: 15­25 hours / week. Wednesdays and Thursdays required. Requires driving box truck and the ability to lift fifty pounds.

Our ideal candidate has a strong interest in local food, has a background in food or agriculture, has excellent communication skills, is comfortable driving a truck, and has the ability to work independently.

S e n d c o v e r l e t t e r a n d r e s u m e t o e r i n @ t h r e e r i v e r f a . c o m .

Three River Farmers Alliance is a farmer­owned local food delivery service based in the Seacoast area of NH. Learn more at http://www.threeriverfa.com

Maryland – The Farm at Our House hiring Manager/Co-Owner

Brookeville, Maryland

The Farm at Our House seeks a Manager/Co-Owner who is willing to make a significant  commitment to the production, development, marketing and sales of organically certified mixed vegetables, small fruits, pastured eggs and shiitake mushrooms on and off the farm. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to farm full time in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Manager/Co-Owner plays a critical role in working with the existing owner, who is also a full time high school teacher during the school year, to lead the farm management team and provide oversight of full time employees, college interns, Our House residents and high school volunteers in the summer. The Manager/Co-Owner must be willing and able to collaboratively oversee the entire farm operation.

The Farm at Our House is located in Brookeville, Maryland, 15 miles north of Washington, DC. We grow certified organic fruits and vegetables and produce pastured eggs on 5 acres and manage an additional 11 acres. The farm is located on 140 acres owned by Our House www.our_house.org, a residential job training center for young men ages 16-21.  Our House residents have the opportunity to work on the farm, earn income, and develop job skills to prepare for adulthood. The Farm at Our House does not own the land we farm, but we do have a license to the land and 9 year collaborative relationship with Our House Inc., the landowner. We currently gross $100,000/ year, manage a 100 member 26-30 week CSA, sell at 2 local farmers markets, and to local restaurants and grocers.

Responsibilities in Partnership with Existing Owner:

  • Management— supervise and lead 2 other farm management team members, 2-4 college interns, Our House trainees, and seasonal high school employees.
  • Production—lead and perform field work, including supervision of staff: planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, packing of crops, and care of laying hens; assist with mushroom production, equipment maintenance/repair, capital projects, and care of 8 acre field.
  • Marketing—possibly represent farm at one or more weekly farmers markets or CSA pickup site; ensure delivery of produce to wholesale customers; manage produce allocation among markets, wholesale and CSA; contribute to newsletter, website, and marketing materials.
  • Administration—play a lead role in budgeting, crop rotation planning, crop/variety selection, capital project planning; coordinate with Our House leadership and staff; communicate with CSA members; ensure work is documented and organic certification requirements are met.
  • Business Development- Help develop a long-term business strategy, share responsibility for the farm’s continued existence and future development.

Estimated Time Allotment:

Open to negotiation, but might look like the following:

  • Production and on-farm supervision: about 60% of time
  • Marketing: about 20% of time
  • Administration: about 20% of time

Required Qualifications:

Minimum of three years of farming experience, basic tractor skills and understanding of tractor implement use and capability, seed starting and direct seeding knowledge, very good communication and organizational skills.

Desired Qualifications: 

Experience working with at-risk young people, administrative and supervisory experience, marketing experience, small fruit expertise.

Compensation:

Negotiated with the co-owner on an annual basis, and based on the farm’s success.

Please forward resume, cover letter, and three references to farm owner Marc Grossman, at thefarmatourhouse@gmail.com or call him at202 412 5698 with questions about this opportunity.

Massachusetts – Three Sisters Garden Project hiring Farm Manager

Ipswich, Massachusetts
FARM MANAGER
Position Description
The Three Sisters Garden Project (TSGP), a new initiative of the Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center in Ipswich, MA, is an organization that seeks to help build an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable community, inclusive of all its citizens. Our mission is to foster an agricultural program that integrates sustainable land stewardship, education and food-based community engagement. In collaboration with local farms, public schools, colleges and food pantries, TSGP aims to increase the amount of sustainably produced local food, support the development of systems to get local food to consumers, and facilitate education to increase community engagement in local agriculture.
We are currently seeking an entrepreneurial, community-oriented and adaptive Farm Manager (FM) who can continue to implement a successful farm plan for the TSGP that is in line with the compelling mission of the organization. In 2015, we grew on 2 acres for 90 summer CSA shares and 55 fall shares, with restaurant sales & food pantry donations making up another third of production. In 2016, we grew on 4 acres for 140 summer shares with 80 fall shares planned.
The FM will be semi-autonomous, reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with a board of advisors. The FM will supervise all seasonal staff and volunteers. The Three Sisters Garden Project operates under a long term lease at the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, an international educational religious institution on the site of a former dairy farm.
Responsibilities include:
  • Developing seasonal soil preparation, planting, management and harvesting plans for an up to 10-acre diverse vegetable operation. Organic/sustainable management practices are required.
  • Greenhouse work, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, irrigation management, weed and pest control, inventory and ordering, soil enhancement, cover cropping, hand and tractor cultivation, equipment maintenance, washing and packing, and all aspects of running a small farm.
  • Managing the implementation of the plans referenced above with a seasonal assistant grower and apprentices, as well as accommodating seasonal interns and volunteers.
  • Overseeing and collaborating with a full time Program Coordinator who will be responsible for community distribution, offsite operations and management of interns.
  • Development and management of the annual budget and operating within that budget.
  • Researching, developing and implementing season extension/hoophouse plans, composting, and storage.
  • Operating and maintaining tools, equipment, and facilities in a safe and proper manner.
  • With the support of a Board of Advisors, oversee all aspects of establishing a new farm including infrastructure development, equipment procurement and field establishment/improvement.
  • Participate in occasional staff meetings to establish plans, goals, priorities, conduct evaluations and coordinate with the Board of Advisors.

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California – Agritourism Farm hiring Live-in Farm Assistant

Sebastopol, California

LIVE IN FARM ASSISTANT NEEDED

Requirements:Job Description:

Popular educational Agritourism Farm in Sebastopol, California, has one opening for a Live-in Farm Assistant. Exchange a minimum of 15 hours of work per week for a cute, fully appointed, WIFI ready, all utilities included trailer over creek.  High season, May-October, could require 20-30 and full time might be available. Possible tasks include tending organic gardens and farm animals (goats, chickens, and horses, and a cat), and hosting vacationing guests (prep, on-call hosting, tours). You will also learn how to be a backup for house cleaning and grounds management in case of emergency.  You will be introduced to all the above and assigned to those at which you excel, although we encourage diversity and the willingness to develop new skills.

*Must have experience with farm animals, veggie gardens, and hospitality
*Work history must demonstrate your experience
*Must be an Independent Contractor
*Must be willing to contract for 15/hrs week MINIMUM (this allows for the living space) for at least one year, with the willingness and availability for an average of 20-30 hours in the summer/fall months (hours over 15 are paid hours), rate to be determined.
*Must be available mid-week, with the understanding that morning chores start at 5:30 a.m. and evening chores end at 7:00 p.m. approximately
*Must be a single individual (no children, dog, or live-in partner) who is willing to socialize off premises
*Must have a valid California Driver’s License and clean record
*Must have current character and work references

Attributes we seek:

* We need someone who is capable and practiced with open, clear, direct, and constant communication.

*A person who is enthusiastic and enjoys clarifying and checking in about understanding of concepts, directives, communication, goals, and bigger picture.

*A person who is willing to make adjustments and grow and evolve to fit into the FHF ideal, while still recognizing their personality strengths and weaknesses.

*A curious person who likes to think about the “why” of each task and wants to understand the reason we do each small task down to the tiny (and very crucial) details.

*A person with personality traits that are highly detailed and reflective of a serious business person; someone who finds joy in double checking that the work has been completed to the best of their ability.

*A person who is willing to scrutinize their performance (someone who is present and able to recall details and actions they performed on that day—or someone who likes to keep copious notes) and is eager to ask questions when they don’t understand something (a directive).

*Someone who is organized and has a developed way to keep track of information given to them verbally on the fly, an effective note-taker.

*Someone who understands their sole purpose is to support the goals and intentions of the owners’ vision, making those goals their own while living and working on the farm, and to understand these goals and the vision takes at least a year. Continue reading