Round Right Farm hiring Apprentices

Terra Alta, West Virginia

ROUND RIGHT FARM APPRENTICESHIP DESCRIPTION 2017

To farm is to believe in the miracle of birth, life and death. And to accept it all with grace.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

In its current state, the local foods movement needs more farmers. There is growing public demand for the quality and taste of locally produced foods, coupled with the recognition that current conventional farming practices lead to environmental degradation, loss of food culture and lower quality food.  Small farming, with its leaner footprint, focus on quality and diversification, and access to direct-to-consumer marketing, is re-emerging as a viable alternative to the “bigger is better” mentality that still pervades agribusiness.  But we still have lots of room to grow and improve our systems and numbers. Our desire to see this happen through a proliferation of ecologically responsible farms is what inspires Round Right Farm’s apprenticeship program.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Round Right Farm hires three full-season apprentices. Apprentices are provided on-farm housing for the duration of our farming season, which starts March 1st and goes through December 1st. We do not offer partial season apprenticeships.

Our main goal as mentors is to prepare our apprentices with the skills required to run a diversified farm and to demonstrate approaches that lead to success. By following our farming season from beginning to end, apprentices acquire the skills required to start their own farm. These include farming skills, as well as business and leadership skills. Learning takes place through a combination of hands on experience, intellectual-philosophical discussion and study.

Ideal candidates will show strong enthusiasm for food and farming, patience, persistence, consistent hard work, respect for teachers and teammates, humility, and an eagerness to put what is best for the farm and their teammates before their own personal desires. They will also view this learning environment as an investment in their future, understanding that what they get out of the experience will be in direct proportion to their investment in and acceptance of

Their responsibilities. One of the best (and hardest) parts of the apprenticeship lies in the amount of responsibility that our apprentices have. Although the environment is idyllic, candidates should also understand that this is not farm camp or simply an opportunity to escape the pressures of modern life. An economically viable farm is a production environment with high paced demands and expectations.

Apprentices work Monday through Friday, approximately 50 hours/week and are assigned to basic farm chores 1 weekend per month. If the weather does not permit planting on a Monday through Friday schedule, weekend planting work will be required. Harvest of time sensitive crops may also occur on weekends.

Apprentices are also assigned specialized roles for most of the season, and these roles will often have responsibilities that lie outside the normal workday. As our goal is to give our apprentices a realistic sense of the workload on a working farm, it is important that our apprentices cultivate the ability to view the day through goals accomplished rather than hours worked.

Housing and food are provided as well as a stipend of $350 every two weeks. One 4 day weekend vacation will be scheduled during Aug-Oct for each apprentice separately. Do not mistake this stipend as a wage for work performed; the stipend is provided to make it financially easier to attend this apprenticeship without increasing your personal debt. Take stock of your financial situation and make sure this will work for you.

Apprentice Roles on the farm

Apprentices are assigned to a leadership role in 2 of our 6 rotational veggie gardens. They start the season by laying out and planning these gardens on paper, finish the season by planting them into cover crops for the winter, and attend to all the details of vegetable production in between.

In May, apprentices are assigned to more specialized roles based on demonstrated aptitude and in consideration of the best fit for the needs of the farm. These roles are:

The Operator – Focus on equipment operation

The Nurturer – Focus on care of young plants and greenhouse/tunnel structures

The Provider – Focus on animal care and irrigation

Lessons and experiences vary over the course of the season, which offers many different opportunities to learn, practice and apply the acquired skills. What follows is a general outline of planned activities. Continue reading

Massachusetts – Gibbet Hill Farm hiring Farm Manager

Groton, Massachusetts

Farm Manager

Gibbet Hill Farm is a diversified produce and livestock farm that is part of the Webber Restaurant Group.  Its mission is to provide the restaurants within the organization with fresh, sustainably grown produce and meat as well as increase the visibility of local, sustainable agriculture in New England.

We are seeking an energetic, organized, team-oriented Farm Manager to oversee and run Gibbet Hill Farm.  The Farm Manager participates in and directs the crew in all aspects of growing at Gibbet Hill Farm, including but not limited to:

  • Creating the crop plan with input from the chefs at the Webber Restaurant Group
  • Planning and participating in community events, including farm to table dinners, farm tours, youth education, and other farm events
  • Hiring, training, and managing the entire farm staff
  • Overseeing livestock chores and monitoring of the health of the herd
  • Seeding, planting, and weeding by hand, hand tools and by tractor
  • Managing pests and disease in a sustainable fashion
  • Directing harvesting and restaurant deliveries
  • Consistent communication with chefs and the other managers

In 2016, farm staff consisted of the Farm Manager, an Assistant Farm Manager, two seasonal interns, and occasional part-time work from interested restaurant staff.  2017 staffing levels are expected to remain constant, pending input from the new Farm Manager.

The farm currently consists of two acres of fully-irrigated fields used for fruits and vegetables, one acre of grazing pasture for lambs, a 30’ x 72’ heated greenhouse, three hoophouses, and a storage barn.  Equipment includes a John Deere 5425 tillage tractor with front loader as well as Cub cultivating tractor.  There are an additional 250 acres of land in Groton that the farm has access to for future expansion potential.   Since 2014 we have farmed using only organic practices.

Salary is competitive, and based on previous experience.  Performance-based bonus is available.   3-5 years farm management work is required, with at least 2 years of tractor experience.  Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to jed@webberrestaurantgroup.com

Utah – Youth Garden Project hiring Interns

Moab, Utah

The Youth Garden Project (YGP) is a non-profit organization in Moab, UT with the mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table

YGP is currently seeking to fill three internship positions:

Program Instructor Internship

We are looking for an individual that is interested in working as an educator in a hands-on, outdoor setting within a variety of educational programs. In the spring, we have an After-School Program, Garden Classroom Field Trips, Middle and High School classes that conduct experiments, and a weeklong Spring Break Camp—all of which will be taught primarily by two interns with aid from the Program Manager. During the summer, four interns facilitate our nine week Summer Camp designing and implementing the lesson plans for this program.

Read the full description and see how to apply here: spring_summer-program-instructor-internship

Full Season Garden Internship

Experience an entire growing season at the Youth Garden Project with the 9-month Garden Internship! Garden interns have the opportunity to learn organic gardening techniques and skills while working in a combined production and education garden.

Read the full description and see how to apply here:full-season-garden-internship

Spring/Summer Garden Internship

Garden interns will have the opportunity to learn organic gardening techniques and skills while working in a combined production and education garden.

Read the full description and see how to apply here:spring_summer-garden-internship

New York – Sun Sprout Farm hiring Farm Apprentices

Chester, New York

Sun Sprout Farm is a 24 acre organic mixed vegetable farm in Chester, NY. We are located in Orange County, and farm on black dirt soil about an hour north of NYC. We are entering our second season of production and are passionate about growing healthy organic vegetables, herbs and cut flowers for individuals and families in the region. We farm next to three other independent organic farms as part of the Chester Agricultural Center. We market our vegetables through four farmer’s markets per week as well as CSA and wholesale accounts. Our seasonal apprenticeship program runs from mid- March until the week before Thanksgiving. These positions offer the opportunity to learn about the everyday workings of an organic vegetable farm. It is an important part of our mission to teach others about farming and we are glad to share the knowledge gained from ten years of farming experience.

We are looking for highly motivated workers who are interested in learning about organic agriculture and who love working outdoors in all seasons. Our apprentices take part in all aspects of crop production including greenhouse seeding, transplanting, cultivation, harvesting and marketing. We pay $10/hr plus farm vegetables and have housing available near the farm for $350/month including utilities. There are no pets allowed in this housing. Work is six days per week, usually 60+ hrs/week during the summer and around 40 hrs/week in the spring and fall. Farming experience is helpful but is not required. A strong work ethic and ability to perform outdoor physical labor in all kinds of weather conditions are a must.

We are part of the mid-Hudson CRAFT program which allows our apprentices to visit other host farms in the area for a tour, talk, or demonstration on a specific topic in order to connect and network with other local farmers and learn about other farming practices. You can find more information about our farm on our homepage (http://www.sunsproutfarm.com), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sunsproutfarm) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sunsproutfarm).

Sun Sprout Farm offers three apprenticeship positions and requires a full season commitment. In addition we are always looking for seasonal help during the summer months. All applicants need a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 season. If you would like to apply, please send your resume with previous work experience and letter of interest to:

Sun Sprout Farm
168 Meadow Ave
Chester, NY 10918

or by email to: info@sunsproutfarm.com

Minnesota – Frogtown Farm hiring Farm Manager

St. Paul, Minnesota

Farm Manager

November 2016

Frogtown Farm is seeking an experienced and well-rounded individual with strong farming skills and a commitment to social justice to be full-time Farm Manager. This is an opportunity to be a part of the leadership team of one of the largest contiguous urban farms in the country.

Organization  Summary

Frogtown Farm is a community-based nonprofit organization that is located in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. The farm is one of the largest urban farms in the country with 5 acres of land within a 12.7-acre park. Frogtown Farm finished it’s first year of production and programming in 2016. Frogtown Farm is certified organic and uses permaculture principles.

Frogtown Farm is a nexus for a healthy food system that fills gaps in production, storage, education, training and networking. With spokes that reach beyond its acreage and the Frogtown neighborhood, Frogtown Farm is recognized as a destination for those seeking learning, innovation, reflection, celebration, and authentic community. Rooted in values of social equity, justice, and inter-connectedness, this urban farm on the hill serves as a model for multi- cultural community and a catalyst for economic development, wealth creation, community pride, and sustainability.

Position

The Farm Manager will be responsible for all aspects of daily operations of our 5-acre site ensuring production goals are achieved. This includes both annual vegetable and perennial production. This position requires commitment to and skill with working collaboratively with people from many backgrounds and creativity in managing the unique challenges of a farm in an urban environment. Most critically, the Farm Manager will be responsible for building healthy soil for high volume production – serving as the steward for an environmentally, economically and socially viable farm.

The position will be full-time, reporting directly to the Executive Director. The salary range is $45,000-

$55,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Frogtown Farm provides a competitive benefits package, including: group health insurance plan with employer contribution, retirement savings plan with 401k match, ample vacation, paid sick leave and holidays.

Essential Duties & Responsibility

  • With the Executive Director, develop long-term integrated plan for farm operations
  • Develop and implement crop plan, planting and harvesting schedule for each season with a focus on season extension and maximizing the existing and future hoop houses
  • Purchase seeds, supplies, tools and equipment; maintain tools & equipment ongoing
  • Manage planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, washing, packing and delivering produce
  • Maintain the full site for public use, ensuring a positive experience for anyone on site
  • Track farm operations and data, including crop plans, energy consumption, harvest log, germination rate, planting schedule, growth tracking, compost production and soil nutrient management
  • Research urban farm security methods and processes and determine viability of security system; oversee implementation of system
  • Ensure compliance of organic certification
  • Supervise additional farm production staff, interns and volunteers
  • Utilize sustainable organic agricultural methods, including weed and pest management and development of soil structure through composting and other organic methods
  • Responsible for compliance with all city, county and state agricultural, food and safety policies
  • Be an active and articulate ambassador for Frogtown Farm
  • Work with staff and partners to develop alternative sources of energy for farm operations
  • Assist with preparation of farm reports for grant applications and reports
  • Work collaboratively with Frogtown Farm staff to develop farm and permaculture training program; As farming season allows, lead trainings, workshops and/or classes
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • 5+ years vegetable farm management using sustainable agriculture practices
  • Knowledge and interest in the unique and complex aspects of urban agriculture
  • Experience operating and maintaining tools and farm equipment
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing start-up organization
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Working knowledge of organic and sustainable farming standards and techniques
  • Interest in permaculture-based agriculture
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and take part in physical labor in all weather conditions
  • Basic carpentry and mechanical skills
  • Interest and commitment to establish and maintain relationships with all staff, representatives of local and state agencies, other community organizations and individual community members
  • Computer skills required to develop budgets, communicate with colleagues, use software to plan and track farm operations
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work weekends and evening hours during peak growing season
  • Ability to manage assets resourcefully – equipment, labor
  • Commitment to mission and values of Frogtown Farm, including social justice and racial equity

To Apply

This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as submitted, so early application is encouraged. Please submit an email with current resume, cover letter and 3 professional references (references will not be contacted until candidate advances to interview round) to  eartha@frogtownfarm.org. Include “Your name: Farm Manager” in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we will not be able to respond to each application.

Colorado – Pine Cliff Ranch hiring Ranch Hand

Sedalia, Colorado

Ranch Hand
 Pine Cliff Ranch
Temporary, Full-Time
 About the Organization:

Pine Cliff Ranch, a responsibly run grass-fed beef ranch in Sedalia, CO, has spent the past four years creating a quality product – sustainably raising delicious grass fed and grass finished beef without hormones or antibiotics. We are seeking a Ranch Hand to manage the day-to-day operations at the ranch. The right candidate has a passion for cattle and ranching and sustainable processes. This position will report to the Ranch Manager and be required to live on the ranch.  Pine Cliff Ranch sits on 3500 acres of land 30 miles south of Downtown Denver.

 Summary:

Effectively lead daily operations of Pine Cliff Ranch which includes property maintenance, various projects, well-being of ranch livestock and farming operations.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for management and well-being of all livestock on ranch, which includes, pasture/grazing management, winter feeding/watering, vaccinations, pregnancy tests, calving, branding, shoeing, breeding, castrations, de-horning, acquisition and disposition of livestock, sales of livestock at auction, install new fencing as needed, maintain existing fencing
  • Manage any grazing rights for cattle
  • Responsible for the maintenance and repair of all structures; homes, barns, sheds, stables, fences, corrals
  • Responsible for the maintenance and repair of all equipment, including tractors, trucks, pumps and tools, ATVs, etc., including annual preventative maintenance overhauls during winter months
  • Maintain and update inventories of all equipment, tools and supplies.  Provide documentation to Ranch Manager on a regular basis
  • Assist in maintaining landscaping, driveways and roads
  • Responsible for irrigation, including maintaining ditches, dams, ponds, wells, windmills and stock ponds
  • Responsible for irrigation maintenance of ditches, dams, ponds, wells, windmills and stock ponds
  • Responsible for weed control, soil preparation, plantings, irrigation and harvesting of crops
  • Responsible for well-being and management of ranch livestock which includes pasture/grazing rotation, pregnancy tests, feeding/watering, vaccinations, calving, branding, horse training and shoeing, breeding, castrations and de-horning, acquisitions and disposition of livestock, installation of new fencing as needed, maintaining existing fencing
  • Maintain landscaping of ranch headquarters and private residences
  • Assist in security of property; watching for trespassing, hunting, etc.
  • Assist Ranch Business Manager with all other ranch duties as requested

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must have mechanical aptitude; extensive knowledge and experience in operation and repair of heavy equipment
  • Knowledge of welding, electrical and plumbing
  • Ability to develop and implement ranch business plans
  • Must have high energy and physical stamina
  • Willing to perform physical labor
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks while meeting stated deadlines
  • Good organization skills
  • Work independently, self-driven and results oriented
  • Ability to exercise good business judgment and conduct all business activities in a professional manner
  • Strong work ethic and integrity

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Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Apprentices

Various Locations, Oregon
ROGUE FARM CORPS seeks to TRAIN THE NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS
Entry-level internship & Advanced apprenticeship positions available in Oregon for 2017.
Rogue Farm Corps is the only organization in Oregon that offers structured, entry-level and advanced farmer education and training programs rooted in real-world farm businesses. We work with more than 20 host farms located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon and offer experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, and more. For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications: http://roguefarmcorps.org
 
START FARMING!
Rogue Farm Corps’ FarmsNext internship program is a great launching point for you to try out farming for a season. Gain significant real world experience training on a sustainable farm in Oregon.
FarmsNext is a full season (6-8 month) entry-level residential internship program. This on-farm experience combines field training with a mentor farmer, classroom learning, tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study. No experience necessary. Learn more and apply today!
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS UNTIL MARCH 15 FOR 2017 POSITIONS. Apply early for your best chance at a position.
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HONE YOUR SKILLS!
Are you ready to take your education and training to the next level and kick start your farming career? Our FarmsNOW apprenticeship program will help you learn how to manage and run a sustainable vegetable operation.
FarmsNOW is an on-farm program for those with two years of farming experience who are seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture. Hands-on training, classes, seminars, and guidance on farm business development will help you gain the skills to plan, design, and run integrated farming systems on your own. Find out more and apply today!