Colorado – Elkstone Farm hiring Farm Chef

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

FARM CHEF

About Us

Elkstone Farm is a permaculture-inspired produce farm, employing sustainable practices to raise our crops.  We’re dedicated to responsible stewardship of the land, contributing to our vibrant local community by providing top-quality produce and products from our farm, and sharing our knowledge and resources to inspire healthy living.  Located in northwest Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, near Steamboat Springs, we’re surrounded by national forests, world class skiing, and miles and miles of trails. Visit us at www.elkstonefarm.com.

Overall Responsibility

Primary responsibility is to incorporate farm produce into value-added products and baked goods for sale to retail and wholesale customers.  Additional responsibilities include development of recipes that utilize produce and value-added products and preparation of dishes for participants of farm tours. As farm explores possible development of agritourism opportunities, Chef’s input will be essential.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Food Production

  • Produce value-added items (e.g., fruit preserves, pickles, herb blends, crackers) following established recipes and formulas
  • Develop new recipes and formulas to utilize new or excess produce from the farm
  • Create and test farm-centered recipes for website, newsletters, and farm stand
  • Prepare food for summer farm tours
  • Assist Herbalist in creating and producing skin care products
  • Prepare staff lunches, as requested
  • Ensure safe food production by strictly adhering to food safety regulations and best practices

Kitchen Management

  • Maintain kitchen equipment and appliances on a regular basis
  • Communicate any equipment and building issues to Owner and Farm Manager
  • Manage the cleanliness of the kitchen, walk-in, storage area, and restroom
  • Order equipment and tools, as needed, for kitchen and Herbalist’s use

Inventory Management

  • Order and maintain par levels for ingredients
  • Maintain par levels and inventory records of value-added products

Record Keeping

  • Track cost of goods and food costs of items produced
  • Record weights of produce used in value-added products

Packaging

  • Collaborate with Market Cultivator to source appropriate packaging and labels
  • Assist Market Cultivator with ordering packaging items
  • Package, label, and store the items produced

Planning

  • Forecast amounts/weights of produce needed for upcoming value-added products in order to provide input to Principal Grower on varieties of plants and volumes of production needed in kitchen
  • Work with Herbalist to set harvest needs to maintain the kitchen’s supply of herbs
  • Create the value-added portion of the annual budget for the upcoming year and track actual vs budgeted expenditures monthly
  • Work with Market Cultivator to evaluate existing product mix and develop new products

Agritourism

  • Work with Owner and Market Cultivator to develop an agritourism plan, e.g., culinary contribution to farm tours, cooking classes, and farm-to-table dinners

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Aid Principal Grower with bed preparation, planting, weeding, and harvesting, as needed and as time permits

Consults and Works Closely With

  • Owner
  • Market Cultivator
  • Principal Grower
  • Herbalist

Qualifications

  • Culinary Arts and/or Baking and Pastry Arts degree(s) preferred
  • Advanced experience in the following:
    • Food preservation, e.g. fruit preserves, pickles, salsa, and herb blends
    • Producing baked goods, especially breakfast pastries and naturally leavened breads
    • Producing body care products such as soap, scrubs, and lip balms
    • Recipe development and testing
  • Applied knowledge of culinary accounting
  • Better Process Control School (for low acid and acidified foods) certificate of completion before or shortly after hire
  • ServSafe Food Handler’s Certification or willingness to get certified
  • Basic computer skills: competency with Word and Excel

Personal Traits

  • Strong work ethic
  • Committed to high standard of quality
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Creative
  • Detail-oriented
  • High standards for kitchen maintenance
  • Comfortable working alone as well as working collaboratively with team
  • Good communicator
  • Upbeat and positive attitude

Term of Employment

  • Employment at will
  • Full-time, year-round, though hours may be lighter during several months of the winter

Compensation

  • Hourly, amount depends on level of expertise and experience

Start Date

  • March 1-15, 2017

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to info@elkstonefarm.com

Virginia – Project GROWS hiring Farm Manager

Verona, Virginia

NOW HIRING: FARM MANAGER  Job Description

About Project GROWS

Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We connect children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, garden-based education and 2) access to healthy local food.

Project GROWS cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our 10-acre farm in the rolling hills of Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 50,000 pounds of food each year. Half of our produce is donated or used in educational programs, and the remaining half is sold to

CSA members, at farmer’s markets, and wholesale to restaurants. Project GROWS manages a 25-member

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and two local farmer’s markets (North Augusta and Waynesboro farmer’s markets). In addition, PG partners with the Boys & Girls Club and Staunton Health Department to provide a “mobile” farmer’s market serving low-income families. We partner with 22 local organizations annually to serve 4,200+ youth with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education.

 JOB DESCRIPTION

Project GROWS is looking for an exceptional candidate to fill the role of farm manager. The farm manager will oversee and run all day-to-day farm operations. An interest and enthusiasm for garden-based education is a highly important aspect of this position. The farm manager works with the Project GROWS’ team to facilitate educational tasks on the farm as well as manage volunteers and oversee all sales and donations.

The farm manager will possess strong experience and knowledge of ecological, year-round vegetable production, experience managing a team of workers, a demonstrated aptitude to engage and cultivate new relationships within our community, and a strong, self-motivated work ethic.

 JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee all vegetable and fruit production (50,000 pounds annually) on the 4-acre farm, with attention to nutrient management and organic practices. Production is year-round and includes a heated greenhouse, hoop house, and field production
  • Provide weekly supervision and scheduling activities for 1 to 6+ workers including a part-time farm assistant, workers from the Office on Youth, seasonal interns and staff, and volunteer and service groups
  • Oversee farm maintenance including facilities, machinery (BCS walk-behind tractor & attachments, riding tractor, farm truck, hand-tools), and cropping systems
  • Develop and monitor irrigation systems and hand-water as needed, including creating and managing a watering schedule for greenhouse, hoop house, and production fields
  • Coordinate basic plumbing, electrical, and construction work as needed
  • Work with Executive Director to create annual production and sales goals, develop system of record keeping and management, and an annual farm budget
  • Oversee 18-week CSA and mobile farmer’s market (June through September) including customer communication (weekly newsletter providing recipes and cooking tips)
  • Assist PG staff in managing farmer’s market as needed, including 1 to 2 Saturdays per month for the Waynesboro Farmer’s Market (as part of staff rotation) May through September
  • General clean-up of garden beds, paths, and disposal of trash
  • Assist Education Coordinator with hands-on garden based education including providing the EC with weekly list of potential farm tasks that match with educational goals
  • Assist in leading farm tours and occasional workshops, as well as speak at conferences  Other general tasks as requested by Executive Director

 The ideal candidate will be willing to make a long-term commitment and possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to work well with variety of customers and community members, including youth from diverse backgrounds
  • A minimum of 2 years farm/greenhouse management experience or 5 years farm work experience
  • Detail-oriented with considerable attention to order, cleanliness, and an ongoing commitment to improving systems
  • Experience with machinery and power equipment including BCS walk-behind tractor with attachments, riding tractor, drip irrigation, and hand tools
  • Knowledge of the principles of soil biology, no-till crop production, permaculture, growing perennials, using cover crops, utilizing living mulches, incorporating stale/false seed beds, composting, soil testing, and/or other ecological/organic growing methods is a plus.
  • Building/construction experience is a plus
  • Experience and desire to work with and teach apprentices and youth on a daily basis.
  • A track record of success working in a cooperative team environment requiring a high level of planning, communication, and documentation
  • A desire to produce food of the highest nutritional, culinary, and ecological quality
  • A desire to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal development is encouraged and supported at Project GROWS
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all types of weather, under potentially strenuous conditions
  • Ability to juggle multiple relationships, projects, and responsibilities
  • Email communication (timely and proper etiquette), knowledge of Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint a plus

 Other Requirements:

  • Cell phone communication
  • Frequent computer and internet access
  • Reliable transportation
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

TIME REQUIREMENTS

Approximately 40 hours/week, with some seasonal fluctuation. Some evenings and weekends are required during the growing season and for special events.

COMPENSATION

This is a salaried position that may range from $30,000 to $33,000 commensurate with experience. Annual evaluation of sales and production goals will determine salary increase over time. Benefits include: a produce farm share and 3 accrued weeks of paid time off annually, preferably taken during the winter (the week between December 24 and January 1st, plus two additional weeks).

TO APPLY

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

 

Ohio – Bellwether Farm hiring Farm Manager

Wakeman, Ohio

Diocese Seeks Farm Manager for Bellwether Farm

Bellwether Farm Camp, Retreat, and Education Center, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, will offer a model for sustainable living that promotes physical and spiritual wellness, fidelity to the environment, and social justice by incorporating farming, food production, and environmental stewardship into land-based educational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Our 137-acre property in Wakeman, Ohio, will support a residential summer camp program for up to 100 campers per session, retreats for individuals and groups up to 80 people, school field trips, classes, workshops, and seasonal community events. The Diocese is also partnering with various organizations in Northern Ohio to provide innovative programs that serve targeted populations, including economically disadvantaged children and families.

The project team is seeking candidates for the position of farm manager with an expected start date of April 1, 2017. Please review the job description for more information and requirements.

Job Description:

The Farm Manager will be responsible for all matters related to the farm operations at Bellwether Farm. This includes working with the program staff to develop an educational curriculum about sustainable, regenerative agriculture, as well as coordinating with kitchen staff on supporting food service for the center and the teaching kitchen. The farm manager will also engage with the center’s administration to develop and institute land management practices that meet the highest standards of environmental stewardship.

Specific duties of this position include:

Production

  • Starting with 1-2 acres of mixed vegetable production and 15+ acres of pasture in the first year, develop and implement (daily) a production management plan consistent with organic practices which includes: soil testing, crop selection, seed starting schedule, planting schedule, crop rotation plans, harvest plans, soil fertility plans, integrated pest management, and equipment maintenance schedules.
  • In consultation with the center administration, build a farm budget and oversee the implementation of the budget, including farm purchases.
  • Build a progressive farm plan that improves management of the farm, increases production totals and land use (up to 7 acres of mixed vegetable crops, and 15+ acres of pastures), details new projects, and addresses overall sustainability.
  • Oversee all daily work on the farm, including any farm workers, interns, and volunteers.

Education

  • Work with education staff to develop educational materials and activities for youth and adult farm visitors and oversee the implementation of these materials and activities.
  • Develop educational materials and experiences for any farm workers, interns, or volunteers and oversee implementation of these materials and experiences.

Land Stewardship

  • Work with center administration to develop a plan to reach organic certification.
  • Work with a team to advise and develop place-based education around the importance of the farmland to the overall mission of the retreat center.
  • Continually improve the farm’s use of natural resources, so that the farm becomes an example of sustainable production in northeast Ohio.

Travel

  • Must be able to travel to local or regional meetings.

Supervisory responsibilities

  • The Farm Manager must supervise interns, volunteers and, possibly, seasonal workers.

ADA

  • The physical requirements of this position are related to a standard farming environment.
  • Must be able to lift, bend, carry, move equipment, and use farming machinery, equipment, and standard tools.
  • While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to hear, talk, stand, walk, reach, stoop, or kneel.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Experience required:

  • Three years management experience on a vegetable farm
  • Two years experience in animal husbandry
  • Tractor or other farm machinery experience
  • Three years personnel management experience
  • Some teaching experience

Additional qualities desired:

  • Strong land ethic that values that which contributes to and preserves the integrity, stability, and beauty of the land and its human and non-human community.
  • Creativity around resource use, reduction of waste-streams, and problem-solving.
  • Eagerness to learn and apply principals of regenerative agriculture consistent with mission.
  • Willingness to live on-site.
  • Understanding of ecological processes and systems.
  • Good organizational and communications skills.

Salary and benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Housing – available in late 2017

Submit resume with cover letter by March 1, 2017, to:

Katie Ong-Landini, Project Director, Camp and Retreat Ministry
2230 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2499
Email: kong-landini@dohio.org
Phone: (216) 774-0454

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Weston, Massachusetts

Land’s Sake combines ecologically-sound land management practices with hands-on environmental education to model how public open space can be used and enjoyed by the community. A 501c3 nonprofit corporation, we run a public farm, host educational programming for all ages, maintain the town forest for recreational and production uses, and care for both public conservation and private land.

Our efforts are centered on three themes:
-Environmental Education
-Sustainable Land Management
-Community-Building and Caretaking

Bringing people onto the land as visitors to our farm, as volunteers or youth workers, and through our active educational programs, we directly connect people to their local ecology. Our work uncovers the intrinsic value of the land around us and the importance of treating the land with respect.

Land’s Sake is currently hiring 3 Positions:

Indiana – Growing Places Indy hiring Summer Apprentices

Indianapolis, Indiana

2017 Growing Places Indy Summer Apprenticeship Program

Application Deadline:  March 15, 2017

Growing Places Indy is a non-profit organization committed to empowering individuals to cultivate personal, family and community wellness through urban agriculture, food access and mind-body education.

Our apprenticeship empowers participants to understand what it means to Grow Well, Eat Well and Live Well in order to Be Well, and both challenges and encourages them to be the change they want to see in the world.

Mandatory Program Orientation:  Thursday, June 8 (time TBD)

Mandatory Program Dates:  June 12 – August 10 (8 weeks)

* There is a break from July 3 – 7.

Weekly Schedule:

  • Mondays – 8:00am to 1:00pm
  • Tuesdays – 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Wednesdays – 8:30am to 6:30pm (time is built in for lunch)
  • Thursdays – 8:30am to 12:30pm and 3:00pm to 6:30pm

Locations:

  • Boner Learning & Fitness Center at the Chase Legacy Building
  • White River State Park
  • The Eskenazi Health Sky Farm at the Sydney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital
  • The Platform at City Market
  • Additional field trips occur weekly

Hours per week: Approximately 25-30

In addition to our regular schedule, participation in and attendance at additional events, networking opportunities, and enrichment activities are encouraged.  Growing Places Indy will facilitate these opportunities throughout the program and participants are encouraged to seek out others.

Compensation: $400 stipend, a weekly veggie share and yoga classes

Program Description:  The Summer Apprenticeship Program immerses participants in the work of Growing Places Indy, through hands-on farm work to community engagement, fundraising, youth education, personal development and more.  Participants are challenged to consider what change they want to see in the world and are trained in skills they can employ to take personal action.  Participants build a strong team relationship within their cohort and have the opportunity to meet many leaders and entrepreneurs doing transformational work in the Indianapolis area.

Apprentices will:

  • Learn about urban agriculture through hands-on experiences and educational lessons, obtaining information and skills to teach others. This includes general farming activities (planning, planting, transplanting, cultivation, weeding, etc.) and sales/marketing/distribution activities (CSA, farm stand and restaurant sales).  Physical work is a major part of the program, with daily outdoor tasks at Growing Places Indy’s farm sites as well as farms, gardens and organizations across the Indianapolis area.
  • Engage in the Indianapolis area food system with producers, consumers, advocates and educators, connecting into a network of relationships and opportunities. This may include attending presentations and leading workshops, speaking engagements and tours for community members.
  • Explore and apply practices for personal empowerment including yoga, self-study, cooking, gardening and mindfulness activities. Participants enjoy a daily yoga/mindfulness practice and explore how to apply the philosophy of yoga in day-to-day life and work.
  • Develop an integrated understanding of how food access and awareness, agricultural systems, individual and collective lifestyles (or lifestyle choices) impact personal and community wellness, as well as economic and environmental sustainability.
  • Investigate how community based food systems support community development. This will include site visits, guest lecturers as well as recommended readings.
  • Explore leadership and teamwork concepts by working as part of a small team of apprentices and program leaders to accomplish daily, weekly and season-long tasks and goals.
  • Learn to comfortably and safely navigate Indianapolis by bicycle. Bicycling is the primary mode of group transit between farms sites, restaurant deliveries and visits to downtown area locations.
  • Each apprentice will have an additional role he or she will play to accomplish our collective goals and gain valuable experience. Examples include but are not limited to: farm stand manager, social media assistant, photographer, CSAveggie share leader, after school program leader, restaurant harvest coordinator and fundraising project coordinator.

Application Eligibility:  Eligible participants must be 18 years of age or older and have at least one year of continuing education or work experience post high school.  To be accepted, a candidate must be able to fully commit to the weekly schedule for the entire 8-week program, be willing to work hard, have a sincere interest in the subject matter and activities, desire to take on leadership roles and to grow personally.  Strongest candidates will be able to articulate a sense of purpose for applying, as well as thoughtful ideas on ways in which they can contribute to the 2017 cohort experience, Growing Places Indy and potential ways they will pay forward the experience.  Prior experience in gardening, farm product sales, educational programming and/or the practice of yoga are not required.

Application Process:

  • Submit your application by March 15, 2017 to Sarah Adams/Program Coordinator at saraha@growingplacesindy.org.
  • After an initial application review, applicants will by contacted for an interview by March 31, 2017.
  • Interviews will take place April 10 – 21, 2017.
  • Applicants will be informed of a final decision on their application by April 30, 2017.

Previous apprenticeship schedules and testimonials can be found at: http://www.growingplacesindy.org/our_programs/summer-apprenticeship/

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New Hampshire – Brookford Farm hiring Sales and Distribution Assistant

Canterbury, New Hampshire

Sales and Distribution Assistant 

compensation: hourly+ commission
employment type: full-time

Brookford Farm is seeking a full time Regional Sales Associate who has a passion for local organic food, and the sales skills needed to grow sales in New Hampshire and southern New England.

Brookford Farm is in persistent pursuit of a high quality, diversified product line to match its grass based diversified organic farm:

-Dairy–yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, milk, butter, quark
-Cheese–Raw Cheddar, Raw Blue, Camembert, Brie, Feta
-Meats–Grass Fed Beef and Veal, Pasture Raised Pork and Chicken
-Flour–Bread and Pastry Flour (farm grown wheat)
-Organic Vegetables–Year round supply, seasonal variations

Sales and Distribution Assistant Responsibilities:

-Maintain and grow existing accounts while searching on route for new accounts.
-Manage drivers and routes for profitability.
-Schedule truck routes, truck maintenance, and truck sanitation.

Requirements:
-Have at least two years prior sales experience, preferably in southern New England and New Hampshire.
-Be self-motivated, highly organized and quick to solve problems.
-Be dynamic with customers, excellent communication skills.
-Be located in New Hampshire, preferably central.
-Have a valid drivers license and reliable transportation.
-Have a passion for grass-based farming and for strengthening regional food systems.

Please email brookfordfarm@gmail.com resume and cover letter explaining why you want to work for our company. We will contact you for a list of references.

New Jersey – School Lunch Organic Farm hiring Assistant Farm Manager

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Job Description – Organic Farm Assistant Farm Manager
Start Date: April/May 2017
Work schedule:
51/2 days a week
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position: Assistant Farm Manager

School Lunch Organic Farm & CSA, located on a 70 acres in Northern NJ, is seeking an Assistant Farm Manager from Spring to late Fall of the 2017 season. Ideal candidates are highly self-motivated with a minimum of 2 years experience in organic vegetable production. The Assistant Farm Manager in partnership with the Farmer-Owner will be responsible for greenhouse work, fieldwork, and CSA distribution. Assistant Farm Manager will train, direct and work with apprentices, interns and volunteers.

Skills Desired:
Responsibilities will include: Soil fertility, direct seeding, transplanting, cultivation, mechanical tillage, irrigation management, disease & pest control, crop rotation, routine equipment maintenance and daily record keeping. The ideal candidate would be available to start in April/May 2017 and have some mechanical skills, a valid drivers license, and the ability to lift at least 50 lbs.

Educational Opportunities:
Daily Responsibilities:

  • Seed starting in greenhouse, thinning seedlings, and nutrient application. Direct sowing in fields.
  • Bed preparation: rock picking, cultivating, back pack flaming, weeding, and working with drip irrigation
  • Record keeping
  • Foliar spraying of crops for feeding and pest control
  • harvesting, cleaning, and storing vegetables
  • Tractor and implement safety, maintenance, hookup, calibration and operation
  • Farm Upkeep: mowing tractor ways and grass borders, weed-whacking, building, repairs, painting
  • Working with apprentices, interns and volunteers—adults and children

Meals: We will eat a shared vegetarian/vegan potluck lunch together at least once a week with vegetables from the farm.

We also provide all the vegetables you need.

Location:
School Lunch Farm & CSA
69 Stephen Park Road
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Contact Info:
Please email cover letter and resume to:
Margaret Noon
Please use email contact first!
margaretmnoon@gmail.com
908-451-0051

School Lunch Farm Vision:

School Lunch Farm is founded on the desire create healthier soil and community by growing nutrient dense organic vegetables and fruits, heirloom and specialty crops for community supported agriculture shareholders, schools, low-income community members, farm markets, and restaurants.
School Lunch Farm offers programs to educate children and adults to be stewards of the earth through organic growing, understanding of where food comes from, how it’s grown, healthy eating, and the effects of food production on the environment.