Massachusetts – Cricket Creek hiring Head Cheese Maker

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Applications accepting on a rolling basis.  Start date: ASAP

We are looking for a head cheese maker at Cricket Creek Farm to work with the creamery manager and apprentices to make our several award winning cheeses.  

Cricket Creek Farm is a small grass-based dairy in Western Massachusetts. We make several award-winning cheeses from the milk of our herd of Brown Swiss and Jersey cows (currently milking about 25 cows). In addition to the cheese, we sell raw milk from our farm store. We also raise pigs and beef, and have an on-farm bakery. We make all our own hay for our cows that we feed out during the winter.

The head cheese maker must have experience making a variety of hard and soft cheeses, and experience in sanitation and maintenance of a creamery.  Work includes involvement in all aspects of running our farmstead creamery.

Job Description

  1. Overseeing the production of all the cheeses in our current repertoire (8 cheeses).
  2. Taking the lead on enforcing the maintenance and sanitation protocols.  This includes all equipment maintenance in the creamery.
  3. Teaching apprentices all facets of cheese making, both informally (during the work day) and also during “cheese school” on occasional afternoons.
  4. Troubleshoot recipes/inconsistencies with the products as needed and help apprentices refine their practices and work out problems with the cheeses as appropriate.
  5. Maintaining all required records, inventories, recipes, and data collected.
  6. Enforcing schedules, bringing an upbeat and positive attitude, being a leader on the farm.  We expect the person in this position to always be on time, always stick to a tight schedule, keep other people on track, and bring positive energy and enthusiasm to work every day.

We are located in Williamstown, MA – a small college town in the northern Berkshires. Williamstown has a great independent movie theater, the Clark Art museum, a wonderful theater festival in the summertime and several great restaurants. We are surrounded by preserved land with many hiking trails. Nearby is Mass MOCA, Tanglewood, and many lovely small towns. Williamstown is 3 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC.

Compensation: We provide a modest salary, some food, and possibly housing (to be determined).

Communication: Communication is of paramount importance here. We strive to create a work environment that is comfortable, open, clear, and honest for everyone. Every week we have a staff meeting, during which everyone sits down together to review the week and any upcoming news. During this meeting everyone shares personal highlights and difficulties of the previous week. It is also an opportunity to openly discuss any farm happenings.

Length of commitment: We are looking for at least a 2-year commitment, but ideally seeking a candidate that is interested in a long-term position.

Application process and timeline: We are hiring on a rolling basis. We highly encourage a visit from any serious applicant. We do have space available to house an applicant overnight, and a 2 to 3-day visit is ideal. Working and spending some time together will help let us determine whether you will be a good fit for the farm, and will help give you a better sense of us.

The first step is to answer the questions below and send us the responses along with a current resume, cover letter, and 3 references.  Reference letters are not required, but are helpful.  Based on the responses, we will contact you to set up a phone interview and potentially a visit.  Please send all application materials to info@cricketcreekfarm.com or call (413) 458-5888 if you have questions. Continue reading

Colorado – Harvest Farm hiring Garden Manager

Wellington, Colorado

Opportunity to manage a 5 acre garden at a Christian Rehab facility in Colorado.  Great opportunity to practice permaculture, sustainable agriculture, biodynamic farming  and teach people farming.

Full time salaried position with benefits.

You would be working with men in rehab supervising them as they help run the garden.  The operation has a small CSA and sells to restaurants, donates and stocks the kitchen on site.  Work also involves youth and volunteers.  Great opportunity to teach a population that hasn’t been exposed to agriculture.  Must be able and willing to help people follow Jesus.  If you’re interested or have questions please contact Kelly at kballantyne@denrescue.org or visit https://www.harvestfarm.net/

 

 

Minnesota – Hmong American Farmers Association hiring Post-Harvest Assistants

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA)

TITLE: HAFA Alternative Markets Program Seasonal Assistant

COMPENSATION: Part time $15/hr., Seasonal August – October

SUPERVISOR: HAFA Alternative Markets Organizers

The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a membership based nonprofit organization that works with Hmong American farmers in the Twin Cities and the surrounding metropolitan area. The mission of the organization is to advance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of these farmers and their families. Many Hmong farmers face numerous obstacles to farming including lack of access to land, capital, training and alternative markets besides the farmers’ market system. Through cooperative farming, education and advocacy, HAFA works with Hmong farmers and their families to create a path to wealth creation not just income generation.

This position is an incredible learning opportunity for anyone looking to get first-hand experience pioneering a local food hub, piloting innovative sustainable agricultural practices, helping to solve challenges faced by farmers in the local food system, and helping to run a bourgeoning cooperative farm.

Expectations

HAFA post-harvest assistants are expected to:

  • Work 30+ hrs. a week on a number of assigned activities
  • Be prepared to work hard and in a variety of different weather conditions.
  • Arrive to work on time, complete their assignments efficiently, and act respectfully and professionally to fellow colleagues and farmers.

Preferably HAFA post-harvest assistant knows Hmong language and culture, can lift 50lbs, have knowledge and experience in handling produce, out-going personality.

Responsibilities

All post-harvest assistants are expected to assist with the HAFA farm maintenance activities, which include food safety, land maintenance, loading and unloading produce, and special events on the HAFA Farm.

Alternative Markets Program (AMP)

  • Communicating with farmers and staff about upcoming orders and contract deliverables
  • Cleaning and maintaining the rinse station, packing shed and cooler area in accordance with food safety standards
  • Packing, loading, tracking, cleaning and maintaining all post-harvest, small equipment, materials, and protocols associated with the AMP in accordance with food safety standards
  • Washing, sorting, packing, loading and unloading produce for institutional sales
  • Conducting due diligence tests on farmers and their produce
  • Performing data entry
  • Other duties as assigned

Prospective candidates MUST have reliable transportation. HAFA prefers someone who can work through the month of November. HAFA is an equal opportunity employer. The ability to speak Hmong and knowledge of Hmong culture and customs is a plus. If interested, please send your resume, cover letter, 3 references and a writing sample to: Hua Vang hua@hmongfarmers.com Please put “Post-Harvest Assistant Applicant” in the Subject Line.

Massachusetts – Appleton Farms hiring Dairy & Livestock Technician

Dairy & Livestock Technician

Full-time, Seasonal (~20 Weeks)
Appleton Farms
Ipswich, MA

 About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.

Founded in 1638, Appleton Farms is the oldest continuously operating farm in America.  In 1998, the Appleton family donated the 1,000-acre farm to The Trustees of Reservations, a leading land conservation organization in Massachusetts.  Now a flagship agricultural property for The Trustees, Appleton Farms is home to pasture-raised dairy and beef herds, a 650 share community-supported agriculture program, hundreds of acres of pastures and forest, and volunteer- and staff-led programs that educate the public about small scale, sustainable agriculture.

 Position Summary:

The Dairy and Livestock Technician (DLT) provides support for the grass-based Jersey and White Park dairy and beef operations at Appleton Farms, a 1000-acre farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  In addition to the livestock operation and related grazing pastures, the farm features hayfields, woods, wetlands, and a Community Supported Agriculture operation with more than 20 acres of crop lands.

Responsibilities include assisting with the management of the dairy and beef herds, facilities, equipment, pastures and infrastructure.  The DLT reports to the Dairy and Livestock Manager of Appleton Farms and works closely with other livestock program and farm staff.  The position’s work schedule is variable, includes weekends and holidays, and is based on an average 5-5½ day work week.

 Essential Functions:

  • Conduct timely milking, feeding and care of the dairy herd.
  • Conduct timely feeding, care and management of the beef herd, chicken flock, and any other livestock, as required.
  • Operate and clean all dairy and beef program equipment and facilities.
  • Help manage the grazing infrastructure including the pastures, water systems, travel lanes, and fencing.
  • Assist in the maintenance of all livestock program buildings, equipment and facilities.
  • Transport raw milk to a third-party milk processor and return and stock glass bottled milk to the farm for retail sales.
  • Support production and sales of dairy products produced by the farm, as needed.
  • Maintain a neat and clean appearance of the livestock program areas on the farm.
  • Assist with herd health and treatment programs.
  • Interact with volunteers and the general public, and participate in public programs, when necessary.
  • Monitor animal well-being and report conditions as necessary.
  • Provide assistance with hay production as needed.
  • Understand and support the Trustees organizational policies strategic goals.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

 Qualifications:

  • A degree or certificate in a livestock educational program is desirable.
  • At least two years of direct, hands-on experience in dairy and/or livestock management and care.
  • Experienced in the use and maintenance of farm and dairy equipment.
  • A positive attitude, willingness to be flexible and a commitment to achieving the goals of Appleton Farms is essential.
  • Required to be or to become a licensed milk handler, certified by the state to handle and transport raw milk.
  • Must be able to work a variable work schedule, which includes work on weekends and holidays.

 Other:

  • Must have valid driver’s license and pass a driving record check to drive Trustees vehicles.
  • Position based on an average work week of 5-5½ days.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check required.

 Benefits and Salary:

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

APPLY NOW – Dairy & Livestock Technician

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

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

 

 

New Hampshire – Stonewall Farm hiring Garden and Grounds Coordinator

Keene, New Hampshire

Job Advertisement for Garden and Grounds Coordinator

Stonewall Farm is a non-profit farm in Keene, NH. The mission of Stonewall Farm is to engage people in healthy living through education and farming while providing a special place to gather. The farm accomplishes its mission through farming, educational and visitor services programs. The farming operation includes an organic dairy farm as well as several acres of fields and two greenhouses for vegetable production. SWF is part of a SARE funded Pollinator Project that involves transitioning to a no-till method of farming.

This position is responsible for coordinating our vegetable production including planting cover crops, ordering supplies, planting and seeding, implementing the no-till method of farming, cultivation, harvesting, packaging and record keeping. Additionally the position is responsible for grounds maintenance and recruiting and managing volunteers to work in the gardens and grounds. Ability to interact with the public is a must as our grounds are open to the public year round. There is an option to work year round if the candidate is also skilled in basic building maintenance, snow removal and other projects on our 124 acre campus. Requires at least 1 year of organic farming experience, certification preferred, and ability to operate basic farm equipment including a tractor. This is a year round FT position but will consider seasonal option for the right person.

Interested persons should submit a letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to jdavenson@stonewallfarm.org. Position will remain open until filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. EOE

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake hiring Fall Farmstand Manager

Weston, Massachusetts

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

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

Responsibilities:

●      Shift Work

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

●      Inventory Management

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

●      Team Management

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

●      Marketing

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

●      Other

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

Qualifications:

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

Employment Dates:

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

Compensation:

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

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