New York – Browder’s Birds hiring Farm Apprentice

Mattituck, New York

Posting Title: Seeking Farm Apprentice for Certified Organic, Pastured Poultry Farm – April 1 through October 31, 2018

About Our Farm:

Browder’s Birds is located in Mattituck, NY on the scenic and agriculturally diverse North Fork of Long Island, 100 miles east of New York City. We are a diversified 16-acre, certified organic, pastured livestock farm located steps from the Long Island Sound.

·       In 2018, we will maintain approximately 1250 egg laying hens of 4 breeds, grow and process on farm 3000 broilers of 3 breeds and 100 turkeys, maintain a flock of 30 Cotswold sheep, 40 Pekin and Khaki Campbell ducks and 15 honey bee hives.

·       We sell hen and duck eggs, fresh and frozen whole and cut up broilers, a gorgeous line of wool products made in New York from our sheep’s wool, honey and bee pollen from our hives, and lots of “value added” products some made from our eggs including quiches, mayonnaise and pickled eggs.

·       Our animals live on our 16-acre pasture and are rotationally grazed in a highly orchestrated and intensely managed manner.  We process our poultry on farm in our certified organic, NYS Licensed Mobile Poultry Processing Unit and use it to process birds for other local farmers. Our processing waste is composted on farm in our composting facility and when mature, recycled to our pasture and grounds.

·       We sell our products through our own CSA, 4 East End farmers markets (East Hampton, Southampton, West Hampton Beach and Riverhead Winter Market), our on-farm farm stand, and a select variety of restaurants, small retailers and other East End farm stands.

Position Description:

We are seeking up to 2 full time apprentices for the 2018 growing season. These candidates will be highly motivated self-starters who have a passion for organic and sustainable small livestock farming.  They will possess a strong work ethic, a high level of energy, enthusiasm and integrity. In exchange, these candidates will earn a significant level of farm responsibility and will enjoy valuable experience learning the operations of a small, organic livestock farm. We prefer candidates with farming experience, but will train novice farmers. Candidates who possess creative construction experience is a plus.

The apprenticeship begins April 1st and ends October 31st.  Each apprentice will:

·       Be actively involved in all aspects of the poultry operation working side by side with Chris and Holly.  Responsibilities include maintaining and managing our rotational grazing system, actively managing all brooding activities, and daily feeding/watering.

·       Be actively involved in our broiler processing which we handle on farm in our Mobile Processing Unit.  Each apprentice will learn all aspects of poultry processing.

·       Learn about and manage our composting system we use to handle our processing waste.

·       Manage our flock of Cotswold sheep including rotational grazing, lambing, shearing, deworming and anything else that comes up.

·       Manage our flock of Pekin/Khaki Campbell ducks and assist with the management of our 15 honey bee hives.

·       Be involved in marketing/promotion of our farm at our farm stand and/or farmers’ markets.

·       Engage in tractor work, irrigation system operation and pasture housing construction (among other creative construction projects.)

·       Be responsible for certain administrative duties required to keep the farm operations going.

Off farm housing is available at apprentices’ cost for one or two apprentices at a private home located about 10 minutes by car from our farm. Hours vary greatly, but typically run 5 days per week and begin at 7:30 and end at 5. Processing and market days are exceptions to this. Salary is $2000/month.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to:

About the Farmers/Owners, Holly & Chris:

Holly and Chris Browder founded Browder’s Birds in 2009 after successful finance and consulting careers in Manhattan.  We have a passion for providing a healthy, organic, local, and pasture raised alternative to the traditional variety provided by our industrial agricultural system.  We work hard and have a solid track record of training apprentices in the various aspects of organic, small livestock, family farming. In fact, most of our former apprentices have either started their own farms or gone on to further their career in agriculture. In addition, Chris is currently serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors at NOFA-NY (Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York).

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New Jersey – City Green hiring Director of Agriculture

Clifton, New Jersey

Director of Agriculture

City Green

Who are we:

City Green is a 501c(3) urban farming and gardening organization based in Clifton, NJ working to revitalize urban areas through agriculture and educational programming. It offers practical, technical and financial resources in support of environmental stewardship, equitable access to healthy food, and ecologically sustainable communities.

The Mission of the City Green Farm operation is to demonstrate sustainable and organic urban food production; increase access to local farm-fresh food; and provide meaningful job and volunteer opportunities in an agricultural setting. Through interaction with the farm operation individuals create a connection to their food; value the importance of open space; gain an appreciation for local agriculture in their own community and understand the role sustainable farming practices play in a healthy eco-system.

The City Green Farm Stand and Mobile Market program aims to connect with local governments and community organizations in northern NJ to provide increased access to, and affordability of local, farm-fresh food ensuring good food is available for all. The markets are enhanced by a Double Value Coupon program that incentivizes federal food beneficiaries to purchase healthy food grown by City Green and other local farms.

About the Vegetable Operation:

Home Site:

City Green currently manages 2 acres of intensive vegetable production for its mobile markets and community outreach outlets at its signature farm site in the city of Clifton, New Jersey.  The market gardens are currently managed using a combination of mechanical tools and hand dug beds.  There is a compact tractor and fleet of small implements that fit our intensive scale, as well as a large library of hand tools and lots of volunteers to use them!  The fields have been in vegetable and perennial fruit production since 2010, when the land was acquired.  There is also a half-acre permaculture garden that was installed two years ago that will be under the management of the Director of Farm Operations.

12-acre site:

City Green has newly acquired a 12-acre parcel of land that has the potential to dramatically increase our production capacity.  This farm is located at a satellite location about 40 minutes from the home site.  Given the high demand at City Green’s markets, this is an amazing opportunity to be able to start a larger production farm for our organization.  The 2018 season will be for planning and start-up of growing at this site, building a solid foundation for full production in 2019 and beyond.

About the Position:

Join the talented and dynamic leadership team at City Green as the new Director of Agriculture.  Responsibilities for this position include crop production planning and management, staff supervision, managing volunteer and visitor experiences in the fields, greenhouse production for the fields and for community gardens and an opportunity to design and implement a plan to increase production at our new 12-acre farm site.  The Director of Agriculture will work closely with the team of directors at City Green, and report directly to the Executive Director.  The position is full time, year-round with a seasonally variable work schedule.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the production of organic crops at our intensive market-garden site
  • Supervise, recruit and manage seasonal farm staff
  • Manage all greenhouse production and operations
  • Create and maintain operational budget for farm operations
  • Plan, manage and participate in planting, cultivation, irrigation, and harvesting
  • Manage and care for a fleet of tractors, trucks & equipment; basic mechanic skills required
  • Work closely and cooperatively with the team at City Green to support organization-wide projects in our horticulture, education, special events, community outreach and fundraising departments
  • Direct special projects including fencing, irrigation, carpentry and other capital projects
  • Help train seasonal staff in safety regarding use of equipment, facilities and food production
  • Manage volunteer groups, both large and small in the fields and involve volunteers in all aspects of the farm operations, when possible and appropriate
  • Train high school and college interns in all aspects of crop production
  • Create and implement a plan to utilize the 12-acre, off-site parcel, including building a budget and staffing plan
  • Organize and oversee all aspects of vegetable distribution, including markets, restaurant sales and produce donations
  • Maintain a clean and organized farm, as farm beauty is a high priority at the Home Site Farm
  • Prioritize land stewardship with the City Green team of the Home farm site and 12-acre off-site parcel
  • Other duties as required

Desired Qualifications:

  • A minimum of four years of full season vegetable crop production experience and a minimum of two years of mid-level management or above.
  • Commitment to sustainable farming practices
  • Knowledge of advanced small-scale agricultural production and greenhouse propagation
  • Expertise with farm equipment and machinery
  • Experience with farm budgeting, crop planning and soil fertility planning
  • Highly motivated with the ability to train and work with a diverse group of people in a farm operation setting
  • Strong leadership, organizational, collaborative and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability in labor management
  • Attention to detail and desire to prioritize farm aesthetics is important
  • A good attitude, strong written and verbal communication skills, willingness to be flexible, and a commitment to achieving the goals of City Green are required
  • Enjoy working with people and a commitment to building community and maintaining partnerships
  • The ability to be self-motivated and to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Be willing and eager to learn new skills in order to meet the broad range of tasks that will be assigned to the position
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license.

Hours, Salary & Benefits

  • Competitive salary, commensurate upon experience.
  • Generous paid vacation, sick and personal time
  • Health Insurance Reimbursement.
  • Vegetables!

o Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter and references to:

Meryl LaTronica

meryl.latronica@gmail.com

Massachusetts – Just Roots hiring Assistant Grower

Greenfield, Massachusetts

Just Roots and the Greenfield Community Farm – 2018 Assistant Grower Posting

Grow Vegetables with us!                                               

The Greenfield Community Farm, a project of Just Roots, located in Greenfield, Massachusetts, is seeking Assistant Growers for the 2018 growing season. We are looking for responsible, hard-working and enthusiastic people with whom to share the challenges and rewards of growing healthy food and a sustainable community while we learn from one another.

Who We Are:

Just Roots is a non-profit organization working to increase access to healthy, local food by connecting people, land, resources and know-how. We believe healthy food should be a right, not a privilege. Our programs bring nutrition education, connection to the land and a bounty of fruits and vegetables to our community members, with particular focus on bringing these opportunities to high-risk and low-income residents.  The Greenfield Community Farm’s produce, land and team are key to making our mission a reality.

On the farm, we use organic methods to manage a diverse vegetable operation on a little less than 10 acres that produces food for a 300-member (75% low-income) CSA, farmer’s markets, wholesale accounts, farm-to-school projects and other community events and partnerships.  We are a farm focused on building community, both on and off farm, which means that we are interacting with people of all ages through farm programs, community events, hosting volunteers and providing a space for community gardeners.

We are seeking people who are excited about sustainable farming and eager to take on the wide range of responsibilities associated with running a physically demanding, fast-paced, public and busy production farm. This includes: assisting with all aspects of crop production, greenhouse work, field preparations and tillage, hand and tractor cultivation, harvest and distribution, assistance with animal chores, and working with groups and volunteers. You will also be expected to participate in and help facilitate small and large farm events throughout the season.

Who You Are:

You are responsible, flexible and personable, have at least two seasons of experience working on a production farm, (at least one full season of farm work) and can be happy working as an integral part of a small farm crew. You’re ready to take on the physically demanding schedule, tasks, pace and inevitable challenges of the farm season with consistency and good humor. You’re ready each day to learn, take and give direction, be patient with yourself and others and are excited about working intensely with all types of people. You have the ability and interest to work long hours outside in any type of weather – wind, rain, heat, cold; can comfortably and safely lift and carry 40 lbs. and have a valid driver’s license.

There is also a farmer-in-training aspect to this position, through which you have the opportunity and expectation to participate in group and individual check-ins and goal setting throughout the season.   Ideally you are able and interested in sharing your goals and participating in feedback sessions with your fellow crew members.

Specific Job Requirements:

  • Greenhouse work, participate in all aspects of greenhouse work and management, including one weekend per month of “watering duties” (5 total weekends throughout the season)
  • Crop production; participate in all aspects of field management under the leadership of the Farm Manager, including but not limited to: weed management (tractor and hand cultivation), harvesting, transplanting, direct seeding, work in our two unheated high tunnels, and overall land stewardship on our property.
  • Enthusiasm for working with volunteers and interns out in the field—you will lead individual volunteers and group volunteers of all abilities in field tasks.
  • Harvest and post harvest tasks—we harvest weekly for our CSA, markets and wholesale accounts and Assistant Growers take the lead in the wash area and maintain organization in our walk-in
  • Distribution: Assistant growers manage our farmer’s market and CSA distributions (2 each week) and make deliveries to our wholesale accounts. Experience in customer service and ability to talk with customers is very important.
  • Tractor work: We have one small tillage tractor and one cultivating tractor—all assistant grower will be taught tractor skills and will put some hours in our equipment
  • Be clean and organized! We pay close attention to creating a clean and organized farm—you must be respectful of using shared tools and space.
  • Desire to participate in the Just Roots community while at work—participate in weekly potluck lunches, and in daily morning and afternoon meetings with the farm crew. Our assistant growers work together most of the time—you must like working with other people!
  • Ability to show up on time every day and be excited about working for a farm that find success in routine and structure—while finding joy in the way farm work can change from day to day. (in other words, be adaptable, while enjoying structure!)
  • Drivers license preferred
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds regularly & ability and willingness to work in often uncomfortable physical positions for short or long periods of time (example: we work on our hands and knees often and we work outside in all weather).

Check us out:

http://justroots.org/

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Compensation:

This is a 30 to 33-week position starting in early-to-mid-April (start and end dates are somewhat flexible). Hours range from 35-50/week throughout the season and compensation is $12/hour, access to lots of farm veggies and a small educational stipend to put towards a conference or resources of your choosing.  Our regular schedule is Tuesday-Saturdays.  Other benefits include, one week paid vacation, workers comp coverage and discounted meat from the farm.  There is no housing available at this time.

If you think you may be a good fit for an Assistant Grower position at the Greenfield Community Farm/Just Roots, please send your resume, cover letter and references (at least two professional) to Farm Manager, Meryl LaTronica at:  meryl@justroots.org

Illinois – The Country Experience hiring Multiple Positions

Elizabeth, Illinois

The Country Experience is 34-acre family farm in Elizabeth, Illinois. During the Summer we host children for week-long sleep-away farm camp and guests of all ages for weekend farm-stays. In the Spring and Fall, farm-stays continue while farm camp transitions to overnight school group visits, for between 3-13 days. Visitors appreciate the rural pace, beauty of our land, and the experience of life on a family farm.

Our prepared farm environment is intentionally designed to allow guests to be “inside the fences,” using real tools to do meaningful work. The logical flow of daily chores and projects, care of animals and gardens, and preparation of farm-fresh meals together in
the fully licensed commercial kitchen allows children to develop important life skills including communication and responsibility, decision making and team-work and respect for self and others. In the process, they discover a sense of who they are becoming, learn they have value, and build grit and character.

The Country Experience is hiring Multiple Positions for 2018:

Summer Farm Camp Counselor 2018

Resident Farm Coordinator 2018

Vermont – Luna Bleu Farm hiring Two Positionns

Central Vermont

WHOLE-FARM APPRENTICE:

Luna Bleu Farm is seeking full-time Whole-Farm Apprentices for the 2018 season.  (See also our listing for Assistant Manager if you have 2+ seasons of farm production experience.)

Luna Bleu Farm is a well-established diversified certified organic farm in central Vermont, growing for our community for over 25 years. On our 42 acre farm, we grow 5 acres of vegetables, raise cattle, pigs, and chickens for egg and meat production, and have a small orchard with blueberries, apples, and plums. We grow and market year round through our CSA, Saturday farmers market, and a few local businesses. Season extension and winter growing in high tunnels is an expanding part of our operation. We work hands on with our employees to share the knowledge we have gained over our years of farming and encourage employees to take advantage of the rich agricultural opportunities in the Upper Valley of Vermont. We are relatively small in size but our diversity with crops and animals means we have lots of fun every day!

The Whole-Farm Apprentice is exposed to all aspects of our farming operation, rotating through the various animal chores, working with many aspects of growing, harvesting, and marketing the field vegetables and fruits and helping with the CSA distribution and farmers market. They get a broad experience of the rhythms of the farming season and the many elements of our farming systems.

Much of the learning is hands-on during the day-to-day tasks required on our farm.  Rather than sitting down to teach skills in a classroom type setting we prefer to work with our employees in the field, giving instructions before starting work and then working with them to help them complete tasks properly, work efficiently, and have fun. We also eat meals with our employees and encourage conversations about anything farm related. Apprentices participate in the Upper Valley CRAFT program to enhance their education on the farm. Apprentices play an integral role in running our farm. We hope to give them skills, experiences and connections to further their work in this field.

Apprentices will be involved with:

  • Seeding, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting vegetable crops
  • Post-harvest washing and prepping for market
  • Animal chores and grazing rotations
  • Chicken processing
  • CSA and farmers market
  • Greenhouse watering and field irrigation
  • Record keeping
  • Mowing, BCS rototilling
  • Food safety
  • Season extension

Qualifications:

Because of the nature of the work, an apprentice should have some familiarity with the physical demands of farming, have spent some time working or volunteering on a farm (at least part of a season), be able to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and enjoy repetitive, even tedious, tasks. They must have a valid driver’s license. We look for people who are attentive to detail, speed, and efficiency, are organized, and conscientious in their work, and work well in a team.

Apprentices work 5 days a week and rotating Saturdays.

Please visit our website and read “Qualities for a successful job at Luna Bleu Farm” if you think you are interested in applying.

Time frame and Compensation:

Flexible start date: mid February- early May preferred. Preference is given to applicants who can stay through main growing season into November. Successful apprentices are given the option to work through winter season and/or return the following season as an Assistant Manager.

We offer apprentices room, board and a bi-weekly stipend.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and request an application by email:  suzanne@lunableufarm.org

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Vermont – Hurricane Flats hiring Farm Hand

Central Vermont

Hurricane Flats, a successful organic vegetable and hay farm in central Vermont, is looking for ​farm help for the upcoming growing season. The position entails fieldwork, selling at farmer’s market, making hay, as well as other farm related duties.

We are looking for a person that is willing to work hard and fast, think on their feet, learn, and put in the necessary hours to ensure the farm’s success. This is a partnership track position, in which the right individual will have the opportunity to become a part owner of the farm.

Starting pay will be commensurate with experience, with the possibility of a season ending bonus, housing is available.  Send cover letter and resume to Geo at hurricaneflats@gmail.com.

Tennessee – Stony Creek Colors hiring Agricultural Operations Supervisor

Springfield, Tennessee

Position: Agricultural Operations Supervisor

Company: Stony Creek Colors, an emerging company based in Springfield, TN, manufactures bio-based textile dyes that improve profitability and sustainability for farmers, while empowering our customers – fashion brands and textile mills – with greater transparency. We deliver the most reliable and sustainable plant based colorants to the textile industry worldwide, helping fashion brands meet their goal of reducing hazardous chemical use. Stony Creek Colors has developed complete agricultural supply chains based on new, specialty crops like indigo to replace imported, petroleum-based synthetic textile

Job Description: The mission of the agricultural operations supervisor is to ensure reliable availability and delivery of high-quality biomass from our partner contract farmers. The company has a successful history producing natural indigo across Tennessee and is now seeking an experienced agricultural operations supervisor to expand crop production in and around Robertson County, TN.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise daily operations to achieve annual production plan
  • Establish and supervise comprehensive crop scouting program
  • Schedule and coordinate production and harvesting with processing plant manager and contract farmers
  • Oversee maintenance of agricultural equipment
  • Ensure accurate and timely data collection and reporting
  • Coordinate on-farm research activities
  • Supervise a small team of agricultural operations associates
  • Interface with contract farmers and greenhouse growers to provide feedback and guidance on conditions and practices
  • Assist with off-season research planning and execution
  • Recruit farmers and greenhouse growers for future acreage expansion
  • Other duties as required
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required (equipment purchase, etc.)

Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Post-secondary (associates or bachelors) degree in agriculture-related field preferred.
  • 3+ years operating and maintaining heavy machinery (experience with agricultural equipment preferred)
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to prioritize competing tasks logically
  • Follows tasks through to completion
  • High standards of excellence with ability to initiate difficult conversations and require accountability when needed
  • Comfortable in changing environment
  • Good driving record
  • Basic computer and mathematics skills

Preferred:

  • 3+ years farm supervisory experience in mid-scale farm production or agricultural R&D environment using progressive row crop farming techniques
  • Knowledge of tobacco farming techniques and equipment
  • Successful record of executing farm research projects and incorporating results into future commercial farming practices
  • 3+ years managing network of contract farmers
  • 3+ years supervising farm workers
  • Knowledge of tools and software to facilitate managing geographically-dispersed farmland
  • Working knowledge of Spanish

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: jobs@stonycreekcolors.com.