New York – Unadilla Community Farm hiring Farm Manager and Volunteers

West Edmeston, New York

Seeking Organic Farm Manager and Volunteers at Unadilla Community Farm in upstate New York.

Founded in 2013 by a group of farmhands and craftspeople, Unadilla Community Farm is a 12-acre organic fruit, vegetable, and egg farm situated in the heart of Amish country in upstate New York. Our mission is to provide a space for the teaching and practice of sustainable skills.

We are in the process of starting our farmstead from the ground up, relying exclusively on sustainable building materials. We sell our produce at an independent natural foods store and intend to host natural building, gardening, and craft-making workshops for the public in the future.

We are seeking an organic farm manager and volunteers to help out from May to August, with the option of staying longer. The farm manager oversees our fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, perennial herb guilds, raised beds, row crops, and seedlings in the greenhouse. Tasks include planting, weeding, mulching, watering, and harvesting, and managing our team of volunteers. There will be some heavy lifting involved, so bring a strong back and strong mind.

In addition to organic gardening, volunteer tasks include tending chickens and helping with the natural building projects. This season’s goals are: building more raised beds, installing our rainwater-fed irrigation system and ram pump, building a deer-proof fence around our orchard, and adding stonework with lime mortar to the walls of the barn. Building projects are led by permaculture instructor and experienced natural builder Ben Tyler (bensnaturalbuilding.blogspot.com).

Room and board is provided, in exchange for thirty hours of work per week. Additionally, the farm manager receives a monthly stipend, in recognition of the added responsibility. All-organic, vegetarian meals are included. Accommodations include: staying in our newly built tiny home (sleeps 2), staying in the two upstairs lofts of our unheated barn, or various tent platforms and camp spots around the property.

The closest public transportation is available in Utica and Cooperstown (40 minutes from the farm). We can pick people up from within a 40-minute radius of West Edmeston. For ridesharing, check out the Facebook group “One foot in NYC – One foot upstate.”

Please apply via email (unadillacommunityfarm@gmail.com). Include resume, dates available, and two references. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Visit our website for more information: unadillacommunityfarm.blogspot.com.

Hawaii – The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation hiring Volunteering Caretaker

Big Island, Hawaii

THE FRUIT TREE PLANTING FOUNDATION (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruit trees to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as public schools, city parks, community gardens, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries. FTPF’s unique mission, which has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Today Show, benefits the environment, human health, and animal welfare—all at once! For more information please visit www.ftpf.org.

OBJECTIVES: FTPF is looking for a dedicated individual to serve as volunteer caretaker of our newly developing headquarters/nursery/retreat center on the Big Island of Hawaii. The nursery will grow saplings to provide thousands of trees for local projects, to help underserved communities with improved nutrition and environment. The nursery is located on a pristine, off-the-grid 15-acre property in the middle of the Hawaiian jungle, on one of the most beautiful roads on the planet, in one of the most captivating regions of the country. The site includes multiple cabins, a house, and an open-air lodge, and will be home to staff and volunteers.

We are seeking a responsible caretaker to ensure the grounds serve the project to achieve maximum potential.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent command of managing day-to-day operations, including solar, propane, and rain catchment systems
  • Experience with general maintenance of buildings and grounds (including basic plumbing, electrical, and carpentry skills)
  • Ability to manage volunteers and learn new duties and responsibilities quickly
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization & the ability to promote them in a professional manner
  • Excellent interaction skills to work with resident staff and volunteers

TERMS:

  • Commitment to working at least 3 flexible hours per day, until all daily maintenance needs are met
  • Rent-free living in a charming, comfortable cabin with electricity, plumbing, and common areas with internet access
  • Must be respectful of on-site vegetarian rules
  • Partners or family members who wish to reside on the grounds with the caretaker will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Modest stipend negotiable & caretaker is encouraged to hold additional employment outside of the property for supplemental income
  • Room for professional growth as project develops and gains momentum
  • Reports to executive director
  • Available immediately

To apply, please submit the form at www.ftpf.org/caretaker.htm or email napiko@ftpf.org with your resume.

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation hiring Volunteer Caretaker

Big Island, Hawaii

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international
nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruit trees to alleviate world hunger, combat
global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil,
and water. FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best
serve communities for generations, at places such as public schools, city parks,
community gardens, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations,
international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries. FTPF’s unique mission,
which has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA
Today, and The Today Show, benefits the environment, human health, and animal
welfare–all at once! For more information please visit www.ftpf.org.

OBJECTIVES: FTPF is looking for a dedicated individual to serve as volunteer
caretaker of our newly developing headquarters/nursery/retreat center on the Big
Island of Hawaii. The nursery will grow saplings to provide thousands of trees
for local projects, to help underserved communities with improved nutrition and
environment. The nursery is located on a pristine, off-the-grid 15-acre property in
the middle of the Hawaiian jungle, on one of the most beautiful roads on the planet,
in one of the most captivating regions of the country. The site includes multiple
cabins, a house, and an open-air lodge, and will be home to staff and volunteers.
We are seeking a responsible caretaker to ensure the grounds serve the project to
achieve maximum potential.

QUALIFICATIONS
•Excellent command of managing day-to-day operations, including solar, propane,
and rain catchment systems
•Experience with general maintenance of buildings and grounds (including basic
plumbing, electrical, and carpentry skills)
•Ability to manage volunteers and learn new duties and responsibilities quickly
•Commitment to the objectives of the organization & the ability to promote them in a
professional manner
•Excellent interaction skills to work with resident staff and volunteers

TERMS:
•Commitment to working at least 3 flexible hours per day, until all daily maintenance
needs are met
•Rent-free living in a charming, comfortable cabin with electricity, plumbing, and
internet access
•Must be respectful of on-site vegetarian rules
•Partners or family members who wish to reside on the grounds with the caretaker
will be considered on a case-by-case basis
•Modest stipend negotiable & caretaker is encouraged to hold additional
employment outside of the property for supplemental income
•Room for professional growth as project develops and gains momentum
•Reports to executive director
•Available immediately

To apply, please submit the form at www.ftpf.org/caretaker.htm or email napiko@ftpf.org with your resume.

Learn more: NaPikoCaretaker

Sunfield Biodynamic Farm hiring Interns

Port Hadlock, Washington

Sunfield Biodynamic Farm offering internship opportunity for 2012 growing season.

Sunfield is a pioneering nonprofit organization with a broad community-building mission. Inspired by the ideas of the early twentieth-century philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner, we offer a Waldorf school and community education programs that take place on a working biodynamic farm. Sunfield comprises eighty-one acres, primarily fields, that are bisected by wetlands and flanked by a forested hillside, in Port Hadlock on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Over five acres are planted with vegetables, fruit, and cover crops. The remaining fields are hayed and grazed rotationally by our cows, sheep, goats, and chickens. We provide food for the local community in the form of a 50+ member CSA, wholesale to local stores, seasonal attendance at a local farmers market, and u-pick berry sessions at times of abundance.

Our interns are an integral part of Sunfield Farm. Our three-to nine-month farm internship program provides an invaluable and educational work experience in sustainable agriculture for people age eighteen and older. Within a supportive and unique working environment, Sunfield interns are exposed to a variety of tasks that change throughout the growing season, gain many new skills, and become competent at completing a wide range of farming chores as they prepare to become the future caretakers of sustainable farms. Continue reading