Pennsylvania – Carversville Farm Foundation hiring Apprentices

Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania

Carversville Farm Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018 seasonal apprenticeship program. CFF is a certified Organic, non-profit farm that combines ecological regeneration and agricultural production to serve our environment as well as our community. Positions are focused on a specific area of the farm including Vegetables, Livestock, Dairy/Cheesemaking, and Field Crops/Hay production. For details and instructions on how to apply please visit http://carversvillefarm.org/#careers

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Massachusetts – The Food Project hiring Multiple Positions

Lincoln, Massachusetts
The Food Project is hiring for five full-time, farm-based, seasonal positions in Lincoln, MA (20 miles outside of Boston).
 

Farm Worker – Lincoln, MA – The Food Project

The Food Project is seeking two Farm Workers for the 2018 growing season, from May 14 through August 24.
Applicants for this position should have high energy for and interest in sustainable agriculture and youth development, as well as a commitment to teamwork. They should also have creative energy for making a difference in the world and a passion for the vision of The Food Project. The Farm Worker will work on The Food Project’s 30-acre farm in Lincoln, MA, growing and distributing produce through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and Farmers’ Markets in Boston, and to local hunger relief organizations.
Qualifications – Willing to work in variable weather conditions. – Hand weeding and vegetable harvesting – Experience organizing groups safely and productively. – Experience working in a fast-paced work environment. – Dependable, responsible, independent, and open to learning. – Willing to work a flexible schedule. Days and hours worked may vary within the season Responsibilities – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce – Leading and teaching volunteer groups – Assisting youth crews in their field work during July and August – Maintaining orderly site for all visitors Compensation
This is a full-time, seasonal position from May 14 – August 24, 2018. Hourly wage is $12 per hour for 40 hours of work per week, plus a transportation stipend for daily travel to and from the farm (specific amount depends on each employee’s actual costs). Includes worker’s compensation.
Recruitment Process – We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates and contact ONLY those individuals selected to continue in the search process. The position will be filled when the desired candidate is found.
Please send resume and cover letter via email to: jobs@thefoodproject.org. In the subject line, write your name and the position for which you are applying, eg: “Jordan Smith – Lincoln Farm Worker”. The Food Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position. More at http://thefoodproject.org/get-involved/work-here
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Grower’s Assistant – Lincoln, MA – The Food Project
The Food Project is seeking a Grower’s Assistant for the 2018 growing season, from April 2nd through November 2nd. Applicants for this position should have high energy for and interest in sustainable agriculture and youth development, as well as a commitment to teamwork. They should also have creative energy for making a difference in the world and a passion for the vision of The Food Project. The Grower’s Assistant will work on TheFood Project’s 30-acre farm in Lincoln, MA, growing and distributing produce through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and Farmers’ Markets in Boston, and to local hunger relief organizations.
Primary Responsibilities – April – May – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce – Leading and teaching volunteer groups June – September – Deliver produce in thegreater Boston area – Assist youth crews in daily field operations – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce September – October – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce – Leading and teaching volunteer groups – Preparing farm for winter season Qualifications • Experience in organic crop production/agriculture • 21+ years of age with a valid driver’s license in good standing (required for use of TFP vehicles) • Experience organizing groups safely and productively • Ability to perform demanding physical labor, and lift 50 lbs • Ability to work in a team as well as independently • Dependable, flexible, organized, on time, and a sense of humor • Experience driving large vehicles or willingness to be trained • Experience with/interest in farm equipment (preferred) • Willingness to work a flexible work schedule, days of the week and hours worked vary with the season.

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Massachusetts – Next Barn Over hiring Full Time Crew Members

Hadley, Massachusetts

Hiring: Two Full Time Crew Members – Next Barn Over Farm

Next Barn Over is a 40-acre, organic vegetable farm in Hadley, MA. We grow for our 500 member CSA and several local wholesale customers. Field crew positions run from April to December 2018, 45-50 hours per week. Crew are involved in various aspects of crop production from greenhouse, to field, to washroom, and delivery responsibilities. This includes but is not limited to transplant production, transplanting by machine and by hand, hoeing, hand weeding, managing row cover, harvesting, and operating farm vehicles. This employee will also assist the washroom manager with washing, processing, and packing all farm produce; and will make local and regional deliveries. Valid drivers license and competent driving skills are required, along with the ability to repeatedly lift 50 lbs. Pay starts at $11/hour and is commensurate with experience. Applicants please send resume and references to info@nextbarnover.com

Massachusetts – Medway Community Farm hiring Farm Manager

Medway, Massachusetts

Medway Community Farm began with a vision of healthy local food, community connections, and food education. MCF is a not-for-profit section 501(c)3 organization, cultivating 6+ acres of Town of Medway land on three fields. Through the generosity of our community in support of our events, purchases at our farm stand, and participation in our three seasons of CSA shares program, our mission is sustained and our community expands.

Mission: To maintain a place that enhances Medway’s rural character, fosters community spirit and encourages “learning from the land” by providing locally grown food, volunteer experiences, educational programming, and public events. http://medwaycommunityfarm.org/

Medway Community Farm – Farm Manager Position, Medway MA

The Farm Manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of production, developing, and executing the Farm Operations Plan. The Farm Manager provides leadership to Assistant Farm Manager, Growers, and seasonal farm staff, maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for the team and community. The Farm Manager is a steward to the land and facilities, fostering a productive farm that nurtures the surrounding ecosystem and the people who work at and visit the site. The Farm Manager works with the Education Coordinator on education programs and outreach as well as identifying and implementing opportunities to serve the local community, aligned with the Medway Community Farm Mission and Goals, in coordination with the Board of Directors.

Full time 1-year contract offering competitive salary, Vacation/Holiday Time off, Health Insurance Stipend, and on-site housing (reduced rent).


Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for farm operations including yield, production schedules, equipment, and employee supervision.
  • Supervises and participates in daily farm operations that include: machinery operation, soil preparation, planting, irrigation, cultivating, harvesting, and storing of hay and other forage crops.
  • Recruit, hire, and directly manage seasonal field staff.
  • Organizes, schedules, assigns, and reviews the work of assigned farm employees.
  • Develops and implements safe work methods and procedures of all phases of farm operations and ensure compliance with all related safety regulations, including review of facilities and equipment.
  • Conducts orientation and training sessions for farm workers, students, and volunteers at the farm.
  • Perform basic maintenance and improvements on farm infrastructure, facilities, and equipment.
  • Assist field crew in planting, weeding, pruning, and harvesting crops, and fill in as needed.
  • Provide animal care, including safe environments for community visits and education programming.
  • Develops long-term and short-term plans for the farm operations and CSA plans and recommends changes and improvements in farm operations, staffing, facilities, and equipment.
  • Contribute to the farm business planning by providing expertise on farm enterprises including cropping systems, varieties, volumes, inputs, and capital investments
  • Implements currently developed annual budget and makes requisitions for supplies and equipment as needed, and prepares succeeding year’s plan.
  • Maintains records on farm activities, production, and budget expenditures and provides fiscal reports, working with Board Treasurer on a regular basis.
  • Support overall operations as a member of the farm leadership team through active participation in meetings, reports, proactive communication, and collaboration with the Board of D
  • Partners where appropriate with Education Coordinator on student activities as part of their educational program.
  • Coordinates the use of farm facilities for special events, tours, and film crews.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with shareholders, vendors, and the community.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

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North Carolina – TRACTOR Food and Farms hiring Farm Manager

TRACTOR Food and Farms

Location: Burnsville, NC

Position Description: Farm Manager

Classification: Full Time / Salaried

Reports to: Director

Posting Date: 11/22/17

Closing Date: 12/13/15

Summary:

  • The Farm Manager is responsible coordinating with individual growers during all stages of vegetable and fruit production on the farmland managed by TRACTOR as well as working with growers who are on their own land and sell their products through TRACTOR.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Maintain all records in order to maintain Good Agricultural Practice certification for Bowditch Bottoms Farm and future farm properties
  • Will oversee Bowditch Bottoms Farm, which has 20 acres of land in production
  • Work on a plan for planting perennial crops including blackberries
  • Will recruit new growers both to sell through TRACTOR and to grow on TRACTOR lands and offer technical assistance if needed
  • Will be involved with getting any new tracts of land up into production for row crops
  • Responsible for maintenance of irrigation equipment and shared-use equipment
  • Manage shared-use equipment and maintain accurate logs of when equipment was used and note the condition that is was rented and returned
  • Assisting growers identify and control stress from weeds, pests, diseases, and drought
  • Training on post-harvest handling and proper use of equipment/implements
  • Will be involved in production planning and forecasting estimates
  • Assist with receiving, grading, and packaging of products
  • Grant writing for farm related funding such as soil and water conservation projects and new equipment
  • Posting to social media platforms with farm activities and produce related updates

Duties to include:

  • Work with team and growers to forecast availability list throughout the season
  • Create and maintain relationships with growers
  • Represent TRACTOR at community events

Authorities:

  • Post to all social media platforms
  • Suggest new items for growers to plant
  • Purchase farm equipment

Competencies:

  • Knowledge about product (varieties, flavor, applications, demand, pricing, seasonality)
  • Knowledge of a wide range of growing practice
  • Tractor skills, including a three-point hitch and farm implements
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Effective public speaker
  • Experience with social media
  • Adaptable to working outdoors in extreme weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and freezing temperatures
  • Able to operate in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Strong analytical, written, and verbal reasoning skills
  • Excellent computer skills and the ability to pick up on new systems and software
  • Self-directed with good organizational skill and attention to detail
  • Respect for others’ unique personalities

Supervises:

  • Interns where applicable

Work Environment:

The job operates in a professional office environment, in a warehouse, and on a farm. This role routinely uses technology equipment such as computers, printers, and label makers. Additionally, this position works within the community to attend meetings, lunches, dinners, and events.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Travel

Day trips and potential overnight conferences

Required Education and Experience

Farming experience is highly desired

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience in restaurant/produce industry.  Experience with Microsoft Office products. Experience with the operation and maintenance of tractors, irrigation systems, plasticulture, and three point hitch equipment. Pesticide license preferred, but can obtain after start date.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Clean driving record

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.

How To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter by 12/13/17 with subject  “TRACTOR Farm Manager Position” to robin.smith@tractorfoodandfarms.com  If you have questions, please call  828-536-0126.

 

Massachusetts – Worcester Regional Food Hub hiring Food Hub Manager

Worcester, Massachusetts

Food Hub Manager Job Description

The Worcester Regional Food Hub (https://worcesterfoodhub.org/) is an innovative and collaborative project aimed at strengthening the local food system and increasing access to healthy food throughout Central Massachusetts. The Food Hub provides aggregation and distribution services for local growers while serving as a centralized source of local produce for institutional buyers in the region, thereby expanding the market for the local food system. It also operates an incubator kitchen which provides affordable commercial kitchen space for food entrepreneurs and offers technical assistance and consulting services. The Food Hub was started in 2015 by the Regional Environmental Council and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce with its core functions based out of the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and with funding from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. Beginning in 2018, the WCFB will lead implementation of the Food Hub.

The WCFB (https://foodbank.org/) believes that healthy food is a fundamental right of all people and that hunger is an issue of social justice. WCFB’s mission is to engage, educate, and lead Worcester County in creating a hunger-free community. To that end, WCFB annually collects over 6 million pounds of perishable and non-perishable food and distributes it through a network of 120 Partner Agencies, including food pantries and community meal programs; trains Partner Agencies in food safety; and advocates for systemic and sustainable solutions to support children, families, and senior citizens in being more food secure and healthy.

Job Summary

This new Food Hub Manager position will provide strategic leadership, as well as day-to-day oversight of all aspects of the Food Hub’s core operations, including the aggregation and distribution of local produce and value-added products to institutional buyers and the management of an incubator commercial kitchen. This individual will be an employee of the WCFB, and this hands-on position will report to and work with the Executive Director of the WCFB and supervise 2-3 Food Hub staff members. It is anticipated that this position would begin in January 2018.

Responsibilities

  • Supervises Food Hub staff (Kitchen Operations Manager, Sales Manager, and Operations Associate/Driver). Promotes a culture of integration and coordination among staff. Ensures that the responsibilities and accountability of staff members are defined and understood and coaches staff in areas requiring improvement.
  • Leverages entrepreneurial/business background to foster relationships with leaders across sectors and identify new opportunities for collaboration and growth.
  • Guides and directs management of all aspects of the Food Hub’s daily operations ensuring efficient and effective use of Food Hub resources and optimal service to project partners. Develops and implements procedures to promote appropriate communication and information sharing.
  • Manages relationships with Food Hub partnering organizations as well as requirements for The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts Synergy Initiative Grant (e.g., quarterly Grant Management Team meetings).
  • Coordinates Food Hub operations with WCFB warehouse staff to ensure overall operations are as efficient as possible.
  • Establishes and implements operating policies consistent with best practices. Works with the WCFB Executive Director to establish and uphold policies consistent with the WCFB’s mission.
  • In partnership with staff, measures and evaluates the results of Food Hub operations and regularly reports these results to the project leadership team. Recommends changes as necessary to improve operations.
  • Ensures that all operations are carried out in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws governing business operations. In collaboration with the WCFB Warehouse and Facility Manager, maintains and documents food safety procedures according to the standards of the American Institute of Baking (AIB). Assists the WCFB with Feeding America guidelines including completion of annual Network Activity Report and bi-annual Feeding America compliance audit, as needed.
  • Collaborates with WCFB Senior Managers and Managers as needed.
  • Manages consultants/vendors, as needed.
  • Monitors relevant news and developments in the sector.
  • Occasional evening or weekend hours for meetings.
  • Some local and regional travel required for meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the WCFB Executive Director.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 6 to 8 years of strong management and supervisory experience.
  • Experience starting up and managing a business or social enterprise related to agriculture and food systems.
  • Some background working in food production, processing, aggregation, and distribution.
  • Outstanding leadership ability and communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Proven track record supervising staff and building successful consumer and partner relationships.
  • Self-directed individual with the ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as collaborate with others in a team setting.
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents including financial reports and legal documents.
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities, and solve problems.
  • Proactive, entrepreneurial attitude and eagerness to identify new opportunities for Food Hub growth.
  • Experience with applying for and managing grants.
  • Willingness to work with project partners, including independent evaluators.
  • Commitment to strengthening local food systems and increasing access to nutritious food for all.

This is a full-time position. This is a grant-funded position with an expected annual salary range of $70,000 – $85,000, plus benefits and a bonus if sales goals are achieved. Equal Opportunity Employer.

This search is being managed by The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Amie Shei at ashei@hfcm.org. We anticipate this new position beginning in January 2018.

Virginia – Project Grows hiring Food Access Coordinator

Augusta County, Virginia

PROJECT GROWS

FOOD ACCESS COORDINATOR

SUPERVISOR: FARM MANAGER

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 cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, gardenbased education and 2) access to nutritious local food. Project GROWS
cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 25,000 pounds of food each year. We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.

General Statement of Responsibilities

The Food Access Coordinator (FAC) will work closely with all members of the PG team including the PG Executive Director, Farm Manager, Farm Assistant, and Education Manager.
The FAC will primarily be responsible for 3 core areas of food access programming:
 Farmer’s markets: management, planning, promotion, fundraising, programs, and oversight (North Augusta Farmer’s Market, Waynesboro Farmer’s Market, Youth-Run Farm Stand in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, Health Department WIC (women and infant children) market)
 Farm sales & donations: (develop relationships with partner organizations such as the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and cafeteria managers at local public schools, assist with CSA member promotion and relationship management, establish wholesale partners, develop systems to record data)
 Community outreach & marketing – volunteer appreciation events, and summer volunteer night series, community garden work days, working with community partners on off-site garden development.
Other Job Responsibilities Include:
 Develop systems for tracking quantitative and qualitative data in order to accurately measure the impact of food access programs in the community and be able to relay that information via grant reports
 Work closely with community partners to develop additional food access programming in the community
 Chair a Food Access Program committee of the board
 Participate in farm tasks, garden education, special events, volunteer management, and administrative tasks as needed.
 Assist in leading farm tours and occasional workshops as well as willingness to speak at conferences, and to donor groups and other community groups.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:
 Most importantly, Project GROWS seeks a flexible individual who is willing to take part in all PG responsibilities and be part of a dynamic team
 Excellent communication and leadership skills, and ability to work well with variety of customers, vendors, and community members including youth from diverse backgrounds
 A minimum of 2 years nonprofit or related work experience
 Detail-oriented with considerable attention to customer service, and timely communication
 A track record of success working in a cooperative team environment requiring a high level of planning, communication, and documentation
 A desire to improve our local food system, work to understand the underlying causes of barriers to food access in our community, and come up with creative solutions as part of a team
 Strong work ethic with a willingness to learn and work efficiently, as well as able to follow direction

Physical Attributes and/or Environmental Issues
The position is very much a “textured” position requiring of the Food Access Coordinator to be both comfortable in an outdoor setting gardening, comfortable working  independently in an office setting, as well as comfortable providing instruction and/or workshops to youth and adults on and off-site.
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

Compensation
This is a paid position starting at $15-$18 an hour negotiable based on experience.
This is a year-round, 30 hr/wk position. Benefits include paid time off and a share of farm produce. Applicants must be available to work most Saturdays during the farmer’s market season (May to September).

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