Farm Worker – Lincoln, MA – The Food Project
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com. We anticipate this new position beginning in January 2018.
Wright-Locke Farm (www.WLFarm.org)
Education Director – Position Description
Wright-Locke Farm is now hiring an Education Director to develop, manage, and facilitate youth and adult education programs. This person will have primary responsibility for all aspects of the farm’s educational programs and will report to the farm’s Executive Director. The Education Director is a full-time, year-round salaried position. Compensation will be based on experience.
Wright-Locke Farm is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 community farm located in Winchester, MA. The farm grows certified organic produce and flowers, raises small animals, offers a wide variety of farm-based educational programs, and hosts public and private events on its historic farmstead. The farm has a rich history, having been continuously farmed since 1638. Today, it’s operated by paid staff and many dedicated volunteers.
The Education Director’s responsibilities include managing all aspects of the farm’s educational programs. More specifically, the Education Director is responsible for:
Developing education programs
- Planning and creating schedules and curricula for both youth and adult programs
- Finding, hiring and coordinating with adult education program hosts (includes coordinating program plans and supplies needed, determining appropriate compensation for service, and handling scheduling and fees associated with kitchen rentals and permits as necessary)
- Community outreach to expand the number of children, teens, and adults partaking in the farm’s educational offerings, including coordinating future farm visits and enrichment programs
- Creating and maintaining community partnerships, including coordinating partner programs both on and off the farm
- Researching and planning for future programs
Managing education programs
- Hiring, training, and managing all education staff including the Assistant Education Director and Seasonal Educators who lead/colead seasonal youth programs
- Recruiting and coordinating volunteers to assist staff during youth education programs
- Purchasing durable and nondurable supplies as necessary
- Organizing and cleaning program and work areas as well as supplies/tools
- Managing the farm’s two youth education gardens
- Planning for each growing season
- Purchasing seeds/seedlings
- Planting (includes starting seedlings in the greenhouse, direct seeding, and transplanting)
- Maintaining both gardens throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons
- Harvesting outside of programs if necessary
Facilitating education programs
- Leading a significant number of seasonal youth programs during the spring, summer, and fall
- Leading both youth and adult educational farm visits that may include a hands-on volunteer component when desired and appropriate
- Leading off-site youth and adult enrichment programs
- Leading a significant number of seasonal adult programs during the spring, summer, and fall
- Assisting hired hosts before, during, and after adult education programs (includes setting up, welcoming/checking in participants, collecting payments, and cleaning up)
Administrative functions related to education programs
- Marketing youth and adult programs (both print and web-based)
- Marketing education jobs (web-based)
- Updating farm education-specific webpages on WLFarm.org
- Updating webpage content through WordPress
- Creating and updating program registration functions through CiviCRM
- Database management related to youth and adult program registration through CiviCRM (includes collecting and recording payments for programs)
- Education-related correspondence (email, phone, etc) and managing customer relations with care to maintain positive relationships with parents of children attending youth programs, participants of adult programs, and groups partaking in on-farm and off-site programs
- Grant writing and submitting annual reports as necessary
- Annual education budget evaluation and planning
- Attending farm staff meetings
Candidates for the Education Director position should:
- Have significant experience working with children in an educational program capacity; developing, managing, and/or facilitating educational programs related to agriculture/gardening, seasonal cooking/healthy eating, the environment, and/or related subjects are strongly preferred
- Have a strong desire to create and teach youth and adult curricula related to sustainable small-scale agriculture, healthy seasonal cooking, and related subjects
- Be passionate about working with children of ages 4 – 14 in an organic farm setting
- Have significant experience working with adults in an educational program capacity; developing, managing, and/or facilitating educational programs related to agriculture/gardening, seasonal cooking/healthy eating, the environment, and/or related subjects are strongly preferred
- Have significant experience managing teen and/or adult volunteers; experience managing volunteers in a youth education program capacity is preferred
- Be very organized, detail-oriented, and able to efficiently multitask
- Have a positive attitude, be a strong and dedicated leader, and be able to adapt to changing environments and circumstances
- Be extremely comfortable working outdoors- rain or shine!
- Be comfortable utilizing and maintaining shared work areas
- Be comfortable with public speaking
- Be comfortable cooking with both kids and adults and teaching culinary skills
- Be comfortable gardening with kids
- Be comfortable working with/handling farm animals (no experience required)
- Be able to lift 50 lbs and spend a significant amount of time standing/walking
- Have reliable housing and transportation
- Have reliable technology (laptop, cell phone) necessary for the job
- Have a willingness to travel for off-site programs when necessary (includes using one’s own vehicle for such programs)
- Pending emergencies and excused absences, the Education Director must be able to commit to working full-time at the farm during the program season (this includes some weekends and weeknights); there is some flexibility in on-site work outside of the program season (the program season is currently March – early November)
If you are interested in the Education Director position, please send a resume and cover letter to Executive Director Archie McIntyre at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Please include 2 – 3 references (professional references preferred) on your resume or cover letter. Interviews will be scheduled December 2017 – January 2018 or until the position is filled.
If you have questions concerning the position description that you would like answered before submitting a resume and cover letter, please also send them to Executive Director Archie McIntyre at email@example.com.
Ararat Farms is currently hiring for a Farm manager/ field crew manager for upcoming season and winter planning. Must be experienced, knowledgeable and hard working. offering competitive pay and accommodations including five-star living quarters contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-356-7598 to inquire.
Seeking an Organic Vegetable Farmer at Norwell Farms
Norwell Farms is a 501c(3) non-profit community farm in Norwell, MA, a small town located about 25 miles south of Boston. We have a license from the Town of Norwell to farm on 7 acres at the Historic Jacobs Farm, and we are in our 8th year of operation. The nonprofit organization of Norwell Farms runs community events and educational programs at the farm and supports local organizations and food pantries to address food insecurity.
Norwell Farms is seeking an experienced, organic vegetable farmer who shares our vision to build a small-scale, organic, market garden at Jacobs Farm. In this model, the farmer might grow only higher value crops for two or three markets (e.g. CSA, Farm Stand, Wholesale), with the goal of obtaining higher yields per acre through building soils with compost and other amendments, reducing tillage, maximizing plantings per bed, and controlling weeds.
The vegetable farmer will have the advantage of starting with an established farm operation and “Norwell Farms” brand, which has become a household name in our surrounding South Shore community. Norwell Farms currently serves 100+/- member vegetable CSA, a farm stand, and wholesale accounts. In addition, our social media presence has grown to over 2,500 followers on Facebook and has over ~1,300 newsletter subscribers.
At Norwell Farms, we have access to a historic barn for storage and distribution and other key infrastructure, including:
- 10×10 ft. walk-in cooler
- 26×72 ft. heated greenhouse with ventilation
- Dodge van & storage for equipment
- Existing CSA and market supplies
- Two private wells and irrigation equipment
Role of the Vegetable Farmer:
- Develop and implement a farm plan for a financially sustainable, organic vegetable farm operation with the goal of serving up to 100+ member Summer CSA and 30+ member Fall CSA, and seasonal farm stand hours
- Partner with Norwell Farms Non-Profit Organization to achieve our goals by:
- Providing vegetable donations in support of our food insecurity programs,
- Maintaining the learning garden during the growing season in support of our educational programming,
- Participating in community events in support of our mission to connect the community to the land, and
- Maintaining the farm’s year-round appearance in support of our commitment to stewardship of the land and in compliance with town requirements.
- Cooperate with the other stakeholders of Norwell Farms (e.g. Non-Profit, town officials, etc.)
- Provide own primary tillage/cultivating equipment
- Maintain appropriate insurance coverage
- 5+ years organic, vegetable crop production
- Understanding of whole-farm planning, crop rotation, soil enhancement methods, and general ecological principles
- Experience running and maintaining farm vehicles, equipment, irrigation, and greenhouses
- Ability to lift 50 lbs.
- Eagerness to partner with the non-profit arm of Norwell Farms
- Previous experience running a CSA and hiring and managing farm staff preferred
- Previous experience or interest in building a small scale, intensive farming operation
Salary and Benefits:
Farmer should consider their compensation and build it into their budget to be submitted with the farm plan.
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume, interest letter, and three references to: