Connecticut – Simpaug Farms hiring Farmers Market Sales & Delivery

Ridgefield, Connecticut

FARMERS MARKET SALES & DELIVERY

COMPANY DESCRIPTION
Simpaug Farms is committed to feeding our communities with clean, high-quality, flavorful food. Our farmers employ sustainable practices that uphold small-farm values and reverence for the land. Our vegetables and fruits are grown naturally, without the use of synthetic pesticides. Our animals are pasture-raised without hormones or antibiotics.

The farm is located on 250 acres of preserved farmland in West Suffield, with the main business office in Ridgefield. All produce sold is grown on our farm. Simpaug Farms has been delivering Connecticut Grown produce to Fairfield and Hartford Counties since 2011. We operate a 200 member CSA with weekly pickup at several Fairfield County locations. Simpaug Farms is a regular vendor at the Fairfield Farmers Market and Ellington Farmers Market. Our produce is favored by some of Connecticut’s best farm-to-table chefs and is featured on restaurant menus across the state.

JOB DESCRIPTION
Our FARMERS MARKET SALES & DELIVERY staff will be based out of the Ridgefield business office, and will be responsible for driving our delivery van from Ridgefield to the farm in West Suffield to pick up and deliver CSA shares, restaurant wholesale orders, and farmers market produce (about 200 miles daily round-trip). They will report directly to the Sales Manager and Operator to coordinate deliveries and other tasks as needed. Strong communication skills are a must. The Driver will also be responsible for setting up the CSA drops for the customers at each location. Strong organization skills and attention to detail is crucial to ensure customer satisfaction and accuracy.
On Saturday and Sunday, we are full-season vendors at farmers markets, which require all sales staff to be on duty. Staff will be responsible for unloading, setting up, creating displays, labeling prices, restocking throughout the market, interacting with customers, answering questions, tracking sales, breaking down stand, and delivering remaining produce to customers.

SCHEDULE
June through October (may be extended to year-round with reduced winter hours)
3-5 days per week, including weekends. Saturday and Sundays are a must in order to staff our Farmers Markets. We are looking for two drivers for this position so work schedules will change week to week giving both drivers a chance to have weekends off.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experienced driver with valid driver’s license and clean driving record (No Exceptions)
  • Available to work scheduled shifts with some flexibility on daily start and end times
  • Available to work all weekends, with limited time-off requests during peak season (Time off must be pre-approved by manager)
  • Fast learner, able to solve problems as they arise with little direction
  • Outgoing and personable attitude
  • Able to learn quickly and prioritize tasks efficiently
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Punctual, reliable, efficient, and able coordinate delivery routes and schedules with sales team.
  • Professional in communication, customer service, and sales
  • Friendly, fun, welcoming, and ready to engage with customers
  • Able to work long shifts 8-10 hours
  • Must maintain professional appearance at all times
  • Enthusiastic about local food and farming, and committed to quality

    COMPENSATION
    $12-15/hour

    TO APPLY
    Send a resume with cover letter to max@simpaugfarms.com
    Use subject line FARMERS MARKET SALES & DELIVERY

Feel free to call about the job as well 203-984-7289

 

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Maine – Spear Spring Farm hiring Field Manager

Warren, Maine

Spear Spring Farm, LLC                                                                                        May 2018

Field Manager Job Description

Spear Spring Farm is an historic 150-acre diversified farm dating back to 1736, located in Warren, Maine.  The farm has been vacant for a few years and we are seeking an experienced field manager for 2018 to help us bring the farm back into production.  A small bunkhouse (brand new!) may be available for the right person if housing is needed.

Spear Spring Farm is committed to “organic practices”.  We are not a certified organic farm at this time, but we farm in harmony with the land and using organic methods.  We will be planting a wide diversity of vegetables, flowers, perennials, and herbs, which we expect to sell primarily through our on site farm store, CSA, and wholesale accounts.  We may also choose to add livestock and other farm activities down the road.  We place a special emphasis on building soil health and sustainable ecosystems that are efficient and in harmony with the land and would love for someone with a passion for sustainable agriculture and out of the box thinking to join our team.  Since we are rebuilding, this is a great opportunity to see and participate in the shaping of a sustainable and profitable farm.  If you want to work hard, eat well, love your job, and have fun doing it, then join us at Spear Spring Farm!

Timeframe:  We are seeking to a field manager and two full time employees from early March through late November 2018.  There may be the potential for continuing part-time work through the winter months.

Work description: Spear Spring Farm is a new endeavor to restore an historic farm and bring it back to beauty and full production.  The field manager will work closely with the President of the farm business to implement and manage the production schedule and complete weekly goals, managing the farm staff and activities in an efficient and professional manner.  The primary job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing all farm labor – training and scheduling, ensuring safety protocols are met, working alongside your team to ensure efficient use of time and resources, teaching wherever possible and creating a happy, hardworking farm environment that values our employees’ input and unique experience
  • Planting seeds, seedlings and vegetables/shrubs/trees
  • Managing the greenhouse
  • Weeding, fertilizing, maintaining fields and growing areas
  • Helping to restore the farm (Store, Fields, Workshop, Roads, Etc.)
  • Harvesting vegetables by hand
  • Washing and packing vegetables for sale
  • Possible delivery of vegetables
  • Manning the farm store
  • Tractor work
  • Possible maintenance work, such as painting, building stone walls, landscaping, cleaning grounds (buildings, fields)
  • Possible care of livestock
  • Pruning trees and orchard care

Hours:  We are hiring for up to 40 hours per week.  Additional hours may be available in May/June and September/October should you desire to increase your hours.  Work hours are between 7am and 7pm (somewhat flexible depending on what needs to get done) with a one-hour lunch (bring your own) taken around midday.

Compensation:  The Field Manager will receive $15/hour.  If housing is required then wages will be negotiated depending on the housing agreement.  Surplus and/or second quality produce may be available to farm employees free of charge, depending on the harvest.  Other perks and incentives for hard work and a great attitude are offered throughout the season.

Location: Warren is only 15 minutes from the ocean and the neighboring towns of Rockland and Damariscotta (great food, theaters, museums, and a vibrant local community), and only 25 minutes to Camden/Rockport.  The farm boasts sweeping views of fields and the Camden Hills in the distance, 3 ponds, frontage on the St. George River and ample woods.  We have a nesting pair of Barred Owls in the back fields and a nearby lake with beach that’s accessible by a short walk.  There is a vibrant local food community, along with many area activities and festivals that make the MidCoast of Maine a great place to live and work!

Housing:  On site housing may be available in the form of a small 12’ x 24’ bunkhouse with private bathroom and electricity.  Housing is provided as part of employee compensation.

Pets: Well-trained, friendly pets are welcome with prior approval and at the owner’s discretion.  There are already two dogs on site at the farm.   Well-behaved dogs must be under owner’s voice control, get along with all people (including children) and our dogs.  Spear Spring Farm is located on Rt. 1 in Warren – a busy road, where the speed limit is 55 and visitors to the farm pull through to visit the farm store.  The road hazard is real and the safety of your pet is entirely your responsibility.

Qualifications:

  • Farming and manual labor experience preferred
  • Tractor experience a plus
  • Punctuality, honesty, reliability are required!
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Attention to detail
  • Stamina to maintain fast and accurate working pace all day
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable transportation
  • Positive outlook and good sense of humor

How to apply:

No phone calls, please.  We are accepting applications until the positions are filled and will only consider complete applications.  If you are interested in working at Spear Spring Farm, please e-mail the following items to:  jamien.richardson@gmail.com

  1. A one-page letter introducing yourself, describing your farm related experience, your availability (which days of the week you are able to work) and why you want to work at Spear Spring Farm…
  2. A list of recent/relevant work history (or a resume) including names of previous employers, duration worked, and primary job responsibilities
  3. Three work-related references with job title and contact information

We will respond to all completed applications that are received.

 

Connecticut – The Coq & Co. hiring Culinary Garden Manager

Stonington, Connecticut

ORGANIC CULINARY GARDEN

THE COQ & CO.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

The Coq & Co. is a unique store that brings together the Kitchen, Market and Garden.  The KITCHEN will produce a daily menu of prepared food that is both beautiful and healthy.  The MARKET will sell everything from olive oils, dried pastas, rice, spices, cheese, honey, crackers, granola jams, mustards, cookies, tartes and breads…  The GARDEN is a culinary garden, which will grow menu specific herbs and greens  for the kitchen in large raised garden beds.   The garden will also  provide self service communal seating for guests, and host private seasonal culinary events.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are looking for someone to manage and and expand our formal culinary gardens for THE COQ &CO;.  Everything we grow will be used in our commercial kitchen.

This is a perfect job for someone who would like to work in a planned formal vegetable garden. The right candidate  must have:

-a strong understanding and interest in organic farming or gardening.

-experience in crop planning

-experience and knowledge in green house and cold frame techniques

-irrigation techniques and development.

-understand the different ways to harvest greens

-understand how to wash, pack and store greens

-is passionate about growing

-is a organized and clean worker

-loves chickens, and has experience taking care of them

This can be a full-time seasonal job or a year round full-time job.

Serious applicants should contact me asap.

COMPENSATION

this position is paid hourly, $15/hr or more

HOW TO APPLY

Email alie@thecoqandco.com

OR In person

Please email Alie Nicholas at alie@thecoqandco.com

Must have references

Maine – Springdale Farm hiring Assistant Herdsman

Waldo, Maine

Springdale Farm

207-272-5492

sprindalejerseys@gmail.com

Assistant Herdsman/Assistant Grazing Manager

Springdale Farm is a fourth generation family dairy farm in Waldo, Maine.  We milk 125 registered Jersey and Guernsey cows, raise beef, veal and pork for local markets and have a small creamery.  We have been rotationally grazing our dairy herd since the early 1970’s and it is the cornerstone of our farm.  We are looking for a motivated individual to help continue to improve and expand our grazing system and perform some general herdsman duties.

Responsibilities include:

Aid in all aspects of rotational grazing on 125 cow dairy herd, 40 dry cows and 30 breeding age heifers.  Tasks may include:

  • All aspects of planning and implementation of permanent, semi-permanent and temporary fencing including barbed wire, steel wire and polywire
    • Upkeep of old fences
    • Maintaining and monitoring electricity
    • Moving polywire
    • Aiding in daily rotation of two milking herds
    • Aiding appropriate rotation of dry cow herd
    • Developing rotational system for breeding age heifers
  • Monitoring grazing conditions on a daily and sometimes hourly basis
  • Clipping pastures
  • Maintaining stationary and mobile water supplies
  • Re-seeding pastures

Herdsman duties:

  • Herd vaccination program
  • Calf and heifer management
  • Milk quality management
    • Monitor for and treat mastitis
    • Monitor general herd health
    • Monitor milking parlor and milk house maintenance

Position would ideally evolve into a management role based on the needs of the farm and strengths of the individual.  Pay depends on experience.  Housing available.

Maine – Pietree Orchard hiring Orchardist

Sweden, Maine

Orchardist, Assistant (Full Time) 

Pietree Orchard, Western Maine – Oxford County, Sweden, ME.   

Hourly Wage: $15-18/hour, commensurate with formal education & experience.  Health insurance, 2 weeks vacation and independent housing is supplied.   

Description:

Full-time, 40-55 hours per week, according to season. Monday – Friday work schedule is expected, with additional evening and/or weekend work required at times.  The Assistant Orchardist will be responsible for, with the guidance of the Orchardist, maintaining and expanding our farm’s 15 acres of tree fruit production.  We bring 60 varieties of apples (some heritage) and other tree fruit to our market to sell.  The orchard uses IPM production for our trees which range from standard sized to high density fruiting walls.  The Orchardist is eager to share his extensive knowledge of over 30 years of apple growing throughout the North East and will provide on-the-job training for this position.  We are seeking a person who is interested in joining us to learn the art and science of apple growing and then to take on the Head Orchardist role as he retires in 8-10 years.

Pietree Orchard is a 400 acre vibrant, diverse farm, whose primary location is in Sweden, ME – on a ridge in the foothills of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  The McSherry family established this orchard in the mid 1930s and we purchased it in 2008. Our focus is to continue to grow great local food and help strengthen our local community.  Today, across three farm locations, we focus on tree fruit, vegetables, maple syrup, hay and baked goods and are expanding into new crops and farm fresh products each year.  This position will be based at the main farm located in Sweden, Maine.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This position, with the guidance and direction of the Orchardist, will be involved in:

  • pruning
  • planting and orchard layout
  • tree training
  • fruit thinning
  • fruit harvest, recordkeeping and storing
  • various orchard management tasks
  • assisting in supervision of seasonal help
  • working with field crew when needed
  • assisting in set up and maintenance of equipment, including sprayers.

Knowledge and Skill Qualifications:

This position requires:

  • Associate’s degree in horticulture, agriculture or a closely related field
  • Internship or one year of work experience in horticulture or a related field.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in an autonomous work environment as well as work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to travel both in and out-of-state, requiring a valid driver’s license.
  • Participation in state and regional conferences and continuing education events.
  • Ability to routinely lift 30 to 50 pounds.
  • Completion of Agricultural Basic Pesticide Applicator license within a year after hire.
  • Comply with food safety requirements.
  • To develop and maintain professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Ability to communicate effectively using oral, written and electronic methods.

 This position prefers:

  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture or a closely related field and three years of work experience in horticulture or a related field.
  • Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in tree fruit production.

Schedule for Evaluation:  With Orchardist, in the initial six months of employment then annually thereafter.

Please submit cover letter, resume and three professional references by May 18, 2018 to Cathryn Kloetzli at cathrynkloetzli@pietree-orchard.com.  We will continue to accept applications until an exceptional candidate is found.  We hope to have the successful candidate start their career with us by July 2018.

Rhode Island – Robin Hollow Farm hiring Farm Worker

Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Farm worker(s) for 2018 season: Robin Hollow Farm

Robin Hollow Farm is a fast-paced, diverse flower farm. The farm uses sustainable and/or organic methods on about five acres in Saunderstown, RI. We grow in the field, in high tunnels and utilize three heated greenhouses. We produce a wide variety of cut flowers and plants for three farmers’ markets, on-farm sales and floral design for weddings and events. 

Our family farm is successful, with well developed systems for all aspects of production. We focus on being very efficient while maintaining a high quality product. The opportunity to learn the skills to run your own farm is available to motivated employees. Cut flowers are a complex and exciting niche for a small-scale farm. 

Farm Worker Duties: 

  • Assist with greenhouse production, including scouting for pests and diseases, propagation and
    watering. 
  • Harvest crops, using proper harvest systems and post-harvest treatments and labeling. 
  • Contribute to weed and disease management, transplanting, tunnel and field work. 
  • Operate tractors, delivery vans and other equipment as needed, based on experience. 
  • Work at farmers’ markets, on-farm sales, or wedding flower set-up/delivery as needed. 
  • Assist with cooler management, farmers’ market set up (bouquet making, etc.) or getting ready for events as needed. 


Qualifications 
Positive attitude, enjoying good communication with customers and volunteers. 

Punctual and reliable. 

Self-motivated to work independently and in groups of workers quickly and efficiently.

Able and willing to work full days of physically demanding tasks. These may be repetitive and
strenuous, with occasional heavy lifting (up to 50lbs) and bending, kneeling, etc. 

Experience with farming or horticulture work is preferred but not required. 

Inquisitive minds are strongly encouraged. 


Work period and Compensation:
Mid March through November, 2018. Tuesday-Saturday for the majority of the season, with slightly less for the ends of the season. Hourly wage based on experience. Bonus based on performance and farm productivity. Farm produce (veg, herbs, fruit, flowers) provided in season, and a generous employee discount.

Contact:
Mike Hutchison: mike@robinhollowfarm.comWe will respond to emails with an attached resume and a cover letter stating what you’ll bring to the team.

Maine – MOFGA hiring Low Impact Forestry Coordinator

Maine

MOFGA LOW IMPACT FORESTRY COORDINATOR

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Primary Responsibilities: supporting MOFGA’s Low Impact Forestry Program (LIF) activities and its network; helping to expand the scope and capacity of MOFGA’s LIF Program.

Supervisor: Educational Programs Director

Work Week: This is a year round position, requiring 20 hours of work per week (1040 hours per year). Exact schedule will be determined by LIF program needs and work plan, in consultation with the Educational Programs Director. Great flexibility is necessary as more time will be needed surrounding workshops and events and will frequently require evening and weekend hours.

Position: The position is non-exempt under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The employee in this position is eligible for overtime pay, however work hours are limited on a weekly basis, and it is unlikely that the employee will ever work overtime hours.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Ability to work well independently as well as with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Effective management and organizational skills including experience managing volunteers and participants of various ages and abilities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including understanding of and ability to work with various forms of communication media
  • Ability to work effectively within a non-profit structure
  • Understanding and commitment to the mission and vision of MOFGA and the LIF program
  • Ability to manage many short- and long-term projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrable leadership experience
  • Understanding of current and historical practices in forestry, the commercial forest industry and the extraction of forest products
  • Ability to think critically and creatively around current forestry practices, the forest products industry and their relationship to ecosystems and human communities
  • Physical ability to traverse a forest in all seasons and all weather conditions
  • Access to a personal vehicle and ability to travel long distances for meetings and program activities

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate between LIF Committee initiatives and MOFGA staff, including:
    • Facilitate event planning and implementation with Events Coordinator
    • Coordinate LIF press releases, announcements, mailings, new media and website activities with MOFGA Communications Director
    • Engage with other MOFGA program areas to develop collaborative programs, coordinate activities and represent LIF
    • Facilitate relationships and partnerships with other organizations
  • Perform outreach with other private and public organizations to support LIF offerings
  • Communicate with MOFGA membership regarding LIF activities and practices, including:
    • Serve as primary contact for MOFGA membership with forestry concerns
    • Manage content for LIF column in quarterly MOF&G
    • Serve as primary staff liaison to the LIF Program Steering Committee
    • Report regular program updates to Educational Programs Director as needed for reporting, program development and updating the Board of Directors
  • Work with MOFGA Education and Development Departments to secure funding for LIF activities
  • Assist in the planning of capital improvements, maintenance, and special projects on the MOFGA grounds relevant to LIF
  • Carry out the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission, vision and values of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Candidates for the position should submit applications, including a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: lifhiringcommittee@mofga.org. The committee is currently reviewing applications and will begin interviews May 2, 2018.