Massachusetts – Newton Community Farm hiring Director of Education

Newton, Massachusetts

Director of Education, Newton Community Farm

The Newton Community Farm seeks a Director of Education (DoE) to manage all aspects of Youth, Family, and Adult Education and Engagement.  The DoE will develop and implement innovative curricula and programming to engage people of all ages in our community, oversee Education staff and volunteers, and manage the marketing, communications, and budget for our Education program.

The Newton Community Farm is a unique and picturesque working educational farm that has been continuously tilled over 300 years. It is a treasured part of the Newton landscape and community, and features a CSA program, farm stand, community events, and more.

A successful DoE will be an engaging, energetic individual with successful teaching or camp experience and a management background.   The DoE must be an enthusiastic self-starter who is passionate about the opportunities for growth in our programs.  The DoE will love environmental education, and enjoy working collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and the community at large.

careers@newtoncommunityfarm.org

newtoncommunityfarm.org

Vermont – Kiss the Cow Farm hiring Organic Farm/Ice Cream Apprentice

Barnard, Vermont

Job Title: Organic Farm/Ice Cream Apprentice

Internship Starts: 07-01-2017
Internship Ends: 11-01-2017
Number of Interns: 2
General Description: Kiss the Cow Farm is an organic, grass-based dairy selling farmstead ice cream and raw milk from our small herd of Jersey cows. We also raise and sell pastured eggs, broilers, ducks, and turkeys. In our spare time we make several hundred round bales every summer.

Skills Desired: You need to have a positive-can-do attitude, be self-motivated, hard-working, inquisitive, and a good communicator. If you have the courage to try things and you smile at bad jokes in spite of yourself, then you will probably fit in. This is a learning experience: you need to want to learn. You will need to be reasonably fit and able to lift 50 lbs regularly. You should also be able to work outside in all weather conditions from rain to mid-summer heat. Please no smoking, drug use, excessive alcohol consumption, or pets. A valid drivers’s license is required.

Educational Opportunities: Days are physically demanding with hard work and long hours filled with chores, projects, customers and laughter! We take plenty of breaks, chatting, reading, and catching some vitamin D sunrays. Our standards are high and necessarily so as we are entrusting you to prepare dairy and poultry products for safe human consumption. Please consider this commitment before applying. However, we find the work enjoyable, lots of interesting folks to chat with, tons of things to laugh and giggle about, and very entertaining and often cute animals to distract us. This is really your experience, not ours. While working closely with us some of the time, you will also have independent responsibilities. So let us know what you want to learn, what you want to be able to competently do when you move on. We’ll try to incorporate your goals into the experience you have with us.

We share a 500 acre, historic farm with other ag enterprises (veggies, beef cows, hard cider). Crews from all the farms share a weekly lunch together. Lots of farming activity and other younger and older, like-minded people to interact with. Near Silver Lake State Park and lots of hiking trails. And we co-host a weekly farmers’ market with local vendors, awesome bands, tacos, hard cider, kombucha & ice cream for a few hundred people. It’s a very cool time. This is a typical, rural Vermont experience. Life’s great here. Come experience it yourself!

Housing: There are bedrooms upstairs in the farm house. Or you could choose to live in your tent anywhere on the surrounding several hundred acres of woodland and eat what you can forage, but hey, it’s your choice! We’ve also retrofitted the sugar house into a 1-2 person residence.

Meals: As for room & board, well basically you become a member of the farmily! You have your own fully equipped, outside kitchen, dining area and shower. Basic ingredients as well as veggies & diary are provided, as is a weekly food allowance. Laundry, another shower and kitchen are also available in the main house. While not vegetarians ourselves, we love veggies and there are plenty in the summer and fall!

Stipend: Absolutely! Plus room & board. Plus unending learning opportunities from professional educators. Plus responsibility & practice so you can confidently do this on your own which is, of course, the whole point of an internship….

Internship Details: This is an immersion experience. You will be part of a small, (currently) all-woman team making decisions and managing the farm on a day-to-day basis. You will experience first-hand what it takes to run a diverse, organic farm. Apprenticeships are not easy as the hours are long and the work is physical. However, there is no better way to learn the craft of small-scale agriculture than to roll up your sleeves and do it. The primary goal of our apprenticeship program is to teach you what you need to know and give you plenty of practice and the confidence to pursue your own farm dream.

Our internships focus on three areas, dairy herd management, pastured poultry management and ice cream making. Depending on your interest, you may focus on one area, but will still be involved in all aspects of managing a small, grass-based farm, including: milking, feeding, moving animals to new pastures, the installation and maintenance of fence and water systems, calf care, herd health and nutrition, safety, dairy protocols and processes. You’ll be raising poultry from day-old chicks, feeding, watering, moving field pens, tracking batches, processing, packaging, and delivering to customers. You will not only learn to make ice cream, but help us create the processes for this new adventure. You will participate at farmers markets and enterprise brainstorming, assist with marketing, cleaning, repairs, maintenance, and construction projects.

About the Hosts: Both Lisa and Randy are educators with master’s degrees in education. Most learning is experiential and one-on-one, plus what topics and questions come out of dairy conversations. We typically teach by example.

Our farm journey is still a surprise to us. It all started years ago with 6 chickens. We’ve now 450 layer hens, several hundred meat birds, and a dozen or so cows. So basically, it’s out of control! Thank God we love this life, the land, our animals and friends. Why do we do this? Easy peasy: we want to grow good food for our friends and neighbors, teach something meaningful to others, and leave things in better shape than when we found them.

Contact Info: Email –  kissthecowfarm@gmail.com

Phone – 802-763-3921

Web – www.kissthecowfarm.com

New Hampshire – Tom Ten Farm and Sanctuary hiring Part-Time Help

Haverhill, New Hampshire

Farm and Sanctuary Help Needed

Newly relocated, up and coming non-profit in Haverhill, NH seeking part-time help to assist with day-to-day operations, including but not limited to, feeding, watering, picking, grounds keeping, fencing and basic handyman duties. Must be no drama, honest, reliable, diligent and comfortable working independently and/or with others. We are seeking a positive, mature, motivated and flexible individual who takes pride in their work, pays attention to detail and is not only at ease, but truly enjoys working with a variety of animals. Job requires all applicants be physically fit, capable of working through inclement weather, safety conscious and have a realistic understanding and appreciation for all that farm employment entails with a growing organization.

This is a year round position with long-term potential. Both full time and possible live-in opportunity available for the right person in the months ahead. Compensation and hours negotiable based on expereince and comittment. Must be over 18 and have a valid drivers license and reliable transportation.  References and cori check required.

Please contact Jen with your interest at 617-331-8435 or via tomtenfarmandsanctuary@gmail.com

Massachusetts – Cavicchio Greenhouses hiring Section Grower

Sudbury, Massachusetts

Section Grower

As New England’s largest distributor and grower of annuals and perennials – operating ten acres of state-of-the-art greenhouse space year around. We are looking for a Section Grower to join our dynamic team. This role requires horticultural, pest and fertilizer knowledge, passion for producing top-end product, and a little bit of “coolness”. You’re comfortable getting dirty, you care about the environment, and you want to do good work.

Requirement: B.S. in Horticulture or equivalent.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitors annual and perennial crops for proper watering, fertilizer, and pests.
  • Nutrition management working in collaboration with the Head Grower.
  • Applies chemicals, fertilizers, and biologicals
  • Evaluates data to identify crop challenges.
  • Manipulates greenhouse temperature, humidity to control crop growth.

Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills a plus

Established in 1910, Cavicchio Greenhouses is a fourth-generation New England farm working more than 250 acres in Sudbury. As a horticultural grower and landscape distributor, we cultivate and supply an extensive variety of annuals and perennials, nursery stock, stone, masonry and landscape materials. With a hard-earned reputation for service, quality, selection and sustainability, we work with professionals and garden centers throughout the area to keep our region beautiful.

We offer competitive pay and a complete benefits package upon eligibility including insurance, paid time off and retirement savings. Due to the volume of candidates, only those requested to interview will be contacted.

Send all responses to: jobs@cavicchio.com

Massachusetts – Farm Aid hiring Farm Advocate

Cambridge, Massachusetts

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Farm Advocate

Farm Aid is looking for a full-time Farm Advocate to join our small staff in Cambridge, MA. Farm Aid is a national nonprofit organization working to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Position Summary:

The Farm Advocate serves as Farm Aid’s primary farmer service provider, working one-on-one with farmers, primarily via the phone and email, to address their unique resource needs through quality referrals and emotional support. The Farm Advocate also guides strategic development and management of the Farm Advocate Link in order to expand the capacity of farm service providers nationwide. The Farm Advocate provides a listening ear and critical connection to farmers and rural communities on the ground, offering a key perspective in Farm Aid’s assessment of the needs of farmers nationwide and the availability of services to meet those needs. The Farm Advocate fills a valued and essential role at Farm Aid, interacting with a wide variety of farmers, farm organizations and service provides across the country.

Primary Responsibilities include:

Manage Farm Aid’s farmer services program, including: the 1-800 farmer hotline, farmhelp@farmaid.org email, Farm Aid’s online Farmer Resource Network (farmaid.org/ideas), farmer emergency grants and Farm Aid’s disaster response and relief efforts.

  • Develop and manage the Farm Advocate Link (farmaid.org/advocates), a national network devoted to recruiting, training and supporting a new generation of Farm Advocates, and serve as a key liaison to Farm Aid’s core partners on this program. Working with our partners, drive the Farm Advocate Link by developing Farm Advocate training programs, coordinating national trainings and developing new resources.
  • Engage in ongoing learning of farmer resource offerings, both governmental and nongovernmental, with a focus on beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, crisis and disaster assistance, financial resources, legal support and mental health offerings. Translate into quality referrals for farmers and increased capacity of farmer service providers nationwide.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report the impact of Farm Aid’s farmer services programming.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years experience in the food and agriculture sector or the social services sector, working directly with farmers or individuals in need of support;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly active listening; ability to demonstrate compassion for people dealing with challenging situations and to problem solve with them;
  • Demonstrated aptitude and/or experience in program development and implementation;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain professional boundaries and handle confidential information;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Experience in or demonstrated ability to document and track data and information;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required (Word, Excel);
  • Ability and willingness for periodic national travel.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience working directly with farmers and rural communities;
  • Five or more years experience in relevant one-on-one case management in non-profit/social work setting and/or experience in community organizing that requires one-on-one engagement with people.;
  • Experience in program monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment;
  • Experience building partnerships and demonstrated group facilitation skills to guide vision to action and accomplish shared work;
  • Mental health and crisis training, agricultural mediation training or other trainings critical to effective farm advocacy;
  • Proficiency with FileMaker Pro or other CRM/database management system;
  • A sense of humor, integrity, and an optimistic outlook.

To Apply:

If you have these qualities and are interested, please apply by June 30, 2017. Early applications are strongly encouraged, as applications will be considered as they are received. Please submit a cover letter indicating where you learned of this opportunity and highlighting your experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, a current resume and a writing sample. Candidates invited to compete for the position may be asked to complete sample projects. Email to hiring@farmaid.org with “Farm Advocate” in the subject line. No calls please.

Farm Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage applications from people historically underrepresented in this work, including but not limited to people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ individuals.

For more information about Farm Aid, please visit http://www.farmaid.org.

Connecticut – Wakeman Town Farm hiring Director

Westport, Connecticut

POSITION:        Wakeman Town Farm Director

SALARY:           

  • $ 20,000 – $ 24,000 Annual salary plus benefits
  • Four weeks paid vacation, 401K with match
  • Free rent ($67,000 value) including utilities
  • Access to Westport Public Schools 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Seeking year round farm Director to live and work at the newly renovated Wakeman Town Farm (WTF), an educational farm and sustainability center in Westport.  As the public face of the Town farm, this is a key role for a visionary with a passion for organic farming, sustainability, public education and community.  The Director maintains the 2.5 acre grounds including the general upkeep of the farmhouse and doing daily farm and animal chores.  Will develop and implement farm based educational programs including hiring and overseeing part time teachers and seasonal counselors.  Develop and teach seasonal workshops and oversee at least two farm events a year (with help from the WTF Committee). Responsible for the spring High School internship program and the spring and fall Junior Apprentice Program.  Coordinate with the Committee and Westport’s Public School to run Farm tours.  Must keep up with agricultural trends and share new techniques with students and residents.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s Degree required, related to farming and/or Animal Husbandry preferred.  Teaching and relevant farm experience preferred. Must have strong administrative skills; responsible for the farm’s management. Criminal background and reference checks required prior to employment.                    

APPLY TO:                     Personnel/HR Department

dferrante@westportct.gov
Westport Town Hall
110 Myrtle Avenue Room 208
Westport, CT 06880
 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

PLEASE POST THROUGH JUNE 10, 2017

New Hampshire – D Acres hiring Gardener

Dorchester, New Hampshire

Gardener – 2017 growing season

D Acres of New Hampshire, a nonprofit Organic Farm & Educational Homestead located in rural Dorchester, NH, seeks a gardener for the 2017 growing season. The gardener will work with D Acres staff, residents and volunteers as a manager to care for the gardens. First and foremost, we are looking for a person that enjoys gardening. We appreciate a strong work ethic and a high level of motivation & self direction. Due to the nature of the position, applicants must have experience working with plants. Full growing season experience is necessary. The applicant should also have a willingness to commit to employment at least until November 2017.

Duties will include care and maintenance of 2 acre vegetable no till concept hand tool powered annual garden and 2 acres of forest garden in process. Specifically there will be seeding, irrigating, weeding and harvesting responsibilities. Also harvesting and dehydrating tea plants and herbs; sheet mulching, and division in the perennial gardens. Our farm consists of 180 acres of land, mostly forest. The farm serves as an educational center, offering workshops, residencies, a film series, and community events designed to promote sustainable living alternatives. We grow a nice variety of annual vegetables, mainly for onsite consumption. Our largest crops are garlic, potatoes, squash and apples. The gardener will be responsible for providing food to the kitchen and also coordinate the workers whether volunteers or residents.

The goal is to provide a demonstration of a community farm system which maximizes food production with minimal inputs and strategic use of resources. Although we will always have substantial annual gardens, we are committed to creating areas throughout the farm that produce food, medicine and craft materials perpetually with less and less maintenance throughout the years. Our investment in plants and labor now are designed to serve the community well into the future.

We seek a person that understands this vision. We have a no-till system and prefer to design garden beds that flow with the contours of the land. Our gardening philosophy is inspired by permaculture, French intensive, biodynamic and lasagna gardening. A salary of $750 per month plus room and board is available for this position. In addition to 40+ hours of gardening per week, the gardener will also be asked to participate in the communal contract, which entails one night of cooking per week, 2-4 hours of household chores, and community meetings once a week. Accommodations vary, but generally residents live in treehouses in the woods. To learn more about D Acres of New Hampshire, please visit our website at HYPERLINK “http://www.dacres.orgwww.dacres.org. An online application form is available on the Opportunities page.

 PS: If you’d like to come by to visit, we are always open to the public and we host 3 monthly events: Farm Feast Breakfast from 10-1 on the first Sunday of each month and Pizza and a Movie night (6 pm) on the second Friday of each month and Potluck & Open Mic (6 pm) the last Friday of each month!