Texas – Cooper Farms hiring Farm Manger

Fairfield, Texas

Farm Manager

Farm Description:
Cooper Farms is a 300 acre peach farm that is located in Fairfield Texas. Cooper Farms Supplies HEB and other grocery store with fresh produce. We grow plums, figs, nectarines, donut peaches and white peaches as well. Cooper Farms also grows some vegetables to supply its retail store. Cooper Farms sells roughly half of its crop wholesale and the other half retail through its country store and roadside trucks. Cooper Farms is family owned and operated.

Position Duration:
Full Time- Year around-Permeant position

Responsibilities:
The Farm Manger will work closely with the crew to plant, thin, harvest, and prune throughout the year. Cooper Farms is looking for a fast paced highly motivated individual who can keep productivity high. The right candidate should be easy going, passionate, work well alone and with a group. Candidates must be able to safely lift and carry 50 lbs., have a valid driver’s license, and the ability and interest to work long hours outside in any type of weather. Candidates should be able to drive and operate a tractor and will need to have an agricultural background. The candidate will need to be able to problem solve and look for ways to be more efficient.

Compensation:

Salary will start out at $50,000 per year and after a 3 month probationary period to determine if the candidate is the right fit for Cooper Farms then the Farm Manager salary will be increased to $60,000 per year.  Continued increase over time is possible. Possible living quarters may be available.

Please email a resume and an explanation of why you would be a good fit for Cooper Farms.

Contact
Brady Johnson
903-3908543
brady.johnson1@yahoo.com

 

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Georgia – Piedmont Provisions hiring Brand Ambassadors

Athens, Georgia

Brand Ambassador – Cash Bonuses, Fun Work Environment, Paid Training!

 Lovers of sweets and all things saucy!! Do you love pickles, jam, and hot sauce? Do you like working with people and promoting products you believe in?  If your idea of a fun weekend morning includes visiting your local farmers market, this may be the job for you!!

The Company:

Based in Athens, GA, Piedmont Provisions specializes in handcrafting jam, pickles, hot sauces, vinegars, and craft cocktail mixers. Heading into our fifth year of business and rapidly expanding in the Atlanta area, we focus on supporting the local food community, sourcing organic and naturally grown produce, creating delicious food and beverage products, and we like to have fun while doing it!

The Position:

We are hiring self-motivated Brand Ambassadors to promote products and expand clientele at Atlanta-area farmers markets and festivals.  We offer a competitive hourly ratePaid training, and Performance-based cash bonuses.  Other perks include FREE products to take home or trade with farmers or other vendors.  Ambassadors will travel to mid-town location to pick up supplies, then head to one or more of the following markets.  If you are located near these markets, available during market hours, and are looking to supplement your income, please get in touch.

  • Freedom Farmers Market – Saturdays 7:30 am to 2:30 pm, year round
  • The ‘Green Market’ at Piedmont Park – Saturdays 7:30 am to 2:30 pmMarch 24 – Dec. 15
  • Peachtree Road Farmers Market – Saturdays 7:00 am to 1:30 pm, April 7 – Dec. 15
  • Brookhaven Farmers Market – Saturdays 7:30 am to 1:00 pm, April 7 – Nov. 18
  • Grant Park Farmers Market –  Select Sundays, 7:30 am to 2:30 pm, year round
  • Marietta Farmers Market – Sundays, 10 – 4:30, May – October

The ideal candidate… will be a self-starter, and a people-person. Successful Brand Ambassadors have fun while they work hard to create a lively, engaging experience for our customers. They are professional and friendly and know how to deliver top-notch customer service.  Punctuality, exceptional attention to detail, and great communication skills guarantee success.  Preference will be given to individuals with both Saturday and Sunday availability and experience in retail sales, but if you have a large personality and a passion for local food, don’t let a lack of sales experience keep you from applying!

Requirements:

  • Reliable smart phone to accept Credit Cards.
  • Vehicle large enough to hold supplies and folding tables (a hatchback or SUV preferred).
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.
  • Comfortable working in extreme heat and cold, rain or shine.
  • Driver’s License and Insured vehicle

Our company is growing rapidly, offering ROOM FOR GROWTH! Get in on the ground floor; we would love to share our success and growth with the right people.

Submit resume and a brief cover letter to Heather Russell at heather@piedmontprovisions.com .  Please tell us why you would be a great addition to our team!  Applications received by Monday, February 26, 2018 will receive priority consideration.  Training could start this weekend for the right person.

Virginia – Weathertop Farm hiring Apprentices

Floyd County, Virginia

Seeking apprentices for 2018 at Weathertop Farm in Virginia

Weathertop Farm is a small 62-acre family-owned and operated farm located in scenic Floyd County, VA. We are located just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 14 miles from the town of Floyd, renowned for a thriving artist, music, and local food scene.

We are dedicated to holistic regenerative agriculture through multi-species rotational grazing and intensive management. No antibiotics or hormones are used, and all livestock eat from pasture that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Our diverse business includes raising and selling pastured chickens, eggs, pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and lamb.

Weathertop Farm accepts 2-3 apprentices each year for the duration of our May – November season. We’re looking for folks interested and passionate about preserving sustainable agriculture systems within our local food-shed communities. Apprentices must be ready to work hard doing manual labor in all kinds of weather. We expect apprentices to put in approximately 40-50 hours a week on average, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season & farm schedule. You can expect to work alongside the farmers for some tasks, and independently for others.

What we expect of you:
no previous farming experience necessary, but these are qualities we’re looking for:
-a positive attitude
-willingness to try new things
-enthusiasm & flexibility
-commitment
-personal initiative
-cooperation for working with others
-ability to follow directions
-ability to do manual labor

-ability to repeatedly handle & lift 50 lb feed sacks.

-basic carpentry or mechanical skills are a plus but not required
-good people-person, comfortable in a sales setting interacting with customers.
-no smoking, no drugs

-not being distracted by personal technology (cell phone, etc) during the workday.
-Commitment to the whole season from April through mid-Dec.

-Having your own vehicle is a plus, though not required (no public transportation available)

Our farm encompasses a diverse multi-generational community of family, friends, neighbors & visitors, from grandparents down to young children, all of whom participate with the farm at various times and in varying degrees, so patience, flexibility and understanding are a must. We care a great deal about our farm community and value diversity and equality and welcome anyone who is kind and conscientious to join our team. Couples welcome!

  • Work will include but is not limited to:
    Daily care of animals (morning & afternoon)
  • Collecting & cleaning eggs
  • Daily portable-fence moving
  • Daily pasture-pen moving
  • Handling animal feed in 50-lb sacks on a daily basis
  • On-farm poultry processing (on average once-twice/week)
  • Occasional building projects
  • Deliveries
  • Farmers markets
  • On-farm sales

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Virginia – Project GROWS hiring Farm Manager

Various Locations, Virginia

PROJECT GROWS

FARM ASSISTANT

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, garden-based education and 2) access to healthy local food.

Project GROWS cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 15,000 pounds of food each year. Our produce is donated or used in educational programs, and the remaining is sold: to members, at farmer’s markets, and wholesale to restaurants in order to sustain our programming. Project GROWS manages a 25-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and two local farmers markets (North Augusta and Waynesboro farmers markets).Both of our markets accept SNAP benefits (supplemental nutrition assistance program) and offer double dollars programs for families using their SNAP at market. We hold a youth-run farm stand in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, and a Health Department farmers market serving families participating in the WIC program (women and infant children). 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 Farm Assistant will work closely with all members of the PG team including the PG Executive Director, Farm Manager, Education Manager, and Food Access Coordinator. The Farm Assistant will directly assist the Farm Manager with all aspects of fruit and vegetable production at the farm including: research, crop planning, planting, harvesting, weeding, pest management, irrigation, post-harvest handling, establishing wholesale relationships, coordinating CSA deliveries, sales, and leading volunteer groups.

In addition to on-farm production responsibilities, the Farm Assistant will participate in

  • hands-on garden, nutrition, and cooking education (field trips, summer camps, in-school lessons, farm-to-school events)

  • community events & education outreach at partner organizations

  • farmer’s markets

  • special events

  • volunteer management

  • administrative tasks as needed.

Applicants must possess a strong work ethic, be willing to learn and be able work efficiently and follow direction. Applicant must be able to lift 50+ pounds regularly and be comfortable working outside including during hot, cold, and inclement weather. Experience with tools and experience working on a vegetable farm are helpful, but a willingness to work hard and try new things is most important. Preferred experience and knowledge of working with children and youth from diverse backgrounds. Has intimate knowledge of the flow of a full season in a production garden. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and an ability to manage various community relationships.

Other Requirements:

  • Cell phone communication

  • Reliable transportation

  • A valid driver’s license

  • Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

Compensation:

This is a full-time, seasonal 40 hours per week position and we are looking for a candidate who can make an 9 month commitment, from March 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018 (there is some flexibility). Salary is $12 per hour. This position may require occasional weekend and/or evening work. Project GROWS is an education-based farm. We are interested in teaching an assistant the values and techniques required to manage/run a small farm.

Educational Goals of Farm Assistant:

  • To share the skills and knowledge involved in sustainable farming.

  • To offer assistant an example of a successful organic farm so that they can learn the cycles of the growing season, crop rotation, succession/companion planting, and market farming.

  • To give assistant first hand working knowledge with specific crops, so that they can have a solid foundation of farming experience.

  • To support the hands-on learning that comes through hard work in the fields with educational resources and leadership opportunities.

  • To gain experience working with and facilitating youth groups and volunteers at the farm.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email laura@projectgrows.org with a brief introduction and resume.

For more information about Project GROWS: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectGrows

 

Florida – Arden Community Farm hiring Farm Director

Palm Beach County, Florida

COMMUNITY FARM DIRECTOR

The Community Farm Director is responsible for community farm production and coordinating educational and outreach programming for the farm at Arden. She/he will manage the staffing requirements for the site, including seasonal interns and volunteers, and is responsible for hiring and managing the farm crew, including the assistant farm manager.

The Community Farm Director serves as a local food ambassador and ensures that the daily farm operations will uphold the values at Arden in providing fresh, healthy food and farm-based community and educational activities to residents and community members.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a farm management plan: crop selection, planting schedules, weed management, fertility management (cover cropping, compost, crop rotation, etc.), pest and disease management, and irrigation design, maintenance and management
  • Develop and maintain farm infrastructure
  • Hire and direct the management of staff, interns and volunteers
  • Coordinate harvests, manage post-harvest handling and ensure product quality control
  • Manage vegetable, fruit, herb and flower production and distribution
  • Manage all production-related tractor work
  • Purchase farm supplies and seeds
  • Maintain detailed farm records
  • Oversees all farm activities including farm tours, programs and events
  • Coordinate farm outreach into community as local food ambassador
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years farming experience; employee management experience
  • Experience with all aspects of daily farm activities, including but not limited to tractor operation, cultivation, organic pest and disease control, harvest, post-harvest handling and distribution, marketing
  • Commitment to organic agriculture
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs and perform work outdoors in all weather conditions

Desired Qualifications:

  • 2 or more years farm management experience
  • Experience farming in Florida
  • Experienced operation of tractors and other farm equipment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Clean driving record and licensed to drive in Florida

Compensation:

Pay scale is commensurate with experience, length of contract, and demonstrated ability to manage employees and increase production/revenue.

Interested:

Please send cover letter and resume to Monica Hollins at mrh@freeholdcommunities.com.

Tennessee – Stony Creek Colors hiring Agricultural Operations Supervisor

Springfield, Tennessee

Position: Agricultural Operations Supervisor

Company: Stony Creek Colors, an emerging company based in Springfield, TN, manufactures bio-based textile dyes that improve profitability and sustainability for farmers, while empowering our customers – fashion brands and textile mills – with greater transparency. We deliver the most reliable and sustainable plant based colorants to the textile industry worldwide, helping fashion brands meet their goal of reducing hazardous chemical use. Stony Creek Colors has developed complete agricultural supply chains based on new, specialty crops like indigo to replace imported, petroleum-based synthetic textile

Job Description: The mission of the agricultural operations supervisor is to ensure reliable availability and delivery of high-quality biomass from our partner contract farmers. The company has a successful history producing natural indigo across Tennessee and is now seeking an experienced agricultural operations supervisor to expand crop production in and around Robertson County, TN.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise daily operations to achieve annual production plan
  • Establish and supervise comprehensive crop scouting program
  • Schedule and coordinate production and harvesting with processing plant manager and contract farmers
  • Oversee maintenance of agricultural equipment
  • Ensure accurate and timely data collection and reporting
  • Coordinate on-farm research activities
  • Supervise a small team of agricultural operations associates
  • Interface with contract farmers and greenhouse growers to provide feedback and guidance on conditions and practices
  • Assist with off-season research planning and execution
  • Recruit farmers and greenhouse growers for future acreage expansion
  • Other duties as required
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required (equipment purchase, etc.)

Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Post-secondary (associates or bachelors) degree in agriculture-related field preferred.
  • 3+ years operating and maintaining heavy machinery (experience with agricultural equipment preferred)
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to prioritize competing tasks logically
  • Follows tasks through to completion
  • High standards of excellence with ability to initiate difficult conversations and require accountability when needed
  • Comfortable in changing environment
  • Good driving record
  • Basic computer and mathematics skills

Preferred:

  • 3+ years farm supervisory experience in mid-scale farm production or agricultural R&D environment using progressive row crop farming techniques
  • Knowledge of tobacco farming techniques and equipment
  • Successful record of executing farm research projects and incorporating results into future commercial farming practices
  • 3+ years managing network of contract farmers
  • 3+ years supervising farm workers
  • Knowledge of tools and software to facilitate managing geographically-dispersed farmland
  • Working knowledge of Spanish

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: jobs@stonycreekcolors.com.

Virginia – Shalom Farms hiring Farm Manager

Richmond, Virginia

Farm Manager (Westwood Site)

About Shalom Farms:

Shalom Farms is a non-profit organization working with communities to increase access to healthy food and the support to live healthy lives. We work with thousands of volunteers from all backgrounds each year to produce more than 200,000 pounds of produce. We distribute this produce throughout the Richmond area through a variety of programs and partnerships.

Job Description:

This year Shalom Farms is undertaking a major organizational expansion in the establishment of a second 5 acre farm, centrally located in Richmond’s Northside on property known as “The Westwood Tract” belonging to Union Seminary. The farm will be the largest operation of its kind in the city, and one of the largest in the region. During 2018 the Farm Manager will work closely with the Director of Farm Operations to ensure the farm is developed in a way that meets the rigorous standards of our existing agricultural operations. However, the ideal candidate will have the experience and skill to quickly take ownership and leadership of the project and will, as appropriate, be given autonomy to oversee the operations on the Westwood Site. This position, particularly during the first year, will be very demanding. It requires someone with significant agricultural experience as well as the temperament and interpersonal skills to lead untrained volunteers and partners, sometimes under stressful conditions. The Farm Manager will work with a broader organizational team to explore and develop ways for this new project to complement our existing agricultural and food access programs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Planning & Recordkeeping:

1.      Under the supervision of the Director of Farm Operations, develop a crop plan consistent with organic standards to achieve harvest goals for our various distribution channels.

2.      Develop detailed annual farm budget.

3.      Maintain thorough records, including daily work log and inventory, and collect and analyze data pertaining to seeding, pest management, production, distribution, volunteer management, etc.

  • Farm Production & Management:

1.      Implement crop plan, using organic strategies, to achieve harvest goals for various channels of distribution.

2.      Create weekly and daily work plans based on the week’s schedule of program participants, interns, volunteer individuals and groups.

3.      Construct, install, or maintain all out-buildings, equipment, irrigation systems, and tools.

4.      Perform machine and tractor work as needed.

5.      Oversee and coordinate on-time harvest, delivery and, as appropriate, payment for produce.

  • Volunteer and Intern Management:

1.      Manage communication and scheduling with volunteers and visiting groups

2.      Lead educational programming including farm tours and lessons for visitors of all ages

3.      Conduct outreach for volunteer and educational programs as needed

Candidate Qualities:

  • Passion for sustainable agriculture and a desire to work collaboratively with others who are committed to environmental justice and food justice.
  • Comfortable working alone
  • Commitment to social justice and health equity, and an understanding of structural racism and inequity.
  • Possesses strong communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi task in stressful situations.
  • Creative, strategic, and analytical thinker with the ability to manage multiple projects   and prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Shows excellent leadership and supervision skills in management of interns and volunteer groups of sizes, ages, and skill levels.·
  • Comfortable working in a faith-based setting.
  • Comfortable performing office tasks and proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Comfortable with public speaking.

Experience:

  • Three or more years of experience working in sustainable/regenerative agriculture with a track record of progressive increases in responsibility and leadership.
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with diverse groups, including ability to reach across racial, ethnic, generational, socioeconomic, rural/urban and religious lines.

Requirements:

  • Drivers’ license and good driving history
  • Ability to drive box truck
  • Ability to lift 60+ pounds
  • Ability to work Saturdays
  • Willingness to work in all weather conditions

Time Requirements:

The time requirements for this position vary with the agricultural season. In general, the applicant should expect to work significantly over 40 hours per week April through September, 40 hours per week in March and October, and fewer than 40 hours per week November through February. These hours should only be used as a guideline and may change according to weather, staffing, number of available volunteers, and other factors.

Salary:

Commensurate based on experience.

Benefits:

Shalom Farms offers highly competitive benefits, including high quality company-paid health insurance, a retirement plan with company match, and modest professional development funds.

How to apply:

To apply for this position, please send cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references to westwood@shalomfarms.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For more information, feel free to email, visit our website www.shalomfarms.org, or find us on Facebook and Instagram (@shalomfarms).

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