Songaia Garden Manager
The Songaia Garden is supported by the Garden-to-Table Club, an activity within an intentional co-housing community in Bothell, Washington. Over the last 25 years it has evolved into an important focus of our work towards a sustainable future. Significant steps towards living lightly on the land have manifested through the development of organic, permaculture-based systems, which include food forests, our quarter acre main garden, and orchards. In 2016 we harvested over 5,000 pounds of organic produce. We educate interns and others in the principles and practical application of the permaculture method.
Mission of the Songaia Garden
To grow an abundance of vegetables, fruits and nuts to feed our community (via the Garden-to-Table Club) throughout the year. To act as a Permaculture teaching site and to involve and inspire the Greater Neighborhood and surrounding communities to participate in the wonder of growing food together and experiencing the joys of our unique community.
Garden Manager for Garden-to-Table Club
$15,000 per year. This is a part-time contract position. Therefore, the Garden Manager will arrange his or her hours as needed to supervise interns and volunteers during the growing season (approximately mid-April through mid-October) and to coordinate preparations for the upcoming season during the winter months. Contract will be paid in two segments, $3000 for November-March and $12,000 for March-October.
Benefits: Free membership in Garden-To-Table Club, $500 educational allowance. Contract positions do not pay into Social Security and L&I, or deduct income tax.
- Coordinate Garden Activities.
- Daily operations. Optimize food production and use of garden produce by Garden-to-Table Club members. Participate in and supervise all aspects of the day-to-day chores of permaculture fruit and vegetable production, including bed preparation, planting, managing invasive weeds, mulching, composting, and watering. Document yield and report annual yield to community.
- Increase soil fertility. Utilize permaculture principals such as crop rotation, guild planting and various composting methods. Arrange for winter composting of food waste from Club meals.
- Winter garden preparation. Coordinate the early preparation of the garden (primarily performed by the garden team) including the planning of crops, seed procurement, propagation, preparation and care of seedlings and transplants from greenhouse.
- Manage orchards and food forest. Lead care for the large number of fruit trees. Includes planting, watering, disease control, fruit thinning, pruning, removal of dead or diseased trees, mulching and extensive harvesting. Teach food forest design, implement guilding as feasible, and coordinate ongoing maintenance, including management of invasive weeds.
- Process harvest. Participate in and instruct volunteers and interns in the preservation of food for winter consumption. This may include canning, drying, fermenting and freezing.
- Coordinate Volunteers and Intern Program
- Community volunteers. Provide and encourage opportunities for our residential and extended Songaia community to participate in garden work. Examples include garden team projects, community-wide work parties, and harvest processing events. Reach out to surrounding community, volunteer organizations and schools. Support community members in developing garden related proposals according to their passions and interests. Examples might include food forests, chicken husbandry, and bee keeping.
- Internship program. Recruit interested interns, including communication with the WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) program and local colleges. Plan weekly meetings to develop priorities and discuss garden issues. Oversee day-to-day scheduling, instruction, supervision and guidance. Set priorities and assign interns for completion of those priorities. Provide evaluations and letters of recommendation. Supervise housing and community participation by interns.
- Arrange for appropriate coursework and teach interns about organic gardening and permaculture through weekly classes, field trips and recommended reading. Serve as an educational resource for volunteers by providing expertise and support. Infuse all teaching with the principles of sustainability, land stewardship, climate change awareness and minimal disturbance of nature’s processes. Utilize and model permaculture principles in problem–solving.
- Network with wider Permaculture community. Attend the annual Permaculture Convergence and facilitate intern participation in the Convergence.
- Administrative Duties
- Manage budget. Approve expenditures from appropriate budget line items of Songaia Association and the Garden to Table Club. Obtain regular financial reports from the bookkeepers of these organizations. Report financial status at least quarterly.
- Web-based communications. Post materials on Songaia garden web page, Facebook page, Meet-up or other relevant social media formats. Send appropriate email announcements to Songaia community, volunteers, and interns.
- Garden Logistics. Handle all garden related logistics including facilitating infrastructure improvements (e.g. fencing) and repair, deliveries (e.g. manure, mulch). Coordinate the design and operation of irrigation systems.
- Attend regular relevant committee meetings, as well as community-wide meetings, subcommittee meetings, Club meetings, and so forth as appropriate for the role of Garden Manager.
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Part-time Garden Educator
Earth Art Ag is a Portland-based non-profit that teaches garden education in 11 public K-8 schools. We are currently hiring a Part-time Garden Educator for the 2017-2018 school year. This position requires flexible hours, excellent time management skills, experience working with youth in a garden/farm setting, and a passion for making garden education accessible and culturally meaningful to all students.
WHEN: late August 2017- June 2018 (with the opportunity to stay on for the following school year)
WHERE: 2 schools in SE Portland, OR
TIME: 2 days/week Sept-June (no programming in Dec.), approx. 15-20 hrs/week
PAY: $17-18/hr (DOE) + 10% health/retirement benefits
TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Djamila Moore (Education Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 14, 2017.
Position runs from August 10th – October 10th, 2017
(*opportunity to stay on longer if desired)
We are seeking a Natural Chef to support our upcoming Fall Internship. Candidates should be passionate about working with local ingredients, and have a keen interest in tropical permaculture and farming. We currently source over 50% of our food from our farm including a variety of vegetables, fruit, starch crops, nuts, dairy, and meat. Our diet is mostly plant based, but we also have a small home dairy and raise small scale livestock so we enjoy raw milk, eggs and meat on an occasional basis.
During our Living Farm Internship, students live and learn on the farm with us for 6 weeks. While here, they study sustainable food systems and learn how to grow their own food and medicine. As lead Chef and Kitchen Facilitator, your job will be to prepare delicious, nutritious meals for our team, and provide guidance to students as they learn to harvest and prepare their own meals. You will work closely with our Culinary Director, Erika Kuhr, to plan meals, source ingredients and plan out food activities for students.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about food, clean, organized, creative, responsible, comfortable in dynamic environments, and enjoys working with other people as well as independently.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Preparing community lunch for approx. 20 people 5x week (Mon-Fri)
- Various food prep and processing activities (supplying student kitchen with extra cooked starches, sauces or condiments to aid in their independent cooking efforts, or helping to process value-added products for Farmers Market)
- Kitchen Facilitation, monitoring weekly kitchen flow and responsibilities (students have weekly assigned chore/responsibilities to keep kitchen running smoothly, the Kitchen Facilitator is just there to provide a supportive role)
- Participation in community activities like weekly talking circle, field trips, etc.
**Bonus points if you are interested in food photography and social media. We post regularly about food and cooking from the land, and would love to have support in these efforts!
This position is 35 hours a week (approx. 6 hours a day M-F, with occasional Saturday shifts during special events or field trips).
In exchange we provide:
- Housing accommodations in a private hale
- Access to 1000 sq. ft. shared kitchen and study space
- Shared hot/cold showers, composting toilets and washing machine on site
- Community food supplies (vegetables and fruit harvested from land, bulk grains and legumes)
- Walking distance to nearby swimming and surfing spots
- Access to HIP Ag libraries, educational events, etc.
- Weekly stipend of $200 (7 weeks total)
If you are interested in working with us, please send a note to email@example.com and tell us a little about yourself, your experience in the areas above, and why you’d like to work with HIP Ag. Please include a photo, it helps to put a face with the name. Mahalo!
Long Meadow Ranch is a family owned and operated producer and purveyor of world-class wine and food that is economically successful and socially responsible using diversified, sustainable, and organic farming methods. We produce award-winning wines, handcrafted extra virgin olive oils, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables.
Job Description: We are looking for hard working and passionate team members to work on the certified organic vegetable farm and fruit orchards at Long Meadow Ranch. Duties will primarily include harvesting, planting, weeding, and general fieldwork. This is a great opportunity to further one’s farming career by being intimately involved in all aspects of an intensive and inventive organic farming and ranching operation. Come gain experience and knowledge, while doing the hard yet gratifying work of farming.
- 1 to 2 seasons of organic farming experience, specifically planting, harvesting, and post harvest handling of diverse vegetable crops.
- Experience with farmers markets and/or other direct to consumer sales.
- Experience with drip irrigation.
- Experience in the safe operation of small engine equipment (weedeaters, chainsaws, etc.).
- Spanish language skills are a plus
- Positive outlook, happy, and energetic.
- Passionate about organic farming, local food production, cooking, and eating.
- Detail oriented, tidy, and organized.
- Able to learn quickly and follow instructions.
- Self motivated with the ability to work unsupervised and within a small team.
- Interest in pursuing a career in organic farming.
- The primary duties will initially be harvesting, planting, and weeding. A successful candidate will be happy doing the same daily repetitive tasks.
- Work on all aspects of diversified vegetable operation: greenhouse transplant production, direct seeding, laying plastic mulch and amendments, installing and maintaining drip irrigation, planting, weeding, harvesting, and post harvest handling.
- Assist with organic certification record keeping.
- Work in orchards: pruning, thinning, and harvesting
- Direct to consumer sales: Farmers Markets, deliveries to restaurants, and wholesalers.
- This is a physically taxing job and is suitable for someone who enjoys hard work, long hours, and being outdoors.
Schedule: Job will start immediately. 40-60 hours per week peak season. Schedule may vary depending on the workload.
Location: Long Meadow Ranch has multiple growing locations in Saint Helena and Rutherford, CA.
To apply, visit https://boards.greenhouse.io/lmr/jobs/681663?gh_jid=681663 and click “apply now.” This position is listed as garden worker on the company’s career webpage.
Livestock Husbandry Assistant Position at Nash’s Organic Produce in Washington State
Nash’s Organic Produce is located in Sequim, WA on the Olympic Peninsula. We are a diverse operation currently farming 600 acres consisting of vegetables, berries, orchard, seed crops, grains, hogs, poultry and hay. We attend farmers markets on the Peninsula as well as each Seattle market and sell to a number of wholesale accounts. We also operate a Farm Store where we sell local and organic groceries.
Nash’s is currently hiring a Livestock Husbandry Assistant to work with the Livestock Manager to care for pastured hogs and laying hens raised on Nash’s organic feed. We are in need of more hands as we expand the livestock operation.
- Shares accountability for providing livestock with free-choice food and water
- Keeps feeding stations stocked, maintains supply of ground feed and grinds feed
- Building, removing and maintaining 3-strand electric polywire fencing
- Assists with maintaining herd/flock health and observing livestock behavior
- Assists with weaning, castration, deworming and providing medical care to livestock
- Assists with loading livestock and transporting to USDA slaughterhouse, as well as facilitating on-farm custom processing
- Participates in planning and execution of livestock housing and feeding station improvements, as requested
- After completing training, works independently some days each week so that Livestock Manager can work part-time in greenhouses
- Performs other tasks and duties as assigned. Including but not limited to: collecting eggs, cleaning chicken coops and assisting all coworkers as needed
- Requires schedule flexibility, including mornings, nights, weekends and holidays
- 1 year experience working with livestock
- Ability to work quickly and efficiently to complete tasks in a timely manner
- Ability to prioritize, take initiative and handle multiple tasks while being held accountable for work within the livestock department
- Ability to receive direction, ask for help/clarity
- Ability to work independently
- Detailed oriented, organized and thorough
- Ability to effectively communicate and interact with customers and other staff members in a positive manner
Ability to repetitively lift and move up to 60 lbs. on uneven and sometimes muddy surfaces. Ability to stand, walk, bend, crouch, climb and reach during majority of shift. Ability to safely use and operate tools and equipment such as forklifts, tractors, roto-mill and other equipment.
This is a full time, year-round position, starting at $11/hr. Employees also receive a 15% discount at the Farm Store, can harvest from the fields or take what is left over from farmers markets. Our roughly 35 employees also get together every Friday for Farm Lunch.
Visit nashsorganicproduce.com and submit
- Livestock Husbandry Assistant application
- Cover Letter
to Andrea LaPlante, Livestock Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture farm is located along the beautiful, historic coast of North Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Our main campus, Halawa Farm, is a 7-acre living and learning environment where we cultivate a diverse collection of native Hawai’ian and Polynesian plants, tropical fruit orchards and perennial vegetable crops, in addition to raising small scale poultry and livestock. The farm is the base of operations for our residential farmer training programs and educational workshops, and provides a steady supply of food and medicine to those on the land as well as our local farmers market.
We are seeking an individual or couple to support our market farm operations. The ideal candidate(s) will have experience in high production vegetable farming and be comfortable working in a dynamic outdoor environment.
Daily responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the farm, and may include bed prep, seeding, planting, watering, harvesting, processing/packing, nursery work, land maintenance, as well as providing support for our local farmers markets.
We have many exciting projects on the horizon for 2017, and we are looking for people who can make a commitment of 1 year or longer, to help us bring these projects to fruition. The market farmer position will play a key role in developing our market garden, and contributing to the daily flow and productivity of the farm. We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating change, and will be a positive and responsible addition to our existing team.
The position is 35 hours/week, and in exchange we provide:
– Housing accommodations in a private hale
– Access to 1000 sq. ft. shared kitchen and study space
– Shared hot/cold showers, composting toilets and washing machine on site
– Community food supplies (vegetables and fruit harvested from land, bulk grains and legumes)
– Walking distance to nearby swimming and surfing spots
– Access to HIP Ag libraries, educational events, etc.
– Monthly stipend of $500
We also ask that community members participate in 2-5 hours/week of community activities (maintaining shared spaces, work plan meetings, potluck dinners, educational activities). This varies throughout the year.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in working with us, please send a note to email@example.com and tell us a little about yourself, your experience in the areas above, and why you’d like to work with HIP Ag. Please include a photo, it helps to put a face with the name.