Washington – Heartsong hiring Permaculture Apprentices

Spokane, Washington
Permaculture Apprenticeship Opportunity in Eastern Washington
Heartsong is a beautiful, 8 1/2-acre former retreat center nestled in a forest-ringed meadow just 20 miles northwest of Spokane, Washington. The owners are accepting applications for apprenticeship positions for the 2018 growing season which will begin in April and last through October, 2018. Applicants may apply for one or more one- to three-month periods during the season. The Heartsong families seek motivated, neophyte permaculturists willing to commit to 4 hours of work and study, five days per week. Room and board provided in exchange. One apprentice will be invited per period. All periods will be filled in advance of the season.
For more details and to fill out an application, please go to:
Plans for 2018: The apprentice will work and study under the guidance of Heartsong’s caretaker who is a certified permaculture designer. The caretaker and apprentice will be tasked with implementing an ever-evolving work plan, including enhancing and maintaining the 8000 sq. ft. polyculture garden (including weekly harvests and distributions), maintaining a flock of laying hens, tending the goat herd, re-establishing a honeybee colony, seed saving, woody plant propagation, food preserving, developing a pasture management plan and continuing with planting the food forest. In addition, other general site maintenance, upkeep and improvements will also be included in the work plan as determined from time to time.
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Oregon – Meriwether’s Skyline Farm hiring Assistant Manager

Portland, Oregon

Meriwether’s Skyline Farm seeks Assistant Manager

Position Description

This is a unique opportunity for someone passionate about farming and looking to gain experience in farm management.

Farm Description:  Skyline Farm is a 1.5+ acre production vegetable farm growing exclusively for Meriwether’s Restaurant using organic practices.  The farm is located northwest of Portland, OR on NW Skyline Blvd near Cornelius Pass Rd.  We are a farm crew of four during the main season, April-October.   We are energetic, entertaining, hard-working folks.

Dates:  Year -round. Starts February 1st.

Schedule:  The position is part time – Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the required work days. Some possible work during peak season on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Work starts between 7-8am and ends between 5-6pm depending on the time of year.  We take a mid-morning break and a lunch.  During June-September we generally work 10 or more hours per day.

Duties/Activities: 

  • Management of farm crew members and tasks
  • Aiding in farm management and best practices
  • Providing general support for Farm Manager
  • Harvesting a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers
  • Fieldwork (seeding, transplanting, weeding, irrigating, trapping, etc.)
  • Washing and packing produce
  • Propagating plants in the greenhouse
  • Animal care (llamas and goats)
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualities/Skills/Experience:

  • One year of production farm experience strongly preferred
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Efficient and hard-working
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Ability to give and receive constructive criticism
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Reliable transportation
  • Observant and inquisitive
  • Positive attitude
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to work well alone and with others
  • Must be available for in-person interview

Compensation:  $11.75/hr

To apply:  Send brief cover letter, three professional references, and resume to Leana Phillips, Farm Manager leana.phillips@live.com

Include in your cover letter why you are interested in the position and what you feel you could contribute to the farm crew.

Application deadline:  Open until filled.

Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Interns

Ashland, Oregon

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR ROGUE FARM CORPS’ 2018 FARMER TRAINING PROGRAMS
APPLY FOR FREE UNTIL JANUARY 15 (APPLICATION FEE BEGINS JANUARY 16)

ROGUE FARM CORPS’ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
Rogue Farm Corps’ Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential farmer training program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. Participants live and train full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from a mentor farmer. The residential farm training experience is enhanced with the addition of farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as an in-depth independent project. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities. Rogue Farm Corps works with more than 20 host farms located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon, providing experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, diverse operations, and more.

For profiles of specific host farms, all program details, application process, and more, please visit our website: http://roguefarmcorps.org

ON-FARM TRAINING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)
The Internship is a hands-on learning experience. The vast majority of your time will be spent learning by doing. Interns train alongside their mentor farmer and independently to develop skills while accomplishing daily tasks that move their host farm along through the season.
Rogue Farm Corps works closely with farm mentors to provide interns with a skill-based curriculum that is unique to each host farm.  Our Chapter Coordinators will conduct formal on-site evaluations with interns and host farmers to ensure that interns’ education and training goals are being met.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: CLASSES, FARM TOURS, AND DISCUSSIONS (~3-5 TIMES PER MONTH)
To augment the training and learning at each host farm, participants join other interns in the local region for classes that teach practical skills as well as foundational concepts and knowledge, farm tours, discussion circles and potlucks throughout the agricultural region. These are led by Rogue Farm Corps staff, agricultural professionals, and expert farmers who employ a variety of teaching approaches and locations, from traditional classroom settings to experiential on-farm settings.
INDEPENDENT PROJECTS (~1-2 HOURS PER WEEK)
During the course of the farming season, every intern will complete an independent project, submit a report and make a short presentation at the end-of-season Closing Dinner. Examples of previous independent projects include raising a small flock of ducks for market, constructing a root crop storage room, developing recipe cards for market customers, and building an outdoor cob oven.
PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS
The Internship Program begins between March 15 and April 15 and concludes between October 15 and November 15 depending on the host farm. Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. Interns are assured safe, secure housing, farm-produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend. Each host farmer determines the details. To successfully complete the program, interns will complete 1,000 to 1,500 hours of on-farm training time, submit weekly reflective journal entries, complete an independent project, and attend all classes and farm tours.

For profiles of specific host farms, all program details, application process, and more, please visit our website: http://roguefarmcorps.org

Washington – Organic Farm School seeking Students

Whidbey Island, Washington

Apply now for the 2018 Organic Farm School beginning-farmer training program.

Start your career in organic farming!

Learn the essentials of how to start and run a small-scale organic farm by becoming a student at the Organic Farm School (OFS) on Whidbey Island, WA. The OFS offers a full-time, 8-month, expe­ri­en­tial training pro­gram that gives you a practical and comprehensive education in small-scale organic farming.

Guided by our experienced farmer-instructors, students learn and experience farming through hands-on management of the 10-acre student farm plus regular farm observation walks, classroom studies and field trips to regional farms. The curriculum is designed for aspir­ing farm­ers who envision themselves owning and/or managing a small organic farm in the future with classroom studies focused on organic crop and livestock pro­duc­tion, busi­ness plan­ning, and direct mar­ket­ing.

On our certified organic farm, students grow vegetables, seed crops and cover-crops as well as pastured poultry, sheep and pigs. Students then sell farm products to the community through a CSA program, a farmer’s market, local grocers and a weekly farm stand. Students are involved in all aspects of the farm from prepping the field with tractors to selling produce at farmers market to managing the greenhouse. Students learn a wide range of practical skills including basic mechanics and carpentry, how to use small and large equipment, green­house prop­a­ga­tion, and of course planting, weed­ing, har­vest­ing, mar­ket­ing, record keep­ing and much more.

Students are also coached on how to manage the farm as a small business and create a per­sonal farm busi­ness plan where their farm dreams are explored and evaluated and a plan is created. With the skills and knowl­edge gained and a busi­ness plan in hand, pro­gram grad­u­ates know what it takes to start or man­age their own small organic farm.

Apply now for our 2018 class and start your new career in organic farming!

Visit our website at https://organicfarmschool.org/ to learn more and apply.

Oregon – Flying Coyote Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Sandy, Oregon

Flying Coyote Farm is a certified organic and biodynamic farm nestled in the foothills of Mt. Hood in Sandy, Ore. We use bio-intensive growing practices on our 3-acre home farm to raise high quality produce, meat and value added products. Additionally we lease 2 acres of land where we grow vegetables on a more mechanized system. Our primary outlets for our produce are through our 100 member CSA program, weekly farmers’ markets and local restaurants and groceries. We also have an extensive livestock program where we raise pigs and chickens for meat. Each year we raise and process between 400-500 broiler chickens and 6-8 pigs. We also grow berries and fruit mainly for on-farm use.

Our crew consists of Lili Tova (farm manager), Gabbi Logsdon (field crew manager), one part time harvest position, one part time fieldwork position and one full time apprentice position. We also host volunteers and WOOFERS out to the farm during the main growing season.

Lili Tova is the owner and manager of Flying Coyote Farm. She has been working as a gardener and farmer for twelve years in Florida, California and Oregon. She is a graduate of the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at UC Santa Cruz. During her second year in the program, she worked as the Assistant Manager of the five-acre farm site, helping to manage and coordinate a 150 member CSA, farm stand, and restaurant sales. She has a passion for mentoring and has taught farming and homesteading skills at UC Santa Cruz and at Aprovecho Research Center where she worked as the Garden Manager for two seasons.

Flying Coyote Farm is hiring three positions for the upcoming season:

2018 Apprenticeship

Harvest Crew Position

Field Crew Position

California – Coastal Roots Farm hiring Executive Director

Encinitas, California

Executive Director Job Description

Position:         Executive Director

Status:            Regular, Full-Time, Exempt

Hours:            40 hours/week, Monday-Friday. Evenings, weekends, and holidays on occasion

Reports to:     Board of Directors

About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm (CRF) is a nonprofit community farm and education center. We cultivate healthy, connected communities by integrating sustainable agriculture, food justice, and ancient Jewish wisdom.

Since our inception in 2014, Coastal Roots Farm has provided dignified access to fresh food for those who need it most. Inspired by Jewish agricultural practices, we raise organic crops and share the harvest with our community through pay-what-you-can farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. Through field trips, workshops, agricultural festivals, and community events, we offer hands-on education and invite our neighbors to connect to the land and each other.

Coastal Roots Farm is located in Encinitas, CA on approximately 15 acres of land. Our Farm consists of vegetable gardens, greenhouses, a food forest, animal pastures, compost systems, and a vineyard. Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and received 501(c)(3) public charity status in 2016

Position Overview

The Executive Director (ED) will imbue vision, passion, and skilled management practice to the role, working in close partnership with Farm team members, the Coastal Roots Farm (CRF) board, funders, North County Coastal neighbors and community, colleague Jewish community farms, and other stakeholders. The ED will have a proven track record as a successful operational manager and someone who excels at iterative, dynamic strategy development and execution. While overseeing the daily operations and execution of all programs at CRF, the ED must also maximize revenue-generating opportunities; ensure fiscal transparency and accountability; stay on the cutting edge of community engagement trends and best practices; develop and manage a positive, productive work culture; work successfully with board members, funders, agricultural and farming practitioners and community leaders; consistently convey and integrate Jewish wisdom and culture to the entire CRF landscape and incorporate an entrepreneurial service philosophy to CRF. The successful candidate will bring stellar talent development and community organizing skills to have a transformative impact on the North County San Diego Jewish and general community, the broader region and the local, national and international Jewish landscape. The ED will be a catalyst for engaging, motivating, educating and enriching agricultural, Jewish and community life at Leichtag Commons and in the larger community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Operational Management, Programming and Vision

  • Manage the operations of CRF to maximize efficiency, productivity and the long-term sustainability of the organization.
  • Oversee the design, implementation and execution of mission-driven, competitive, and creative programming and social enterprise.
  • Develop and oversee a marketing plan that will achieve consistent increases in Farm impact, service penetration, and revenue and reflects fresh, cutting-edge messaging that meets the various Farm target populations where they are and reflects their needs and interests.
  • Manage the Farm’s 20-acre footprint, including associated facilities and operations.
  • Ensure and oversee the identification and evaluation of opportunities for improvement and implement plans for improvement.
  • Supervise negotiations of contracts, agreements, and MOU’s, defining needs and resources.
  • Lead, prepare, and manage annual operating and capital budgets in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
  • Maintain oversight of operations and budget to ensure practical fiscal management.

Strategic Planning and Vision

  • Create and actualize clear, reasonable and sustainable short-, medium-, and long-term visions and business plans for CRF.
  • Articulate and implement a shared vision, index of success indicators and measurements, programming schedule, and case statement that reflects the unique mission of CRF and its multidimensional impact.
  • Maintain a focus on balancing proactive planning with opportunistic nimbleness in order to identify and leverage emerging trends and community needs.

Executive Leadership

  • Provides inspirational leadership for CRF with poise, confidence, outstanding public presentation skills, transparency and sound judgement.
  • Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate of CRF locally, nationally and internationally particularly among agricultural/farming stakeholders, food policy leaders and in the Jewish engagement and innovation landscape.

Financial Resource Development

  • Works with Leichtag Foundation philanthropy staff to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that includes prospecting, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of current and prospective donors.
  • Plays a leading role in the fundraising activity and success of CRF as the recognized dynamic leader of the organization.

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Oregon – The 47th Avenue Farm hiring Harvest Manager

Portland, Oregon

HARVEST MANAGER                                                                                               WINTER/SPRING 2017-2018

FARM HARVEST MANAGER

We’re hiring for our Harvest Manager position! This job requires at least 2 years of experience working on organic vegetable farms, and we will prioritize appli- cants with management experience who are interested in joining us for the long run. If you want to spend the next few years managing harvest on and learning from one of the most experienced CSA farms in Portland, then this is the job for you!

The Harvest Manager will lead the crew during harvest, washing & processing of crops on the farm. To do this they work with the Farm Manager to develop

a list of crops that may be harvested each week, help manage the harvest schedule, and set goals for harvest & washing times for all crops. They will be responsible for all the equipment related to harvest & washing and they will manage the loading of produce and equip- ment back and forth to the pickup sites. The Harvest Manager will lead the primary harvest and/or washing crew and coordinate with other harvest and/or wash- ing crews when necessary. The Harvest Manager will be responsible for quality control, time tracking, and record keeping related to harvest. The Harvest Manag- er may also be responsible for receiving orders, packing & delivering to the restaurant accounts.

The whole farm works best when everyone is highly motivated and able to work quickly and efficiently by themselves and work cooperatively with others. All the farm employees are expected to be responsible, reliable and and take initiative. It is also important that people be flexible and able to learn and adapt to new systems quickly. Attention to detail is required and a good sense of humor comes in handy too! The Harvest Manager is expected to model this work ethic and help manage & support the farm crew toward these goals.

The Harvest Manager will be part of the Portland- based farm crew which spends the majority of their time working at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Rd, Lake Oswego. This crew can get a ride out to Luscher Farm in the morning from Laura’s house, 6632 SE 47th Ave; Portland or crew members can meet directly at Luscher Farm. The Harvest Manager may travel frequently to the Grand Island Farm during the course of the season. Housing is not available on the farm. This farm crew is expected to provide their own housing in the Portland metro area.

During the summer everyone on the farm crew can expect a 50-hour work week including long days and occasional Saturday work parties. Winter hours are less. Year-round vegetable production involves many hours of repetitive work in all kinds of weather and can be chal- lenging. We are looking for folks who are serious about farming and know from experience that they enjoy this kind of work. The farm is a fertile learning ground for those who are willing to work hard. If you are a person with tremendous energy and enthusiasm for farming and you’re looking to take the next step forward in your farming career, then please fill out the forms below and send it to us with your completed application. Continue reading