Maryland – The Sweet Leenie hiring Local Business Advocate

Baltimore, Maryland

HIRING HIRING HIRING for a Local Business Advocate!

The Sweet Leenie marketing team helps local businesses connect with their communities. We provide professional grassroots support to entrepreneurs who need people that put as much thought, care, and devotion into connecting with customers as they put into their businesses.

We are searching for smart, self-motivated, entrepreneurial individuals with a flair for marketing and a shared love for small business. We are NOT a corporate organization. Individuality is what makes the team brand special. If you have your own passions, we’d like to make your schedule fit your goals – artists, from actors to painters, passionate non-profit volunteers, we work with them all!

All positions offer the opportunity for further promotion within the company.

JOB FUNCTIONS

Field/grassroots marketing in local sales locations to provide exceptional customer service to stores and consumers. You will be expected to relay product knowledge to consumers and interact with store staff in a way that reflects positively on our clients, generating higher sales, brand loyalty, and positive store relations. Innovating demonstration displays and coordinating with store staff.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

• Self-motivated
• Friendly
• Must own vehicle/have valid driver’s license
• Outgoing- “social butterfly” friend at the party/gift of gab
• Entrepreneurial/problem solver
• Good time management skills
• Experience communicating with strangers
• Understands importance of small business/community

Part-time/full-time
$18/hour

HOW TO APPLY

Email hello@sweetleenie.com
Please include resume, references, and a cover letter specifying why you have a strong passion for local foods, why you are interested in field marketing, what you might bring to an entrepreneurial environment.

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Maine – Northern Tilth hiring Field Technician

Belfast, Maine

Job Description for Northern Tilth Field Technician

March 1, 2017

Our environmental consulting company is looking for a full-time field technician to join our busy nutrient management team.  The ideal candidate for this position is as comfortable working long days outside in the field as they are in front of a computer using Excel, Word, and ArcMap.  We are looking for a creative problem-solver with solid project management skills, including the ability to monitor the progress of the various parts of each project in which they are involved, anticipate road-blocks and complete plans on time.  An interest in sustainable agriculture, background knowledge of livestock-based agriculture and/or farming experience is a plus. Course work in soil science and chemistry is also preferred.

Examples of Technician responsibilities:

  • Carry out field work including soil sampling and identification of sensitive water features in and around farms and agricultural fields
  • Use GIS (ArcMap) for data entry, analysis, and mapping
  • Work with farmers to identify areas for improvement in many aspects of nutrient management, including prevention of nutrient loss in and around the farmstead and environmentally responsible distribution of nutrients to farmland
  • Use data to create nutrient budgets and nutrient allocation plans for farms
  • Manage the creation of Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans that incorporate a detailed analysis of a farm’s natural resource concerns with the engineering & nutrient management recommendations needed to address those concerns

Required Skills:

  • Confidence in working with Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Familiarity with ArcMap software
  • High level of physical stamina for full work days of soil sampling
  • Ability to communicate openly & effectively and develop positive relationships with clients
  • Comfortable working collaboratively with others in a close-knit office environment
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize effectively and juggle multiple aspects of a project to meet deadlines

Benefits include flexible work hours and paid holidays.

We are really interested in hiring someone who has a background in working on dairy or livestock farms, in addition to meeting the qualifications posted in the job description.

Northern Tilth is a small business in Belfast, Maine created and owned by soil scientist Andrew Carpenter.  We provide organic waste recycling technical consulting services to municipalities, solid waste agencies, recycling companies and others in addition to creating nutrient management plans for farms.  For more information about our company, please visit www.northerntilth.com.

Please contact Andrew Carpenter by phone or email (207-338-5500, andrew@northerntilth.com) for further information.

 

New Hampshire – Applecrest Farm Bistro hiring Assistant Manager

Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

Applecrest Farm Bistro is looking for an Assistant Manager to join the Applecrest family.

If you are enthusiastic and energetic and would love to work at a 100+ year old farm and orchard then you should check out this great opportunity. 

The Assistant Bistro Manager assists the Bistro Manager with hiring, training, and directing the Barista/Bartenders, Servers, Bussers, Host/Hostess and Food Runners. In this role you will be leading and driving the guest service experience and assuring our guests thoroughly enjoy dining on the farm.

Candidates should have 1-2 years management experience in a fast paced restaurant or cafe.  HS diploma/GED required; culinary or college degree preferred.

Candidates should email a cover letter, resume and references to hello@farmbistro.com. Or stop by the farm.

Applecrest Farm Bistro. Inspired New England fare, grown and served on the farm. farmbistro.com

Oregon – Schoolyard Farm hiring Field Hands

Portland, Oregon

About Schoolyard Farms:

Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since it was founded in 2012, we have reach thousands of kids each year through our various programs, increasing the likelihood that they’ll grow up to be healthy adults. We have a total of 1.5 acres in production at 2 schools, where 1,100 kids received hands-on garden lessons. We’ve grown 6,000 pounds of produce harvested for the community each year. Our two farm sites are at Candy Lane Elementary, our one-acre pilot farm where we host our summer camp, and at New Urban High School, our half-acre farm where we host our youth job-training program. We harvest produce from the farms for our 85 member CSA, restaurants and our partner schools. Both farms are located in Milwaukie, OR–a quick drive from downtown Portland.

Field Hand Position:

The 2017 Schoolyard Farms employee will participate in all aspects of running a small-scale production farm. Schoolyard Farms grows over 40 different annual and perennial fruits and vegetables. The produce is grown for an 85-member CSA, Head Start, local grocers and the school cafeteria. Our ideal candidate has a background in farming, and a passion for outdoor education. This position is hands-on, and can be physically rigorous. The field hand will work primarily with the farm manager, and is an integral part to the Schoolyard Farms community, working alongside garden educators, summer camp participants, students, and volunteers. We’re willing to train the right person.

Time Commitment:

  • April – October 2017, 20 hours per week
  • Tuesday thru Friday from 8:30-1:30 pm, two days a week will be spent at the Candy Lane Farm and two days will be at the New Urban Farm. Schedule negotiable for the right candidate.
  • Some schedule flexibility required for special events with advance notice.

Responsibilities:

  • Field work: Schoolyard Farms does most of their farming by hand. This includes seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bed preparations, watering, trellising, washing and packing produce
  • Small machine maintenance and operation, including weed whackers, mowers and tillers
  • Wash/pack on harvest days (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
  • General farm maintenance: tool and equipment care
  • Produce sales and customer interaction
  • Working with youth (primarily students from New Urban High School) and mentoring summer interns from New Urban High School’s job training program

Qualifications:

  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Demonstrated experience with some farming and gardening
  • Physical fitness and ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Self-motivated: farm work requires physical and mental endurance, and farm days are spent outside in any weather
  • Flexible: Farm work is dynamic, field hand must be able to shift gears quickly and efficiently
  • Collaborative: field hand must be comfortable working as a team
  • Owns a reliable vehicle for transportation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one year farming experience
  • Experience working with children elementary to high school age

Benefits:

  • $11/hr
  • Hands-on training in small-scale, sustainable farming practices

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter answering the following questions: (1) Why do you want to work at Schoolyard Farms? (2) What prior experience do you have with farming and/or gardening? (3) What experience do you have with physical work? (4) What three attributes would co-workers, family and friends all agree that you possess? to Schoolyard Farms’ Farm Manager, Annika La Fave, at annika@schoolyardfarms.org by 5:00pm on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring AMI Village Manager

Hightown, Virginia

POSITION TITLE:  AMI Village Manager

MISSION:  Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that culti- vates healthy communities through food and education.

HISTORY: AMI was founded in 2011 (as Allegheny Mountain School) as an intensive hands-on coopera- tive experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.

VISION:  A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health

AMI CORE VALUES:

  • Positivity
  • Integrity
  • Sustainability
  • Stewardship
  • Experiential learning
  • Regenerative agriculture

OUR PROGRAMS:

The AMI Fellowship is an 18 month, two phase program. During Phase I (May through October), AMI Farm Fellows live, work, and study at the Allegheny Mountain Farm Campus in Highland County, VA.  They study sustainable food production, whole foods preparation and preservation, mindfulness, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship and community development, as they train to become ambas- sadors for a healthier food culture. In Phase II from January – December of the following year, AMI Sen- ior Fellows work in the service of AMI and/or a Partner Organization and focus on activities such as: building community gardens and urban farms, developing school gardens and site based curriculum, advocating sustainable land use, teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.

Additionally, AMI manages and operates the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB (Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind), which provides students of all ages a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors, trains educa- tors, and provides nutritious food for the community. Our 3-acre site consists of a 1-acre vegetable  farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom/ kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plant-     ings.  The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding communities.

OUR CAMPUS:

The AMI Highland Campus is situated between 4000’ and 4400’ on a 550 acre farm in Highland County, VA, bordering both Virginia’s George Washington National Forest and West Virginia’s Monongahela Na- tional Forest.  The headwaters of the James, Potomac, and Greenbrier Rivers all begin their flow from a triple watershed divide (Eastern Continental) located on the top hay field. The farm was originally home- steaded about 110 years ago; about 100 acres have been cleared.

Unique ecosystems abound within the farm’s parameters, with beautiful groves of red spruce alongside mixed hardwoods, old growth rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets. Wildlife is plentiful and the old pastures give way to wildflowers of all kinds, huckleberries, blackberries, and diverse native edibles, medicinal plants, fungi, moss and lichens.   This is a lush climate with abundant rainfall and dense vege- tation.  Summers tend to be quite cool, and the average rainfall is 41.5 inches per year. Plant hardiness zone is 3-4, with approximately 120 frost free days.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK:

The AMI Village Manager (VM) serves as residential leader, mentor and mediator to the AMI Fellows. The VM assists both the Education Director and Farm Manager, but reports directly to the Education Director.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION:

The VM is a seasonal position, managing the day to day operations of the Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule, at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs. Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted  in  organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so  the  AMI Village  Manager should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.

The VM will work closely with the Education Director and Farm Manager on farm planning and management as well as curriculum development and instruction. The ideal candidate will have at least one season of experience working on a vegetable farm, experience living in intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ TASKS

Communication and Relationship Building

  • Mentors Fellows  in  community  development,  ecological  living  and  use  of  kitchen  garden; models best practices at all times
  • Promotes cohort development and helps mediate community conflicts as needed
  • Works with Education Director to plan and facilitate educational sessions, workshops, field trips and other events
  • Works with AMI staff to provide Fellow check-ins to assess Fellow growth and needs
  • First responder to emergencies by calling Emergency Services or 911

Program  Assistance

  • As needed, assists Farm Manager in all aspects of fruit and vegetable production and animal husbandry at the farm including but not limited to: planning, planting, harvesting, post-harvest processing, animal care, records, maintenance, supply procurement, sales and storage
  • Coordinates logistical  and  overnight  needs  for  workshop  instructors  and  overnight  guests; prepares community meals during full day workshops

Organization  Management

  • Manages and  maintains  Village  Calendars,  chore  rotations  and  vacation  days  to  ensure  well- kept, healthy village, cohort, and outbuildings
  • Works  with   Fellows   to   manage   Village   food   production,   use   and   storage;   manages   and replenishes  supplemental groceries
  • Manages petty cash and submits monthly reports to AMI Administrative Manager

Records and Reporting

  • Reports facility maintenance needs to Farm Manager
  • Reports and  records  all  accidents,  illnesses,  medical  or  other  emergencies  according  to  the protocol set forth in the AMI Village Policy Manual
  • Submits weekly report communicating village needs, events and experiences of past and coming weeks to Education Director
  • Reviews Village and Farm record keeping for quality control; may allocate some aspects of the record keeping to the cohort as prudent
  • Inspects Village Spring daily during dry season and reports water level to AMI Caretaker

Outreach and Event Coordination

  • Coordinates and  supports  community  event  marketing  (Open  Houses,  Community  Workshops, Public Visits, Farm Stays, ) and logistics
  • Ensures guest signatures on AMI Waiver of Liability
  • Organizes documentation  by  photo  and/or  video  of  events,  farm  activities,  and  guest  lecture activities; emails photos/videos to AMI Administrative Manager
  • Maintains blog schedule; submit Fellow’s blogs to AMI Administrative Manager
  • Uploads  current   photos   to   AMI   Facebook   page   and   social   media,   as   directed   by   AMI Administrative  Manager
  • Coordinates and ensures prompt mailing of thank you letters written by Fellows

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New Hampshire – Brookford Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Canterbury, New Hampshire

COMPANY DESCRIPTION
Brookford Farm is a large, diversified operation nestled along the banks of the Merrimack River in central New Hampshire, a short drive north of Concord. On 300 acres of river bottom soil we grow about 30 acres of certified organic vegetables, raise pastured layers, broilers, and hogs, and rotationally graze our dairy and beef animals. Our milk, meats and vegetables are all sold in their raw forms or turned into various cultured products right here on the farm, and moved through our 300 member year-round CSA, farmers markets, and local groceries and restaurants.

Assistant Field Manager-Organic Vegetables

JOB DESCRIPTION
Brookford Farm’s vegetable crew is seeking an Assistant Field/Maintenance Manager.

We manage ~35 acres of organic vegetables for distribution to a 270+ member CSA, wholesale markets and restaurants, and farmers markets. We are one department on a ‘full diet’ 650 acre diverse organic farm, and with a myriad of native tongues among our staff including French, Swahili, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, German, and Californian, our farm proudly reflects the strength of cultural and agricultural diversity.

A successful applicant will have experience and skills in the operation and maintenance of machinery, as the Assistant Field/Maintenance Manager is responsible for the majority of mechanical weed cultivation, lots of advanced larger tractor work in support of the Field Manager, and the majority of the maintenance and repair of the vegetable crew’s machinery, including tractors, implements, etc. The position doesn’t necessarily require a background in agriculture, but a strong proven interest in sustainable food production would be vital for sustained motivation and interest–this work will burn you out very quickly if you’re only here for the paycheck.

While much of the position’s responsibilities involve machinery, the Assistant Field/Maintenance manager will may be called on to lead crews. Accordingly, successful candidates will be self-motivated, working capably and efficiently both independently and in groups, with the ability to lead small groups.

Our work requires passion, precision, speed, and great stamina. Much of our crew will log 55+ rigorous hours in 5 days and then head off to hike, ride bikes, or build houses in their time off. Successful candidates will have a proven work history in physically demanding positions. Special consideration will be given to those with pertinent advanced education and/or a career mindset.

Brookford Farm is located on an incredible piece of land along the Merrimack River. The ambitious ‘full diet’ scope of our production, the great people that work here, and the ethics and motives that drive us make our farm truly special. We thank you for your interest in joining our team, and look forward to hearing from you.

COMPENSATION   this position is PAID: hourly, varies DOE, $10.00 – $13.00

HOW TO APPLY
Email brookfordfarm@gmail.com

Please include a resume (.pdf is ideal), cover letter, and several professional references.

Assistant Cheesemaker–Grass Fed Dairy–Canterbury, NH
 
JOB DESCRIPTION
Brookford Farmstead Creamery is looking for a new team member with a passion for dairy! We process over 5,000 gallons of milk annually into a variety of products ranging from raw milk, yogurt, fresh cheeses and aged hard cheeses.This job requires working independently as well as leading small teams. Applicant should have a good understanding of food safety and sanitation. This job requires attention to detail and the ability to lift 50 lbs. Special consideration will be given to applicants with prior cheesemaking experience. Interest and ability to sell at farmers markets also a plus.

This is a year-round full-time position.

COMPENSATION   this position is PAID: hourly, varies DOE, $9.00 – $12.00

HOW TO APPLY
Email brookfordfarm@gmail.com

Please send resume including reference contacts.

Massachusetts – Hockomock Area YMCA hiring Community Garden Coordinator

Mansfield, Massachusetts

Title: Community Garden Coordinator

Date: 12/08/2016

Dept.: Health Innovation                                                              

Summary of Position:  This position will oversee operations for the Mansfield Community Garden, a one-acre community garden project maintained through a partnership between the Hockomock Area YMCA and the Town of Mansfield. The Community Garden Coordinator will be responsible for growing produce as well as coordinating a 43 member CSA program, working with garden plot members, and overseeing educational workshops/camp visits.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Design and plan the growing season at the Community Garden with a focus on crop layout and schedule, ordering of supplies and materials, and adhering to the budget.
  2. Grow vegetables throughout the season by preparing the soil, planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting.
  3. Coordinate of all aspects of the CSA program including the harvest and pick up of vegetables on designated pick up days
  4. Communicate with all Community Garden members (CSA members and plot members) to ensure that all questions and concerns are addressed within a timely manner
  5. Recruit, supervise, and support volunteers who donate their time to various aspects of the garden project
  6. Facilitate visits from YMCA campers and other groups; design service projects for such groups

Education/Experience:

  1. One to two years of growing experience, preferably with a CSA share program
  2. Degree in sustainable agriculture, agricultural science, or a related area of study preferred
  3. Ability to use Microsoft Office & related computer programs
  4. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of members and volunteers
  5. Ability to build and sustain community relationships
  6. CPR, first aid and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention certifications are required upon hire

Interested applicants should email marykateb@hockymca.org, with a resume and a cover letter/email.