Connecticut – Community Farm of Simbury hiring Farm Manager

Simsbury, Connecticut

We are seeking a new Farm Manager for the Community Farm of Simsbury, a certified organic farm. The Community Farm of Simsbury is a small nonprofit Educational and Food Pantry Garden and CSA farm in Simsbury, CT. Located about 40 miles above Hartford, the land has changed from its historic use as the old town poor farm and dairy and is now a production farm that provides healthy fresh organic produce a CSA and local food access programs.  The farm’s seventy seven acres of pastures, fields, and woods are bisected by a creek and abuts the Farmington River, with most of the growing area in the fertile creek bottom land. A small number of livestock are kept for use in the Educational Programs. There is one unheated hoop house with plans to install two more in 2017 and a heated greenhouse for transplants. We are in the process of adding on to our infrastructure to begin 4-season growing beginning in 2017.

In addition to a production farm, the Community Farm is also an educational farm. We offer a variety of learning experiences from classes to internships to work shares to incubator farms for those interested in discovering or deepening their understanding of how to grow food, using organic and sustainable growing practices. Our students include local volunteers, the beginning backyard gardener, and the experienced farmer wanting to learn more, school children out on a field trip or kids spending a week on the farm during Summer Camp.

Our mission is to help members of our community meet their most basic needs through food, clothing, housewares, linens and furniture, we enable them to focus on putting their lives back in order and attaining financial independence. On the farm, we focus on helping others to create a more sustainable lifestyle for themselves, their families and their communities. We are a Certified Organic farm, as this grass-roots organization best fits our philosophies and goals as a small-scale producer selling locally and directly to our customers.

Please have interested candidates contact Susan Pribyson, spribyson@giftsoflovect.org860-250-0230

Vermont – Cate Hill Orchard hiring Farm Interns

Greensboro, Vermont.

Cate Hill Orchard, a sheep dairy and organic apple orchard, is seeking two farm interns for our upcoming busy fall season.

Apple Picker/Shepherd/Farm Helper, August 15-October 15 2017, starting stipend $150/week plus room and board,  Join our fall crew!  Main job will be picking and sorting apples, but you will also help out with sheep chores (milking, pasture work, rotational grazing); vegetable garden and harvest; berry picking; cider making; farmers markets; wood stacking; honey extracting; and more.     Located in the beautiful and remote Northeast Kingdom, we are a small, diverse permaculture/organic family farm, with a 5 acre apple orchard; a small sheep dairy; and an apiary .  40 hours a week.    Housing is a bedroom in our farmhouse, possibly to be shared with another farm worker.  Most meals will be prepared and eaten together.  Heavy lifting required– a bushel of apples weighs about 40 lbs.

To apply, please send a letter of interest ASAP to: maria@catehillorchard.com.  For more info on our farm, and more detailed job description, see our website catehillorchard.com.  Thanks!

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake Farm hiring Green Power Assistant Educator

Weston, Massachusetts

Green Power Assistant Educator

Temporary, Full-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: August 7th -August 25th
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Coordinator

Green Power

The Green Power program engages youth entering grades 6-9 and offers seven independent weeks of full day sessions through the summer.  This program is a local food immersion program focused on all aspects of food… growing, planting, cultivating, harvesting, distributing, and eating.  Students participate in growing the Junior Farmer field, go on local agriculture field trips, participate in livestock management, learn about the hunger relief organizations Land’s Sake partners with, and cook a community meal with a chef.

Position Summary:

The Green Power Assistant Educator’s primary goal is to deliver high quality summer programs.

With support from the Education Coordinator, the Green Power Assistant Educator is responsible for implementing the unique Green Power program. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Junior Farmer Field preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Green Power Assistant Educator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job; along with all staff, the Green Power Assistant Educator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities:
Green Power:
● Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
● Implement mission-based curriculum
● Lead the Green Power Program with the Education Coordinator
● Communicate with parents as needed
● Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
● Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents

Other Responsibilities:
● Assist with management of the Junior Farmer Field
● Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
● Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications:
● Applicant must have at least one year of college experience
● Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
● Experience in leadership role at a camp, after school program, or other youth program
● At least one full season’s experience of farm work or experience in garden planning/management
● Experience with management of a variety of livestock
● The ability to multi-task and work independently
● Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
● Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
● Comfortable with public speaking and networking
● Access to a car and valid driver’s license
● Must be able to pass CORI check
● Current First Aid and CPR certification
● Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc

Essential Functions:
● Must be able to maintain visual and auditory awareness of a group
● Must be able to negotiate various types of terrain on the farm and in the
forest
● Must be able to communicate (both written and verbal) clearly and effectively
with staff, participants, and other constituents
● Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds

Employment dates:
● Programming: 8:00am-4:00pm, August 7th – August 18th

  • Week of August 21 – 25: Flexible schedule, 10 – 30 hours depending on interest

Salary & Benefits:
● Salary: $12/hour
● Professional development opportunities including trainings in areas of job
related interests
● Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm

To Apply:
Please apply ASAP, as we are looking for someone to start August 7th. Please email a resume and cover letter, detailing how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity to education@landssake.org

 

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake Farm hiring Fall Field Crew

Weston, Massachusetts

2017 FIELD CREW JOB DESCRIPTION

LAND’S SAKE FARM

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Land’s Sake in Weston, MA is looking for an enthusiastic, dependable, hard-working, and dynamic person to join our field crew for the remainder of the season. This is a full-time position that will run from around mid August through the end of October.

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit dedicated to building meaningful connections between people, the food they eat, and the land; programs include environmental, food donation programs, and sustainable land management. Field Crew members will work closely with the farmers to operate a busy and complex community farm operation. We grow for a 300 member CSA program, a very busy farmstand, and a hunger relief contract with the town of Weston. We also occasionally work with volunteers and children in education programs. We strive to make Land’s Sake a welcoming, community-centered farm for all involved, including customers, shareholders, children, volunteers, and staff.

Responsibilities include:

  • Field work, such as harvesting, planting, and weeding
  • Miscellaneous tasks, including fencing, and irrigation
  • Various fall cleanup jobs

Applicants should be enthusiastic about learning, communication, having fun and working hard. Field crew members are expected to work quickly while maintaining attention to detail. Working efficiently, independently, and with a team are equally important. Field crew can expect to work long hours in all weather conditions; a positive attitude and good sense of humor are essential to this position.

The work day starts at 7 AM sharp and goes through about 5 PM with an hour break for lunch. There may be occasional exceptions to end times when we need to complete work before a weather event, and there may be times when we cancel work due to inclement weather. Hours will be reduced in October as the days get shorter.

Compensation includes:

  • $12.50/hr
  • Free produce from farm and discounts on farmstand goods

Qualifications include a sincere interest in vegetable production, a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, reliable transportation, the ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly, and the ability to work for long periods of time in all weather conditions. Previous farm experience is strongly preferred, but not required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and your resume to erik@landssake.org.

Position open until filled.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have!

 

Washington – Songaia Garden hiring Garden Manager for Garden-to-Table Club

Bothell, Washington

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.

Position

Garden Manager for Garden-to-Table Club

Compensation

$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 allowanceContract positions do not pay into Social Security and L&I, or deduct income tax.

Duties

  • 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.

  

Skills

Knowledge of Permaculture gardening principles and techniques. Continue reading

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake hiring Farm Stand Staff

Weston, Massachusetts

Land’s Sake 2017 Farm Stand Staff

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit farm located in Weston, MA that strives to connect individuals to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship. The seasonal Farmstand serves as the hub of the farm, and each year we assemble an awesome team to sell our vegetables, local products, guide and educate our community, occasionally battle chipmunks, and have a lot of fun doing it.

Successful Farmstand Staff will possess an interest in sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and cooking. As a point of contact for Land’s Sake, Farmstand staff are trained about the farm’s many offerings. Great customer service skills, an ability to work quickly and efficiently, and a good sense of humor are vital this position.

Responsibilities:

  • Set up and breakdown Farmstand each day, including produce displays
  • Maintain produce quality throughout the day (i.e. temperature control, hydration)
  • Learn produce varieties, growing standards and farmstand products and be able to communicate information to customers as necessary
  • Operate cash register and scales, answer questions, and bring awareness to additional farm programming as appropriate

Qualifications:

  • Personable customer service skills
  • Cash handling experience
  • Ability to use an Ipad for transactions
  • Experience with Google Sheets/Excel
  • Be willing and able to work in all weather conditions, stand for long periods of time, and bend and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Valid Driver’s License

Employment Dates:

  • August 15 to October 30, with some training required prior to August 15
  • Farmstand hours are 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Weekend availability is a must, and flexible schedules will be considered

Compensation:

  • $11 to $12.50 per hour, dependent on experience
  • As much free produce as you can eat
  • Discount on other products sold at the Farmstand

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to deena@landssake.org

 

Illinois – Food Works hiring Farm Beginnings Assistant Facilitator

Carbondale, Illinois

Now Hiring!

Farm Beginnings® Assistant Facilitator

Food Works, a non-profit organization centered in Carbondale, IL, seeks a part-time Assistant Facilitator for the Farm Beginnings program. Our mission is to advance sustainable food systems in the 23 southernmost counties in Illinois. Our programs feature farmer-to-farmer peer education and consumer education and engagement.

Join our food community of farmers, artisans, brewers, bakers, vintners, educators, musicians, chefs, consumers, and activists to help restore our sustainable local food system, centered in southernmost Illinois home of the Shawnee Hills and the Shawnee National Forest.

Farm Beginnings® helps farmers build and grow sustainable farm businesses through farmer- led seminars and mentoring in southern Illinois. Farm Beginnings® is equally committed to leadership development toward positive social change. This Farm Beginnings Assistant Facilitator position will work directly with beginning and established farmers as well as helping to build larger community support and understanding around beginning farmer issues and growing the sustainable local food system.

The ideal candidate has some farming experience, Farm Beginnings® or farm education/mentorship experience, is an effective communicator, and experienced in organizing and administering learning opportunities. Farm Beginnings is a winter seminar series for beginning farmers followed by a growing season internship. The Assistant Facilitator’s primary responsibility will be co-facilitating learning seminars, planning and logistics; coordinating guest presenters; conducting evaluations; ensuring preparations; and conducting follow-up and evaluations. The Assistant Facilitator will work 8-15 hours/week Sept.-February including 1-2 weekends per month (either Sat or Sun TBA); then 5-8 hours per week during other months. The Assistant Facilitator must attend if possible one out-of-town, two-day training in February (or March) and one out- of-town, two-day training in July/August (Travel costs are covered).

This part-time position will focus on Farm Beginnings work based in Carbondale, Illinois and serving a 23-county area of southernmost Illinois. The Assistant Facilitator will be supervised by Kathleen Logan Smith, Food Works Executive Director.

Details :

Salary at $16-$20/hour based on qualifications. The Asst. Facilitator receives a $25/month phone stipend.

For more information seewww.fwsoil.org/staff.  Food Works is an equal opportunity employer

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume highlighting skills and experience, and writing samples to: Kathleen Logan Smith, Executive Director via email: Kathleen@eatsouthernillinois.org or via mail: P.O. Box 3855, Carbondale, IL 62902, 618-370-3287. Please send any email attachments as pdf files. Other file formats will not be opened.