Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Grants and Development Associate

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Grants and Development Associate

Now Hiring: Grants and Development Associate at EarthDance Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking applicants for the AmeriCorps position of Grants and Development Assistant. The successful candidate for this position will build EarthDance’s capacity through the exploration of available funding resources, the collaborative execution of a fund development plan, and the co-creation of grant proposals. The Grants and Development Associate will work closely with other development staff and the Managing Director to build a strong foundation of support for EarthDance to continue to its mission.

The position will begin as early as late July, pending selection of the right candidate.  AmeriCorps positions entail a 12-month commitment, but may become a full-time permanent position pending funding and organizational need.

Organization: EarthDance

Mission: EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position: Grants and Development Assistant

Location: EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated and resourceful individual with excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills to serve as our Grants and Development Assistant. The highly qualified candidate will possess an understanding of the good food movement, research skills, and attention to detail.

The Grants and Development Assistant will:

-Research, apply for, and obtain grant funding for EarthDance programs and operations

-Complete grant reports

-Assist with the execution of the organization’s annual fund development plan

-Assist with the planning and execution of Farmers Formal, EarthDance’s major annual fundraising event and other fundraising events and opportunities

-Secure both cash and in-kind donations for farm and office

Requirements:

-Demonstrated strong time management and organizational skills

-Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality

-Strong persuasive writing skills

-Experience working independently and in a team environment with successful outcomes

-Ability to work effectively in a demanding, high-energy environment and manage multiple priorities, while maintaining a sense of humor Continue reading

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New York – Hudson Valley Farm Hub hiring Tractor Operator

Hurley, New York

Job Location:

Hudson Valley Farm Hub
1875 Hurley Mountain Rd.
Hurley, NY 12443

Job Description:

Title: Tractor Operator Appointment: Full Time, Salaried

Position Summary – Under the guidance of the Vegetable Production Manager, the Tractor Operator’s primary responsibility will be to operate tractors, implements, and other farm machinery relating to the Farm Hub’s organic vegetable production. The Tractor Operator will also perform general fieldwork for the vegetable operation, as needed.

The Tractor Operator will work as part of the Farm Hub Team and report to the Vegetable Production Manager. She/he will participate in trainings, workshops, and staff meetings related to farm operations during work hours.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Vegetable Production Manager with any and all tractor and equipment operation pertaining to vegetable production included, but not limited to:
    • Tillage, cultivation, spraying, fertilizer application, irrigation, mechanical harvest, direct seeding, transplanting, mowing, mulching, cover cropping
    • Assist in record keeping
    • Operate tractors and implements safely and effectively
    • Conduct routine equipment maintenance and adjustments as needed
  • Perform general farm work, as needed, including, but not limited to: o Greenhouse operations
    • Field preparation
    • Hoeing/hand weeding
    • Planting
    • Harvest and post-harvest handling
  • Assist the Vegetable Production Manager with training Farm Hub employees in safe and effective equipment operation.
  • Participate in training, workshops and staff meetings related to farm operations during work hours.

Required experience includes:

  • 5 or more years of organic vegetable production experience
  • 3 or more years operating tractors and equipment in a vegetable operation, including routine maintenance and adjustment
  • Willingness to have a flexible schedule with evening and weekend hours as required
  • Strong communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English
  • Strong commitment to the Farm Hub’s mission and values of equity and ecological resilience
  • Demonstrated ability participate in a work environment of mutual respect, team building, and collaboration
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with people across different backgrounds

Preferred experience includes:

  • Use of Microsoft Office software and production record systems (e.g. AgSquared)
  • NYS Pesticide Applicator license
  • Spanish language proficiency

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Valid driver’s license

The Farm Hub Tractor Operator is a full-time, salaried position. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and are an equal opportunity employer. All candidates, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to profarmer@hvfarmhub.org.

FLSA Classification: Exempt

 

Various Location – The Biodynamic Association hiring Staff

Various Locations Nationwide

Employment Opportunity at the Biodynamic Association

The Biodynamic Association (BDA) is a participatory, membership-based nonprofit organization that works to nurture the North American biodynamic movement as a diverse, collaborative, and thriving ecosystem. We help thousands of people understand and practice biodynamics, bringing health to the land and vitality to the food system, and build bridges and partnerships to deepen and evolve the movement toward regenerative agriculture and social justice.

The BDA strives to embody biodynamic principles in how we operate as an organization, and we have an agile, living approach to organizing our work. Drawing inspiration from Reinventing Organizations and Holacracy, our organization is structured into self-managing circles made up of a number of roles focused on different needs of the organization. Most people on BDA staff fill multiple roles, and the structure of circles and roles evolves to meet the changing needs and opportunities that the BDA encounters and the developing interests and capacities of staff.
Position Summary

In our current phase of growth, we are seeking one or several new people to join our geographically-distributed staff team in filling the following open roles. Continue reading

Colorado – Infinite Harvest hiring Farm Workers

Lakewood, Colorado

Infinite Harvest is an indoor vertical hydroponic farm growing lettuce and microgreens. We are looking for efficient, safety-minded laborers for greenhouse production, prep and cleaning duties. We have long-term work available for the right candidates. Employees work four ten hours days per week and enjoy three days off. Applicants should have access to reliable transportation. We offer a consistent work schedule, with occasional opportunity for additional work hours.

Job duties performed will support the fresh produce production process at our facility in Lakewood, CO. Duties include, but are not limited to:

• Production tasks: seeding, transplanting, and harvesting crops.
• Maintain and clean facility, equipment, or tools to ensure operational readiness, safety, and cleanliness.
• Perform general nursery duties, such as propagating standard varieties of plant materials, germinating seeds, or controlling environmental conditions.
• Prepare harvested crops for transport to clients, such as labeling, boxing, and loading delivery vehicles
• Operate machinery and equipment to cultivate and harvest plants.

This is an entry level position, no prior experience is required, and on the job training is provided. Growth potential within company is high, depending on performance and interest. These are full time year-round positions, not seasonal. While performing the duties of this job the employee is required to do physical labor and repetitive motions. The employee may, on a frequent basis, be required to lift objects of up to 50 lbs, and stand in place at a workstation for extended periods of time.

Positions are available for immediate hiring.
Hourly Wage: $10.20/hour

Interested candidates please send email to jromano@infinite-harvest.com

Maine – Spear Spring Farm hiring Field Manager

Warren, Maine

Spear Spring Farm, LLC                                                                                        May 2018

Field Manager Job Description

Spear Spring Farm is an historic 150-acre diversified farm dating back to 1736, located in Warren, Maine.  The farm has been vacant for a few years and we are seeking an experienced field manager for 2018 to help us bring the farm back into production.  A small bunkhouse (brand new!) may be available for the right person if housing is needed.

Spear Spring Farm is committed to “organic practices”.  We are not a certified organic farm at this time, but we farm in harmony with the land and using organic methods.  We will be planting a wide diversity of vegetables, flowers, perennials, and herbs, which we expect to sell primarily through our on site farm store, CSA, and wholesale accounts.  We may also choose to add livestock and other farm activities down the road.  We place a special emphasis on building soil health and sustainable ecosystems that are efficient and in harmony with the land and would love for someone with a passion for sustainable agriculture and out of the box thinking to join our team.  Since we are rebuilding, this is a great opportunity to see and participate in the shaping of a sustainable and profitable farm.  If you want to work hard, eat well, love your job, and have fun doing it, then join us at Spear Spring Farm!

Timeframe:  We are seeking to a field manager and two full time employees from early March through late November 2018.  There may be the potential for continuing part-time work through the winter months.

Work description: Spear Spring Farm is a new endeavor to restore an historic farm and bring it back to beauty and full production.  The field manager will work closely with the President of the farm business to implement and manage the production schedule and complete weekly goals, managing the farm staff and activities in an efficient and professional manner.  The primary job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing all farm labor – training and scheduling, ensuring safety protocols are met, working alongside your team to ensure efficient use of time and resources, teaching wherever possible and creating a happy, hardworking farm environment that values our employees’ input and unique experience
  • Planting seeds, seedlings and vegetables/shrubs/trees
  • Managing the greenhouse
  • Weeding, fertilizing, maintaining fields and growing areas
  • Helping to restore the farm (Store, Fields, Workshop, Roads, Etc.)
  • Harvesting vegetables by hand
  • Washing and packing vegetables for sale
  • Possible delivery of vegetables
  • Manning the farm store
  • Tractor work
  • Possible maintenance work, such as painting, building stone walls, landscaping, cleaning grounds (buildings, fields)
  • Possible care of livestock
  • Pruning trees and orchard care

Hours:  We are hiring for up to 40 hours per week.  Additional hours may be available in May/June and September/October should you desire to increase your hours.  Work hours are between 7am and 7pm (somewhat flexible depending on what needs to get done) with a one-hour lunch (bring your own) taken around midday.

Compensation:  The Field Manager will receive $15/hour.  If housing is required then wages will be negotiated depending on the housing agreement.  Surplus and/or second quality produce may be available to farm employees free of charge, depending on the harvest.  Other perks and incentives for hard work and a great attitude are offered throughout the season.

Location: Warren is only 15 minutes from the ocean and the neighboring towns of Rockland and Damariscotta (great food, theaters, museums, and a vibrant local community), and only 25 minutes to Camden/Rockport.  The farm boasts sweeping views of fields and the Camden Hills in the distance, 3 ponds, frontage on the St. George River and ample woods.  We have a nesting pair of Barred Owls in the back fields and a nearby lake with beach that’s accessible by a short walk.  There is a vibrant local food community, along with many area activities and festivals that make the MidCoast of Maine a great place to live and work!

Housing:  On site housing may be available in the form of a small 12’ x 24’ bunkhouse with private bathroom and electricity.  Housing is provided as part of employee compensation.

Pets: Well-trained, friendly pets are welcome with prior approval and at the owner’s discretion.  There are already two dogs on site at the farm.   Well-behaved dogs must be under owner’s voice control, get along with all people (including children) and our dogs.  Spear Spring Farm is located on Rt. 1 in Warren – a busy road, where the speed limit is 55 and visitors to the farm pull through to visit the farm store.  The road hazard is real and the safety of your pet is entirely your responsibility.

Qualifications:

  • Farming and manual labor experience preferred
  • Tractor experience a plus
  • Punctuality, honesty, reliability are required!
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Attention to detail
  • Stamina to maintain fast and accurate working pace all day
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable transportation
  • Positive outlook and good sense of humor

How to apply:

No phone calls, please.  We are accepting applications until the positions are filled and will only consider complete applications.  If you are interested in working at Spear Spring Farm, please e-mail the following items to:  jamien.richardson@gmail.com

  1. A one-page letter introducing yourself, describing your farm related experience, your availability (which days of the week you are able to work) and why you want to work at Spear Spring Farm…
  2. A list of recent/relevant work history (or a resume) including names of previous employers, duration worked, and primary job responsibilities
  3. Three work-related references with job title and contact information

We will respond to all completed applications that are received.

 

Oregon – The 47th Ave Farm hiring 2018 Farm Crew

Portland, Oregon

The Farm:

The 47th Ave Farm has 20 years of experience running a year-round 200 member CSA and selling to award winning restaurants in Portland, Oregon. We are hard working, committed to continuous improvement & serious about growing great food sustainably and profitably.

We farm at two different locations:

  • On Grand Island, an agricultural oasis just south of Dayton, Oregon we have 38 acres of beautiful river bottom soils. The farm is very close to the Willamette river and we grow a mix of vegetables, cover crops and pasture there. The crew at this farm lives in the Salem, Newberg, McMinnville area.
  • At Luscher Farmwe partner with the Lake Oswego Parks & Rec Dept to manage 12 acres on the edge of the urban growth boundary. This historic dairy is now an amazing urban farm on slightly sloping clay loam soils. We grow a mix of vegetables and cover crops there. The crew at this farm lives in the Portland metro area.

All of our farm properties are managed sustainably using cover crops between vegetable rotations, beneficial insects, organic fertilizers, drip irrigation,  conservation tillage techniques and no synthetic chemicals. This holistic farming system improves the tilth and fertility of the farmland. It also protects the woods, wetlands and communities that surround our farms.

Job Description:

We’re hiring for our Portland, Oregon based Summer Farm Crew! Applicants with previous agricultural experience will be prioritized, however all hardworking & motivated individuals will be considered.

If you want to spend the next few years managing harvest on and learning from one of the most experienced CSA farms in Portland, Oregon – 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 equipment 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 washing crews when necessary. The Harvest Manager will be responsible for quality control, time tracking, and record keeping related to harvest. The Harvest Manager may also be responsible for receiving orders, packing & delivering to the restaurant accounts.

Year-round vegetable production involves many hours of repetitive work in all kinds of weather and can be challenging. We are looking for folks who are serious about farming and know from experience that they enjoy this kind of work!

Desired Experience/Qualifications:

  • 2 years working on organic vegetable farms, or equivalent
  • Management experience
  • We will prioritize applicants who are interested in joining us for 3+ seasons.
  • Disciplined, hard working, organized, responsible, independent and positive
  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Clean Drivers License

Hours:

  • May to Sept: Monday–Friday 6:15am – 5:30pm
  • Oct to April: Monday–Friday 6:15am – 4:30pm (Includes loading & unloading from pickup sites and driving back & forth to Luscher Farm)
  • CSA pickups on 4 evenings per month: Tuesday & Thursday, 5pm – 7:30pm
  • Occasional Saturdays in the summer for work parties

Compensation:

  • $11-$13/hr DOE
  • 1 Whole CSA share
  • 1 week paid family leave
  • Unpaid time off: 5 days, May – Oct. Flexible time off in the winter months Nov – April.
  • Room and board not included

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, we look forward to hearing from you!

Arkansas – Apple Seeds hiring VISTA Positions

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apple Seeds, an education non-profit in Fayetteville, Arkansas, is looking to fill two VISTA positions starting August 20.
– Cooking in the Schools Coordinator
– Farm Lab Coordinator

 

The job descriptions can be found on our website at: https://appleseedsnwa.org/get-involved/
The listings are available at: my.americorps.gov. Type in “VISTA” as the program and “Arkansas” as the state and you should find the two open positions.
I’ve also attached the job descriptions.
ABOUT APPLE SEEDS:
For more than 10 years Apple Seeds has been serving Northwest Arkansas. In that time the organization has made great strides, positively impacting the community—student surveys show improved attitudes toward healthy food and heightened knowledge of nutrition. Apple Seeds reached nearly 7,000 students in 2017 through its programs. Apple Seeds provides a variety of programs, including Farm Lab, Farm to Table cooking classes, Food Ambassadors, Cooking in the Schools and school garden workshops. For more information visit www.appleseedsnwa.org.