Arkansas or Massachusetts – Heifer USA hiring Apprentices

Perryville, Arkansas or Rutland, Massachusetts

LIVESTOCK/GARDEN APPRENTICE

Heifer USA invites applicants to be part of the inaugural apprentice program at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas and at Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. Participants agree to a one-year commitment, with the possibility of extension. This program will offer hands-on agricultural experience in both market gardening and livestock production.

The goal of the apprenticeship program is to provide education, mentorship and technical assistance to foster the development and capacity of new and beginning farmers to launch their successful farm enterprises. We will select four apprentices at each site who will experience hands-on technical training in sustainable agriculture, pasture-based poultry and livestock production, organic market gardening, value added production and food safety. Field experience will be complemented with trainings covering business planning, record keeping, marketing and relevant legal and tax topics.

At both sites, apprentices will benefit from connections to established, successful farms, farmer-to-farmer technical assistance, fully-furnished housing on-site, and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. This is an opportunity to help Heifer USA shape this program, and we hope you join us in the journey.

APPLY

Please contact us at heiferusa@heifer.org or call 1-855-3HEIFER option 4. Heifer USA is proud to use sustainable agriculture and food system work as tools for promoting social justice. We are intentionally inclusive of limited resource and socially disadvantaged communities and individuals.

Heifer USA works with small-scale farmers to help them transform their communities. Farms become strong, community-focused businesses that support their families and spark economic growth in rural America. With hands-on learning and access to livestock and horticulture experts, we teach farmers how to grow their sustainable farm enterprise while caring for the Earth. We invite the public to join the work that directly aids our project at Heifer Farm and Heifer Ranch.

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Arkansas – Apple Seeds hiring AmeriCorps VISTA School Cooking Class Coordinator

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apple Seeds, a Fayetteville Arkansas-based non-profit providing garden-based education, is looking to fill a full time AmeriCorps VISTA position to serve as our School Cooking Class Coordinator.
This is an opportunity to be a part of an expanding endeavor and provide a unique service in a supportive community. We’re looking for candidates who love working with young students, have a passion for educating students about eating fresh healthy food, are self-starters, and are excited to help build capacity for this social-entrepreneurial non-profit. Experience in education is highly desirable!
The position, details and application can be found here:

Apple Seeds Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Apple Seeds in Fayetteville Arkansas is hiring!

We’re looking for three AmeriCorps VISTA service members to join our team beginning this August! The three positions are:
 
Farm Lab Coordinator
Farm to Table Coordinator
School Garden Market Coordinator
 
Detailed job descriptions can be found here: http://appleseedsnwa.org/jobs/
 
This is an opportunity to be a part of a new endeavor and provide a unique service in a supportive community. We’re looking for entrepreneurial and enthusiastic self-starters who are excited to help grow this social-entrepreneurial non-profit. Interested candidates should email a letter of interest, resume, and references to kyra@appleseedsnwa.org. Please no calls.

Apple Seeds hiring two VISTA Positions

Fayetteville, Arkansas

About Apple Seeds:

Our community in Northwest Arkansas faces both hunger and obesity. Children in food insecure families are especially vulnerable to obesity due to the additional risk factors associated with poverty, including limited access to healthy and affordable foods. It’s difficult to believe that 49% of Arkansas adolescents report consuming fruits & vegetables less than one time a day. Poor nutrition places our young students at a severe disadvantage and studies show that this can negatively affect their health, cognitive development, and school performance. Hunger should be eliminated with foods that promote healthy bodies and minds. Ultimately our youth needs to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Apple Seeds has been serving Northwest Arkansas for nearly ten years—developing programs, such as gardening clubs, school garden markets, and healthy cooking classes, that educate and excite children about healthy food while increasing access to healthy foods in schools. In 2014, Apple Seeds reached more than 10,000 students thanks in large part to its Farm to School partnership with the Fayetteville Public Schools. Our programs—whether they’re run on the Teaching Farm or at the schools—are always hands-on, fun, academically rich, and inspire our young students to make healthy food choices.

Apple Seeds is currently hiring two VISTA positions:

School Garden Market Coordinator

School Garden Coordinator

The application process is pretty quick so interested candidates should apply as soon as possible!  We need applications submitted no later than June 22nd and earlier if possible.

Apple Seeds hiring Farm Assistant

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Apple Seeds Farm Assistant

Arkansas GardenCorps position

35 hours/week

Apple Seeds, a Fayetteville-based non-profit providing garden-based education, seeks an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic full-time Farm Assistant for the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm. The farm will rely on organic and sustainable methods for vegetable and fruit production. This person will assist in seeding, planting, weed and insect control, soil enhancement, cover cropping, and irrigation management. The Farm Assistant will report to the farm manager and will periodically manage teams of volunteers. The Farm Assistant will also assist in our educational programs, Farm Lab and School Markets.

This is an opportunity to be a part of a new endeavor and provide a unique service in a supportive community. This person must be a team player who is excited to help grow this social-entrepreneurial non-profit.

Key Responsibilities:

Farm Assistance

  • Work under guidance of farm manager
  • Implement planting schedule and manage seasonal garden tasks
  • Monitor soil moisture, adjust irrigation settings, and monitor plant health
  • Assist with all aspects of planting and tending the garden, including transplanting, seeding, weeding, thinning, fertilizing, organic pest control, pruning, harvesting, compost management, etc
  • Harvest, wash, bundle crops
  • Assist in transport of produce when necessary

Educational

  • Assist in field trips and leading farm discussion with students
  • Assist in school garden markets
  • Offer Consultations with school garden leaders

Administrative

  • Weekly staff meetings
  • Daily correspondence with farm manager
  • Create task lists for volunteers, assign duties to volunteers, educate & explain gardening tasks in detail

Qualifications:

  • Experience in farming, large-scale gardening; experience with organic farming or school garden projects highly desirable.
  • Works well with many personality types
  • Self-motivated, hard worker, able to work and meet goals independently
  • Experience in school garden education is highly desirable
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Enjoys being around children and has a friendly demeanor
  • Able to organize, lead, and instruct all types of people with varying levels of gardening experience

Hours

  • Full time – 35 hours/week

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Apple Seeds hiring Farm Lab Coordinator

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Apple Seeds Farm Lab Coordinator

Arkansas Garden Corps position
35 hours/week

Apple Seeds, a Fayetteville-based non-profit providing garden-based education, seeks an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic full-time Farm Lab Coordinator on the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm. The Teaching Farm hosts Farm Lab field trips to educate and excite students about eating fresh healthy food.

This is an opportunity to be a part of a new endeavor and provide a unique service in a supportive community. This person must be a self-starter who is excited to help grow this social-entrepreneurial non-profit.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Farm Assistance
  • Work under guidance of farm manager
  • Assist with all aspects of planting and tending the garden, including transplanting, seeding, weeding, thinning, fertilizing, organic pest control, pruning, harvesting, compost management, etc
  • Harvest, wash, bundle crops
  1. Educational
  • Lead school groups through Farm Lab
  • Recruit and train volunteers
  • Coordination and scheduling of Farm Lab
  • Basic gardening on Teaching Farm
  • Outreach to schools
  1. Administrative
  • Weekly Staff meetings
  • Daily Correspondence with Program Manager
  • Planning for Educational Programs

Qualifications:

  • Experience in education highly desirable.
  • Works well with many personality types
  • Self-motivated, hard worker, able to work and meet goals independently
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Enjoys being around children and has a friendly demeanor
  • Able to organize, lead, and instruct all types of people with varying levels of gardening experience

Arkansas GardenCorps

This is an Arkansas GardenCorps position with a start date of September 8, 2015. In return for each year of full-time service, the person filling this position will receive a living allowance of $13,100 per year, childcare and healthcare benefits, if needed, and a $5,645 education award if 1,700 hours of service are completed. Continue reading

Apple Seeds hiring Farm Assistant

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Apple Seeds Farm Assistant

GardenCorps position

40 hours/week

Apple Seeds, a Fayetteville-based non-profit providing garden-based education, seeks an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic full-time Farm Assistant to help establish the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm. The farm will rely on organic and sustainable methods for vegetable and fruit production. This person will assist in seeding, planting, weed and insect control, soil enhancement, cover cropping, and irrigation management. The Farm Assistant will report to the farm manager and will manage a team of volunteers.

This is an opportunity to be a part of a new endeavor and provide a unique service in a supportive community. This person must be a self-starter who is excited to help grow this social-entrepreneurial non-profit.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Farm Assistance
  • Work under guidance of farm manager
  • Implement planting schedule and manage seasonal garden tasks
  • Monitor soil moisture, adjust irrigation settings, and monitor plant health
  • Assist with all aspects of planting and tending the garden, including transplanting, seeding, weeding, thinning, fertilizing, organic pest control, pruning, harvesting, compost management, etc
  • Prepare new beds for planting
  • Harvest, wash, bundle crops
  • Assist in transport of produce when necessary
  1. Educational
  • Assist in field trips and leading farm discussion with students
  • Assist in school garden markets
  1. Administrative
  • Send photos once a month to Program Director
  • Monthly Apple Seeds meeting with full staff
  • Daily correspondence with farm manager in person and email
  • Prep and post task lists for volunteers, assign duties to volunteers, educate & explain gardening tasks in detail

Qualifications:

  • Experience in farming, large-scale gardening; experience with organic farming or school garden projects highly desirable.
  • Works well with many personality types
  • Self-motivated, hard worker, able to work and meet goals independently
  • Experience in school garden education is highly desirable
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Enjoys being around children and has a friendly demeanor
  • Able to organize, lead, and instruct all types of people with varying levels of gardening experience

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