Washington – Cloudview Farm hiring Educator/Market Gardener

Ephrata, Washington

Educator/ Market Gardener (full-time paid position)

Cloudview Farm offers a variety of on-farm experiences for student and community groups.  We are seeking an educator who can both maintain our current offerings and develop Cloudview Farms’ programming. The educator will also help with garden operations. To give visitors a more authentic experience the Educator/ Market Gardener should be familiar with the gardens and animals.

Most visitors are preschool-3rd graders that come for 90-minute field trips and choose between a six plant part lesson and a plant life-cycle curriculum. In 2016, we offered summer day camps for the first time and hope to expand our camps and programming when school is not in session. We also collaborate with an elementary school on a door-to-door school fundraiser selling carrots. As new groups approach us with unique goals we innovate to meet their needs. Also in 2016, first time visitors included culinary students from and area technical high school, wheelchair-bound patients from a physical rehabilitation center, and a professional teacher training academy.

Job responsibilities:

  • Support and maintain current garden education programming

    • Lead approximately 30 preschool-3rd grade student field trips in the spring and fall with groups of 10 to 60 students.

    • Organize and manage summer day camps

    • Host 10 to 15 8th grade students from Lakeside Middle School in Seattle for one week in the fall.

    • Emcee the Annual Fall Festival during the 1st Saturday in October.

  • Promote and expand garden education programming

  • Promote education programs through social media, website, and email announcements

  • Coordinate with other farm and garden staff to develop gardens and property that support programming

  • Give public presentations

  • Work in the garden to support the CSA and farmers’ market programs

    • Harvest, wash, and pack produce

    • Provide garden labor including weeding, mowing, cultivating, seeding, transplanting

    • Participate in CSA box deliveries

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 2 years outdoor education experience, management preferred

  • Farm or garden experience

Compensation:

  • $21,000-$24,000 starting salary depending on education and experience

  • Housing, utilities, trash, internet, and  farm food included

To learn more about Cloudview Farm visit www.cloudviewfarm.org.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to cloudviewephrata@gmail.com.

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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

Colorado – Cloud City Farm hiring Farmer

Leadville, Colorado

Farmer Position Cloud City Farm

PO Box 459
Leadville, CO 80461
719-465-6164
www.cloudcityconservation.org

Organization Description:

Cloud City Conservation Center has been inspiring stewardship of our natural resources in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado since 2013. We do this by creating educational opportunities and lasting community infrastructure. The Cloud City Farm grew out of our school recycling and composting programs, when students and teachers asked for a place to grow food with the compost they are creating from lunch room scraps. A recent LiveWell Leadville Community Food Assessment has concluded that healthy foods are not adequately accessible and affordable in our community. We are on a mission to change this.

Job Description:

We are constructing a 1,300 square foot greenhouse, 2 – 2,400 square foot high tunnels covering raised beds, and 2,000 square feet of outside raised beds on a 2.5 acre piece of land adjacent to schools, bike path, and a community field. Located at 10,000 ft above sea level in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, the Cloud City Farm will be the first of its kind. Summer temperatures in Leadville range from 30° – 80°, an occasional snow fall is possible. Crops will be sold directly to the public through a CSA program and local farmer’s market.

The Farmer is responsible for all aspects of production, developing and executing long-term farming strategy in partnership with the Executive Director. The Farmer provides leadership for the interns and volunteer farm staff, and diligent record keeping to support the long-term viability of the program. The Farmer supports the Education Coordinator with education programs and outreach as well.

Position Details

  • Reports to Executive Director
  • Location: Leadville, CO
  • Weekend & extended hours required during growing season

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the planting and harvesting required to make the CSA program
  • Responsible for farm operations including production schedules, equipment, and intern and volunteer super
  • Develop with Executive Director and lead execution of long-term strategy for farming operations
  • Perform basic maintenance and improvements on farm infrastructure, facilities, and equipment
  • Maintain records related to production
  • Holistically manage soil fertility, nutrient cycling, promote biodiversity, and weed, pest, and disease management
  • Assist Education Coordinator with youth and community programs, outreach events when

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred with emphasis in organic or sustainable agriculture
  • Experience in organic agricultural practices with a working knowledge of plant health, fertility management, pest and disease management, weed suppression, and greenhouse
  • Creative thinker and problem solver with the ability to
  • Strong oral communication
  • Willingness to communicate with visitors to promote the farm and its
  • Must be able to comfortably lift 50lbs and perform work outdoors in all types of weather

Competencies

  • Passion and enthusiasm for holistic farming and stewardship of natural resources
  • Willingness to be flexible and adapt to changing job requirements and priorities
  • Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently
  • Team player with positive attitude

Compensation

$2,000 – $2,600 per month depending on experience Start date: June 15 – July 1

Please send a resume and cover letter to kendra@cloudcityconservation.org. For more information, go to http://cloudcityconservation.org

Massachusetts – Codman Community Farms hiring Assistant Farm Manager

Lincoln, Massachusetts

Codman Community Farms is seeking an Assistant Farm Manager to support all aspects of operating a community farm in Lincoln, MA.  The farm focuses on pasture-raised livestock with a small fruit and vegetable component.  This is a full-time, year-round position with housing and benefits.  The ideal candidate will possess a commitment and passion for growing sustainable food, while engaging the public.  This position is more than a job, it is a lifestyle.   Living and working on the farm, in public view and positively engaging the community on a daily basis is an essential part of the position.  A naturally outgoing attitude is needed along with a focus for the daily work required to operate a diverse livestock-centered farm operation.  A full job description with a history of the farm is attached.  Start date is January 2017.

Job Title: Assistant Farm Manager
Status: Full-Time, non-exempt
Time Period: 1 year renewable contract

Work Schedule: Varies seasonally.  April – November: 55 hrs +/-. 6 days per week; Nov-March: 30-40 hours week with more flexible schedule and negotiated coverage to care for livestock daily.

Compensation: Annual salary; commensurate with experience plus housing on the farm.

Benefits: 50% health insurance premium covered; workers compensation insurance; paid vacation accrued through time worked; cell phone allowance; food from the farm; plus opportunity to make additional money through off-hours special events support.

Duties: The Assistant Farm Manager reports directly to the Farm Manager and is responsible for all aspects of supporting farm enterprises.  Hours can be irregular to accommodate agricultural needs.

Current farm operations include:

  • Pasture raised beef, pork, meat birds, layers, lamb, and turkeys.
  • Land management: hay, custom mowing, field maintenance of pastured animals/birds
  • Small vegetable field and fruit orchard.
  • Sales through on-site Farm Store, local area restaurants, and partnerships with other farm operations.

Community aspects of the farm:

  • Community garden plots
  • Educational activities
  • Barnyard animal pens for visitors
  • Community events and private events

Qualifications:

  • Experience raising and caring for all manner of livestock
  • Experience managing forage and livestock pastures
  • Ability to safely and effectively operate farm equipment on/off road
    • 2 years equipment operation preferred on 50+hp tractors.
      • Tillage, mowing, loader work
    • Safe driving record; ability to safely maneuver farm trailers of all types/sizes
  • Experience setting up and managing portable electric fencing
  • Experience using outdoor power equipment (riding mowers, chainsaws, etc.)
  • Basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical experience a plus
  • Haying experience a big plus
  • At least 2 years of supervisory experience and/or experience managing volunteers
  • Strength to lift 50+ pounds and handle large animals
  • Ability and stamina to work hard all day moving poultry coops, livestock shelters, water, and grain over rough terrain
  • Endurance, sometimes working 10+ hours per day and/or 6 days/week in all weather conditions (extreme heat, extreme cold, rain/mud, and/or high winds)
  • Excellent communicator and enjoys interacting with public
  • Ability to work independently and problem solve on the job
  • Basic computer technology skills

An ideal candidate will also possess the following traits:

  • Reliable, responsible, observant,  flexible
  • Focused and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work independently and maintain farm priorities
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a small team (a good sense of humor is a must!)
  • Ability to follow instructions and ask clarifying questions
  • Ability to use good judgment in raising animals safely and humanely; critical thinking a must
  • Commitment to learning/improving sustainable farming practices centered around pasture raised methods and communicate such practices effectively to the public
  • Ability and desire to positively engage with a diverse community of people
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Enjoy working with and leading volunteers, as needed

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and a resume to Pete Lowy:  pete@codmanfarm.org.  The cover letter should include your interest in the position and relevant skills and background, and include a response to the following questions:

  1. How does this position fit your personal and professional goals now and in the future?
  2. How would a past employer describe you?
  3. How would a co-worker describe you?
  4. What skills/experience do you bring to this position that you think would benefit the farm?

Interviews will be conducted with qualified applicants.  A list of three references and a clean driving record should be provided upon request.  Anticipated start date by January 2017.  Housing will be available January 1, 2017.

Washington – The Organic Farm School hiring Student Farmers

Whidbey Island, Washington
The Organic Farm School is currently accepting applications for Student Farmers. Apply now at http://organicfarmschool.org/apply

The mission of the Organic Farm School is to empower new farmers in creating the sustainable food system of the future.

Located on scenic Whidbey Island in Washington State, the Organic Farm School (OFS) trains aspiring farmers to run successful ecological- and community-focused farms and uses its eight-acre organic farm as a real world example and outdoor classroom. During the full-time, 8-month program, students spend one third of their time attending weekly classes and field trainings, studying a university-developed farming and marketing curriculum, going on bi-weekly field trips and engaging in independent research projects, including the writing of a personal farm business plan. Students spend the balance of their time co-managing the OFS student farm, which focuses on market-scale production of organic vegetables, seed crops, and livestock with cover crops, berries, and bees incorporated as well. Through this balance of academic and experiential studies, students learn and experience all aspects of starting and running a small scale organic farm, from goal setting and business planning to planting, harvesting, and marketing. With this skill and knowledge base, graduates are able to minimize their risk and maximize their success as they enter the growing field of sustainable farmers!

Please visit www.organicfarmschool.org for more information.

Coastal Roots Farm hiring Farm Manager

Encinitas, California

Job Description: Farm Manager

Position Overview

Coastal Roots Farm is looking for an experienced and well‐organized farm manager to coordinate a diverse non‐profit community farm and inspire our farm team by working closely alongside them through day‐to‐day operations.

The Farm Manager has the primary responsibility for managing the various production areas of Coastal Roots Farm including approximately 6 acres of mixed vegetables, herbs and flowers, an 8 acre food forest/silvopasture, 2.2 acre vineyard, compost, animals, greenhouse and nursery. The farm currently consists of about 20 acres with an additional 6 acres managed off‐site, and opportunities for expansion into additional greenhouse space.

The Farm Manager will be responsible for supervising staff and coordinating the tasks of the various aspects of the farm operation. As a non‐profit, Jewish Community Education farm there are both production and programmatic goals that need to be developed and integrated. The Farm Manager will work primarily with the production team and in a lesser capacity with the program team on integrating programming with production.

About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm is a community farm program that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition and sustainable agriculture to grow and share healthy food, care for the land, and help and strengthen connections between neighbors. Through hands‐on educational experiences and produce donations to neighbors that need it most, the Farm is fostering a vibrant and sustainable community that grows, seeds, and shares.

Coastal Roots Farm consists of mixed gardens, an orchard/food forest, animal pastures, and a vineyard, all in various stages of development. It is also adjacent to a botanical garden, school farm, YMCA, senior retirement village and is one mile from the beach and downtown Encinitas. This program was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and was recently spun off as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Coastal Roots Farm is funded through a diverse revenue mix, including philanthropic partners and social enterprise.

About the Leichtag Foundation

The Leichtag Foundation (“Foundation”) is a private independent foundation located in Encinitas, California, with a strong interest in advancing the North County coastal region of San Diego where our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, of blessed memory, lived and worked. The Leichtag Foundation also supports programs in Jerusalem, Israel. The Foundation currently holds approximately $134 million in assets and has granted about $90 million since its inception in 1991—more than half of this since becoming independent in 2008. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self‐sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish 2 life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.

In 2012, the Leichtag Foundation purchased the former Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California. The Foundation’s goal for this 67.5‐acre agricultural property, now known as Leichtag Commons, is to create a physical platform for the advancement of the strategies listed above and a cultural and community resource for the San Diego region. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a network of greenhouses, barns and other structures, and easy access to the public, the Ranch is situated in an ideal North County location.

Responsibilities

The Farm Manager is responsible for the following:

  • Farm Management:
    • Leading the operation of Coastal Roots Farm including supervising staff, crop planning, budgeting, crop/seed selection, pest management, greenhouse propagation, transplanting, harvesting, farm maintenance, cleanliness and organization, food sales and distribution
  • Sales:
    • Overseeing the Farm’s sales, which primarily include an onsite farm stand and retail nursery, wholesale to restaurants, and a Community Supported Agriculture program in its pilot year
    • Managing donations made to food pantries
    • Overseeing sales through future outlets, which include expansion of existing programs and new farm‐based social enterprises such as a food truck, value‐added products and expanded consulting services
  • Farmlab:
    • Managing Farmlab, the off‐site 6‐acre certified organic production farm as part of the contract agreement signed with the Encinitas Union School District, which currently consists of approximately 0.5 acre in production, 1.5 acres in cover crop and an additional 4 acres going into cover crop in 2016. Produce grown at Farmlab feeds all nine school districts through their salad bar program.
  • Animal Husbandry:
    • Overseeing the management of animals on the farm, which currently consists of 30 chickens, with plans to and add goats, sheep, rabbits, bees, and other animals to be determined
  • Farm Development:
    • Working with the Interim Executive Director to create and manage the farm budget and assist with farm programming, design and develop infrastructure for the farm onsite and for consulting projects off site
    • Working with outside consultants and the rest of the staff in the design and implementation of Coastal Roots Farm and new farming opportunities.
  • Agriculture Education:
    • Developing and delivering agricultural curriculum for the farm apprentices, with the help of the Programming and Farm Production team, the Interim Executive Director and other advisors
    • Developing and delivering curriculum and hands‐on activities on a variety of topics to apprentices, workshop participants and interns
    • Provide training and professional development support to the Production Farm Manager to assist with his growth within the organization.
  • Public Education:
    • Working with program staff to teach relevant classes throughout the year and ensuring that visitors are engaging and integrating with the farm in meaningful, productive and educational ways. Examples of programs include: farm tours, gardening/farming classes, youth programs and weekly volunteer activities.
  • Additional Responsibilities:
    • Working with the property management team on projects related to farm infrastructure and management, such as irrigation, fencing, equipment maintenance and more
    • Engaging in research, professional development and participating in capturing data for the farm’s evaluation process.

Qualifications / Experience

  • Higher education degree in sustainable agriculture or related field required
  • Certification in organic farming or related field preferred
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant farm management experience in organic/biodynamic farming focused on vegetable production and Community Supported Agriculture; small‐scale/sustainable animal husbandry; agricultural or environmental education; fruit tree production; seed‐starting and nursery operations/management; viticulture; horticulture; and/or forestry.
  • Significant experience with supervision and management of staff, volunteers, and youth, with successful management/supervisory track record
  • Possess an interest in and/or eagerness to learn about:
    • Evolving agricultural systems (i.e. biodynamics, permaculture, etc.);
    • Ancient Jewish farming traditions and practices;
    • Soil stewardship, biodynamic composting and water conservation;
    • Community farming and agri‐hoods, Jewish and faith‐based community farming and food justice
    • Indoor Agriculture (hydroponics, aquaponics, etc.)
    • Food forests and viticulture o Native landscaping, fruit trees and perennials, their methods of propagation, planting, pruning, grafting, seeding, and care
  • Must have experience in/with
    • CSA farming
    • Farm stand and nursery retail
    • Wholesale to restaurants, caterers, etc.
    • Organic and/or biodynamic farming practices and certification
    • Permaculture, regenerative agriculture and/or forest gardening
    • Composting
    • Wide variety of edible plants.
  • Familiarity with agricultural, Jewish and/or Jewish agricultural concepts that may be relevant to the content of a Jewish Community Farm, as well as possess an interest in learning and educating about Jewish traditions, texts, narrative and rituals
  • Experience managing and facilitating Jewish and environmental/farm‐based experiential programming
  • Flexible and willing to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects, with the ability to prioritize tasks and possess a strong track record of successful project/program management
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and independently
  • Works well under pressure and in a fast‐paced environment
  • Able to work with urgency and meet or beat deadlines
  • Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude
  • Entrepreneurial, adaptable and creative
  • Exceptional listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences
  • Strong and proven communication, administrative and management skills, and is detail oriented.
  • Ability to build and nurture relationships with a wide variety of people, including colleagues, the general public, youth, seniors, funders, etc.
  • Experience with crop planning software (i.e. AgSquared), web‐based computing and Microsoft Office
  • Must possess an interest in professional development and growth
  • Must be in alignment with the farm’s values and possess a passion for Jewish education, sustainable agriculture, community development, engagement and interacting with people of all backgrounds and ages, sharing and innovating
  • Must have experience working with heavy machinery, including tractors & bobcats, and power tools
  • Must be able to routinely move farm produce, feed and other materials weighing up to 50lbs.

Reporting Relationship

Reports directly to the Interim Executive Director.

Directly supervises the Production Farm Manager. Other farm staff to be determined.

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience. Coastal Roots Farm offers a competitive benefits package.

Typical Working Conditions

The Farm Manager will work outdoors. There will be exposure to Southern California outside temperatures, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises.

Essential Physical Tasks

Continual walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting, cutting and carrying.

Application Process

Please send résumés to jobs@coastalrootsfarm.org. In the subject line of the email, please state the position you for which you are applying.

Coastal Roots Farm is an equal opportunity employer.

Brookwood Community Farm hiring Farmers’ Market Assistant

Roslindale, Massachusetts

BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY FARM

Farmer’s Market Assistant 2016

About You

We are looking for folks to help staff our stand at the Roslindale Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. We are looking for responsible individuals with great customer service skills to help with all aspects of set up, sales, and takedown at market. Retail experience and an interest in cooking/gardening are preferred, though not required. You must be able to follow and directions, work quickly and efficiently, and keep a smile on your face throughout a long and hectic day. You must be able to perform physically demanding tasks, stand up for 7 hours with only one break, and be able to safely lift 40 lbs in any kind of weather. You must be reliable and punctual and have a fantastic attitude. You also must be committed to great customer service and friendly with market customers. We see our market customers as members of the Brookwood community, and want to make sure they have a good experience shopping with us.

About the Position

You will work every Saturday June 4th- Nov 19th 7:00 am-2:30 pm. You will meet at and leave from Adams Park in Roslindale; you do not need to come to the farm. You will assist with all aspects of unloading the truck, setting up the stand, creating displays, restocking products, selling to the public, breaking down the stand, and packing the truck at the end of the day. You may also need to attend a three hour training and orientation session on Saturday May 28th.

You will work under the direction of Brookwood staff including Managers and Farm Apprentices. You may assist with any other tasks that may come up at market such as making signs and record keeping.

Compensation

You will be paid $10 /hour, produce from the stand, and discounts on produce we resell from other farms such as fruit and corn. We may be able to negotiate one or two Saturdays off, unpaid, depending on the schedule. You will also earn paid sick time in accordance with Massachusetts law.

About Us

Brookwood Community Farm grows diversified vegetables and flowers on 8 acres of land on 3 different sites in Milton and Canton, MA. Using organic methods (not certified) we provide produce for a 230-member CSA, a weekly farmer’s market, a food access market, and donations to local food pantries. As a non-profit community farm we are open to the public and offer educational and volunteer opportunities for our CSA members, youth and corporate groups. For more information about the farm and our mission, please visit our website. For pictures and other fun stuff check out our facebook page.

To Apply

Please send in a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to emma@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until filled so please send in your application ASAP. Please contact us if you have any questions.