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

Connecticut – Wakeman Town Farm hiring Director

Westport, Connecticut

POSITION:        Wakeman Town Farm Director

SALARY:           

  • $ 20,000 – $ 24,000 Annual salary plus benefits
  • Four weeks paid vacation, 401K with match
  • Free rent ($67,000 value) including utilities
  • Access to Westport Public Schools 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Seeking year round farm Director to live and work at the newly renovated Wakeman Town Farm (WTF), an educational farm and sustainability center in Westport.  As the public face of the Town farm, this is a key role for a visionary with a passion for organic farming, sustainability, public education and community.  The Director maintains the 2.5 acre grounds including the general upkeep of the farmhouse and doing daily farm and animal chores.  Will develop and implement farm based educational programs including hiring and overseeing part time teachers and seasonal counselors.  Develop and teach seasonal workshops and oversee at least two farm events a year (with help from the WTF Committee). Responsible for the spring High School internship program and the spring and fall Junior Apprentice Program.  Coordinate with the Committee and Westport’s Public School to run Farm tours.  Must keep up with agricultural trends and share new techniques with students and residents.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s Degree required, related to farming and/or Animal Husbandry preferred.  Teaching and relevant farm experience preferred. Must have strong administrative skills; responsible for the farm’s management. Criminal background and reference checks required prior to employment.                    

APPLY TO:                     Personnel/HR Department

dferrante@westportct.gov
Westport Town Hall
110 Myrtle Avenue Room 208
Westport, CT 06880
 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

PLEASE POST THROUGH JUNE 10, 2017

Connecticut – Small Organic Farm hiring Farm Manager

Wallingford, Connecticut
Full Time Employee to manage a small organic farm in Wallingford.
Candidate needs the skills/knowledge to run a small organic farm from Spring to Fall in Wallingford, CT. The candidate must have vegetable farming experience and must have their own transportation.
This person will be responsible for farming and maintaining the property, as well as planting and harvesting.
The hours of the position will be: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, MondaySaturday
Please call the owner, Bob McNeil, at (203) 507-3507.

Connecticut – Evergreen Berry Farm hiring Summer STaff

Watertown, Connecticut

Evergreen Berry Farm, LLC Hiring 2017 Summer Staff

Evergreen Berry Farm, LLC is a small pick-your-own berry farm where farming practices focus on soil biology and nutrition to build health from the ground up.   Established in 1979 through the dedication and hard work of owners Bob and Cathee Alex, the farm is a tradition for locals and a stop for travelers seeking the bounties and tranquility of the field.  We minimize the use of organic pesticides with an integrated pest management system and have also started to incorporate biodynamic principles into the farm as a whole.  Farmer Bob is a CT falconer, and the falcon is used on the premises for the purposes of bird abatement.

We are currently hiring for our summer 2017 staff (Harvesters, Field Hands, and Register Staff). Successful staff work efficiently and with quality, and are able to effectively task-switch. Staff are also encouraged to learn about how we farm and be able to communicate this to inquiring visitors.

Work hours: Flexible, up to 40/week, in one or more position

Season: Variable. Typically late June/early July and tapering into mid-September.

Please contact thefarmer@evergreenberryfarm.com regarding further details on the available positions and an application.

Connecticut – Simpaug Farms hiring Field Crew Members

West Suffield, Connecticut

Simpaug Farms
Seasonal Field Crew Position
Start date: May 2017

About Simpaug Farms

Simpaug Farms is a diversified farm located on 250 acres of preserved farmland in West Suffield CT. We are committed to feeding our communities with clean, high quality, flavorful food that is free from harmful chemicals. Our products include small fruits, vegetables, canned goods, beef, pork, and eggs. We have been delivering these Connecticut Grown products to Fairfield and Hartford Counties since 2011.

About the Job

Work at Simpaug Farms is diverse, ranging from greenhouse production, planting, weeding, harvesting, washing and packing produce, and any other tasks that may arise. Applicants should be prepared for hard physical labor. Employees are often called upon to do different and sometimes tedious jobs in all kinds of weather.

We are looking for crewmembers that are flexible, productive, open minded, responsible, and have a good sense of humor to see them through the challenges of farm work.   Previous farming or gardening experience is preferred, but is not required.

Schedule

  • May-October
  • 40-50 hours/week
  • Monday-Friday, 7am to 3-5pm
  • 30-minute lunch break
  • Occasional weekends

Compensation

Starting at $10.10/hour

Qualifications:

  • Ability to complete repetitive tasks for a long period of time in all kinds of weather
  • Flexibility – able to shift gears and adapt to variable tasks
  • Takes pride in and thrives on efficiency and productivity
  • Fast learner – Ability to quickly pick up new techniques
  • Punctual and prepared (water bottle, proper attire and footwear, sun-block)
  • Works well alone and within a groups
  • Can lift 50lbs repeatedly, using proper body mechanics
  • Has reliable transportation
  • Communicates well
  • Farming or Gardening experience preferred

If interested please send a resume and brief cover letter to jobs@simpaugfarms.com

Use subject line: Field Crew Position

Connecticut – Jones Family Farm hiring Apprentices

Shelton, Connecticut

Jones Family Farms is a respected destination farm located in Shelton, Connecticut, just 80 miles east of Manhattan and 15 miles west of New Haven, CT. The Jones family has been farming in Shelton since the late 1850s. Currently, about 100,000 guests visit the farm each year, and there are 12 professional farm managers on staff. Presently the farm maintains 400 acres of land, including 15 acres in strawberries, 15 acres in blueberries, 25 acres in pumpkins, squash, and gourds, and 200 acres in Christmas trees, all harvested by pick-your-own guests. The farm also manages 50 acres of hay land, 50 acres of woodlots, and over 5 acres of grapes which are in production for the farm’s winery.  Now in its ninth year, the Harvest Kitchen cooking studio hosts hands-on classes featuring seasonal, farm fresh produce and other local foods. The Kitchen also maintains an educational vegetable garden that provides produce for our classes.

The primary learning objective of our apprenticeship is to offer hands-on experiences in modern sustainable agriculture, direct marketing, and following food from field to plate in our farm kitchen.  Apprentices participate on a team that includes farm managers and a variety of seasonal staff. Our goal is to provide hands-on harvest, farm guest interactions, and farm kitchen experience useful to an aspiring market farmer, community dietitian, chef embracing farm cuisine, and/or farm and food educator.

Harvest Your Own, strawberry, blueberry, pumpkin and Christmas tree seasons: major responsibilities include harvest-your-own supervision, direct marketing operations (farm educator, sales), and farm maintenance tasks necessary for inviting guests onto our farm (cleaning, painting etc). Apprentices will gain an understanding of our diversified farming operations through hands-on field experiences (planting, weeding, harvesting).

In the Kitchen: gain an understanding of production kitchen management and record keeping as key members of our diversified farm kitchen team. Projects include preserving and cooking with our seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as baking goods for our Winery and Harvest-Your-Own guests; while also learning about commercial food sanitation practices. Apprentices also have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn alongside our guests while assisting with our cooking classes.

Desired Traits and Skills:

  • We are looking for individuals with a sincere and strong interest in food and where it comes from. A college degree is preferred.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience working in the field of agriculture, outdoor education, food preparation, nutrition or dietetics; however, applicants who have some background in food systems or experiential education are also encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should be self-motivated, reliable, responsible, flexible, and communicative – both verbal and written.
  • Apprentices must be in good physical health, able to lift 50 pounds, be willing to do a variety of different tasks, and able to work in all weather conditions including cold, rain and extreme heat.
  • Being a team player and having a positive attitude and sense of humor is critical. We are looking for someone who works well independently as well as with teams, and able to learn quickly while supporting Jones farming methods. We are committed to teaching and learning through doing and we want our apprentices to be equally on board.

Farm Environmental Facts:

  • Physical work is strenuous and of long duration.
  • May spend long periods of time standing, walking, bending or crouching.
  • Prolonged outdoor exposure – possibly in hot, freezing or inclement weather.
  • Awareness that visiting guests and their farm expectations shape our work environment and require a constant attention to politeness and cleanliness.
  • Living on the farm is essential and the work hours vary based on the conditions of Mother Nature and the harvest realities.

Educational Opportunities:

  • On-farm education will happen through structured lessons as well as through project-oriented instruction.
  • Our on-farm education will be complemented by the apprentice’s participation in the Western Connecticut Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program, which requires traveling to other farms in the region.
  • Field trips to other farms and educational events will be encouraged, based on apprentices’ interest area.
  • Apprentices will have access to the farm library with opportunities for discussion with farm managers, and will be encouraged to research and learn on their own.

Dates: Could start as early as April, although a flexible start date can be accommodated for the right candidate (no later than May 15, 2017). Full-time commitment to the farm will be expected through December 21st, with 2 extended weekends off between our busy HYO seasons (typically in early September & early November). This apprenticeship opportunity has the potential to continue to a second, more focused year of farm experiences or possibly year-round farm employment.

Compensation: The work schedule varies depending on the season, with apprentices working 40 to 50 hours per week, including many weekend and holiday hours. Compensation includes a room in an on-farm house with modern amenities, a biweekly stipend, and produce when available. Jones Family Farms provides health insurance through Worker’s Compensation for on farm incidents, but personal health insurance must be provided by the applicant. Apprentices must provide their own transportation.

To Apply: Please submit a letter of intent addressing why you want to work on a farm, what you hope to learn through a harvest to table apprenticeship, and how your past experiences have prepared you for working with our farm and kitchen. Please also include a resume that summarizes your relevant experiences, 3 professional references, and an unofficial college transcript. An on-farm visit is required as part of the interview process. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; however interviews will begin in February.

Jones Family Farms
Attn: Emily Freund
606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd
Shelton, CT 06484

Questions and applications can also be sent to: apprenticeship@ jonesfamilyfarms.com

http://www.jonesfamilyfarms. com/farm/about-farm/harvest- table-apprenticeship

Connecticut – Deep Hollow Farm hiring Farm Manager

Chester, Connecticut

Organic Farmer

Deep Hollow Farm

We are looking for a friendly and energetic farm manager with a passion for local organic farming.

Deep Hollow Farm was established in 2012 with the following mission: to restore the property at 46 Deep Hollow Rd to a productive organic farm, following sustainable and sound ecological practices.

We have been selling non-certified organic produce at the Chester Sunday Market and elsewhere since 2014. We practice mostly no till growing and crop rotation. Currently we have about one acre of fenced growing area in two nearby plots with overhead irrigation. In the 2016 season we cultivated approximately 3,000 linear feet of raised beds.

With your help, in the next years we will: build a new barn, farm stand and greenhouse; double the area under production; and become certified organic. We would like to participate in Connecticut vocational high schools’ supervised agricultural experience and employ college agricultural students.  We would also like to begin a CSA; sell regularly to restaurants; improve irrigation; and begin mushroom cultivation.

Farmer’s duties:

– Be primary grower and employee, from cover cropping, composting and new bed preparation to growing and harvest

– Maintain/operate equipment

– Manage farm: collaborate with and meet regularly with owners; collaborate on farm plan and marketing; write crop plan; coordinate seed and bulk orders; keep farm records and crop reports; administer payroll; maintain website and Facebook pages; supervise/educate other labor; oversee soil testing as necessary; prepare future growing areas; sell on site and at Chester Sunday Market and other venues

At least two seasons experience in diversified organic vegetable production required.

Other considerations: Owners provide land, equipment, seed, other inputs, workers comp, budget for labor, farm education/conference attendance etc.farmer must like dogs; and be personable with owners, colleagues, neighbors, customers and the public. Market/delivery vehicle could be provided by owners; however farmer operating their own vehicle (with reimbursement for mileage and gas) would be preferred.

Compensation: Based on experience

If interested, please send CV to Andrew Drabkin at ‘andrewdrabkin@gmail.com’