New Milford, Connecticut
Fort Hill Farm is a 20-acre farm in the hills of northwestern Connecticut producing certified organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Our markets include a 300 share CSA, three farmers markets, and wholesale accounts. The farm is leased from Sunny Valley Preserve, a project of The Nature Conservancy, which consists of nine farms and bordering woodlands. The farm cultivates about 12 acres of vegetable and cover crops. In addition, we have four greenhouses and a large high tunnel for production of transplants and in-soil tomato production. The farm is certified organic, and uses a broad range of biological farming approaches, such as extensive use of cover crops and on-farm composting. We use machinery for most tillage and many planting, cultivating, and harvesting operations and train apprentices in the use of this equipment. The farm is located near town, with quick access to many great hiking and canoeing opportunities in northwestern Connecticut.
Three full-season apprenticeships are available at the farm each growing season, from the last Monday in March through the Friday before Thanksgiving. Winter work is often available. Applications are accepted year round, fall is a great time to apply. Apprentices participate in all aspects of crop production, including planting, cultivating, harvesting, market sales, and CSA distribution. Practical training in organic crop and overall farm management is offered, as well as training in tractor operation and maintenance. Our goal is to give apprentices the opportunity to learn the skills they will need to manage their own farm. In addition, Fort Hill Farm is a member of CRAFT of Western Connecticut. Apprentices will have the opportunity for monthly visits to area farms to tour the farm and hear about that farmer’s area of expertise (see https://westernctcraft.weebly.com for more info).
Apprentices who complete a growing season at Fort Hill Farm may apply for a Grower position on the farm for a second season. Growers take on higher-level farm management tasks such as managing work crews, harvests, greenhouse production, and farmers markets, as well as more skilled farm operations, such as seeding and spraying.
Previous farm experience is helpful but not essential. We suggest applicants work or volunteer on a production farm for at least one month before applying for a full-season apprenticeship, preferably over the summer months. The position requires a desire and ability to do outdoor, physical work in all kinds of weather, a sincere interest in farming, and a drive to learn more about it.
Work schedule varies over the season, generally five and a half days a week, 45 to 50 hours per week in peak season. Work weeks are shorter in early spring and late fall.
Apprentices are paid an hourly wage of $10.50 per hour for farm labor and on the job training. We pay overtime for hours worked over 40 per week. Craft visits and other on-farm educational opportunities are not paid. Apprentices can choose to live next door to the farm at an affordable rent, or search for their own housing. Apprentices completing the full season earn a minimum $500 year-end bonus.
To apply, please send a resume and a letter of intent to Paul Bucciaglia and Rebecca Batchie, Fort Hill Farm, 18 Fort Hill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
POSITION: Wakeman Town Farm Director
- $ 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
Westport Town Hall
110 Myrtle Avenue Room 208
Westport, CT 06880
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
PLEASE POST THROUGH JUNE 10, 2017
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 email@example.com regarding further details on the available positions and an application.
West Suffield, Connecticut
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.
- 40-50 hours/week
- Monday-Friday, 7am to 3-5pm
- 30-minute lunch break
- Occasional weekends
Starting at $10.10/hour
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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