Connecticut – Simpaug Farms hiring Farmers Market Sales & Delivery

Ridgefield, Connecticut

FARMERS MARKET SALES & DELIVERY

COMPANY DESCRIPTION
Simpaug Farms is committed to feeding our communities with clean, high-quality, flavorful food. Our farmers employ sustainable practices that uphold small-farm values and reverence for the land. Our vegetables and fruits are grown naturally, without the use of synthetic pesticides. Our animals are pasture-raised without hormones or antibiotics.

The farm is located on 250 acres of preserved farmland in West Suffield, with the main business office in Ridgefield. All produce sold is grown on our farm. Simpaug Farms has been delivering Connecticut Grown produce to Fairfield and Hartford Counties since 2011. We operate a 200 member CSA with weekly pickup at several Fairfield County locations. Simpaug Farms is a regular vendor at the Fairfield Farmers Market and Ellington Farmers Market. Our produce is favored by some of Connecticut’s best farm-to-table chefs and is featured on restaurant menus across the state.

JOB DESCRIPTION
Our FARMERS MARKET SALES & DELIVERY staff will be based out of the Ridgefield business office, and will be responsible for driving our delivery van from Ridgefield to the farm in West Suffield to pick up and deliver CSA shares, restaurant wholesale orders, and farmers market produce (about 200 miles daily round-trip). They will report directly to the Sales Manager and Operator to coordinate deliveries and other tasks as needed. Strong communication skills are a must. The Driver will also be responsible for setting up the CSA drops for the customers at each location. Strong organization skills and attention to detail is crucial to ensure customer satisfaction and accuracy.
On Saturday and Sunday, we are full-season vendors at farmers markets, which require all sales staff to be on duty. Staff will be responsible for unloading, setting up, creating displays, labeling prices, restocking throughout the market, interacting with customers, answering questions, tracking sales, breaking down stand, and delivering remaining produce to customers.

SCHEDULE
June through October (may be extended to year-round with reduced winter hours)
3-5 days per week, including weekends. Saturday and Sundays are a must in order to staff our Farmers Markets. We are looking for two drivers for this position so work schedules will change week to week giving both drivers a chance to have weekends off.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experienced driver with valid driver’s license and clean driving record (No Exceptions)
  • Available to work scheduled shifts with some flexibility on daily start and end times
  • Available to work all weekends, with limited time-off requests during peak season (Time off must be pre-approved by manager)
  • Fast learner, able to solve problems as they arise with little direction
  • Outgoing and personable attitude
  • Able to learn quickly and prioritize tasks efficiently
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Punctual, reliable, efficient, and able coordinate delivery routes and schedules with sales team.
  • Professional in communication, customer service, and sales
  • Friendly, fun, welcoming, and ready to engage with customers
  • Able to work long shifts 8-10 hours
  • Must maintain professional appearance at all times
  • Enthusiastic about local food and farming, and committed to quality

    COMPENSATION
    $12-15/hour

    TO APPLY
    Send a resume with cover letter to max@simpaugfarms.com
    Use subject line FARMERS MARKET SALES & DELIVERY

Feel free to call about the job as well 203-984-7289

 

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Connecticut – The Coq & Co. hiring Culinary Garden Manager

Stonington, Connecticut

ORGANIC CULINARY GARDEN

THE COQ & CO.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

The Coq & Co. is a unique store that brings together the Kitchen, Market and Garden.  The KITCHEN will produce a daily menu of prepared food that is both beautiful and healthy.  The MARKET will sell everything from olive oils, dried pastas, rice, spices, cheese, honey, crackers, granola jams, mustards, cookies, tartes and breads…  The GARDEN is a culinary garden, which will grow menu specific herbs and greens  for the kitchen in large raised garden beds.   The garden will also  provide self service communal seating for guests, and host private seasonal culinary events.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are looking for someone to manage and and expand our formal culinary gardens for THE COQ &CO;.  Everything we grow will be used in our commercial kitchen.

This is a perfect job for someone who would like to work in a planned formal vegetable garden. The right candidate  must have:

-a strong understanding and interest in organic farming or gardening.

-experience in crop planning

-experience and knowledge in green house and cold frame techniques

-irrigation techniques and development.

-understand the different ways to harvest greens

-understand how to wash, pack and store greens

-is passionate about growing

-is a organized and clean worker

-loves chickens, and has experience taking care of them

This can be a full-time seasonal job or a year round full-time job.

Serious applicants should contact me asap.

COMPENSATION

this position is paid hourly, $15/hr or more

HOW TO APPLY

Email alie@thecoqandco.com

OR In person

Please email Alie Nicholas at alie@thecoqandco.com

Must have references

Connecticut – New Haven Farms hiring Assistant Farm Manager

New Haven, Connecticut

Assistant Farm Manager

2018 Job Description

ABOUT NEW HAVEN FARMS:

New Haven Farms’ nonprofit charitable mission is to promote health and community development through urban agriculture. We transform vacant, contaminated urban land into vibrant and productive organic farms. Our Farm Manager and volunteer corps cultivate seven urban farms, and our harvest is made accessible to low-income families who struggle with chronic diet-related diseases and food insecurity through our Farm Based Wellness Program. Referred by their healthcare provider, program participants receive produce baskets combined with farm education, cooking demonstrations, and nutrition education on a weekly basis. For more information about New Haven Farms, visit newhavenfarms.org.

POSITION SUMMARY:

New Haven Farms seeks an energetic individual, committed to urban food production, to fill the full-time seasonal position of the Assistant Farm Manager.

The Assistant Farm Manager (AFM) will work directly with the Farm Manager to produce high quality organic produce for New Haven Farms, implementing the crop plan on the seven urban gardens collectively managed as one farm. This individual will be responsible for managing the Summer Youth@Work Crew, four New Haven Youth working on the farm for five weeks (July- Early August). Direct farm responsibilities include volunteer and intern management, greenhouse work, transplanting, weeding, bed preparation, harvesting, working with irrigation systems, preparing vegetables for sale and distribution, record keeping, pest management, and assisting with Saturday morning farmer’s markets and volunteer work days. The AFM will be responsible for running a open weekly community work day at the Hill garden site as well as a weekly gardening session at the Connecticut Mental Health Center’s Courtyard Garden.

Responsibilities

Hill Garden – 170 Ward Street

  • Work closely with the Farm Manager to follow the crop plan and create a crop map for the site

  • Serve as the main contact person for the community and the school with regards to this property

  • Plan weekly tasks for the Hill garden, working with the Farm Manager to create a weekly labor and volunteer plan

Fair Haven Gardens & Distribution

  • The AFM will work harvest mornings twice per week (6am start time)

  • Assist with necessary farming tasks in Fair Haven gardens

  • Prepare produce for weekly CSA shares

Saturday Market

  • Work weekly Saturday Markets (market time 9 am – 12 at the 613 Ferry Street garden).

    • Assist Farm Manager with the setup and takedown of the market

    • Manage volunteers during open volunteer time

Youth @ Work (4 member summer youth crew – 25 hours/week  July – Early August)

  • Assist with Youth @ Work hiring and orientation process

  • Work with the Farm Manager to create and follow a weekly work plan

  • Manage Youth@Work team during their 25 hour work week

Administrative and Organizational

  • Track and log sales for Saturday market – specifically SNAP & WIC transactions

  • Attend bi-monthly team meetings

Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) Courtyard Garden

  • Lead weekly informal gardening sessions at the CMHC courtyard Garden with CMHC patients

  • Work with patients weekly as to plant, maintain, explore, and enjoy the courtyard garden space

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1+ years experience working on an organic production farm, preferably an organic vegetable farm

    • Ability to lift 50 lbs

    • Desire to deepen experience in all aspects of small scale urban organic vegetable production

    • Desire to work outside in all weather conditions

    • Reliable transportation, ability to drive a manual transmission (or committment to learn)

    • Experience working in greenhouses for seedling and tomato production

  • Demonstrated management experience

    • Ability to supervise volunteers, youth, and lead volunteer work days

    • Experience in taking independent initiative and working either independently or with small volunteer groups to ensure the day’s tasks are completed efficiently

  • Strong leadership and communication skills

    • Commitment to food access issues and the mission of New Haven Farms

    • Ability to communicate effectively the mission and core program activities to farm visitors, funders, board members and community residents

    • Ability to supervise and effectively engage with teenagers in a Farm setting

  • Strong work ethic

    • Very detail oriented

    • Ability to work independently

    • Punctual, energetic, and self aware

    • Great sense of humor

    • Flexibility to work early harvest mornings, and Saturday mornings. Tentative schedule Tuesday-Saturday

    • Demonstrated skill in multi-tasking and flexibility to balance multiple demands at different farm sites in order to meet production and programming objectives

  • Experience and passion for working with urban youth

  • Confidence, comfort and experience with diverse communities in low income neighborhoods

  • Patience and compassion working with individuals of all levels of ability in a garden setting

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Fluency in Spanish

  • Community development experience

  • Garden Education experience

  • Experience delivering hands on “therapeutic gardening” classes

Compensation

Hourly employee, rate commensurate with experience, 35-40 hours per week total of 30 Weeks (depending on actual start date) April-November. Latest start date May 1, preferred start date April 23. Hours will be 20 for first week or two depending on start date, and 20 hours for the last three weeks of the season. Full time, 35- 40 hours per week May 15- September 30. A maximum of 1,200 hours for the season. Overtime is not available for this position. There are no employment benefits associated with this position, though produce will be plentiful and available for the AFM to bring home. Workers compensation insurance is fully covered by New Haven Farms. The part-time employee is not entitled to any paid holidays. Mileage reimbursement at $0.54 per mile incurred on personal vehicle.

While the work tapers in the Winter, we are looking to recruit an individual who is interested in staying on for multiple seasons with the potential to stay on year round. Our organization is growing and we are looking for the right person to grow into the position as we expand.


Please send a cover letter and resume to Anna Grace Barry at Anna@newhavenfarms.org   Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; position open until filled.

Connecticut – Evergreen Berry Farm hiring Summer Staff

Watertown, Connecticut

Evergreen Berry Farm, LLC Hiring 2018 Summer Staff

Evergreen Berry Farm, LLC is a small pick-your-own berry farm that was established in 1979 through the dedication and hard work of Bob and Cathee Alex. Located on 27 acres of secluded field, forest, and pond, the farm is a tradition for locals and a stop for travelers seeking the bounties and tranquility of the field.  We manage the farm organically with a focus on soil biology and nutrition, building biodiversity, and holistic land care. Currently we are a CT Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Pledge Farm.

We are currently hiring for our summer 2018 staff (Harvesters, Field Hands, Greeters, Kitchen Staff, 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 – Common Ground hiring Urban Farm Interns

New Haven, Connecticut

Now Accepting Applications for our Urban Farming Internship, 2018 Season

Common Ground is home to a charter high school and a non-profit urban farm and environmental education center. The site includes 20 acres of forested hiking trails, wildlife and diverse natural habitats, and a working farm that includes production and education gardens and a variety of farm animals. Common Ground’s mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, young people, and adults.

Working on the One-Acre Urban Farm

Common Ground (CG) grows nearly 10,000 lbs of fresh produce annually, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. We also raise broiler and laying hens, ducks, sheep and a goat. Farm products go to our Cafeteria, onsite farm stand, Spring and Fall CG Family CSA, the CG/Cityseed Mobile Market, and local restaurants. Farm work will be done with the Farm Director and Assistant Farm Manager, caring for the farm through the growing season. You will gain experience in all aspects of planting, growing, and maintaining a diversified sustainable vegetable operation, and small scale livestock management. Specific farm tasks may include planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, preparing for market, maintaining irrigation, keeping crop records, caring for farm animals and a variety of other tasks.

Several summer programs for children ages 4 – 18 take place on the farm. Apprentices do not have daily responsibilities for working with these programs, but must be mature and a good role model for all children on the farm. Apprentices may sometimes work with small groups of teenagers who are employed by Common Ground. Interns may also run an on-site farm stand and assist with additional markets and farm events as needed.  Depending on the interest and skills of the intern, there may be opportunities to help with off-site mobile farm stands and/or help host weekend educational events on the farm.

Skills and Experience

  • An interest in food security/food justice, urban agriculture and the local food economy.
  • Willingness and ability to work hard, physically in all weather. Previous garden experience is not necessary.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with people of all ages and a good sense of humor.
  • Ability to learn, to ask questions, and also take initiative, to work both with and without direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated commitment, reliability, punctuality, and responsible behavior at previous jobs.
  • Maturity, and the willingness to be a positive role-model to young people working on the farm.
  • 18 years or older

Apprenticeship Logistics and Details

Seasonal availability and duration:

  • There are two apprenticeship spots available from the end of May-Mid August.
  • There is one apprenticeship spot available from the end of May through November.
  • Hours will be around 20 per week.

Compensation: Apprentices receive compensation based on minimum wage, a share of the harvest, farm field trips and other learning opportunities.

Housing: Housing is not provided.

Transportation: Parking is available on-site, as are bicycle racks. We have a bus-stop on site (take the B1 bus from the New Haven Green), and we are walking distance from New Haven’s Westville neighborhood.

To Apply: Send a cover letter addressing your interest in this position and your resume by May 1st, 2018. Send to the Farm Manager at deborah.greig@commongroundct.org or mail to Attn: Farm Manager, 358 Springside Ave. New Haven CT 06515. Questions? Call 203.389.4333 ext. 1217

Connecticut – Anderson Acres Farm hiring Flower Farm Field Crew

Kent, Connecticut

Connecticut – Flower Farm Field Crew

OUTDOOR, SPRING AND SUMMER WORK WITH FRESH CUT FLOWERS:

FIELD CREW OPPORTUNITY AT ANDERSON ACRES FARM IN KENT, CT

Crew work at Anderson Acres Farm is for the tough, diligent, and creative. We are looking for like-minded people to jump in for the summer on a full or part time basis. If you enjoy working with your hands, getting out into the sun and soil, and learning about how to grow fresh, beautiful flowers, then this could be a great fit for you. Join our small team and work on a lovely 200-acre property just behind Lake Waramaug where we produce specialty cut flowers.

Daily duties can include but are not limited to: seeding, planting, pruning, weeding, bed prep, flower harvest, bouquet packaging, and deliveries. We are especially in need of folks who are interested in and/or have experience working with flowers or vegetables. If you enjoy plants and have a flair for design, we want you on our team!

Requirements:

Previous work experience, trade or farm background preferred

A good work ethic and positive attitude

Comfortable working around dogs, cats, and chickens

Means of transportation and valid driver’s license

Ability to repeatedly lift 50lbs and general physical stamina

Compensation is $12-14/hr, depending on experience, as well as plenty of flowers, vegetables, and eggs to take home. We are currently looking for someone who could work 20-25 hours/week starting in late April. Learn more about the farm at andersonacresfarm.com. Please send a cover letter and resume to kat@andersonacresfarm.com.

Connecticut – Devon Point Farm hiring Farm Intern

Woodstock, Connecticut

FARM INTERN at Organic Farm in Woodstock, CT

(housing and stipend provided)

Devon Point Farm, Woodstock, CT a ‘beyond organic’ Vegetable CSA & grass fed beef operation has positions open for interns in SUMMER (May-August) and FALL (August-November)

Our apprentice program includes housing, stipend and teaches all “behind-the-scenes” aspects of running profitable & sustainable farm business including farm bookkeeping, financial planning & management, grant writing, & the holistic approach animal and crop production planning. Cattle herd management, breeding philosophy, grassfed beef production, marketing and processing. All aspects of CSA business management, organic vegetable & flower farm operations, field crop planning, equipment, etc. To Apply:  See full position description at: www.devonpointfarm.com. Apply via email: devonpointfarm @gmail.com with cover letter, resume, & photo.