Maine – Clovercrest Farm hiring Full-Time Employee

Charleston, Maine

Clovercrest Farm is a MOFGA-Certified organic dairy located in Charleston, ME. Our pastures, hay, and crop land span 500 acres. We milk 90 Jerseys and sell to Organic Valley. We use rotational grazing and feed a low-grain ration. If you have a strong work ethic, interest in grass-based dairying, and experience with equipment operation please consider applying for the position.

Timeframe:  We are seeking to hire a full-time year-round employee for a minimum of two years. We are Master Graziers through the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program and can offer DGA mentoring. Please see the DGA website for more information.

Work description:

  • Milking and dairy barn chores
  • Management of our rotational grazing program
  • Management of our winter feed program
  • Equipment operation- bucket loader, TMR mixing wagon, bale spear, in-line baleage wrapper, sickle bar mower, disc mower, manure spreader

Hours:  40-50 hours per week. Longer hours during forage season.

Compensation:  Hourly pay is commensurate with capability level.   Housing may be available.

Qualifications:

  • Livestock experience preferred
  • Equipment aptitude
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Attention to detail
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work independently and offer leadership

How to apply:

No phone calls, please.  We are accepting applications until the position is filled. Please e-mail  sjheyckme@gmail.com with a letter introducing yourself and your interests and capabilities. A job application will be required as well.

 

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Vermont – Cate Hill Orchard hiring Farm Interns

Greensboro, Vermont.

Cate Hill Orchard, a sheep dairy and organic apple orchard, is seeking two farm interns for our upcoming busy fall season.

Apple Picker/Shepherd/Farm Helper, August 15-October 15 2017, starting stipend $150/week plus room and board,  Join our fall crew!  Main job will be picking and sorting apples, but you will also help out with sheep chores (milking, pasture work, rotational grazing); vegetable garden and harvest; berry picking; cider making; farmers markets; wood stacking; honey extracting; and more.     Located in the beautiful and remote Northeast Kingdom, we are a small, diverse permaculture/organic family farm, with a 5 acre apple orchard; a small sheep dairy; and an apiary .  40 hours a week.    Housing is a bedroom in our farmhouse, possibly to be shared with another farm worker.  Most meals will be prepared and eaten together.  Heavy lifting required– a bushel of apples weighs about 40 lbs.

To apply, please send a letter of interest ASAP to: maria@catehillorchard.com.  For more info on our farm, and more detailed job description, see our website catehillorchard.com.  Thanks!

Vermont – Kiss the Cow Farm hiring Organic Farm/Ice Cream Apprentice

Barnard, Vermont

Job Title: Organic Farm/Ice Cream Apprentice

Internship Starts: 07-01-2017
Internship Ends: 11-01-2017
Number of Interns: 2
General Description: Kiss the Cow Farm is an organic, grass-based dairy selling farmstead ice cream and raw milk from our small herd of Jersey cows. We also raise and sell pastured eggs, broilers, ducks, and turkeys. In our spare time we make several hundred round bales every summer.

Skills Desired: You need to have a positive-can-do attitude, be self-motivated, hard-working, inquisitive, and a good communicator. If you have the courage to try things and you smile at bad jokes in spite of yourself, then you will probably fit in. This is a learning experience: you need to want to learn. You will need to be reasonably fit and able to lift 50 lbs regularly. You should also be able to work outside in all weather conditions from rain to mid-summer heat. Please no smoking, drug use, excessive alcohol consumption, or pets. A valid drivers’s license is required.

Educational Opportunities: Days are physically demanding with hard work and long hours filled with chores, projects, customers and laughter! We take plenty of breaks, chatting, reading, and catching some vitamin D sunrays. Our standards are high and necessarily so as we are entrusting you to prepare dairy and poultry products for safe human consumption. Please consider this commitment before applying. However, we find the work enjoyable, lots of interesting folks to chat with, tons of things to laugh and giggle about, and very entertaining and often cute animals to distract us. This is really your experience, not ours. While working closely with us some of the time, you will also have independent responsibilities. So let us know what you want to learn, what you want to be able to competently do when you move on. We’ll try to incorporate your goals into the experience you have with us.

We share a 500 acre, historic farm with other ag enterprises (veggies, beef cows, hard cider). Crews from all the farms share a weekly lunch together. Lots of farming activity and other younger and older, like-minded people to interact with. Near Silver Lake State Park and lots of hiking trails. And we co-host a weekly farmers’ market with local vendors, awesome bands, tacos, hard cider, kombucha & ice cream for a few hundred people. It’s a very cool time. This is a typical, rural Vermont experience. Life’s great here. Come experience it yourself!

Housing: There are bedrooms upstairs in the farm house. Or you could choose to live in your tent anywhere on the surrounding several hundred acres of woodland and eat what you can forage, but hey, it’s your choice! We’ve also retrofitted the sugar house into a 1-2 person residence.

Meals: As for room & board, well basically you become a member of the farmily! You have your own fully equipped, outside kitchen, dining area and shower. Basic ingredients as well as veggies & diary are provided, as is a weekly food allowance. Laundry, another shower and kitchen are also available in the main house. While not vegetarians ourselves, we love veggies and there are plenty in the summer and fall!

Stipend: Absolutely! Plus room & board. Plus unending learning opportunities from professional educators. Plus responsibility & practice so you can confidently do this on your own which is, of course, the whole point of an internship….

Internship Details: This is an immersion experience. You will be part of a small, (currently) all-woman team making decisions and managing the farm on a day-to-day basis. You will experience first-hand what it takes to run a diverse, organic farm. Apprenticeships are not easy as the hours are long and the work is physical. However, there is no better way to learn the craft of small-scale agriculture than to roll up your sleeves and do it. The primary goal of our apprenticeship program is to teach you what you need to know and give you plenty of practice and the confidence to pursue your own farm dream.

Our internships focus on three areas, dairy herd management, pastured poultry management and ice cream making. Depending on your interest, you may focus on one area, but will still be involved in all aspects of managing a small, grass-based farm, including: milking, feeding, moving animals to new pastures, the installation and maintenance of fence and water systems, calf care, herd health and nutrition, safety, dairy protocols and processes. You’ll be raising poultry from day-old chicks, feeding, watering, moving field pens, tracking batches, processing, packaging, and delivering to customers. You will not only learn to make ice cream, but help us create the processes for this new adventure. You will participate at farmers markets and enterprise brainstorming, assist with marketing, cleaning, repairs, maintenance, and construction projects.

About the Hosts: Both Lisa and Randy are educators with master’s degrees in education. Most learning is experiential and one-on-one, plus what topics and questions come out of dairy conversations. We typically teach by example.

Our farm journey is still a surprise to us. It all started years ago with 6 chickens. We’ve now 450 layer hens, several hundred meat birds, and a dozen or so cows. So basically, it’s out of control! Thank God we love this life, the land, our animals and friends. Why do we do this? Easy peasy: we want to grow good food for our friends and neighbors, teach something meaningful to others, and leave things in better shape than when we found them.

Contact Info: Email –  kissthecowfarm@gmail.com

Phone – 802-763-3921

Web – www.kissthecowfarm.com

New Hampshire – Brookford Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Canterbury, New Hampshire
General Livestock Assistant

Brookford Farm is a large, diversified operation nestled along the banks of the Merrimack River in central New Hampshire, a short drive north of Concord. The farm acquired this 650-acre plot and moved from a leased location four years ago. We grow about 40 acres of certified organic vegetables, raise pastured layers, broilers, and hogs, and rotationally graze our dairy and beef animals. The dairy cows’ diet is supplemented with organic grain, but we feed no soy, corn, or corn silage. Our milk is all bottled raw or turned into various cultured products right here on the farm, and moved through our 300 member year-round CSA, farmers markets, and local groceries and restaurants.

The General Livestock Assistant would be expected to milk 6 shifts per week, feed out bales and bed down barns through the winter, monitor herd and calf health, set up and move temporary fencing during the grazing season, and assist with construction projects. There will also be a fair amount of work with the chickens: moving them on pasture, feeding and collecting eggs. Those with tractor experience (preferred) may expect to help with mucking out, turning compost, cropping, and haying. Once settled in, the candidate will be expected to anticipate and execute tasks on their own or with the livestock team.

Previous animal husbandry experience is required, and dairy experience is preferred, but not absolutely necessary. We are looking for patient individuals who are committed to low-stress livestock handling. The ideal candidate would be observant and organized, possess strong communication skills and a positive attitude, and be proactive and hardworking. Must be capable of lifting 50lb bags multiple times a day and working through inclement weather.

Compensation based on experience. Please send a resume, two references, and a brief letter of interest to brookfordfarm@gmail.com. If you are interested in a different type of position on the farm, or have a partner who would also be looking for employment, contact for availability.

Vegetable Field Crew
We manage ~35 acres of organic vegetables for distribution to a 200+ member CSA, wholesale markets and restaurants, and farmers markets. We are one department on a ‘full diet’ 650 acre diverse organic farm, and with a myriad of native tongues among our staff including French, Swahili, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, German, and Californian, our farm proudly reflects the strength of cultural and agricultural diversity.

Our work requires passion, precision, speed, and great stamina. Much of our crew will log 55+ rigorous hours in 5 days and then head off to hike, ride bikes, or build houses in their time off.

Successful candidates will have experience or a strong interest in agriculture/local food, and a proven work history in physically demanding positions. Special consideration will be given to those with pertinent advanced education and/or a career mindset. Experience operating tractors or other large machinery is always a plus.

Management/leadership roles will become available towards the beginning of next season, and as we always prefer to promote from within, we’d really like to see strong retained employees move into those vacancies. Pay is commensurate with experience and performance. Interested candidates should contact brookfordfarm@gmail.com.

New Jersey – Valley Shepherd Creamery hiring Farm Manger, Dairy

Long Valley, New Jersey

LOCATION: Valley Shepherd creamery, located in Long valley , NJ . milking hundreds of sheep and goats and making over 30 types of artisan, cave aged cheeses.

Located on 120 acres in northwwest NJ, the farm markets mostly through farmer markets but also via wholesale to chefs and via its own retail locations.

For details see www.valleyshepherd.com  and www.meltkraft.com

 Job Title:  Farm Manager, dairy.

Status: Full-Time. April start.

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 with housing allowance; commensurate with experience.

Duties: The Farm Manager reports directly to the Farm owner and is responsible for all aspects of supporting farm enterprises. Farm manager is responsible for entire operation including onsite employees.

Hours can be irregular to accommodate agricultural needs.

Current farm operations include:

  • Milking 400-500 dairy sheep and 150 dairy goats. Breeding, vaccinating and normal year round animal mgmt.
  • Lamb/kid birthing, vaccinating and management.
  • Tour guiding during shearing and milking season.
  • Managing three onsite full time farm workers
  • All farm equipment/repairs. No cheese making involvement needed.

Qualifications:

  • Experience raising and caring for all manner of livestock
  • Basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical experience.
  • Strength to lift 50+ pounds and handle large animals
  • Excellent communicator and enjoys interacting with public
  • Basic computer technology skills

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and a resume to Eran:    ew@quil.com

 

New Hampshire – Brookford Farm hiring Sales and Distribution Assistant

Canterbury, New Hampshire

Sales and Distribution Assistant 

compensation: hourly+ commission
employment type: full-time

Brookford Farm is seeking a full time Regional Sales Associate who has a passion for local organic food, and the sales skills needed to grow sales in New Hampshire and southern New England.

Brookford Farm is in persistent pursuit of a high quality, diversified product line to match its grass based diversified organic farm:

-Dairy–yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, milk, butter, quark
-Cheese–Raw Cheddar, Raw Blue, Camembert, Brie, Feta
-Meats–Grass Fed Beef and Veal, Pasture Raised Pork and Chicken
-Flour–Bread and Pastry Flour (farm grown wheat)
-Organic Vegetables–Year round supply, seasonal variations

Sales and Distribution Assistant Responsibilities:

-Maintain and grow existing accounts while searching on route for new accounts.
-Manage drivers and routes for profitability.
-Schedule truck routes, truck maintenance, and truck sanitation.

Requirements:
-Have at least two years prior sales experience, preferably in southern New England and New Hampshire.
-Be self-motivated, highly organized and quick to solve problems.
-Be dynamic with customers, excellent communication skills.
-Be located in New Hampshire, preferably central.
-Have a valid drivers license and reliable transportation.
-Have a passion for grass-based farming and for strengthening regional food systems.

Please email brookfordfarm@gmail.com resume and cover letter explaining why you want to work for our company. We will contact you for a list of references.

Massachusetts – Cricket Creek hiring Head Cheese Maker

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Applications accepting on a rolling basis.  Start date: ASAP

We are looking for a head cheese maker at Cricket Creek Farm to work with the creamery manager and apprentices to make our several award winning cheeses.  

Cricket Creek Farm is a small grass-based dairy in Western Massachusetts. We make several award-winning cheeses from the milk of our herd of Brown Swiss and Jersey cows (currently milking about 25 cows). In addition to the cheese, we sell raw milk from our farm store. We also raise pigs and beef, and have an on-farm bakery. We make all our own hay for our cows that we feed out during the winter.

The head cheese maker must have experience making a variety of hard and soft cheeses, and experience in sanitation and maintenance of a creamery.  Work includes involvement in all aspects of running our farmstead creamery.

Job Description

  1. Overseeing the production of all the cheeses in our current repertoire (8 cheeses).
  2. Taking the lead on enforcing the maintenance and sanitation protocols.  This includes all equipment maintenance in the creamery.
  3. Teaching apprentices all facets of cheese making, both informally (during the work day) and also during “cheese school” on occasional afternoons.
  4. Troubleshoot recipes/inconsistencies with the products as needed and help apprentices refine their practices and work out problems with the cheeses as appropriate.
  5. Maintaining all required records, inventories, recipes, and data collected.
  6. Enforcing schedules, bringing an upbeat and positive attitude, being a leader on the farm.  We expect the person in this position to always be on time, always stick to a tight schedule, keep other people on track, and bring positive energy and enthusiasm to work every day.

We are located in Williamstown, MA – a small college town in the northern Berkshires. Williamstown has a great independent movie theater, the Clark Art museum, a wonderful theater festival in the summertime and several great restaurants. We are surrounded by preserved land with many hiking trails. Nearby is Mass MOCA, Tanglewood, and many lovely small towns. Williamstown is 3 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC.

Compensation: We provide a modest salary, some food, and possibly housing (to be determined).

Communication: Communication is of paramount importance here. We strive to create a work environment that is comfortable, open, clear, and honest for everyone. Every week we have a staff meeting, during which everyone sits down together to review the week and any upcoming news. During this meeting everyone shares personal highlights and difficulties of the previous week. It is also an opportunity to openly discuss any farm happenings.

Length of commitment: We are looking for at least a 2-year commitment, but ideally seeking a candidate that is interested in a long-term position.

Application process and timeline: We are hiring on a rolling basis. We highly encourage a visit from any serious applicant. We do have space available to house an applicant overnight, and a 2 to 3-day visit is ideal. Working and spending some time together will help let us determine whether you will be a good fit for the farm, and will help give you a better sense of us.

The first step is to answer the questions below and send us the responses along with a current resume, cover letter, and 3 references.  Reference letters are not required, but are helpful.  Based on the responses, we will contact you to set up a phone interview and potentially a visit.  Please send all application materials to info@cricketcreekfarm.com or call (413) 458-5888 if you have questions. Continue reading