Massachusetts – Land’s Sake hiring Education Coordinator

Weston, Massachusetts

Part-time Education Coordinator

Start date: Late January 2017

Land’s Sake Inc., an educational community farm and land stewardship organization located in Weston, Massachusetts, is seeking  a part-time Education Coordinator from the last week of January to the first week of November. The position has a flexible schedule with 10-35 hours each week, with seven weeks of full time work in the summer.

Working closely with the Education Manager, the Education Coordinator will be responsible for teaching farm-based education programs for schools, after-school programs, events, sugaring tours, family programs, and summer programs. The coordinator will also lead outreach programs and assist with program development and marketing. The Education Coordinator will work on all components of Land’s Sake’s educational programming with a flexible schedule depending on the tasks required at any given time.

The coordinator will take a leadership role of the summer Green Power program. Green Power is a local food immersion program and includes time spent working on the farm and community service field trips with local food organizations. The coordinator/Green Power program leader will be in charge of up to 12 middle school youth for week-long, full day programs. Activities include teaching youth about the farm, and creating a meal made with local ingredients.  The coordinator will set and design the Green Power schedule and curriculum as well as manage program logistics.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, organized, great with teaching a large range of ages, and a team player. Previous farm or professional garden experience is a must as well as comfort working around a variety of animals including chickens, rabbits, sheep, and goats. Other helpful skills include experience working with InDesign, carpentry skills, artistic ability, etc.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead field trips, after school programs, volunteering days, and farm tours throughout the year
  • Oversight of Summer Green Power program including coordinating program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations, Land’s Sake staff and Supervision of Green Power staff, i.e. high school and college age Junior Counselors and Program Assistants
  • Assist with management of the Junior Farmer Field and Children’s Garden
  • Coordinate and lead outreach efforts
  • Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
  • Assist with overall development of the Education Branch and Land’s Sake programs
  • Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications:

  • College degree in horticulture, farming, environmental science, environmental education, etc required or related field highly desired
  • Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
  • Experience in a leadership role at a camp, after school program, or other youth program
  • At least one full season’s experience of farm work or experience in garden planning/management
  • The ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass CORI check
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification (or willingness to get)
  • Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc
  • Knowledge of second language a plus
  • Flexibility to work occasional nights and weekends
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary: $15/hour
  • Professional development opportunities including trainings in areas of job
    related interests
  • Partial Healthcare reimbursement
  • Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to education@landssake.org to apply.  Preference will be given to those candidates who can start ASAP.

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New Hampshire – Fat Peach Farm seeking Tenant Farmer

Madbury, New Hampshire

Small farmstead seeking experienced tenant farmer

Land owners seeking an experienced tenant farmer to farm existing organically managed farmstead. Unique opportunity to grow on roughly one half acre of permanent raised beds with excellent, well-drained soil; drip irrigation; very low weed pressure; geodesic dome greenhouse for starting seedlings; farm equipment and storage on site; and potential to expand production area, including constructing a hoop house. Many local market opportunities with restaurants, cafes, and juice bars, as well as farmers’ markets are within a 10-mile radius of farm location.

Potential opportunity to help start and manage events (e.g., weddings) on site for supplemental income.

Please send a letter of interest, describing your farming experience along with three references who can speak to your farm skills and expertise. Visit our website www.FatPeach.weebly.com for more information about the farmstead. Experienced farmers only please.

Contact Jennifer and Micum at FatPeachFarmers@gmail.com.

Second Nature Farm hiring Farm Crew Members

Norton, Massachusetts

Second Nature Farm has 2 farm-crew positions open for the 2016 season.

We are a 3.5 acre diversified vegetable and fruit farm in Norton, MA (40 min south of Boston, 20 min East of Providence) and all our produce is Certified Naturally Grown (naturallygrown.org). We grow over 50 different types of colorful vegetables and aim to grow the best quality produce as possible.

Each year our crew members learn a number of valuable practices, amongst which include:
– extending the growing season with low-cost tunnels
– intercropping vegetables to maximize yields/acre
– marketing strategies for CSA and farmers’ markets
– the nuts/bolts of running a successful farm on leased land

Our farm seeks motivated individuals with a strong desire to learn how to grow vegetables and ideally become farmers themselves. Applicants should pride themselves in efficiency, attention to details, daily improvement, and teamwork.

Responsibilities:  
–       Plant, irrigate, weed, harvest, wash, and market our vegetables
–       Help at one of our Saturday farmers’ markets

Requirements:
–       No experience required, just the strong desire to immerse yourself in growing vegetables!
–       Reliable transportation

For more information about the farm, you can visit secondnaturefarm.com
If interested in a position, please email me at adam@secondnaturefarm.com and attach a resume and cover letter to the email.

Red Fire Farm hiring Farmer

Granby, Massachusetts

Red Fire Farm, a leader in organic farming with more than 100 acres in cultivation, seeks an experienced farmer to lead production at our Granby property.

Our production manager is responsible for all aspects of tractor work, record keeping, detailed vegetable cultivation, training of junior tractor operators and general staff management in Granby, where we have a diversity of crops growing on roughly 50 acres.

We need a person who is motivated by responsibility as well as by the pace, pressure and vagaries of farming in New England. Perspective and a good sense of humor are preferred. Charisma is helpful.

At Red Fire, we grow for several markets — CSA, wholesale, retail — and we grow pretty much every crop that can survive in this climate. We are dedicated to producing a high-quality product and the success of that begins with good cultivation.

Candidates should have:

  • At least five years experience farming;
  • At least two years in a management position on a farm;
  • Previous experience on a large (30-40 acre) mixed vegetable farm;
  • Experience with a variety of tractors and implements.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills;

In this role, you’ll be in charge of developing and overseeing daily production tasks for crews. It will also be up to you to give feedback to tractor operators and crew leaders. This position is part of the core leadership, you’ll be required to attend monthly managers meetings and work with the leadership team to create a positive, supportive culture for everyone who works on the farm.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Help assess staffing needs and hours through the season
  • Keep all production records (inputs, actuals, etc.) up to date and organized
  • Manage scheduling of and participate in irrigation and frost protection
  • Manage spraying schedule and communication with operators and other departments for safety
  • Keep inventory of production supplies
  • Coordinate machinery maintenance and repair with farm owner and farm mechanic
  • Oversee upkeep of greenhouses and tunnels, and care for plants inside.

The compensation package includes a competitive hourly rate or possibility for salary, if preferred; paid time off; bonus; cell phone reimbursement; year-round access to our vegetables.

Please detail previous machinery experience, including crops and methods, in your application. Housing may be available as well. Please indicate if you’re interested! Send a resume and letter of interest to jobs@redfirefarm.com.

East End Farm hiring Apprentices

Long Island, New York

East End Farm Apprenticeships:

Apply now to be a farm apprentice on the East End of Long Island. AFI connects individuals who are interested in working on an East End farm with farmers who want to share their expertise. We work with a range of small, sustainable farms, each with different business models and varying educational programs. Most farms provide housing, fresh produce, and a stipend, while apprentices receive intensive, hands-on training.  An East End farm apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain experience in:

  • Mixed vegetable, herbs, and cut flower production
  • Greenhouse production
  • Marketing and other business management skills
  • Educating and interacting with community members at CSA pick-ups, farmers markets, and more.
  • Opportunities to network within the farm community and deepen your educational experience through AFI’s CRAFT program

AFI’s apprentice service offers the opportunity to apply to multiple farms through one application. Go to http://www.amagansettfoodinstitute.org/programs/apprentice-matching to learn more and apply.

Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems hiring Assistant Farm Garden Manager

Santa Cruz, California

Job Available at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) in the UCSC Farm Garden

An assistant farm garden manager position is now available at the UCSC/CASFS Farm. This is a full-time position; see the details below.

To apply, go to the UCSC Employment website, www.ucsc.edu/about/employment.html

Click on the Staff Employment link, then click on the Search Postings link (in the upper left-hand bar) and enter the job #1505965

Please note that the Initial Review Date is October 25, 2015.

Summary Statement Under the direct supervision of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) Farm Garden Manager, The Assistant Manager will perform tasks and assist in the management of the daily operations of the CASFS Farm Garden and greenhouses, acting independently, as part of a team and leading student audiences. The Assistant Manager will also use their experience as a grower and mentor to support the instruction of apprentices, advanced apprentices and undergraduates, with a focus on building agricultural skills and the capacity of participants to work with others to create more equity in the U.S. and global food systems.
Qualifications / Competencies A Certificate in Ecological Horticulture or equivalent work experience.
Broad foundation of knowledge and experience related to organic soil fertility management, crop production and the associated skills of irrigation delivery, weed management, pest and disease management, harvest and post harvest handling of vegetables, small fruits and cut flowers.
Knowledge of organic propagation methods, and experience growing crops from seed, cuttings and divisions, as well as the greenhouse management skills to optimize plant health and productivity.
Experience leading activities and mentoring in an applied agricultural setting, and the ability to employ a range of methods to assist learners from diverse backgrounds.
Interpersonal and communication skills to respectfully and effectively interact with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
Ability to take direction, and work both independently and as part of a team to meet the needs of a complex production and education environment.
Demonstrates ongoing initiative, and a strong desire to continue growing as a lifelong learner so as to share new skills and capacities with many audiences.
Embodies values that create and maintain a welcoming environment, and demonstrates respect for diversity and difference.
Preferred Qualifications / Competencies Demonstrated experience working for equity and justice in the food system and the desire to facilitate conversations that engage learners to think about their role in changing the food system.
Experience with season extension techniques, resource conservation, direct market sales, and the desire to improve production efficiencies, with the goal of increasing sales revenue.
Experience with organic certification standards and associated record keeping to maintain compliance with USDA NOP standards.
Experience using a front-end loader, tractor mounted forklifts, mowing, and operating small engine equipment such as weed whackers and BCS walking tractors, as well as light carpentry skills.
Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish or another language in addition to English.

Granor Farm hiring Farm Manager

Three Oaks, Michigan

Granor Farm is seeking a dynamic, out-going individual to operate our organic family farm. The qualified candidate will have strong farming experience with the capacity to expand operations, revenue and programming.

Located in Three Oaks, Michigan (90 miles from Chicago) on 28 acres, Granor Farm grows organic vegetables, grains and limited fruits. Granor Farm was founded eight years ago and currently includes two modern barns, one with a large two-bedroom seasonal sleeping loft, a green house, two hoop houses and a two-bedroom home. We are certified under the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program and Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (USDA organic certification).

The Farm Manager (full-time) directs and participates in all aspects of the farm’s planning, operations (greenhouse, seedlings, planting, harvesting, selling), marketing and programming.  Duties and responsibilities for general operations include preparing the annual budget and crop/field plan, seed ordering, irrigation planning and implementation, soil building, maintaining organic certification, recruiting and supervising seasonal staff, interns and volunteers, insect and weed control, operating and maintaining tractors, implements and equipment, and creating a welcoming, healthy and educational environment (which include maintaining the landscaping and cleanliness of the farm house and all buildings and vehicles).  The farm’s marketing and educational responsibilities include managing an existing CSA program, developing and disseminating farm-related content, speaking to public groups visiting the farm, promoting farm dinners and other events and working with existing summer camp teachers and counselors.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and will include enrollment in Blue Cross Blue Shield HSA medical plans.  Revenue sharing, annual bonus, housing and vehicle may also be included.

A qualified candidate will be outgoing and energetic with excellent writing and communication skills and possess a working knowledge of agricultural practices and farm management.  A solid work ethic with the ability to operate independently, outdoors in all conditions and for long hours (seasonal) with a passion for organic farming, the local food movement, and cooking/eating seasonally will be required.  The ability to prepare field and harvest schedules, maintain accurate and organized records and some basic carpentry skills are important qualifications.  A commitment to becoming an active member of the local community will be essential.

A Bachelors Degree in environmental sciences, agriculture, entomology, biology or related fields is preferred along with 3-5 years of farming experience, especially with vegetables and grains.  A valid driver’s license and the ability to regularly lift 50 lbs. are required.  Experience in marketing, education and community outreach and ability to speak some Spanish will be considered valuable.

Images: http://www.wkarch.com/imagebank/type/project_category_commercial/granor_farms

Qualified applicants should email a cover letter and resume to rob@granorfarm.com