Massachusetts – The Food Project hiring Multiple Positions

Lincoln, Massachusetts
The Food Project is hiring for five full-time, farm-based, seasonal positions in Lincoln, MA (20 miles outside of Boston).
 

Farm Worker – Lincoln, MA – The Food Project

The Food Project is seeking two Farm Workers for the 2018 growing season, from May 14 through August 24.
Applicants for this position should have high energy for and interest in sustainable agriculture and youth development, as well as a commitment to teamwork. They should also have creative energy for making a difference in the world and a passion for the vision of The Food Project. The Farm Worker will work on The Food Project’s 30-acre farm in Lincoln, MA, growing and distributing produce through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and Farmers’ Markets in Boston, and to local hunger relief organizations.
Qualifications – Willing to work in variable weather conditions. – Hand weeding and vegetable harvesting – Experience organizing groups safely and productively. – Experience working in a fast-paced work environment. – Dependable, responsible, independent, and open to learning. – Willing to work a flexible schedule. Days and hours worked may vary within the season Responsibilities – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce – Leading and teaching volunteer groups – Assisting youth crews in their field work during July and August – Maintaining orderly site for all visitors Compensation
This is a full-time, seasonal position from May 14 – August 24, 2018. Hourly wage is $12 per hour for 40 hours of work per week, plus a transportation stipend for daily travel to and from the farm (specific amount depends on each employee’s actual costs). Includes worker’s compensation.
Recruitment Process – We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates and contact ONLY those individuals selected to continue in the search process. The position will be filled when the desired candidate is found.
Please send resume and cover letter via email to: jobs@thefoodproject.org. In the subject line, write your name and the position for which you are applying, eg: “Jordan Smith – Lincoln Farm Worker”. The Food Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position. More at http://thefoodproject.org/get-involved/work-here
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Grower’s Assistant – Lincoln, MA – The Food Project
The Food Project is seeking a Grower’s Assistant for the 2018 growing season, from April 2nd through November 2nd. Applicants for this position should have high energy for and interest in sustainable agriculture and youth development, as well as a commitment to teamwork. They should also have creative energy for making a difference in the world and a passion for the vision of The Food Project. The Grower’s Assistant will work on TheFood Project’s 30-acre farm in Lincoln, MA, growing and distributing produce through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and Farmers’ Markets in Boston, and to local hunger relief organizations.
Primary Responsibilities – April – May – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce – Leading and teaching volunteer groups June – September – Deliver produce in thegreater Boston area – Assist youth crews in daily field operations – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce September – October – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce – Leading and teaching volunteer groups – Preparing farm for winter season Qualifications • Experience in organic crop production/agriculture • 21+ years of age with a valid driver’s license in good standing (required for use of TFP vehicles) • Experience organizing groups safely and productively • Ability to perform demanding physical labor, and lift 50 lbs • Ability to work in a team as well as independently • Dependable, flexible, organized, on time, and a sense of humor • Experience driving large vehicles or willingness to be trained • Experience with/interest in farm equipment (preferred) • Willingness to work a flexible work schedule, days of the week and hours worked vary with the season.

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Massachusetts – Next Barn Over hiring Full Time Crew Members

Hadley, Massachusetts

Hiring: Two Full Time Crew Members – Next Barn Over Farm

Next Barn Over is a 40-acre, organic vegetable farm in Hadley, MA. We grow for our 500 member CSA and several local wholesale customers. Field crew positions run from April to December 2018, 45-50 hours per week. Crew are involved in various aspects of crop production from greenhouse, to field, to washroom, and delivery responsibilities. This includes but is not limited to transplant production, transplanting by machine and by hand, hoeing, hand weeding, managing row cover, harvesting, and operating farm vehicles. This employee will also assist the washroom manager with washing, processing, and packing all farm produce; and will make local and regional deliveries. Valid drivers license and competent driving skills are required, along with the ability to repeatedly lift 50 lbs. Pay starts at $11/hour and is commensurate with experience. Applicants please send resume and references to info@nextbarnover.com

North Carolina – TRACTOR Food and Farms hiring Farm Manager

TRACTOR Food and Farms

Location: Burnsville, NC

Position Description: Farm Manager

Classification: Full Time / Salaried

Reports to: Director

Posting Date: 11/22/17

Closing Date: 12/13/15

Summary:

  • The Farm Manager is responsible coordinating with individual growers during all stages of vegetable and fruit production on the farmland managed by TRACTOR as well as working with growers who are on their own land and sell their products through TRACTOR.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Maintain all records in order to maintain Good Agricultural Practice certification for Bowditch Bottoms Farm and future farm properties
  • Will oversee Bowditch Bottoms Farm, which has 20 acres of land in production
  • Work on a plan for planting perennial crops including blackberries
  • Will recruit new growers both to sell through TRACTOR and to grow on TRACTOR lands and offer technical assistance if needed
  • Will be involved with getting any new tracts of land up into production for row crops
  • Responsible for maintenance of irrigation equipment and shared-use equipment
  • Manage shared-use equipment and maintain accurate logs of when equipment was used and note the condition that is was rented and returned
  • Assisting growers identify and control stress from weeds, pests, diseases, and drought
  • Training on post-harvest handling and proper use of equipment/implements
  • Will be involved in production planning and forecasting estimates
  • Assist with receiving, grading, and packaging of products
  • Grant writing for farm related funding such as soil and water conservation projects and new equipment
  • Posting to social media platforms with farm activities and produce related updates

Duties to include:

  • Work with team and growers to forecast availability list throughout the season
  • Create and maintain relationships with growers
  • Represent TRACTOR at community events

Authorities:

  • Post to all social media platforms
  • Suggest new items for growers to plant
  • Purchase farm equipment

Competencies:

  • Knowledge about product (varieties, flavor, applications, demand, pricing, seasonality)
  • Knowledge of a wide range of growing practice
  • Tractor skills, including a three-point hitch and farm implements
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Effective public speaker
  • Experience with social media
  • Adaptable to working outdoors in extreme weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and freezing temperatures
  • Able to operate in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Strong analytical, written, and verbal reasoning skills
  • Excellent computer skills and the ability to pick up on new systems and software
  • Self-directed with good organizational skill and attention to detail
  • Respect for others’ unique personalities

Supervises:

  • Interns where applicable

Work Environment:

The job operates in a professional office environment, in a warehouse, and on a farm. This role routinely uses technology equipment such as computers, printers, and label makers. Additionally, this position works within the community to attend meetings, lunches, dinners, and events.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Travel

Day trips and potential overnight conferences

Required Education and Experience

Farming experience is highly desired

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience in restaurant/produce industry.  Experience with Microsoft Office products. Experience with the operation and maintenance of tractors, irrigation systems, plasticulture, and three point hitch equipment. Pesticide license preferred, but can obtain after start date.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Clean driving record

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.

How To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter by 12/13/17 with subject  “TRACTOR Farm Manager Position” to robin.smith@tractorfoodandfarms.com  If you have questions, please call  828-536-0126.

 

California – Sierra Harvest hiring Farm Crew Member

Nevada City, California

Job Title:  Farm Crew Member

Type: Employment / Education

Employment Type:  Part-time and Full-time

Category:  Farming/Agriculture

Company Name:       Sierra Harvest
313 Railroad Ave, Suite 201
Nevada City CA 95959

Job Details:

Learn to farm!  Hone your skills with Farm Crew!  Apply now to join a cohort of early-career farmers working and learning on sustainable farms throughout Nevada County, California.  Host-farm job opportunities vary from part-time to full-time.  Some include housing.  In addition to on-the-job training, Farm Crew members will meet every other week for advanced production skills classes taught in the field by local experts.  At least one season of experience is strongly encouraged.  To learn more and apply, visit our website:  https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew/

Duties & Responsibilities:

Job responsibilities and wages will be determined by individual host farms. Our host farms produce a diversity of crops including vegetables, fruit, flowers, eggs, milk and meat. Examples of the type of work you may be doing: growing starts in the greenhouse, prepping soil for planting, planting, weeding, irrigation, trellising, harvesting, post-harvest washing and packing, selling at market, making deliveries, animal care and all the other aspects of running a commercial farm.  Early mornings and inclement weather to be expected.  To learn more about our host farms, visit https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew-2018-host-farms/

Farm Crew members are required to attend advanced production skills class every other week from May to November.  The proposed classes for the 2018 season are:

  • Transplants and Direct Seeding for Production Success
  • Plant Propagation and Green House Management
  • Natural and Organic Fertilization and Composting
  • Row Crop Irrigation, How to Take a Soil Test and Interpret the Results
  • Identifying Pests, Beneficial Insects and Management Options
  • Soil Tillage, Cultivation and Ecological Weed Management
  • Crop Planning, Successions, Seed Ordering
  • Wholesale Basics
  • Build Soils with Cover Crops
  • Permaculture for a Rich and Abundant Future
  • An Introduction to Biodynamics
  • Small Farm Mechanics and Maintenance
  • Crop Season Extension Ideas

Experience & Education:

Ideal candidates for Farm Crew are:

-Serious about a career in sustainable farming and ranching,
-Prepared to commit to and work hard for a commercial farming operation for an entire season,
-Have spent at least one season farming,
-Ready and willing to build community with other Farm Crew members,
-Committed to independent learning.

Application Instructions:

To learn more and apply, please go to https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew/.

Applications must be submitted by 12/31/17.  After an initial screening, qualified applicants will be passed on to host-farms for hiring for the 2018 season with positions offered by March 2018.  Start dates will be determined by host farms.

Massachusetts – Norwell Farms hiring Vegetable Farmer

Norwell, Massachusetts

Seeking an Organic Vegetable Farmer at Norwell Farms

Our History

Norwell Farms is a 501c(3) non-profit community farm in Norwell, MA, a small town located about 25 miles south of Boston. We have a license from the Town of Norwell to farm on 7 acres at the Historic Jacobs Farm, and we are in our 8th year of operation. The nonprofit organization of Norwell Farms runs community events and educational programs at the farm and supports local organizations and food pantries to address food insecurity.

Opportunity Description

Norwell Farms is seeking an experienced, organic vegetable farmer who shares our vision to build a small-scale, organic, market garden at Jacobs Farm. In this model, the farmer might grow only higher value crops for two or three markets (e.g. CSA, Farm Stand, Wholesale), with the goal of obtaining higher yields per acre through building soils with compost and other amendments, reducing tillage, maximizing plantings per bed, and controlling weeds.

The vegetable farmer will have the advantage of starting with an established farm operation and “Norwell Farms” brand, which has become a household name in our surrounding South Shore community. Norwell Farms currently serves 100+/- member vegetable CSA, a farm stand, and wholesale accounts. In addition, our social media presence has grown to over 2,500 followers on Facebook and has over  ~1,300 newsletter subscribers.

At Norwell Farms, we have access to a historic barn for storage and distribution and other key infrastructure, including:

  • 10×10 ft. walk-in cooler
  • 26×72 ft. heated greenhouse with ventilation
  • Dodge van & storage for equipment
  • Existing CSA and market supplies
  • Two private wells and irrigation equipment

Role of the Vegetable Farmer:

  • Develop and implement a farm plan for a financially sustainable, organic vegetable farm operation with the goal of serving up to 100+ member Summer CSA and 30+ member Fall CSA, and seasonal farm stand hours
  • Partner with Norwell Farms Non-Profit Organization to achieve our goals by:
    • Providing vegetable donations in support of our food insecurity programs,
    • Maintaining the learning garden during the growing season in support of our educational programming,
    • Participating in community events in support of our mission to connect the community to the land, and
    • Maintaining the farm’s year-round appearance in support of our commitment to stewardship of the land and in compliance with town requirements.
  • Cooperate with the other stakeholders of Norwell Farms (e.g. Non-Profit, town officials, etc.)
  • Provide own primary tillage/cultivating equipment
  • Maintain appropriate insurance coverage

Requirements:

  • 5+ years organic, vegetable crop production
  • Understanding of whole-farm planning, crop rotation, soil enhancement methods, and general ecological principles
  • Experience running and maintaining farm vehicles, equipment, irrigation, and greenhouses
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Eagerness to partner with the non-profit arm of Norwell Farms
  • Previous experience running a CSA and hiring and managing farm staff preferred
  • Previous experience or interest in building a small scale, intensive farming operation

Salary and Benefits:

Farmer should consider their compensation and build it into their budget to be submitted with the farm plan.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume, interest letter, and three references to:

Norwell Farms, attn: Mari Creatini, P.O. Box 5434, Norwell, MA  02061
email: mari@norwellfarms.org
website: http://www.norwellfarms.org

 

Virginia – Project GROWS hiring Education Manager

Verona, Virginia

Job Description
Title: Education Manager (part-time 30hrs/wk)

Reports to: Executive Director

Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, garden-based education and 2) access to healthy local food. Project GROWS cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 25,000 pounds of food each year. We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.

General Statement of Responsibilities
The Education Manager (EM) will be responsible for coordinating and implementing all aspects of education programming at Project GROWS. The EM will implement programming at the farm and partner sites including but not limited to curriculum development and modification, on-site instruction, in-school instruction, and the development of learning gardens in the community. Along with the Farm Manager, the EM will supervise and mentor youth staff and education interns including Fellows from the Allegheny Mountain Institute. In addition, the EM will be expected to participate in ongoing design, planning, and maintenance of farm. The EM will:

·         Manage and collaborate with other staff, interns, and volunteers to provide nutrition, gardening, and cooking instruction to youth and adult participants at Project GROWS

·         Manage and collaborate with staff, interns, and community partners to modify and implement food education taking place at partner agency sites and farmer’s markets and at community events

·         Meet with youth staff and intern(s) on a weekly basis to discuss performance and growth and provide him/her with any support and assistance he/she may need

·         Develop systems for tracking quantitative and qualitative data in order to accurately measure the impact of educational programs and make necessary adjustments to the programs

·         Develop resources and aids to accompany lessons, working toward a holistic learning experience that takes a student from the classroom, to the farm, and beyond

·         Manage all aspects of communication with local school systems, including teachers, administrations and nutrition directors, facilitating and managing field trips, staff visits, and farm to school activities

·         Develop and implement workshops on nutrition and gardening in the community throughout the year

·         Develop new lessons and strategies for connecting children to nature, including a comprehensive summer camp curriculum

·         Serve as the liaison and coordinator for the Youth Education Committee (a committee of the Project GROWS Board), and recruit community partners as members

·         Participate regularly in farm maintenance and farmer’s market management, as needed

·         Work closely with the farm manager to develop education-focused spaces throughout the farm

·         Coordinate the monthly Project GROWS newsletter and manage other social media as required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Most importantly, Project GROWS seeks a flexible individual who is willing to take part in all PG responsibilities and be part of a dynamic team. Specifically for this position, Project Grows seeks an individual who is comfortable with and knowledgeable in development of curriculum, effective instructional strategies, and an interest in providing appropriate classroom management in a garden setting.  Has experience and knowledge of working with children and youth from diverse backgrounds. Possesses strong interpersonal skills and an ability to manage various community relationships. Is very organized and has strong communication skills including managing a high volume of email requests in a timely manner and coordinating all scheduling. In addition, knowledge of the flow of a full season in a production garden and a basic knowledge of Permaculture and/or sustainable food production is a plus. All Project GROWS’ staff must be able to lift 50 lbs and work outside in physically demanding environments.

 

Physical Attributes and/or Environmental Issues
The position is very much a “textured” position requiring of the Education Manager to be both comfortable in an outdoor setting engaging plants, comfortable working independently in an office setting, as well as comfortable providing instruction and/or workshops to youth on and off-site.

Other Requirements:
·         Cell phone communication

·         Frequent computer and internet access

·         Reliable transportation

·         A valid driver’s license

·         Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

·         Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

Compensation
This is a year-round, 30 hr/wk position. Benefits include paid time off and a share of farm produce. Weekend availability is required for special education events and occasional farmer’s markets (May through September). This is a paid position starting at $15-$18 an hour negotiable based on experience.

TO APPLY
Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to Jenna Clarke, Executive Director, at jenna@projectgrows.org.