Hours: 40 hours per week
Compensation: $9-$10/hr depending on experience
Qualifications: A candidate must be:
– 18 years old or older
-able to lift 75lbs
-able to operate equipment
-able to work outside in all types of weather
-able to work Sunday-Thursday
-able to work independently with little supervision
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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter introducing yourself and your interests and capabilities. A job application will be required as well.
Educator/ Market Gardener (full-time paid position)
Cloudview Farm offers a variety of on-farm experiences for student and community groups. We are seeking an educator who can both maintain our current offerings and develop Cloudview Farms’ programming. The educator will also help with garden operations. To give visitors a more authentic experience the Educator/ Market Gardener should be familiar with the gardens and animals.
Most visitors are preschool-3rd graders that come for 90-minute field trips and choose between a six plant part lesson and a plant life-cycle curriculum. In 2016, we offered summer day camps for the first time and hope to expand our camps and programming when school is not in session. We also collaborate with an elementary school on a door-to-door school fundraiser selling carrots. As new groups approach us with unique goals we innovate to meet their needs. Also in 2016, first time visitors included culinary students from and area technical high school, wheelchair-bound patients from a physical rehabilitation center, and a professional teacher training academy.
Support and maintain current garden education programming
Lead approximately 30 preschool-3rd grade student field trips in the spring and fall with groups of 10 to 60 students.
Organize and manage summer day camps
Host 10 to 15 8th grade students from Lakeside Middle School in Seattle for one week in the fall.
Emcee the Annual Fall Festival during the 1st Saturday in October.
Promote and expand garden education programming
Promote education programs through social media, website, and email announcements
Coordinate with other farm and garden staff to develop gardens and property that support programming
Give public presentations
Work in the garden to support the CSA and farmers’ market programs
Harvest, wash, and pack produce
Provide garden labor including weeding, mowing, cultivating, seeding, transplanting
Participate in CSA box deliveries
Skills and Experience:
At least 2 years outdoor education experience, management preferred
Farm or garden experience
$21,000-$24,000 starting salary depending on education and experience
Housing, utilities, trash, internet, and farm food included
To learn more about Cloudview Farm visit www.cloudviewfarm.org.
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
2017 FIELD CREW JOB DESCRIPTION
LAND’S SAKE FARM
Land’s Sake in Weston, MA is looking for an enthusiastic, dependable, hard-working, and dynamic person to join our field crew for the remainder of the season. This is a full-time position that will run from around mid August through the end of October.
Land’s Sake is a nonprofit dedicated to building meaningful connections between people, the food they eat, and the land; programs include environmental, food donation programs, and sustainable land management. Field Crew members will work closely with the farmers to operate a busy and complex community farm operation. We grow for a 300 member CSA program, a very busy farmstand, and a hunger relief contract with the town of Weston. We also occasionally work with volunteers and children in education programs. We strive to make Land’s Sake a welcoming, community-centered farm for all involved, including customers, shareholders, children, volunteers, and staff.
- Field work, such as harvesting, planting, and weeding
- Miscellaneous tasks, including fencing, and irrigation
- Various fall cleanup jobs
Applicants should be enthusiastic about learning, communication, having fun and working hard. Field crew members are expected to work quickly while maintaining attention to detail. Working efficiently, independently, and with a team are equally important. Field crew can expect to work long hours in all weather conditions; a positive attitude and good sense of humor are essential to this position.
The work day starts at 7 AM sharp and goes through about 5 PM with an hour break for lunch. There may be occasional exceptions to end times when we need to complete work before a weather event, and there may be times when we cancel work due to inclement weather. Hours will be reduced in October as the days get shorter.
- Free produce from farm and discounts on farmstand goods
Qualifications include a sincere interest in vegetable production, a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, reliable transportation, the ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly, and the ability to work for long periods of time in all weather conditions. Previous farm experience is strongly preferred, but not required.
To apply, please send a cover letter and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position open until filled.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have!
Songaia Garden Manager
The Songaia Garden is supported by the Garden-to-Table Club, an activity within an intentional co-housing community in Bothell, Washington. Over the last 25 years it has evolved into an important focus of our work towards a sustainable future. Significant steps towards living lightly on the land have manifested through the development of organic, permaculture-based systems, which include food forests, our quarter acre main garden, and orchards. In 2016 we harvested over 5,000 pounds of organic produce. We educate interns and others in the principles and practical application of the permaculture method.
Mission of the Songaia Garden
To grow an abundance of vegetables, fruits and nuts to feed our community (via the Garden-to-Table Club) throughout the year. To act as a Permaculture teaching site and to involve and inspire the Greater Neighborhood and surrounding communities to participate in the wonder of growing food together and experiencing the joys of our unique community.
Garden Manager for Garden-to-Table Club
$15,000 per year. This is a part-time contract position. Therefore, the Garden Manager will arrange his or her hours as needed to supervise interns and volunteers during the growing season (approximately mid-April through mid-October) and to coordinate preparations for the upcoming season during the winter months. Contract will be paid in two segments, $3000 for November-March and $12,000 for March-October.
Benefits: Free membership in Garden-To-Table Club, $500 educational allowance. Contract positions do not pay into Social Security and L&I, or deduct income tax.
- Coordinate Garden Activities.
- Daily operations. Optimize food production and use of garden produce by Garden-to-Table Club members. Participate in and supervise all aspects of the day-to-day chores of permaculture fruit and vegetable production, including bed preparation, planting, managing invasive weeds, mulching, composting, and watering. Document yield and report annual yield to community.
- Increase soil fertility. Utilize permaculture principals such as crop rotation, guild planting and various composting methods. Arrange for winter composting of food waste from Club meals.
- Winter garden preparation. Coordinate the early preparation of the garden (primarily performed by the garden team) including the planning of crops, seed procurement, propagation, preparation and care of seedlings and transplants from greenhouse.
- Manage orchards and food forest. Lead care for the large number of fruit trees. Includes planting, watering, disease control, fruit thinning, pruning, removal of dead or diseased trees, mulching and extensive harvesting. Teach food forest design, implement guilding as feasible, and coordinate ongoing maintenance, including management of invasive weeds.
- Process harvest. Participate in and instruct volunteers and interns in the preservation of food for winter consumption. This may include canning, drying, fermenting and freezing.
- Coordinate Volunteers and Intern Program
- Community volunteers. Provide and encourage opportunities for our residential and extended Songaia community to participate in garden work. Examples include garden team projects, community-wide work parties, and harvest processing events. Reach out to surrounding community, volunteer organizations and schools. Support community members in developing garden related proposals according to their passions and interests. Examples might include food forests, chicken husbandry, and bee keeping.
- Internship program. Recruit interested interns, including communication with the WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) program and local colleges. Plan weekly meetings to develop priorities and discuss garden issues. Oversee day-to-day scheduling, instruction, supervision and guidance. Set priorities and assign interns for completion of those priorities. Provide evaluations and letters of recommendation. Supervise housing and community participation by interns.
- Arrange for appropriate coursework and teach interns about organic gardening and permaculture through weekly classes, field trips and recommended reading. Serve as an educational resource for volunteers by providing expertise and support. Infuse all teaching with the principles of sustainability, land stewardship, climate change awareness and minimal disturbance of nature’s processes. Utilize and model permaculture principles in problem–solving.
- Network with wider Permaculture community. Attend the annual Permaculture Convergence and facilitate intern participation in the Convergence.
- Administrative Duties
- Manage budget. Approve expenditures from appropriate budget line items of Songaia Association and the Garden to Table Club. Obtain regular financial reports from the bookkeepers of these organizations. Report financial status at least quarterly.
- Web-based communications. Post materials on Songaia garden web page, Facebook page, Meet-up or other relevant social media formats. Send appropriate email announcements to Songaia community, volunteers, and interns.
- Garden Logistics. Handle all garden related logistics including facilitating infrastructure improvements (e.g. fencing) and repair, deliveries (e.g. manure, mulch). Coordinate the design and operation of irrigation systems.
- Attend regular relevant committee meetings, as well as community-wide meetings, subcommittee meetings, Club meetings, and so forth as appropriate for the role of Garden Manager.
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