California – Coastal Roots hiring Community Farmer

Encinitas, California

Position:                 Community Farmer

Status:                    Regular, Full‐Time, Non‐Exempt

Hours:                    40 hours per week, Sunday-Thursday. Evenings, weekends, and holidays on occasion.

Reports to:          Assistant Operations Manager

About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm (CRF) is a nonprofit community farm and education center. We cultivate healthy, connected communities by integrating sustainable agriculture, food justice, and ancient Jewish wisdom.

Since our inception in 2014, Coastal Roots Farm has provided dignified access to fresh food for those who need it most. Inspired by Jewish agricultural practices, we raise organic crops and share the harvest with our community through pay-what-you-can farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. Through field trips, workshops, agricultural festivals, and community events, we offer hands-on education and invite our neighbors to connect to the land and each other.

Coastal Roots Farm is located in Encinitas, CA on approximately 15 acres of land. Our Farm consists of vegetable gardens, greenhouses, a food forest, animal pastures, compost systems, and a vineyard. Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and received 501(c)(3) public charity status in 2016.

 Position Overview

The Community Farmer will support the operational teams with the cultivation, development, maintenance and follow through of projects within the following five organically maintained production areas: vegetables, food forest, vineyard, chicken runs, and composting program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Production Areas:

  • Support crop production on the farm, including pest management, greenhouse propagation, transplanting, weeding, watering, and
  • Support infrastructure development, irrigation, farm maintenance, cleanliness and organization, distribution efforts, occasional deliveries, and farm stand shifts.
  • Lead volunteers as
  • Collect data and support organized record
  • Support resource development for department as
  • Chicken coop and chicken run upkeep and care.
  • Incorporate Jewish agricultural practices into the development and management of the

Education and Events:

  • Assist in implementation of farm education and events.
  • Host guests and lead occasional tours, highlighting our
  • Provide support for Coastal Roots Farm programs and

General Administration:

  • Participate in regular staff

Required Qualifications and Experiences

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • At least 1 year of relevant work experience or a relevant college degree, especially within the fields of organic/biodynamic farming focused on vegetable production and Community Supported
  • Passion for interacting with, educating, and leading a diversity of community participants, volunteers and staff of varied ages and
  • Knowledge and passion for community farming, food justice, food systems development,
  • Strong knowledge of agricultural equipment use and
  • Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude and ability to work independently and take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship development
  • Ability to be open and flexible to new ways of working with diverse
  • Creative skills and ability to experiment to attain new, better strategies, approaches, and solutions to
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of tasks along with an ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative, team
  • Strong work ethic and ability to perform strenuous physical labor in inclement weather.
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft
  • Detail
  • A valid driver’s

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • Certification in organic farming and/or experience with biodynamic
  • Food safety
  • Technical knowledge and familiarity with irrigation construction, troubleshooting, and
  • Knowledge of species and climate specific to Southern
  • Experience as an agricultural or environmental
  • Familiarity with Jewish agricultural or arboreal concepts, texts, and
  • Project management
  • Training in active listening and constructive communication techniques such as Non‐Violent Communication, meeting facilitation,
  • Understanding of working within a non-profit organization.

Reporting Relationship

Reports directly to the Assistant Operations Manager.

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience. Coastal Roots Farm offers a competitive benefits package.

Typical Working Conditions

The Community Farmer will work outdoors conducting a variety of tasks, often times repetitive and under the supervision of a multitude of coordinators. There will be exposure to Southern California outside temperatures, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises.

Essential Physical Tasks

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Continuous walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting and pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs., cutting and carrying.

Equipment Used

Mechanical and manual tools used in compost production, laying hen production, agriculture and landscape maintenance.

Application Process: Please visit our website, https://coastalrootsfarm.org/the-farm/#job-opportunities and click on the View and Apply for Open Positions link to apply online.

Coastal Roots Farm is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

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Pennsylvania – Pocono Organics Farm hiring Farm Manager

Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Job Title: Farm Manager/Educator Pocono Organics Farm

SUMMARY: The Farm Manager/Educator is responsible for the farm operations and Veteran training of the Pocono Organics Farm.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Farm Operations/ Education

  • Manage day to day activities of Farm Operations and Training programs at the Pocono Organic Farm.
  • Provide mentoring and advisement in organic management practices and research to owners and students.
  • Monitor and control resources by assisting in developing budgets.
  • Launch Veteran Farming Training Program at Pocono Organics Farm by registering and welcoming new students, performing intake interviews, and organizing meetings and tours of Rodale’s farm and the Pocono Organic Farm.
  • Coordinate curriculum development and delivery and assign instructors as necessary.
  • Assist in providing outreach, marketing and recruitment for Veterans Farming Training Program, with emphasis on working with military personnel and military veteran groups in the region.
  • Deliver field-based experiential learning, including field trips to military veteran run farms, farm network field days and lunches with service providers and other farms, including urban farmers.
  • Complete and follow the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Work with external contractors for facility services.
  • Operate farm equipment as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Working knowledge of Soil Microbiology and Botany.
  • Experience in operating farm equipment.
  • Basic computer skills necessary.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather.
  • Capable of lifting in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Possess good communications skills – both written and verbal.
  • Flexible in work hours as farm work can be unpredictable.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: 

  • 5 or more years’ experience in managing a farm.
  • Preferred Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science

Travel

Pick up supplies and parts as needed.

Travel to and from Kutztown farm and Poconos farm.

 Other Institutional Expectations:

To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.

Please send resume and cover letter to Director of Finance/Human Resource, Elaine Macbeth, at elaine.macbeth@rodaleinstitute.org.

Massachusetts – Boston Area Gleaners hiring Gleaning Coordinator

Waltham, Massachusetts

Do you want to harvest carrots in the fall, but not have to weed them in the summer? Do you want your harvest to provide a healthy meal to folks who otherwise couldn’t afford to buy local, fresh, and healthy fruit and vegetables? Do you want to get to know and learn about many different farms in eastern Massachusetts? Come work with the Boston Area Gleaners for the 2018 Gleaning Season! Both positions are full time and from July – early January, and are based from our office in Waltham, MA.

We are looking to fill our Gleaning Coordinator position for the 2018 season. This position is equivalent to the responsibility of an Assistant Grower position on a farm. You will enjoy working with volunteers while harvesting all of the surplus vegetables and fruit that eastern Massachusetts has to offer. And you will know that this produce and this work is helping to reshape the food system so that local and healthy food access in our region increases across all walks of life. Pay range for qualified Gleaning Coordinators is $16-$18, based on experience.

We are also looking to fill a Gleaning Assistant position, which is equivalent to a field crew or farm worker position, but with the added benefit that you know your work is fulfilling our mission of rescuing surplus farm crops for people in need. Pay range for qualified Gleaning Assistants is $14-$16, based on experience.

If you are interested in applying to work with us, please visit our website to learn more about these positions and application instructions: http://www.bostonareagleaners.org/job-opportunities.html.

To learn more about our organization (including how to volunteer if you are interested), visit our website: www.bostonareagleaners.org.

 

New York – Bear Creek Farm hiring Farm Supervisor

Stanfordville, New York

Bear Creek Farm is an innovative and growing flower farm that uses sustainable practices to grow premium dahlias and peonies in the beautiful Hudson Valley, New York. Recognized by New York Magazine as the “Best Dahlias” in this our third year, we are seeking an energetic, self-starter with an organized mind who enjoys working on complex multi-faceted projects to join our team.

Passionate about flowers, the farm supervisor will be directly managing and coordinating activities of horticultural workers and will help add structure to all operations from the seeding schedule, to weeding, to harvest and post-harvest handling both in open fields and high tunnels. The supervisor is directly responsible for keeping workers on task and ensuring that flowers are properly grown, harvested and distributed. At times, the physical duties of the job may include assisting in soil prep and harvest. This will enable the owner to focus more on marketing and rapid growth. The supervisor will be involved in every aspect of creative problem solving and managing people.

We look forward to receiving your application. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Crop production health and yield for flower acreage from 3 to 8 acres
  • Managing daily schedules of harvesting and packing
  • Quality control and inventory procedures
  • Soil analysis, pesticide and fertilizer scheduling and application
  • Proactively troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Mentoring and motivating growing farming team
  • Ensure equipment is well maintained
  • Inspect facilities to determine maintenance needs
  • Lead continuous improvement to operating efficiencies knowing the confines of a small budget

Qualifications and Skills

  • 3 years commercial farming experience, 2 years in a managerial role
  • Ability to work carefully and quickly, with precision and extreme attention to detail
  • Positive, upbeat, can-do attitude, willing to get hands dirty and work hard, not just supervise
  • Be comfortable working with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Must have a clean drivers license
  • Knowledge of farm equipment machinery and repairs

Please note that we are very sorry but given time constraints, only those applicants with commercial farming experience will be considered for this position and will receive a response. Applicants with other very positive experiences such as landscaping, gardening, etc., though very viable and interesting, unfortunately will not fit these requirements.

Benefits

Compensation commensurate with experience; above average remuneration for floriculture training. Bonus program based on individual and farm performance. Weekly flowers.

Our farm is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation, are encouraged to apply. Please send resume and cover letter to info@bearcreekfarm.com

Massachusetts – Dead Branch Farms hiring Assistant Manager

 Chesterfield, Massachusetts

Assistant Manager – Dead Branch Farms

Position Summary:

Dead Branch Farms is a new farm currently being developed in Chesterfield Massachusetts. We are actively in production of vegetables and flowers and are looking to hire an Assistant Manager for our upcoming busy season. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate as there are unique opportunities creating new farm spaces, and shaping our vision and direction.  This is a part-time position, Tuesday through Friday, with flexibility. We’re looking for someone able to commit 25-30hrs a week, and be available from 8-3.  The Assistant Manager will coordinate with the Farm Director, lead two interns, and will assist in overseeing: Greenhouse Propagation & Production, Field Maintenance; including Planting, Harvesting, Weeding, Irrigating, Pest Management, and Soil Amendment Applications. There will also be an opportunity to  manage our weekday farm stand in Northampton, Wednesday-Friday. The position will run from June through October. Compensation based on experience.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

-Seeding and planting of successions

-Record keeping, and recording of field operations

-Keeping track of inventory and coordinating plantings and field operations with Farm Director

-Coordinating Irrigation schedules, and operation of Irrigation Systems

-Assisting in planning, cultivation and development of farm spaces

-Directing Interns and assignment of daily tasks

-Deployment of season extension structures, familiarity with row covers/low-tunnel type systems

-Assist in farmers market sales and set up

Preferred Experience:

-Minimum of 1 season working with an organic farm, and familiarity with production techniques

-A clear understanding of the rigor and discipline demanded of Farmers & good sense of humor

-Experience in Service Industry or within fast paced environments a plus

-Experience in Creative and Design fields a plus

-Ability to communicate effectively, and lead in a team environment, and be efficient independently

-Comfortable with field operations and strenuous tasks for extended periods; early morning; in the sun & heat; dust & dirt

-Familiarity with farm equipment and BCS walk-behind tractors

-Familiarity with line trimmers (weed whackers)

-Excellent Customer Service ability

Additional Requirements:

-Ability to lift fifty pounds regularly

-Valid Drivers License

Please send a cover letter describing why you’d be a good candidate, and a resume describing your professional experience to ryan@lonepinestudio.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oregon – Misty Mornings Farms hiring Farm Manager

Deer Island, Oregon

Farm Manager Position

Misty Morning Farms
Misty Morning Farms are a set of three sustainable and organic farms (6, 37, and 100 acres) all within 1 mile of each other. The farms are located 35 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon in Deer Island, a soil rich and beautiful rural area adjacent to the Columbia River. We specialize in naturally grown produce, heirloom varieties of livestock and Christmas trees.
Job Description:
Manage daily operations of the farms and care of animals including sheep, goats, cows, horses, alpaca, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits and pigs. The position includes overseeing organic crop production and distribution from a 1 1/2 acre area with greenhouse and raised beds, hayfield and a small Christmas tree operation.
Qualifications:
Experience in animal husbandry and farm management (or educational background with some farm work history-we are open to helping agriculture students to have an opportunity at obtaining management experience). Marketing insight, tractor experience, foresting skills, and fencing repair knowledge are helpful.
Required:
Hands on participation and supervision of work teams using motivational leadership, organization and direction.
Responsible and hardworking qualities along with a positive outlook are important.
A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation essential as the farms are in a rural area.
Work Schedule:
Hours vary due to farm needs depending on the season. 40 hour week with long term commitment of at least 1 to 2 years but we are hoping to find a manager who will see the potential of our farms and stay to help them develop and grow.
Wage Range:
Salary negotiable on experience. Comfortable housing available if needed.
To apply:
Email cover letter (describing why you are interested in this job and what you feel you have to offer the position) and resume with references to:
Or mail them to:
Misty Morning Farms
31100 Harris Road
Deer Island, Oregon, 97054

Maine – Spear Spring Farm hiring Field Manager

Warren, Maine

Spear Spring Farm, LLC                                                                                        May 2018

Field Manager Job Description

Spear Spring Farm is an historic 150-acre diversified farm dating back to 1736, located in Warren, Maine.  The farm has been vacant for a few years and we are seeking an experienced field manager for 2018 to help us bring the farm back into production.  A small bunkhouse (brand new!) may be available for the right person if housing is needed.

Spear Spring Farm is committed to “organic practices”.  We are not a certified organic farm at this time, but we farm in harmony with the land and using organic methods.  We will be planting a wide diversity of vegetables, flowers, perennials, and herbs, which we expect to sell primarily through our on site farm store, CSA, and wholesale accounts.  We may also choose to add livestock and other farm activities down the road.  We place a special emphasis on building soil health and sustainable ecosystems that are efficient and in harmony with the land and would love for someone with a passion for sustainable agriculture and out of the box thinking to join our team.  Since we are rebuilding, this is a great opportunity to see and participate in the shaping of a sustainable and profitable farm.  If you want to work hard, eat well, love your job, and have fun doing it, then join us at Spear Spring Farm!

Timeframe:  We are seeking to a field manager and two full time employees from early March through late November 2018.  There may be the potential for continuing part-time work through the winter months.

Work description: Spear Spring Farm is a new endeavor to restore an historic farm and bring it back to beauty and full production.  The field manager will work closely with the President of the farm business to implement and manage the production schedule and complete weekly goals, managing the farm staff and activities in an efficient and professional manner.  The primary job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing all farm labor – training and scheduling, ensuring safety protocols are met, working alongside your team to ensure efficient use of time and resources, teaching wherever possible and creating a happy, hardworking farm environment that values our employees’ input and unique experience
  • Planting seeds, seedlings and vegetables/shrubs/trees
  • Managing the greenhouse
  • Weeding, fertilizing, maintaining fields and growing areas
  • Helping to restore the farm (Store, Fields, Workshop, Roads, Etc.)
  • Harvesting vegetables by hand
  • Washing and packing vegetables for sale
  • Possible delivery of vegetables
  • Manning the farm store
  • Tractor work
  • Possible maintenance work, such as painting, building stone walls, landscaping, cleaning grounds (buildings, fields)
  • Possible care of livestock
  • Pruning trees and orchard care

Hours:  We are hiring for up to 40 hours per week.  Additional hours may be available in May/June and September/October should you desire to increase your hours.  Work hours are between 7am and 7pm (somewhat flexible depending on what needs to get done) with a one-hour lunch (bring your own) taken around midday.

Compensation:  The Field Manager will receive $15/hour.  If housing is required then wages will be negotiated depending on the housing agreement.  Surplus and/or second quality produce may be available to farm employees free of charge, depending on the harvest.  Other perks and incentives for hard work and a great attitude are offered throughout the season.

Location: Warren is only 15 minutes from the ocean and the neighboring towns of Rockland and Damariscotta (great food, theaters, museums, and a vibrant local community), and only 25 minutes to Camden/Rockport.  The farm boasts sweeping views of fields and the Camden Hills in the distance, 3 ponds, frontage on the St. George River and ample woods.  We have a nesting pair of Barred Owls in the back fields and a nearby lake with beach that’s accessible by a short walk.  There is a vibrant local food community, along with many area activities and festivals that make the MidCoast of Maine a great place to live and work!

Housing:  On site housing may be available in the form of a small 12’ x 24’ bunkhouse with private bathroom and electricity.  Housing is provided as part of employee compensation.

Pets: Well-trained, friendly pets are welcome with prior approval and at the owner’s discretion.  There are already two dogs on site at the farm.   Well-behaved dogs must be under owner’s voice control, get along with all people (including children) and our dogs.  Spear Spring Farm is located on Rt. 1 in Warren – a busy road, where the speed limit is 55 and visitors to the farm pull through to visit the farm store.  The road hazard is real and the safety of your pet is entirely your responsibility.

Qualifications:

  • Farming and manual labor experience preferred
  • Tractor experience a plus
  • Punctuality, honesty, reliability are required!
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Attention to detail
  • Stamina to maintain fast and accurate working pace all day
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable transportation
  • Positive outlook and good sense of humor

How to apply:

No phone calls, please.  We are accepting applications until the positions are filled and will only consider complete applications.  If you are interested in working at Spear Spring Farm, please e-mail the following items to:  jamien.richardson@gmail.com

  1. A one-page letter introducing yourself, describing your farm related experience, your availability (which days of the week you are able to work) and why you want to work at Spear Spring Farm…
  2. A list of recent/relevant work history (or a resume) including names of previous employers, duration worked, and primary job responsibilities
  3. Three work-related references with job title and contact information

We will respond to all completed applications that are received.