Washington – Cloudview Farm hiring Market Garden Farmer

Ephrata, Washington

Cloudview Farm produces a diverse weekly offering for the Ephrata Farmers’ Market and a ~50 member CSA program from the end of May until the end of October. We grow according to USDA organic standards.  We are currently managing 3 acres of garden in cover crops and growing cash crops on ~½ acre.

Job responsibilities:

  • Run a 50 member CSA program

  • Staff the Ephrata Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from May-October

  • Manage 1 to 2 farmworkers during weekly operations

  • Harvest, wash, and pack produce

  • Irrigate gardens and surrounding property

  • Repair and maintain irrigation system

  • Order seed and supplies

  • Plan for growing season and manage succession planting and crop calendar

  • Maintain disease and pest management practices

  • Follow USDA organic growing standards and keep records of seeding, planting, soil amendment, pest and disease control.

  • Manage greenhouse and high tunnel production

  • Manage CSA administration and write and distribute weekly newsletter

  • Manage produce marketing

  • Coordinate with other farm and education staff to develop gardens and property that support educational programming

  • Assist with educational programming that pertains specifically to organic gardening

Skills and experience:

  • At least 2 years farming experience, management preferred

  • Must have tractor experience (tilling, seeding, bed-making, mowing)

  • Must be able to use tools and machines (weed wacker, mower, flame weeders, seeders, power tools)

Compensation:

  • $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 cloudviewephrata@gmail.com.

Connecticut – Community Farm of Simbury hiring Farm Manager

Simsbury, Connecticut

We are seeking a new Farm Manager for the Community Farm of Simsbury, a certified organic farm. The Community Farm of Simsbury is a small nonprofit Educational and Food Pantry Garden and CSA farm in Simsbury, CT. Located about 40 miles above Hartford, the land has changed from its historic use as the old town poor farm and dairy and is now a production farm that provides healthy fresh organic produce a CSA and local food access programs.  The farm’s seventy seven acres of pastures, fields, and woods are bisected by a creek and abuts the Farmington River, with most of the growing area in the fertile creek bottom land. A small number of livestock are kept for use in the Educational Programs. There is one unheated hoop house with plans to install two more in 2017 and a heated greenhouse for transplants. We are in the process of adding on to our infrastructure to begin 4-season growing beginning in 2017.

In addition to a production farm, the Community Farm is also an educational farm. We offer a variety of learning experiences from classes to internships to work shares to incubator farms for those interested in discovering or deepening their understanding of how to grow food, using organic and sustainable growing practices. Our students include local volunteers, the beginning backyard gardener, and the experienced farmer wanting to learn more, school children out on a field trip or kids spending a week on the farm during Summer Camp.

Our mission is to help members of our community meet their most basic needs through food, clothing, housewares, linens and furniture, we enable them to focus on putting their lives back in order and attaining financial independence. On the farm, we focus on helping others to create a more sustainable lifestyle for themselves, their families and their communities. We are a Certified Organic farm, as this grass-roots organization best fits our philosophies and goals as a small-scale producer selling locally and directly to our customers.

Please have interested candidates contact Susan Pribyson, spribyson@giftsoflovect.org860-250-0230

Vermont – Phio Ridge Farm hiring Director of Farm and Food

Charlotte, Vermont

Job Opening: Director of Farm and Food
Job Title: Director of Farm and Food
Type: full-time, exempt, salaried
Location: Philo Ridge Farm, Charlotte, Vermont

Our Culture

Philo Ridge Farm is an organic 400-acre farm located in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. For many years our land was owned and managed by a local dairy family. We’re now working to diversify the farm by growing produce and raising meat with practices that increase the health of our soil, produce a variety of nutrient rich crops, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and support our local and vibrant agricultural community. We are carefully measuring and monitoring these practices so that we can share our story and our success with other farmers and community members who are interested in understanding and supporting regenerative agriculture models.

Our current farm activities include: mixed vegetable production, flowers, orchards, sheep, chickens, cattle, pigs and hay. We believe in treating our employees, animals, and land with the respect and care. All of our employees embody the spirit of sharing, growing together and supporting ongoing education. We are in our third year of production and are soon expanding our operation to include a specialty market of products grown and processed at our farm. Our facility will also include areas for commercial food processing and butchering of our farm-raised animals. This facility is an important part of our business model as it will help us take our raw farm products and create value added goods that we can sell to customers throughout the entire year.

Position Overview

Philo Ridge Farm is looking for a Farm and Food Director to be a creative, hands on, entrepreneurial driver of our diverse and innovative farm. The Food and Farm Director will lead the farm’s operations and business planning, and be in charge of developing a truly sustainable farm and food model – one that is environmentally, cultural, and economically successful. The Farm and Food Director will provide inspirational leadership and oversight of our farm and food service teams while acting as a key ambassador of our core values and sharing the Philo Ridge Farm story. Multitasking will be critical in this position, a typical day might include checking the previous day’s till, sending out invoices to vendors, reviewing the daily market menu with the Chef, leading a farm tour, checking in with the Farm Manager and the Market Garden Manager to make sure that food production is on track, and interviewing a new dishwasher.

We are looking for a Director who is enthusiastic about building a culture of excellent farm to table food. We seek a leader who is excited to develop a production strategy for our whole farm by creating delicious ways to cook, preserve, can, butcher, and serve all of the farm’s produce and meat. Our ideal candidate is passionate about using holistic land management practices to create sustainable food systems and healthy communities, and has demonstrated success managing hospitality teams and operations.

Bio-Logical Capital is a Colorado-based land management company that currently oversees the planning and management of Philo Ridge Farm including but not limited to human resources, financial management, and land planning. Their approach to agriculture relies heavily on integrated rotational management of animals and crops using principals from agroecology and other practices. Their farm management goals are long-term diversity, health, and productivity. This approach results in a transformative impact on how people grow food and understand their relationship with the land. Bio-Logical Capital will work alongside the Food and Farm Director to continue to set up Philo Ridge farm as a successful agriculture business and model.

Primary Responsibilities

 Team Leadership and Staff Management

  • Promote a team-oriented work culture, rooted in effective communication and collaboration
  • Recruit staff members, create employee development plans, and conduct annual reviews
  • Lead the alignment of farm operations and food service operations – with an overall strategic plan and vision for tight integration between the two – and ensure that team and project priorities are working toward established budget and schedule
    • Coordinate annual and long-range strategic planning for each business unit, and coach business unit managers to think and execute entrepreneurially
    • Lead weekly meeting of business unit managers to encourage communication and collaboration, monitor progress toward goals, and help identify problems and develop solutions
    • Oversee preparation of quarterly reports on business unit operations, progress toward goals, and budget variances
    • Balance office time with daily visits to farm and field work sites and hospitality programs to monitor progress and connect with and inspire staff

Farm and Food Operations

  • Oversee the entrepreneurial process and drive the growth and diversification of the farm, livestock, and land operations, and lead the strategic planning and implementation of new business opportunities
  • Drive communication and coordination with farm operations, such as:
    • Work closely with the Farm Manager for livestock planning, including meat inventory and purchasing
    • Work closely with the Market Garden Manager to determine produce planting schedule, inventory and purchasing
  • Set food service team goals, and follow up with managers on results, and course corrections when needed
  • Work closely with the Chef and Owners to produce an exciting, delicious, and community engaged food service program that is consistent in its high product quality and is curated with a focus on attention to every detail, celebrates food culture and history, and has a beautiful aesthetic quality
  • Work closely with the Chef and Managers to create value-added products made from Philo Ridge Farm grown produce and meat
  • Oversee all aspects of guest experience at the farm, ensures that all guests have a consistently high-quality experience and always receive great service, and develops an internal culture of turning guests into regular visitors and friends of the farm
  • Oversee facilities and equipment; work with the staff to ensure good working order, exceptional cleanliness, and safety for crewmembers and guests
  • Ensure compliance with operational standards and all applicable laws, regulations, and local ordinances

Administration, Reporting, and Communication

  • Maintain regular communication with land owners regarding operations and performance; prepare periodic written reports detailing performance and plans
  • Lead development of marketing and communication plans
  • Ensure maintenance of employee records, including evaluations, disciplinary actions, hours worked, etc.
  • Review schedules, approve and submit payroll, and monitor labor to optimize service and profitability
  • Coordinate with accounting to ensure that administrative processes are followed timely and accurately
  • Oversee financial management of Philo Ridge Farm entities
    • Provide senior leadership for annual budgeting process in a rapidly evolving and entrepreneurial environment
    • Interface with off-site accounting team, review financial statements, and prepare forecasts
    • Prepare reports, including financial summaries for Bio-Logical Capital
    • Review and approve expenses, and ensure accurate coding for accounting and financial reporting
  • Create a positive, inspired workplace culture by actively demonstrating, teaching, and monitoring exceptional professionalism, guest service, and overall hospitality
  • Celebrate and share the Philo Ridge Farm story; speak with passion and knowledge about our food and products, and train team members to do the same
  • Act as a public figure in the community for the farm and as a confident and engaging public speaker
  • Other responsibilities as necessary to support Philo Ridge Farm’s enterprise and operational goals

Candidate/ Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college; degree in hotel/restaurant management or culinary arts is preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience managing a growing hospitality or restaurant business
  • Knowledge of, and experience working in, sustainable agriculture
  • Ability to effectively lead in a fast-paced environment, adapt to changing priorities, and remain focused and calm under pressure
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office products and QuickBooks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and ability to demonstrate strong skills in managing interpersonal relationships
  • Extensive experience with financial management, cost controls, cash handling, and POS administration
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends, when needed
  • Working knowledge of Vermont liquor laws, Vermont labor laws, and OSHA health and safety standards
  • Physical and environmental requirements: continuous standing and occasional carrying of heavy loads; occasional environmental exposure to cold, hot, and wet environments
  • Reliable transportation to drive to and from different locations in and around the farm
  • Valid drivers license and clean driving record
  • Minimum of three professional references

Compensation

Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Application Process

Candidates should send a cover letter illustrating experience, resume, available start date, contact information, and reference contact information to jobs@biologicalcapital.com. Qualified candidates will be contacted directly. No phone calls please.

For more company information, visit www.philoridgefarm.com and www.biologicalcapital.com

Hawai’i – Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture hiring Garden Manager

Kohala, Hawai’i

Garden Manager

The Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture farm is located along the beautiful, historic coast of North Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Our main campus, Halawa Farm, is a 7-acre living and learning environment where we cultivate a diverse collection of native Hawai’ian and Polynesian plants, tropical fruit orchards and perennial vegetable crops, in addition to raising small scale poultry and livestock. The farm is the base of operations for our residential farmer training programs and educational workshops, and provides a steady supply of food and medicine to those on the land as well as our local farmers market.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are seeking an individual or couple to support our market farm operations. The ideal candidate(s) will have experience in high production vegetable farming and be comfortable working in a dynamic outdoor environment.

Daily responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the farm, and may include bed prep, seeding, planting, watering, harvesting, processing/packing, nursery work, land maintenance, as well as providing support for our local farmers markets.

We have many exciting projects on the horizon for 2017, and we are looking for people who can make a commitment of 1 year or longer, to help us bring these projects to fruition. The market farmer position will play a key role in developing our market garden, and contributing to the daily flow and productivity of the farm. We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating change, and will be a positive and responsible addition to our existing team.

The position is 35 hours/week, and in exchange we provide:
– Housing accommodations in a private hale
– Access to 1000 sq. ft. shared kitchen and study space
– Shared hot/cold showers, composting toilets and washing machine on site
– Community food supplies (vegetables and fruit harvested from land, bulk grains and legumes)
– Walking distance to nearby swimming and surfing spots
– Access to HIP Ag libraries, educational events, etc.
– Monthly stipend of $500

We also ask that community members participate in 2-5 hours/week of community activities (maintaining shared spaces, work plan meetings, potluck dinners, educational activities). This varies throughout the year.

 
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in working with us, please send a note to opportunities@hipagriculture.org and tell us a little about yourself, your experience in the areas above, and why you’d like to work with HIP Ag. Please include a photo, it helps to put a face with the name.
Mahalo!

Connecticut – Wakeman Town Farm hiring Director

Westport, Connecticut

POSITION:        Wakeman Town Farm Director

SALARY:           

  • $ 20,000 – $ 24,000 Annual salary plus benefits
  • Four weeks paid vacation, 401K with match
  • Free rent ($67,000 value) including utilities
  • Access to Westport Public Schools 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Seeking year round farm Director to live and work at the newly renovated Wakeman Town Farm (WTF), an educational farm and sustainability center in Westport.  As the public face of the Town farm, this is a key role for a visionary with a passion for organic farming, sustainability, public education and community.  The Director maintains the 2.5 acre grounds including the general upkeep of the farmhouse and doing daily farm and animal chores.  Will develop and implement farm based educational programs including hiring and overseeing part time teachers and seasonal counselors.  Develop and teach seasonal workshops and oversee at least two farm events a year (with help from the WTF Committee). Responsible for the spring High School internship program and the spring and fall Junior Apprentice Program.  Coordinate with the Committee and Westport’s Public School to run Farm tours.  Must keep up with agricultural trends and share new techniques with students and residents.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s Degree required, related to farming and/or Animal Husbandry preferred.  Teaching and relevant farm experience preferred. Must have strong administrative skills; responsible for the farm’s management. Criminal background and reference checks required prior to employment.                    

APPLY TO:                     Personnel/HR Department

dferrante@westportct.gov
Westport Town Hall
110 Myrtle Avenue Room 208
Westport, CT 06880
 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

PLEASE POST THROUGH JUNE 10, 2017

Virginia – The Ag District hiring Farmer

Northern Virginia

Great opportunity for the right person. Well established markets.

The Ag District is seeking a farmer to establish a pig and laying hen enterprise on our farmland in Northern Virginia. The Ag District is a 400 acre farm ideally located 35 miles west of metropolitan Washington D.C. We specialize in direct marketing our premium quality value-added farm products through our modern 12,000 square foot marketing center, which includes a commercial kitchen and state-of-the-art cheese making facility.

Our flagship enterprise is one of Virginia’s largest and most successful vineyards and wineries. Our vision is to create a collaborative group of farmers and food and beverage artisans to fully develop the land and market opportunities that exist at the Ag District. The Farmer will be engaged in launching the farm’s sustainable pork and egg enterprise. The pork and eggs will be marketed through our marketing center and utilized as ingredients in value-added foods produced in our commercial kitchen. Previous farming experience is required. The successful candidate must be capable of managing their own time and working in a hands-on capacity. Potential for lease of land and facilities necessary for the enterprise or salaried employment.

Interested candidates should contact Perry Griffin via email at pgriffin@chrysaliswine.com or text/telephone 73-926-4759.