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.

New Hampshire – Autumn Harvest Farm hiring Three Positions

Grafton, New Hampshire

Autumn Harvest Farm is a small diversified vegetable farm which has been in business since 2002.  We use the best of conventional and organic growing practices with our main crops being vegetables which include a large assortment from arugula to zucchini and everything in between.  We are expanding our fruit varieties each year and currently grow strawberries in our high tunnel greenhouse along with elderberries and beach plums.  Our farm also raises laying hens for fresh eggs and sheep.  We operate a small farm store offering locally produced products along with our freshly baked breads, prepared foods and preserves from our kitchen.  We have a growing CSA and soon we’ll be opening a cafe at the farm along with Maple Leaf Quilt Shop.  Autumn Harvest Farm is expanding in many directions and will be opening up hiking trails, a few campsites and our pond for kayaking and canoeing.  Come grow with us and be a part of this new venture.

Autumn Harvest is hiring three positions:
Farm Manager
Part Time Field Crew Member
Part Time Flower & Herb Crew Member

View the full job descriptions here: Farm Job Postings

New Hampshire – Applecrest Farm Orchards hiring Vegetable Production Manager

Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

Vegetable Production Manager

Farm Description:

Applecrest Farm Orchards is a 100+ acre diversified fruit and vegetable farm located in Hampton Falls, NH. Started in 1913 and now operated by the third generation of Wagner families, the farm is the oldest and largest orchard on the New Hampshire Seacoast. In addition to an on-site retail farm stand, creamery, bakery and full service bistro, Applecrest operates a 200+ member CSA program, attends five local farmers markets every week of the growing season and is a strong supplier to local restaurants, grocers and schools. As a sustainable producer of over two-hundred unique varieties of tree fruits, berries, vegetables, flowers and herbs, Applecrest is a cornerstone of the seacoast-area food shed.

Position Description:

The Vegetable Production Manager will assume responsibility for all components of field and high tunnel production on the farm. Five-thousand square feet of greenhouses and thirty-five acres of row crop and raised bed horticulture make this a true soup-to-nuts farming position. At its core, the job requires someone comfortable with, and capable of, handling all manner of agricultural tasks at any given hour, on any given day.

While responsibilities will vary greatly according to time of season, the Vegetable Manager’s main function will be to oversee and assist with the scheduling, preparation, planting, cultivation, harvesting, washing and storage of all propagated, transplanted and direct seeded green crops. Tasks will include greenhouse and equipment maintenance, budgeting and costing, field scouting, fertility and pest control, crop rotation, cover cropping and irrigation management, as well as a host of record keeping responsibilities. The Manager will also be accountable for the day-to-day time management and labor requirements involving a crew of up to six hands.

Additional Responsibilities:

In addition to field work, the successful candidate will also assume responsibilities in coordinating with Retail, Bistro, CSA and farmers market managers regarding daily veggie inventory needs to ensure a steady, consistent and timely supply for all sales outlets.

The number of hours per week will fluctuate greatly with the demands of the particular season. At height of production, the position may require periods of +60 hours, six days a week. In slower months, this reduces to five days at ~40 hrs. pr/week.

Qualifications:

The ideal Vegetable Production Manager candidate will have a minimum of two full year’s hands-on, practical farming experience and possess a well-rounded knowledge of horticultural technique. While a degree in agriculture is preferred, it is not a requirement. Applicants for this position, if not already well on their way, should be resolved to the pursuit of a career in farming. Additionally, candidates should possess:

  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a physically strenuous outdoor job.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently at tasks that require a high level of detail.
  • Commitment to efficiency and quality in one’s work.
  • Energetic personality, positive attitude, and excellent work ethic.
  • Strong computer/internet skills and be very comfortable with web-based database software, particularly Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • THIS IS A JOB WHERE YOU CAN WRITE YOUR OWN TICKET.

Term of Employment, Compensation, and Benefits:

This is a ~$40k salaried “working manager” position with health benefits, three weeks paid vacation plus, holidays.

How to Apply

E-mail your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to jobs@applecrest.com. (The subject line should read: Veggie Manager Position). Use your cover letter as your opportunity to tell us why we should read your resume! Please emphasize how your background and skills are an excellent fit for the responsibilities and qualifications in this job description.  As Applecrest is a small family-run operation and every person wears many hats, please feel free to highlight other valuable skills you might possess.

Indiana – Living Roots hiring Assistant Farm Manager

French Lick, Indiana

Living Roots is a farming community and more specifically an ecovillage. Our primary focus is food (growing it, processing it, cooking it, and distributing it to others). We also focus on healing arts, natural building, off-the-grid living, and generally personal and community growth. Our vision is to create an integrated village where all residents can live in a holistic and empowered way.

Job Description

One Assistant Farm Manager position to begin immediately to work alongside other managers and farm team.

Specific responsibilities for this position:

– Field Supervisor (working alongside farm manager)

Saturday Farmers Market Manager

– Working closely with Apprentices and rest of farm team

General Description of Farm and apprenticeship program (that you will be working with): The EcoVillage operates a 75 acre farm, including a 4.5 acre market farm, 0.5 acre community garden, and a U-Pick strawberry patch. Our farm program is centered around permaculture gardening and organic farming and is for those who are committed to their education in these areas. We balance this farm work with the healing arts, which includes mentoring, massage and healing arts, yoga, and group process. Much time is also spent cooking, doing food fermentation, food processing, and eating directly from the land. We operate according to environmentally sustainable farming practices and also within a model that promotes personal sustainability and health. There are also options to study small business and sustainable living skills. We have four sessions each year and an option to work for the entire growing season, including during the winter. Please see our website for more info. Sometimes volunteers are needed for shorter periods or year round. Please inquire for availability.

Educational Opportunities: All aspects of market gardening: plant propagation, tending, harvesting, sales, marketing, delivery, farmers markets. Opportunities to work with EcoVillage animals: grass fed beef, chickens, or pigs. Also, permaculture and season extension. Sustainable living skills, including off the grid living, wholesome cooking, food fermentation/preservation, beer/mead making, cheese making, and solar oven cooking just to name a few. Learn how to make cheese, yogurt, and bread. Anyone on the farm team will also be able to learn massage and other healing arts such as energy work, yoga, and meditation (no prior experience needed in these areas). This will be incorporated into the program to give a more balanced approach to working with the earth.

Stipend:
Stipend of $1000/month depending on experience. And in addition to housing (listed below), farm leaders also receive food (for all 21 meals).

Housing: Accommodation in bunkhouse, camper, or small cabin – depending on availability.

Please see our website for more info.

Apply Online: http://www.indianacommunity.org/apprentice.htm