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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

New Jersey – School Lunch Farm hiring Assistant Farm Manager

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Job Description – Organic Farm Assistant Farm Manager
Start Date: April/May 2018
Work schedule:
51/2 days a week
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position: Assistant Farm Manager

School Lunch Organic Farm & CSA, located on a 70 acres in Northern NJ, is seeking an Assistant Farm Manager from Spring to late Fall of the 2018 season. Ideal candidates are highly self-motivated with a minimum of 2 years experience in organic vegetable production. The Assistant Farm Manager in partnership with the Farmer-Owner will be responsible for greenhouse work, fieldwork, and CSA distribution. Assistant Farm Manager will train, direct and work with apprentices, interns and volunteers.

Skills Desired:
Responsibilities will include: Soil fertility, direct seeding, transplanting, cultivation, mechanical tillage, irrigation management, disease & pest control, crop rotation, routine equipment maintenance and daily record keeping. The ideal candidate would be available to start in April/May 2018 and have some mechanical skills, a valid drivers license, and the ability to lift at least 50 lbs.

Educational Opportunities:
Daily Responsibilities:

  • Seed starting in greenhouse, thinning seedlings, and nutrient application. Direct sowing in fields.
  • Bed preparation: rock picking, cultivating, back pack flaming, weeding, and working with drip irrigation
  • Record keeping
  • Foliar spraying of crops for feeding and pest control
  • harvesting, cleaning, and storing vegetables
  • Tractor and implement safety, maintenance, hookup, calibration and operation
  • Farm Upkeep: mowing tractor ways and grass borders, weed-whacking, building, repairs, painting
  • Working with apprentices, interns and volunteers—adults and children

Meals: We will eat a shared vegetarian/vegan potluck lunch together at least once a week with vegetables from the farm.

We also provide all the vegetables you need.

Location:
School Lunch Farm & CSA
69 Stephen Park Road
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Contact Info:
Please email cover letter and resume to:
Margaret Noon
Please use email contact first!
margaretmnoon@gmail.com
908-451-0051

School Lunch Farm Vision:

School Lunch Farm is founded on the desire create healthier soil and community by growing nutrient dense organic vegetables and fruits, heirloom and specialty crops for community supported agriculture shareholders, schools, low-income community members, farm markets, and restaurants.
School Lunch Farm offers programs to educate children and adults to be stewards of the earth through organic growing, understanding of where food comes from, how it’s grown, healthy eating, and the effects of food production on the environment.

 

Connecticut – New Haven Farms hiring Assistant Farm Manager

New Haven, Connecticut

Assistant Farm Manager

2018 Job Description

ABOUT NEW HAVEN FARMS:

New Haven Farms’ nonprofit charitable mission is to promote health and community development through urban agriculture. We transform vacant, contaminated urban land into vibrant and productive organic farms. Our Farm Manager and volunteer corps cultivate seven urban farms, and our harvest is made accessible to low-income families who struggle with chronic diet-related diseases and food insecurity through our Farm Based Wellness Program. Referred by their healthcare provider, program participants receive produce baskets combined with farm education, cooking demonstrations, and nutrition education on a weekly basis. For more information about New Haven Farms, visit newhavenfarms.org.

POSITION SUMMARY:

New Haven Farms seeks an energetic individual, committed to urban food production, to fill the full-time seasonal position of the Assistant Farm Manager.

The Assistant Farm Manager (AFM) will work directly with the Farm Manager to produce high quality organic produce for New Haven Farms, implementing the crop plan on the seven urban gardens collectively managed as one farm. This individual will be responsible for managing the Summer Youth@Work Crew, four New Haven Youth working on the farm for five weeks (July- Early August). Direct farm responsibilities include volunteer and intern management, greenhouse work, transplanting, weeding, bed preparation, harvesting, working with irrigation systems, preparing vegetables for sale and distribution, record keeping, pest management, and assisting with Saturday morning farmer’s markets and volunteer work days. The AFM will be responsible for running a open weekly community work day at the Hill garden site as well as a weekly gardening session at the Connecticut Mental Health Center’s Courtyard Garden.

Responsibilities

Hill Garden – 170 Ward Street

  • Work closely with the Farm Manager to follow the crop plan and create a crop map for the site

  • Serve as the main contact person for the community and the school with regards to this property

  • Plan weekly tasks for the Hill garden, working with the Farm Manager to create a weekly labor and volunteer plan

Fair Haven Gardens & Distribution

  • The AFM will work harvest mornings twice per week (6am start time)

  • Assist with necessary farming tasks in Fair Haven gardens

  • Prepare produce for weekly CSA shares

Saturday Market

  • Work weekly Saturday Markets (market time 9 am – 12 at the 613 Ferry Street garden).

    • Assist Farm Manager with the setup and takedown of the market

    • Manage volunteers during open volunteer time

Youth @ Work (4 member summer youth crew – 25 hours/week  July – Early August)

  • Assist with Youth @ Work hiring and orientation process

  • Work with the Farm Manager to create and follow a weekly work plan

  • Manage Youth@Work team during their 25 hour work week

Administrative and Organizational

  • Track and log sales for Saturday market – specifically SNAP & WIC transactions

  • Attend bi-monthly team meetings

Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) Courtyard Garden

  • Lead weekly informal gardening sessions at the CMHC courtyard Garden with CMHC patients

  • Work with patients weekly as to plant, maintain, explore, and enjoy the courtyard garden space

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1+ years experience working on an organic production farm, preferably an organic vegetable farm

    • Ability to lift 50 lbs

    • Desire to deepen experience in all aspects of small scale urban organic vegetable production

    • Desire to work outside in all weather conditions

    • Reliable transportation, ability to drive a manual transmission (or committment to learn)

    • Experience working in greenhouses for seedling and tomato production

  • Demonstrated management experience

    • Ability to supervise volunteers, youth, and lead volunteer work days

    • Experience in taking independent initiative and working either independently or with small volunteer groups to ensure the day’s tasks are completed efficiently

  • Strong leadership and communication skills

    • Commitment to food access issues and the mission of New Haven Farms

    • Ability to communicate effectively the mission and core program activities to farm visitors, funders, board members and community residents

    • Ability to supervise and effectively engage with teenagers in a Farm setting

  • Strong work ethic

    • Very detail oriented

    • Ability to work independently

    • Punctual, energetic, and self aware

    • Great sense of humor

    • Flexibility to work early harvest mornings, and Saturday mornings. Tentative schedule Tuesday-Saturday

    • Demonstrated skill in multi-tasking and flexibility to balance multiple demands at different farm sites in order to meet production and programming objectives

  • Experience and passion for working with urban youth

  • Confidence, comfort and experience with diverse communities in low income neighborhoods

  • Patience and compassion working with individuals of all levels of ability in a garden setting

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Fluency in Spanish

  • Community development experience

  • Garden Education experience

  • Experience delivering hands on “therapeutic gardening” classes

Compensation

Hourly employee, rate commensurate with experience, 35-40 hours per week total of 30 Weeks (depending on actual start date) April-November. Latest start date May 1, preferred start date April 23. Hours will be 20 for first week or two depending on start date, and 20 hours for the last three weeks of the season. Full time, 35- 40 hours per week May 15- September 30. A maximum of 1,200 hours for the season. Overtime is not available for this position. There are no employment benefits associated with this position, though produce will be plentiful and available for the AFM to bring home. Workers compensation insurance is fully covered by New Haven Farms. The part-time employee is not entitled to any paid holidays. Mileage reimbursement at $0.54 per mile incurred on personal vehicle.

While the work tapers in the Winter, we are looking to recruit an individual who is interested in staying on for multiple seasons with the potential to stay on year round. Our organization is growing and we are looking for the right person to grow into the position as we expand.


Please send a cover letter and resume to Anna Grace Barry at Anna@newhavenfarms.org   Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; position open until filled.

Maine – Ripley Farm hiring Assistant Farmer

Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

Assistant Farmer at Ripley Farm

Immediate Availability

Located in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine (40 miles west of Bangor, Maine)

http://www.ripleyorganicfarm.com

http://www.facebook.com/RipleyFarm

Make an impact.  Get an education.  Get paid.

A year round job where you are truly valuable to the success of the farm.

We know what it feels like to be sent to harvest more bunches of chard from the same hopeless patch – again.  We’ve been there.  We were apprentices, too.  We’re here to offer you a different road to take.

Imagine a farming job where…

  • You can make an impact every day
  • Your input is valued and listened to every time
  • You get your questions answered about “why?”
  • And you get paid.

We need someone like you, someone who cares about their role on the farm, to help us grow and meet our goals.

We started out as a very small farm run by a young couple with a dream and a little land.  From our humble beginning of 16 CSA members, ten years later we have now grown to 5 acres of vegetables feeding a 150 member Summer CSA and 50 member Winter CSA thanks to the support of our rural community.

Entering our second decade of farming, we find ourselves in an exciting stage of the business.  We are upgrading our farm systems and making infrastructure, marketing, and production changes that promise to improve the sustainability of our family farm.

You could be a big part in making this happen.

“Working for and with Ripley Farm owners, Gene and Mary Margaret, was by far my best farming experience to date.  Their attention to detail, fun loving sense of humor, work ethic, and ability to both teach and to listen is something that really inspired me as a person and a farmer.  While I was there, they included me in everything, and made me feel like an extremely valuable member of Ripley Farm.  Other farms I worked on never quite included me on all the little details that really pull a farm together, but the Ripley’s really made an effort to do just that.  I can confidently say they are some of the best farmers, teachers, and friends I know.”    Carmen Allen, Assistant Farmer 2015-17

What the Assistant Farmer job looks like:

  • Year round work – so you can see the backend of farming like you’ve always wanted.
  • Involvement and input into all parts of production from planting to harvesting – so you can make real impact while building your skills.
  • Training in specialized equipment and techniques – so you can increase your proficiency in small scale market farming.
  • Small farm environment – so you won’t be stuck picking beans by yourself all day.
  • Collaboration with a small team of enthusiastic farmers – so you don’t feel like you are the only one who cares.
  • High quality standards and Certified Organic – so you can be proud of what you produce.
  • Insight into decision making process and recordkeeping system – so you can learn more and take on more responsibility.
  • Participation in infrastructure and efficiency projects – so you can meaningfully contribute to the growth and improvement of the farm.
  • Hourly pay rate commensurate with experience – so you can pursue your passion without going broke.
  • Regular check-ins – so you can get and give feedback on your experience.
  • Annual performance review – so you can get a raise based on your hard work.

Free bonuses that come with the job:

  • Training in Holistic Management and Holistic Financial Planning – so you can get real life experience with this important farm management tool.
  • Free access to our Farmer Training Library – so you can fuel your interest with knowledge on your time off.
  • Unlimited free organic veggies from the farm – so you can eat like royalty.

“I’ve already learned more about the business side of farming in my first three weeks here than I did in two years of farming at my previous job.”  Robert Segerson, current Assistant Farm Manager

You’ve fallen in love with farming.  You can get another seasonal farmhand job where they don’t care about you.  Or you can take your passion seriously.  Make it into something real.

You’re standing at the crossroads.  To the left is the same rough rocky road you’ve been traveling.  To the right is the road fewer people will choose.  This road is not harder.  It’s different.   Choosing the right road makes all the difference.  We’re hoping you’ll choose the right road and apply today.

To apply:

  1. Write a cover letter that explains what spoke to you about this job, why it is the right road for you, and when you could start.
  2. Put together a list of your three best references, tell us who they are, and how to get a hold of them.
  3. Attach the two above items PLUS your resume and send it to Gene at ripleyfarm@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Oregon – 47th Ave Farm hiring Harvest Manager

Portland, Oregon

47th Ave Farm

The Farm:

The 47th Ave Farm has 20 years of experience running a year-round 200 member CSA and selling to award winning Portland restaurants. We are hard working, committed to continuous improvement & serious about growing great food sustainably and profitably.

We farm at two different locations:

  • On Grand Island, an agricultural oasis just south of Dayton, Oregon we have 38 acres of beautiful river bottom soils. The farm is very close to the Willamette river and we grow a mix of vegetables, cover crops and pasture there. The crew at this farm lives in the Salem, Newberg, McMinnville area.
  • At Luscher Farmwe partner with the Lake Oswego Parks & Rec Dept to manage 12 acres on the edge of the urban growth boundary. This historic dairy is now an amazing urban farm on slightly sloping clay loam soils. We grow a mix of vegetables and cover crops there. The crew at this farm lives in the Portland metro area.

All of our farm properties are managed sustainably using cover crops between vegetable rotations, beneficial insects, organic fertilizers, drip irrigation,  conservation tillage techniques and no synthetic chemicals. This holistic farming system improves the tilth and fertility of the farmland. It also protects the woods, wetlands and communities that surround our farms.

Job Description:

We’re hiring for our Portland-based Harvest Manager position! This job requires at least 2 years of experience working on organic vegetable farms, and we will prioritize applicants with management experience who are interested in joining us for the long run. If you want to spend the next few years managing harvest on and learning from one of the most experienced CSA farms in Portland, Oregon – then this is the job for you!

The Harvest Manager will lead the crew during harvest, washing & processing of crops on the farm. To do this they work with the Farm Manager to develop a list of crops that may be harvested each week, help manage the harvest schedule, and set goals for harvest & washing times for all crops. They will be responsible for all the equipment related to harvest & washing and they will manage the loading of produce and equipment back and forth to the pickup sites. The Harvest Manager will lead the primary harvest and/or washing crew and coordinate with other harvest and/or washing crews when necessary. The Harvest Manager will be responsible for quality control, time tracking, and record keeping related to harvest. The Harvest Manager may also be responsible for receiving orders, packing & delivering to the restaurant accounts.

Year-round vegetable production involves many hours of repetitive work in all kinds of weather and can be challenging. We are looking for folks who are serious about farming and know from experience that they enjoy this kind of work!

Desired Experience/Qualifications:

  • 2 years working on organic vegetable farms, or equivalent
  • Management experience
  • We will prioritize applicants who are interested in joining us for 3+ seasons.
  • Disciplined, hard working, organized, responsible, independent and positive
  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Clean Drivers License

Hours:

  • May to Sept: Monday–Friday 6:15am – 5:30pm
  • Oct to April: Monday–Friday 6:15am – 4:30pm (Includes loading & unloading from pickup sites and driving back & forth to Luscher Farm)
  • CSA pickups on 4 evenings per month: Tuesday & Thursday, 5pm – 7:30pm
  • Occasional Saturdays in the summer for work parties

Compensation:

  • $11-$13/hr DOE
  • 1 Whole CSA share
  • 1 week paid family leave
  • Unpaid time off: 5 days, May – Oct. Flexible time off in the winter months Nov – April.
  • Room and board not included

The farm is a fertile learning ground for those who are willing to work hard. If you are a person with tremendous energy and enthusiasm for farming and you’re looking to take the next step forward in your farming career, we look forward to hearing from you!