The Neighborhood Farm is a collection of market gardens. In 2008 we started growing in five Needham back yards because we couldn’t find available farm land in the Boston suburbs. Homeowners lent us a portion of their yards and we used them to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers – all without synthetic inputs of any kind. The number of sites and the logistics made us decide against pursuing organic certification. We had less than ¼ acre in production the first year, but managed to grow a lot of produce.
Since then we’ve grown a lot – adding and subtracting gardens from year to year as our needs and our garden hosts’ lives changed. We also began leasing a 5 acre field from The Trustees Of Reservations in Medfield. We now grow on about five and half acres and sell our produce at four local farmers’ markets, to restaurants, and through our Farmers’ Market CSA. For the 2014 growing season we will be based at Powisset Farm in Dover (where we rent barn space) and will be working at garden sites Needham and Dedham, the field in Medfield, and rented greenhouse space in Sharon. Despite the number of sites we use, more than 90% of our time will be spent at the field or at the barn, which are both on the Dover/Medfield line, less than 2 miles apart.
We do the majority of our work by hand though we have a primary tillage tractor and a walk behind BCS tractor. Even though we are growing on more land now, we still plant all our garden spaces intensively in an effort to maximize our growing space. We grow a lot of food on a relatively small amount of land.
As a family owned small business, we are committed to helping others prepare to start their own farming and gardening operations. We love to work with people exploring the possibilities of starting their own enterprises, and with people who are just looking for more experience in farming and gardening.
This year we are seeking people to fill the following full season positions:
Full Season Crew Leader
The crew leader position is intended for someone with 1 or more seasons of farming experience. The crew leader will be responsible for coordinating the crew each day, based on instructions received from the farm managers. This person needs to be able to manage others successfully, motivate them, instruct them in safe and efficient work methods, and supervise the whole crew’s activities while working alongside them. The work will encompass all aspects of vegetable, herb and flower production and harvesting. These tasks will include, but are not limited to, record keeping, planting, greenhouse work, weeding, irrigation, harvest, washing and packing. Previous tractor experience is a plus.
We are looking for someone who is flexible, productive, easy to work with, open minded, and responsible, with excellent communication skills and a good sense of humor to see them through the challenges of farming. The work can be physically challenging as we do the vast majority of our work by hand. Candidates should be able to lift 50 lbs, be ready to work outdoors in all kinds of weather, and have reliable transportation.
The position runs from April 15th through Thanksgiving. A commitment for the entire season is required. The crew leader will work a Monday throughFriday schedule with weekend greenhouse duties once a month. The hours will vary by season, but can be long (between 35 and 55hr/week).
Compensation: hourly wage commensurate with experience, and a large CSA share. Unfortunately, we can not provide housing.
If you are interested in applying, please send a brief introduction and resume to email@example.com. For more information about the farm, please visit our website www.theneighborhoodfarm.com. Please contact us with any questions.
Full Season Crew Members
The crew member position is intended for someone who has farmed for less than two years (or not at all), but is interested in working and learning on a small family farm operation. Crew members will work with the Farm Managers/Owners and Crew Leaders on all aspects of vegetable, herb and flower production and harvesting. These tasks will include, but are not limited to, planting, weeding, irrigation, greenhouse work, harvest, washing and packing.
We are looking for crew members who are flexible, productive, easy to work with, open minded, and responsible, with a good sense of humor to see them through the challenges of farming. Crew members must also have reliable transportation. Continue reading
Hillsdale, New York
SITE MANAGER: Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market at Roe Jan Park seeks individual for 2014 season (5/31-10/25) to set up, staff the market during operating hours, and break down; staff Manager’s table; oversee Community table; oversee guests and volunteers; point of contact for all customer, vendor and safety issues; manage vendor parking and space assignments; be “the face of the market”. Reliable transportation, cell phone required. For details and compensation info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market is seeking new local vendors of fresh fruit, ready-to-eat food, prepared food, “fine” baked goods, goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, poultry, lamb, fish (fresh or smoked), eggs, yogurt, milk, and micro brewed beer.