Missouri – Black Gold Farm hiring Farm Manager

Arbyrd, Missouri

Farm Manager – Black Gold Farms has a Farm Manager position available at its Arbyrd, MO location. Responsibilities include: Coordinating & leading employees; compiling records on the crops; procuring quality land; creating schedules for planting, crop input applications, irrigation, equipment readiness & harvesting; directing harvest operations, conducting off-season activities, and managing the farms budget.

Production agriculture & management experience is required. A bachelor’s degree in ag or related field is desired, as well as experience in equipment management, irrigation, basic agronomy, budgeting, record keeping & Microsoft software programs. Potato experience is not necessary.

Black Gold has an excellent benefits package, including health, dental, vision, life insurance, a company funded health savings account, short term disability, critical illness insurance, accident insurance, a 401(k) program with company match, paid time off, paid holidays, retirement bonus, and an incentive bonus. A company vehicle is also provided with this position. Relocation assistance may be provided if necessary.

Apply online at www.blackgoldfarms.com/employment.php or email resume to employment@blackgoldfarms.com

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Missouri – Ludwig Farmstead Creamery hiring Farmers Market/Demo Representative

St. Louis, Missouri Metro area

Farmers Market/Demo Representative

Ludwig Farmstead Creamery

Come work for the slow food movement for a small artisan cheese making company located in Fithian, IL. We make artisan raw cow’s milk cheeses in small batches on our 5th generation farm. We are looking for a responsible person to work part time evenings and weekends in the St. Louis, MO metro area. The hours are typically Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday during the day. Starting in April for the Farmers Market season, there is also a market every Wednesday evening. However, for special events they can occur any day during the week.

If you have worked in food services, the retail industry or customer service and like interacting with customers, we want you to join our team as a part-time Product Demonstrator.

The part-time Product Demonstrator position requires you to prepare and demonstrate food products to customers. You must be able to positively engage customers to promote and increase the sales of our cheeses.

www.ludwigfarmsteadcreamery.com

Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to Stephanie@ludwigfarmsteadcreamery.com.

Qualifications

  • Possess a strong work ethic, Self-starter: looks for work, good initiative
  • Ability to interact positively with customers, peers and supervisors
  • Dependable, reliable and able to perform duties with minimal supervision
  • The ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills, a neat appearance, and superb customer focus
  • Part-time schedule-must be able to work flexible hours to include work availability for weekends
  • Must be able to stand the duration of the shift and perform routine tasks with minimal supervision
  • Must be physically able to perform job functions, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Requires ability to follow written and verbal instructions and work independently
  • Must have basic computer skills
  • Prior sales experience preferred, but not required
  • Must use safe food handling practices
  • Valid driver’s license with dependable transportation
  • Extremely organized and detail oriented
  • Maintains positive attitude – upbeat
  • Excellent follow through – gets job done

Job Duties

  • Keep supplies and equipment clean and organized
  • Order new supplies as needed
  • Complete paperwork for each event
  • Use safe food handling practices and cut, package and keep cheese refrigerated for each event
  • Serve cheese samples to potential customers and explain how the cheese is made and the different types of cheese and what are some common ways the cheese can be used and paired with other foods and drinks
  • Handling customer’s questions and concerns
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • Must be willing to work indoors/outdoors in all kinds of weather.
  • For farmers markets you will need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Set up market tent, tables, tent weights, and display
  • Handle cash/credit card payments
  • Must have a smart phone and/or tablet for farmers market events with data to use Square for payments

Interested candidates should send a resume to Stephanie Peace at stephanie@ludwigfarmsteadcreamery.com.

Missouri – EarthDance Organic Farm School hiring AmeriCorps VISTA Positions

Ferguson, Missouri

EarthDance Organic Farm School is now hiring for two AmeriCorps VISTA positions!

EarthDance Organic Farm School is a nationally-recognized non-profit organization combining food production, agroecology education, and community development.  EarthDance manages mixed vegetable, fruit, and livestock production on our 14 acre historic farm in Ferguson, Missouri, in a residential area in a close suburb of St. Louis while engaging all ages in programs on sustainable living, farming, and gardening.

Serving at our farm through the AmeriCorps VISTA program is a great way to gain career experience, build community relationships, and give back through a year of service. VISTA’s are paid a monthly stipend, have access to healthcare enrollment, and are awarded up to $5,815.00 at the end of their year of service to be used towards education expenses or to pay back federal student loans. Learn more about becoming anAmeriCorps VISTA here!

Volunteer Coordinator.  Build community and capacity at EarthDance by leading diverse groups in service at EarthDance.  The Volunteer Coordinator will recruit, train, and manage volunteers on the farm, for special events, and in the office. Download the full job description here.

Complete the AmeriCorps Application HERE.

Videography Associate.  Create videos documenting the impact of EarthDance’s programs.  Utilize your creativity and skills to grow the good food movement and make Ferguson a better place to eat for all. Download the full job description here.

Complete the AmeriCorps Application HERE.

Positions start in early July. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

To Apply:

  1. Fill out EarthDance’s AmeriCorps VISTA Application here.
  2. Submit your resume and cover letter to work@earthdancefarms.org

Missouri – EarthDance Organic Farm School hiring Farm Manager

Ferguson, Missouri

Farm Manager

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking a seasoned and dynamic farmer to serve as a mentor and educator to beginner farmers while optimizing mixed vegetable, fruit, and livestock production on our 14 acre historic farm in Ferguson, Missouri, in a residential area in a close suburb of St. Louis. The Farm Manager will design and implement innovative systems to maximize production, educate 25-35 part-time apprentices through field walks and classes, and contribute to long-term visioning and planning for a nationally-recognized non-profit organization combining food production, agroecology education, and community development.

A significant part of the Farm Manager’s responsibilities will be carrying out on-farm education for EarthDance apprentices and volunteers. The Farm Manager will work closely with the Program Director, Farm Manager & Founding Director to ensure that the training objectives of the EarthDance Farm & Garden Apprenticeship are being met.  To read more about the position, find the full Farm Manager Job Description at http://www.earthdancefarms.org/contact/join-our-team/.

Our farm site is designed with permaculture principles at its core.  It has 6 tillable acres, 7,980 sq ft of high tunnels,a 30’x96’ greenhouse, farmhouse office,  a 36’x40’ harvest house, a 200 tree mixed perennial orchard planted on berms and swales with our annual crops alley cropped between, along with pastured poultry, mushrooms, herbs, cut flowers, a small pasture, prairie, and mixed woodlot.  In 2017 we are focusing our production from 4 acres to 1 acre under intensive no-till management.

EarthDance Organic Farm School runs a variety of programs to educate all ages about organic farming and gardening, permaculture and sustainability.  Our flagship program is our Farm & Garden Apprenticeship program, in which 25-35 adults take classes and do 8 hours a week of hands-on education and training on the farm.  We run a paid job training program for Ferguson teens, engage students in a vocational program from the school district, host field trips and volunteers, and host neighborhood children in summer programs with seniors to encourage healthy habits.  We also collaborate on research projects with nearby universities and research institutions.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Continue reading

Oran Mor seeking Volunteers, Interns, and Members

Ozark County, Missouri

Accepting volunteers, interns, and members! We are working on several natural building projects utilizing timber framing, cob, and rock. Our gardens are taking off and we are in the process of adding layers (shrubs and trees) to our primary vegetable gardens, as well as adding annual veggies to our wilder spaces.

We are a small egalitarian community and organic farm established in June of 2003 and situated on 113 acres in the hills of Ozark County, MO. The terrain is rocky with several creeks and we enjoy four distinctly, beautiful seasons.

We raise dairy goats, egg chickens, geese, guineas, dogs n cats, and various vegetables using local organic inputs and no-till design. We work to put the principles of Permaculture into daily practice, using clean energy resources and recycling our waste as best we can. We are stiving to minimize our reliance on fossil fuels and electricity as much
as possible, while still being involved in our broader community.

We offer a wide range of skilled and unskilled work experiences in gardening, cooking, canning, fermentation, sustainable construction, milking, cheesemaking, forestry, salvage, maintenance, and more. We have an ongoing need for alternative, ecologically aware construction, organic permaculture style gardening, home and land improvement, and hard workers with thoughtful conversations.

Current Projects – milking goats, lots of permaculture gardening, tree planting, landscaping, making herbal remedies, goat fencing, solar oven, shower and more!

Our commitment to living simply translates to many lifestyle choices here. Our main communal building runs on solar power and has few ammenities. We do have internet! We have a trailer connected to the grid primarily to power our chest freezer. We do all of our cooking on woodfires year round, which means cooking in our outdoor kitchen in the
warmer months. Our laundry is done by hand and dried on clothes lines.  Our dishes are done by hand using water heated on our woodfire. These are some central differences to what most folks are used to. It is a commitment of time and effort, and we feel it is rewarding and pays off. We love life and we have fun with our commitments.

Length of stay is entirely negotiable. We are accepting new members. Meals are communal. WWOOFers will be expected to attend daily priority meetings and to take an active part in chores and projects. Opportunities are available year ’round. Very limited transportation is available. Children and pets are welcome with prior approval.

Alcohol is enjoyed on holidays and special occasions.

We respect tobacco as a very energy intensive indulgence, but also respect the bodily sovereinty of our members who do smoke. Tobacco is not used as a social habit and smokers are asked to step away when they do smoke.

To apply for a normal visit, we encourage folks to fill out our visitor questionnaire here: http://oranmorcommunity.org/visitor.html or to give us a phone call at 417-250-9252. For folks interested in membership, here is our membership questionnaire: http://oranmorcommunity.org/membership.html . We have a 28 day visitor period where we will all feel things out and see if it is a good fit for the interested person and all the current members here. If we are getting along there is a 1 year provisional membership period, and after that the person could become a full member. All members (provisional and full) share land, labor, and income in common. We are egalitarian so we have shared ownership of all resources here. Folks are welcome to stay as long as we get along, without seeking membership. We have internship and volunteer opportunities open for extended durations. Currently we are really interested in herbal interns to help with our herbal business and cob interns to help with our many cob projects!

Crown Valley Organics hiring Assistant Field Manager

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

Job Description:  Assistant Field Manager (Position to begin 2015)

Summary:  This position requires a dynamic person who is comfortable with being flexible and taking on whatever tasks this new and evolving farm requires.  In early spring the rest of our staff is busy in the Greenhouse and a lot of responsibility falls on this team member to get things done without much assistance.  The key responsibility is being present in the field to oversee that daily tasks are completed to the Field Manager’s specifications.  This position requires patience, a good sense of humor, ability to weigh importance of tasks and order accordingly, motivation to set an efficient working pace, attention to detail, and a keen understanding of how to efficiently weed, harvest, water and plant.  Weekend availability and flexibility is essential for this position.  The successful candidate will have some experience with customer service and will be available to sell at Saturday farmer’s market at least twice per month.

Skill Level Required:  Preference given to those with at least 2 years experience working on an organic farm or to those having a degree or certificate in Horticulture or Agriculture.  At least some experience working with plants is required.  Applicants must have the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, work long hours doing repetitive manual labor, and be able to work in harsh weather conditions.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Working and communicating with the Field Supervisor to implement the growing plan by following and amending the schedule as needed.
  • Coordinating with the Greenhouse staff to ensure seedlings are on schedule for planting and communicating needs, retrieving the seedlings to be planted as necessary in the proper manner
  • Assist in overseeing the timing and method for harvest, processing (sorting, cleaning, and quality control), and packaging of vegetables for wholesale, farmer’s market, and C.S.A. share sales.
  • Efficiently organizing the timing of, and guiding field hands in the proper implementation of all other necessary tasks in the field such as weeding, fertilizing, turning under cover crop, spreading straw, mulching, etc…
  • Working with the Field Supervisor in pest management by locating and communicating about insect and weed problems in the field. Applying pest management practices such as remay fabric, and occasionally OMRI approved insecticide or anti-microbial spray.
  • Managing the compost program by keeping piles turned, burning diseased materials, correcting moisture content, and screening compost for use – some tractor experience is preferred.
  • This position requires driving the company delivery van to the St. Louis area. No special licensing is required.

Compensation:

We are able to offer a starting rate of $13 – $15 per hour for this position depending on experience.  This is a full-time year round position.  There is also the option for a medical, dental and vision healthcare plan after 3 months.  After one year there is one week of paid vacation time available per year and an option for a 401K plan.

Interested applicants should call Brigitte Zettl at 573-535-4633

Southern Boone Learning Garden hiring Communications AmeriCorps Position

Ashland, Missouri

Position Available

Southern Boone Learning Gardens Communications AmeriCorps

Overview: The Southern Boone Learning Garden (SBLG) engages the Southern Boone community in healthy eating, active living, and environmental stewardship. The Communications AmeriCorps will work with SBLG as part of the Local Food AmeriCorps Project, administered by the Missouri River Communities Network. This project helps non-profits, small businesses, individuals, and others improve lives through local food. The AmeriCorps position outlined below will be based in Ashland, MO.

Application deadline: 7/21/2014          Start date: 8/1/2014

Duties: The Southern Boone Learning Gardens Communications AmeriCorps position is not a standard job, but rather a year of service. This position is full-time. The AmeriCorps member will:

  •       Provide community outreach by developing brochures, newsletters, calendars, websites, and material for social media outlets.
  •       Teach outdoor education classes for students of all ages.
  •        Manage databases for SBLG. Update all data for volunteers, donors, and SBLG’s wish list.
  •        Develop curriculum and evaluations for visitors to the Learning Garden such as school groups, after-school clubs, and community workshops.
  •        Recruit volunteers.
  •        Represent SBLG at meetings, conferences, and workshops with multiple organizations.
  •       Design, implement, and evaluate guides for teachers using the Learning Gardens.

Benefits and conditions: The position is 1,700 hours per year. AmeriCorps members are responsible for obtaining their own housing (assistance in house searches can be requested through the Missouri River Communities Network). AmeriCorps members receive a stipend and benefits, including:

  • Living allowance ($12,100/year, taxable income, paid every two weeks).
  • Education Award ($5,645 to be used for student loans or future education expenses, transferable to AmeriCorps member’s children or grandchildren).
  • Limited health coverage
  •  Relocation Allowance ($500 for arrival, duplicated for departure)
  •  Childcare assistance (if eligible)

To apply: Go to https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do, create a login name and password, fill out an application, and submit the application to the Southern Boone Learning Gardens Communications AmeriCorps position (search for AmeriCorps positions in MO).

Or send your resume and cover letter to:

Steve Johnson

Missouri River Communities Network

200 Old 63 South; Ste. 203

Columbia, MO, 65201-6081

manitoubluffs@gmail.com

573-256-2602

For more information on this and other positions, visit www.moriver.org/prospective-vistas/