New Jersey – School Lunch Farm hiring Apprentices/Interns

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Job Description – Organic Farm Apprentice/Intern
2018 Season

Start Date: Spring 2018

Work schedule: 45 1/2 days a week

College Credits: We will fill out paperwork for college credit

Salary: Weekly Stipend

Website: http://www.schoollunchfarm.com

Positions: Apprenticeships/Internships

School Lunch Organic Farm & CSA, located on 70 acres in Northern NJ, is seeking apprentices/interns for the full 2018 season. This job begins in the spring and ends in late fall. The apprenticeship is for individuals have a desire to fully immerse themselves in farming. We ask for up to 5 1/2 days of work per week. Apprentices will learn all aspects of vegetable production and marketing, including weeding, harvesting, washing, CSA distribution helper, greenhouse management, seeding, transplanting, etc. We require a valid drivers license and the ability to lift at least 50lbs. We provide all the vegetables you need.

Educational Opportunities:
Daily activities will include

  • Seed starting in greenhouse, thinning seedlings, and feeding. Direct sowing in fields.
  • Record keeping
  • Bed preparation: rock picking, cultivating, back pack flaming, weeding, and working with drip irrigation
  • Foliar spraying of crops for feeding and pest control
  • Specific techniques for harvesting, cleaning, and storing different 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 volunteers—adults and children

Internship Starts: 04-15-2018

Internship Ends: 11-20-2018

Number of Apprentices: 2

App Deadline: when all positions are filled

Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months, but will consider shorter commitments

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

Skills Desired: Farming requires a strong work ethic. The work is physical and challenging but growing food for families can be a very uplifting experience. We require a valid drivers license and the ability to lift at least 50lbs.

Location:

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

Contact Info:

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.

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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.

 

New Jersey – Hay Operation hiring Farmer

Hay Farmer, Central New Jersey

2018 Season

Job Description

Summary

Property owner seeks a mature and responsible individual to manage the hay operations of a central NJ farm and adjacent properties, with 100 total acres under management.  This is a full-time job for the months May-September 2018. Title is Farm Manager. Part-time workers are available to drive and deliver hay wagons to and from fields, as well as to operate the secondary tractor and baler.  Two cuts of hay are taken, in the May/June and August/September months.  Hay is stored on premises and delivered via a 26′ van truck to horse customers.   This is a five month job that pays well with discretionary bonuses, based on performance and attitude.  Salary/hourly rate commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities

  • Overall management of operations: harvesting hay (running tractor), directing helpers, fixing /repairing machinery, driving large equipment on country roads (tractor and wide implements, 26′ truck box van)
  • Making two “cuts” of hay with mower conditioner, tedding hay, raking and then baling 50 lb. square bales.  Bales are kicked into hay wagons for single man operation.
  • Moving and unloading hay wagons into storage with hay stacking help
  • Delivering hay to stables in central NJ using van truck
  • Maintenance of all farm machinery, to include tractors, mower conditioner, tedders, rake, hay balers, hay wagons, trucks, and hay elevator.
  • End of season maintenance and service of all machines, including oil and filter exchanges.
  • Mowing property owners’ meadows in spring and summer during down times
  • Long work days when hay is being harvested

Qualifications

  • Farming experience with heavy tractors and farm machinery
  • Excellent physical condition
  • Knowledge and experience with and using tractors and hay machinery
  • Comfortable and experienced driving Class 6 truck (26,000 lbs.)
  • Skilled in mechanically to maintain equipment (owner possesses all tools)
  • Organized, prompt, professional
  • Takes direction well, accomplishes job goals with pride
  • Good communication skills
  • Willingness to work long work days
  • Location is Mercer County near Trenton, NJ; applicants must live nearby and have own transportation

Interested individuals should send resume and cover letter to holeinlo@outlook.com

New Jersey – Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm hiring Apprentices

Blairstown, New Jersey

Apprentice Opportunities
Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm

The Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm (CSG) has been a pioneer in the community food movement for 30 years. The farm started as a garden with roadside sales and grew to a CSA that includes over a hundred different vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers, seasonal or year-round distribution, laying chickens, work with school groups, a farm camp, and a thriving apprenticeship program.

The CSG is seeking apprentices for the 2018 season (April to mid-November). Our 300+ member CSA biodynamically manages more than 125 acres of farmland (under Farmland Preservation) in northwestern New Jersey near the Delaware Water Gap.  We share the land with the Genesis Farm Ecological Learning Center.  There are 20 acres in vegetable production, 3.5 acres of orchards and berries and the remainder in meadows. All produce is distributed through a community supported agriculture program.

Applicants should be seeking a hands-on learning experience on a production-oriented farm. We offer apprentices their own room, board, stipend, shared lunches, educational opportunities and involvement in garden festivals in exchange for up to 50 hours of work per week. Apprenticeship housing is in a farmhouse on the farm. It is recommended that applicants visit the farm to evaluate the suitability of the position.

For more detailed information about the apprenticeship program, please see our website. Send a resume and a letter outlining goals and interests in agriculture to:

Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm

41B Silver Lake Road
Blairstown, New Jersey 07825
Telephone:  908-362-7486
Contact:  Judy von Handorf
Website:  http://csgatgenesisfarm.com
e-mail:  csgardeninfo@gmail.com

New Jersey – City Green hiring Director of Agriculture

Clifton, New Jersey

Director of Agriculture

City Green

Who are we:

City Green is a 501c(3) urban farming and gardening organization based in Clifton, NJ working to revitalize urban areas through agriculture and educational programming. It offers practical, technical and financial resources in support of environmental stewardship, equitable access to healthy food, and ecologically sustainable communities.

The Mission of the City Green Farm operation is to demonstrate sustainable and organic urban food production; increase access to local farm-fresh food; and provide meaningful job and volunteer opportunities in an agricultural setting. Through interaction with the farm operation individuals create a connection to their food; value the importance of open space; gain an appreciation for local agriculture in their own community and understand the role sustainable farming practices play in a healthy eco-system.

The City Green Farm Stand and Mobile Market program aims to connect with local governments and community organizations in northern NJ to provide increased access to, and affordability of local, farm-fresh food ensuring good food is available for all. The markets are enhanced by a Double Value Coupon program that incentivizes federal food beneficiaries to purchase healthy food grown by City Green and other local farms.

About the Vegetable Operation:

Home Site:

City Green currently manages 2 acres of intensive vegetable production for its mobile markets and community outreach outlets at its signature farm site in the city of Clifton, New Jersey.  The market gardens are currently managed using a combination of mechanical tools and hand dug beds.  There is a compact tractor and fleet of small implements that fit our intensive scale, as well as a large library of hand tools and lots of volunteers to use them!  The fields have been in vegetable and perennial fruit production since 2010, when the land was acquired.  There is also a half-acre permaculture garden that was installed two years ago that will be under the management of the Director of Farm Operations.

12-acre site:

City Green has newly acquired a 12-acre parcel of land that has the potential to dramatically increase our production capacity.  This farm is located at a satellite location about 40 minutes from the home site.  Given the high demand at City Green’s markets, this is an amazing opportunity to be able to start a larger production farm for our organization.  The 2018 season will be for planning and start-up of growing at this site, building a solid foundation for full production in 2019 and beyond.

About the Position:

Join the talented and dynamic leadership team at City Green as the new Director of Agriculture.  Responsibilities for this position include crop production planning and management, staff supervision, managing volunteer and visitor experiences in the fields, greenhouse production for the fields and for community gardens and an opportunity to design and implement a plan to increase production at our new 12-acre farm site.  The Director of Agriculture will work closely with the team of directors at City Green, and report directly to the Executive Director.  The position is full time, year-round with a seasonally variable work schedule.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the production of organic crops at our intensive market-garden site
  • Supervise, recruit and manage seasonal farm staff
  • Manage all greenhouse production and operations
  • Create and maintain operational budget for farm operations
  • Plan, manage and participate in planting, cultivation, irrigation, and harvesting
  • Manage and care for a fleet of tractors, trucks & equipment; basic mechanic skills required
  • Work closely and cooperatively with the team at City Green to support organization-wide projects in our horticulture, education, special events, community outreach and fundraising departments
  • Direct special projects including fencing, irrigation, carpentry and other capital projects
  • Help train seasonal staff in safety regarding use of equipment, facilities and food production
  • Manage volunteer groups, both large and small in the fields and involve volunteers in all aspects of the farm operations, when possible and appropriate
  • Train high school and college interns in all aspects of crop production
  • Create and implement a plan to utilize the 12-acre, off-site parcel, including building a budget and staffing plan
  • Organize and oversee all aspects of vegetable distribution, including markets, restaurant sales and produce donations
  • Maintain a clean and organized farm, as farm beauty is a high priority at the Home Site Farm
  • Prioritize land stewardship with the City Green team of the Home farm site and 12-acre off-site parcel
  • Other duties as required

Desired Qualifications:

  • A minimum of four years of full season vegetable crop production experience and a minimum of two years of mid-level management or above.
  • Commitment to sustainable farming practices
  • Knowledge of advanced small-scale agricultural production and greenhouse propagation
  • Expertise with farm equipment and machinery
  • Experience with farm budgeting, crop planning and soil fertility planning
  • Highly motivated with the ability to train and work with a diverse group of people in a farm operation setting
  • Strong leadership, organizational, collaborative and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability in labor management
  • Attention to detail and desire to prioritize farm aesthetics is important
  • A good attitude, strong written and verbal communication skills, willingness to be flexible, and a commitment to achieving the goals of City Green are required
  • Enjoy working with people and a commitment to building community and maintaining partnerships
  • The ability to be self-motivated and to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Be willing and eager to learn new skills in order to meet the broad range of tasks that will be assigned to the position
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license.

Hours, Salary & Benefits

  • Competitive salary, commensurate upon experience.
  • Generous paid vacation, sick and personal time
  • Health Insurance Reimbursement.
  • Vegetables!

o Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter and references to:

Meryl LaTronica

meryl.latronica@gmail.com

New Jersey – Snapping Turtle Farm hiring Farm Manager

Cranbury, New Jersey

Organic Farm Manager – Central New Jersey

Farm Manager with minimum 3 years of experience in vegetable production sought for a 40 acre transitional organic farm.

Snapping Turtle Farm in Cranbury, New Jersey is a vegetable crop farm in its second year of operation. We are currently transitioning to organic with certification expected in 2018.  We are looking for a farm manager to work with the owner to grow area under production from 2 acres to 10 ten acres over the next few years. In addition to the skills and requirements listed below, the successful candidate is expected to assist with planning and overseeing the build out of new farm infrastructure.

Applicants with education (formal and informal) in agriculture and other select areas will be given special consideration.

Skills:

  • Knowledge of sustainable, organic and conventional farming practices
  • Previous experience in farming of fresh market vegetables
  • Minimum of High school degree or equivalent
  • Good communication and recordkeeping skills
  • Experience in managing farm labor
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English is a plus
  • Safely and skillfully operating tractors, farm equipment, and delivery trucks

Duties: duties will include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist owner in planning and implementation of new packinghouse and equipment storage facilities
  • Assist in hiring and managing schedules for farm crew members (production, harvest, and packinghouse)
  • Management of all farm labor force (production, harvest, and packinghouse)
  • Execution and management of fertilizer, irrigation, pesticides and cultural practices
  • Management and maintenance of farm equipment
  • Managing a detailed and well planned crop schedule for year round production of fresh and storage crops
  • Participating in and directing staff in the timely completion of necessary tasks (hand weeding, irrigation, installing trellises, etc)
  • Managing irrigation on the farm

Requirements:

  • Commitment to organic, natural, sustainable, and organic principles
  • Excellent understanding of an organic farm operation including certification
  • Ability to work 7 days a week during peak production and harvest periods
  • Must be physically capable of working long days and lifting 40+ lbs
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License with a satisfactory motor vehicle record
  • Three professional references, with a strong preference for agricultural references are required. References may be contacted to verify information.
  • Minimum 2-year commitment

Salaried full time position. Compensation commensurate with experience. Great opportunity for the right candidate who will have a say in the general direction of the operation and possibility to participate in profit sharing based on performance.

Application Process: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.  Please submit a resume, three references, and a cover letter for consideration to allison@snappingturtlefarm.com attention Allison Akbay, Snapping Turtle Farm

New Jersey – Grow It Green Morristown hiring Executive Director

Morristown, New Jersey

Executive Director

Job Description

Organization Description:

Grow It Green Morristown is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create sustainable farms and gardens that provide equal access to fresh, local food and educate communities through programs focused on healthy eating and environmental stewardship. We fulfill our mission through two key properties in Morristown, the Early Street Community Garden and the Urban Farm.

Job Description:

Grow It Green Morristown seeks an Executive Director to lead the day-to-day operations of the organization toward achieving its mission. The Executive Director is a full-time position that reports to the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all operational facets of the organization, including staff management, fundraising, event execution and promotion, program development, marketing & communications, financial management and working with the Board of Directors on realizing the mission of the organization.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

Primary Functions:

  • Manage staff and volunteers in all organization functions
  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop and/or refine long-term strategic goals for the organization, building on an existing strategic plan
  • Oversee annual budget, with help from the Finance Committee of the Board, ensuring compliance with the organization’s financial policy
  • Lead all donor-related activity including stewardship, donor recognition, grant writing and management and special events. Work closely with Board Fundraising Committee and Communications & Development Manager on fundraising plan, identifying individual, corporate and foundation donors, cultivating relationships and soliciting gifts on behalf of Grow It Green.
  • Oversee communications and marketing strategies that promote Grow It Green Morristown’s programs and initiatives, in collaboration with the Communications & Development Manager. These may include: local, regional and national media; social media, e-newsletters & website; community events and speaking engagements.
  • Represent the organization to external stakeholders, speaking on behalf of the organization at community events, conferences, meetings with partner organizations and to media outlets.
  • Oversee organizational finances, make bank deposits, pay bills, issue invoices and liaise with bookkeeper to ensure accuracy of QuickBooks records
  • Lead organization administration, such as government reporting requirements, insurance policies & record-keeping, as needed
  • Keep board members informed of all relevant matters concerning Grow It Green by preparing monthly verbal and written reports for Board Meetings. Meet regularly with Board President.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Successful candidates for this position will have at least 5 years of experience working in some combination of these areas: business or nonprofit management, fundraising, or marketing/sales. A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for Grow It Green’s mission and an interest in urban agriculture
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and management skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Must be dependable, kind, organized, flexible and have a sense of humor
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to produce a variety of written deliverables, ranging from grant applications, press releases, newsletters and social media
  • Experience planning and leading events
  • Strong attention to detail is a must
  • A strong work ethic and ability to work independently with minimal oversight
  • Spanish fluency is a plus

Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to jobs@growitgreenmorristown.org. The deadline to apply is November 20, 2017.