Vermont – Kiss the Cow Farm hiring Organic Farm/Ice Cream Apprentice

Barnard, Vermont

Job Title: Organic Farm/Ice Cream Apprentice

Internship Starts: 07-01-2017
Internship Ends: 11-01-2017
Number of Interns: 2
General Description: Kiss the Cow Farm is an organic, grass-based dairy selling farmstead ice cream and raw milk from our small herd of Jersey cows. We also raise and sell pastured eggs, broilers, ducks, and turkeys. In our spare time we make several hundred round bales every summer.

Skills Desired: You need to have a positive-can-do attitude, be self-motivated, hard-working, inquisitive, and a good communicator. If you have the courage to try things and you smile at bad jokes in spite of yourself, then you will probably fit in. This is a learning experience: you need to want to learn. You will need to be reasonably fit and able to lift 50 lbs regularly. You should also be able to work outside in all weather conditions from rain to mid-summer heat. Please no smoking, drug use, excessive alcohol consumption, or pets. A valid drivers’s license is required.

Educational Opportunities: Days are physically demanding with hard work and long hours filled with chores, projects, customers and laughter! We take plenty of breaks, chatting, reading, and catching some vitamin D sunrays. Our standards are high and necessarily so as we are entrusting you to prepare dairy and poultry products for safe human consumption. Please consider this commitment before applying. However, we find the work enjoyable, lots of interesting folks to chat with, tons of things to laugh and giggle about, and very entertaining and often cute animals to distract us. This is really your experience, not ours. While working closely with us some of the time, you will also have independent responsibilities. So let us know what you want to learn, what you want to be able to competently do when you move on. We’ll try to incorporate your goals into the experience you have with us.

We share a 500 acre, historic farm with other ag enterprises (veggies, beef cows, hard cider). Crews from all the farms share a weekly lunch together. Lots of farming activity and other younger and older, like-minded people to interact with. Near Silver Lake State Park and lots of hiking trails. And we co-host a weekly farmers’ market with local vendors, awesome bands, tacos, hard cider, kombucha & ice cream for a few hundred people. It’s a very cool time. This is a typical, rural Vermont experience. Life’s great here. Come experience it yourself!

Housing: There are bedrooms upstairs in the farm house. Or you could choose to live in your tent anywhere on the surrounding several hundred acres of woodland and eat what you can forage, but hey, it’s your choice! We’ve also retrofitted the sugar house into a 1-2 person residence.

Meals: As for room & board, well basically you become a member of the farmily! You have your own fully equipped, outside kitchen, dining area and shower. Basic ingredients as well as veggies & diary are provided, as is a weekly food allowance. Laundry, another shower and kitchen are also available in the main house. While not vegetarians ourselves, we love veggies and there are plenty in the summer and fall!

Stipend: Absolutely! Plus room & board. Plus unending learning opportunities from professional educators. Plus responsibility & practice so you can confidently do this on your own which is, of course, the whole point of an internship….

Internship Details: This is an immersion experience. You will be part of a small, (currently) all-woman team making decisions and managing the farm on a day-to-day basis. You will experience first-hand what it takes to run a diverse, organic farm. Apprenticeships are not easy as the hours are long and the work is physical. However, there is no better way to learn the craft of small-scale agriculture than to roll up your sleeves and do it. The primary goal of our apprenticeship program is to teach you what you need to know and give you plenty of practice and the confidence to pursue your own farm dream.

Our internships focus on three areas, dairy herd management, pastured poultry management and ice cream making. Depending on your interest, you may focus on one area, but will still be involved in all aspects of managing a small, grass-based farm, including: milking, feeding, moving animals to new pastures, the installation and maintenance of fence and water systems, calf care, herd health and nutrition, safety, dairy protocols and processes. You’ll be raising poultry from day-old chicks, feeding, watering, moving field pens, tracking batches, processing, packaging, and delivering to customers. You will not only learn to make ice cream, but help us create the processes for this new adventure. You will participate at farmers markets and enterprise brainstorming, assist with marketing, cleaning, repairs, maintenance, and construction projects.

About the Hosts: Both Lisa and Randy are educators with master’s degrees in education. Most learning is experiential and one-on-one, plus what topics and questions come out of dairy conversations. We typically teach by example.

Our farm journey is still a surprise to us. It all started years ago with 6 chickens. We’ve now 450 layer hens, several hundred meat birds, and a dozen or so cows. So basically, it’s out of control! Thank God we love this life, the land, our animals and friends. Why do we do this? Easy peasy: we want to grow good food for our friends and neighbors, teach something meaningful to others, and leave things in better shape than when we found them.

Contact Info: Email –  kissthecowfarm@gmail.com

Phone – 802-763-3921

Web – www.kissthecowfarm.com

California – Paradise Valley Produce hiring Multiple Positions

Bolinas, California

Paradise Valley Produce is a small scale organic row crop farm in Bolinas, CA that has been in operation for about 40 years. We use new and traditional bio intensive practices to cultivate the highest quality produce with a focus on soil health and microbial life.

Job description:

We have two positions available for seasonal employees with experience in farming, a strong work ethic and a desire to learn. The first is from July-December and the other is July-September. At Paradise Valley you will be involved with all aspects of the farm, from seeding, weeding, transplanting, building, harvesting, farmer’s markets, deliveries, etc. Farm days can be long and hard but often rewarding. We need those who join our team to have an open mind and a passion for their work. Every farm is different and Paradise Valley is especially unique in its practices, location and experience.

Paradise Valley Produce provides basic housing with a shared kitchen, bathroom, and shower. Food produced at the farm is free for consumption and the local town is 2 miles away.

Interns or employees will be involved in all aspects of growing. Starting seed, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and selling  at markets. Making microbial brews, plant extracts, compost and compost tea’s. Enjoying the food we grow and the place we live and the people we share it with.  We work five and a half days a week alternating markets on the weekends. Please send us a cover letter and a resume to paradisevalleyproduce210@gmail.com. You can also see our website www.pvpfarm.com for more information.

New York – Black Pheasant Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Dover Plains, New York

Full-time or part-time farm workers sought for employment at Black Pheasant Farm LLC, a certified organic farm in Dover Plains, New York.

Job openings for various experience, skill and pay levels.  Weekend jobs available. Farm experience, mechanical skill and landscaping knowledge helpful.  Jobs require physical work.  Will train and educated in organic farming.

Farm located less than 2 hours from NYC.  Applicants must be reliable, hard-working and have required work clothes, boots, gloves etc.

Interested candidates can email a brief “experience summary” to AndrewJMaggio@gmail.com

Ohio – Bluebird Organic Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Cadiz, Ohio

Bluebird Organic Farm – Farm Manager

Full time

Start Date: Immediate

Compensation: $15/hr, produce

Join the team at Bluebird Farm, work beside and learn organic farming from OEFFA founding member and 40-year organic farming veteran Mick Luber.  Manage the production and harvest of apples, vegetables, and wild crops (including ramps, berries, and mushrooms) on a 65-acre certified organic farm. This full-time position will be responsible for all daily activities including (but not limited to) seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, setting up irrigation, and washing and packing vegetables. Candidates should be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs., and expect to work on their feet for 10+ hours a day. Occasionally longer hours may be required on market days, during high harvest periods, episodes of drought, etc. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Mick Luber at bluebirdorganicfarm@gmail.com.

Bluebird Organic Farm – Farm Hand

Cadiz, OH

Full Time

Start Date: Immediate

Compensation: $8/hr, produce

Join the Bluebird Farm team and apprentice with OEFFA founding member and 40-year organic farming veteran Mick Luber.  Assist in the production and harvest of apples, vegetables, and wild crops (including ramps, berries, and mushrooms) on a 65-acre certified organic farm. This full-time position will assist with all daily activities including (but not limited to) seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, setting up irrigation, and washing and packing vegetables. Candidates should be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs., and expect to work on their feet for 10+ hours a day. Occasionally longer hours may be required on market days, during high harvest periods, episodes of drought, etc. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Mick Luber at bluebirdorganicfarm@gmail.com.

Connecticut – Small Organic Farm hiring Farm Manager

Wallingford, Connecticut
Full Time Employee to manage a small organic farm in Wallingford.
Candidate needs the skills/knowledge to run a small organic farm from Spring to Fall in Wallingford, CT. The candidate must have vegetable farming experience and must have their own transportation.
This person will be responsible for farming and maintaining the property, as well as planting and harvesting.
The hours of the position will be: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, MondaySaturday
Please call the owner, Bob McNeil, at (203) 507-3507.

Maine – Two Farmers Farm hiring Farm Crew Member

Scarborough, Maine

We have an immediate opening for a Farm Crew member. Ideal candidate will be able to start work before May 22.

Overview: Two Farmers Farm is a certified Organic four-season vegetable farm located on a historic farmstead in Scarborough, Maine. We’re a small team of hardworking farmers using high-production systems, mechanization, and season-extension to grow over 30 different crops for local farmers’ markets, grocers, chefs and distributors.

We strive to exemplify the potential for farmers to maintain a high quality of life while achieving excellent land stewardship, equitably supporting our employees, preserving rural heritage, and furthering the movement for a more sustainable food system.

Who we are: Our team is made up of owners Kelsey and Dominic, 2-3 full-time crew members, and 2+ part-time workers.

Job description: Farm Crew members are highly skilled workers who carry real responsibility and are actively engaged in improving the farm. Crew members participate in most aspects of sowing, planting, growing, harvesting, and packing produce. Crew members also help with day-to-day farm upkeep such as mowing, crate washing, and handling OMRI-approved substances.  Some crew members also work at our farmers’ market stands and/or deliver to our wholesale accounts.

During the summer, harvesting is a top priority for the farm crew. We harvest vegetables on most days, with Tuesdays and Fridays being the busiest days as we prep for our Wednesday and Saturday farmers’ markets and deliveries. Nearly all of this work is done by hand.

Kelsey & Dominic are the owners and day-to-day managers of the farm. They develop daily work plans for the crew, oversee all aspects of the farm, and often work alongside the farm crew.

Crew members will also work independently. Successful crew members are assertive communicators, comfortable asking questions, and receptive to feedback. Crew members take on more responsibility based on skills development and level of commitment to the farm.

Schedule: We strive to maintain a reasonable and consistent work schedule that averages 40 hours/week year-round. From May through October we work 7am-5pm M-F; hours reduce to 24-40 hours/week during the rest of the year.  Please refer to our Farm Crew Handbook for the complete 2017 schedule.

Qualifications:

  • No farming experience required

  • Outdoor physical labor experience is strongly preferred.

  • Must commit to working until Thanksgiving 2017. Year-round employment is available to the right candidate.

  • Must be able to accommodate the seasonally-adjusted schedule, outlined in the Farm Crew Handbook.

  • Successful farm crew members will be proactive, detail-oriented, tireless workers, who have an eagerness to learn, a belief in local food systems, and a positive attitude.

  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record.

  • Women, minorities and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.

Compensation:

  • Paid hourly, $12/hour to start.

  • Seasonal performance bonus(es) awarded as earned.

  • Housing is not provided.

To apply:

  • On-farm working interview is required.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Maine – Ripley Farm hiring Farm Worker

Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

2017 Organic Vegetable Farm Worker Job Description

Website: www.ripleyorganicfarm.com

Ripley Farm is a five acre MOFGA Certified Organic vegetable farm located in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.  We cultivate a wide diversity of vegetables, flowers, perennials, and herbs, which we sell primarily through our 100+ member summer CSA, our 40+ member Winter CSA, and wholesale accounts.  We place a special emphasis on growing, delivering, and eating the best quality vegetables and would love for you to join our team.  If you are interested in working hard, eating well, and producing healthy food, this is the job for you!

Timeframe:  We are seeking to hire part time or full time seasonal employees from mid-June through early November 2017.  There is potential for continuing part time work through the winter months starting in December.

Work description:  We are a small family-run farm.  Our employees are important to our success and work closely with the owners to complete daily tasks.  The primary job responsibilities of our farm workers are:

  • Harvesting vegetables by hand
  • Washing and packing vegetables for sale
  • Weeding by hand and with hand tools
  • Hand transplanting of seedlings into the field
  • Possible delivery of vegetables
  • Possible tractor work

Hours:  We are hiring for up to 40 hours per week.  Additional hours may be available in late September through the end of October should you desire to increase.  Work hours are 7am to 4pm with a one hour unpaid lunch (bring your own) taken around midday.

Compensation:  Hourly pay is commensurate with experience level.   Employees are encouraged to take home any second-quality vegetables that cannot be sold.

Qualifications:

  • Farming or comparable manual labor experience preferred
  • Tractor experience a plus
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • 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

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 Ripley Farm, please email Gene at ripleyfarm @ gmail . com the following items:

  1. A one-page letter introducing yourself and describing your availability (which days of the week you are able to work) and why you want the farm worker job at Ripley 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.