Connecticut – Devon Point Farm hiring Farm Intern

Woodstock, Connecticut

FARM INTERN at Organic Farm in Woodstock, CT

(housing and stipend provided)

Devon Point Farm, Woodstock, CT a ‘beyond organic’ Vegetable CSA & grass fed beef operation has positions open for interns in SUMMER (May-August) and FALL (August-November)

Our apprentice program includes housing, stipend and teaches all “behind-the-scenes” aspects of running profitable & sustainable farm business including farm bookkeeping, financial planning & management, grant writing, & the holistic approach animal and crop production planning. Cattle herd management, breeding philosophy, grassfed beef production, marketing and processing. All aspects of CSA business management, organic vegetable & flower farm operations, field crop planning, equipment, etc. To Apply:  See full position description at: www.devonpointfarm.com. Apply via email: devonpointfarm @gmail.com with cover letter, resume, & photo.

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Missouri – Red Ridge Farms hiring Multiple Positions

Odessa, Missouri

RED RIDGE FARMS, ODESSA MISSOURI : Management & Labor Positions (FARM,KITCHEN,STORE)

Red Ridge Farms is a four season 3 ½ acre certified organic production farm with a commercial (and gluten free) kitchen. On our farm we typically produce over 20,000 pounds of certified organic vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. We grow about 70 crops annually, sell at farmers markets, wholesale, and through our CSA program. Our kitchen focuses on farm to table foods, as we strive to be part of the solution for local farmers striving to ‘scale up’. We are active members of the Kansas City Food Hub, helping to create wholesale solutions for farmers throughout Kansas City.

We are seeking reliable (full season commitment) individuals to work beginning in March or April. We are a host farm for the Growing Growers program if you are interested in a position as an apprenticeship. We have housing available for the right people.

Job Openings:

Sales and store manager: the right person in this job will increase sales to local customers through our farm store, create and manage an online store, write a weekly email to CSA members and customers, and conduct social media. This position could be incorporated with other kitchen, farm, and store needs to create a full-time position. The position requires attention to detail, an ability to collaborate with a diverse, hard-working team, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and proficiency in standard computer programs. Prior experience managing social media accounts and websites are a plus. We are hard-working and expect the same from qualified applicants.

Part-time (leading to full-time) experienced kitchen staff: Our kitchen prepares gluten free, made from scratch meals, bakery items, healthy snacks (paleo, keto, etc) and canned goods. We are seeking individuals who can create a wide range of foods while maintaining a level of cleanliness that exceeds health code standards. We pride ourselves on creating gluten free foods that don’t taste gluten free- just delicious. We make our own flour mixes with an emphasis on adding nutrition- not using filler. Looking for individuals who communicate well, provide excellent customer service (while 6 things are cooking in the oven), maintain safety standards, respect others,stay team-focused, and can listen and make changes on the ‘fly’. If you are this super-hero and know how to use a knife, please apply!

Full-Time Farm manager (must demonstrate experience, commitment, and ability to lead others- verifiable supervisory experience is preferred). This person will run (most) of the day to day operations of our farm. This will include: production, training and supervising other staff, harvest and market prep, attending farmers markets, and some record keeping. Ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience in several core areas of production, harvest, pack, and marketing. The ability to manage other, less experienced workers is essential to farm operations being accomplished smoothly.

Part-time laborers & interns (this is difficult work- those who demonstrate ability to work full time… can work full time- we have plenty to do, but we find most enjoy about 20-30 hours per week). Help with ‘all things on the farm’. Mostly hand work. Could include some on-farm construction for the right individual (erect high tunnel, light repair/remodeling) A lot of weeding, planting and picking. We will happily train and teach the right individuals.

Please note: farm work is hard work. We are looking for individuals who can maintain a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the job when weather conditions and the job are less than ‘ideal’ (weeding becomes monotonous, and you may work many of your hours alone).

Volunteers– we ask our volunteers commit to at least 4-6 hours in one shift per week. We prefer a longer shift (6 hours is ideal), as that allows for training. Volunteer opportunities exist in many areas- most, but not all, require manual labor. Depending on volunteer work chosen and hours offered, we are happy to exchange dedication for organic production training and a weekly share of the harvest.

Our farm and store are almost an hour east of downtown Kansas City, south of Odessa, Missouri.

Depending on skill and experience, pay is typically $9-$15/hour. These positions could become full-time, year round employment.

Send letter of interest/cover letter and resume to jaaazfarms@gmail.com.

The very important part: we do this because we are passionate about improving the local food culture. We love our customers and love their stories of health and success found through improved diet. But we also acknowledge that at times this is an impossibly difficult job. At times, this lifestyle is repetitive, boring, and physically and mentally draining. But we keep coming to work each day because we are fighting an important battle. We want to be a part of creating a sustainable future for this farm and others in the community. If you want to work really hard, be part of a dynamic community, and really push yourself to learn, please apply.

Maine – Green Spark Farm hiring Organic Farm Crew

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Organic Farm Crew at Green Spark Farm – Full Time

Green Spark Farm produces vegetables year-round, and cut flowers, garden seedlings, and herbs in season in coastal Cape Elizabeth, Maine. We grow rare and uniquely flavorful and colorful produce. We employ between four and seven employees on the farm from April to November, and one person year-round. We produce beautiful vegetables for the Greater Portland community, selling through our on-farm stand, CSA, restaurants, and at the Portland Farmer’s Market in Summer and Winter. All our farm products are certified organic by MOFGA Certification Services, LLC.

What we are looking for: We are looking to hire employees who are able to commit to a full time work schedule for the main season from April to November. There is opportunity for one person to stay on year round and work with us producing winter greens and prepping storage crops for market through the winter (2 days/week December through March, when spring season begins again).

Hours: The hours at Green Spark Farm are consistently 40-50 hrs a week.  We work 8.5 to 10 hours a day, depending on the season. There is opportunity for more hours.

Work: There are many types of work on our farm. Primarily work days are filled with harvesting, washing and packing vegetables for market, potting-up seedlings, planting, weeding, and construction projects.  All of these tasks require focus to ensure efficiency for the farm’s viability. Please be prepared for fast physical labor in any weather.

Pay: We pay $12/hour starting wage with an August and September bonus as well. We take a half-hour lunch break that is unpaid.

There is no housing available on the farm.  Rental housing can be found can be found 7-15 minutes from the farm in South Portland, Westbrook, Portland, and Scarborough.

We want you to come away from your time at Green Spark with more farming knowledge than when you started. If you have questions or special interests, please communicate them to us. We are willing to share everything we know about running a farm business with those serious about farming as a career.

To Apply: Please email with your resume and brief letter of interest with three references. We require on-farm working interview before hire. While farming experience isn’t necessary, we prioritize applicants with the following experience: commercial agricultural experience or equivalent physical labor in construction, carpentry, landscaping, trails crew, etc.

About Us:

www.greensparkfarm.com

www.facebook.com/Greensparkfarm

Vermont – Luna Bleu Farm hiring Two Positionns

Central Vermont

WHOLE-FARM APPRENTICE:

Luna Bleu Farm is seeking full-time Whole-Farm Apprentices for the 2018 season.  (See also our listing for Assistant Manager if you have 2+ seasons of farm production experience.)

Luna Bleu Farm is a well-established diversified certified organic farm in central Vermont, growing for our community for over 25 years. On our 42 acre farm, we grow 5 acres of vegetables, raise cattle, pigs, and chickens for egg and meat production, and have a small orchard with blueberries, apples, and plums. We grow and market year round through our CSA, Saturday farmers market, and a few local businesses. Season extension and winter growing in high tunnels is an expanding part of our operation. We work hands on with our employees to share the knowledge we have gained over our years of farming and encourage employees to take advantage of the rich agricultural opportunities in the Upper Valley of Vermont. We are relatively small in size but our diversity with crops and animals means we have lots of fun every day!

The Whole-Farm Apprentice is exposed to all aspects of our farming operation, rotating through the various animal chores, working with many aspects of growing, harvesting, and marketing the field vegetables and fruits and helping with the CSA distribution and farmers market. They get a broad experience of the rhythms of the farming season and the many elements of our farming systems.

Much of the learning is hands-on during the day-to-day tasks required on our farm.  Rather than sitting down to teach skills in a classroom type setting we prefer to work with our employees in the field, giving instructions before starting work and then working with them to help them complete tasks properly, work efficiently, and have fun. We also eat meals with our employees and encourage conversations about anything farm related. Apprentices participate in the Upper Valley CRAFT program to enhance their education on the farm. Apprentices play an integral role in running our farm. We hope to give them skills, experiences and connections to further their work in this field.

Apprentices will be involved with:

  • Seeding, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting vegetable crops
  • Post-harvest washing and prepping for market
  • Animal chores and grazing rotations
  • Chicken processing
  • CSA and farmers market
  • Greenhouse watering and field irrigation
  • Record keeping
  • Mowing, BCS rototilling
  • Food safety
  • Season extension

Qualifications:

Because of the nature of the work, an apprentice should have some familiarity with the physical demands of farming, have spent some time working or volunteering on a farm (at least part of a season), be able to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and enjoy repetitive, even tedious, tasks. They must have a valid driver’s license. We look for people who are attentive to detail, speed, and efficiency, are organized, and conscientious in their work, and work well in a team.

Apprentices work 5 days a week and rotating Saturdays.

Please visit our website and read “Qualities for a successful job at Luna Bleu Farm” if you think you are interested in applying.

Time frame and Compensation:

Flexible start date: mid February- early May preferred. Preference is given to applicants who can stay through main growing season into November. Successful apprentices are given the option to work through winter season and/or return the following season as an Assistant Manager.

We offer apprentices room, board and a bi-weekly stipend.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and request an application by email:  suzanne@lunableufarm.org

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Pennsylvania – Snipes Farm and Education Center hiring Farm Apprentice

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Snipes Farm and Education Center in Morrisville, PA is seeking a full-time farming apprentice for the 2018 season. The apprentice will work in all areas of organic farming. This includes CSA marketing, maintaining accurate organic certification records, social media communications with CSA members, positive customer relations, supervision of volunteers and working as an effective team with the farm manager. We are a small nonprofit farm and education center with a 150-member CSA, farmer’s market presence, summer camp and education programs. This is a full time paid position. Pay based on experience and time commitment. Position begins March 1, 2018 – November 2018 with the possibility of extended employment for the right candidate. Email gayleb@snipesfarm.org with resumé, references and a letter of interest. Some farming experience is required, along with a passion for sharing the good news of local, organic agriculture! Contact (215) 295-1139 x102

Maine – Crystal Spring Farm hiring Assistant Manager

Brunswick, Maine
Crystal Spring Farm is seeking full-time Assistant Manager for 2018.
Crystal Spring is certified organic family farm in Brunswick Maine growing produce for our community for over 15 years. The 195 acre farm grows 15 acres of vegetables, 72 acres of wild blueberries, 60 acres of hay/baleage and a dozen pigs. We grow 10 months of the year and market through our on-farm CSA, delivered shares and wholesale accounts. The farm prides itself on our high quality and diverse offering of crops. Each season’s success rests upon the work of the crew, extensive planning/organization and using machinery to help us work quickly while saving wear and tear on our bodies. Working side by side, we share the knowledge that makes a successful season while having a good time doing it.
An assistant manager will be involved, at least to some extent, with all aspects of our farming operation but will take a leadership role in field crew management including harvest, mechanical transplanting and weed control with opportunities to be involved in field preparation, field and greenhouse seeding, blueberry production, seasonal rotations, cover cropping and crop planning.
All crew members are encouraged to participate in MOFGA and Maine cooperative extension field events and seminars during the season as our work schedule permits to enhance their education on the farm. Year end conference fees and lodging expenses are covered by the farm for continuing employees.
The assistant manager will work 5 days a week and every other Saturday March-November with part-time hours available Dec-Feb.
Qualifications:
  • At least two full seasons of vegetable farm production experience with demonstrated tractor/implement experience and reference(s).
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  • Strong organizational skills, with particular attention to details and efficiencies.
  • Demonstrated physical strength and motivation to maintain focus for the season.
  • Good interpersonal skills, clear communication style and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. As a crew leader, the assistant manager will be guiding apprentices and hourly employees while communicating with the farmer to organize the operation as a whole.
  • This position is best suited for a self-motivated person who wants to pursue a career in farming.
Time frame and Compensation:
Flexible start date February- early March  preferred. This position goes through the third week of November. Option available to work part-time through the winter after one season.
We offer $12-$15/hr. plus a week of paid vacation.
To apply send a cover letter, resume and references by email: seth@crystalspringcsa.com

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