Connecticut – Jones Family Farms hiring Farm to Table Apprentice

Shelton, Connecticut

Farm to Table Apprenticeship at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT

The primary learning objective of our apprenticeship is to offer hands-on experiences in modern sustainable agriculture, direct marketing, and following food from field to plate in our farm kitchen.  Apprentices participate on a team that includes farm managers and a variety of seasonal staff. Our goal is to provide hands-on harvest, farm guest interactions, and farm kitchen experience useful to an aspiring market farmer, community dietitian, chef embracing farm cuisine, and/or farm and food educator.

Apprentice position will incorporate both our Harvest-Your-Own operations and production kitchen:

Harvest Your Own, strawberry, blueberry, pumpkin and Christmas tree seasons: major responsibilities include harvest-your-own guest supervision, direct marketing operations (farm educator, sales), and farm maintenance tasks necessary for inviting guests onto our farm (such as cleaning, painting etc). Apprentices will gain an understanding of our diversified farming operations through hands-on field experiences (planting, weeding, harvesting, etc).

In the Kitchen: gain an understanding of production kitchen management and record keeping while also learning about commercial food sanitation practices as a key member of our farm kitchen team. Projects include cooking with and preserving seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as baking goods for our Winery and Harvest-Your-Own guests. Apprentices also have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn alongside our guests while assisting with our cooking classes.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website:

http://www.jonesfamilyfarms.com/farm/about-farm/harvest-table-apprenticeship

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Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Interns

Ashland, Oregon

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR ROGUE FARM CORPS’ 2018 FARMER TRAINING PROGRAMS
APPLY FOR FREE UNTIL JANUARY 15 (APPLICATION FEE BEGINS JANUARY 16)

ROGUE FARM CORPS’ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
Rogue Farm Corps’ Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential farmer training program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. Participants live and train full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from a mentor farmer. The residential farm training experience is enhanced with the addition of farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as an in-depth independent project. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities. Rogue Farm Corps works with more than 20 host farms located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon, providing experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, diverse operations, and more.

For profiles of specific host farms, all program details, application process, and more, please visit our website: http://roguefarmcorps.org

ON-FARM TRAINING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)
The Internship is a hands-on learning experience. The vast majority of your time will be spent learning by doing. Interns train alongside their mentor farmer and independently to develop skills while accomplishing daily tasks that move their host farm along through the season.
Rogue Farm Corps works closely with farm mentors to provide interns with a skill-based curriculum that is unique to each host farm.  Our Chapter Coordinators will conduct formal on-site evaluations with interns and host farmers to ensure that interns’ education and training goals are being met.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: CLASSES, FARM TOURS, AND DISCUSSIONS (~3-5 TIMES PER MONTH)
To augment the training and learning at each host farm, participants join other interns in the local region for classes that teach practical skills as well as foundational concepts and knowledge, farm tours, discussion circles and potlucks throughout the agricultural region. These are led by Rogue Farm Corps staff, agricultural professionals, and expert farmers who employ a variety of teaching approaches and locations, from traditional classroom settings to experiential on-farm settings.
INDEPENDENT PROJECTS (~1-2 HOURS PER WEEK)
During the course of the farming season, every intern will complete an independent project, submit a report and make a short presentation at the end-of-season Closing Dinner. Examples of previous independent projects include raising a small flock of ducks for market, constructing a root crop storage room, developing recipe cards for market customers, and building an outdoor cob oven.
PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS
The Internship Program begins between March 15 and April 15 and concludes between October 15 and November 15 depending on the host farm. Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. Interns are assured safe, secure housing, farm-produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend. Each host farmer determines the details. To successfully complete the program, interns will complete 1,000 to 1,500 hours of on-farm training time, submit weekly reflective journal entries, complete an independent project, and attend all classes and farm tours.

For profiles of specific host farms, all program details, application process, and more, please visit our website: http://roguefarmcorps.org

Illinois – Food Works hiring Farm Beginnings Assistant Facilitator

Carbondale, Illinois

Now Hiring!

Farm Beginnings® Assistant Facilitator

Food Works, a non-profit organization centered in Carbondale, IL, seeks a part-time Assistant Facilitator for the Farm Beginnings program. Our mission is to advance sustainable food systems in the 23 southernmost counties in Illinois. Our programs feature farmer-to-farmer peer education and consumer education and engagement.

Join our food community of farmers, artisans, brewers, bakers, vintners, educators, musicians, chefs, consumers, and activists to help restore our sustainable local food system, centered in southernmost Illinois home of the Shawnee Hills and the Shawnee National Forest.

Farm Beginnings® helps farmers build and grow sustainable farm businesses through farmer- led seminars and mentoring in southern Illinois. Farm Beginnings® is equally committed to leadership development toward positive social change. This Farm Beginnings Assistant Facilitator position will work directly with beginning and established farmers as well as helping to build larger community support and understanding around beginning farmer issues and growing the sustainable local food system.

The ideal candidate has some farming experience, Farm Beginnings® or farm education/mentorship experience, is an effective communicator, and experienced in organizing and administering learning opportunities. Farm Beginnings is a winter seminar series for beginning farmers followed by a growing season internship. The Assistant Facilitator’s primary responsibility will be co-facilitating learning seminars, planning and logistics; coordinating guest presenters; conducting evaluations; ensuring preparations; and conducting follow-up and evaluations. The Assistant Facilitator will work 8-15 hours/week Sept.-February including 1-2 weekends per month (either Sat or Sun TBA); then 5-8 hours per week during other months. The Assistant Facilitator must attend if possible one out-of-town, two-day training in February (or March) and one out- of-town, two-day training in July/August (Travel costs are covered).

This part-time position will focus on Farm Beginnings work based in Carbondale, Illinois and serving a 23-county area of southernmost Illinois. The Assistant Facilitator will be supervised by Kathleen Logan Smith, Food Works Executive Director.

Details :

Salary at $16-$20/hour based on qualifications. The Asst. Facilitator receives a $25/month phone stipend.

For more information seewww.fwsoil.org/staff.  Food Works is an equal opportunity employer

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume highlighting skills and experience, and writing samples to: Kathleen Logan Smith, Executive Director via email: Kathleen@eatsouthernillinois.org or via mail: P.O. Box 3855, Carbondale, IL 62902, 618-370-3287. Please send any email attachments as pdf files. Other file formats will not be opened.

Colorado – Shambhala Mountain Center hiring Gardner

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Gardener

Deadline for full consideration: February 11th, 2017

See full posting at: https://www.shambhalamountain.org/job/gardener/

The Gardener reports to the Land Steward and is responsible for the planning and sustainable management of Shambhala Mountain Center’s ½-acre organic garden and 1250 sq. ft. geodesic dome greenhouse.  As all food grown in the garden feeds participants and staff, the Gardener is responsible for maintaining high productivity, from vegetable production through compost.  Because the SMC garden is an important tool for connecting staff and participants with food and our land, the Gardener serves as an accessible resource for sustainability and education.  In addition to managing the garden, the Gardener supervises summer volunteers and may assist the Land Steward in sustainably managing SMC’s land through projects relating to forests, natural areas, gardens, and trails.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Plan crops with an emphasis on short season, high-altitude, high-yield crops.
  • Manage all aspects of garden, including soil preparation, planting, integrated pest management, weeding, and harvest.
  • Maintain records of planting schedules, crop rotations, best yielding varieties, and yields.
  • Manage proper seed saving of best yielding varieties for future planting.
  • Install and maintain irrigation systems.
  • Provide four-season greenhouse management.
  • Manage and improve on-land composting system.
  • Manage garden budget and supply purchases.
  • Maintain, care for, and organize garden tools and equipment.
  • Coordinate with kitchen staff to integrate garden produce with kitchen orders and planned menus to avoid produce waste.
  • Train, supervise, and educate summer volunteers.
  • Develop the garden and greenhouse as aesthetically pleasing spaces for visitors.
  • Lead tours for participants and guests as requested.
  • Assist with land stewardship related outreach and education.
  • Lead seasonal land crew projects.
  • Assist with landscape planning and management.
  • Assist with snow removal, noxious weed management, forestry, trail work, and fire mitigation.

Helpful skills and experience:

  • At least one season of work experience on a production-level vegetable farm or CSA; management experience preferred.
  • A strong understanding of high altitude farming and gardening.
  • A strong understanding of integrated pest management techniques.
  • Knowledge of organic production, permaculture, and other sustainable gardening traditions.
  • Understanding of seed saving and vegetable breeding.
  • Experience in managing a large composting system.
  • Supervisory and/or crew leader experience.
  • Experience with tractor, power tools, and manual transmission operation.
  • Capable of physical labor in variable weather conditions at 8,000 feet elevation.
  • Proficiency in plant identification, particularly Colorado native plants.
  • Hands-on experience in forestry, landscaping, trail work and/or noxious weed management.
  • Experience with ArcGIS, GPS, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits:

  • Base pay of $9.30 per hour based on a 30 hour work week
  • Three meals a day, seven days a week
  • A low-cost housing and meal plan (required for on-land living)
  • 18 paid personal days per year (combination of vacation and sick days)
  • An additional 15 paid program days per year for retreat/program participation
  • Solitary retreat time in our retreat cabins on the land
  • Biannual paid staff retreat
  • Private living spaces (or a private room in a shared cabin)
  • The opportunity to enroll in dental insurance
  • Guest Nights for friends and family to stay at Shambhala Mountain Center at a discounted rate
  • Classes, events, and retreats offered only to Shambhala Mountain Center community members
  • The opportunity to take most programs at Shambhala Mountain Center at no cost
  • Access to Meditation Instructors

 

Illinois – Chicago Horticultural Society hiring Windy City Harvest Apprentice

Chicago, Illinois

CHICAGO HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY POSITION DESCRIPTION

Title: Instructor, Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship
Exemption Status: Exempt
Department:  Windy City Harvest
Reports to: Eliza Fournier
Regular or Seasonal: Regular
Full-time or Part-time: Full Time
Supervises: Apprentices
Position Overview:

Join a team of enthusiastic, dedicated and mission-oriented agriculturalists and job trainers! Windy City Harvest, a sustainable urban agricultural jobs training program, is seeking an experienced instructor. Our program uses a custom curriculum in four-season sustainable vegetable production. Hands-on activities in hoophouse, greenhouse, aquaponics and raised bed farming and a 14-week internship period are integral parts of the 9-month certificate program. Participants in the certificate program enroll as continuing education students of the City Colleges of Chicago at Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western, where the program is based.

Classroom goals are based on the implementation of a successful, sustainable production operation and associated green industry training and employment activities.  The Windy City Harvest instructor should have enthusiasm for and interest in working with program participants and a commitment to teamwork.

RESPONSIBILITIES

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Deliver classroom ( hours twice a week) and lab (six hours twice a week) curriculum for a class of 20-25 students with diverse educational backgrounds and needs.
  • Organize guest lectures of industry leaders and Windy City Harvest colleagues.
  • Adapt and continuously update written curriculum as needed for delivery in classroom and hands-on production setting. Update and refine hands-on lab activities, quizzes and written assignments to fully engage in Windy City Harvest farms.
  • Work with students to farm the Arturo Velasquez Institute site. Engage students in all aspects of farm work at other Windy City Harvest production sites.
  • Guide students and manage work-study interns with farm/growing assignments, including planting, weeding, watering and harvesting of produce. This includes the creation and implementation of weekly production schedules.
  • Supervise care of a small aquaponics at Arturo Velasquez Institute and instruct students on system maintenance

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Rogue Farm Corps hiring Interns

Various Locations, Oregon

POSITIONS ARE FILLING UP!  APPLY TODAY for an in-depth sustainable agriculture internship on a farm in Oregon!

Rogue Farm Corps is the only organization in Oregon that offers structured, entry-level and advanced farmer education and training programs rooted in real-world farm businesses. Our host farms are located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon and offer experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, and more. For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications: http://roguefarmcorps.org

Rogue Farm Corps’ FarmsNext internship program is a great launching point for you to try out farming for a season. You will gain tons of real world experience working on a sustainable farm in Oregon.

FarmsNext is a full season (6-8 month) entry-level residential internship program. This on-farm experience combines field training with a mentor farmer, classroom learning, tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study. No experience necessary. Learn more and apply today! http://roguefarmcorps.org

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Are you ready to take your education and training to the next level and kick start your farming career? Our FarmsNOW apprenticeship program will teach you to manage and run a diversified, sustainable farming operation.

FarmsNOW is an on-farm program for those with some farm experience who are seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture. Hands-on training, classes, seminars, and guidance on farm business development will help you gain the skills to plan, design, and run integrated farming systems on your own. Find out more and apply today! http://roguefarmcorps.org

Spring Creek Farm hiring Interns

Palmer, Alaska

Spring Creek Farm is excited to announce farm internship positions for summer 2016! We are a program of Alaska Pacific University located in Palmer, Alaska growing a variety of mixed vegetables for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, farmer’s markets, APU dining services, and Alaska Tilth which provides fresh produce to the most vulnerable members of our community.

What we offer

Interns will learn a variety of skills rooted in ecologically sustainable agriculture. There will be opportunities to engage in the local farm community through workshops, farm visits, and potlucks. We fully immerse interns in the beauty and challenges of growing food in the sub arctic, demonstrating season extension techniques, food storage, and cold soils management. Interns are an integral part of our operation and play a vital role as we work to create a more resilient food system in Alaska. Historically interns concurrently enrolled college have been able to receive credit for this internship through their home institution. Opportunities also exist to teach in our learning garden, implement permaculture designs, attend Alaska Tilth cooking demonstrations, and meet other agricultural goals.

What we expect from interns

The position runs from the beginning of May to the end of September. Flexibility for a university schedule is possible for the right applicant. Interns must be steadfast and enthusiastic workers. They are required to work 32 hours per week, during which time they will participate in all aspects of small scale sustainable farming from greenhouse propagation to harvest and marketing. Work takes place rain or shine and is very physically demanding. Continue reading