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 Hampshire – D Acres hiring Gardener

Dorchester, New Hampshire

Gardener – 2017 growing season

D Acres of New Hampshire, a nonprofit Organic Farm & Educational Homestead located in rural Dorchester, NH, seeks a gardener for the 2017 growing season. The gardener will work with D Acres staff, residents and volunteers as a manager to care for the gardens. First and foremost, we are looking for a person that enjoys gardening. We appreciate a strong work ethic and a high level of motivation & self direction. Due to the nature of the position, applicants must have experience working with plants. Full growing season experience is necessary. The applicant should also have a willingness to commit to employment at least until November 2017.

Duties will include care and maintenance of 2 acre vegetable no till concept hand tool powered annual garden and 2 acres of forest garden in process. Specifically there will be seeding, irrigating, weeding and harvesting responsibilities. Also harvesting and dehydrating tea plants and herbs; sheet mulching, and division in the perennial gardens. Our farm consists of 180 acres of land, mostly forest. The farm serves as an educational center, offering workshops, residencies, a film series, and community events designed to promote sustainable living alternatives. We grow a nice variety of annual vegetables, mainly for onsite consumption. Our largest crops are garlic, potatoes, squash and apples. The gardener will be responsible for providing food to the kitchen and also coordinate the workers whether volunteers or residents.

The goal is to provide a demonstration of a community farm system which maximizes food production with minimal inputs and strategic use of resources. Although we will always have substantial annual gardens, we are committed to creating areas throughout the farm that produce food, medicine and craft materials perpetually with less and less maintenance throughout the years. Our investment in plants and labor now are designed to serve the community well into the future.

We seek a person that understands this vision. We have a no-till system and prefer to design garden beds that flow with the contours of the land. Our gardening philosophy is inspired by permaculture, French intensive, biodynamic and lasagna gardening. A salary of $750 per month plus room and board is available for this position. In addition to 40+ hours of gardening per week, the gardener will also be asked to participate in the communal contract, which entails one night of cooking per week, 2-4 hours of household chores, and community meetings once a week. Accommodations vary, but generally residents live in treehouses in the woods. To learn more about D Acres of New Hampshire, please visit our website at HYPERLINK “http://www.dacres.orgwww.dacres.org. An online application form is available on the Opportunities page.

 PS: If you’d like to come by to visit, we are always open to the public and we host 3 monthly events: Farm Feast Breakfast from 10-1 on the first Sunday of each month and Pizza and a Movie night (6 pm) on the second Friday of each month and Potluck & Open Mic (6 pm) the last Friday of each month!

New Hampshire – Autumn Harvest Farm hiring Three Positions

Grafton, New Hampshire

Autumn Harvest Farm is a small diversified vegetable farm which has been in business since 2002.  We use the best of conventional and organic growing practices with our main crops being vegetables which include a large assortment from arugula to zucchini and everything in between.  We are expanding our fruit varieties each year and currently grow strawberries in our high tunnel greenhouse along with elderberries and beach plums.  Our farm also raises laying hens for fresh eggs and sheep.  We operate a small farm store offering locally produced products along with our freshly baked breads, prepared foods and preserves from our kitchen.  We have a growing CSA and soon we’ll be opening a cafe at the farm along with Maple Leaf Quilt Shop.  Autumn Harvest Farm is expanding in many directions and will be opening up hiking trails, a few campsites and our pond for kayaking and canoeing.  Come grow with us and be a part of this new venture.

Autumn Harvest is hiring three positions:
Farm Manager
Part Time Field Crew Member
Part Time Flower & Herb Crew Member

View the full job descriptions here: Farm Job Postings

New Hampshire – Applecrest Farm Orchards hiring Vegetable Production Manager

Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

Vegetable Production Manager

Farm Description:

Applecrest Farm Orchards is a 100+ acre diversified fruit and vegetable farm located in Hampton Falls, NH. Started in 1913 and now operated by the third generation of Wagner families, the farm is the oldest and largest orchard on the New Hampshire Seacoast. In addition to an on-site retail farm stand, creamery, bakery and full service bistro, Applecrest operates a 200+ member CSA program, attends five local farmers markets every week of the growing season and is a strong supplier to local restaurants, grocers and schools. As a sustainable producer of over two-hundred unique varieties of tree fruits, berries, vegetables, flowers and herbs, Applecrest is a cornerstone of the seacoast-area food shed.

Position Description:

The Vegetable Production Manager will assume responsibility for all components of field and high tunnel production on the farm. Five-thousand square feet of greenhouses and thirty-five acres of row crop and raised bed horticulture make this a true soup-to-nuts farming position. At its core, the job requires someone comfortable with, and capable of, handling all manner of agricultural tasks at any given hour, on any given day.

While responsibilities will vary greatly according to time of season, the Vegetable Manager’s main function will be to oversee and assist with the scheduling, preparation, planting, cultivation, harvesting, washing and storage of all propagated, transplanted and direct seeded green crops. Tasks will include greenhouse and equipment maintenance, budgeting and costing, field scouting, fertility and pest control, crop rotation, cover cropping and irrigation management, as well as a host of record keeping responsibilities. The Manager will also be accountable for the day-to-day time management and labor requirements involving a crew of up to six hands.

Additional Responsibilities:

In addition to field work, the successful candidate will also assume responsibilities in coordinating with Retail, Bistro, CSA and farmers market managers regarding daily veggie inventory needs to ensure a steady, consistent and timely supply for all sales outlets.

The number of hours per week will fluctuate greatly with the demands of the particular season. At height of production, the position may require periods of +60 hours, six days a week. In slower months, this reduces to five days at ~40 hrs. pr/week.

Qualifications:

The ideal Vegetable Production Manager candidate will have a minimum of two full year’s hands-on, practical farming experience and possess a well-rounded knowledge of horticultural technique. While a degree in agriculture is preferred, it is not a requirement. Applicants for this position, if not already well on their way, should be resolved to the pursuit of a career in farming. Additionally, candidates should possess:

  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a physically strenuous outdoor job.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently at tasks that require a high level of detail.
  • Commitment to efficiency and quality in one’s work.
  • Energetic personality, positive attitude, and excellent work ethic.
  • Strong computer/internet skills and be very comfortable with web-based database software, particularly Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • THIS IS A JOB WHERE YOU CAN WRITE YOUR OWN TICKET.

Term of Employment, Compensation, and Benefits:

This is a ~$40k salaried “working manager” position with health benefits, three weeks paid vacation plus, holidays.

How to Apply

E-mail your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to jobs@applecrest.com. (The subject line should read: Veggie Manager Position). Use your cover letter as your opportunity to tell us why we should read your resume! Please emphasize how your background and skills are an excellent fit for the responsibilities and qualifications in this job description.  As Applecrest is a small family-run operation and every person wears many hats, please feel free to highlight other valuable skills you might possess.

Michigan – UnderToe Farm hiring Farm Assistant

Kewadin, Michian

UnderToe Farm is seeking a dedicate and hardworking farm assistant for the 2017 growing season.

UnderToe Farm is a small scale community supported farm serving the greater Elk Rapids region. We seek through our community supported Farm Share program, a farmers market, direct retail grocers, and a local wholesale distributor.

We need a seasonal and part-time farm hand to help us with all tasks on the farm to help us grow our operation. This is a physical and emotionally rewarding position in which you get to grow organic food for the local community. Pay rate is $10.00/hr.

Please contact Adam with inquiries, interest, or questions
231.676.4813
Info@undertoefarm.com

California – Coastal Roots Farm hiring Vegetable Production Community Farmer

Encinitas, California 

Job Description: Community Farmer

Temporary, Part‐Time, Nonexempt Position

 Position:              Community Farmer (Vegetable Production) Status:                   Temporary, Part‐Time, Non‐Exempt

Hours:                  Up to 16 hours per week, Sunday through Monday Reports to:                  Vegetable Production Coordinator

 Position Overview

Coastal Roots Farm is seeking temporary, part‐time Community Farmers to support the development and maintenance of our five‐acre vegetable production fields. Community Farmers will work alongside our Vegetable Production Coordinator to assist in all aspects of farming, including greenhouse propagation, field preparation, transplanting, direct seeding, cultivation, harvesting and post‐harvest handling.

 About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm is a nonprofit community farm and education center that nourishes connections—to ourselves, our neighbors, and the land. Inspired by Jewish wisdom and centuries‐old agricultural traditions, Coastal Roots Farm practices biodynamic farming and shares their harvest with communities that lack access to healthy food. Their goal is to become a model for community farming and creative Jewish expression, both at home in Encinitas, California, and around the world.

The farm consists of approximately 20 acres of mixed gardens, orchards, food forest, animal pastures, compost, vineyard, barns, greenhouses and farmhouses all in various stages of development. Over 50% of the food grown at Coastal Roots Farm is donated to food and nutrition insecure families in our community through a pay‐what‐you‐can farm stand, pop‐up markets and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. The farm also distributes food through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program and to select local restaurants and grocery stores.

As a center for education and community connection, Coastal Roots Farm offers hands‐on learning about farming, gardening and environmental stewardship for people of all ages and backgrounds and hosts gatherings where the community can get to know each other, eat healthy food, connect to the earth and celebrate together.

Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and was recently spun off as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded through a diverse revenue mix, including philanthropic partners and social enterprise.

About the Leichtag Foundation

The Leichtag Foundation (“Foundation”) is a private independent foundation located in Encinitas, California, with a strong interest in advancing the North County coastal region of San Diego where our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, of blessed memory, lived and worked. The Leichtag Foundation also supports programs in Jerusalem, Israel. The Foundation currently holds approximately $134 million in assets and has granted about $100 million since its inception in 1991—more than half of this since becoming independent in 2008. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self‐sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.

In 2012, the Leichtag Foundation purchased the former Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California. The Foundation’s goal for this 67.5‐acre agricultural property, now known as Leichtag Commons, is to create a physical platform for the advancement of the strategies listed above and a cultural and community resource for the San Diego region. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a network of

greenhouses, barns and other structures, and easy access to the public, the Ranch is situated in an ideal North County location.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Field preparation and maintenance
  • Greenhouse propagation
  • Planting food crops and landscape plants
  • Harvesting, washing, and packing fresh produce
  • Soil amendment applications
  • Rodent trapping
  • Organic pesticide applications
  • Tractor and bobcat use
  • Agricultural fabric applications to fields
  • Trellis and plant support infrastructure set‐up and removal
  • General landscape maintenance and cleanliness
  • Interaction with visitors and assistance with volunteers, as appropriate  Occasional Farmstand staffing

Non‐Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Irrigation maintenance and construction, including sprinklers, drip, PVC, etc.
  • Other duties, as assigned by supervisor, to support the development and maintenance of the entire farm including the food forest, vineyard, and animal pastures.

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New York – Shekomeko Farms hiring Farm Crew Members

Shekomeko, New York

FARM DESCRIPTION

Shekomeko Farms is a new and expanding small-scale diversified organic farm in the hamlet of Shekomeko, NY, between Millbrook and Millerton. We produce a diverse array of certified-organic vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, edible flowers, micro-greens, berries, fruit and honey. The primary goal of Shekomeko Farms is to provide delicious and thoughtfully curated produce and flowers directly to consumers both locally and in New York City. This season we will sell to restaurants locally and in New York City, and through an online store. We are also experimenting with advanced value-added processing and food preservation techniques in our on-site facility.

POSITION

Shekomeko Farms is looking for individuals to join our farm crew for the season. We are looking for self-motivated individuals to join our farm team who are passionate about growing food and want to quickly take on management responsibilities. Given the start up nature of our operation, farmers will need to be able to efficiently perform a variety of job functions with high energy and a good sense of humor in all weather conditions alone or in a small group. Areas of work and responsibility will primarily be in production and may include:

  • propagation

  • planting

  • direct seeding

  • field prep

  • tractor work

  • equipment maintenance

  • cultivation

  • irrigation

  • trellising and

  • harvest

In addition, motivated crew members will have the opportunity to expand into sales through delivery, both locally and to New York City.

We are seeking individuals who

  • possess strong organizational skills

  • are detail oriented

  • able to streamline workflow

  • able to follow all operational procedures to ensure we maintain quality and consistent production.

  • able to lift and carry 50 lbs

  • have experience in a fast paced work environment such as a farm or restaurant

  • availability to occasionally work weekends for markets and farm chores

  • experience with tractors, equipment maintenance, construction and/or fruit production are all pluses.

Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from the farm and have appropriate workwear for all weather conditions and seasons. Work is seasonal, full time from April to early November, with longer work hours in the high season. There may be opportunities for year-round employment.

COMPENSATION

Pay scale starts at $13-15/hour for less experienced crew member positions. Higher pay scale available for more experienced individuals. Part time applicants may be considered. Housing is not included.

TO APPLY

Please send a letter of interest and resume to eh@shekomekofarms.com. If you are contacted for an interview, please have three professional references available.