Vermont – Phio Ridge Farm hiring Director of Farm and Food

Charlotte, Vermont

Job Opening: Director of Farm and Food
Job Title: Director of Farm and Food
Type: full-time, exempt, salaried
Location: Philo Ridge Farm, Charlotte, Vermont

Our Culture

Philo Ridge Farm is an organic 400-acre farm located in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. For many years our land was owned and managed by a local dairy family. We’re now working to diversify the farm by growing produce and raising meat with practices that increase the health of our soil, produce a variety of nutrient rich crops, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and support our local and vibrant agricultural community. We are carefully measuring and monitoring these practices so that we can share our story and our success with other farmers and community members who are interested in understanding and supporting regenerative agriculture models.

Our current farm activities include: mixed vegetable production, flowers, orchards, sheep, chickens, cattle, pigs and hay. We believe in treating our employees, animals, and land with the respect and care. All of our employees embody the spirit of sharing, growing together and supporting ongoing education. We are in our third year of production and are soon expanding our operation to include a specialty market of products grown and processed at our farm. Our facility will also include areas for commercial food processing and butchering of our farm-raised animals. This facility is an important part of our business model as it will help us take our raw farm products and create value added goods that we can sell to customers throughout the entire year.

Position Overview

Philo Ridge Farm is looking for a Farm and Food Director to be a creative, hands on, entrepreneurial driver of our diverse and innovative farm. The Food and Farm Director will lead the farm’s operations and business planning, and be in charge of developing a truly sustainable farm and food model – one that is environmentally, cultural, and economically successful. The Farm and Food Director will provide inspirational leadership and oversight of our farm and food service teams while acting as a key ambassador of our core values and sharing the Philo Ridge Farm story. Multitasking will be critical in this position, a typical day might include checking the previous day’s till, sending out invoices to vendors, reviewing the daily market menu with the Chef, leading a farm tour, checking in with the Farm Manager and the Market Garden Manager to make sure that food production is on track, and interviewing a new dishwasher.

We are looking for a Director who is enthusiastic about building a culture of excellent farm to table food. We seek a leader who is excited to develop a production strategy for our whole farm by creating delicious ways to cook, preserve, can, butcher, and serve all of the farm’s produce and meat. Our ideal candidate is passionate about using holistic land management practices to create sustainable food systems and healthy communities, and has demonstrated success managing hospitality teams and operations.

Bio-Logical Capital is a Colorado-based land management company that currently oversees the planning and management of Philo Ridge Farm including but not limited to human resources, financial management, and land planning. Their approach to agriculture relies heavily on integrated rotational management of animals and crops using principals from agroecology and other practices. Their farm management goals are long-term diversity, health, and productivity. This approach results in a transformative impact on how people grow food and understand their relationship with the land. Bio-Logical Capital will work alongside the Food and Farm Director to continue to set up Philo Ridge farm as a successful agriculture business and model.

Primary Responsibilities

 Team Leadership and Staff Management

  • Promote a team-oriented work culture, rooted in effective communication and collaboration
  • Recruit staff members, create employee development plans, and conduct annual reviews
  • Lead the alignment of farm operations and food service operations – with an overall strategic plan and vision for tight integration between the two – and ensure that team and project priorities are working toward established budget and schedule
    • Coordinate annual and long-range strategic planning for each business unit, and coach business unit managers to think and execute entrepreneurially
    • Lead weekly meeting of business unit managers to encourage communication and collaboration, monitor progress toward goals, and help identify problems and develop solutions
    • Oversee preparation of quarterly reports on business unit operations, progress toward goals, and budget variances
    • Balance office time with daily visits to farm and field work sites and hospitality programs to monitor progress and connect with and inspire staff

Farm and Food Operations

  • Oversee the entrepreneurial process and drive the growth and diversification of the farm, livestock, and land operations, and lead the strategic planning and implementation of new business opportunities
  • Drive communication and coordination with farm operations, such as:
    • Work closely with the Farm Manager for livestock planning, including meat inventory and purchasing
    • Work closely with the Market Garden Manager to determine produce planting schedule, inventory and purchasing
  • Set food service team goals, and follow up with managers on results, and course corrections when needed
  • Work closely with the Chef and Owners to produce an exciting, delicious, and community engaged food service program that is consistent in its high product quality and is curated with a focus on attention to every detail, celebrates food culture and history, and has a beautiful aesthetic quality
  • Work closely with the Chef and Managers to create value-added products made from Philo Ridge Farm grown produce and meat
  • Oversee all aspects of guest experience at the farm, ensures that all guests have a consistently high-quality experience and always receive great service, and develops an internal culture of turning guests into regular visitors and friends of the farm
  • Oversee facilities and equipment; work with the staff to ensure good working order, exceptional cleanliness, and safety for crewmembers and guests
  • Ensure compliance with operational standards and all applicable laws, regulations, and local ordinances

Administration, Reporting, and Communication

  • Maintain regular communication with land owners regarding operations and performance; prepare periodic written reports detailing performance and plans
  • Lead development of marketing and communication plans
  • Ensure maintenance of employee records, including evaluations, disciplinary actions, hours worked, etc.
  • Review schedules, approve and submit payroll, and monitor labor to optimize service and profitability
  • Coordinate with accounting to ensure that administrative processes are followed timely and accurately
  • Oversee financial management of Philo Ridge Farm entities
    • Provide senior leadership for annual budgeting process in a rapidly evolving and entrepreneurial environment
    • Interface with off-site accounting team, review financial statements, and prepare forecasts
    • Prepare reports, including financial summaries for Bio-Logical Capital
    • Review and approve expenses, and ensure accurate coding for accounting and financial reporting
  • Create a positive, inspired workplace culture by actively demonstrating, teaching, and monitoring exceptional professionalism, guest service, and overall hospitality
  • Celebrate and share the Philo Ridge Farm story; speak with passion and knowledge about our food and products, and train team members to do the same
  • Act as a public figure in the community for the farm and as a confident and engaging public speaker
  • Other responsibilities as necessary to support Philo Ridge Farm’s enterprise and operational goals

Candidate/ Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college; degree in hotel/restaurant management or culinary arts is preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience managing a growing hospitality or restaurant business
  • Knowledge of, and experience working in, sustainable agriculture
  • Ability to effectively lead in a fast-paced environment, adapt to changing priorities, and remain focused and calm under pressure
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office products and QuickBooks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and ability to demonstrate strong skills in managing interpersonal relationships
  • Extensive experience with financial management, cost controls, cash handling, and POS administration
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends, when needed
  • Working knowledge of Vermont liquor laws, Vermont labor laws, and OSHA health and safety standards
  • Physical and environmental requirements: continuous standing and occasional carrying of heavy loads; occasional environmental exposure to cold, hot, and wet environments
  • Reliable transportation to drive to and from different locations in and around the farm
  • Valid drivers license and clean driving record
  • Minimum of three professional references

Compensation

Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Application Process

Candidates should send a cover letter illustrating experience, resume, available start date, contact information, and reference contact information to jobs@biologicalcapital.com. Qualified candidates will be contacted directly. No phone calls please.

For more company information, visit www.philoridgefarm.com and www.biologicalcapital.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

Vermont – Cate Hill Orchard hiring Interns

Greensboro, Vermont

Cate Hill Orchard is looking for farm interns for the upcoming season.  We are a small diverse family farm located in Greensboro, Vermont.  We have a five acre organic apple orchard, a 50 head sheep dairy, and a 30 hive apiary, as well as a small flock of chickens, a few pigs, and lots of small fruits and berries.

The farm intern(s) would be involved in all aspects of the farm; however, helping with sheep would be the bulk of the work– rotationally grazing; milking; mucking out the barn; moving lambs to distant pastures; fixing fences, health checks.  Other work would include: berry picking; apple thinning; mulching, weeding, and mowing around berry plants; vegetable gardening; chicken and pig care; apple harvest; farmers markets.

The shepherd position goes from May 1-October 15.  Interns will get room and board, plus $150/week stipend.  Rooms are in our farmhouse, with a basic outdoor kitchen shared with other interns.  We are on a back road, 5 miles from the nearest small town, so a car is a good idea.

Farm experience is helpful but not necessary– mainly we are looking for people with a genuine interest in learning!  Must be willing to work outside, in heat or cold, rain or shine, black flies and all. The farm intern will have an opportunity to learn about organic, small scale sheep dairying; cheesemaking; organic apple orchard management; natural beekeeping, and more.

For more about the position, and other farm intern positions, check out our website catehillorchard.com.  To apply,  send an email to maria@catehillorchard.com.

Vermont – Farm & Wilderness Foundation hiring Farm Interns

Plymouth, Vermont

Farm Internship at Farm & Wilderness

Position Summary:

Farm Interns assist the farm managers in the care of the livestock, barns, and gardens and help administer program activities such as homesteading, crafting, and food preservation within the summer camps. Throughout the internship, the farm interns will learn hands on farm based skills including but not limited to animal identification, animal husbandry, pasture management, crop rotation, weed identification, various types of garden skills, and develop an understanding of community living. Using a beautiful wilderness and farm setting and innovative approaches toward teaching, organic farming, and environmental education, interns will become strong leaders by developing connections to each other and the land through work, service, and community. This position starts in April and runs through October.

Responsibilities:

  • Farm interns assist the farm managers in the care of the barns, gardens, animals and all other farm concerns such as craft areas, food processing, greenhouse, haying, pastures, equipment, and structure maintenance.
  • Undergo training throughout the season.
  • Keep current on relevant farm issues.
  • Lead programs individually as well as co-instruct.
  • During the summer camp season farm crew will ensure the health of the animals, gardens, and pastures and assist the farm programs as needed at either the Indian Brook, Barn Day Camp/Salt Ash Mountain, Timberlake and Tamarack Farm facilities.
  • Assist with work related to opening and closing of camps.
  • Share cooperative living chores with physical plant crew including cleaning, cooking, barn chores and some group maintenance projects.
  • Assist with seasonal and other necessary group maintenance projects as needed: firewood, lawn mowing, kybo digging (digging out the night soil from the outhouses), recycling, trash runs, town runs, building repairs.

Qualifications:

Required

  • 21+ years of age
  • Strong desire to build skills and knowledge related to farming and teaching.
  • Valid Driver’s license

Salary and Benefits

  • $200.00 per week, paid bi-weekly
  • room and board


To Apply:
Send Cover Letter and Resume to Julie Sanderson-Human Resources Manager, at julie@farmandwilderness.org.

Vermont – Luna Bleu Farm hiring Assistant Managers

South Royalton, Vermont

Luna Bleu Farm is seeking full-time Assistant Managers with at least 2+ seasons of farm production experience for 2017. (See our listing for Whole-Farm Apprentices if you have less than 2 full 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!

Assistant Managers will still be involved, at least to some extent, with all aspects of our farming operation (see Whole-Farm Apprenticeship information), but will take a leadership roll in one of the following areas. Assistant managers will work with the farmers to develop protocols in the area of management. Assistant managers are not expected to have previous experience in managing or even extensive experience in the area chosen. We will train and guide assistant managers and help trouble-shoot problems. We have lots of experience but we are always open to new ideas.

▪         Harvest/ Washroom Management – Organize and manage daily harvest, quality control, order fulfillment, preparation of produce for farmers’ market and CSA. Maintain washroom cleanliness and order, and develop protocols to increase efficiency. Implement food safety guidelines. Maintain records.

▪         Field Production Management – Organize and manage successive seedings and transplantings in the field, cultivation schedule and priorities, field irrigation, diseases and pests. Maintain records.

▪         Greenhouse Production Management – Focus mainly on summer greenhouse tomato production: planting, trellising, pruning, irrigation, disease and pest management, harvest, record keeping. Organize and manage conversion of other greenhouses from spring greens, to summer fallow, to preparation for winter planting.

▪         Livestock Management – Oversee and manage pasture rotations, feed and water and housing for poultry, pigs and cows. Monitor livestock health and feed quality. Implement food safety guidelines. Meat inventory, sales, and marketing. Maintain records.

▪         Customer Communications, Events and Education Outreach – Maintain/update blog, facebook, website, potentially add other social media outlets. Help organize events or educational programs for CSA, schools or general community. Photo documentation and short videos are a possibility.

▪         Create Another Sphere of Influence – Depending on our applicants and group skills and interests, we may design an area of responsibility that overlaps with, or is a smaller section of, the above.

Assistant Managers participate in the Upper Valley CRAFT program to enhance their education on the farm. We also encourage them to attend NOFA-VT on-farm workshops as our work schedule permits.

Assistant Managers work 5 days a week and rotating Saturdays.

Qualifications:

Assistant managers must have at least two seasons of farm production experience. They will still be working each day in the fields so must be prepared for the physical demands of farming, 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. Assistant managers must also posses strong organizational skills, pay attention to details and efficiencies, and be able to work independently and as part of a team. As crew leaders, assistant managers will be guiding apprentices and volunteers. This position is best suited for a self-motivated person who wants to pursue a career in farming.

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 February- early April preferred. This position goes through the third week of November. Option available to work through the winter and second season.

We offer room, board and a weekly stipend starting at $300-400/week depending on experience and time of year. Other housing options can also be discussed.

To apply:

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

Vermont – Luna Bleu Farm hiring Whole-Farm Apprentices

South Royalton, Vermont

Luna Bleu Farm is seeking 2 full-time Whole-Farm Apprentices for the 2017 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 even 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 have great attention to detail, are organized, and conscientious in their work and who work well in a team.

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 stipend.

To apply:

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

Vermont – Green Mountain Farm-t0-School hiring Consumer Education and Food Access Coordinator

Newport, Vermont

Job Opening: Consumer Education and Food Access Coordinator
Status: Full-time, permanent

Deadline: 1/20/17

Position Description
Green Mountain Farm-to-School seeks a dynamic, mission-driven local-food systems professional with strong project management and customer service skills to manage our community focused programs and increase access to healthy local foods in the community. The Consumer Education and Food Access Coordinator reports to the Program Director. Complete Job Description here

To Apply
Send a resume, cover letter, and three references to jobs@gmfts.org. Position open until filled. No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is January 20, 2017.

GMFTS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

About Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization located in Newport, Vermont. Our mission is to restore and strengthen local food systems in the Northeast Kingdom by promoting positive economic and educational relationships among schools, farms, and communities. We create healthy communities by working across the food system with capacity building, resource development, and technical assistance through GMFTS school gardens, Farm to School Programs, a food hub, a food truck, and statewide marketing campaigns.