Everybody Eats! hiring Farmer Cultivation Center Trainees

Niwot, Colorado

The Farmer Cultivation Center is a new farm incubator located in the town of Niwot, Colorado. Our partnership with the Shepherd Valley Waldorf School provides us with a beautiful farm site and a nurturing community, as well as infrastructure to conduct our new farmer education.
The farm is a perfect place to learn basic vegetable farming practices while preparing a business plan for your new farm operation.

A New Generation of Farmers

The Farmer Cultivation Center is committed to growing a new generation of farmers by helping them obtain farming and business planning skills to start or manage a farm operation.Our philosophy is to integrate a rigorous hands-on farming experience with a broad variety of classroom and self study lessons that span topics including horticulture, business skills, operational excellence, and innovative marketing.Participants learn all aspects of running a farm business. When they complete the program, the FCC helps them start a new farm in Boulder!

Our Programs

Our programs combine a rigorous hands-on farming experience with a balanced mix  of classroom and self study learning.
Our two program tracks include:

~ 8 month Horticulture Track

~ 2 year Market Farming Track

Farmer Cultivation Center Trainees

The Horticulture Track at the Farmer Cultivation Center is designed to teach all the basic skills needed to grow vegetables in the challenging climate of the Colorado Front Range. These skills will make you a better grower, now matter where you end up. The March through October program offers a full season experience that starts with seed propagation and ends with the harvest of our fall crops. 

The hands-on experience includes each trainee managing a 1/4 acre plot at the FCC. They have opportunities to plan the season’s production, design the beds, create a planting and harvest schedule, and manage labor to make it all happen. Special techniques like drip irrigation, row cover,Graduates will be qualified to start and manage a variety of small scale garden operations, from personal victory gardens to community gardens and small urban farms. Students who choose to continue on with their training to become qualified commercial market farmers can apply to participate in the follow on Market Farming Track.

The Market Farming Track at the Farmer Cultivation Center is designed to prepare participants for a successful career as farmers in Boulder County. The program is intentionally rigorous with the goal of helping new farmers adjust to the realities of operating a farm business. The first year of the program is the Horticulture Track.
In the second year, the classroom instruction continues, with a focus on developing a business plan. Additionally, students learn how to scale the basics learned in the Horticulture Track into higher production methods including plastic mulch, effective use of tractor implements, large scale seed propagation, weed and pest control, cover cropping, soil health and nutrition, post harvest handling, and packaging. Continue reading

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Sunfield Farm hiring Farmer Educator

Port Hadlock, Washington

Sunfield is searching for a farmer educator to take on the position’s duties in March. We are looking forward to a strong candidate joining our organization.

Job Description – Sunfield Farmer/Educator

Salary: To be negotiated

Position is open until filled

Introduction:

Pioneering Waldorf farm school in Port Hadlock, Washington (Olympic Peninsula area) seeks visionary fulltime FARMER/EDUCATOR to manage a working farm using biodynamic principles, and shape it as a learning environment. Sunfield is an 81-acre farm with fields, forests, wetlands, and grades K-8 on-site, and is actively building farm-based community education programs. Successful candidate has biodynamic farming experience, a high level of passion and energy, and excellent communication and management skills. Position requires close partnerships with school faculty, community education staff, and volunteers; motivating/managing people, working with apprentices, developing and managing a small CSA; experience with small and large livestock; managing budgets; and interacting with students and community members of all ages.

Job Description

Qualifications:

• Experience managing people and projects

• Experience with animal husbandry

• Experience with farm and land management Continue reading

Sunfield Biodynamic Farm hiring Interns

Port Hadlock, Washington

Sunfield Biodynamic Farm offering internship opportunity for 2012 growing season.

Sunfield is a pioneering nonprofit organization with a broad community-building mission. Inspired by the ideas of the early twentieth-century philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner, we offer a Waldorf school and community education programs that take place on a working biodynamic farm. Sunfield comprises eighty-one acres, primarily fields, that are bisected by wetlands and flanked by a forested hillside, in Port Hadlock on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Over five acres are planted with vegetables, fruit, and cover crops. The remaining fields are hayed and grazed rotationally by our cows, sheep, goats, and chickens. We provide food for the local community in the form of a 50+ member CSA, wholesale to local stores, seasonal attendance at a local farmers market, and u-pick berry sessions at times of abundance.

Our interns are an integral part of Sunfield Farm. Our three-to nine-month farm internship program provides an invaluable and educational work experience in sustainable agriculture for people age eighteen and older. Within a supportive and unique working environment, Sunfield interns are exposed to a variety of tasks that change throughout the growing season, gain many new skills, and become competent at completing a wide range of farming chores as they prepare to become the future caretakers of sustainable farms. Continue reading