Farmer’s Market Manager, Watkinsville, GA

Oconee Farmers Market Manager Job Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing day-to-day operations, on and off site
  1. Friday Night Parking lot closure
  2. Saturday market set up: Safety cones in place, Vendor/Farmer site assignment and sign in, Hospitality table set up
  3. Managing the Market: 8 am- 1 pm: Vendor Vehicles in correct parking area, mingle with customers, deal with any issues that may arise during market and enforce rules and regulations fairly, collect monies from vendors and sign out, Clean up area and place market items in correct storage area, take inventory of items that may need to be replace prior to next market
  4. Weekly updates of Social Media: Facebook, creatively promoting the Market to consumers and local and community groups
  5. Mail Chimp weekly newsletter with Blog to Vendors/Farmers and Market customers
  • Maintain Financial Records of Monies collected, turn funds into Treasurer for deposit
  • Report to Board with any new ideas or concerns or issues

The Oconee Farmers Market runs from April 1- Nov 25 (Saturdays only) 8am-1 pm. The Manager would need to be there from 7 am till closing/clean up.

Please forward your resume to Annie Kennedy, along with your contact information.

706-206-7105

athensrealtorannie@gmail.com

Part-time/Full-time Positions, Woodland Gardens, Winterville, GA

WORK AT A PROFITABLE ORGANIC FARM FOR THE SEASON! Woodland Gardens is a 12 acre, USDA Certified Organic vegetable, fruit and cut-flower farm in Winterville, Georgia, located 10 minutes from downtown Athens. Established in 2000, we specialize in highly diverse annual production, and we grow over 80 different types of fruits and vegetables. Our focus is on specialty production for chefs, a 100 member CSA, and direct retail sales at our Atlanta farmers market which we attend once a week. The farm operates year-round using heated greenhouses and high tunnels and has a full time crew of 6 plus 2 managers. We are an intensely cultivated farm that does high volume sales, our fields are constantly rotated and cover cropped in an effort to replenish the soil as we strive for efficiency, quality, and the ability to continually improve and limit our inputs. Everyone on our farm team is skilled and experienced, and we encourage working quickly and mindfully while staying positive. We also have perennial fruit- figs, and blueberries as well as a flower component of the farm, and bees!

We are looking to fill part-time/full time positions for our seasonal work that will begin in mid-March. This is an opportunity to get your feet wet at a well- recognized, highly productive USDA Certified Organic Farm and to meet other people like yourself that are interested in working outside and in nature.

Seasonal workers will receive an hourly wage of $10/hr. plus a 30 minute lunch break and optional yoga class on Wednesdays. We take care to train everyone in as many aspects of the production as is possible, and then expect that as the summer progresses everyone will pick up speed and efficiency as they gain experience. Our farm is supported 100% by the sale of the farm’s production, from which all paychecks and operating capital comes.

Becoming a market gardener means paying attention to how to do jobs quickly and well, and staying focused on the priorities at hand and while we don’t mind conversing in the fields, we don’t want it to be at the cost of slowing down or not meeting daily goals. We do not expect you to sit down in the fields while working because we need to maintain a quick pace and we discourage playing music in the fields in case we need to communicate with each other. We also believe that our phones are always with us and that our energy in the field should be focuses on the present moment and towards the plants we tend. Primary job’s around the farm include… Weeding, mulching, thinning, harvesting fruits as they come into season(strawberries, blueberries, figs), harvesting of vegetables on market harvest days. There is also the possibility of working in these areas… Flower harvesting, bouquet making, bee keeping

Besides the on-farm learning of production skills, there is also the Freedom Farmers Market which we attend every Saturday starting in March. If a seasonal worker has an interest in attending these markets, which we believe gives you a well-rounded view of the entire farm business and are honestly the funnest part of our work week, they are paid $100 for that day. We meet at the farm around 5:30am for ‘load-up’, arrive to Atlanta around 7:15am, start market by 8:30am, finish at 1:30pm, and with occasional restaurant deliveries afterward, get back to Athens around 4pm. Snacks and breakfast are paid for by the farm and if there are any leftover veggies that cannot be used for the following week, then we are able to take them home.

Working Together as a Community and the Art of Mindful Farming No doubt about it, working together as a harmonious community during the season, sharing daily work with the same people day after day….this is some of the most important and sometimes difficult work we do. Not only do we have to be ready to work in any kind of weather, but it takes discipline to get up early and work all day, day after day, and still offer a smile to our co-workers. We can get tired, impatient, cross, hungry, elated, boisterous, sleepy……And yet the farm keeps growing, must be watered, crops harvested, and the marketing cycle continues. It is a challenging lifestyle—extremely rewarding when done well, but challenging nonetheless.

People interested in working with us this season should first email Lauren at lauren@woodlandgardensorganic.com and send a resume along with a quick cover letter. We will then send back a questionnaire and go from there!

Extension Horticulture Program Assistant-School Gardens, Gaston County, NC

Full-Time – Permanent

Extension Program Assistant/Associate Extension Program Assistant/Associate

Salary: 23,000 to 25,000

Monday – Friday, business hours, evenings and weekends as requested

Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens. Gaston County is located in south central North Carolina.

The Extension Horticulture Program Assistant is responsible for managing Gaston County’s school gardening and farm to school initiatives. The position will work directly with school teachers and students to implement a hands-on gardening education program and will coordinate and help manage Master Gardener Volunteers and FoodCorps Service Members who are involved in the school gardening program. This position may also be asked to assist with summer youth programs and to partner with other Extension staff and community partners in youth, horticulture, and local foods related projects.

The minimum requirement for employment with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES) is a high-school diploma or equivalent. Advanced training in related fields is preferred. Experience in gardening and horticulture is required. Experience in organizing and conducting hands-on youth education programs is required. Strong communication skills, computer skills, and ability to work a schedule that may occasionally include some weekends and evenings. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. An Associate or Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis on horticulture, biology, or related skills and equivalent experience is preferred. Experience in management of volunteers and knowledge of local food systems and farm to school programs is preferred. Valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation required and must be maintained. In order to operate a state vehicle, a valid driver’s license is required and must be maintained.

For more information: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/81332

 Farm Manager, McDowell Farm School, Alabama

General Responsibility: Manage the teaching farm to uphold and embody the program goals and mission of the MFS.

Qualifications:
● Extensive farm management experience, including an education component, at least 2 years
● Hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher
● Knowledgeable about sustainable agricultural, environmental, and educational issues
● Experience with sustainable livestock management and vegetable production
● Demonstrate superb communication and organizational skills with attention to detail
● Demonstrate maturity, initiative, leadership, enthusiasm, sense of humor, flexibility, and a team spirit
● Demonstrate professionalism in appearance and behavior
● Demonstrate a respect and affinity for children
● Valid drivers license

Specific Responsibilities:
● Serve in a management capacity: maintain relevancy between program mission, goals and curriculum with farm development and production.
o Manage and Implement Animal Systems
▪ Nutrition, medical
▪ Pasture Management
▪ Provide for animal welfare in alignment with Farm School Program
▪ Maintain inventories of farm supplies, tools, and other farm needs
▪ Implementing and managing record keeping and organization
▪ Collaborate with leadership team to help determine needs for education programs and production needs
▪ Create “annual growth & maintenance plan”
▪ Work with Director to budget and maintain financial records

o Manage and Implement Garden Systems
▪ Plan the layout of all plantings based on a correct crop rotation, seasonally and annually
▪ Prepare and schedule all plantings for students and staff.
▪ Oversee plantings (including techniques and management).
▪ Acquire all materials related to the production of plants.
▪ Prepare staff for seasonally available crops for use with students and the techniques and tools needed for harvest, processing, and cooking.
▪ Maintain, care for and operate any machinery related to the production of plants.

o Manage Sustainable Systems, New Projects, and Maintenance
▪ Systems include, but are not limited to, rainwater collection, solar photovoltaics, solar water heaters, carpentry projects, and new projects determined by Farm School team
o Train and Manage Staff
▪ Support in training and management of seasonal employees with leadership team
▪ Supervise day-to-day animal chores/responsibilities and make sure staff are trained and up to date on farm protocols
▪ Train and mentor seasonal staff in proper planting methods and plant management
▪ Seasonal Staff Projects
● Support seasonal staff through long term farm projects, ideas, and development
● Participate as an advisor/mentor to develop staff personal goals and projects

o Support Farm School Program Development
▪ Help update curriculum, lesson plans and class materials with Team
▪ Organize, attend and actively participate in staff meetings
▪ Pre-season set-up and end of season clean-up of farm area
▪ Assist in facilitating additional workshops
Teach classes when needed

Camp McDowell Employee Expectations
o Act as a positive role model to visitors and fellow staff members
o Work and live respectfully with others
o Help out wherever and whenever needed
o Provide a positive experience for all clients of the McDowell Farm School and Camp McDowell (students, parents, chaperones, teachers, and guests

Competitive compensation package includes: salary, non-taxable room and board, health insurance, retirement, and optional vision/dental plans.

For more information: http://mcdowellfarmschool.com/our-team/join-us

Farm and Food Education Fellowship Staunton, Virginia

Paid Farm and Food Education Fellowship – Allegheny Mountain Institute – Staunton, VA

The experiential 18-month AMI Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows are fully funded to spend six months in immersive training on our farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with relevant partner organizations (Phase II).

Phase I – Farm Study
April 30-November 1, 2017

Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more!
Study permaculture design, nutrition and wellness, community development with expert guest instructors, field trips, and daily educational sessions.
Free room and board in hand-crafted cabins. Receive $1,000 stipend upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Application
January 1- December 31, 2018

Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education.
Manage school gardens, develop site-based curriculum, and teach cooking and nutrition.
Build leadership skills with monthly professional development sessions.
Receive stipend of $1,500/month (less payroll taxes) and Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.

Applications are due by February 19, 2017 and are available at www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete.

For more information, please visit http://www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org, the Allegheny Mountain Institute Facebook page, or email us at info@alleghenymountainschool.org.

Summer Internship, Walterboro, SC

We are a diversified organic farm near Walterboro, SC called Busy Bee Ranch. Restorative agriculture is our current focus and soon we will be incorporating green architecture.

We are looking to hire an intern or two for the summer of 2017 with an opportunity for full time employment for the right person. Interns will learn about and have responsibilities related to ecological forest management, orchard management, and livestock management on our 180 acre farm. Compensation is $12/hr and housing is available on site.

Please email your resume and a statement of interest to Jackson Benefield, farm manager, at BenefieldJackson@gmail.com

Learning Garden Coordinator

Description of General Responsibilities
Expand Learning Garden and increase overall yield by end of 2017.
Increase amount of onsite educational opportunities in both campus gardens.
Create a garden budget that outlines expected operating costs for 2017.
Coordinate the creation of outbuilding designs in the MPC Learning Garden.
Establish working relationship with Richmond Public Schools, to conduct food justice outreach and provide onsite field trips.
Continue to expand on existing gardening knowledge through various professional development opportunities.

Required Qualifications
Knowledge of and experience with plant propagation, seasonal and perennial growing and harvesting in Central Virginia;
Knowledge of and experience with compost management, pest management and soil management;
Demonstrated coordination and management of volunteers in a fast-paced setting;
Knowledge of the VCU Climate Action Plan, VCU Sustainability Plan and VCU sustainability initiatives;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel (including graphing) and Power Point and ability to learn specific software applications as needed;
Proficient verbal and written communication skills. Ability to effectively speak in front of faculty, staff and student groups;
Be a team player, able to work comfortably and effectively in cross-functional teams with students, faculty and administrators from various schools and departments;
Be highly organized and have strong project planning and management skills as well as technical and administrative problem solving skills;
Have the ability to work independently and prioritize. Experience with the use of PC for the creation of Work documents, Excel spreadsheets and Power Point presentations required;
Valid Virginia driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications
College degree preferred. Applicable professional experience may substitute.
Experience in garden development and coordination in an institutional setting preferred.
Experience working in an office environment preferred.
Experience with the use of social media to enhance communications among diverse groups in an academic climate, especially with VCU students, faculty and staff.

Hiring Range $34,000 – $37,000
Campus Monroe Park Campus
Position Type Classified (full-time)
Hours/Week 40
Normal work hours 8:00am – 5:00pm
Job Open Date 01/18/2017
Remove from posting on or before 02/16/2017