Practicum Field Mentor, Vancouver, BC.

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at UBC Farm is a 24-hectare teaching, research and community farm located on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. Embodying UBC’s aspiration to be a “living laboratory”, the CSFS/UBC Farm provides experiential learning opportunities for students, community members and the general public and strives to explore and exemplify how land, food and community are brought together to create healthy and sustainable food systems. More information about the CSFS/UBC Farm can be found at The Practicum Field Mentor works in collaboration with the Practicum Coordinator and CSFS/UBC Farm Staff to provide day-to-day field instruction and supervision to the CSFS/UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture students as well as assisting with annual and/or perennial crop production. The goal of the UBC Farm Practicum Program is to inspire and cultivate new farmers and food sustainability leaders who will transform their communities and their food systems through initiatives and enterprises that are economically, socially, and ecologically healthy and viable. For more information on the CSFS/UBC Farm Practicum Program, please visit We are seeking an energetic and inspired person to work with the CSFS/UBC Farm team to support the growth of our Practicum students and participate in the success of CSFS/UBC Farm’s production and sales program.

WORK PERFORMED Practicum Field Mentorship Responsibilities – 35%:  Works with the CSFS/UBC Farm field staff and the Practicum Coordinator to plan, prioritize, and facilitate day-to-day field tasks in the context of crop production and marketing systems on a working campus farm. Field tasks include: cultivation, soil management, plant propagation, seeding, weed management, pest management, irrigation, harvest, and post-harvest processing.  Works with the Practicum Coordinator to guide student plot experience (shared and individual plots). This includes being available to answer questions during plot time, ensuring that plots are being properly managed, ensuring that students are receiving sufficient guidance and support, as well as integrating the educational curriculum into the student plot experience.  Assists the Practicum Coordinator with administrative tasks related to the management of the Practicum Program as required. Field Operations Assistant Responsibilities – 65%:  Field production leadership and oversight of one or more fields, including seeding, transplanting, irrigating, managing pests, weeding, harvesting, etc.  General farm tasks – compost management, livestock assistance, basic construction, cleaning, etc.  Field research assistance – weighing, measuring, and recording crop production and yield data.  Post-harvest tasks – washing, sorting, packaging and preparing produce for sale.  Sales assistance – occasional assistance stocking produce and interacting with customers at our public markets.  Volunteer assistance – working with volunteers, providing clear instructions, and passing on knowledge.

Education and Experience:

  • 2 years of post-secondary education plus two growing seasons of agricultural work experience.
  • Training and work experience in diversified, organic vegetable and/or fruit production preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience; able to comfortably provide hands-on group and individual instruction to students and community members of diverse ages and backgrounds.
  • Experience working within a large public-sector organization (i.e. a university or government organization) is an asset.


  • A broad base of technical skills in the areas of horticultural production, soil and landscape management, farm equipment use and maintenance, computer use, and/or animal care in a mixed farm setting.
  • Demonstrated supervisory, communication (verbal/written), facilitation, and interpersonal skills; able to work both independently and within a high-energy team environment; able to resolve interpersonal conflicts professionally; good collaboration and group leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to model the knowledge, skills, and work habits required to successfully operate a viable farm enterprise.
  • Strong organizational skills; able to identify and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision, work independently, and take initiative.
  • Must be physically fit, able to lift approximately 50lbs, and have a flexible schedule.
    Familiarity with the UBC Farm site, and the CSFS/UBC Farm vision, mission and operations is an asset.
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license.
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly, efficiently and calmly in high-stress settings for long hours in any weather and bring tasks to completion on time.

Start and End Dates: March 15th , 2017 to November 30th , 2017 (with the possibility of a part-time extension into the winter). Exact start date is flexible, with the possibility of an earlier part-time start. Hours Worked: Full time (35 hours/week, Tuesdays through Saturdays) March through October. Part-time hours in November. Wage: $16.26 – $17.41 per hour (commensurate with experience)

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Program Sustainability Coordinator, AL

Program Sustainability Coordinator

As part of the DCGP team, you will help us achieve our goal of bringing a teaching garden to every school in Alabama by helping schools who have been trained on the program continue to operate it, independently. This role is critically important in sustaining the Gardens 2 Schools program and allowing our model to reach more schools each year.

Who We Are:

Druid City Garden Project is a nonprofit, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Using an innovative garden-based curriculum, our programs connect students to their food, get kids moving, and makes learning fun. Our programs serve more than 4,000 elementary students each week of the school year.

What We Do:

We dream that one day every school in Alabama will have a teaching garden.

We believe that access to fresh, affordable, and sustainably grown food is a universal right. We believe that our students learn best when they put their knowledge into practice and that children can be just as excited about vegetables as they are about candy. We believe that school gardens can change eating habits, improve academic success, and make learning fun.

And, we have the evidence to prove it. See for more.

In our Gardens 2 Schools (G2S) program, we train school communities on our highly effective garden-based curriculum that brings Course of Study standards into a real world environment. After two years of intensive training, professional development support, and resources, schools take over the program and operate with minimal assistance from DCGP. Bringing excitement about garden-based instruction to the table, understanding the unique needs of teachers, and molding the G2S program to a specific school’s environment are critical to maintaining this program.

The Gardens 2 Schools program is currently operating in 10 schools in the Tuscaloosa area, serving more than 4,000 children each week.


  • Consult in person with Garden Committees, made up of teachers, at transition schools on a regular basis, providing gardening advice, inventorying supplies, advising lesson sequencing for the garden, harvest plans, etc.
  • Oversee communication with Garden Committees of active and transition schools on gardening activities, issuing a monthly Transition School newsletter, and ordering necessary gardening supplies
  • Coordinate the installation of new school gardens, communicating with volunteers on garden builds, ordering supplies, and more
  • Create and implement Garden Committee Professional Development sessions at active and transition schools, with Program Director’s oversight
  • Assist transition schools with major gardening events, such as garden build and clean-up days, and any pest outbreaks
  • Grow transplants for the first semester of first-year schools and backup transplants each season
  • Conduct seed saving initiative, growing out plants from the Sand Mountain Seedbank, then saving seed to return to the bank and be used in school gardens
  • Manage Program Sustainability Officer(s)
  • Assess and evaluate transition schools’ success at operating the Gardens 2 Schools program independently
  • Oversee the data collection process at selected schools
  • Oversee consent form distribution, entry, and compliance
  • Oversee volunteer recruitment, maintenance, and reporting
  • Develop and maintain relations and collaborations with community organizations and educational institutions in support of program goals

What We’re Looking For: 

  • Excitement about our work! Be enthusiastic about working toward a common goal alongside similar-minded, passionate folks
  • Be an expert on organic vegetable gardening, with demonstrated, concrete experience managing organic gardens or farms in a professional setting
  • Hold a minimum of a 2 or 4 year degree in a related subject
  • Have superb interpersonal skills
  • Be detail-oriented and just as excited about record-keeping as growing vegetables or working with partner schools
  • Have strong Microsoft Excel know-how
  • Experience with formal research studies is a plus
  • Management experience is also a plus
  • Be able to lift 50lbs, stand on feet for 8 hours at a time, be outdoors for 8 hours at a time in all non-dangerous weather, and be physically active
  • Pass federal and state background checks

Closing date: December 22, 2016

Salary range: $27,000-$30,000 with full benefits

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School Garden Americorps, Athens GA

DATE POSTED   November 30, 2016
JOB TYPE   Full-Time
The University of Georgia VISTA Network was established in 2013 to support local community partners with AmeriCorps VISTA members to increase their capacity for bringing individuals and communities out of poverty in the Athens, GA area. The AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program places passionate individuals in a year-long, full-time position to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that improve health and educational services, reduce food insecurity, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

About AmeriCorps VISTA:
The AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program places passionate individuals in a year-long, full-time position to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational capacity of organizations that improve health and educational services, reduce food insecurity, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. AmeriCorps VISTAs are full-time, year-long volunteers and are compensated with a small living allowance (less than $1,000/month), health care benefits, a relocation allowance, and an end-of-term education grant or stipend. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review AmeriCorps VISTA terms of service at

Purpose:As part of a network of VISTAs, the Grow It Know It program places a VISTA at one of the four Title I middle schools in Athens-Clarke County, GA, to develop and implement integrated programs incorporating gardening, nutrition, and sustainability to improve the diet and health of middle school children. Activities include establishing programs with children, university students, and school personnel to support and maintain school gardens, to enhance access to fresh fruits and vegetables, to reduce food waste, and to enhance sustainability, both during the school day, after school, and during the summer with the Kitchen Garden Corps program. The VISTA will recruit and train volunteers from the Athens area including the University of Georgia to assist with school gardens, develop and implement garden, nutrition, and sustainability programs at a middle school, support food waste reduction and promote increased use of fresh produce in the school cafeteria. To learn more about what we do visit us at our website, on Facebook on Instagram @kitchengardencorps.

Qualifications:Priority will be given to individuals who are recent graduates, have gardening experience, have an academic interest and background in related issues, and have previous volunteer experience with school children or working at camps or environmental education centers. Ability to collaborate with diverse constituencies, work independently, travel (within Clarke County), and utilize social media is required.

For more information, contact Wick Pritchard

Farm Education Director

The Arcadia Farm Education Director directs and oversees Arcadia’s Farm & Nutrition Education Programs, a rich mosaic of Farm to School and summer Farm Education programs that serve approximately 2,700 schoolchildren in the greater Washington, D.C. area each year. Arcadia’s mission is to create a more equitable and sustainable local food system, which will improve the health of our community, increase the viability of local farmers, and preserve the environment for future generations.

Responsibilities: Farm Education Director is responsible for directing, implementing, and managing all aspects of the four Farm & Nutrition Education Programs (Field Trip Program, Farm Camp, Mobile Market School Visit Program, and Farm in the Classroom Program), and directing development of future projects.

Requirements: Previous educational experience especially in an outdoor environment; a working knowledge of and passion for sustainable agriculture and food education; basic gardening skills; the ability to motivate, train and oversee a diverse paid and volunteer staff including a part-time Farm & Nutrition Education Assistant and a full-time seasonal Farm Camp Manager; the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, grantors, community members, teachers and schools; the ability to work independently and as part of a team; be a skilled leader with exemplary communication skills; and participate in organization-wide events including the Farmer Chef Speed Sourcing Happy Hour, Volunteer Days, and the Fall Funtacular. Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and lift 50 lbs; must have or be willing to obtain CPR and First Aid certification; must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Location: Primary work location is Arcadia Farm: 9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA.


1. Farm Field Trip Program

Oversee Farm Field Trip Program, including recruiting and scheduling schools; communicating clearly with contact teachers; recruiting, training and overseeing Farm Education Interns and Volunteers; leading execution of the day’s schedule; and educating groups of 60-75 elementary school children.

2. Farm Camp

Oversee Farm Camp, including hiring and training full-time seasonal Farm Camp Manager and Farm Camp Counselors; overseeing scholarship camper recruitment and registration; managing innovation of new curriculum; acquiring program materials; clearly communicating with Farm Camp families leading into the summer; and overseeing implementation of 5 high-quality weeks of camp with more than 160 children.

3. Mobile Market School Visit Program

Oversee Mobile Market School Visit Program including recruiting and scheduling schools; communicating clearly with stakeholders and contact teachers; training Mobile Market Education Interns and Volunteers; and working collaboratively with Mobile Market staff to carry out at school visits.

4. Farm in the Classroom Program

Oversee Farm in the Classroom Program including recruiting and scheduling schools; developing a sustainable growth plan for this newest program; communicating clearly with stakeholders and contact teachers; and training Farm Education staff to aid you in carrying out classroom lessons.

5. Other

Direct all other aspects of the Farm & Nutrition Education Programs including setting program goals, seeing them through to success, and formulating results into an Annual Report; implementing the comprehensive evaluation plan for each program; developing and managing annual Farm & Nutrition Education budget; developing a growing plan for the educational garden at Arcadia Farm; coordinating with the growers at Arcadia Farm to meet produce needs of the programs; and other responsibilities as assigned.

Application Instructions: Please send your resume, 3 references, and a Cover Letter describing your interest and relevant experience to, using “Farm Education Director Application” as the subject before December 16, 2016.

Farm Apprentice, King of Crops

King of Crops is a local agriculture project started by the Atlanta-based popsicle company, King of Pops. We are a growing farm and nursery on 68 acres 45 minutes west of Atlanta. Our produce is sold at local markets, to local value-added businesses, and to King of Pops for their popsicles. Our nursery focuses on local and native plant propagation, and manages all the farm’s transplant needs while building a market for habitat restoration, and residential native landscaping.

We’re looking for enthusiastic, creative, and engaging partners to help us grow into our land and vision of a beautiful, sustainable, integrated landscape and business.


King of Crops is looking for enthusiastic apprentices who want to learn to farm through hands on experience. We are currently accepting applicants who have an established interest in farming and want to deepen their understanding and strengthen their skills.

Apprentices live and work on the farm and nursery while building and evaluating their skills and interests throughout the season. Apprentices share in the experience of guiding weekly work tasks, organizing harvest, managing deliveries, and being part of our fun and dynamic team!

Apprentices should expect to work 35-55 hours a week including some weekends. On-farm housing is provided with a stipend, and commission for farmers market sales. The position is seasonal and runs from March through November, although exceptions can be made under certain circumstances.

Essential functions:

  • Perennial and annual transplant production and maintenance
  • Seeding, planting, maintaining and harvesting crops
  • Cleaning, storing and packing produce for markets
  • Installation of basic irrigation systems
  • Representing King of Crops at farmers markets
  • Plant pest and disease identification
  • Nursery stock maintenance

The Success Patterns for this position are:

  • Ask questions illuminating management decisions
  • Maintaining a constructive attitude
  • Personal and physical endurance in inclimate weather
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic about taking on new tasks and improving established skills
  • Helpful and supportive towards peers
  • Works quickly and efficiently with attention to instructions

Successful Candidates will have the following Personal Characteristics:

  • Enjoys being outside
  • Seeks out challenges
  • Reflects with the purpose of improvement
  • Consistently dirty fingernails
  • Adapts quickly to new conditions
  • Passionate about food and the environment

COMPENSATION:   this position is PAID: stipend


Please email a short description of why you’re interested in agriculture and in this position specifically, and what you hope to achieve while you’re with us.

Also include a resume, or list of relevant experience, and two references.

Farm Manager- St. Paul, Minnesota


Frogtown Farm is seeking an experienced and well-rounded individual with strong farming skills and a commitment to social justice to be full-time Farm Manager. This is an opportunity to be a part of the leadership team of one of the largest contiguous urban farms in the country.

Organization  Summary

Frogtown Farm is a community-based nonprofit organization that is located in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. The farm is one of the largest urban farms in the country with 5 acres of land within a 12.7-acre park. Frogtown Farm finished it’s first year of production and programming in 2016. Frogtown Farm is certified organic and uses permaculture principles.

Frogtown Farm is a nexus for a healthy food system that fills gaps in production, storage, education, training and networking. With spokes that reach beyond its acreage and the Frogtown neighborhood, Frogtown Farm is recognized as a destination for those seeking learning, innovation, reflection, celebration, and authentic community. Rooted in values of social equity, justice, and inter-connectedness, this urban farm on the hill serves as a model for multi- cultural community and a catalyst for economic development, wealth creation, community pride, and sustainability.


The Farm Manager will be responsible for all aspects of daily operations of our 5-acre site ensuring production goals are achieved. This includes both annual vegetable and perennial production. This position requires commitment to and skill with working collaboratively with people from many backgrounds and creativity in managing the unique challenges of a farm in an urban environment. Most critically, the Farm Manager will be responsible for building healthy soil for high volume production – serving as the steward for an environmentally, economically and socially viable farm.

The position will be full-time, reporting directly to the Executive Director. The salary range is $45,000-

$55,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Frogtown Farm provides a competitive benefits package, including: group health insurance plan with employer contribution, retirement savings plan with 401k match, ample vacation, paid sick leave and holidays.

Essential Duties & Responsibility

  • With the Executive Director, develop long-term integrated plan for farm operations
  • Develop and implement crop plan, planting and harvesting schedule for each season with a focus on season extension and maximizing the existing and future hoop houses
  • Purchase seeds, supplies, tools and equipment; maintain tools & equipment ongoing
  • Manage planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, washing, packing and delivering produce
  • Maintain the full site for public use, ensuring a positive experience for anyone on site
  • Track farm operations and data, including crop plans, energy consumption, harvest log, germination rate, planting schedule, growth tracking, compost production and soil nutrient management
  • Research urban farm security methods and processes and determine viability of security system; oversee implementation of system
  • Ensure compliance of organic certification
  • Supervise additional farm production staff, interns and volunteers
  • Utilize sustainable organic agricultural methods, including weed and pest management and development of soil structure through composting and other organic methods
  • Responsible for compliance with all city, county and state agricultural, food and safety policies
  • Be an active and articulate ambassador for Frogtown Farm
  • Work with staff and partners to develop alternative sources of energy for farm operations
  • Assist with preparation of farm reports for grant applications and reports
  • Work collaboratively with Frogtown Farm staff to develop farm and permaculture training program; As farming season allows, lead trainings, workshops and/or classes
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 5+ years vegetable farm management using sustainable agriculture practices
  • Knowledge and interest in the unique and complex aspects of urban agriculture
  • Experience operating and maintaining tools and farm equipment
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing start-up organization
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Working knowledge of organic and sustainable farming standards and techniques
  • Interest in permaculture-based agriculture
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and take part in physical labor in all weather conditions
  • Basic carpentry and mechanical skills
  • Interest and commitment to establish and maintain relationships with all staff, representatives of local and state agencies, other community organizations and individual community members
  • Computer skills required to develop budgets, communicate with colleagues, use software to plan and track farm operations
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work weekends and evening hours during peak growing season
  • Ability to manage assets resourcefully – equipment, labor
  • Commitment to mission and values of Frogtown Farm, including social justice and racial equity

To Apply

This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as submitted, so early application is encouraged. Please submit an email with current resume, cover letter and 3 professional references (references will not be contacted until candidate advances to interview round) to Include “Your name: Farm Manager” in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we will not be able to respond to each application.

Apprenticeship on Western NC Farm

Working with A Way of Life Farm in 2017 If you’re considering a career in farming, our apprenticeship positions are a great way to get the experience and knowledge that you’ll need before jumping in. All members of the farm crew learn the ins and outs of our farm- vegetable growing from seed to harvest, pastured pork production, marketing, soil health, tools, and our broader vision for the land and what it means for our world. Farming is our form of activism. We believe that providing people with truly healthy food that is also healthy for the land is a powerful act. About the farm: A Way of Life Farm is a diverse farm in the foothills of Western NC. We grow vegetables, strawberries, blueberries, and pasture-raised pork for sale. This commercial production fits within a broader permaculture design that also includes the development of fruit and nut orchards (persimmon, pawpaw, tea

About the farm: A Way of Life Farm is a diverse farm in the foothills of Western NC. We grow vegetables, strawberries, blueberries, and pasture-raised pork for sale. This commercial production fits within a broader permaculture design that also includes the development of fruit and nut orchards (persimmon, pawpaw, tea camelia, muscadines, chestnuts, and apples) and mushroom production. A combination of sustainable practices including bio-intensive raised beds, cover cropping, KinseyAlbrecht method, keyline plowing, Holistic Management, and permaculture design are used throughout our land. About 90% of our time is spent growing vegetables. We start our own vegetable transplants from seed and propagate perennials in a permanent greenhouse. Over 30 types of vegetables and herbs are grown primarily outdoors in raised beds. We also grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and winter greens in a large hoophouse and other veggies in low-tech, movable “caterpillar tunnels”. A tractor is used for initial bed preparation, but most of our work — planting, weeding, harvesting- is done with hand tools. Our products are sold through farmers’ markets, CSAs, and restaurants. Working with A Way of Life Farm offers an opportunity to see what it’s like to earn a livelihood from a farm. We are located an hour from Asheville and

Working with A Way of Life Farm offers an opportunity to see what it’s like to earn a livelihood from a farm. We are located an hour from Asheville and Charotte, NC. Visit our website, for all the details and applications for this position. Working and Learning with us: Farming really is a way of life and it is truly meaningful work! You will take part in all aspects of the farm from vegetable seed to harvest, livestock chores, marketing, perennials, and experimental projects, but should expect to spend the vast majority of time growing vegetables. Apprenticeships: We take our role as educators seriously, offering information and skills that will lead to a greater understanding of farm management and systems. We work closely with you, explaining tasks as they come up in the season and offer written information and informal “classes”. As the season progresses, apprentices are given increased responsibilities around the farm. We teach thoughtful and efficient execution of farm tasks, which is essential to the success of any enterprise (the goal in production work is to get the job done right and get it done quickly). Qualifications: We are looking for curious apprentices with good communication skills and self-motivation. Some previous experience on a commercial farm is highly recommended — this may take the form of previous farm internships or even just a couple days volunteering on a commercial farm. Experience with physical labor or intense outdoor activity is important. Our bodies are our primary tools on the farm. Hands-on learning is a given on a farm, but the ability to learn from listening is very valuable as a lot of information is conveyed verbally through informal “classes” in the field. We love committed partnerships, but

We love committed partnerships, but unfortunately our housing doesn’t accommodate couples or pets. Apprentices commit to the following: • Full season stay (March through November) • 40-50 hours per week of work We expect hard work during these hours and also respect your time and life away from the farm, trying our best to stick to a pre-arranged schedule. A typical day will begin at 7:45 am and end at 5:45 pm, with two hours for lunch. Apprentices will have every Sunday off, one Wednesday afternoon/month off beginning in May, and one four day weekend in the summer (Saturday-Tuesday). Saturdays will rotate between going to the Farmers’ Market and having the day off. Fridays are one of the busiest farm days and cannot be missed. Occasionally, the farm will demand longer days just to get to job done. • Participate in monthly farm tours through CRAFT (on Saturday or Sunday afternoons), a group of organic farmers and apprentices in the Asheville area learning from each other. • Prepare healthy meals for yourself throughout the week • Arrive promptly at pre-arranged start times • Work outdoors in rain, shine, heat, or cold • Maintain a positive and curious attitude • Bring appropriate clothing and supplies to stay comfortable and healthy on the farm. • Respect farm housing, tools, and facilities • Respect the farm crew, volunteers, and customers of the farm • No smoking, pets, illegal substances, or firearms

Sara Jane and Jamie will provide the following: • A broad range of information and skills related to farming, primarily communicated in the field. These skills include vegetable raising from seed to harvest, raising pastured pigs, methods of pest control, soil health and revitalization, perennial fruit raising, and a lot more. • Answering or helping to research any farming related questions • Experience marketing farm products and information on a farm as a business • Access to an excellent library of farming related books • Membership to CRAFT • $600/month starting (taxes will be withheld and a W-2 is given at the end of the year) • Housing: a personal camper-trailer or tiny home (electricity, cold water, outhouse, hot outdoor shower, and propane cooking appliances are provided) • 2 farm crew meals per week • Vegetables from the farm and $150 pork credit (3 pack limit on bacon- this is a hot commodity!) • Food staples (dry goods we order in bulk such as organic rice, beans, oats, etc)

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