Hop and Cider Orchard Manager

Position Title
Hop and Cider Orchard Manager
Position Description
Job: Responsible for care and expansion of a 1/3 acre organic hop yard and a 1-acre organic apple orchard. Interface with brewers and cider makers at the farm. Looking for full-time employee but will consider part-time/seasonal candidates.

Location: Wappinger Falls New York (65 miles north of NYC) in the Hudson Valley. Farm is less than a mile from New Hamburg Metro-North Station

Job Description:
Obercreek Brewing Company and Obercreek Cider Company is seeking and individual to care and maintain the orchard and hop yard and to create an expansion plan in conjunction with management of the two entities.

Background: Obercreek Farm is an organic farm, producing mainly vegetables for both commercial and CSA markets. In 2013, Obercreek farm planted 1/3 acre of several hop varietals to determine whether organic production was viable in our region. In 2016, Obercreek Brewing Company was established and renovations occurred to create a brew house on the farm. In 2016 Obercreek Cider Company was established and a 4.5-acre field was prepared for an organic orchard of bitter sweet and bitter-sharp varietals. The first trees will be planted in spring of 2017.

Seeking individual with some experience at a commercial orchard. Some experience with orchard and hop yard care and cultivation desired. Knowledge of brewing and fermentation techniques desired. General farm experience, preferably with organic methods or Integrated Pest Management desired.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Housing: 1 bedroom apartment available on farm.

Spear Spring Farm Worker(s)

Spear Spring Farm
Warren, Maine

Farm Labor Job Description
Spear Spring Farm is a historic 150-acre “organic practice” diversified farm dating back to 1736, located in Warren, Maine. The farm has been vacant for a few years and we are seeking a couple or two individuals to help us bring the farm back into production. A small bunkhouse (brand new!) will soon be available with private bathroom and electricity. We will be planting a wide diversity of vegetables, flowers, perennials, and herbs, which we expect to sell primarily through our on-site farm store, CSA, and wholesale accounts. We may also choose to add livestock and other farm activities down the road. We place a special emphasis on growing practices that are efficient and in harmony with the land and would love for people with a passion for sustainable agriculture and out of the box thinking to join our team. Since we are rebuilding, this is a great opportunity to see and participate in the shaping of a sustainable and profitable farm. If you want to work hard, eat well, love your job, and have fun doing it, then join us at Spear Spring Farm!

Timeframe: Seeking to hire twofull-timee employees from mid-May through November 2017. There may be potential for continuing part time work through the winter months, although likely without housing as our bunkhouse will not be winterized (low cost housing is generally available locally in the winter months).

Work description: Spear Spring Farm is a new endeavor to restore an historic farm and bring it back to beauty and full production. Our employees are important to our success and will work closely with the resident farm manager to complete daily tasks. The primary job responsibilities of our farm workers are:

Planting seeds, seedlings and vegetables/shrubs/trees
Weeding, fertilizing, maintaining fields and growing areas
Helping to restore the farm (Store, Fields, Workshop, Roads, Etc.)
Harvesting vegetables by hand
Washing and packing vegetables for sale
Possible delivery of vegetables
Manning the farm store
Tractor work
Possible maintenance work, such as painting, building stone walls, landscaping, cleaning grounds (buildings, fields)
Possible care of livestock
Pruning trees and orchard care
Hours: We are hiring for up to 40 hours per week. Additional hours may be available in May/June and September/October should you desire to increase your hours. Work hours are between 7am and 5pm (somewhat flexible depending on what needs to get done) with a one-hour lunch (bring your own) taken around midday.

Compensation: Employees will receive a $1,200 stipend per month for full time work, and a $250 credit per month towards farm products or to use within the farm store to purchase food or other products as desired to offset living costs. Second quality produce may be available to farm employees free of charge, depending on the harvest.

Location: Warren is only 15 minutes from the ocean and the neighboring towns of Rockland and Damariscotta (great food, theaters, museums, and a vibrant local community), and only 25 minutes to Camden/Rockport. The farm boasts sweeping views of fields and mountains in the distance, 3 ponds, frontage on the St. George River and ample woods. We have a nesting pair of Barred Owls in the back fields and a nearby lake with beach that’s accessible by a short walk. There is a vibrant local food community, along with many area activities and festivals that make the MidCoast of Maine a great place to live and work!

Housing: On site housing is provided in the form of a small 12’ x 24’ bunkhouse with private bathroom and electricity. Housing is provided free of charge as part of employee compensation. Electricity and Internet will be at your cost.

Pets: Well-trained, friendly pets are welcome with prior approval and at the owner’s discretion. There are two dogs on site at the farm (the manager’s all the time and the owners’ dog visits frequently). Well-behaved pets are welcome as long as they get along with people (including children) and our dogs. Spear Spring Farm is located on Rt. 1 in Warren – a busy road, where the speed limit is 55 and visitors to the farm pull through to visit the farm store. The road hazard is real and the safety of your pet must be your responsibility.

Farming and manual labor experience preferred
Tractor experience a plus
Punctuality, honesty, reliability are required!
Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
Attention to detail
Stamina to maintain fast and accurate working pace all day
Ability to lift 50 lbs.
Valid driver’s license
Reliable transportation
Positive outlook and good sense of humor

For more information: https://farmandfoodjobs.com/2017/04/21/maine-spear-spring-farm-hiring-farm-workers/

Veg. Crop Waste Field Research Asst.

Vacancy Type: Temporary
Field Research Assistant
Anticipated Hiring Range: $10-$12/hr
Position Number: 11ASO861
Work Schedule Monday-Friday with some weekends as needed.
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1
Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties
This position offers work with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) with a graduate student research project studying losses of vegetable crops in North Carolina. The project focus is on the measurement of vegetable crops that remain unharvested in fields, even though they are of edible and nutrient-dense quality.

The duties of this position include harvesting vegetable crops in the field, sample and data collection and entry, sorting produce, and operating a University vehicle. Occasional duties may include calculation, transcription field work planning, writing up short grower reports, and interacting with vegetable growers. The majority of this work will take place outside on a working commercial farm.

Minimum Experience/Education
-Enrolled in a B.S. or associates degree program (or already graduated) with evidence of the applicants desire to work in Horticulture.
-Interest in Sustainable Agriculture or food loss and waste is strongly encouraged.

Departmental Required Skills
-Must be able to work outdoors in unpleasant weather conditions, such as heat and humidity
-Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds on a routine basis.
-Must be able to stand, stoop, bend and walk on uneven terrain for extended periods of time.
-Valid drivers license
-Must be willing to work as part of a team, but also be independently motivated.
-Must have the highest regard for research accuracy
-Basic computer skills, such as Microsoft Office and email are required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
-Prefer a student with a horticulture, agribusiness or food systems background and some research experience including data collection and knowledge of research methods.

Required License or Certification: Valid drivers license

Job Open Date 04/24/2017
Must Be Open Until: 05/12/2017
Proposed Hire Date 05/28/2017

For more information: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/85040

Farm to School Coordinator, SC

Farm to School Program Coordinator
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Opening Date: Thu. 03/30/17
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 04/16/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time
State Salary Range: $26,988.00 – $49,932.00 annually
Agency Hiring Range: Min: Max:
Job Type: FTE – Full-Time
Location: Richland County, South Carolina
Normal Work Schedule: Monday – Friday (8:30 – 5:00)

Job Responsibilities Benefits Supplemental Questions Additional

The SC Farm to School mission is to connect schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and creating new opportunities for local and regional farmers.

The Farm to School Coordinator will plan, develop and implement the SC Farm to School Program. Responsibilities include working with grants, providing training and technical assistance for the program, identifying training and technical assistance voids in the Farm to School community and filling these needs by modifying existing resources and/or creating new program offerings. Additional duties encompass developing and maintaining partnerships with local farmers, distributors and school districts, coordinating and delivering Farm to School activities, guidelines and events including but not limited to farm to school action institutes, school garden workshops, culinary trainings, and farm field trips. The Coordinator will also deliver state and local level presentations, design and distribute outreach and publicity materials, participate in evaluations and reporting requirements related to the program, disseminate research and data on existing programs, participate in Farm to School Advisory Council monthly meetings, develop an understanding of local and regional food procurement issues, and work with various state agencies to identify and promote the overall Farm-to-Institution network.

Minimum and Additional Requirements:
A Bachelor’s degree in business management, agribusiness, education or related field. Minimum of one year of experience working with a business model as related to food distribution.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree.
Prior experience with Farm to School (F2S) programs.
Established record of developing and maintaining effective working relationships with clients, advocates, and representatives from community groups, government agencies, and local school districts.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent attention to detail and organization skills.
Strong computer competencies including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint

For more information: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/sc/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1691653

Market Farm Technician, Apex, NC

Farm Technician

Job Description
We are in search of a new team member to join the ranks at Burkett Farm as a Farm Technician. This full-time position includes benefits. The work duties are similar to those of working on a market farm. However, rather than a traditional sales model, the food we grow is used to strengthen our local food system and help those less fortunate, while sharing knowledge and collaborating with our partners. The job requires passion, guts, and grit. To learn more about our work at Burkett Farm: https://burkettfarm.wordpress.com

The general duties of the Farm Technician are to support the Farm Manager in the production and field work as required while operating Burkett Farm. This job requires passion, and a genuine desire to get your hands dirty every day, regardless of weather and holidays. Farming is dynamic and it is very difficult to summarize the duties of this position in a comprehensive list.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Cultivation and planting of vegetable row crops either by seeding, or transplanting.
Pruning, training, and caring for small fruit trees, nut trees, berry patches, and grape vines.
Assisting Farm Manager with tending of honey bee hives to the extent your experience allows.
Feeding and caring for flock of laying hens including collecting eggs, and cleaning the chicken coop and laying area.
Managing pests and disease using an all-natural IPM approach that exclusively allows for the use of OMRI approved inputs.
Maintenance and Organization of farm resources within the Burkett Farm footprint to insure efficiency, sanitation, and safety at all times.
Removal of weeds both manually and mechanically with hand tools and a walk behind tractor.
Harvesting, washing, and packing of produce grown on the farm.
Moisture management and repair to drip irrigation systems used on site.
Safe operation of machinery such as tractors, tillers, cultivators, trimmers, chainsaws, and mowers.
Communicating on site with volunteers and assisting with organizing their time on the farm.
Safely operate company owned vehicles and maintain a safe driving record.
Other duties as directed by Farm Manager.
May be required to help with snow/ice removal in the winter months when necessary. This may require overnight stays at the property during these events
Required Skills
*Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on a routine basis
*Fluent English required
*Ability to bend and stoop on a continual basis
*Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
*Ability to work around bees, poison ivy, pollen, thorns and other environmental risks
*Must wear work boots, Bland landscaping uniform and present yourself in a clean and polite manner
*Must practice safety with chemicals and equipment
*Must wear company-provided eye and ear protection as required
*Must have valid NC Driver’s license and maintain a good driving record
*Must be willing to obtain NC Pesticide applicators license
*Must have good communication skills and ability to work on a team
*Must comply with Bland’s policies and procedures
*Must be able to pass a criminal background check

Job Location
Apex, North Carolina, United States
Salary: 12.00 – 15.00 USD

For more information: https://blandlandscaping-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=85&source=ONLINE&JobOwner=992275&company_id=17249&version=1&byBusinessUnit=NULL&bycountry=0&bystate=0&byRegion=&bylocation=&keywords=&byCat=&proximityCountry=&postalCode=&radiusDistance=&isKilometers=&tosearch=yes&city=

Incubator Farm Site Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell, Mass.

Time: Seasonal, March to November

Organizational Description
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s (New Entry) mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious and culturally appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity or socio-economic status. In doing this work, New Entry provides critical training, career development and economic opportunity to new farmers. New Entry is a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England.

Job Summary
The Farm Sites are one of the cornerstones of the Incubator Farmer program of New Entry. After graduating from New Entry’s Farm Business Planning Course, participants have the option of leasing land for up to 3 years on the incubator farm. Many of the incubators choose to sell produce to New Entry’s Food Hub, among other markets. The Incubator Farm Site Coordinator and Educator has direct contact with these beginning farmers through the growing season.

The Incubator Farm Site Coordinator is an hourly (25-40 hours/week), seasonal position (March-November) that provides farm production training to small-scale beginning farmers. They are an integral part of the Farmer Training Team. Primary job responsibilities include a) managing New Entry’s three incubator farm sites and equipment, b) assisting incubator training participants in facilitation of crop production (emphasizing organic techniques) and achieving commercial farm goals and c) teaching monthly on-farm skills trainings and providing mentorship to incubator training participants. Additionally, the Incubator Farm Site Coordinator will share in the responsibility of fulfilling grant deliverables and reporting requirements and completing notes and assessments for incubator training participants.

Essential Job Functions

Farmer Training
Teach hands-on practical skills workshops in sustainable agriculture at the incubator farms;
Organize and coordinate farmer meetings and community participation at meetings, trainings, conferences and field trips in order to meet farmer learning goals;
Provide comprehensive individual technical assistance to beginning and advanced farmers in order to help them attain farm business planning and crop production goals.
Access and connect producers to resources needed to scale up, capitalize or expand farm enterprises.
Incubator Farm Management

Manage New Entry’s multiple incubator farm training sites using organic and sustainable production practices;
Establish clear roles and expectations at the incubator farms to support the needs of multiple constituents (growers, neighbors, land owners). Assist farmers to understand roles and meet expectations;
Conduct farm services, including land preparation/tillage, custom tractor work and the use/management of greenhouse, irrigation, cooling / storage and other farm supplies and equipment in order to maximize impact of New Entry resources;
Maintain farm equipment and facilities, including tractors, grounds, other tillage equipment, greenhouses and irrigation systems in order to ensure continuity of incubator farm site operations;
Determine equipment and supply needs and make purchases and coordinate with contractors in order to ensure integrity of their work;
Coordinate and supervise volunteer work days on the farms and supervise farm interns and work-study students in order to maximize impact;
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Grants and Data Management Support

Complete project deliverables that fall within the scope of the incubator farm training site;
Assist with submission of reports for a small portfolio of grants based on each funder’s reporting guidelines in a timely manner;
Provide input on grant proposal project narratives as needed;
Track farmer competency and skills development through a comprehensive case management system and data collection and tracking systems in New Entry’s cloud-based Salesforce CRM.
Special Requirements

Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
Ability to work outside in all weather conditions;
Ability to safely operate heavy machinery and implements on small acreage and in tight spaces;
Ability to assess equipment maintenance needs and address promptly;
Ability to walk on uneven terrain to conduct farm site workshops;
Valid drivers’ license and clean motor vehicle record.

Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field required. Agricultural training and experience in multiple aspects of farming and farm enterprise is essential. Prior farm management/ farm business ownership experience a plus;
At least 3 years’ experience in delivering technical assistance to farmers in the areas of crop production, marketing and business planning;
Experience in adult education and teaching to diverse learning styles;
Cross-cultural experience helpful. Ability to build relationships with early-stage beginning farmers and immigrant and refugee farmer participants;
Ability to safely operate and maintain farm equipment and machinery, including up to a 65 hp tractor with multiple implements;
Ability to manage large groups of volunteers;
Highly organized and good attention to detail;
Self-motivated and self- directed. Ability to work well within a rapidly-changing environment;
Excellent customer service, organizational and interpersonal skills;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Familiarity with federal and private grants proposals and reports or willingness to learn;
Working knowledge of computer software (MS Office, social media, spreadsheets) and Salesforce experience a plus;
Access to reliable private transportation necessary;
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

Commensurate with experience starting at $40,000 annually. Complete benefits package including health and dental insurance, retirement plan, paid vacation and paid holidays, sick time, personal days, etc. while employed in-season. Hours per week range from 25-40, depending on time in the season.

Farm Manager, Delaware Greenways

Delaware Greenways has an immediate opening for Manager, Penn Farm. The Farm Manager performs the vital function of leading the Penn Farm initiative for the organization. The Farm Manager is involved in all aspects of the Farm including but not limited to land management, Farm Partner development and oversight, and implementation of the program area’s strategic plan.

 Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
 Direct experience in sustainable agriculture.
 Experience in the urban agriculture areas of vegetables, fruits and ornamentals.
 Outstanding management/relationship building skills
 Excellent communication skills including written, verbal, listening and presentation.
 Excellent interpersonal skills.
 Project management experience, with skills necessary to interpret what is needed for the success of a project and to create appropriate budgets and schedules for timely delivery.
 High levels of organizational and time management skills.
 Strong networking and problem-solving skills
 Self-motivated, independent worker
 Ability to juggle competing priorities
 Team Player

Full time position.

For more information: http://delawaregreenways.org/about/join-our-team/