Farm Crew, Island in Maine

SEASONAL FARM CREW 2018
We are hiring for seasonal vegetable crew member positions for the 2018 growing season. This position will start in May and go until October. Applicants must be able to commit to the full growing season. Compensation includes $10/hour plus housing, produce, and staff discounts on meat and dairy products.

QUALIFICATIONS
Previous organic vegetable production experience preferred, but not required. Candidate without farming experience must have previous experience with other forms of physically demanding work.
Demonstrated ability to maintain a positive attitude and consistent work flow in all weather conditions.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
Previous experience living and working with others in a farm setting preferred
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs regularly and perform a variety of tasks efficiently and consistently
Comfortable engaging farm guests and community members
Ability to visit the farm for a working interview preferred. Accommodations will be provided.
Regular responsibilities will include: seeding, watering, weeding, planting, harvesting, bed preparation, sales at markets, washing and packing orders, livestock chores, cleaning bins and maintaining work spaces. Potential for additional winter work beyond the summer growing season.

For more information: http://www.turner-farm.com/employment/

 

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YouthGROW Coordinator, Worcester, MA

Position Available: YouthGROW Coordinator

Start Date: January/February, 2017

Application Deadline: January 8, 2017 Hours: 40+ hours/week, some nights and weekends required.

Compensation: Salary range, $30k-$40k, DOE, and a benefits package commensurate with work in a small nonprofit, including health & dental insurance, 12 paid holidays, 2 weeks’ vacation, 3 personal days, and 12 sick days. Supervision: The YouthGROW Coordinator reports to the REC’s Director of Programs

DESCRIPTION The Regional Environmental Council, Inc. (REC), a grassroots, nonprofit, environmental and food justice organization with a 45-year history working for environmental sustainability and social justice in Central Massachusetts is seeking a full time (40+ hr/week) Coordinator to manage the operational and strategic aspects of the REC’s YouthGROW Program. Established in 2003, YouthGROW (Youth Growing Organics in Worcester,) is a year-round summer and afterschool urban agriculture-focused youth development and employment program for low- income teens. YouthGROW employs 32-40 low-income high school-age teens (ages 14-18) who gain leadership and jobs skills as they maintain two urban organic farms. YouthGROW participants complete a curriculum focused on Professional Development, Leadership Skills, Urban Agriculture, and Social Justice (PLUS,) through participation in a 6-week summer intensive and monthly workshops, internships, and community service. YouthGROW fosters youth leadership in Worcester’s most food insecure communities, uses youth employment to build educational models that improve the local food system, and advocates for creative youth employment and youth development opportunities in Worcester’s lowest income neighborhoods. The program uses a consensus-based youth leadership model that builds youth leadership and participation into program development and decision-making. The Coordinator is responsible for planning and managing all aspects of the program, including but not limited to: curriculum development, youth training, staff and youth hiring, management & supervision, problem-solving, and case management. The Coordinator will serve as direct supervisor for program staff and volunteers, including: one half time urban farms manager, one full time AmeriCorps service member, 4-8 interns, 3-4 part-time seasonal youth workers, and 32- 40 youth (including 3-4 “Junior Staff” and 6-7 “Youth Leaders”). The Coordinator is also responsible, in collaboration with the Director of Programs and the Executive Director, for managing relationships with partner agencies, funders, youth development agencies, social service agencies, and other community partners and stakeholders, and is responsible for tracking and timely reporting of all program outcome data for program evaluation purposes. This position includes some evening, early morning, and weekend commitments and occasional overnight trips. We are seeking candidates with a strong understanding of and commitment to the social justice mission of the program and the agency, cultural competency to meet the needs of our diverse youth participants, and organizational skills needed to achieve the goals of the program in an effective and professional manner. Prior experience with positive youth development and mentorship, college access programming, farming/gardening, and/or healthy food access/food justice advocacy is desirable.

RESPONSIBILITIES Key responsibilities include: supervision of youth and adult staff, curriculum development and implementation, youth mentorship, case management and referral, and workforce and urban agriculture training for youth. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT  Refine, develop, and offer asset driven youth development programming for 32-40 teens with a focus on workforce development, youth development, and food justice  Develop, provide, and promote high quality curriculum and program structure for 6 week summer intensive and year-round afterschool program  Recruit, train, supervise, and provide individual case management and mentorship for 32-40 teen participants from age 14 through high school graduation  Create and implement creative and responsive training materials for youth and adult staff to increase program efficacy and cultivate youth leadership  Develop and implement cultural competency and racial justice/equity training materials for seasonal staff and interns  Work closely with youth leaders and adult staff to advance social entrepreneurship aspects of the program against revenue goals (sales of farm produce and value-added products, e.g., hot sauce)  Organize and coordinate monthly retreats, community service opportunities and internships for youth participants  Track quality and frequency of youth participation and manage all program outcome data tracking and evaluation requirements HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT  Manage hiring processes, training, and paperwork for youth summer employment  Hire and supervise seasonal staff, interns, and youth  Supervise Urban Farms Manager and AmeriCorps Mass Promise Fellow  Manage 2 summer program sites, including logistics (food, transportation, materials scheduling, etc.) FUNDRAISING  Direct fundraising for special youth projects and trips and support grant writing for program specific funding opportunities in collaboration with Management & Development staff LEADERSHIP  Represent YouthGROW program in local and statewide coalitions and cultivate new partnerships with youth-serving organizations  Represent YouthGROW in youth job advocacy/education groups and engage youth in promoting progressive public policies around this issue  Attend and supervise overnight youth retreats and conferences Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS The position requires the following skills and experience:  Minimum two years professional experience working with high school aged youth  Supervision/management experience required  Self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized and reliable  Ability to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines  Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record and regular access to a reliable vehicle  Farming/urban gardening experience desirable  Volunteer management experience desirable  Familiarity/experience with the Worcester community, particularly the Bell Hill and Main South neighborhoods desirable  Comfort with online collaboration tools, e.g., shared calendars, email, shared folders/files (Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Apps)  Excellent people and communication skills, both written and verbal  Previous experience working with people with diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds  Spanish language ability a plus  Interest in and commitment to social justice/food justice/environmental justice  Availability to work occasional evenings, early mornings and weekends

The Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts (REC) is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to achieving universal healthy food access and social and environmental justice in the city of Worcester and beyond. REC is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive workplace. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Send resume and cover letter to grace@recworcester.org (write “YouthGROW Coordinator” in subject line). Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls please.

Farm Team Member, Elm St. Gardens, Sparta, GA

COMPANY DESCRIPTIONElm Street Gardens is a one acre intensive market farm located in downtown Sparta, GA.  An urban garden in a rural town, specializing in diverse annual and perennial produce growing 12 months out of the year.  We market our produce in Sparta at the gardens, in Atlanta at two Farmer’s Markets and to a few local restaurants.

Elm Street Gardens is certified organic and practices no-till farming.  Our goal is to grow the most nutritious vegetables without disrupting the natural processes of soil culture and biology.  We utilize on farm compost and plant based mulch to add organic matter and feed the organisms in the soil.  We also incorporate spent mushroom substrate into our compost from our sister company, Sparta Mushrooms – an indoor mushroom growing facility across the street from the gardens.
In addition to vegetables we have a small number or laying hens, fruit trees and honey bees, that contribute to the overall health of our ecosystem.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are looking to add a farm hand for the coming season, who will be involved in all parts of the growing process including seed starting, bed preparation, transplanting, weeding, harvest and farmers market sales.

Farming or gardening experience is a plus, but not necessary.  A good work ethic, positive attitude and good communication skills are a must.  As is the ability to learn quickly and move efficiently.

Since we are a small farm, our work is mostly with hand tools (wheelbarrow, rake, broadfork), and we work in all weather year round.

This would be a great position for someone who is passionate about sustainable food production and wants to learn how to grow.
This position will be from March 1 through October 2018 and preference will be given to those who can work the whole season.

Housing is available. Stipend is $1200 per month, going up to $1400 after three months of good work.
DEADLINE January 10, 2018

Harvest Against Hunger National – Georgia Gleaning, Tifton, GA

Harvest Against Hunger (HAH) is a program of Rotary First Harvest. Based in Seattle, the HAH program acts as a gleaning and produce recovery program incubator, working with partner host sites to place AmeriCorps VISTAs across Washington State and in a national cohort. These VISTA members serve as gleaning coordinators, building localized, sustainable produce recovery programs that grow connections between farmers and food banks to increase the amount of fresh nutritious produce available to people experiencing food insecurity. In Tifton, Georgia, the HAH project is located at the Georgia Gleaning Project of the Society of St. Andrew. The Harvest VISTA will strengthen and refine a sustainable system for state wide gleaning efforts, including volunteer coordination, grower outreach, grant writing and communication of SoSA’s mission to churches, community organizations, conventions, civic groups, and potential supporters. The Harvest VISTA will build systems that increase access of fresh and nutritious produce for food insecure individuals who often live at or below federal levels of poverty. Are you interested in hunger relief, food waste, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, or public health? Want to build your skills as a community organizer and leader by creating community buy-in and strengthening relationships between food banks and farmers? Interested in capacity building and program sustainability? Come join a network of committed AmeriCorps VISTA to increase the healthy food accessible to food insecure populations.

Member Duties:
In Tifton, GA, the VISTA will strengthen a program model for produce recovery. The Harvest VISTA will actively recruit program participants and develop a project model using a three-pronged approach: Develop a recruitment plan with Society of St. Andrew to deliver a sustainable approach for volunteer management; Develop a grower outreach plan to introduce the gleaning program and solicit support from farmers and gardeners; Develop a plan to partner with other local and regional hunger relief efforts. Within this three-pronged approach, the Harvest VISTA will also streamline a mechanism to track and communicate with produce recovery partners. The Harvest VISTA will implement gleaning coordination and oversee program logistics. The Harvest VISTA will also develop a sustainability plan for the gleaning and produce recovery program.

Program Benefits: Relocation Allowance, Living Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Training, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Health Coverage* .

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

Terms:
Car recommended, Permits attendance at school during off hours, Permits working at another job during off hours .

Service Areas:
Health, Community and Economic Development, Community Outreach, Hunger .

Skills:
Public Speaking, Communications, Social Services, Fund raising/Grant Writing, Recruitment, Team Work, Community Organization.

For more information: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=68991&fromSearch=true

Garden Production Manager, Montana State University

Towne’s Harvest Garden Production Manager

Brief Position Overview
This position is the Production Manager for Towne’s Harvest Garden (THG), a learning-focused and student-operated certified organic vegetable farm coordinated by the Colleges of Agriculture and Education, Health and Human Development.
Salary $14.42 – 15.38 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

The Production Manager provides leadership for the overall management and operation of Towne’s Harvest Garden’s educational mission, crop production, and community outreach efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and implement annual and 5-year production plans and record keeping systems for compliance with university accounting policies, certified organic status, good agricultural practice (GAP) and good handling practice (GHP) programs, and in support of instructional activities and student research projects.
Lead the operation of a diverse education-focused vegetable farm including management of: operations budget, seed and supply inventory, facility sanitation, tool maintenance and repair, greenhouse operations, cultivation, seeding, transplanting, soil fertility, pests, irrigation, harvest, packing, marketing, cover cropping, perennial plant care, and farm cleanup.
Supervise, inspire, and delegate tasks to student assistant managers and interns.
Cooperate with horticulture farm management and staff for efficient and harmonious use of shared resources and facilities.
Report regularly to THG director and advisory committee and produce an annual report documenting success in implementing annual and 5-year plans.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Environmental Science, Agronomy, Sustainable Food Systems, or related field, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Successful experience in small-scale vegetable production.
Successful experience managing or supervising personnel or interns.
Competence with collaborative online word processing, spreadsheet, and farm management data collection systems

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Master’s Degree in Horticulture, Agronomy or related field.
Knowledge of organic farming practices and techniques for season extension.
Experience in leadership and teaching.
Experience with community supported agriculture programs.

The Successful Candidate Will
Have the ability to use and maintain small-scale agricultural tools, equipment and machinery; exercise good judgment and demonstrate initiative; work well independently; be dependable, innovative and creative; demonstrate the ability to prioritize and organize details; establish and maintain cooperative and respectful working relationships with constituencies including students, administrators, faculty, co-workers and community members; and possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Shifts in excess of eight hours plus weekend and evening work will be required during the peak season.
Must possess current or be eligible to obtain a Montana driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). (Please do not include a copy of your driver’s license. The successful candidate will be required to provide a copy of his/her current driver’s license upon hire.)
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands
With or without reasonable accommodation; the person in this position must be able to:

Move objects up to 50 pounds in adverse weather conditions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

For more information: https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/10401

Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Summer Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program

Dates: June 18 – July 27, 2018

Summer Interns with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) come from all over the country and world to work with faculty members, researchers and field technicians on weekly classroom learning activities, hands-on farming experience, local food endeavors, field trips to local farms and markets and focused research projects conducted at CEFS’ 2,000-acre Field Research and Outreach Facility at Cherry Farm in Goldsboro, NC. Sustainable Agriculture Interns will also have the opportunity to engage with the new Agroecology Education Farm, a CEFS satellite student farm facility at NC State University in Raleigh, NC.

We are seeking highly-motivated undergraduate students from a variety of different backgrounds, with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture, to participate in a unique 6-week summer internship. Summer interns will learn about the concepts and practices of various aspects of sustainable agriculture from expert faculty and staff at CEFS and through hands-on farm work, lectures and discussions, community engagement, and field trips to local farms and markets. In addition, a highlight of this program is that interns will gain hands-on sustainable agriculture research knowledge through working with a diverse of CEFS Faculty Researchers from various disciplines.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

All interns that are accepted into the Internship Program will receive a $500 scholarship, thanks to successful fundraising by CEFS. Students receive 6 credit hours of CS 492 from NC State University.

Program Application Deadline: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018

More information at: http://go.ncsu.edu/cefs-internship

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For more information, please contact the CEFS Internship Coordinator, Lisa Forehand at lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu or 919-513-0954.

 

Field Mgr, Organic Farm, Oxford (Emery) College

THIS POSITION IS ON THE OXFORD COLLEGE CAMPUS, 36 MILES EAST OF ATLANTA.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Reporting to the Oxford College Organic Farmer/Educator, this position assists with ground preparation, crop planting, care, weeding, etc. in support of Oxford’s organic farm.
With the Farmer/Educator and staff, handles much of the picking, packing, and marketing of crops to the public. Instructs workers and volunteers in farming activities.
Responsible for managing field activities on the farm. Teaches students, staff, and volunteers how to accomplish key tasks on the farm.
Creates and executes the weekly to-do list and creates availability list.
Accomplishes the weekly harvest, post-harvest handling, seasonal planting, and care of crops with the help of staff.
Attends markets and does deliveries in coordination with Farmer/Educator and other staff.
Performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in organic farming, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Prefer knowledge of organic farming practices, marketing of produce, and the local food movement.
Horticulture skills of propagation, weeding, scouting, operating equipment, and harvest are also strongly preferred.

Full-Time

Salary $26300 – $34600

for more information: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25066&siteid=5043#jobDetails=637825_5043