Job Opportunities

Astarte Farms is hiring a Farm Manager!

Astarte Farm is seeking an ambitious individual to become its next field manager. The Manager’s primary job will be to help create a field plan for the 2020 growing season and ensure its successful implantation through good leadership and effective communication with customers, management, and the current crew. Astarte Farm is a certified organic vegetable grower with a commitment to sustainability and no- till, no-spray farming practices. Over the years we’ve cultivated partnerships with UMass and other organizations that have allowed us to host many educational workshops, cultivate diverse pollinator habitats, and establish a strong relationship with our local community.


Farm Business Incubator in Westport, MA seeking farmers!

We are looking for an aspiring farmer(s) to begin their own farm business without the barriers of huge upfront capital costs. Property lies on 5.5 acres with land, equipment and housing available.

Wild Harmony Farm hiring a Winter Livestock Apprentice!

Wild Harmony Farm is a diverse, certified organic livestock farm in Exeter, RI focused on environmental stewardship, utilizing regenerative farming practices. Year-round we raise 100% grass-fed beef cattle, organic pigs, and organic layers.

Our ideal candidate will be an avid learner, a considerate and respectful housemate, self-motivated, able to work independently and contribute thoughtfully in a team. The candidate will be able to work long hours with a good attitude, able to lift 50 lbs, competent with manual transmissions, willing to get dirty, passionate about food, and has desires to continue farming in the future. 

Applications due OCT 4th!


Wild Harmony Farm hiring an Assistant Manager!

Wild Harmony Farm is a diverse, certified organic livestock farm in Exeter, RI focused on environmental stewardship, utilizing regenerative farming practices. Year-round we raise 100% grass-fed beef cattle, organic pigs, and organic layers.

Our assistant farm manager will assist in the daily field and sales operations and serve as the team lead for farm apprentices.  The primary responsibility will be working with the farm owners to manage the land and livestock in a regenerative and humane manner while managing the farm crew.  This will involve daily chores, animal moves, health care observations, and administrations, fence building/repairing, water management, and feed deliveries. In addition, our assistant manager will help with sales, product inventory, and store management.  Most weeks the assistant manager will be on the road at least one-day delivering animals to slaughter or product to customers. The assistant manager will report directly to the farm owners and will supervise one apprentice during the winter and 2-3 apprentices during the summer.

Applications due OCT 18th!


Wild Harmony Farm hiring a Grazing Season Apprentice!

Wild Harmony Farm is a diverse, certified organic livestock farm in Exeter, RI focused on environmental stewardship, utilizing regenerative farming practices. Year-round we raise 100% grass-fed beef cattle, organic pigs, and organic layers.

This is a perfect place for someone looking to learn what it entails to include animals in their future farming endeavors. Our ideal candidate will be an avid learner, a considerate and respectful housemate, self-motivated, able to work independently and contribute thoughtfully in a team. The candidate will be able to work long hours with a good attitude, able to lift 50 lbs, willing to get dirty, passionate about food, and has desires to continue farming in the future.

Applications due DEC 1st!


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Local Opportunities

NRICD is looking for Partners for their Providence Country Urban Growers Leadership Program!

The Northern Rhode Island Conservation District (NRICD) and its leading urban farming and gardening partners, for the Providence County Urban Growers Leadership Program is seeking two to three additional local organizations to run a “Train the Trainer” workshop through this program series. These workshop facilitators are experts in their field that are willing to teach others their knowledge, help community leaders, and bring innovative ideas and solutions to workshops for leading growers/gardeners in Providence County, Rhode Island.


RI’s First Farm-Based Gleaning Program is Seeking Partnerships with Farms for 2019! Stipends and Contracts Available!

Hope’s Harvest RI mobilizes volunteers to rescue surplus fruits and vegetables from local farms for distribution to food pantries across the state. In RI, over 57,000 children, working families, and seniors per month are relying on the emergency food system (food pantries, meal sites, etc.) and many do not have access to nutritious fruits and vegetables, or are getting low-quality crops shipped in from out of state. Meanwhile, many farms see a shocking amount of edible food going in the compost because of leftovers after harvest, no market for a bumper crop, no time for maintenance picking, or seconds left after sorting. Lack of time and labor to get those crops out of the field or pack house and donated to people in need results in your time and energy going to waste. Hope’s Harvest RI is partnering with Farm Fresh RI and aims to recover at least 70,000 lbs. of produce in 2019 - and we need your partnership to make this work!

Hope’s Harvest can help! We will: Recruit and train volunteers to harvest safely, making sure they show up ready to work; be available for contact with you by phone, email, or text, to schedule a convenient time to get product out the field or pack house; come prepared with our own refrigerated truck, sterilized tools & gloves, harvest bins, and hand wash station; manage and supervise volunteers at all times; fully insure all on-farm volunteer activities with multiple levels of coverage; make sure product gets distributed quickly and safely, with full traceability, to charitable organizations; provide detailed harvest receipts for your records and tax purposes; offer stipends for participation (up to $900/farm/season) and contracts to grow low-maintenance crops for gleaners to harvest.

Contact Eva for more info and/or call 401.680.0281


Most farmers qualify for FREE legal services through the non-profit Legal Food Hub, www.legalfoodhub.org!


Do you have workers or plan to have help on your farm this year? Thinking about an apprentice or intern?  Planning to buy or sell to other businesses? Have questions about leasing land, even a handshake kind of agreement?  Do you have any current or possible lease agreements?  

For these things and more, you may want to get some advice from a lawyer.

The Rhode Island Legal Food Hub coordinator, Erica Kyzmir-McKeon, will be happy to speak with you, at ekyzmir-mckeon@clf.org, 401-351-1102, ext 2017.  You can also try Scott at legalfoodhub@clf.org, or call 1-844-LAW-GROW. For Massachusetts, contact Sara Dewey at sdewey@clf.org.

The Legal Food Hub matches eligible farmers with lawyers in private practice who have agreed to provide FREE legal help for many of your farm needs!


Did you know that both Rhode Island and Massachusetts have organizations offering FREE professional mediation services for farmers?


The Center for Mediation and Collaboration in Rhode Island, and the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration, both offer an Agricultural Mediation Program.  Mediation provides confidential assistance to help resolve agriculture-related issues in a productive environment. Potential topics include agricultural loans, farm program compliance, easement and access issues, farm family/estate transition, pesticide use, farmer/landlord disputes, farmer-to-farmer situations, and more.

If you have a situation that is not covered by USDA funding, CMCRI will work with you to find other funding or offer you mediation for a sliding-scale affordable fee.

Through mediation, both parties are empowered to devise creative solutions that are mutually acceptable. Contact your state's organization for a free consultation if you are in need of mediation or guidance!
Rhode Island - Rhonda Bergeron, rbergeron@cmcri.org
Massachusetts - Courtney Breese, courtney.breese@umb.edu


Are you looking for farmland?

YFN is collaborating with partners throughout RI to help connect farm-seekers with landowners leasing or selling their land. Our project partners include Southside Community Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island, RI Department of Environmental Management, RI Land Trust Council, Northern RI Conservation District, and Land For Good.

Please help us help you by filling out this form to be added to our database of farm seekers. We will be in touch with you to move forward!


The Rhode Island Food Policy Council is proud to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website, www.rifpc.org.

This new website contains a Rhode Island Food Systems data dashboard. The dashboard portrays key metrics depicting our state’s food system – from number of farms to tons of food wasted to value of food donated to pantries -- in a simple and compelling way. Check it out!

Educational Offerings

Workshops coming up as part of the 2019 Tri-State SARE project field training workshop series.

Our programming aims to provide education in areas of sustainable livestock production practices. The field programs planned for this year will discuss topics in pasture management and infrastructure.

For more information about each workshop, visit our website: www.meatsystems.uconn.edu 


RI-DEM’s Produce Safety Rule Workshops

RI Produce Safety Program is hosting 3 free workshops that will focus on demystifying the PSR (produce safety rule) and help you prepare for future inspections! Although many RI farmers will be exempt from this rule, it's important to check-in with RI-DEM to confirm. Workshops will be held in various locations around the state; next workshop is May 2nd.


NOFA Cost of Production Project Results

Three NOFA chapters- VT, NH, and MA- worked with 30 organic vegetable farmers to determine the cost of production of vegetable crops commonly grown in the Northeast.  The project developed tools, provided technical assistance, and aggregated data into factsheets to support farmers’ production planning and assist them in increasing the profitability of their farm businesses.  The results from participating farms were then aggregated into five crop-specific fact sheets that present key metrics such as net income, average price/case, cultivation hours/acre, wash and pack hours/acre, and many other data points related to the production of winter squash, potatoes, onions, head lettuce, and carrots.   Supplemental factsheets present crop profitability comparisons, whole farm financial ratios, and tips for success when undertaking cost of production analysis.  You can access these resources by visiting NOFA’s site.


See the events happening at NOFA/RI on their website!


Eastern Mass CRAFT tour schedule is located here.


Announcements

The NE AG Exchange is live!

We partnered with several organizations to promote the launch of the revamped farmer marketplace, now named the NE Ag Exchange. A platform entirely dedicated to agricultural and farmer needs, the platform was redesigned to make seeking advice, looking for labor, generating discussions and looking for available farmland easier and more approachable. Click HERE to check out the new exchange!