Job Opportunities

Walrus and Carpenter Oysters is looking for a Farm Hand!

Walrus and Carpenter Oysters (WCO) is a vertically integrated, ocean farm and distribution company located in Rhode Island. Our mission is to farm the ocean and restore the environment.  We are committed to distributing the sustainable seafood we raise directly to our community.  WCO is looking to hire a farm hand for the 2019 growing season with the opportunity to come back and grow with the company. The farm hand will learn the ins and outs of operating and maintaining oyster farms, working side by side with our farm managers and farm director.



Wright’s Dairy Farm (North Smithfield, RI) is hiring for full time creamery staff!

The position comes with benefits and potential for on-farm housing! An amazing opportunity at a legendary RI dairy.


Round the Bend Farm (Dartmouth, MA) is looking for a 2019 Farm Intern!

Round the Bend Farm (RTB), A Center for Restorative Community, located at 92 Allens Neck Road in Dartmouth, MA, is seeking a Farm Intern to join the farm community as a full-time, seasonal employee from May 2019 till November 1, 2019 (start and end dates are flexible).


Aster B. Flowers is hiring a full-time, lead farmer for 2019!

We are looking someone with a passion for flowers and 3+ years of flower-growing experience. The job will entail all aspects of running the farm plus some light floral design work. Other requirements include: a great attitude, dependable transportation, ability to lift 50+ pounds, willingness to work in all weather (including humid & buggy), good time management skills, and ability to work independently, and more. On-farm housing may be available for the right candidate.

If interested, please send an email to hello@asterb.com with your resume and/or some information about you and your relevant work experience. For more information about our farm, visit  www.asterb.com.


Medway Community Farm (Medway, MA) is hiring Growers for the 2019 season!

Medway Community Farm is a non-profit farm with a busy farming operation and with robust educational programing. The farm cultivates seven acres of non-contiguous land using organic growing methods to provide veggies for a CSA program, on-site farmstand, local farmers markets, and wholesale accounts.


Holly Hill Farm (Cohasset, MA) is seeking a Summer Farm Intern!

We are a certified organic, non-profit educational farm located approximately 45 minutes south of Boston in Cohasset, MA. The property consists of 140 acres (2 acres farmed), several greenhouses, historic buildings, wooded walking trails, and within ½ mile of a beach. We grow organic vegetables, herbs, flowers and seedlings. Our produce is sold at our farm stand, farmers markets and to local restaurants.


Communities for People is looking for a Part-Time Vocational Garden Manager!

Communities for People (CFP) is looking for a part-time Manager to oversee the operation of its growing Vocational Gardening Program. CFP has remained a leader in the community-based approach to helping troubled youth and their families. We focus on achieving permanency, making life long connections within the community, and developing independent living skills. We offer a wide range of programs and services in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Our goal is to provide youth and families with the services and support they need to thrive independently and as part of their communities.


Freedom Food Farm is hiring many positions: Field Vegetable Grower, Asst. Greenhouse Grower, Asst. Field Growers (2), Farmers’ Market & Farm Store Staff (2), Seasonal Livestock Specialist.

Freedom Food Farm is an 88 acre, four season, diversified vegetable and livestock farm. We produce a wide-range of products year-round, including: vegetables, fruit, grains, medicinal herbs, honey, pasture-raised meat, flowers, plant starts, hay and value-added products. In 2019 we are adding a no-till market garden and focusing our farming energy on carbon sequestration, soil health & balance across the farm. We are committed to regenerative agriculture and never use any pesticides, herbicides, GMOs, antibiotics, hormones, or other chemicals at our farm. Our farm is certified organic and we use holistic farming practices. Our crew is made up of sincere, motivated, hard working individuals who are passionate about our mission of producing healthy food for the whole community. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome anyone to apply.

Apply by sending your resumé & cover letter to Chuck from FFF.


The Good Earth Organic Farm & Garden Center hiring 3 positions: Farm worker, Farm Manager & a customer service/sales position.

The Good Earth is a certified organic farm and garden center located in western Cranston, RI. We have been in business since 1995 growing and selling certified organic herb and vegetable plants, annual and perennial flowering plants, organic fertilizers, soils and other gardening supplies. Our facility is non-smoking and fragrance-free. We also operate a one acre intensive vegetable farm including two high tunnels to serve 35 summer & winter CSA family members, our farm stand & several wholesale accounts. Our work environment is friendly and encourages cooperation and shared responsibility to achieve our goals. 


Casey Farm hiring 3 positions!

Casey Farm in Saunderstown, RI is seeking a 35 hr/wk seasonal farm hand, 18 hr/wk CSA pickup attendant, and 4 hr/wk workshare positions. Casey Farm is certified organic, and is 8 acres of fruit and vegetables.


Wild Harmony Farm hiring a 2019 Apprentice!

Wild Harmony Farm is a diverse, certified organic livestock farm in Exeter, RI focused on environmental stewardship, utilizing regenerative farming practices. We raise 100% grass-fed beef cattle, organic pigs, organic layers, organic meat chickens, organic turkeys.  We graze our animals in an intensive rotational system to maximize benefits to the animals’ health and the land, moving fences every day. We grow vegetables on 1/10 of an acre, manage a 2-acre apple orchard, keep honeybees, and tap maple trees for syrup.  We sell meat and eggs through a 20-member CSA, our farm store, farmer’s market, wholesale accounts with restaurants and butcher shops, and a retail app WhatsGood Marketplace.


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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!