Job Opportunities

Farm Hand, Farmers Market and Workshare Positions Available at Zephyr Farm

Zephyr Farm is a six-acre+ diversified vegetable farm with egg layer production in Western Cranston, RI. Zephyr Farm is located on Urban Edge Farm, a 50 acre farm home to seven different production farms. A portion of Zephyr Farm production also takes place on another piece of land 3 miles away. Zephyr Farm is a fast paced work environment, always striving for quality and efficiency! Zephyr Farm primarily grows for two Farmers Markets and occasional restaurant sales. We focus on growing the healthiest, tastiest vegetables without the use of synthetic pesticides or herbicides. We incorporate appropriate technology whenever possible to work smarter not harder. Zephyr Farm is seeking the following positions for 2018 season: • Assistant Manager • Full Time Farmhands • Workshares Job descriptions for each position listed below Assistant Manager— Job Description March through December Seeking an enthusiastic, well organized, detail oriented, “big picture” assistant manager. Must have at least 3 yrs experience. Must have tractor experience, farmers market experience, and experience running crew. Especially seeking someone who can commit for more than one year. The farm is under tremendous growth and it would be great to find someone who wants to grow with it. Pay $12-$15/ hr depending on experience. FARMHAND JOB DESCRIPTION April through September Zephyr Farm is hiring full-time farm hands. Full time crew members are the backbone of the farm. They see farm production throughout the season and become familiar with all farm operations. We will be accepting applications until the position has been filled. We are seeking enthusiastic, hardworking individuals to be involved with all aspects of the farm operation. $10/hr Responsibilities: • Greenhouse seeding • Hoop house work, planting, trellising and harvesting • Harvesting, washing and packing vegetables • Irrigation set up • Cultivation and weeding • Transplanting • Chicken chores (feeding and moving chickens and collecting, washing, sorting eggs) • Occasional Farmers Market coverage Qualifications • Must be able to endure all weather conditions • Ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly • A positive, can-do attitude a must • Ability to follow directions • Must be able and willing to work until the job is complete (This means staying on farm later than normal work hours, especially during the heat of the season) • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with strong attention to detail • Must be able to work well with a team, and be willing to work alone at times • Previous farm experience a plus but not necessary • Clean driving record required • Must love dogs! Schedule Work hours April through June are 8-5, July through September work hours are 7-5 with one hour unpaid lunch break. These hours may vary depending on weather and daily activities. There will be a rotating schedule of two days off for each crew member. Keep in mind that your 2 days off will be different days each week. Compensation Pay is hourly and commensurate with experience plus produce for personal consumption . Employee discounts apply to certain seasonal items. WORKSHARES JOB DESCRIPTION Zephyr Farm is seeking individuals to work 4hr shifts at the same time, same day from May-Oct in exchange for $30 credit weekly at farmers markets (Hope St. in Providence or Coastal Growers in Saunderstown). Work may include harvesting, transplanting, seeding, packing, washing, sorting vegetables, and chicken chores. Seeking individuals with a positive, can-do enthusiasm with interest in working on a farm. Must be able to commit from May through October. Shifts are either 8-12 or 1-5. No previous experience necessary. For all positions please send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position, any previous farm experience and what unique set of skills you will bring to Zephyr Farm this season. Please send all responses to choke22@rocketmail.com.

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Holly Hill Farm is seeking a farm intern for the 2018 growing season.

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 (10 acres of open fields, 3 acres of which are in production), historic buildings, greenhouses, walking trails, and diversified natural areas. We grow organic vegetables, herbs, flowers and seedlings. Our produce is sold at our farm stand, farmers markets and to local restaurants. This internship is best suited for someone looking to broaden his or her skills and knowledge of small-scale organic vegetable farming. The intern will gain experience in no-till methods, season extension and growing seedlings both for the farm and for plant sales. Prior experience is helpful, but not required. The internship runs 38 weeks from March 12 through December 1, 2018. Compensation includes $300/biweekly, on-site housing, laundry, internet and some farm produce. The schedule consists of five and 1/2 work days (five 10+ hour work days and one 1/2 day), with 1 ½ days off per week. The intern must pass a background check, have a valid driver's license, be able to lift 50 pounds and able to work in all weather conditions. Responsibilities Include: Careful attention to greenhouse sowing schedule and farm plan 24 hour monitoring of temperature and humidity in greenhouses using wood stoves and ventilation Direct sowing, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, washing and storing of crops Record keeping Safe operation of farm equipment and machinery Handling cash and credit transactions Set-up and break-down of farmers markets and farm stand Communicating goals and participating in feedback sessions with fellow crew members Helpful Skills: Willingness to work alongside farm teachers, young adults, and volunteers Comfortably interacting with farm customers and visitors Flexibility Sense of Humor Please visit www.HollyHillFarm.org to learn about the farm. Interested applicants email the farm manager at Jasmin.Callahan@gmail.com

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Pat's Pastured is hiring a Product/Processing Manager

Pat's Pastured is a sustainable livestock farm located in East Greenwich, RI. We produce free-range chicken, turkey, duck, goose and eggs, pastured pork, and grass-fed beef for local farmers markets, wholesale accounts and through our meat CSA. Additionally, through Pat's Pastured To Go we utilize these products to make delicious and locally conscious food. We currently have 2 food carts and a food truck that serve at farmers’ markets and catering events and have a line of prepared foods.

The Product/Processing Manager is a hands-on management position responsible for the following:

  • Managing staff and working in our state inspected poultry processing facility
  • Continued development and management of inventory systems of on-farm products and USDA processed meat
  • Working collaboratively with Livestock Manager & Farm Manager/Owner
  • Scheduling and managing 3-5 cooking staff – for food prep, weekly food truck and on-farm food events.
  • Establishing on-farm food events and catering opportunities
  • Prepared foods & menu development
  • Wholesale ordering & fulfillment
  • Documenting & control of food costs
  • Supervising farmers’ market staff
  • Works closely with farm accountant & office manager
  • Overseeing planting and production in farm garden
  • Other tasks as required

Experience required: 2+ years farming and/or commercial kitchen environment; A passion for farming and farm-to-table cooking; Work week Tuesday-Saturday; Experience managing staff; Knowledge of cooking and farming practices; Valid drivers license with no recent moving violations; Interest in continued development of prepared food product line with farm products; Able to lift 50 lbs regularly and 75 lbs occasionally; Organized and able to multitask; A positive, go get ‘em attitude is a must!! Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Docs and Quickbooks

The position is a salaried, full time year-round position. The salary range is $30,000-$35,000 depending on experience and also includes farm vegetables, meat and eggs. Position begins in March 2018. Please email with questions or to apply send a resume, cover letter and 3 professional references to patspasturednews@gmail.com. Applications that do not include these application items will not be reviewed.

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Wild Harmony Farm apprenticeship for 2018

Wild Harmony Farm is a diverse, certified organic farm in Exeter, RI focused on environmental stewardship, utilizing regenerative farming practices. We use no chemicals, drugs, or GMO ingredients in any aspects of the farm. We raise 100% grass-fed beef cattle, organic pigs, organic layers, organic meat chickens, organic turkeys. In 2018 we plan to add a small flock of sheep and small herd of goats to help with invasive weed control. We graze our animals in an intensive rotational system to maximize benefits to the animals’ health and the land, moving fences everyday. 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 25-member CSA, our farm store, farmer’s market, wholesale accounts with restaurants and butcher shops and a retail app WhatsGood Marketplace. In addition to our food production, we use a draft horse to help with our timber and firewood harvest.

Job description - Our apprentices will be helping with all aspects of animal husbandry as well as vegetable and fruit production, marketing, retail and wholesale sales interactions. This will include daily chores, pasture management and rotation, breeding, animal health care, and slaughter. As on any farm, significant time will be spent problem solving, repairing, constructing, weeding and cleaning. We will be canning and freezing fruit and vegetables for winter consumption. The apprentices will also help with CSA share packing and farm store operations, social media account contributions as well as educational tours and programs on the farm. We will make every effort to educate and include our apprentices in every task and will tailor the educational opportunities to the desires of the apprentices. We work hard to make this a good place to live and work.

What we are looking for - This is a perfect place for someone looking to learn what it entails to include animals into their future farming endeavours. 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. Vegetable production experience, social media management, marketing, carpentry, construction or mechanical experience desired, but not necessary. We have a “farm family” meal once a week to break bread and stay connected as a community. All other meals are cooked separately in the apprentice village. Each year the apprentices decide how cooking/sharing groceries works best for them. A personal vehicle is a must, as there is no immediate access to public transportation nor are we on a good cycling road. The farm has a Mon.-Fri. work week with rotating weekend duty shared amongst farm staff. We are open to redesigning this work week if we get into a Summer, Saturday market. A site visit prior to acceptance is greatly preferred. Non-tobacco users are preferred. We are looking for our apprentices to start May 3rd and work until Thanksgiving. We would like to keep 1-2 apprentices on through the winter as well. In the 2018 season, we have two returning apprentices. We are looking to fill only one spot this year. Application, cover letter, and resume needed. Benefits include: - Private housing on-site in revamped campers - Communal cooking and living space shared with other apprentices - vegetables, meat, eggs and fruit from the farm - occasional off-site educational opportunities; i.e. workshops, farm visits, etc. - 30 mins from beaches, Newport, and Providence - $625/mo (responsible for off-farm food, and shared propane for hot water and cooking stove) Send questions or completed application, resume and cover letter to: wildharmonyfarm@gmail.com ASAP You can also call us at 401-268-4555.

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Brookwood Community Farm in Canton MA seeking experienced farm manager.

Brookwood Community Farm is a non-profit farming operation and education center in Canton, MA. Our Farm Manager will have general responsibility for running our three fields and two greenhouses in Milton, MA and Canton, MA. In 2018 we will operate on approximately 8.5 acres. Our Farm Manager will be charged with developing short and long term plans as well as coordination of farming operations. The farm manager will oversee all farm staff and be responsible for sustainable land management and production. They will work with other staff and board members on volunteer, education and food justice programs. The Farm Manager reports to the BCF board. Full details here.

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2018 Beginning Farmer Fellowships at Willow Brook Farm, a permaculture and art center.

Now seeking applications for prospective farmers for our Beginning Farmer
Fellowship program. We are looking for first year fellows to coordinate growing for a small CSA program. Application deadline: February 15, 2018. Notifications: March 1, 2017
Apply at: http://willowbrookfarmnh.org/about/

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Southside Community Land Trust in Providence RI is looking for an experienced professional who can develop, execute and oversee our farmland access and education programs.
This is a senior leadership position which reports to the Executive Director. The Director of Farmland Access and Education must positively and professionally represent SCLT in community and regional collaborations and with many of our constituents and partners.  The successful applicant will be inspired by the work, interested in serving the public, motivated to go the extra mile, and respectful of different points of view.   Email agnieszka@southsideclt.org with inquiries.

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Deep Hollow Farm is looking for a friendly and energetic farm manager for the full 2018 year!

The farm is a 1.4 acre, no-till, NOFA-pledge mixed vegetable farm with a CSA, farmer's market, and restaurant sales in Chester CT. See job description at deephollowfarmct.wordpress.com/jobs/ for more details. We encourage women, people of color, and LGBTQ candidates to apply.

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Langwater Farm (LWF) in North Easton, MA is hiring for the 2018 season and beyond.

Langwater is a 100 acre, Certified Organic farm with 50 acres in production. Since 2010, we’ve provided year-round, high-quality vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit to Boston, Providence and our surrounding communities. Our markets include a 350-member CSA, farm stand, restaurants, wholesale, and 4 weekly farmers markets.

We’re seeking experienced candidates to round out our stellar team:

  • Office Manager
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Field Crew Manager
  • Experienced Field Crew
  • Cut Flower Grower

Click here to read detailed position descriptions. To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume and 2 relevant references to langwaterfarm@gmail.com. Please include the position title in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For more information on the farm, visit http://www.langwaterfarm.com.

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The Food Project is hiring for five full-time, farm-based, seasonal positions in Lincoln, MA (20 miles outside of Boston).

Read all the details and how to apply here: http://thefoodproject.org/get-involved/work-here

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Freedom Food Farm in Raynham MA is hiring this fall for two full time year round positions: Greenhouse Manager and Livestock Manager.

Email freedomfoodfarm@gmail.com to apply. Details below -

Greenhouse Manager - full time year-round position 50-60 hours/week peak season, 40 hours off season. Start date – flexible November-February
Qualifications:
-3-5 years farming experience and/or degree in related agricultural field preferred, minimum one year farming experience
-Basic knowledge of organic greenhouse propagation and vegetable production
-Able to work and communicate well with others, either leading a crew or being led by another manager
-Able to lift 50 lbs
-Punctual and reliable
-Desire to accomplish farm-wide goals by communicating and working with other members of our team in a quick and efficient manner
Responsibilities:
-Manage plant propagation and vegetable production in 12,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space including seeding, transplanting, watering, bed preparation, pruning, trellising, and record keeping
-Efficiently manage and communicate with 1-4 crew members assisting in greenhouse duties during peak seasons
-Assist with other farm tasks such as field transplanting, weeding, harvesting, washing, deliveries, farmers markets, and value-added production during off peak seasons
Compensation:
-Position starts at $12-15/hr depending on experience. Free farm vegetables and grains and discount on meat, eggs, and value added products.

Livestock Manager - full time year-round position 50-60 hours/week peak season, 40 hours off season
Start date – flexible November-February
Qualifications:
- 2-3 years livestock farming experience and/or degree in related agricultural field preferred, minimum
one year livestock farming experience
-Basic knowledge of livestock handling and husbandry including cows, sheep, chickens, hogs, goats, and turkeys
-Basic knowledge of livestock fencing set up, repair, and maintenance
-Basic tractor operation skills, experience making hay and maintaining equipment preferred
-Punctual and reliable
-Able to lift 50lbs
-Desire to accomplish farm-wide goals by communicating and working with other members of our team in a quick and efficient manner
Responsibilities:
-Implement yearly livestock plan created by farm manager
-Perform daily livestock care tasks such as feeding, watering, moving fences and livestock
-Assist in lambing, kidding, calving, farrowing, and castrating of farm livestock
-Assist in on farm hay production
-Assist in portable and permanent high tensile fence repair and maintenance
-Assist with other farm tasks such as field transplanting, weeding, harvesting, washing, deliveries, farmers markets, and value-added production during off peak seasons

Compensation:
-Position starts at $12-15/hr depending on experience. Free farm vegetables and grains and discount on meat, eggs, and value added products.

 

Educational Offerings

The Carrot Project's "Making it Happen: Profitability and Success" class will run in Boston on Feb 3 and 10.

This financial training is best suited for someone operating their business at least 1 year. It is based on farmers’ experiences. The training includes webinars, class instruction, hands-on activities, and 1:1 business technical assistance. Please visit our website for full details.

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Learn, grow, and connect with your peers from across the country and the world at The Food Project's Winter Institute from February 1 to 3, 2018. "The Food Project Institute’s unique vision of our world’s youth has redefined the essence of community-based agriculture." A taste of what you'll get at the Winter Institute: Learn the foundations of youth leader development in the context of farming, social justice, and food access initiatives Have in-depth conversations with The Food Project staff and others interested in youth-led sustainable, local agriculture Get inspiration and support from others to create change in your own community The Food Project's three-day Winter Institute is packed with activities, workshops, and engaging conversation that will teach you about youth development, sustainable urban and suburban agriculture models, food and social justice initiatives, and how to build more food secure communities. The Winter Institute fills up quickly. Sign up today to secure your spot! Cost: $450. Click for more information and to register! Questions? Contact Cindy Davenport via email at institute@thefoodproject.org.

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Over the past two years, 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 http://www.nofamass.org/nofa-cost-production-project.

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Check in with the events schedule at NOFA/RI on their website!

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The Eastern Mass CRAFT tour schedule is located here: https://easternmasscraft.wordpress.com/craft-visits/

 

 

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!

Local Opportunities

The LASA 2018 Application is now OPEN!

Details, instructions, application link all available here. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 1, 2018

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The RI Conservation Districts are actively looking for board and associate board members. Young farmers are encouraged to inquire!! One meeting a month. Contact Richard Went, dwent@verizon.net

Calling all farmers! Many 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, Sumana Chintapalli, will be happy to speak with you, at schintapalli@clf.org, 401-228-1906.  

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

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NYFC is excited to present Finding Farmland, a financial education tool for farmers buying land. No matter where you are in your land access journey, Finding Farmland has something useful for you.

In the throes of a land search? Use the Land Affordability Calculator to compare financing costs for two different farm properties, or to compare different financing scenarios for a single property.

Dreaming of owning a farm, but not yet planning? Read the Case Study, brush up your financial literacy, and plug some numbers into the Calculator to start building a plan around your dreams.

Buying land is a daunting, complicated process, and NYFC wants farmers to be able to make these important decisions with confidence. That’s why we teamed up with Fathom Information Design, an award-winning data visualization studio, to create this tool. Fathom’s founder, Ben Fry, says of the project, “We’re excited about empowering prospective [farmland] owners by helping them consider different scenarios in a way that’s simple and clear.”
NYFC wants Finding Farmland to be farmers’ go-to land access resource. The site is in beta mode, and we need farmers’ feedback, especially those who are actively seeking land. Please reach out to michael@youngfarmers.org if you need help or have questions or ideas for the next release (spring 2018).

 

 

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