Job Opportunities


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.


NRICD (Northern Rhode Island Conservation District) is looking for an Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator!

The Northern Rhode Island Conservation District, a quasi-public not-for-profit agency located in Johnston, Rhode Island, is seeking an Urban Agriculture Coordinator to coordinate and implement a year-long Providence County Growers Leadership Program. This program will fund 8-10 emerging leaders to participate in a “Train the Trainer” series of workshops.


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.


Walrus and Carpenter Oysters is looking for an apprentice for 2019!

Walrus and Carpenter Oysters (WCO) is a vertically integrated, lean ocean farm and distribution company which raises and sells 500,000 oysters each year in the state of Rhode Island. WCO is looking to hire a Farm Apprentice for the upcoming growing season from April 1st 2019 - December 31st 2019 with the opportunity to come back and grow with the company. The apprentice will learn the ins and outs of operating and maintaining an oyster farm, working side by side with our Farm Manager and Farm Director.

If you are interested in spending your time waist deep in oyster cultivation paradise please send (1) a resumé, (2) a cover letter and (3) a list of three references to WCO.


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. 


Entrepreneurial Hemp Farming Opportunity

With a 40 acre parcel, RI Hemp Farms (A RI company) is looking to convert a vacant equestrian stable into a full-production hemp farm with the help of local farmer(s). We are looking for experienced farmer(s) who are interested in hemp production (including profitability of hemp by-products) and who are capable of spearheading this project forward.


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.


SCLT is Hiring!

Southside Community Land Trust builds a fair and accessible local food system in Rhode Island by offering access to land, training, resources and support to community and backyard gardeners, beginning farmers and young people. SCLT was founded in 1981 when residents of South Providence and newly arrived Hmong refugees worked with three Brown University graduates to grow culturally familiar, nutritious food in the area’s first community garden. Somerset Garden not only improved residents’ diets and economic self-reliance, it stabilized a neighborhood weakened by arson, neglect and crime.

SCLT is looking for a full-time support professional who can work comfortably in two realms: Youth Education and Garden Facilities Management.


Pat’s Pastured Seeks Assistant Livestock Manager

Pat's Pastured was founded in 2002 and provides the highest quality pasture-raised and grass-fed meats. Our goal is to provide our livestock with a life that allows them to express their natural instincts fully in a pasture environment. That means that pigs get to root, run and play; chickens get to peck, scratch and crow; turkeys goggle and strut; cows eat grass outside, NOT corn in confinement.


 

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Local Opportunities

Mary Anne Brady from Cranesbill Nursery (Swansea, MA) is retiring & is looking to lease both the greenhouse & nursery!

Mary Anne is eager to discuss any and all options! Click below for more information and contact information. Great opportunity for anyone looking to easily transition into a new project.


Livestock Opportunity at Potter Hill Farm!

Potter Hill Farm (Grafton, MA) is looking for a livestock partner (and/or possibly a Livestock Manager). Historically, they’ve grazed animals on the roughly 40 acres of pasture, but I currently only use an acre or so for certified organic vegetables. The farm is owned by the Grafton Land Trust with a very favorable 5 year lease.


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!


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


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!


Educational Offerings

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 April 11th at URI’s East Farm.


RI-Food Policy Council’s Wholesale Readiness Workshop (Baskets to Pallets: Scaling Up to Meet Larger Markets)

Are you in search of new markets? The demand for local food is growing..is your farm business ready for the opportunities? Learn how to better understand how to evaluate different market channels to see which fit your production and business needs, and more! Workshop date is April 11th


John Kenny’s Annual Soil, Plant, and Farm Methodology Course

Presented by John Kenny, Big Train Farm- Hosted by Bell Street Chapel & NOFA/RI - Subsidies Available Through NOFA/RI (read below)!

The eighth annual (2019) spring course for farmers, gardeners, and others interested in the world of soil and plant health and function. This course covers foundational and current soil science, crop science, and soil maintenance principles with a focus on organic-farming methodology.

For Who? This material will be accessible and stimulating for any kind of grower from any background (farming, gardening, etc). Although the material may be challenging for the beginner it will be presented with an introductory focus.

Where Abouts?  Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell Street Providence RI

What Days and Time? Two consecutive Saturdays:  March 30th and April 6th.  Two classes will be presented each day.  We will begin promptly at 3pm.  Each class will be 1.5 – 2 hours with a break in between.  To summarize: each day begins at 3pm and wraps up around 7 or 7:30pm.

What’s the Charge?  Course is $75-150, please pay what you can afford.   Payment is due before or at the first class session.  Apply for a subsidy through NOFA/RI by emailing nofari@live.com.  Make sure you also register with us (see below). Checks (made to Big Train Farm) and cash can be collected at the first day of class.

How Do I Register? Please make sure you are available for both days of class before registering.  They are complementary. Then, contact us and we will register you for the course!


2019 Tri-State SARE Workshop Series: NUTRITION’S ROLE IN SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION PRACTICES

A new workshop series on pasture management, infrastructure and the nutritional needs of livestock raised on pasture! Dates below:

  • Nutritional Management of Pasture-raised Animals

    Monday, April 29th, 8:30am-1:00pm

To register, sign-up via this form or email Jean here; for more info, click here or contact our Project Director, Rachel Bespuda.


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

Produce Safety On-Farm Readiness Reviews to assist growers:

The RI Division of Agriculture joins 46 other states in beginning their On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR) to help producers prepare for the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) portion of the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  FSMA was signed into law in 2011, and went into effect January 26, 2018.  A one-year grace period was granted by FDA for compliance inspections; with inspections on large farms starting Spring 2019 and smaller farms in subsequent years.

Before RI begins their compliance inspections, we are offering producers several opportunities to ensure they are prepared. The OFRRs are a component of a concerted educational and awareness effort by the Division of Agriculture that builds upon the principles of the long standing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Program in RI.

Is your farm exempt? This is a no-cost opportunity to determine if your farm qualifies for an exemption.  The Division of Agriculture’s Produce Safety Team will arrange a visit to your farm where they can review the FSMA regulations and make suggestions for your specific operation.  OFRR visits must be made during the growing season.  Upon request, the Produce Safety Team will schedule a face-to-face meeting to go over PSR requirements prior to a walk-around.  These can be scheduled year-round.  No records will be kept of these non-regulatory, voluntary visits.  Any recommendations and/or notes taken will be left on-site to offer guidance in potential PSR improvements to the operation.

To find out more about PSR, FSMA or to schedule a Meeting/On-Farm Readiness Review, please visit their website or email Ananda Fraser or call: (401) 222-2781 x2411