Job Opportunities

Farm worker(s) for 2018 season: Robin Hollow Farm, Saunderstown RI

Robin Hollow Farm is a fast-paced, diverse flower farm. The farm uses sustainable and/or organic methods on about five acres in Saunderstown, RI. We grow in the field, in high tunnels and utilize three heated greenhouses. We produce a wide variety of cut flowers and plants for three farmers’ markets, on- farm sales and weddings & events. We also do floral design for events. Our family farm is highly successful, with well developed systems for all aspects of production. We focus on being very efficient while maintaining a high quality product. The opportunity to learn the skills to run your own farm is available to motivated employees. Cut flowers are a complex and exciting niche for a small-scale farm. Farm Worker Duties: • Assist with greenhouse production, including scouting for pests and diseases, propagation and watering. • Harvest crops, using proper harvest systems and post-harvest treatments and labeling. • Contribute to weed and disease management, transplanting, tunnel and field work. • Operate tractors, delivery vans and other equipment as needed, based on experience. • Work at farmers’ markets, on-farm sales, or wedding flower set-up/delivery as needed. • Assist with cooler management, farmers’ market set up (bouquet making, etc.) or getting ready for events as needed. Qualifications:Positive attitude, enjoying good communication with customers and volunteers.Punctual and reliable.Self-motivated to work independently and in groups of workers quickly and efficiently.Able and willing to work full days of physically demanding tasks. These may be repetitive and strenuous, with occasional heavy lifting (up to 50lbs) and bending, kneeling, etc.Experience with farming or horticulture work is preferred but not required.Inquisitive minds are strongly encouraged. Work period and Compensation: Mid March through November, 2018. Tuesday-Saturday for the majority of the season, with slightly less for the ends of the season. Hourly wage based on experience. Bonus based on performance and farm productivity. Farm produce (veg, herbs, fruit, flowers) provided in season, and a generous employee discount. Contact: Mike Hutchison: mike@robinhollowfarm.comWe will respond to emails with an attached resume and a cover letter stating what you’ll bring to the team.

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Evergreen Berry Farm, LLC is a small Pick-Your-Own berry farm in Watertown, CT growing predominantly blueberries as well as other cane fruit. We are a CT NOFA Pledge Farm and are striving towards organic and biodynamic certifications. We are currently hiring our summer 2018 crew, including register and kitchen staff, field hands, greeters, and harvesters. Successful staff work efficiently and with quality, and are able to effectively task-switch. Work hours have some flexibility, up to 40 hours/week, and can be in one or more of the positions. Picking season varies but typically begins late June/early July and runs through August, tapering into September. Contact thefarmer@evergreenberryfarm.com for additional information, including more detailed job descriptions and an application. Learn more about the farm at www.EvergreenBerryFarm.com.

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Many jobs at White Barn Farm

Several job openings for this season at White Barn Farm - check out www.whitebarnfarm.org Employment page for full descriptions. Pick your job that appeals to you!

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Mount Hope Farm, a 127-acre historic farm in Bristol which is a non-profit, is looking for a tenant for our greenhouse. The greenhouse is 30ft x 95ft with a heated floor and Netafim drip irrigation and fertilization system. The heat is supplied by natural gas.

Inquiries to Info@mounthopefarm.org or call 401.254.1745

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Walrus and Carpenter Oyster Farm hiring help

Walrus and Carpenter Oysters (WCO) is a vertically integrated ocean farm and distribution company. WCO is looking to hire hardworking, reliable, team oriented individuals to assist with the daily operations of our upweller nurseries, 6-acre oyster farm in Ninigret Pond in Charlestown, RI, 2-acre oyster farm in Dutch Harbor in Jamestown, RI and processing facility in Point Judith, RI. Click here for full details.

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Petals Farm Hiring for 2 positions

Retail Design Chief
Traits: reliable, dedicated, patient, detail oriented, trustworthy, a flower enthusiast, respectful, and compassionate (tune into others feelings). Incumbent must be kind, want to serve and help others, smile, honest, willing to learn, positive, punctual, physically fit (lift 50lbs), open-minded, can do mental math, enjoy colors, and know how to have fun. Must be able to commit to farmers markets every Fridays and weekends. The best one-on-one training will be provided to the incumbent to make hand bouquets on the spot, learn how to use POS system, wrapping, design in vases and many many more! Opportunities are open to do design work for weddings and events. Pay is per hour and based on experience. Training starts May 2018 and throughout season. Submit resume to petalsfarmri@gmail.com for consideration.

Flower Power Field Chief:
Traits: loves Soil, nurture plants, loves a good stream of sweat, embrace all five elements, follow schedule, organize, respectful, harvester, compassionate, planner, patient, weed terminator, production/progress oriented, big picture oriented, forward thinker, problem solver, think on your feet, patient, physically fit (lift 50lb.), and know how to have fun! Will work closely with others and especially Thanh. Field Training one-on-one starts May 2018. Pay is per hour and based on experience. Submit resume to petalsfarmri@gmail.com for consideration.

Serious inquiries only.

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Farm manager, worker positions available at The Good Earth Farm

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. The Good Earth is hiring a full time farm manager Mar -Nov, farm workers April-Nov, and garden center sales associate Mar-Nov. Read full job descriptions at the website: http://www.goodearthri.com/Pages/EmploymentOpportunities.html

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Assistant Grower positions available at Matunuck Oyster Bar Vegetable Farm

Matunuck Oyster Bar's Vegetable Farm is a 9-acre certified organic farm that grows a wide variety of vegetables primarily for the Matunuck Oyster Bar. The farm focuses on extended season production with a large emphasis on salad greens. Located in South Kingstown, RI within a couple of miles of Matunuck, and East Matunuck beach. For more information about the restaurant and farm please visit: http://www.rhodyoysters.com Assistant Growers – positions open for 2018 Assistant Growers will focus on a wide variety of farm tasks including greenhouse work, planting, cultivating, harvesting, weeding, washing and packing. The typical week will be 30-40 hours Monday-Friday with rotating Saturday greenhouse watering responsibilities. Assistant Growers will work under the supervision of the farm manager, and are expected to work both as a team and independently in an effective manor. Qualifications We seek individuals that have a strong work ethic and are interested in working on a fast-paced production farm. Previous vegetable farming experience is a plus. We are looking for individuals who enjoy working hard and fast. All applicants must be able to perform physically demanding and repetitive tasks without losing motivation, work in all kinds of weather, and be able lift 50 lbs. Speed and attention to detail are important qualities for these positions. The Matunuck Vegetable Farm primarily provides produce for the Matunuck Oyster Bar and strives to produce the highest quality produce. We provide both the majority of large vegetables to the restaurant as well as focusing on smaller crops such as salad mixes, micro greens, herbs, garnishes, and flowers. The majority of the work on the farm is hand work, harvesting, washing and packing produce for the restaurant. The Assistant Grower positions starts in April and will run until late November with the opportunity for part time winter employment for some positions. Summer employment is also available from May-August/September for college students. The positions will receive vegetables from the farm and a starting hourly wage of $11/hr. Please contact us at matunuck.farm@gmail.com. Please include a cover letter, resume and three references. We look forward to hearing from you! Allegra Halverson Farm Manager, Matunuck Vegetable Farm

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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: • Full Time Farmhands • Workshares Job descriptions for each position listed below. 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 start date is flexible and ends 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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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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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:

  • Experienced Field Crew

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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Freedom Food Farm in Raynham MA is hiring for full time year round Livestock Manager.

Email freedomfoodfarm@gmail.com to apply.

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.

 

 

 

 

Local Opportunities

RI’s First Farm-Based Gleaning Program is Seeking Partnerships with Farms for 2018!

Hope’s Harvest RI will start mobilizing volunteers to rescue surplus fruits and veggies from local farms for distribution to food pantries across the state in July, 2018.

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 Canada.

  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 packhouse and donated to people in need results in a lot of your time and energy going to waste.

Hope’s Harvest can help! We will:

  • Recruit and train volunteers to harvest safely, and make 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 packhouse
  • Come prepared with our own refrigerated truck, sterilized tools & gloves, harvest bins, and hand wash stations
  • 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

  Hope’s Harvest RI is partnering with Farm Fresh RI and aims to recover at least 60,000 lbs of produce in Year 1 - and we need your partnership to make this work!

To find out more, sign up, or schedule a call or farm visit, check out: http://hopesharvest.org,
or contact Eva Agudelo at
eva@hopesharvest.org, 401-680-0281

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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

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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

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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).

 

Educational Offerings

The New Bedford Farmers Market, Coastal Foodshed & SEMAP will be hosting a Social Media Workshop for farmers, farmers market vendors, and managers. We have brought in Social Media Experts (The Branding Edit) for this workshop. It will be geared towards helping farmers, farmers market vendors, and managers learn the best social media tips, tricks, and techniques to make the most out of your accounts and to expand your businesses. Monday, April 30th 5-8pm. Located at Groundwork 1213 Purchase St, New Bedford MA

Admission is free, however we are accepting donations towards food costs. To attend you MUST register on Eventbrite

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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!

 
 

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