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amtrak residency

an idea for the off-season, for our farmer/writers.


Amtrak is excited to announce the official launch of the #AmtrakResidency program.

#AmtrakResidency was designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car, equipped with a desk, a bed and a window to watch the American countryside roll by for inspiration. Routes will be determined based on availability.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by a panel. Up to 24 writers will be selected for the program starting March 17, 2014 through March 31, 2015.  A passion for writing and an aspiration to travel with Amtrak for inspiration are the sole criteria for selection. Both emerging and established writers will be considered.

Residencies will be anywhere from 2-5 days, with exceptions for special projects.

There is no cost to apply for the #AmtrakResidency program. For more information, please read our Official Terms.


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intern at black fox farm, maine!

Black Fox Farm (Montville3)
Black Fox Farm in Montville, Maine is seeking 2 full-time live-in farm workers or a couple for the 2013 growing season. We are looking for individuals with at least one-year prior experience working on a farm and with a basic understanding of organic vegetable production. The ideal candidates would also have some basic experience around livestock and the ability/willingness to drive a large manual transmission truck down to Portland for deliveries. Chainsaw experience a plus. Work would be mostly geared toward the veggies with lots of weeding, hoeing, transplanting, harvesting and packing produce. Some help with animal chores and moving/building fencing would also be required. The schedule would consist of 10-hour days Tuesday-Saturday, and covering chores for us on Sundays.

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bill to help young farmers, new york

MF 0911 SENATE 1Hello. I am happy to announce that a bill relating to access to viable agricultural land for new and beginning farmers has been introduced  in both the New York State Assembly and Senate. Thanks to all of you for your input during our conversations over the winter to develop the bill language.

The bill is entitled: “An act to amend the agriculture and markets law and the public lands law, in relation to access to viable agricultural land for new and beginning farmers.”

The 2013 bill number is: A.7002/S. 5377. Links to the bill in the Assembly and Senate are as follows:


The Assembly bill is sponsored by Assemblyman Bill Magee, chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee and co-sponsored by Assemblypersons Gunther; Jaffee and  Brindisi.

The Senate bill is sponsored by Assemblywoman Patty Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Congratulations! The introduction of these bills in the Senate and Assembly is a major milestone. We look forwarded to working with you to advance the bill and will be in touch to develop strategy.

In the meantime, thanks again and please let us know if you have any questions.

Laura Ten Eyck
Senior Manager of New York Projects & Outreach
American Farmland Trust
112 Spring Street, Suite 207
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 581-0078 extension 300

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seeking farmhand in austin, texas

downloadJob Opening – Tomato Packing Crew Position in Austin, TX

Johnson’s Backyard Garden is an organic CSA farm located in Austin, TX.  We grow over 30 different types of vegetables year round on 190 acres and sell them through our CSA, at all the Austin farmers markets and to local restaurants and grocery stores in Austin.  We are currently hiring for our tomato packing crew.  This is a seasonal position with full time hours.  We are hiring ASAP.  This position will last until the end of the tomato harvest which is typically at the beginning of August in Austin.  The hours vary but work usually starts early around daylight and 10-11 hour days are normal. The pay is $9.00/hour plus a weekly share of organic vegetables ($33.00 value) and bonus pay of $1.00 per total hours worked for those completing the full season. Duties include washing, sorting and packing tomatoes at our farm location 10 minutes outside of downtown Austin.  We are looking for fast-paced, detail-oriented hard-workers who can work in the heat and maintain a positive attitude.  Successful candidates must be dependable and have reliable transportation. Must be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly and experience driving a forklift is preferred but not required.  If interested, please send your resume to

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job openings at an amazing farm in NH

brookfordBrookford Farm is a 650-acre diversified farm that grows vegetables, raises dairy cows, pigs, chickens. We produce an assortment of cheeses and yogurts, grows grain, and has a small bakery on site. Located in Canterbury, NH on the banks of the Merrimack River and located 15 minutes north of Concord, NH, Brookford Farm uses organic methods and is in the process of restoring this former sod farm into productive sustainable agricultural use. Brookford Farm produces a wide variety of meets cheeses and produce for a 250-member year round CSA, weekly farmer’s markets, and a farm store on site. For more information about the farm and our mission, please visit:

2013 Positions available

1) Assistant Vegetable Manager
We are looking for someone who has a minimum of one full year of vegetable farming experience, and is interested in potentially pursuing a career in farming. Tractor experience is required. We seek individuals with a good sense of humor who enjoy working hard, are excited to learn, responsible and flexible. You must be able to clearly follow and give directions, not be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes, be able to work independently, and communicate well with others. You must be comfortable leading and instructing other workers. You must be able to perform physically demanding and repetitive tasks, work in all kinds of weather, and be able to safely lift 50 lbs. You must have a valid driver’s license.

About the Position
As an Assistant Manager, you will participate in every aspect of the growing process including greenhouse seeding, tractor work, planting, weeding, irrigation harvesting, and the supervision and management of other crew members. In addition you will be asked to take on other management responsibilities.
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farming opportunity in NY

lepromoL.JPG JPEG 0540021159Family Farm in Hudson Valley Region of NYS offers a unique opportunity to an individual seeking a unique agricultural business opportunity. I grow several varieties of oyster and shiitake mushrooms year round in a controlled environment facility and sell through both farmers markets and higher end restaurants locally and south into Westchester County. I am looking to partner with the right individual to both expand what I produce and if the individual has other interests I have ample land and a greenhouse with which to expand into other crops. A clientele who appreciate good quality produce has already been cultivated, thus the need for marketing will be minimal.

Preferably the individual will be a self starter and the ground work is in place for the person to set their own limits on potential income. Most of the necessary equipment is already on-site and only lacks someone to utilize it more. One could use this as a learning experience and move on or continue to work and utilize the current farm and the resources. Options are basically unlimited; as to the product and the financial agreement, I am very flexible. This is not a seasonal opportunity, I produce year round, however with another crop, an individual could set their own schedule.

Please contact Gary @ 845-706-1154 or e-mail me at, thank you, Gary Wiltbank

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farm for rent // atlanta area

 The Global Growers farm house is for rent at our training farm and includes a 1.5 acre farmable pasture in the lease, plus access to farm infrastructure.  This is an ideal situation for a new grower to be close to the city and have farm support available!

The Global Growers Network creates new agricultural opportunities in Georgia for international farmers who were forced to flee their homelands as refugees, due to war, genocide and persecution. The Network uses a whole-systems approach to produce good food, train and place farmers, and create economic opportunity for local communities in the Decatur-Clarkston-Stone Mountain area.

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VT land opportunity

100 acres of open farmland for lease, and pole barn. Also, enclosed barn (optional) with electric and water for rent. A 5,200 sf residence also available for lease (in-part of in full). Private entranced 800 sf space that formerly housed a Healing Center.

Location: Benson, on West Haven line, Rutland County

Tenure Arrangements Offered:
Partnership with preferably an organic farmer to lease land with or without housing. Also open to additional housing 500 sf or under to be built or extension of less than 900 sf (no permits required in Benson)

Other: The soil is clay and suitable to start and nurture vineyards. There has been much interest and success in grape growing in Benson. The land has been hayed for decades: no crops have been planted within last ten years. We would be most interested in organic farmers for this property. Continue reading

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job opening @ hawthorne valley

Hawthorne Valley Farm  (Ghent, NY) is looking for a field vegetable/CSA manager to join its team of farmers. This is a full time position with benefits and housing.

Main responsibilities are running all aspects of our field vegetable operation, which include growing for our 300 member CSA and multiple Green markets. The CSA manager joins the livestock team during the winter months to support the seasonal chores. Position available as of 1/1/13. (date is flexible)

Qualifications: working knowledge of Biodynamics, experience (3 to 5 years) with managing all aspects of a medium size CSA, interest and ability to being a farmer mentor for interns and apprentices, strong communication skills, team player. Please send application to:

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vineyard and home for sale, oroville, washington

Custom three level home, tasting cabin, and vineyards on 4 1/2 acres. Ten yr old Vines (Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Cab Franc. Production 6 to 8 tons.

Three bay garage with two converted into wine storage. All equipment included (2 tractors, mowers, vineyard sprayer, weed sprayer, fertilizer spreader, and more including older Ford PU and trailers, (3) 1000 litre Stainless Tanks, (3) 500 litre Stainless Tanks, 20 American Oak Barrels. Owners are retiring.   For more information:

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great job! in montana

The National Center forAppropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking a Coordinator for Grow Montana, a statewide food and agriculture policy council. This is a great opportunity for an individual to work with an innovative team of leaders in food and agriculture from across the state.

Founded in 2005, the Grow Montana collaborative promotes policies that support sustainable Montana-owned food production, processing, and distribution, and that improve all of our citizens’ access to healthy Montana foods. Grow Montana envisions a vibrant Montana-based food system that fosters healthy communities, individuals, and environments. Please visit for more information about the research, project, and policy work of Grow Montana. This position is located in our Butte, MT, office.

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  The position requires the equivalent of a BA/BS degree plus a minimum of three years of related professional experience. The successful candidate will need to be well-organized and able to work independently as well as in a team.  You should be an excellent communicator with experience in writing and public speaking. Other qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • Strong facilitative leadership skills with experience and knowledge of community development.
  • Strong organization-building skills with the ability to prioritize. Continue reading

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young farmer west coast coordinator position

The National Young Farmers’ Coalition seeks a full-time Colorado River Basin Organizer to build 7 new young farmers coalition affiliates in Colorado River Basin states (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT, WY) and promote various campaigns with partner organizations to ensure the sustainability of farming in the region.


  • Organizing 7 new NYFC affiliate groups in AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT and WY with volunteers.
  • Hosting at least one event in each of these states as an introduction to the National Young Farmers’ Coalition
  • Building a highly engaged group of farmers and citizens in support of young and beginning farmers in these states
  • Developing priorities for young and beginning farmers in these states
  • Working with farmers on earned media opportunities and opinion pieces in support of policies and issues that affect sustainable growers
  • Working with a coalition of environmental groups on issues that affect sustainable agriculture in this region, particularly water conservation.
Continue reading to learn more // how to apply!

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