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amtrak residency

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

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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:

Assembly:  http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A07002&term=2013&Memo=Y
Senate: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S5377-2013

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
lteneyck@farmland.org
www.farmland.org/newyork


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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 sonya@jbgorganic.com.


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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: http://brookfordfarm.com

2013 Positions available

1) Assistant Vegetable Manager
Qualifications
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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