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sweet summer gig/farming opportunity at intentional quaker community in east chatham, ny

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You could drive the scenic Taconic State Parkway to get there!

“Two families in our community are looking to jointly hire a person to work 30-40 hours a week during the summer, starting as early as June 1. Duties include childcare for two small children, driving and errands for an elderly couple, and light household chores. 
 
Payment includes free room and some board in the household with children, plus cash payment of $1000/month to $1500/month, depending on hours worked for the household with the elderly couple.
 
We are part of a small intentional community called the Quaker Intentional Village-Canaan, dedicated to seeking a more spiritually focused lifestyle and living more simply and sustainably. Our ideal candidate would be interested in intentional community and/or the Quaker way of life. You would be invited to use our land for gardening or other land-based projects, and you would also be welcome to join community events including our weekly Friday night potluck dinners.”
 
Interested?  
Contact Hana Askren or Spee Braun at info@qivc.org – landline (518) 392-0289


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head farmer job in patagonia, az

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Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Farm in Patagonia, AZ is looking for an operation technician to work as part of a professional team to create a sustainable farm for conserving precious seeds. This position is responsible for overseeing field preparation, cultivation, irrigation, and similar activities as needed, as well as the maintaining all farm equipment and structures.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Prepare the fields and assist in field plot placement, planting, and harvesting of annual grow outs.
  • Maintain and operate the irrigation systems. Monitor irrigation to assure adequate water availability for seed production and for perennial plantings.
  • Cultivate and mow fields and non-field areas for weed management.
  • Maintain records of cultivation, irrigation, weeding, and equipment maintenance and repairs.
  • Oversee the installation, repair, and removal of materials and structures used on the farm for our annual seed grow out needs.
  • Work with interns and volunteers as appropriate.
  • Collaborate in the plan, design, and implementation of sustainable systems and practices on the farm.
  • Represent NS/S in workshops and on farm tours as appropriate.
  • Support the Farm Manager with supervision and training of interns and other staff.

To read more, click HERE


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slide hand ranch seeks ranch hand

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SUMMARY:

The Ranch Hand reports to the Director of Operations, and is part of the Ranch Team, which includes the Animal Care Manager, Garden Manager, and part-time facilities employee. The Ranch Hand assists with facilities maintenance (including ranch buildings, structures, animal areas and gardens) in a manner that is safe and appropriate for a public
facility providing hands-on educational programs and special events to the public. This position is responsible for grounds keeping and trail maintenance on our 134 acres of land. The Ranch Hand assists with running farming, nonprofit business and residential operations and preserving the coastal environment. This position also supports and
assists the Ranch Team with farming, animal, garden and programmatic chores and maintenance tasks as needed or directed. The Ranch Hand assists with leading volunteer groups and individuals. The Ranch Hand will also work under the supervision of the Operations Manager to support special events at Slide Ranch. This is a full-time, residential position.

TO APPLY:
No phone calls please. Please mail, email, or fax resume with cover letter and 3 references with contact information to:
Mail: Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach CA 94965
Email: admin@slideranch.org (Please include Ranch Hand in the Subject line)
Fax: 415-381-5762.

For more information about our programs, please visit http://www.slideranch.org.


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fellowship in food and farming in unity, maine

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Maine Farmland Trust has announced its new Wang Fellowship in Food and Farming, named in honor of David and Cecile Wang, long-term advocates and supporters of agricultural justice. The fellowship is one year long and appears to be geared toward young professionals and academics with an activist streak, stating (albeit vaguely) that the fellow engage in substantive programming work at MFT.

Fellows are promised:
  • a “fully-equiped residential suite” in the town of Unity, ME
  • travel reimbursement
  • local food allowance
  • a $22,500 stipend for the year
  • vast networking opportunities in Maine’s vibrant sustainable agriculture community
The fellowship looks like a prestigious gig, and the qualifications are no joke. MFT is asking that, among other things, candidates have a documented history of high achievement in academic areas, a proven commitment to food and farming issues, and the potential to become a leader in the food and farming movement.
In 2016, applications are due April 1, with a selection made by no later than May 1.  All finalists will be interviewed.  Interested applicants should submit the following by April 1 trachel@mainefarmlandtrust.org:
  • A resume or CV
  • A copy of your academic transcript from any post-secondary institutions you have attended
  • An essay of 600-1200 words outlining how you meet the qualifications listed above
  • An essay of 250-500 words describing a special project you would like to undertake and why
  • 2-4 writing samples
  • 3 references who can speak to your suitability for this fellowship


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market grower position, detroit, MI

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GrowTown is currently implementing an entrepreneurial market garden business in Detroit, Michigan. The Penrose Market Garden is being developed by GrowTown under a 2015 Kresge grant to be a profitable sub-acre urban market garden business that generates significant income for a market grower. The GrowTown model integrates this local food business into an urban affordable housing development and neighborhood.

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of an innovative community development project. Our work environment is highly disciplined and entrepreneurial. We are looking for a grower or partner growers to bring their skills and enthusiasm to the Penrose Market Garden and participate in building a successful urban agriculture model.

Grower(s) will work under GrowTown’s leadership to realize the Kresge grant commitment to implement a SPIN-Farming demonstration project at Penrose that is documented and replicable by others.

This opportunity is for growers ready to take initiative and who can work collaboratively with GrowTown and other community stakeholders towards an extraordinary outcome and exciting urban agriculture model.

To download the application, click here. Visit growtown.org for additional information


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ny: mettabee farm hiring farm manager

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Mettabee Farm and Arts in Hillsdale, NY is hiring for multiple positions in 2016! Metabee is a Buddhist-minded educational center in the beautiful Berkshires that practices and teaches organic farming, homesteading, and the arts.

Mettabee Farm & Arts is hiring two positions for the 2016 season, a farm manager & one crew member.
Farm Manager
The Farm Manager will work closely with the director to manage the growing of food and herbs from the preparation of the beds, growing of seeds, harvesting, storing/drying, to putting the beds to sleep in the fall, and keeping tools and equipment in order. S/he will also help coordinate group interactions with the farm and help to manage any other workers, interns and /or WOOFERs. The manager will be involved with farmers market(s) and otherwise interfacing with the community, especially when it is food related.

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