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apply for amazing farm incubator program in NC

The Roots & Fruits Farm Business Incubator in Black Mountan, NC provides the tools and resources aspiring agricultural entrepreneurs need to develop and manage viable farm enterprises in Appalachia. The Incubator reduces the traditional barriers to success for new farm businesses by providing access to land, shared equipment, infrastructure, low-interest capital, business mentoring, and training in advanced practical skills. Launching farm-based businesses in the supportive, low-risk environment of the Incubator greatly increases the likelihood of business viability and success.

Once their businesses have matured to the point of self-sufficiency, we will assist Incubator graduates in transitioning to longer-term landholdings in the region, ensuring they will have a place to operate their businesses independently while also bringing more land into production. Through the Incubator, we will be ushering in a new generation of profitable, conservation-oriented farm entrepreneurs while bringing more preserved farmland into production and investing in farm communities across the region.

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2016-2018 seasons. The length of the lease period will be 2 years. All needed infrastructure is in place, including water supply, irrigation lines, chicken coop & run, hoop houses, greenhouse, wash facilities, cold storage, and a multi-purpose shed. All business infrastructures are in place, including direct selling through Roots & Fruits market & café.

Jump-start your farm business on the Front Porch of North Carolina! Are you looking for a low-risk entry point for your organic and biologically intensive farm practice? Join us in our campaign to re-imagine human-scale food systems. Together we will empower through education and build an inspiring community through food.

Learn more and apply at: http://rootsandfruitsmarket.com/?p=326.


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NYFC is looking for grain farmers to blog

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Apply to be a 2017 Blogger for NYFC

Each year, NYFC recruits a few young farmers to blog about their experience starting a new farm business. Our bloggers chronicle the trials and triumphs of the season and shed light on what it takes to make it in this difficult yet (in our opinion) heroic line of work. In 2017, NYFC is teaming up with King Arthur Flour to share the stories of grain farmers, from seed to harvest for one full season. We’re thrilled to focus on grain, as there is a growing demand for sustainably raised and locally sourced grains but not enough young farmers entering the field to supply it.

Bloggers will receive a stipend and the opportunity to be featured on NYFC’s and King Arthur Flour’s websites and social media channels throughout the project.

Bloggers will write six posts between January 2017 and June 2017, and each farmer will also be featured in a short film produced by NYFC and King Arthur Flour. Filming will take place on the selected farms on dates chosen in collaboration with the farmer between July 2016 and September 2016.

Click here to apply. Deadline is June 28th.


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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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