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opening at earthworks urban farm

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EarthWorks Urban Farm are looking for a Community Outreach Specialist who will be responsible for supporting the work of the CSK EarthWorks Urban Farm team by interacting with and supporting the local community by informing those in the community of EarthWorks services, scheduling volunteer opportunities, and providing valuable information regarding initiatives within EW and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Essential Duties and Tasks Include:

  • Demonstrate, exemplify and support the Capuchin Charism and Provincial Mission, Vision and Values throughout all professional responsibilities and activities.
  • Manage the Earthworks office and indoor workspace, creating a welcoming environment.
  • Schedules volunteer groups in collaboration with CSK Volunteer Coordinator Team
  • Send out email updates.
  • Update social media resources.
  • Create occasional promotional documents.
  • Answer EarthWorks email, phone, and snail mail, providing answers or directing messages to who is best suited to answer.
  • Provide Tours of EarthWorks.
  • Coordinate tabling events.
  • Coordinate speaking engagements and deliver public speaking engagements.
  • Assist in greenhouse and fields.
  • Assist with market days Comply with Province and ministry policies, procedures, guidelines and standards

The desired education and experience level for this position are: A High School Diploma, strong customer service and communication skills, strong attention to detail. Experience in administration, volunteer coordination and public speaking are strongly preferred. Valid drivers license required. Chauffeur’s license preferred.

Please send letter of interest and resume to: employment@thecapuchins.org and make sure to include EarthWorks Community Outreach Specialist in the subject line.

Alternatively you can send the same documents to:

Attention: Human Resources EarthWorks Community Outreach Specialist,
The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order
1820 Mt. Elliott Street
Detroit, MI 48207

If you would like more information about the great work that EarthWorks does, click HERE


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boston food forest coalition are looking for a new project coordinator!

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The Boston Food Forest Coalition (BFFC), a grassroots non-profit land trust, is a growing “community of practice” linking gardeners across greater Boston to permaculture projects. Neighbors come together, creating food forest gardens in their neighborhoods, and these open spaces engage and strengthen communities, producing food, hosting cultural events, and sharing experiences and skills with all ages. BFFC has a growing membership of 1,500 people in the greater Boston area. Since we launched, BFFC has offered over 150 free hands-on workshops (with topics from compost tea, permaculture design, medicinal herbs, mushroom logs, soil regeneration, biochar, mounded agriculture, companion plants and guilds, winter pruning, making elderberry syrup, nature art, and more) taught by herbalists, permaculture gardeners, designers, professional farmers and others in our community. The Boston Food Forest Coalition is currently composed of eight sites across the city, in Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, West End, Dorchester, East Boston, and Roxbury. The goal of the land trust is to support hundreds of forest gardens, stewarded by neighbors and community organizations. Imagine each with its own harvest festival and cultural events, sharing abundance, mitigating urban heat island effects, capturing rain-water, sequestering carbon, reducing stress, and regenerating life in the city. Healing ourselves, our communities, and the land.

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job: full time teaching farm manager position in upstate ny

North Country School and Camp Treetops seek a full-time Teaching Farm Manager to oversee a year- round farm program intended for both food production and education of middle school aged children.

North Country School is an independent boarding and day school for grades 4-9, and Camp Treetops is a seven-week, overnight summer camp. They share a spectacular 200-acre campus in the Adirondack High Peaks region of upstate New York. The farm operation includes five acres of mixed vegetables and flowers, 35 acres of pasture, two commercial-size greenhouses, 500-tap maple sugar operation, and a multi-barn complex that houses animals raised both for consumption and for teaching purposes. Our animals include pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, goats, and horses. For more than 75 years, students and campers have benefited from active participation in the care of barnyard animals and the growing and harvesting of food. Nationwide, we are one of only seven Founding Programs of Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project. In recent years, the farm has served as nexus for much of our sustainability education.

The teaching farm manager is responsible for the care of all animals; vegetable and flower production; hiring and managing farm interns; and farm record keeping. He or she also works with School faculty and Camp counselors to integrate the farm and garden into academic curricula and daily activities, including preparing children for community-wide events like chicken and potato harvest. Applicants should have experience working in schools or other child-centric teaching environments, and should have demonstrable ability to manage a small staff and to delegate. A strong background in agriculture, knowledge of animal care, background in herd management, and competence with farm machinery are required. The qualified applicant will have experience with horse management and an ability to work closely with the NCS/CTT riding staff, who oversees a robust camp and school riding program. Supplemental farming skills, including basic carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical are a plus. Compensation and Benefits: Compensation and benefits include housing and meals; access to campus facilities including a lake, rock climbing crag, rope tow and ski hill, forest trails, wood shop and arts studios; group health insurance and retirement plan. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Minimum Qualifications:
• A desire to work at an educational institution with animal and plant production systems
• A demonstrable ability to coordinate complex tasks in a rapidly changing environment
• A desire to work with teaching faculty and camp counselors to integrate farming systems into a middle school curriculum and camp programs
• A demonstrable ability to supervise and mentor interns
• A demonstrable ability to plan production systems through time
• A demonstrable ability to operate a variety of hand tools, power tools and farm machinery • A desire to work outside in a variety of weather conditions

General Responsibilities:
• Depending upon the season, coordinating and accomplishing all aspects of greenhouse and field plant production systems and/or animal care at the barns and/or maple syrup production

  • seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, soil building
  • acquire and sell horses, acquire and coordinate the harvest of production animals
  • lead morning and afternoon work crews
  • work within a budget and provide accounting of all purchases within numerous budget lines
  • coordinate school or camp community work projects
  • develop and coordinate garden/barn program activities
  • application of organic pesticides
  • collaborate with our kitchen staffs to produce food for the community
  • daily mentorship and supervision farm/garden interns
  • provide multiple teaching and learning opportunities for interns
  • maintain written records pertaining to the farm
  • maintain a 500 bucket sugar maple stand and coordinate with our school program staff to work with students in the production of maple syrup
  • daily barn chores and other related barn activities such as animal maintenance, stall cleaning
  • general carpentry with respect to maintaining farm buildings and pasture fences

    To apply, or for more information, send an email to: applicant@ncstreetops.org, or send a request via U.S. mail to: Attention: Farm Manager/Educator Search Committee, North Country School and Camp Treetops, 4382 Cascade Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946.


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help wanted on cut-flower farm in bovina, ny

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Treadlight Farm, established in 2015,  grows specialty cut flowers on one acre in the hills of Delaware County, 6 miles outside of Bovina, NY. We sell our flowers at farmers markets locally and in Westchester County, to wedding clients, and to flower designers and florists. Our crops are grown organically (though we are not certified) in permanent, no-till beds, and are cultivated and harvested by hand from May through October.
We are looking for a farm crew member to assist in all aspects of our farm work for the coming season: seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, packing, greenhouse care, flower arranging, and more. Through your work you’ll learn no-till production practices and the daily workings of a relatively new, rapidly expanding farm operation. This is an ideal position for someone interested in small-scale intensive farming, no-till agriculture, market gardening, and ornamental plant production.

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job working on a cooperatively-run horse farm in NY for the 2017 season

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Abode Farm is Hiring for 2017!

 Abode Farm— is a cooperatively run 8-acre horse-powered farm in New Lebanon, NY. We produce vegetables, herbs, and flowers for our summer and winter CSA, wholesale accounts, schools, and farmers markets. Our farm is located on historic Mount Lebanon, a diverse ecological site; with wetlands, ponds, streams, woodlands, and meadows. We work to honor this diversity in our growing practices with a holistic farm system that builds soil, protects wildlife, and produces healthy crops.

Practices— Our bio-extensive farm system focuses on diversity, cover cropping, composts, mineral amendments, and careful crop rotation. We do not use any synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides on our farm. We rely on our Belgian draft horses as our primary source of power, which helps us stay light on the land, and sensitive to the biological rhythms we work with. We also use a small Farmall Cub tractor for bed-preparation and light tillage.

Community— The farm is a dynamic educational and community space. We share our land with The Abode of the Message—a Sufi spiritual community, and Flying Deer Nature Center. It’s a busy place and there are always events going on. At the farm, we host many performances, workshops, potlucks, artists’ visits, and educational programs throughout the season. Community outreach and food access are extremely important to us. We are looking for someone who has an interest in community organizing, food justice, and education in addition to holistic agriculture.

Abode Farm Job Description

Seeking –  2 Full-time farm co-workers
Start/End – April-November
Schedule – TuesdayFriday 7:30-5pm, weekend chore rotation
Spring and Fall hours 8:30am-5pm
                   35-40hrs/week—potential for extra hours
Compensation – TBD, $10/hr or Housing & Stipend

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JOB POSTING: civic works food and farm director in baltimore, MD

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POSITION SUMMARY:

Civic Works, Inc. seeks a creative, independent individual who has leadership experience and a shown passion for Food Access, Urban Greening or Farm initiatives.  This new position will work to maintain and expand programs that are working to promote urban agriculture, provide higher access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and train individuals for jobs in the community Food and Farm sectors.  The selected candidate will work 40 hours per week and receive salary plus benefits including life insurance, short and long-term disability, supported health care, vision and dental plus a 401k with a company match.  While based out of Clifton Park, the selected candidate will be required to travel to the programs often and is expected to have his/her own vehicle for which mileage will be reimbursed.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate and direct the Food and Farm related initiatives at Civic Works which currently include Real Food Farm, Little Gunpowder Farm, Farm Alliance, Baltimore Orchard Project, Food Forest and related activities.
  • Work with the Fund Development Director to acquire the necessary funding for Food and Farm initiatives.
  • Work with the Fund Development Director to provide timely reporting for grants, especially the AmeriCorps grants.
  • Insure that data is being properly tracked, reported and analyzed for internal planning and grant matrix.
  • Manage and track budgeting for all related programs.
  • Assist with CW wide events and integrating programs not directly related to Food and Farm.

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wanted: resident farm intern/permaculturist/gardner in new zealand

Uma Rapiti Farm New Zealand:

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We are a family who have a small, organic farm on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.  We are looking for someone with experience in organic farming/permaculture to help on our land as part of a work exchange. The property is relatively new to our family; we have been developing it as an educational and experimental farm since 2007. We have seven acres of NW facing former paddock – some sloping, some flat.  We have beautiful views of the Gulf.  There are small, established tracts of native bush that help shelter us from the NW winds.

Located in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, Waiheke Island is about 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland. At approximately 92 square km it is the second-largest gulf island.  There is a permanent population of around 8,000 residents.  The island is known for its beautiful blend of farmland, bush, beaches, vineyards and olive groves.  Cycling/mountain biking, sea kayaking, tramping, wine tasting, swimming or simply relaxing on a white sand beach give visitors and residents endless ways to spend their time.  The primary industries on the island are wine-making, olive production, tourism and arts/crafts.

We would like farmers any time of the year and applications are considered on a rolling basis. This position is well suited to recent farm/CSA interns.  Ideally, we would like a couple.  Stipend to be negotiated based on experience and availability.  Accommodation: very comfortable sleepout (cottage) with electricity, sheltered
outdoor cooking facilities, hot outdoor shower and composting toilet. A 9-12 month commitment is preferable. Previous farmers have planned a “working holiday” with us and then travelled around NZ.

Contact Anu Shinnamon by at anushinnamon@gmail.com or check out the website http://umarapitifarm.co.nz/

ABSOLUTELY NON-SMOKING FARM – NO DRUGS TOLERATED