Growing Food, Building Community
AMI Fellowship Program: 2017 Applications Available
Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking inspiring individuals to participate in the sixth cohort of our AMI Fellowship program. The 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. The Fellowship is a program of AMI, an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education.
Phase I (April 30-November 1, 2017)
In the first phase of the program, Fellows connect with the food system as they live, work and study on the mountain farm campus in rural Highland County, Virginia. Fellows gain a full season of experience in sustainable growing methods, small animal husbandry, and rotational livestock grazing on a diversified farm. In addition, Fellows study topics such as permaculture design, whole foods preparation and preservation, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship, leadership, and community development through hands-on experience on the farm, expert guest instructors, field trips and daily educational sessions. Upon successful completion of their Phase I training, AMI Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend.
Phase II (January 1- December 31, 2018)
AMI Fellows apply their Phase I training as they work on community projects focused on building healthy communities through food and education. Working with AMI and other Partner Organizations, Senior Fellows build organizational capacity and launch new programs such as: building community gardens, developing school gardens and site-based curriculum, advocating for sustainable land use, and teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle. Supported by the AMI network, Senior Fellows continue to meet regularly for leadership and professional development. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1,500 (subject to payroll taxes) and a Permaculture Design Certificate upon successful completion of the year.
Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (Deadline: February 19) and are available at: www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org
NAP offers apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture in partnership with mentor ranchers and farmers who are part of the Quivira community in the West. It aims to provide the next generation of food producers with hands-on, on-the-ground mentoring from seasoned mentors who are dedicated stewards of the land; practice beyond organic, regenerative methods of food production; provide excellent animal care; and are skilled and dedicated teachers. Continue reading
Attention Californians looking to do good, educate the next generation of farmers, AND get paid: the wonderful people at the Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture (SAA) are hiring for multiple positions!
The SAA is a vocational training center that equips the current and next generation with essential skills in the science, art and business of food production. Through our workshops and residential practicum program, the SAA has gained a reputation for being one of the premier agriculture schools in Northern California.
Open positions include an Office Manager, Education Program Coordinator, and Student Life Coordinator. Application deadlines are fast approaching, so click HERE to learn more about the school and HERE for more information about the open positions.
Tianna Kennedy, of Star Route Farm in the Catskills of NY, contributed this compelling argument to young agrarians and agrarian-minded professionals. She says, so you think rural areas like the Catskills are a dead-end: you’re wrong. Make sure to read beyond the break to see the three amazing farm positions she’s spotlighted– two “professional” jobs and one farming incubator.
“So many great Ag jobs up at the moment in the Catskills.
People, it is time we for real reverse the trend towards urbanization – strong self-sufficient local communities and the thriving informal economies and the distribution routes they engender are more resilient than vulnerable urban centers. They are pockets of resistance and value. Quality of life skyrockets proportionate to distance from urban centers. Plus, the clean air, water (to swim in as well as to drink), farm-fresh food, views! The country has it all. Continue reading
Capital Roots in Troy, NY is seeking an experienced farm manager for its two-acre urban farm. The position is a full-time growing role, but job description also heavily emphasizes volunteer management, mentorship, and educational skills. Hourly wage offered plus benefits. See full job description here and contact Matthew Schueler, the Grow Center Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capital Roots is a nonprofit in Troy that is over 30 years old and manages a diverse array of programs and spaces to increase food access, promote green spaces, and encourage food and environmental justice around the city.
For those of you whom have fantasized about growing on an organic biodynamic farm IN HAWAII, we feel like it is our solemn duty to inform you that Pu’u O Haku Ranch on Molokai is hiring for a ground manager position. See posting below:
Grounds Maintenance Specialist.
Primary Responsibilities: This position is typically responsible for performing a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following; manual weed removal, pruning, mowing, trimming, planting, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, landscape lighting, pool, waterscape and drainage maintenance and occasional seed collection and installation of mortarless loose rock paths and small wall units.
The Grounds Maintenance Specialist is also responsible for many different projects related to planning, planting and caring for grounds, orchards and gardens including; Continue reading
Ballymaloe Cookery School is looking for a new staff member to join our team in a varied, exciting role. The successful applicant will be expected to be flexible, willing to pitch in wherever necessary, though they will have defined duties.
We are looking for someone who ideally has attended our 12 Week Certificate Course or a number of our short courses and therefore has an understanding of how the school works, its ethos and its staff. However any applicant will be considered.
This is a varied role consisting of
- some general office work including answering the telephone, dealing with queries and contacting potential students for bookings.
- Social Media participation. Taking an active interest in our presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and anything else that might arrive!
- Writing on our blog. We have lots and lots of things happening which need to be written about on our website.
- Some marketing duties selling cookery courses and team building packages.
- Getting out and about to take photographs of what is happening with the farm, gardens, students and staff.
- Dealing with Students and Members of the public in a hospitality role.
- Some evening events as needed.
We will be very interested in working with an applicant’s prior experience to put it to full benefit.
Some of the following criteria would be helpful.
- Experience managing and communicating over multiple Social Media channels.
- Experience of general office administration.
- Some experience in a Marketing / Sales Role
- Proven ability to write and find different styles.
- Hospitality experience in Hotel or Restaurant.
- Experience working at an open estate where public are welcome
- Bachelor Degree or Similar.
- Some experience working in a kitchen
- Experience working in a horticultural environment
Ballymaloe Cookery School is a world class brand, teaching students from around the globe how to cook and how to treat the food they eat and produce for others with respect.
We are continuing to strengthen our position as a innovative and leading cookery school but also continue to branch out into other areas making the Ballymaloe Cookery School a must visit destination for anyone interested in Food who is travelling to Ireland.
Most likely you will need to already have visa to work in the EU before applying.
Help can be given to find accommodation in the area for the successful applicant.
Please send CV / Resume with cover letter explaining why you would be interested in the position to Toby at email@example.com or by return email.
We will try to respond to everyone who applies but may only be able to contact successful applicants.
Ballymaloe Cookery School
FarmsNext is a full season entry-level residential internship program that combines hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. As a student intern, you will live and work full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from your mentor. Your residential farm training experience is combined with farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as opportunities for independent study. Student interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities.
The FarmsNOW apprenticeship program is for those with some farm experience who are seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture. Hands-on training, classes, seminars, and guidance on farm business development will help you gain the skills to plan, design, and run integrated farming systems on your own. This full-immersion program is designed those who have completed the FarmsNext internship program, or have two years of on-farm experience. You will live and work full-time on a host farm, receive up to two seasons of on-farm training, and learn in-depth skills from their mentor farmer.
For more information and applications click HERE!
- 1-2 years of retail experience
- Strong interpersonal skills, clean, positive, great work ethic
Knowledge of sustainable agriculture, ability to communicate ‘ on message’ the goals of the Maine Sail Freight project, for days on end, engaging the public in a discourse about the future of our more regional farm economy
High level of enthusiasm and self-motivation
Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively
Flexible work schedule, including weekend and holiday availability.
Ability to lift and move product weighing up to 30 pounds
Real Food Farm in Baltimore is hiring a new Production Assistant.
Under supervision of the Farm Manager, the Production Assistant assists with all daily work and food production activities at the Clifton, Perlman Place Farm or Aisquith Street site. Production Assistants are asked to devote one Saturday per month to assist with volunteer day projects or community events. Production Assistants will be engaged in all aspects of vegetable production and fieldwork, interact with volunteers and market customers, as well as provide support for Real Food Farm’s community garden project at Perlman Place.
These positions require 30-35 hours per week on average from March 2015 – September 2015. Positions available include three 900-hour and one 675-hour Civic Works AmeriCorps terms, which consist of a modest biweekly stipend, skills training, and education award upon completion of service.
You can read the full description of the position and learn how to apply HERE.
Greenhorns is hiring for ¾ time project manager, office-master, and head of house position in Essex, NY! Come experience Summer + Fall in the beautiful Adirondacks! To learn more about the job duties, qualifications, environment and how to apply, click HERE!
…would be incentives for other regions to begin and expand vegetable production. Indeed here they are, stepping high!
Imagine the job creation potential…OH WAIT, you don’t have to: Leopold Center did an Iowa jobs report.
by Michael Moss for the New York Times
John D. Jackson lives in the heart of the Corn Belt, where most of the corn has nothing to do with sweet kernels on the cob. His farm in Southern Illinois typically grows field corn, the high-starch variety that is turned into ethanol and cattle feed. He also works as a logistics manager for Archer Daniels Midland, the agricultural giant that produces the other big artifact of this crop: high fructose corn syrup.
But on 10 of his 700 acres, Mr. Jackson broke from this culture of corn last fall by planting something people can sink their teeth into. With a tractor and an auger, he drilled four-foot holes in his soil, added fertilizer and put in 48 apple trees bearing Gold Rush, Jonagold, Enterprise and the sweet-tart blushing globe called the Crimson Crisp. This year he plans to add more apple trees, blackberry bushes and possibly some vegetables.
Mr. Jackson is part of a small but eager cadre of corn farmers who are starting to switch sides, as it were, lured by a little-appreciated fact of farm economics: There is vastly more money to be made in growing other vegetables and fruits. While an acre of corn is projected to net average farmers $284 this year after expenses, and just $34 if they rent the land, as is common, an apple orchard on that same acre will make $2,000 or more, according to crop analysts. A sophisticated vegetable operation using the popular plastic covers called high tunnels, which increase yields and extend the growing season, can push that figure as high as $100,000.