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Farming Jobs and Other Opportunities
 
March 2014
 
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Boisfort, WA
Belgium, WI
Viroqua, WI
Sandy, OR
Kansas City, KS
Missouri
Oregon City, Oregon

20 acre, 300 member CSA farm in Belgium, WI seeking full-time employee from May 1 through November, 2014. We raise vegetables, a few fruits and herbs and keep a flock of laying hens, all in a sustainable manner. Employee will assist with all aspects of farm work and should be physically fit, eager to learn and willing to hustle. One year of gardening/outdoor work experience is required. Housing available but must have own vehicle. Wage is negotiable. Email Steve & Debra Jo.


Boistfort Valley Farm: Pack Shed Supervisor


Summary: The Pack Shed Supervisor is responsible for the oversight of all activities directly related to the pack shed and is expected to take a leadership role in developing systems and structures to maximize safety, productivity, and efficiency. This position will provide support and supervision for the pack crew, assist in keeping the work area and all of its contents clean and well organized, and maintain quality control of all produce entering and leaving the pack shed.

Some Specifics:
The oversight of and assistance of all production/packing shed activities.
Work with pack crew to wash and pack orders.
Communicate with field crew regarding daily harvest lists and quality.
Fill in for absent produce handlers.
Keep a current and clear inventory of all produce.
Organize and monitor the assembly of CSA boxes.
Maintain quality control.

Position requires: Two years leadership experience, familiarity with Microsoft Excel, good basic math and computer skills, Spanish a plus.

Candidate must be: Able to manage people, good with counting and math, organized, flexible, accustomed to working in a fast paced environment, able to routinely lift up to 50 lbs, able to work directly with other management and owner. Email us for more information.

Hrs/Season: 50 hrs/wk in season, reduced winter hrs
Pay: Dependent on experience and productivity


Boistfort Valley Farm: Production Manager

Summary:

The main focus of the Production Manager is to manage and improve the commercial performance of the farm, direct the Pack Shed and Field Crews, and work closely with the owner to ensure the continued growth of revenue and the vitality of the Farm in the marketplace. Position is split between office and on the ground monitoring crops in the field to determine quality and availability. They are expected to actively pursue new marketing opportunities and to analyze and improve existing marketing. The Production Manager is responsible for logistics and processes related to the CSA program, and to sales of produce to commercial customers such as stores and restaurants.

Some specifics:

CSA customer and Commercial sales recruitment
Creating and maintaining weekly harvest list of CSA contents and planning future harvest lists and contents of CSA delivery and creating and maintaining weekly list of those crops available for commercial sales.
Soliciting, recording and processing orders from customers; invoicing commercial customers etc.
Support office staff in CSA specific customer service
Writing or coordinating weekly CSA newsletter (farm notes).
Writing or coordinating critical CSA specific mailings:
Opening letter to customers
CSA customer survey
Holiday mailings
Maintain an annual calendar of events and festivals
Edit CSA brochure annually
Keep current website and social media updates
Keep current CSA mail list of prospective clients
Develop and coordinate annual customer survey
Return correspondence in a timely manner

Position requires: Three years management experience in organic farming or related field, familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Word, QuickBooks, and social media; good basic computer skills. Experience in sales, inventory, and customer service. Good communication and organizational skills. Spanish a plus.

Candidate must be: Able to manage people, good with counting and math, organized, flexible, accustomed to working in a fast paced environment, able to work directly with other management and owners. Detail oriented and possess excellent writing skills. Email Mike.

Harmony ValleyHarmony Valley Farm Job Opportunities: We are currently in search of hard-working individuals with an experience and an interest in organic agriculture to fill the following positions: CSA COORDINATOR, PACKING SHED LEADER and SEASONAL FARM CHEF.
In addition to monetary compensation, employees are eligible to participate in our retirement benefits and health insurance programs.  We also offer lunch for all employees for a nominal fee prepared by our farm chef during the peak season, April-November.  You will have access to produce from the farm when available.  Opportunity for advancement always exists for individuals demonstrating a strong work ethic and superior performance.
Visit www.harmonyvalleyfarm.com/opportunities  for more detailed job descriptions and send resume with cover letter to Kelly, .

Organic vegetable farm in Missouri looking for experienced worker (individual or couple) to introduce livestock component into existing vegetable operation.  Farm is located 50 miles west of St. Louis on rolling hills above the flood plain of the Missouri River.  Livestock experience strongly preferred as well as interest and willingness to work with vegetable production  For more information email Lee



Seeking:  Farm Manager
Stargazer Farm is a 60 acre sustainable, uncertified farm with 5 acres under production using all organic practices.  Located in Sandy, Oregon, 30 minutes from Portland, Stargazer Farm supplies quality produce to the community through direct sales, independent restaurants, farmers’ markets and through our catering businesses. 

Responsibilities to include: 
Participate in the planning, production, harvesting, distribution and marketing of crops including:  greenhouse propagation, ground preparation, transplanting, direct seeding, weed management, irrigation, pest management, harvesting, post-harvest handling, and marketing. 
Supervise and assist in the maintenance of building, vehicles and equipment.
Help supervise and train seasonal apprentices, work shares and volunteers.
Assist in researching farming methods, pricing, equipment, etc.       
Assist in record-keeping.
Assist in grant-writing.
Research and cultivate viable outreach opportunities.
Livestock & Bees a future potential.

Stipend and housing on site negotiable. 

Please send resumes to E-mail.

GreenhouseThe Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wozupi (Dakota for “Garden”) in Prior Lake, MN, a diverse local food producer, is hiring an Agricultural Lead for the 2014 growing season.  The Agricultural Lead will assist in all aspects of 150-member vegetable CSA and Farmer’s Market program, and Certified Organic laying hen operation.  Responsibilities include supervising field crew, greenhouse, fieldwork and chicken care.  Minimum 5 years of organic vegetable production experience.  This is a full-time, year-round position with generous pay and benefits package. For questions, e-mail Jason.montgomery-riess@shakopeedakota.org.  For full job description or to apply click here. To learn more about Wozupi, visit: Email.



Job Opening: Gibbs Road Assistant Farm Manager

Gibbs Road FarmCultivate Kansas City is hiring an Assistant Farm Manager for Gibbs Road Farm. Cultivate Kansas City is a non-profit organization that acts as a catalyst for the production and consumption of locally grown food in Kansas City neighborhoods; we act as a hub organization to develop urban agriculture and urban food systems in the metro area.

Gibbs Farm RdGibbs Road Farm, established in 1997, is an acre and a half, certified organic urban production, training and demonstration farm with five high tunnels and a 6000sf community greenhouse. The farm produces vegetables, fruits and herbs year-round, sells at the Brookside (organic) Farmers Market, through a 40-member CSA and to several local restaurants; farm sales in 2013 were oGibbs Farmver $130,000.



For specific
responsibilities and qualifications please see the complete job description at
http://www.cultivatekc.org/get_involved/employment.html

FARMERS MARKET SEEKING VENDORS

The Year-Round Oregon City Farmers Market is looking for certified organic produce growers. This 9 yr old vibrant market has 2 weekly markets (Sat. and Wed.) during the summer season and Sat. bi-weekly winter markets.
We are located approx. 30 mins due south of Portland. Please contact us at marketmanager@orcityfarmersmarket.com or 503 734-0192. Find our on-line application : www.orcityfarmersmarket.com
Oregon City Farmers Market


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