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SEEKING: Flower Farm Manager. Must be experienced grower/marketer to take over daily operations at a successful 19 year old farm in central Arkansas with established markets. Send resume with detailed experience to firstname.lastname@example.org
DRIFTLESS ORGANICS, a 55 acre vegetable farm in SW Wisconsin, is looking to fill a few key positions for the 2016 season and beyond. Positions include: Tractor Operator, The Jack or Jill of All Trades & Harvest/Pack Shed Team Member. Visit our website for more information: www.driftlessorganics.com/employment
FARMING INTERNS WANTED: Small Certified Naturally Grown farm in Central Virginia is offering 2 full time internships from May through October. Interns work on our farm planting and harvesting and in exchange will receive knowledge, housing and $500 per month stipend. Large amount of food also provided. Interns have private housing in separate 2 story solar off grid house. Wooded lot for hiking and large pond for fishing and boating. Contact email@example.com
Farm Institute Director:
Sierra Harvest is a non-profit organization dedicating to educating, inspiring and connecting Nevada County families with fresh, local, sustainable food. The Farm Institute Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a farmer training program which increases local, sustainable food production in Nevada County, by increasing the number of farms formed, acres cultivated and farmers trained. Key responsibilities will be launching and running a farm institute which includes developing a Farm Corps of on-farm apprentices, a Farm Business Academy which teaches business planning and marketing, a Farm Incubator site, small plots of land for farmers to manage their own production and matching farmers with potential land to start their farming business. Hours: 20h/week building to full time within 1 year. Must work some nights/weekends when needed.
Compensation: $25/hr Application deadline March 10 More details at http://sierraharvest.org/about/jobs/
RYDER FARM – BREWSTER, NY
Full-Time Organic Farm Manager
for 2016 Growing Season
This is an ideal position for someone interested in certified organic agriculture and looking to gain experience operating a diversified vegetable and flower operation with multiple marketing channels!
DESCRIPTION OF RYDER FARM
In 1795, Eleazer Ryder purchased 120 acres in Brewster, NY in order to establish a productive homestead for his family. Ryder Farm is the continuation of that legacy.
Although the property has history in dairy, Ryder Farm has been growing organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit since 1978 and became USDA Certified Organic in 2003. Ryder Farm is a staple at the Union Square Saturday Greenmarket in New York City, supports a 100 member CSA, and sells from its roadside farm stand, at the local Brewster farmers market, and via wholesale accounts. Ryder Farm also offers personalized floral arrangements using its own cut flowers. Finally, the spacious lawn and stage that abut the historic Ryder farmhouse are host to community events, weddings, parties, and festivals.
Ryder Farm strives to be a profitable homestead that supports education and community. Over the years, dozens of interns and apprentices have learned the farming trade on the Ryder property through collaboration with WWOOF, NOFA-NY, GrowNYC, and MESA, the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture. Ryder Farm also participates in the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training network, which enables employees to attend bi-weekly workshops on other farms in the area. Also, coexisting on the property is a non-profit artists retreat called SPACE at Ryder Farm.
These apprenticeships, combined with the strong CSA membership, loyal shoppers at market, and artists in residence have created a robust community that surround and sustain Ryder Farm.
DESCRIPTION OF FARM MANAGER POSITION
The Farm Manager will work under the Ryder Farm owners and is primarily responsible for the daily oversight of vegetable, herb, and flower production. Applicants will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the current manager to receive comprehensive, introductory training.
Ryder Farm has an established crop plan which the Farm Manager will implement, but a multi-season Farm Manager will be asked to collaborate on crop planning. The Farm Manager will help to hire, instruct, and lead a crew of 10-12 apprentices in all aspects of seasonal production, including greenhouse work, transplanting, tractor cultivation, irrigation, pest and disease control, weed management, harvest, washing/packing, preparing for market days, marketing and cover cropping.
-A multi-season Farm Manager will be increasingly relied upon for crop planning and business decisions; this Farm Manager may be invited to exercise partial ownership over the farm business.
-Owners of Ryder Farm have considered constructing a commercial kitchen, which could make various value-added enterprises available to the incoming Farm Manager.
-Ryder Farm has six fenced and watered pasture fields that are currently underutilized. The incoming Farm Manager could work with Ryder Farm owners to establish a small livestock enterprise, raise laying hens, or grow broilers, ducks, and turkeys.
-Ryder Farm also has 60 wooded acres, which could be used as silvopasture for livestock and/or to develop mushroom or foraged enterprises.
-Minimum 2 full seasons of field experience in organic farming.
-Proven leadership and management skills.
-Proven experience operating tractors and driving box trucks.
-Ability to lift up to 50 lbs repeatedly.
-Valid driver’s license.
-Willingness to serve as an educator.
-Positive attitude, patience, and enthusiasm for cooperative living.
-Open and honest communication skills, for Ryder Farm owners, crew, and customers.
-Ability to follow directions, receive constructive criticism, and learn from mistakes.
-Ability to maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment.
-Flexible to changes in weather and work plan.
-Lunches are cooked and eaten communally as a crew.
-Crew will meet weekly, usually on Tuesdays, to overview the prior week and upcoming work week, and daily check-ins serve to instruct and motivate the crew.
-Sturdy footwear is required while working in the field, and long hair must be tied back.
-Alcohol and drug use is strictly prohibited on the farm.
-During work hours, cell phones should be used for farm business only.
-Pets and visitors are negotiable.
HOURS & COMPENSATION
-The Farm Manager commitment is 40 hours over a 5-day workweek, generally Monday-Friday, during the growing season of March through October. Off-season hours are negotiable.
-The Farm Manager will be compensated $12,600, to be paid in weekly installments, and provided with on-site housing, meals, and fresh farm produce. Housing includes a private room, basic furniture, WiFi, and access to a shared kitchen and bathroom. Farm Manager may also be offered a percentage of sales, based on experience and ability to increase Ryder Farm efficiencies and production.
Please send letter of interest, resume, and 3 references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Farm Manager Position.”Advertise Jobs, Farms for Sale, Supplies, Equipment, and more in Growing for Market! Ads are available in the print edition and online. Click here for more details.