May 13, 2013
Summer Internship opportunity near Charlottesville
Interested in learning first-hand how farmers markets are run? Students who complete the Morven Summer Institute class “Farmers Markets and Applied Food Systems Research” (PLAC 5500) will have the opportunity to pursue internships with farmers markets in Williamsburg, Richmond, Charlottesville and elsewhere! Administered by the Virginia Farmers Market Management Association, a limited number of internships will be available for students in the class. Much of the internship work can be completed remotely, there is no requirement that students be from the area of the farmers market to apply.
Contact Prof. Paul Freedman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kathi Colen Peck (email@example.com) and see http://www.virginia.edu/summer/morven.html for more information.
May 12, 2013
The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) is pleased to announce two new positions on our staff:
The Operations Manager will serve as the lead for all general financial, operational, and administrative activities of SAFSF. This full-time position will be based in Santa Barbara, California at SAFSF’s home office. The ideal candidate will have 5-7 years experience as lead finance and operation staff. The job will require broad knowledge of non-profit financial and operational management; awareness of sustainable agriculture and food systems issues; understanding of philanthropy (public, private, and corporate) and grantmaking processes a plus.
Please CLICK HERE to download the full job description.
The Special Projects Coordinator will be responsible for the program development, management and oversight of two SAFSF projects: Creating Common Ground and Annual Policy Briefings. This full-time position will be based ideally in a home office preferably on the East Coast or in the Mid-West. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years experience with content-based program development; 3-5 years experience in a nonprofit setting working directly with senior leadership/boards; and demonstrated experience as a facilitator/event planner. A Masters in Public Health or Public Policy is strongly desired.
Please CLICK HERE to download the full job description.
Successful candidates for both positions will be dedicated to SAFSF’s core values: a commitment to justice and equity; respect for diversity, inclusivity, and life-long learning; and a willingness to collaborate.
Guidelines: Application deadline is June 15, 2013.
Please send the following materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No phone calls please.
- 1 page cover letter
- Names of 3 references (Note: we will not contact references without a candidate’s prior knowledge)
- Short (3-5 pages max) writing sample (Special Projects Coordinator)
April 29, 2013
Manure Spreader available for sale.
December 13, 2012
WANTED: A program manager for the summer of 2013 and 2014 who will organize 6 farms throughout the state in order to decide if growing tomatoes on rootstock is economically viable for small organic growers.
DUTIES: To collect and analyze data from the six farms which summarizes the cost and income of growing tomatoes on root stock compared tomatoes which are not grafted. Each farm will monitor percent yield differences by weight, percent marketability differences by weight, sales figures by dollar, and the added cost of growing the rootstock, both in labor and supplies. The Program Manager will work with each farmer to ensure consistency of production methods and data gathering. This person will also coordinate the gathering of data of each trial for the required reports.
After the first and second year of field trials, the program manager will write a report summarizing the results. Any problems with growing the grafts, harvesting the plants in ways to make record keeping easier, and other production efficiencies will be discussed and shared. The program manager will present his/her findings at the annual VSU/VABF conference for both years 2013 and 2014.
REQUIREMENTS: The program manager will currently own an operating farm, follow organic methods wherever possible, and have some experience grafting tomatoes on rootstock. Travel to and from each farm will be necessary at least twice a year. Two to three twilight field days on the participating farms is required. Work with each farmer to insure consistency of production methods and data gathering. This person will also coordinate the gathering of data of each trial for the required reports.
SALARY: The Program Manager will be compensated $2,000 for his/her efforts each year. Travel funds are also available, and training sessions to graft tomatoes will be coordinated with VSU for all the farmers.
SUBMIT APPLICATION: Please send a one page cover letter and a CV to Kathy O’Hara at email@example.com by December 28.
December 10th, 2012
December 6th, 2012
Kinloch Farm is looking for a person with comprehensive experience in organic cattle operations to help us with our transition to Certified Naturally Grown certification. A good background in soil science and pasture management is important. You would also assist in the marketing as well as working the cattle. Initially this would be a one-year contract with the potential to become fulltime/year round for the right individual. Housing as well as benefits are provided. We are a grass-finished, cow-calf and bloodstock operation with 300 head located in The Plains, Virginia. If interested please contact: Jonathan Duffy firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-272-0798
October 27th, 2012
Farm Manager Position Open
We have an opening for a salaried full-time restaurant farmer/grower, starting as soon as someone is willing to commit. The job includes onsite housing. Attached is a poster of the position, and there is a more thorough description available on our website:
October 23, 2012
Executive Director, Farm Manager/Educator, and Development Director –
The Seed Farm is a new farmer training program and
agricultural business incubator. Our mission is to start and grow new
sustainable farms in the Lehigh Valley, and to facilitate the
development of a vibrant local food system. We are currently seeking
applicants for Executive Director, Farm Manager/ Educator, and
Development Director. For detailed job postings and more information
about our programs please visit www.theseedfarm.org or call Seed Farm
Director Sara Runkel @ 610-391-9583 ex 16.
August 22, 2012
Farming Opportunity in Newport, 15 minutes west of Blacksburg
“I have a nice farm in Newport, 15 min west of Blacksburg. I’d like to offer space for one or more interested people to do their gardening / farming projects here. I’d love to have more energy and contact here and it’s a lovely place that could do a lot of good.
We have nice soil, flat growing areas, horse manure available, and a very good well. 2.5 miles from 460. I’m thinking of a market garden, back of the calendar, specialty crop, nursery, eggs, even possibly milk cows. I’m waffling about beef, though we have a great set up for it. Or whatever marvelous other ideas are out there.
So I’m starting to put it out to see who might be suited by our set up. I’m looking for joyful, yet steady, feet on the ground sorts of relationships. We’d do some sort of process to be sure we’re aligned about commitment, responsibility, methods, etc., to maximize the probability of success.
Interested? Please contact Sarah directly at <email@example.com>
Assistant Farm Manager
Willowsford Farm (Loudoun County, Virginia) has an immediate opening for an assistant farm manager. The assistant farm manager will work with the farm manager to oversee day-to-day operation of the vegetable farm from seed to point of sale. This is the first season developing a brand new farm operation and we are building from the ground up. Exciting! In 2012 we are cultivating 2 ½ acres of vegetables, and plan to grow to over 15 acres over the next 5 years. Willowsford Farm is focused on retail distribution of high value crops, selling via CSA this year, and through a farm market and other outlets in the near future. The 2012 crew is 2 strong, with the intention of growing into 5 or more over the next few years.
The assistant manager should have several years of experience growing vegetables organically or sustainably, a good attitude, and a green thumb. Skills required include all aspects of production from seed to sales, including greenhouse management and crew supervision. The farm is open to the community, so strong customer relation skills will be favored. Experience with tractors and related equipment preferred.
This is a unique opportunity to become part of an exciting new kind of agriculture – an integrated community farm. We are looking for folks with flexibility, creativity, patience and positive attitude. Willowsford Farm is a beautiful site in the rolling terrain of Northern Virginia.
This is salaried position with benefits and off-site housing available. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Willowsford Farm is a part of the Willowsford Conservancy, located in Loudoun County, Virginia. The farm is growing within Willowsford, Virginia, a new, planned residential community, less than one hour from Washington, DC. A unique project, Willowsford is a 4,170 acre development of 2,174 families, of which approximately 2,000 acres has been set aside under the non-profit Conservancy to be managed as farm, forest, and natural open space.
We are committed to using organic practices to grow great fruits and vegetables and animal products for both community members and those living outside the community. We are growing Willowsford Farm so that it is integrated into the framework of the community, and manages and enhances the natural resources under its care. We are a member of Chesapeake CRAFT and part of a small but strong community of local growers.
For more information or to apply, please contact Michael Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org