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Job Listing for Vegetable Farm

Job Description

MMG is looking for seasonal labor on our diversified vegetable farm. We are a small family farm with limited staff, so potential candidates must be flexible, hard-working and willing to work well with a very small team. Candidate will be trained in various tasks and will be expected to learn quickly and accomplish many tasks solo. Preferred candidates will have a self-driving interest in small-scale farming.  Position could begin as early as April 1.

Responsibilities:

  • 20-40 hours a week outside (in full-sun or rain). The primary responsibilities will be planting, weeding, harvesting, and pack-out for farmers market and CSA sales. Worker will use hand tools and tractors regularly, and must be able to operate a vehicle.

Qualifications:

  • Strong work ethic and interest in horticulture and food!
  • Conscientious, energetic and hardworking
  • Physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, and able to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Work cooperatively with the farm owners and other field workers
  • Must have familiarity with a wide variety of produce, a desire to learn and expand knowledge
  • Strong communication and excellent people skills required
  • Must have ability to work independently, be self-motivated, a critical thinker/problem solver

Hourly pay based on experience.

Send resume with brief description of yourself and interests to:

malcolmsmarketgarden@gmail.com

See our website for more information

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Piedmont Environmental Council hiring a Community Farm Manager (Virginia)

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a Warrenton, Virginia based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature.

The Roundabout Meadows Community Farm will be located on a 141-acre PEC-owned property at Gilbert’s Corner in Loudoun County. This farm manager will work both on the ground at the farm and develop community relationships throughout the Loudoun County community.

PEC is seeking to hire a community farm manager to establish and manage PEC’s Roundabout Meadows Community Farm to grow produce for local food pantries. The vision for the Roundabout Meadows Community Farm is as a site for gathering, teaching, learning, producing and contributing to the health of the community.

Highly visible through its productivity, use of a volunteer workforce, and engagement with the community, the farm will promote the importance of land stewardship, access to fresh foods and community involvement. Through the farm manager’s coordination, volunteers will actively participate in local agriculture; local residents will have access to farm tours, educational workshops, and community gardens; and families in need throughout Loudoun County will benefit from increased access to fresh, healthy, locally produced fruits and vegetables.

For complete job description and how to apply, please read full posting here:

https://www.pecva.org/about/jobs-internships/1353-community-farm-manager

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AMI Fellowship

Applications Available for Farm and Food Education Fellowship

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking applicants for its Fellowship program. Now in its seventh year, the 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). AMI is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education based in Staunton, VA.

Phase I – Farm Study (April 22-October 31, 2018)

  • Explore local food system leadership opportunities and participate in school gardens, farmers markets, and other community events.
  • Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, permaculture design, and community development through expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.
  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more on our mountain farm in Highland County, VA.
  • Stay in handcrafted cabins, study in wifi-equipped common spaces, and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
  • Receive $1,000 upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Work (January 2- December 31, 2019)

  • Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education in Highland and Augusta Counties, Virginia.
  • Contribute to projects such as: growing food and increasing food access, teaching nutrition and cooking, creating infrastructure for local food systems, and developing school gardens and site-based curriculum.
  • Build leadership skills through monthly professional development sessions and continuing education opportunities.
  • Receive an annual salary of $18,000 (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly).

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. Applicants invited to participate in the Fellowship must pass a background check.

Applications are due by February 1, 2018 and are available at: www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete. For more information please e-mail jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org or call 540-886-0160.

AMI admits participants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws.

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Full Time Operations Manager and/or Farm Lease

Opportunity – Full time operations manager and/or Farm Lease

My family has owned and operated an orchard in Natural Bridge, VA for 28 years. We have about 2,000 mature trees, specializing in Asian Pears. I’ve very proud to say that my parents grew an extremely loyal customer base over the years, and we sell out of our crop each season. Asian pears are a unique fruit, and the ones we grow here at our farm are incredibly sweet and full flavored – we sell some varieties that other farms have but also have two popular hybrids that my mother developed that we alone sell. These hybrids were also developed for their disease resistance and their general ease of growing in our area.

The farm is 29 acres, about 22 acres planted (there is quite a bit of room to plant additional crops and trees). We also have a handful of chestnut trees, apples, persimmons, raspberry and blackberry bushes, and chinese date trees (jujubes). For many years we were certified organic, but about five years ago started spraying a few times a year for fungus and insect control (3-4 times total). We sell retail here at the farm in the fall, supply direct to a few restaurants, and also process a fair amount of mail orders each year. The orchard is truly a gem – it’s been featured in multiple publications (Southern Living, Washington Post, Gourmet). We’re located just a few miles south of historic Lexington, with excellent access to I-81 to those looking to commute.

This past year my father passed away, and my mother this past year has been looking into retirement. The orchard is currently for sale, and we are looking to sell it to someone who wants to preserve it as a working farm.

In anticipation of that transition, we would like to find someone to help oversee management of our few seasonal employees as well as someone motivated and able to do hands-on work when necessary.

The opportunity is flexible and would be determined by your personal farming goals. Similarly, compensation would be dependent on your experience.

Leasing is also an option, which of course would give more freedom to run the farm as you see fit. For those interested in leasing to own, there is a sizable homestead and arboretum. In any case, we would provide all necessary farm equipment and vehicles.

Please email virginiagoldorchard@gmail.com or call Valery at 646-379-9327 if you’re interested in learning more.

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