• 15Apr

    Picture of Maine FarmhouseMoodytown Gardens is a diversified farm located in Central Maine. They specialize in organic mixed vegetables but also grow flowers, herbs, pigs, poultry, and herbs. Products grown are sold through a CSA, at two farmers’ markets, to restaurants, stores, a multi-farm CSA, and at the farm stand.

    Expected tasks include animal chores, weeding, planting, harvesting, washing, and packing, along with many grounds and building jobs that arise. The work varies and workers are tasked based on their strengths and interests.

    Interns are given free room and board, beer if they drink it, and a small stipend. Interns live in the farm house with the farmers and other interns. Interns are asked to work 40-60 hour work weeks and are given one and a 1/2 days off a week. Interns are asked to cook 1-2 nights a week and expected to help keep the house neat.

    Maine Small Farm FieldsPeople who do well at Moodytown Gardens are folks who are self directed, fun loving, fast learners, flexible, and easy going.

    If you are interested in applying contact Johanna and Jarret at

    Moodytowngardens@gmail.com

    Or call them at 207 431 2860




  • 15Apr

    Job: Compliance Manager for Commercial Fruit & Vegetable Farm in Pittstown, New Jersey (Hunterdon County)

    Peach Trees in Bloom

    This person will be responsible for helping to complete our farm’s comprehensive food safety plan and then to implement and enforce the procedures from the field harvesting to postharvest handling.  This person will also be responsible for implementing the state’s Worker Protection Standards as per required by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Other duties include but are not limited to: helping with the produce deliveries, assisting with the postharvest handling and organizing the produce after it has been packed.

    We are looking at a mid-May start date for this position. This is a seasonal job. The end date will be after harvest season which will be sometime in Oct. We are projecting about 20 hours until harvest is in full swing and then the hours will increase to @ 30-40 hours per week.

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  • 14Apr

    The 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) Request for Applications has been posted!!!

    For 2014, $19.2 million is available for grants through the program.

    Applications must submit proposals by June 12, 2014.

    NIFA posted the RFA on their website which also has a wealth of  information about the program including notice of two upcoming webinars on the BFRDP

    • UPCOMING Webinar – General RFA introduction, April 30, 2-4pm (EST)

    • UPCOMING Webinar – For applicants with special audiences (includes veterans, socially disadvantaged, limited resource, and farm workers), May 6, 2-4pm (EST)

    NIFA uses three grant types to offer awards: Standard Grants, Educational Enhancement Team , and  Curriculum and Training Clearinghouse.

    Note: These grants are not for land, equipment, or other farm costs. The recipient must be a collaborative, State, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities, which may include: state cooperative extension service; community-based and nongovernmental organization; college or university (including institutions awarding associate degrees); or any other appropriate partner. Others may be eligible to apply.

  • 14Apr

    Unique Opportunity for a Young/Beginning/Aspiring Farmer:  Omega Lane Farm

    We are a small organic farm outside Rural Retreat, Virginia. We’re looking for a responsible and hard-working apprentice. In exchange for 25-29 hours of work we’re offering a furnished farmhouse, farm produce, and hands-on experience in our passive-solar greenhouse and gardens.

    Some of the things you will learn are: Germination; Companion Planting; Straw Bale Gardening; Gutter Gardening; Natural Pest Control; Food Processing Techniques; Marketing at a Farmers Market

    Position May 1st-October 1st (flexible), 2014

    If Interested, please contact Suzanne Capone at: 276-686-5843

  • 14Apr

    Farm Job in New York for 2014

    Blue Heron Farm, an established organic produce farm in Lodi, New York, is looking for full time help May through November, Tuesdays-Saturdays.

    Assist with planting, weeding, irrigating, picking, packing, and selling organic vegetables.  Experience desired, willingness to work hard a must. Carpooling from Ithaca a possibility. Starting pay $8.50 per hour, more with significant experience

    Check the website for more information and to download an application: Blueheronorganic.com or mail bluheron@empacc.net

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  • 13Apr

    Job: Assistant Herdsperson sought for 2014

    The Center for Discovery is a remarkable organization providing service to children and adults with developmental disabilities. We are located in scenic Sullivan County, New York just west of Monticello. This position will be responsible for Supervising all herd/animal husbandry operations and associated staff. Creating educational opportunities within the Center’s Animal Husbandry Program by integrating farming activities into meaningful work and educational experiences.

    Ideal candidate must have 5 years experience in animal husbandry preferably with the following animal groups: grass-fed and finished beef cattle and sheep, pastured pork and poultry for egg production. Interest in dairy a plus. Bachelor’s degree in related field required.

    We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefit package, including pension, 401k, medical, dental and vision. For more information and to apply, please visit our website at: www.thecenterfordiscovery.org . The Center for Discovery is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • 12Apr

    Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough North Carolina is looking for summer interns. They are accepting applications on a rolling base until all positions are filled.

    At Coon Rock Farm They believe part of their mission is training other like-minded people to grow crops and raise animals in a sustainable and earth-conscious way. As many as and 10 interns live and work on the farm in the busy summer months and at least 4 interns live and work on the farm year-round.  As a family farm, interns are expected to work and live along side family members in all normal farm chores including planting, weeding, and harvesting of crops and the humane care of our varied livestock (cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, and dogs}. Their goal is to teach what they have learned from their years of farming and also to learn from our interns as they share their own unique experiences and perspectives.

    Here are a few more details:

    Interns are expected to work hard. A typical summer schedule is a 10 hour day with a rest during the hottest part of the day.  Everyone works at least 5 days per week and often 6 days in the busiest times.  Winter is a little slower than summer but there is still a lot to do each day.

    Interns are expected to participate in all farm activities including animal care. Coon Rock is a multi-species crop/animal farm and has no room for interns who are morally opposed to eating meat. If you prefer a vegetarian diet for health or personal choice reasons, that’s fine and you are welcome. But if you are offended by the raising and processing of animals for food, you will not be happy here.

    Tasks include planting, picking, weeding, feeding and watering animals, as well as some animal processing (we do the chickens on farm), and selling. Coon Rock has an on farm market and sells at several local farmers markets. There is always something to do.

    Interns are expected to be clean, neat, industrious, non-smokers, non-drug users and tolerant of others. Non-smoking means that you do not use tobacco or any other “weed” at any time.

    You can not bring pets to the farm.  They have lots of animals already and can’t handle working pets into the mix.

    They provide each intern with a place to live, food to eat, and a small stipend for spending cash. If you are looking for a high paying job, this is not the place for you. If, however, you have a love of learning and want to learn more about growing healthy, sustainable food and local food economies then this just might be your spot.

    They prefer that you live on the farm for the internship as it is just easier and takes less fuel. Accommodations may include a room in a house or a travel trailer parked in the woods (you won’t know who goes where until all the interns are selected). All in all. They are pretty laid back and easy to get along with and like interns that are as well. It’s all about working hard while learning and having fun.

    ​​Please find the application at http://coonrockfarm.com/internships/.

  • 10Apr

    There are a number of local Young Farmers Coalition meetings this month. See below for meetings in Texas, New Mexico, New York, and California, and visit the National Young Farmers Coalition website for more information.

    Texas Young Farmers Coalition – 3rd Wednesday at Black Star Coop
    AUSTIN, TX: April 16th
    Grab a brew or a bite to eat with the TXYFC at Black Star Coop Pub and Brewery every 3rd Wednesday of the month! Chat with other folks interested in Texas agriculture, from farming and gardening to permaculture and aquaponics. All are welcome! 7pm-9pm.

    Rio Grande Farmers Coalition Spring Potluck
    ALBUQUERQUE, NM: April 17th
    Join the Rio Grande Farmers Coalition for a spring potluck to discuss the growning season, events, collaboration opportunities, irrigation, and more. Please bring a dish, a friend, and the beverage of your choice. RSVP for the potluck here.

    Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition Spring Soiree
    STANFORDVILLE, NY: April 26th
    Join other Hudson Valley young and beginning farmers for a spring potluck before the season gets under way!  The event will feature live music and donated beer – further details will be posted on the HVYFC website.

    New Farmers of the Central Coast
    CENTRAL COAST, CA – April (exact date TDB)
    A “meet and greet” is planned for this April by the New Farmers of the Central Coast.  Stay tuned for more information, or visit their website to get involved.

  • 10Apr

    Tractor 101*
    Sunday, April 27, 2014
    The Community Farm of Simsbury/ Gifts of Love
    Simsbury, Connecticut
    1pm-3pm
    $20 CT NOFA Member, $30 Public

    This workshop will focus on developing, implementing and improving systems for mechanical tractor cultivation on your small farm as well as basic tractor maintenance and equipment purchasing. It includes specific examples of various cultivation equipment and techniques used on Provider Farm. Max Taylor and his wife Kerry own and operate Provider Farm, a 15 acre mixed vegetable farm in Salem CT. Prior to startingProvider Farm in 2012, Max worked on various organic farms in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.

    For more information and online registration click HERE or visit ctnofa.org

    Upcoming CT NOFA Workshops:
    Crop and Gardening Planning
    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    Massaro Community Farm, Woodbridge, CT
    10:30am

    Raising Chickens on a Diversified Farm
    Saturday, June 14, 2014, 1pm-3pm
    Millstone Farm
    Wilton, CT

    Soil Biology
    Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    The Community Farm of Simsbury
    Simsbury, CT
    Time TBD

    *This Program is a cooperative effort of CT NOFA, The Community Farm of Simsbury, the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, and the Risk Management Agency/USDA.This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

  • 09Apr

    Common Ground Farm (www.commongroundfarm.org) is a non-profit ecological vegetable farm in the Hudson River Valley of New York. In 2002 CGF was founded by members of the Beacon community who were intent on finding healthy, chemically-free, locally grown vegetables. The farm ran an active CSA for many years, but as of 2013 production was scaled back to help our land regenerate. We are now growing food on 2.5 acres (and in a high tunnel) for farmer’s markets, local restaurants, food-justice programs, and food donation. We run educational programs for children and adults year-round. The farm is located on the grounds of Stonykill Environmental Education Center, a state-run demonstration farm and nature preserve of 700 acres. CGFleases 9 acres from Stonykill. We are not intensively mechanized, using a small tractor for ground preparation and some cultivation. The rest is done lovingly by hand, including planting, weeding and harvesting. We grow a diverse selection of veggies, fruits, herbs, and cut flowers. Over 50 different types are grown, including many interesting and heirloom varieties.

    In 2014 we will offer two full-season field apprenticeships.Common Ground Farm Field

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