• 22Aug

    Groundswell (Ithaca, New York) Incubator Farm 2015 applications now open


    Mo Myint trellises cucumbers on his father’s plot at the Incubator Farm.

    Click HERE to download 2015 Application Materials

    We’re now accepting applications for the 2015 season at the Groundswell Incubator Farm, located in the Town of Ithaca, at EcoVillage.

    At the Farm, you can rent a quarter-acre plot that comes equipped with drip irrigation, tools and equipment including a walk-behind tractor, storage shed, 8-foot deer fence,  and a hoophouse.  Incubator Farmers also receive one-on-one mentoring from experienced farmers, and participate in a variety of  training workshops, Groundswell’s Farm Business Planning Course, and the Finger Lakes CRAFT network.

    To be considered for early-decisions, applications are due by November 21st. However applications will continue to be accepted until February 1st, 2015.  Please contact us now to get the conversation started.  Our Incubator Coordinator, Devon Van Noble, can be reached at devon@groundswellcenter.org or (607)319-5095. More…

    More information about Finding Land to Farm at: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/finding-land-to-farm/

  • 24Jul

    Learn the ins and outs of farm marketing with the Growing Farmers Initiative at Stone Barns Center!

    Developing Your Farm Marketing Plan
    Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (Hudson Valley, New York)
    July 30, 2014, 2-5PM

    Developing your farm’s marketing and outlet strategy is a vital part of your future success. Should you join a farmers market, start a CSA, or both? How can your business appeal to a customer’s behavioral habits and attract a wider range of shoppers? Join marketing specialists Matt LeRoux and Chris Wayne for an introduction to marketing strategy development and customer behavior at farmers markets.

    For more information, visit the Virtual Grange: http://www.virtualgrange.org/july-30-2014-developing-your-farm-marketing-plan/

  • 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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  • 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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  • 08Apr

    The Healing Gardens at The Center for Discovery in Monticello, New York have 2 openings for interns for the 2014 season starting April 1st to November 15th.

    The Center for Discovery is a large care facility for adults and children with multiple disabilities or with autism. The healing garden program grows medicinal and culinary herbs that are processed mostly for the agency use. From seed to garden to product, residents are involved in each step. The gardens are organic and Demeter certified.

    This is a paid position including housing, 40 hours a week with light weekend duties. The apprenticeship is mainly centered on the everyday hands-on work, as well as some other learning opportunities. The ideal candidate would need to have been exposed for 1 season to agricultural work and seriously interested in biodynamic and organic farming, with the option to join the Biodynamic apprenticeship program https://www.biodynamics.com/nabdap

    Contact Jean-David Derreumaux at jderreumaux@tcfd.org

  • 15Mar

    Farm to Market Conference – March 30th, 2014 – Hurleyville, New York

    A day of networking and education about the most current topics in local food marketing. Gather with local food advocates from across the region including farmers, retailers, restauranteurs, specialty food producers, distributors, farmers’ market staff, and economic development practitioners.

    Workshops will be offered on profitability, new markets, scaling up and beginning farming. Educational topics will be suited towards vegetable, livestock and dairy producers. The tradeshow will feature several networking opportunities, including a Farm Hack, Food Hub/Wholesale meet up, Pure Catskills Marketplace, Catskills FarmLink Up for landowners and seekers and local food sampling. Featured speakers and workshop leaders will share perspectives from both the metropolitan and upstate marketplaces.

    For more information:

    -visit PureCatskills.com

    -contact Beth McKellips at bmckellips@nycwatershed.org or (607) 865-7090

  • 29Jul

    Capital District Community Gardens in Troy New York is offering a Community Garden Organizer Job for 2013, 2014

    Capital Region (Albany, Troy, Schenectady), New York. Capital District Community Gardens works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.

    The Garden Organizer provides direct assistance to CDCG community gardeners and hands-on oversight of CDCG’s 49 community garden sites. Bachelor’s Degree is required.  Experience and/or interest in gardening is preferred.  Successful candidate will be a self-starter, high energy and enjoy working outdoors and independently.  Must enjoy working with a diverse group of people and have strong organizational skills.  Good computer and writing skills are a big plus.  Commitment to the mission of CDCG.   (See website at www.cdcg.org )


    Outreach and Education: 1) Work with gardeners to ensure that each plot is effectively utilized & maintained through the year; 2) Communicate regularly with each site’s garden coordinator; 3)Outreach to various groups to encourage participation in a community garden 4) Register gardeners for their plots each year and conduct orientation meetings for new participants; 5) Organize and participate in work parties for each site twice a year: 6) Coordinate mini cleanup days for gardeners throughout the season; 7)Assist gardeners throughout the season with gardening education and problem solving of all kinds.

     Site Work: 1) Lead the preparation of each site in the Spring, including tilling and staking plots; 2) Conduct garden inspections during the season; 3) Contact gardeners as needed and follow up when necessary; 4) Perform regular garden maintenance functions and assist with organizational landscaping projects; 5) With direction from the Program Manager and Executive Director, develop new garden sites.

     Leadership: 1) Coordinate with staff, city employees, volunteers and others to prepare, improve and develop sites; 2) Recruit, organize and supervise volunteers and interns to assist with projects on an on-going basis.

    Administration: 1) Keep accurate records for all matters connected with the gardening program; 2) Solicit in-kind donations from businesses and acknowledge contributions when received; 3) Assist other staff with various projects as needed.

    SALARY & BENEFITS: This position is a full-time year-round position, paid on an hourly basis ($10/hour) with a minimum work week of 40 hours. When overtime is necessary (particularly in the Spring and Fall) overtime will be paid.  Fully paid health insurance and partly paid dental insurance.  Generous vacation and holiday policy.  Retirement plan.  Flexible work environment.

    Send cover letter and resume to:

    Sharon DiLorenzo, Program Manager

    Capital District Community Gardens

    40 River Street, Troy NY 12180

    email:  trees@cdcg.org

  • 13Jul

    Growing New Farmers: A Gathering in Ithaca New York, July 18th 2013

    The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming invites you to a very special Community Gathering at The Sustainability Center, 111 North Albany Street in downtown Ithaca, on Thursday, July 18, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  

    They’ll explain exactly what the new Groundswell Incubator Farm is and how it works. A clue: It does not hatch baby chicks. Come to the gathering to find out!

    If you care about food, if you’re committed to sustainability and social justice, or if you’re just curious about what Groundswell does, we hope you’ll join us for this important conversation about the future of our local food system.  Come enjoy local snacks and beverages, chat with some awesome new farmers, and find out how Groundswell is helping to grow new farmers through innovative training and business incubation programs.

    Nearly 300 aspiring farmers, food entrepreneurs and activist have taken courses offered by Groundswell. At least 30 of them have gone on to launch a new farm enterprise. OnJuly 18 you can learn more about them, hear their stories, and find out why It Takes a Community to Grow a Farmer.

    You don’t have to be a farmer to be part of this Groundswell!  There are many ways you can help Grow Your Farmer and support our local food system, from volunteering at the Incubator Farm, to sponsoring one of our trainees.  Find out how – and why – on July 18. Share your ideas about how Ithaca can take the next step in building a truly Community Supported Agriculture.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 607-319-5095.

  • 30Jun

    Essentials of Organic Grain Growing Field Day in New York, July 10th, 2013

    NOFA-NY is hosting a field day on July 10th from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Lineage Farm: 492 Route 217, Hudson, NY. Please join NOFA-NY for a workshop entitled Essentials of Organic Grain Growing. You can grow grains on your small farm! Learn how to make good use of your land with grain rotations using heritage and modern strains of wheat, rye, field corn (for milling), and more. At this workshop designed to help you plant a crop as early as fall 2013, Lineage Farm’s Jen Carson and Jon Ronsani will show off their fall-sown wheat and this year’s polenta corn. NOFA-NY Grain Coordinator Robert Perry and OGRIN’s Elizabeth Dyck will be walking the fields with Jen and Jon. They will all contribute to a thorough explanation of the essentials of organic grain growing, including variety and seed sourcing, planting and monitoring the crop, and harvesting at the appropriate point for processing. Find out how to assess your grain crop’s quality and its potential for direct marketing, wholesale to millers and malt houses, or even for animal feed. To top it all off, we’ll see some small-scale grain-growing and processing equipment in action, and talk about making use of the equipment and on-going education available through New York’s grain-growing community.

    To register, and for more information, click “read more”…

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  • 22Mar

    Job: Distribution Crew at The Good Food Collective, New York, 2013

    Note: This job is not provided by beginningfarmers.org.  Please apply directly through the organization offering the job.  Please click “read more” at the bottom of this post to link to application instructions.

    The Good Food Collective is seeking a member for its distribution crew, starting June 3, application due May 1.

    The Good Food Collective is a multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project offering membership programs that connect people to local, sustainable foods and some of the best farmers in the Rochester, New York area. They are a project of Headwater Foods, a Community Food Enterprise creating a value-filled, year-round supply chain of local, sustainable foods.

    For more details and how to apply, click “read more”

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