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Organic Farm Education Internship – Live Earth Farm – Santa Cruz, CA
Posted by Marissa Grossman on September 17, 2008 at 12:26 pm
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Description:
Live Earth Farm, established in 1996, is a 45 acre diversified, organic, family farm overlooking the Green Valley in the Santa Cruz area of California.  We offer a year round CSA with 700 members during the regular season.  We grow 40 different fruits and vegetables ranging from perennial fruit trees to a wide variety of annual crops.  We sell our produce at four area farmer’s markets and through a 700 member CSA program.

We are offering a new Farm Educator Internship this school year. This internship will have a unique focus on our education programs. The intern will spend at least 50% of their time on these activities and the other 50% on farm tasks. Education programs include: a weekly visit by 7th and 8th grade Montessori students, half day farm tours for students of all ages and two afternoons a week with middle school students from a local charter school.

The position will involve leading farm tours, working with ongoing farm education programs and some office work such as scheduling farm tours and processing deposits and payments.  Farm tasks include vegetable and fruit production and marketing, animal care and greenhouse management.

Qualifications:
The right person for this position will be able to demonstrate experience and basic theoretical knowledge in organic and sustainable food production systems. Ideally, you will have worked an entire season on a farm or garden project and be bilingual in Spanish.  This is a learning experience, we expect you to arrive with a good work ethic and a positive attitude.  Please be aware that farming is hard work and we require a full season commitment.  This is a position for someone seriously interested in sustainable farming, food, and community education.  It can serve as a stepping stone to pursue a career as an educator and/or farmer, as we offer the opportunity to learn the ropes of a small scale organic farming operation and farm education nonprofit.

Duration:
We ask that you arrive on the farm at the end of October.  This will give our Education Programs Coordinator, Jessica an opportunity to work with you one on one.  We ask that you stay through the end of May so that you can participate in the full school year cycle.  An additional summer internship is also a possibility.

Hours:
40 hrs/wk

Compensation:
A private room and communal kitchen, a stipend of $400/month and all of the fruit, vegetables, eggs, and goat’s milk you could want.

Application Procedure:
To apply please send a resume and an e-mail describing your interests and why you would like to be an intern at Live Earth Farm to: Jessica Ridgeway, , or call: (831)763-2448.

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Farm Manager – Full Circle Farm – Sunnyvale, CA
Posted by Marissa Grossman on September 17, 2008 at 12:14 pm
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About the farm:
Full Circle Farm is a brand new 11-acre nonprofit, educational farm in the heart of Silicon Valley. Nestled in a residential neighborhood on the back half of a local middle school, we are part of a community-focused, educational organization dedicated to bringing fresh local food and environmental and nutrition education to both students and community. 

We currently have 2.5 acres in production, and are looking for an experienced farmer to help us expand. The ideal candidate will be wholly dedicated to sustainable farming methods and utilizing our community’s involvement.

Full Circle Farm hopes to create a model system of growing healthy food for the school district and immediate community, with an emphasis on bringing affordably-priced produce to low income households. It will also serve as an inspiring green open space that showcases the importance of a healthy local food system, good nutrition and sustainable building and agricultural practices.

As Farm Manager, you will serve as the public face for an open and welcoming farming operation. You will coordinate all aspects of food production, from planning and production of a mix of crops for sale in diverse markets, to directing farm staff, interns, and volunteers, to developing and overseeing distribution and sales. You will work with and report to the Executive Staff.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Plan, grow and monitor crops and fruit trees, coordinating all aspects of farming and orchard operations
  • Develop distribution infrastructure for diverse markets and coordinate sales, harvest and delivery of product to the school district, farm stand, and other customers
  • Develop and implement organic soil fertility plan and pest management plan
  • Oversee tillage and cultivation, including safe operation of farm equipment; oversee irrigation, and greenhouse propagation
  • Execute basic maintenance of farm equipment, vehicles, buildings, irrigation system and greenhouse
  • Maintain planting and production records, including meeting certification requirements for farmer’s markets
  • Manage farm staff, train apprentices, and lead volunteers
  • Work at least one Saturday per month

Skills and qualifications:

  • Commitment to Full Circle Farm’s mission & vision
  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills, able to work with people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds of all ages with respect and patience
  • Commitment to organic, sustainable farming methods
  • 2-3 seasons organic farming experience, including management of farm staff and/or volunteers
  • Able to drive a tractor and utilize farm equipment in a safe and effective manner
  • Able to effectively manage a small farm labor team and diverse volunteer base
  • Knowledge of soils, composting, and cover cropping
  • Experience with drip irrigation equipment and practices
  • Excellent record keeping and good computer skills
  • High standards of ethics and integrity
  • Understanding/flexibility around the unique challenges of starting a new farm operation
  • Able to lift 50+ pounds
  • Good DMV record; Able to pass background check
  • Spanish speaking a plus, but not required

Compensation:
$33,000 per year, plus health benefits. No housing is available at this time, but may become possible in the future.

To apply:
Please send your resume and a cover letter no later than October 15, 2008 to Liz Snyder, Program Director, liz[at]fullcirclesunnyvale[dot]org. Position starts November 1st.

On the web at:

http://www.fullcirclesunnyvale.org

Liz Snyder
Program Director
Full Circle Farm
liz@fullcirclesunnyvale.org
650-283-9360

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Sharing the Harvest Project Coordinator/Farmer
Posted by Marissa Grossman on September 17, 2008 at 12:06 pm
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YMCA: Dartmouth YMCA 
Location: Dartmouth, MA. 
Class: Non-Exempt (Part-Time) 

Job Description
The Sharing the Harvest Community Farm Project is currently seeking a seasonal part-time farmer for the 2009 growing season. 

The Sharing the Harvest Community Farm Project is a collaboration between the Dartmouth YMCA, United Way of Greater New Bedford, and the Hunger Commission of Southeastern Massachusetts (a program of United Way). 

Sharing the Harvest is a community farm run by volunteers.  It was established in 2006 as a grassroots effort to alleviate hunger for children and families throughout the Southcoast region.  Through the efforts of more than 500 volunteers of all ages and abilities, thousands of children and families from Fall River to Wareham received over 15000lbs of produce in 2008.   

The Dartmouth YMCA is currently seeking a part-time season farmer from March to Mid-November to serve as the key component of our unique farming operation.  The farmer is responsible to plan, cultivate, manage, and harvest the crops.  In addition the farmer should be comfortable with soils and fertilization in order to produce healthy plants.  Sharing the Harvest is proud of its culture in sustainability and alternate farming methods. 

This position requires someone who enjoys working outdoors and has a background in farming, farm equipment, and planting.  He/She should be patient, persistent and self- motivated.  Flexibility and a practical approach to solving problems is useful.  Need to keep up with the latest in cultivation and harvesting methods. 

Additionally, the farmer should be comfortable working with volunteers, building relationships, leading farming education and seeking potential donors. 

Applicants please mail or send electronically a letter of interest plus resume or equivalent description of your relevant experience, background and skills to: 

Derek Heim 
Branch Executive Director 
Dartmouth YMCA 
276 Gulf Road 
Dartmouth, MA. 02748 
dheim@ymcasouthcoast.org 

Deadline: October 31, 2008 or until filled.  Qualifying candidates will be invited for an interview.   
For additional information or to schedule a visit to the property, please contact Derek Heim at dheim@ymcasouthcoast.org or through phone at 508-993-3361. 

SALARY RANGE:  $16,000-$17,500 (Eight Month Position)

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Grower’s Assistant – The Food Project – Lincoln, MA
Posted by Marissa Grossman on September 15, 2008 at 2:24 pm
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The Food Project is seeking two Grower’s Assistants for the 2009 growing season.  Applicants for these positions should have high energy for and interest in sustainable agriculture and youth development, as well as a commitment to teamwork.  They should also have creative energy for making a difference in the world and a passion for the vision of The Food Project.

The Grower’s Assistants will work with the Lincoln Farm Manager on our 31-acre farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts, growing, marketing, and distributing produce to shelters, soup kitchens, CSA, and Farmers’ Markets.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in organic crop production/agriculture experience.
  • Experience organizing groups safely and productively.
  • Experience teaching young people in outdoor setting.
  • Experience with/interest in farm equipment.
  • Experience and interest in teaching about sustainable agriculture.
  • Interest in CSA/greenhouse.
  • Dependable, responsible, independent, and open to learning.
  • Willing to work a flexible schedule.
  • Team-oriented individuals with a good sense of humor.

Compensation:
This is a full-time position from April 1 – November 1, 2009. Worker’s compensation and employer sponsored health insurance. Salary of $600 per week.

Responsibilities:
April – June

  • Prepare field equipment for the season.
  • Assist with field preparation and planting.
  • Supervise and teach volunteer groups.
  • Assist with additional aspects of CSA and greenhouse.

June – September

  • Assist with daily field operations during summer youth program.
  • Implement distribution of vegetables to shelters, Farmers’ Market, and CSA shareholders.
  • Assist with additional aspects of CSA and greenhouse. 

September – October

  • Continue Farmers’ Market and shelter produce distribution.
  • Supervise and teach volunteer groups.
  • Prepare sites for winter season.
  • Assist with additional aspects of CSA and greenhouse.

Ongoing Responsibilities:

  • Maintain orderly site for all visitors.
  • Attend staff meetings and other staff functions.

Recruitment Process:
We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates and contact ONLY those individuals selected to continue in the search process.
Please send resume and cover letter via email to:
Electronic submission is greatly preferred, or correspondence can be mailed to:

Hiring Manager
The Food Project
PO Box 705
Lincoln, MA  01773
or faxed to: (781) 259-9659
The Food Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The position will be filled when desired candidate is found.

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Ecological Farming Conference Food Donations Coordinator – Watsonville, CA
Posted by Marissa Grossman on September 11, 2008 at 12:40 pm
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The Ecological Farming Association, presenter of the Ecological Farming Conference and other sustainable agriculture events for 29 years, is seeking an experienced, energetic, detail-oriented and organized Food Donations Coordinator to join our staff. The ideal candidate will be computer and database savvy with great interpersonal skills and interest in/knowledge of organic and natural foods.

Target Hire Date: September 22, 2008. 32 – 40 hours per week. This position is temporary through February 15, 2009 and not eligible for benefits, except to the extent required by provision of law. Non-exempt, hourly $15 – $20/hour depending on experience.

Job Description

The Food Donations Coordinator will support the Conference Food Coordinator in the production of delicious organic meals, snacks and reception catering for the 1500 participants of the annual Ecological Farming Conference (January 21 – 24, 2009) by coordinating the procurement of food for the program, mostly through donations from organic and natural foods companies and farms.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage Filemaker database of potential donors.
  • Manage donor solicitation through letters, e-mail and phone.
  • Coordinate donation shipping and deliveries.
  • Place orders for donation shortfalls.
  • Coordinate with communications staff for food program information in the conference program, signage, and table cards.
  • Receive and organize donated and purchased items at conference, trouble shooting with Food Coordinator for shorted items and substitutions.
  • Coordinate donor and venue appreciation activities.
  • Support Food Coordinator onsite at the conference (January 19 – 24, 2009) in implementing planned menus and food, and organizing ingredients for meals, catering, snack bars, and farmers market
  • Participate in post-conference wrap up and evaluation.

The Food Donations Coordinator will be assigned other conference duties as needed, including customer service and registration.

To apply, please forward a cover letter, resume, and three references to FoodDonor@eco-farm.org. No calls please.

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Farm to Chef Distribution Internship – New York, NY
Posted by Marissa Grossman on September 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm
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Farm to Chef is an innovative company linking small family farms with New York City Restaurants.  The mission is to provide exceptional local product to New York’s top chefs while helping farmers prosper with access to new markets.  They provide a wide variety of products – from fruit and vegetables, meat, eggs, dairy, award-winning cheeses and more – from our base of farms located in and around Washington County, NY.  

They are seeking an intern to accompany weekly deliveries and learn the ins and outs of farm to restaurant distribution as our company grows. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Available for a full day of Wednesday deliveries that begin at 7am
  • Assist distribution of farm-fresh foods to restaurants around New York City

Critical Skills:

  • Interest in local food systems
  • Eager to learn
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to do some heavy lifting
  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather

They are also seeking an intern to help with administration and research on critical issues for local farm distribution such as grant opportunities, website development, distribution alternatives, producer standards and more.

Contact Amy Thompson at  for more information.

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Garden Educator – Wildcat Wellness Center – Oakland, CA
Posted by Marissa Grossman on September 11, 2008 at 10:32 am
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The Wildcats Wellness Center is an on-campus student support center providing Oakland High School students a wide range of academic support, college preparation, employment opportunities, health services, and leadership development. The East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC) serves as the Wildcats Wellness Center’s implementing agency, and seeks to hire a Garden Educator to provide in-school and after-school garden education at Bella Vista Elementary School and surrounding neighborhood schools.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Maintain school/community garden at Bella Vista Elementary School;
  2. Provide in-school and after-school garden education classes at Bella Vista Elementary School;
  3. Coordinate the work of up to four AmeriCorps Members at Roosevelt Middle School, Franklin Elementary School, Garfield Elementary School, and Manzanita Community School, including joint projects;
  4. Assist in the planning and organization of the Oakland High School Health Fair
  5. Assist in training of Nutrition Education High School Interns.

Desired Qualifications

  1. One year work experience in health education;
  2. Knowledge of garden education content and instructional practices;
  3. Proven ability to effectively work with high school students;
  4. Proven ability to effectively work with parents;
  5. Strong commitment to improving the lives of young people.

Dates of Service: September 8, 2008 to May 29, 2009
Schedule: TBD
Salary: $21.00 per hour for 32 hours per week
(this is a part-time temporary position)
# of Positions: One Position

Apply On-Line at www.ebayc.org

For More Information
Contact Susan Yee
Managing Director – Wildcats Wellness Center
E-Mail:

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Capacity Building Coordinator – World Hunger Year – New York, NY
Posted by Marissa Grossman on September 5, 2008 at 11:43 am
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WHY (World Hunger Year) is a leading advocate for innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty. WHY challenges society to confront these problems by advancing models that create self-reliance, economic justice, and equal access to nutritious and affordable food.

The Capacity Building Coordinator would be responsible for working with grassroots organizations from around the country who are interested in integrating Community Food Security (community gardens/farms, farmers’ markets, etc.) approaches into their current work. The coordinator would also help write various capacity building resources, help plan public events, perform project evaluation and follow up, conduct national site visits and contribute to general programmatic work. This is a unique position that requires someone with strong people-skills, motivation and creative thinking.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree and minimum 1-3 years full-time work experience in hunger and/or food systems work
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Event planning experience desirable
  • Self starter, able to take initiative and work independently a must
  • Grant writing experience desirable
  • Flexible attitude and good sense of humor a must

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to  or by mail to:

WHY
ATTN: RIA- Capacity Building Coordinator
505 8th Avenue, suite 2100
New York, NY 10018

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Eat Well Guide Internships/Externships
Posted by Marissa Grossman on August 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm
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Telecommute From Any College Campus in the US or Canada

The Eat Well Guide is seeking college interns/externs throughout the United States and Canada who are interested in food issues and would like to increase their research and marketing skills by helping expand the Eat Well Guide, a free online directory of sustainable food sources. While most experiences will revolve around updating and promoting the Guide, this is an incredible opportunity for interns with a passion for food and health to learn more about the industry.

Eat Well Guide interns will work from our New York City office, and externs will telecommute from their home or campus to help bring exposure to small farmers, retailers, and chefs who are committed to providing local, sustainable food products. In the process, interns/externs will gain an exceptional view into the rapidly increasing sustainable food movement; and through their research, they will interact with some fascinating people across the United States and Canada. Interested students should be organized, detail oriented, conversant in writing and on the telephone, and enjoy working independently as well as with other likeminded people.

Upcoming projects for the Eat Well Guide team include the launch and promotion of an online travel tool, enabling users to find good food on the road through an interactive map on the website. We are also working on promotion of the Eat Well Guide through the use of innovative new media outlets.

Interested students should be organized, detail oriented, conversant in writing and on the telephone, and enjoy working independently as well as with other like-minded people.  

Other qualifications: College/graduate students who can commit to a minimum of 10 hours/week either during the semester or summer.  Opportunities are also available for shorter intern programs during school breaks. Hours are flexible, but regularity is important. We offer a small stipend for local travel and lunch on days in which you work 4 hours or more.

How to Apply:  Please email a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to or fax to (212) 726-9160. In either case, please note “Eat Well Guide Internship/Externship.”

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Farm to School Coordinator – Community Alliance with Family Farmers – Watsonville, CA
Posted by Marissa Grossman on August 14, 2008 at 10:31 am
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Organization:  The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies, and promotes social justice. CAFF is a membership organization guided by a board of directors that includes family farmers and others who are passionate about food, farming and the environment. In its program areas, CAFF is working to promote and enhance biological farming and California’s local food systems.

Description of the position:  Farm-to-School is a comprehensive approach to nutrition education, teaching children about where their food is grown, how to prepare farm-fresh foods, and the benefits of healthy eating. The ultimate goal is for school-aged children to be nourished by fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms. The Central Coast Farm-to-School Project Coordinator will share responsibility for activities in elementary schools located in Alisal Union School District in Salinas.  Activities include: bringing students out to farms and farmers into classrooms, conducting cooking lessons with students, and working with parents in the district. The coordinator will be working with elementary school children, parents, school administrators and staff.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and implement farm-related nutrition education including field trips to local farms and farmer visits to the classroom.
  • Coordinate and implement cooking classes and seasonal produce tastings at school sites.
  • Develop, assimilate, and utilize standards-linked nutrition and agricultural education curriculum.
  • Organize Farm-to-School stakeholder meetings at school sites and at a regional level.
  • Attend Farm-to-School related meetings on the Central Coast.
  • Represent CAFF and participate in community activities and events.
  • Provide administrative support to the Central Coast office.

Minimal Qualifications: 

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Bicultural or experience working with Latino populations
  • Enjoy working with children
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Resourceful and able to perform a variety of administrative and organizational tasks with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work well in a detail-oriented environment, exhibit flexibility, work on multiple tasks simultaneously and adjust to competing priorities
  • Flexibility to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as collaborate with others in a team setting
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and the Internet
  • Reliable transportation and willingness to travel around the Central Coast
  • Willing to work occasional evenings and weekends

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with elementary school students
  • Experience in gardening, farming or produce sales
  • Knowledge of farming on the Central Coast
  • Nutrition and/or cooking background

Compensation:  Position pays $15-20 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications.

To apply:  Submit a cover letter and resume to Ildi Carlisle-Cummins, CAFF, 406 Main St., Suite 406, Watsonville, CA 95076. Contact Ildi at (831) 761-8507 or for additional information.

Application Deadline:  Open until filled.

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