School of Adaptive Agriculture, applications due June 1!

posted May 30, 2019

Start Farming Now! Learn how at The School of Adaptive Agriculture:

“Now that spring is in full effect having the ability to grow your own food definitely comes to mind. Here at the School of Adaptive Agriculture we have been busy preparing the next generation of farmers. Our Practicum Program is for adults who have decided to enter the sustainable food system. If you want to be among the million new farmers and leaders the US needs in order to transform agriculture, please join us for a 13 week residency program. Our campus is located on a historic 5,000 acre working ranch in Willits, Northern California.

We offer a combination of experiential learning, practicing and working alongside farmers, which we find essential for pursuing new creative, profitable and sustainable ways to grow food. Classroom education is designed to set students up with a specific vocabulary, skill set, and theoretical understanding of small scale agriculture. Weekly field trips bring a unique learning experience, providing students with a diverse preview and a network to help launch them into a new career.”

The Summer Program starts on July 22nd, 2019 and ends on October 18, 2019. Applications are due Saturday, June 1st, 2019.

To learn more about the program please visit: www.adaptiveagriculture.org or send an email to office@adaptiveagriculture.org.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

The School of Adaptive Agriculture is looking for a special kind of student. Someone who:

  •       Interested in practicing stewardship and being a part of positive change
  •       Asks thoughtful questions
  •       Is innovative, creative, driven, active and collaborative
  •       Is excited about living rustically and rurally
  •       Is 18 years or older (no upper limit!)
  •       Does not necessarily have previous experience in agriculture     

Celebrating Young Farmers on the Big Screen

posted May 30, 2019

Reading young farmers’ stories and poems in The New Farmer’s Almanac is one way to discover the expansive terrain of farming today. Seeing it in real life takes it to the next level. And because most of us live in cities, getting out to see the landscape of crop rotations, new born chicks and apricot trees can be a difficult task. Fortunately, there is an ever growing collection of documentary films that showcase the farmers of our future.

One of these films is The Biggest Little Farm, which chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet. Opened in theaters May 10th. Marion Nestle of “Food Politics” writes an intriguing review on the film on her blog.

If you can swing it, come on up and join Greenhorns at Reversing Hall in Pembroke, Maine this August for our Summer Camp Film Festival Series!! On top of the amazing workshops throughout the summer, Movie Nights will feature inspiring and eye opening films about the journeys of young farmer activists engaging with the food system for a more biodiverse future. Come for the high quality film, stay for the cozy velvet sofas and seaweed sprinkled popcorn. Stay tuned for more details and the full line up of films!


Hickory Hill Farm is now Hiring!

posted March 21, 2019

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Garry and Susan Shaw own Hickory Hill Farm along with their daughter and son in law Jennifer and Josh Johns.  Hickory Hill Farm is a generational family farm and Josh and Jennifer are the sixth generation to farm the land. The farm is a 204-acre tract of land located in Oglethorpe County in North East Georgia in Glade community just north of Lexington, GA.  The land, now known as Hickory Hill Farm, was given to Susan’s family as a land grant by the State of Georgia in 1852.

In 2009, the family made the decision to move the farm into an organic, sustainable, four season, intensive vegetable operation and at that time Hickory Hill Farm was established. It has been a lot of work but worth every minute of it. It is definitely a lifestyle and we love it.

Hickory Hill currently has eight acres under USDA Organic Certification and is growing fruit and vegetables year-round for the Freedom Farmers’ Market at the Carter Center in Atlanta and Athens Farmers Market Bishop Park and Creature Comforts in Athens, as well as, Collective Harvest CSA and local restaurants.

Garry, Susan, Josh, and Jennifer are attempting to recover a way of life for their family and save their generational heritage in farming. Garry and Susan are most excited to introduce their grandchildren to sustainable farming and land management. Josh and Jennifer now have three children, and their hope is to pass healthy, viable land on to them one day to own and manage their own farming endeavors.

We believe deeply in healthy local organic food, being a good steward of the land, educating consumers about their food, as well as, creating change in the “Food Movement” in our country.  
 

“The land is important to us and how we treat it is what will determine if it can produce healthy food for generations to come.”

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Hickory Hill is currently looking to hire a full-time crew member to join our team beginning immediately.  We are searching for a dedicated individual who desires to learn the ins and outs of organic vegetable farming.  The right person has the potential to join our team year-round.

Hours are Monday through Friday 8 to 5, 7 to 4 in the heat of the summer. Possibility of occasional Saturday work. Sunday’s off. We work in the heat and cold.  

You will work side by side with farm owners and other farm workers.

You will be responsible for the following:
 

  • Field work including planting, cultivating, weeding, harvesting, stringing tomatoes, pest control and monitoring drip irrigation.
  • Cleaning up fields for cover crops or other plantings.
  • Taking down and putting up portable caterpillar tunnels.
  • Working in hoop houses managing crops and weeds.
  • Processing vegetables if needed, which includes washing, sorting, and packaging produce.
  • May include working with cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens.

Compensation, depends on experience, $10 to $12/hr
And great organic veggies for your fridge!

Hickory Hill Farm is also looking for a Packaging Coordinator.  We package produce for Retail Markets, CSAs and Restaurants Monday thru Friday.  We grow a wide range of produce and have specific guidelines for packaging.  You would need to be able to handle several tasks at once.  Harvesters are bringing in produce that will need to be weighed in and logged into a harvest record and then packaged and recorded for various Markets, CSAs and Restaurants. 

This job requires:

  • Organizational Skills
  • Inventory Record Keeping
  • Understanding of Weights and Measurements
  • Maintain Quality Controls
  • Ability to Handle Multiple Tasks at One Time
  • A Self-Motivated Personality
  • Ability to Work Well with Others and Different Cultures of People
  • Ability to Take Direction and Move from Task to Task with Ease
  • Ability to Lift up to 40lbs
  • Ability to Work on Your Feet for 8 Hours a Day
  • Cross Trained in Light Field Work

COMPENSATION this position is PAID: hourly $12 per hr W-2 employee 40 hours per week

HOW TO APPLY Email hickoryhillfarmga@gmail.com

Please email Farm Position, tell us why you are interested in our farm and organic sustainable farming and anything else you think we’d like to know or any questions you may have.  Please give us a brief job history.  We will send you an application if we decide to interview you.

Thank You!
Susan


Greenhorns presents: Down East summer camp series!

posted March 20, 2019

Join us this Summer in Down East Maine for our annual summer camp and workshop series! This summer we will be sharing space with some amazing guest teachers and speakers to engage with our local communities- both in the natural world and human. We will be celebrating our New Farmer’s Almanac, re-wilding nutrient cycles, healing land through poetry, touring civic architecture, discussing seaweed (and everything about it), learning and singing work songs (while picking blueberries), exploring insect life, plant life, and library craft. We will be hosting only the dreamiest camps where we learn to can, smoke, and pickle fish in Sardine camp, engage with feral apples, Down East apple cider, and the commoning of it all in Cider camp, or spend two weeks learning how to build a family sized yurt in yurt camp. The whole month of August is dedicated to blueberries- and celebrating the last sweet bits of Down East summer on Smithereen Farm and at our HQ Reversing Hall where we will partake in conversations, movies, workshops, fried clams, U-Pick blueberries, local beer, and world class kayaking. BYOT (bring your own tent), stay in a Tipi, or book a place. Come solo or bring the whole family along.

Check out www.discoverboldcoast.com for more activities suggestions, hotels, campsites, restaurants, and cultural offerings.

Head to our events calendar to get more details and learn about our special teachers and guest speakers. Spaces are limited, so book your spot now. Contact office@greenhorns.org to RSVP and for more info!


Temple Wilton Community Farm seeks Dairy Assistant and apprentices!

posted March 13, 2019

Temple-Wilton Community Farm is one of the first community farms in the country and helped shape the “CSA” concept which has spread around the world. Our work is directed towards developing an entirely new culture founded on the cultivation of individual freedomequal rights, and a conscious meeting of economic needs. Towards that end we apply biodynamic practices to create a wholistic farm organism and strive to develop new economic structures directly informed by the realities of working with nature.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Temple-Wilton Community Farm is seeking both a Dairy Assistant and seasonal Apprentices in vegetables, livestock, and cheesemaking for the 2019 growing season, running from the beginning of April through the end of October. If interested, there are also possibilities to stay on longer. Inquire for more information.

Dairy Assistant
This individual could either have enough experience to step into this role at the onset, or be prepared and willing to grow into the responsibilities. Apart from the dairy, with up to 15 milking cows, the job would also include the care and maintenance of ~200 layer chickens as well as work related to the pastures and haying. We are seeking someone who will find themselves supported and inspired by the work we are doing with the land, the wider cultural life of our community, and the collegial atmosphere among the farmers. This is uniquely articulated in the farm’s original Aims and Intentions (https://www.twcfarm.com/history-of-the-farm). If you resonate with these intentions and strive to bring them into practice with dairy cows, please contact us. To support this work you will be provided with a private bedroom in a beautiful apartment, access to all foods produced by the farm, WiFi, and a base stipend of $750-$1,250/month depending on experience. 

Farm Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships tend to focus on one area of work, however there is flexibility to accommodate those interested in more than one aspect of the farm.Vegetable work includes all facets of planting, cultivating, and harvesting over 40 different vegetables and herbs for our community farm members, as well as regular applications of the biodynamic preparations. Livestock work includes all aspects of milking and caring for an approximately 15 cow dairy herd, and attending to a flock of laying hens. Cheese-making work includes all aspects of making and marketing a great variety of hard and soft cheeses, as well as yogurt.

Throughout the first two weeks of April we will take time to hone our observational skills and develop our understanding of biodynamic agriculture which we will practice and carry through the ongoing season. During the main season, the rhythm of the work is determined entirely by the needs of the farm, so our schedules must be very flexible. However, you can anticipate having at least one day off per week. To support this work you will be provided with a private bedroom in a beautiful apartment, access to all foods produced by the farm, WiFi, and a base stipend of $400-$750/month depending on experience.

If you are interested in working with us in the vegetable fields or with the livestock please contact Jacob Holubeck at jaholubeck@gmail.com, or call him at 603-831-1213.

If you are interested in making cheese with our small and diverse creamery, please contact our friendly cheesemaker Benjamin at bjonas.meier@gmail.com.

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For more information about our farm, please visit twcfarm.com


Grant Funding Available

posted March 6, 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program, through the Labor Ready Farmer project, has grant funding available to offer one-on-one technical assistance to beginning farmers, including next generation farmers on family farms, on different labor and workforce management needs.
This “Smart Farming Team” grant funding is available for up to 20 eligible farms.
To read more and apply for funding, click below:
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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Workshop

posted March 5, 2019

The National Young Farmers Coalition and the Leatherstocking Young Farmers Coalition are offering a FSMA Produce Safety Workshop for fruit and vegetable growers on March 9, in Oneonta, NY, followed by a Food Safety Plan writing workshop the following morning, March 10th.  For more information and to register, please visit the link below:

FSMA Workshop Information

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Job Announcement: Policy Director at CCOF

posted February 15, 2019

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) is hiring a Policy Director to aid in advancing organic agriculture for a healthy world through policy, advocacy, outreach, and strategic communications. The Director will be a highly collaborative leader who is committed to working with internal and external stakeholders to address local, state, and national policy and regulatory issues impacting CCOF members. For more information, please visit https://www.ccof.org/ccof/work-ccof

 

 


Unadilla Community Farm is seeking community members to live & farm cooperatively on 12 acres in Otsego County, New York!

posted January 13, 2019

Founded in 2013, Unadilla Community Farm is an off-grid solar-powered organic fruit and vegetable farm and permaculture education center. Our mission is to provide a space for the teaching and practice of sustainable skills. Currently, we have 4 farm members (2 of whom live on-site year-round) and a crew of seasonal interns. We’re seeking additional members who want to live and work with us cooperatively. 

We grow a diversity of cold-hardy organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms, following the principles of agroforestry, organic agriculture and permaculture. We are establishing a regenerative food forest with over 50+ varieties of fruit and nut trees and berries. We’re also currently building our infrastructure from the ground up, using natural building methods and local + salvaged materials. We have completed a self-sufficient tiny home, and are in the process of building a barn and converting a school bus into another tiny home. 

Potential members are invited to live and work with us for a trial period of at least 3 months during the growing season, with the opportunity to move in full-time if it seems like a good fit. There are several pathways to communal landownership that we can pursue, depending on the interests of new members. Our project is run cooperatively, so new members are invited to share their unique skills and ideas for communally driving the project forward as we expand and diversify. 
Visit our website for more details about our work – and please email us at unadillacommunityfarm@gmail.com to get in touch! And please share this with your networks.
https://unadillacommunityfarm.blogspot.com/

https://nyfarmlandfinder.org/find-a-farm/property/unadilla-community-farm