The Second Chance Youth Garden is designed to divert youth away from the justice system, by reengaging them in the community and exposing them to meaningful work. Offering a 16 week internship program in underserved communities, the garden program aims to: make healthy food available, cultivate food justice, and help move youth to higher education and employment. The program combines hands on work experience, classroom and experiential learning, individualized case management, and leadership and development opportunities.
A message from Albie and Michele in Norridgewock, ME who are offering a wonderful opportunity in flint corn cultivation, harvest and processing:
June 3, 2020
We have been finding and preserving and growing out Maine and Northeast varieties of flint corn now for several years. We have given away thousands and thousands of seeds at events and seed swaps and have made jonny cakes in a support capacity at several events including three Turtle Island Healing Ceremonies and three harvest festivals at Nibezun in Passadumkeag, Maine. This year we have three plots in the Skowhegan area all growing the very promising Maine Flint Corn called Byron which was saved by Will Bonall of the Scatterseed Project in Industry and then shared with Pam Prodan in Wilton. Last year we had a conference at our farm in Norridgewock with a Native American Cornkeeper elder as our keynote and other speakers to follow. It was attended by over 70 people. We now have several farmers growing flint corn and have a one third acre plot growing on our own land and another acre about to go in near the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan and a third plot on river bottom farm land owned by Richard and Julie Searles in Solon.
We have a yurt on our property and an efficiency apartment with a separate entrance for a young farmer wanting an immersion experience in flint corn cultivation and harvest and processing. Limited stipend funds are available from Fedco Seeds and the Maine Grain Alliance. All three fields will likely be planted by this week or next and we had lined up a COA student to become the corn caregiver starting in mid June but she at the last minute was unable to come and commit to the project.
If you know an individual or young couple potentially interested in such an opportunity, please let them know about us. We can be reached at FlintCorninMaine@gmail.com or 696-5250.
Albie Barden and Michele Carmel
254 Father Rasle Rd. Norridgewock, Maine. 04957
The owners of this property, John and June Strothenke are selling in the most unusual way – an essay contest! It costs $1000 to enter but they are only accepting 420 applicants so that odds that you could win are relatively high! (more…)
New Morning Farm are looking for an experienced Field Manager, who will be responsible for equipment, soils, crop establishment, etc. The successful candidate will work with a great team, the best equipment, excellent soils and incredible markets. This is the perfect opportunity that will allow you to see how your own decisions and efforts can result in high-quality, profitable, organic crops. The salary is $33-36K to start, plus profit share. This position is ideally a long term position that may include the possibility of work-to-own.
- Applying amendments, tillage, plastic laying, bare ground, and stale bed preparation
- Operating and maintaining 50-70hp tractors, vacuum seeder, 2 types of transplanters, bed shaper/plastic layer, manure spreader, rotavators, etc.
- General maintenance and repair of buildings and vehicles, general facility and familiarity with tools and welding helpful
- Crop establishment including seeding, transplanting, and cover crop planting
- Record-keeping to meet requirements of organic certification, including soil amendment, planting, transplanting, and maintenance
- Training and supervision of others in the operation of various tractors, implements, vehicles and other equipment
- Work closely with farm manager and owners in establishing seasonal and longer-term strategies for crops, soil, and equipment
New morning farm also offer a number of apprenticeships each year, click HERE to read more about their apprenticeship programme, applications will be processed this month so don’t leave it too long to apply!!
Please email email@example.com, if you are interested in applying.
Bread and Puppet Theater, in Glover, Vermont, is looking for an organic gardener to assist the head gardener in the theater’s gardens which total about an acre.The position is for mid April to mid October of 2018. At the height of the season (June-August) the farm feeds 80-150 people. Storage crops and preserves from the garden are provisions for a small company of 2-12 during the rest of the year.
Applicants should have experience working on an organic farm and managing volunteers. Bread and Puppet Theater are looking for a candidate with good communication and self directed organizational skills as well as an enthusiasm for the grassroots life. The successful candidate will work closely on a daily basis with the head gardener, helping manage all aspects of the garden’s operation including planning in the spring, planting, cultivation, guiding volunteers, harvesting, maintaining a close association with the kitchen and community, and closing down the garden in the fall. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in living communally in a vibrant, socially active artist collective. Food, housing, and a small stipend are provided.
Ideally, interested candidates would be free to go to the far this summer to see the farm and meet the head gardener.
If you or somebody you know is interested in applying for this position, please send a letter of introduction which details your experience and interest in addition to your resume and contact information for two references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The success of the next generation of farmers and ranchers is crucially dependant on whether they can secure suitable land to start and expand their operations. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, the number of new farmers and ranchers in the United States decreased 20 percent from 2007 and hit a 30-year low. In acknowledgement of this barrier for young farmers, the American Farmland Trust have just recently announced that 24 experienced educators will serve as Land Access Trainers to help beginning farmers and ranchers secure agricultural land. This will be part of a nationwide, four-year-long project and the chosen trainers are located in each of the 10 U.S. farm production regions. The American Farmland Trust is a national nonprofit organization that works to protect farmland, promote sound farming practices and keep farmers on the land.
Did you have the experience of entering a coloring contest to win an over-sized Easter bunny, or perhaps a pie baking competition for gift basket filled with all manner of goodies? I clearly remember those moments from my childhood – moments that now seem quite unrealistic in terms of how things actually work in the world.
Here’s the equivalent over-sized Easter bunny for the young agrarian: Award-winning architect-turned-farmer Norma Burns has decided to give her beautiful farm away in an essay contest. Norma has been growing herbs, vegetables, and cut flowers on the certified organic, 13 acre farm for the last eighteen years. (more…)
Apply for Glynwood Farm’s Business Incubator!
The deadline for initial applications and letters of intent for Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator (HVFBI) has been extended to January 6, 2017, with the 2017 program beginning in early next May.
HVFBI is taking the “long view” on supporting a new generation of farmers in the region, equipping participants with the tools and guidance to successfully get there. Visit their website for more information.
More info here.