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Three Internship Opportunities at New Lands Farm in West Springfield, MA

New Lands Farm Field Intern – West Springfield, MA

New Lands Farm, a project of Lutheran Social Services (LSS), seeks a Field Intern to assist an exciting new project which engages recently resettled refugees in growing food for their families and the community in Greater Springfield, MA.  LSS is a non-profit, refugee resettlement organization that provides refugees with the support and guidance needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency, community integration and a better future.

 About the Position

The New Lands Farm Field Intern will be conducting hands-on assistance to new refugee farmers on our 10 acre farm site in West Springfield and additional garden sites.  Refugee farmers represent diverse backgrounds and skills.  The Field Intern will be working directly with New Lands Farm staff to offer new farmer trainings and manage agriculture production.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful project and grow local food.  Interns will have the ability to get involved in a diversity of activities associated with the project, as well as the opportunity to attend agricultural trainings and access land for personal gardening/farming.  This position is unpaid for 20 hours per week, June through August.

Responsibilities:

The Field Intern will support the Program Coordinator and refugee famers/gardeners by assisting with the following:

Ø      Researching and trouble-shooting field production challenges, such as diseases and pests

Ø      Conducting soil and crop amendments

Ø      Establishing a new irrigation system and washing station

Ø      Overseeing harvest, post-harvest handling and preparation for market

Ø      Managing tools and equipment

Ø      Organizing volunteer days on the farm

Ø      Training refugee farmers on agriculture production techniques

Ø      Drafting farm production plans

 Qualifications:

Ø      Demonstrate background in growing food, promoting local agriculture

Ø      Previous vegetable field work and market crop production experience a plus

Ø      Comfortable interacting with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds

Ø      Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and lift 50 pounds

Ø      Driver’s license necessary and personal vehicle preferred

Ø      Team player who can work independently as needed

Ø      Strong record keeping, organization and computer skills

Ø      Creative problem solver

If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to Agricultural Program Coordinator Shemariah Blum-Evitts at sblum@lssne.org.​  Please visit our website for more information: www.​lssne.​org/newlandsfarm.

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 New Lands Farm Marketing Intern – West Springfield, MA

About the Position

The New Lands Farm Marketing Intern will conduct hands-on assistance to refugee farmers wishing to sell their fresh vegetables grown at our 10 acre farm site in West Springfield and additional garden sites.  Refugee farmers represent diverse backgrounds and skills.  The Marketing Intern will be working directly with New Lands Farm staff to offer one-on-one marketing assistance and increase refugee farmer product sales.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful project and promote local food.  Interns will have the ability to get involved in a diversity of activities associated with the project, as well as the opportunity to attend trainings and access land for personal gardening/farming. The position is unpaid for 20 hours/week, June thru August.

Responsibilities:

The Marketing Intern will support the Program Coordinator and refugee famers/gardeners by assisting with the following:

Ø      Identifying and/or developing new market opportunities for the refugee farmers

Ø      Interacting with farmers’ market managers, wholesale purchasers and retail customers

Ø      Attending weekly farmers’ markets

Ø      Assisting with deliveries of products

Ø      Tracking customers’ orders, farmers’ sales, and cash flow

Ø      Contributing to New Lands Farm website and social media outlets

Ø      Documenting project and farmers’ season through photos, video and/or written word

Ø      Training refugee farmers on marketing techniques

 Qualifications:

Ø      Demonstrate strong background in growing food, promoting local agriculture

Ø      Previous farm marketing experience a plus

Ø      Comfortable interacting with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds

Ø      Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and lift 50 pounds

Ø      Driver’s license necessary and personal vehicle preferred

Ø      Team player who can work independently as needed

Ø      Strong record keeping, organization and computer skills

Ø      Interest and experience with social media and other promotion/marketing tools

If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to Agricultural Program Coordinator Shemariah Blum-Evitts at sblum@lssne.org.  Please visit our website for more information: www.lssne.org/newlandsfarm.

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New Lands Farm Spring Internship – West Springfield, MA

About the Position

The New Lands Farm Spring Internship is currently vacant and we are seeking to fill the position as soon as possible. This intern will be conducting hands-on assistance to new refugee farmers and gardeners in the classroom, on our 10 acre farm site in West Springfield, and various garden sites.  Refugee farmers represent diverse backgrounds and skills.  The Field Intern will be working directly with New Lands Farm staff to offer new farmer trainings and prepare for a new season of agriculture production.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful project and grow local food.  Interns will have the ability to get involved in a diversity of activities associated with the project, as well as the opportunity to attend agricultural trainings.  This position is unpaid for 8-16 hours per week, January through May.

Responsibilities:

Intern will support the Program Coordinator and refugee famers/gardeners by assisting with the following:

Ø      Conducting market research and farm promotion

Ø      Researching and ordering equipment, tools, seeds, supplies

Ø      Preparing farm and garden sites

Ø      Establishing a new urban garden

Ø      Organizing trainings and field trips

Ø      Developing curriculum for farmers and gardeners

Ø      Planning volunteer days on the farm

Qualifications:

Ø      Demonstrate background in growing food, promoting local agriculture

Ø      Previous vegetable field work and market crop production experience a plus

Ø      Comfortable interacting with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds

Ø      Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and lift 50 pounds

Ø      Team player who can work independently as needed

Ø      Strong record keeping, organization and computer skills

Ø      Creative problem solver

If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to Agricultural Program Coordinator Shemariah Blum-Evitts at sblum@lssne.org.​  Please visit our website for more information: www.​lssne.​org/newlandsfarm
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20 Hour Vocational Instructor Summer Position

Northampton, MA

New Directions School and Cutchins Programs for Children and Families is recruiting for a Vocational Instructor position during Summer Session 2012. The 11-week position runs from June 11th, 2012 through August 24th, 2012 between the hours of 8 AM to 12 PM – Monday through Friday. Cutchins Programs serves at-risk students and families in Western Massachusetts through education, clinical supports, and residential treatment. Responsibilities of the position include supervision and instructing small groups of students in horticulture and permaculture; maintaining and utilizing produce and flowers from a school garden, greenhouse, and flower beds; developing and introducing menu choices and options to use garden produce in a student run snackbar.  The position is compensated at $13.50 per hour. Resumes and cover letters should be submitted to Justin Smith – 78 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA 01060. Additional information can also be obtained by calling (413)584-1310 ext. 327

Intern needed for Florence and Northampton Farmers Markets

The Wednesday Farmers Market in Florence, MA and the Saturday Northampton Farmers’ Market are seeking interns to run the machine that issues SNAP/EBT/DEBIT/CREDIT transactions.  Thanks to a generous grant, both markets are able to DOUBLE the value of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits for eligible recipients.  This is a really important program helping people get access to healthy and locally grown food.

The hours for Florence will be 4 1/2 hours on Wednesday afternoons and 6 1/2 hours in Northampton on Saturday mornings. The interns will be required to keep detailed records of all transactions and summarize the transactions at the end of the day.  The hope is that one person will run the machine at both markets and take the machine home between markets.  The intern will need to be able to lift and carry a table ,chair, and tent for the setup.

A stipend for travel expense will be provided.

Anyone interested should contact Rick Tracy, President of the Northampton Farmers’ Market, at Intervale5@comcast.net.

Farm Assistant Needed for Organic Herb, Flower & Veggie Farm – Salisbury, MA

The HERB FARMacy, (www.theherbfarmacy.com), is seeking a Farm Assistant for the 2012 growing season. Position involves wide range of work from market farm operations to greenhouse growing.  This position offers a great opportunity to gain experience on an established small-scale certified organic farm in soil preparation, planting, weeding, harvesting and preparation for farmers markets. It also provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in retail greenhouse operation including seeding, propagating, transplanting, grow-out and some retail sales.

Position requires a motivated, reliable individual with positive attitude, good work ethic, who wants to learn and is able to take direction and work well both independently and in teams. Prior experience in organic gardening/farming strongly preferred. Good communication skills essential. Work is all-weather and physically demanding (standing, lifting, bending, carrying).

Projected work schedule is 30-40 hours/week March through December 2012, with variations in work schedule reflecting to growing season schedule and farmer markets. Some additional hours possible in peak season. This is a paid position (starting @ $9/hr with potential for increase/incentives).  On-farm lodging not available.

Interested candidates, please contact us at thymeout@theherbfarmacy.com  with resume and letter of interest.

New source of info on sustainable food and farming jobs/internships

Tufts University has announced a new Jobs Board for employment opportunities and internships related to Sustainable Food and Farming.  It is a bit cumbersome to use as you need to join a listserve called “ComfoodJobs” but I suspect it will become one of the “go to” sites for jobs and internships.

To subscribe to Comfoodjobs: https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/comfoodjobs

Also, there are other search engines for jobs/internships on my web page:

Finding Good Work

I’ll continue to post opportunities in Massachusetts here, mostly as a service to students in the UMass Sustainable Food and Farming major.

If you know of local jobs/internships please send them to me at jgerber@psis.umass.edu

Here are a few examples:

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Warner Farm is Hiring

Warner Farm is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, and outgoing individual to assist in our market garden, at farmer’s markets, and at our CSA distributions.

Job Description:
Apprentice will assist in the daily operations of the farm including but not limited to:

  • seeding
  • transplanting
  • hand weeding
  • tractor cultivation
  • harvesting
  • washing
  • packing
  • assist at farmers markets in Amherst and Boston
  • assist at CSA distributions in Boston
  • produce deliveries
  • errands

Start date flexible (April/May/June) through the end of October.
Hours: 6 days a week, between 40-70 hours a week
Compensation: $9/hour
*housing is not provided

Requirements:

  • Great attitude!
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Interest in sustainable agriculture and good food!
  • Ability to lift at least 40 lbs
  • Valid drivers license and clean driving record
  • At least one season of farm experience is preferred but not required
  • Experience operating farm equipment is preferred but not required
  • Flexible schedule and ability to work some 15 hour days
  • Must provide own housing.

Please contact Jess Marsh:
413 695 8411
jess@warnerfarm.com
csa@warnerfarm.com

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The Leverett Elementary School Needs Help in the Garden and Greenhouse

Love gardening?  Believe in local foods?  Enjoy kids? Help future generations Grow Food Everywhere and live a truly sustainable life! The Leverett Elementary School is seeking  volunteers to help out at their brand-new, 36-foot greenhouse, which is up and running with a dynamic K-6 learning program.

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to work with teachers and students closely; to provide support and, sometimes, leadership on greenhouse project initiatives.  We have a greenhouse curriculum drafted and regular weekly schedule for greenhouse activities.  Some activities may be held at our small courtyard garden as well (5 raised beds).
If you have an interest in food sustainability, and work well both with children and independently, please contact us!
Start: September, 2011.  Hours: 2 – 6 hours/week. Volunteer will work with the greenhouse lesson leader and parent volunteers as well as classroom teachers and staff.  Interest in gardening, agriculture and/or education a plus.  UMass credit available, depending on number of hours.  If interested, contact Susie Chang at tsusanchang@gmail.com(413) 549-3689

T. Susan Chang
Food writer
72 Montague Rd.
Leverett, MA  01054
(413) 549-3689

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Farm Based Educational Intern – Summer 2012

Friends of Holly Hill Farm

Cohasset, MA

Holly Hill Farm is a certified organic vegetable, flower, and herb farm.  The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is the non-profit education center based at the farm that uses the fields, animals, woods, and water sources as its outdoor classroom.  The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is looking for enthusiastic summer teaching interns to assist with school field trips, summer programs, curriculum development, and farm and barnyard chores.

The goal of this internship program is to learn organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices by assisting farmers with farm and barnyard chores, participate in Farm Based Education Program (school groups, summer programs, workshops).  Internship will culminate in the development and implementation of a new farm-based lesson plan.

The internship requires an 8 week commitment of 20 hours per week.  Internship slots available from April 30 to August 17, 2012.

Responsibilities include assisting in a variety of education and farm activities with ages 3 and up.  Training will be provided and interns will be asked to lead and teach school groups at the farm and lead and teach summer programs for ages 3-16.  Interns will assist with programs and workshops at the farm.  Interns will collaborate with staff to develop new curricula, work with volunteer groups, assist Farm Managers with farm work, and assist with farm animal care.

Applicants must be high school graduates with a responsible and positive attitude.  The position requires on time arrival and a flexible approach to teaching and collaborating under changeable working conditions.  Excellent verbal and written communications skills are a must.  Applicants must be physically capable of strenuous physical labor necessary to do farm and barnyard chores.  Interns must keep a journal of observations, experiences and reflections.  Applicant must have reliable transportation.  Housing is not available although Holly Hill Farm is 2 miles from the Greenbush Commuter Rail Cohasset station.

Contact

Jon Belber, Education Director

Friends of Holly Hill Farm

236 Jerusalem Road

Cohasset, MA 02025

jbelberhollyhill@hotmail.com

www.hollyhillfarm.org

Possible weekly stipend pending successful grant funding

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 Garden and On-grounds Coordinator Job

Job Description: We run an eleven week on-grounds and off grounds summer vocational program for special education students between the ages of 13-19. We are looking to fill a 20 hour summer position designing, planting, working, harvesting the garden and supplying the fresh herbs and veggies to our Snack-bar with menu ideas. There is the possibility of substitute staff hours (supervising students at school and in their residences) available as well, if the applicant needs more than 20 hours of work.

Application Deadline: First round: February 29, 2012

Minimum Qualifications: Gardening or landscape experience. Interest in permaculture, working with at risk youth and educating students about fresh food.

Wage, Salary, Benefits Description: Hire rate for this position is 13.50 per hour

Application Requirements: Resume, cover letter, etc.

Contact: Nancy Karp at: nkarp@cutchins.org for more information


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Farm & Garden Camp at Hampshire College Opportunity

We have several exciting job openings with our 2012 Farm and Garden summer camps. Learn more about each position and how to apply here:http://www.farmandgardencamp.org/opportunities.html

Farm and Garden Camp is a program of The Farm Education Collaborative (TFEC). TFEC designs and delivers authentic agricultural experiences that nurture the connections between families, farms, and food in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Our programs work to inspire and transform participants’ relationships with food, fiber, and farms. Our vision is to create a thriving agricultural education center in the Pioneer Valley with a variety of farm based programs on and off site, for all ages and populations.

At Hampshire College Farm Center in South Amherst, MA:

  • Assistant Camp Director
  • Seedlings Teacher (preschool program)
  • Farm Animal/Garden Specialist
  • Camp Instructors

At the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA:

  • Assistant Camp Director
  • Camp Instructors

QUALIFICATIONS FOR ALL TFEC POSITIONS: Applicants with experience working with children, an interest in gardening/ farming, the ability to work well with others, enthusiasm and a love for children, animals, and the outdoors should apply.

Contact: Meg Taylor
Co-Director
The Farm Education Collaborative
meg@thefarmeducationcollaborative.org
www.farmandgardencamp.org
www.farmeducationcollaborative.org

Internship Projects – Mount Warner Vineyards, Hadley, MA

The Mount Warner Vineyards is a small vineyard and winery located approximately three miles from the UMass campus.  We are growing mostly French hybrid grapes and producing white, red, port-style and some fruit wines.  We also keep bees and produce honey and some beeswax products.

UMass and Five College students are invited to apply for one of the following unpaid internships.  UMass students can reach the vineyard by bicycle and we can be work around your class schedule.  Students may earn academic credit through the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture.  Please contact us if you are interested in any of these projects:

Internship Projects

1.  Spring – Vine training and trellis  maintenance

This project will offer an introduction to grape varietals, vine training techniques and trellis styles.  Pruning generally begins in February,  weather permitting and proceeds through April.  Trellis maintenance is generally conducted in April or May.

2.  Summer – vineyard maintenance

This project will offer an introduction to grape varietals, vine training techniques and trellis styles.  Summer maintenance activities are conducted approximately May through August and include shoot positioning, trellis maintenance, fruit exposure techniques, topping, and irrigation maintenance.

3.  Fall semester – Introduction to winemaking

This internship will offer an introduction to commercial winemaking.  Most of the tasks will require effort during September and October, however, opportunities may exist to extend the internship through the Fall semester.  Activities will involve assistance with harvest, crush and press as well as lab testing and analysis, and intermediate wine production tasks.

Contact:  Gary Kamen

Tel: 413-531-4046

Gary_Kamen@mwvineyards.com

Garden Side Dairy Apprenticeships

The Dairy is still looking foran apprentice April-September! This is a dairy concentration with all farm duties included but main focus on dairy! Room, board and stipend included. This would be great for any one wanting to get into goats and dairy. We also have 1 other position not filled for a june-august general all inclusive apprentice! Rm, brd & stipend. Pass on to anyone interested. A great chance to learn about local food, farm sustainability and how to market farm products. This opportunity could be tailored to receive credit for intern/residencies.

Kim Roos
Garden Side Dairy @ Hatch Knoll Farm
29 Hatch Knoll Rd
Jonesboro, Me 04648
207-434-2674
http://www.hatchknollfarm.com
fresh, local, lovingly raised