More local food/farming jobs in Southern New England

Sugaring Interns Wanted in Wendell, MA

Want to learn all the ins and outs of sugaring, from tapping the maples, collecting buckets, boiling, bottling and making syrup, creme and  maple sugar? Join me for a few hours each week from late February until early April in Wendell, MA and learn this centuries old sustainable harvest from beginning to end.

We’ll be tapping sugar maples in Wendell MA, and boiling the sap off in a timber frame sugar shack over a wood fired evaporator until the run stops in late March or early April. Best of all, you get to keep a portion of the “crop”- pure, sweet maple syrup from stately trees.  The work is physical, lifting buckets of sap and syrup and hauling firewood to the evaporator, but it’s also a lot of fun. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact :

Joe Laur

313 Farley Rd

Wendell, MA 01379

978-790-6999

joe.laur@godsdog.net

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Cool Internship in Southampton, MA

Posted January 9, 2012

General Description: Sunflower Farm (located on beautiful Tripple Brook Farm in Southampton) is proudly owned and operated by Riverside Industries, Inc.  Riverside Industries is a non-profit that provides services to developmentally disabled adults and supports them in their mission to lead full and empowered lives.  The purpose of this job is to work in conjunction with Riverside staff & clients to expand and improve Sunflower Farm and incorporate a newly constructed greenhouse into the program.  RSI/Sunflower Farm specifically seeks self-starters, students with the creative vision and follow-through needed to design and implement independent improvement projects.  Projects include: Designing and building an irrigation system; researching and implementing adaptive tools and techniques for those with physical limitations; developing an accompanying curriculum; bookkeeping; organic certification; product marketing.

Essential Job Functions:  There are many duties which comprise the full range of staff responsibilities embodied in the Sunflower Farms Internship position.  Each of these duties is considered essential for the performance of the job.  They are not listed in order of priority. 

  •  Harvesting, drying herbs.
  • Growing vegetables organically.
  • Weeding, pruning, pest control
  • Involve RSI clients with decision-making where appropriate.
  • Ensure that all participants’ rights under DDS are observed.
  • Exercise good judgment in all aspects of the job.
  • Demonstrate considerate, cooperative, and constructive attitudes and behaviors in working with participants, participants’ significant supports, other employees with the clients.
  • Ensures participants’ health and safety by adhering to safety and health standards as prescribed by regulations, company policies, assisting with fire drills, escorting participants to and from vans and other activities, taking attendance, reporting incidents, responding to emergencies and following OSHA standards.

This position is not only an opportunity to learn about small-scale, organic farming, but also to provide support to an underserved community of people.

Contact; Nick Isherwood at: nisherwood@rsi.org

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Farm Manger in New Milford CT needed

Are you looking for a job like this one–full-time, with a benefit package that includes health care and the opportunity to take over management of a 100+acre preserved farm in New Milford that, for the last eight years, has built a well-respected agro-educational program for high school and college youth in our region.

Friends of Sullivan Farm is a new 501-C-3 established in New Milford to both oversee and ensure survival of the town-owned farm on Route 202.  Youth in the program raise their own produce, tap sugar maples and make maple syrup in their state-of-the-art sugar house, hay what they don’t cultivate and sell seasonal produce at their onsite farm stand, through two farmers markets and to area retail outlets.  The program has sent a number of young people on to pursue agricultural careers and related programs in college and ag schools.

I look forward to hearing from you if you know of such a candidate–or folks who would know one.  Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions.  Katy Francis, a member of Friends of Sullivan Farm, who is cc’ed on this email, leads the search committee.  Her contact information is also available on the job description.

With many thanks,

Julie Bailey,
Friends of Sullivan Farm

860-350-2259 (landline)
917-825-7560 (cell)
juliane.bailey (Skype)

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Farm Manager Wanted in Rhode Island

Managing Director, Farm Fresh Rhode Island. Office located in Pawtucket RI.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island (Farm Fresh) works to grow a local food system that values the environment and the health and quality of life for area farmers and eaters. Part incubator, part activator, Farm Fresh programs link local farmers and buyers by building RI’s capacity in three areas: growing the local food supply, defining new models for the local food system and building local demand for good food.

Farm Fresh’s vision focuses on preserving our farmland and agricultural/culinary knowledge, building healthier communities, increasing access to fresher food and improving the impact of food production and distribution on our environment, all while strengthening community-based businesses. Farm Fresh’s primary goal is to support the growth of a New England abundant with diverse family farms and fertile soils, where locally and honestly produced foods are at the heart of every dinner table.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a 501c3 non-profit organization. The FY2011 operating budget of Farm Fresh programs is approximately $2.25 million.

More information and a full list of programs can be found at www.farmfreshri.org.

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to sheri@farmfreshri.org.

No phone calls please. Applications are due: January 30, 2012.

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Nature and Kids Job in Montague, MA

Check out this sweet job opportunity!

21st Century After School Program needs 2 people who are enthusiastic about nature and kids. Co-teach two hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:15-5:15. Compensation $15/hour. Requirements: two year degree or equivalent experience, must LOVE kids, have experienced nature intentionally through time, have good boundaries, pass a CORI, and possess small group management skills. Other small opportunities may come available as time goes on… Submit letter of interest and resume with relevant experience via electronic or snail mail to:

Christine K. Bates
21st Century Program Director
Montague Elementary School
413-863-9326 x228
christine.bates@gmrsd.org

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