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Finding Farmland Website Launched
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:02:46 +0000

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Practical Farmers of Iowa Has Launched a New Finding Farmland Website Called FindAFarmer

Practical Farmers of Iowa is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned land-matching website, FindAFarmer.net, a free tool that aims to connect farmland owners with land seekers to preserve family farms. Practical Farmers first developed the finding farmland website tool in 2011 as a way to help Iowa’s aging farmland owners find possible successors, and to support beginning farmers facing the difficulty of accessing land.

The most recent Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey, released last summer by Iowa State University, shows that 60 percent of Iowa farmland is owned by someone 65 years or older, and 35 percent is owned by someone 75 years or older. In addition, more than half of Iowa’s farmland is farmed by someone other than the owner. FindAFarmer can help retiring farmers find a non-family successor to continue the farm and non-farming landowners find a tenant for a rental arrangement. The site can also help facilitate many other unique land access situations.

Beginning farmers in PFI’s network consistently cite land access as a major barrier to starting or growing their farm operation. Unlike typical real-estate websites, FindAFarmer lets land seekers share their farming values, goals and qualifications. Landowners can share the story of their farmland and their vision for the future. Establishing shared values can give beginning farmers an edge on potential competition for the land while helping landowners ensure their farm vision continues.

“I wanted to find someone who saw it as a family farm,” says David Mitschelen, who made a connection using FindAFarmer that resulted in the sale of his family farm. David grew up on the 40-acre farm and purchased it from his parents when they could no longer manage it. He planned to retire on the farm with his wife, but ultimately decided it was too far from their children and grandchildren.

David had other offers for the farm, but chose the farmer he found on the FindAFarmer finding farmland website because they shared a vision for the land. “He looked at the farm the same way I was looking at it,” David says, “with the possibilities of doing the same type of things I had dreamed of.”

Landowners and land seekers from across North America can create a free account at FindAFarmer.net and mark their location or desired location on the map. The finding farmland website is a place to provide as much information about the farmland or farmer as desired, without sharing personal details. Users start conversations anonymously, which helps eliminate any pressure when looking for a good fit.

For questions about FindaFarmer, contact Steve Carlson at (515) 232-5661 or steve@practicalfarmers.org.

Support for beginning farmers and farmland transfer is a top priority for Practical Farmers of Iowa members. FindAFarmer is part of Practical Farmers’ beginning farmer program that provides resources and opportunities to help beginning and aspiring farmers create viable farm businesses.

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Practical Farmers of Iowa works to equip farmers to build resilient farms and communities. Our values include: welcoming everyone; farmers leading the exchange of experience and knowledge; curiosity, creativity, collaboration and community; resilient farms now and for future generations; and stewardship of land and resources. To learn more, visit http://practicalfarmers.org.

 

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All Grass Farms Apprenticeships and Internships in Illinois
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:39:04 +0000

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All Grass Farms in Dundee, Illinois is hiring an Apprentice and Interns for the 2019 Season

FARM APPRENTICE POSITION

We are currently looking for a highly motivated and hardworking individual who is interested in pursuing a career in sustainable farming and thinks that our farm might be the right place to learn about and experience life on a regenerative farm.​

All Grass Farms is a diversified 150 acres farm located just 45 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois. The primary focus of our farm is on pasture-based livestock production, utilizing humane, organic, and regenerative agricultural practices. The farm currently raises dairy cattle for raw milk, chickens both for meat and eggs, beef cattle, Berkshire hogs and heritage turkeys. We also have 7 acres vegetable production, herbs, flowers and soft fruits. Most products are sold directly to consumers at the busy onsite farm store. To learn more about the farm, please visit our website at www.allgrassfarms.com.                          

Qualifications:

We are seeking a passionate individual who is interested in becoming a professional farmer. No experience is required but preference will be given to those with some farming experience and those who have knowledge of and willingness to strive for and work in sustainable agriculture as a profession and lifestyle. Applicants must be 18 years of age at start of position and able to lift at least 50 lbs to shoulder height (feed bags, bale of hay, bucket of milk etc.), and be available to work early in the morning - sometimes starting at 5 am - into the early evening (evening chores often stretch to 7 pm). Potentially up to 60 hrs./week during peak season (May – November) and 35-40 hrs./week during winter months.

Job Description:

The All Grass Farms Farm Apprentice will participate in most farm activities with a strong emphasis on learning about the micro-dairy enterprise on the farm, which is a year-round operation. Dairy operation includes AM and PM milking, cleaning the barn, feeding cows, cleaning out their sleeping quarters (mostly in winter), preparing them for milking, prepping and cleaning the milking equipment, and moving cows out to pasture as well as managing pasture rotations.  Occasional assistance with calving and care of newborn calves is also required.

The poultry enterprise at All Grass Farms also operates year-round. Specific tasks associated with poultry include taking care of chicks and poults while in brooder phase of production, taking care of growing broiler chickens on pasture including feeding and watering, moving portable shelters, loading chickens and turkeys for processing, gathering, cleaning and processing eggs from up to 2000 hens, moving eggmobiles several times per week and taking down/setting up their portable fencing. Other farm tasks will include managing pasture rotations for beef cattle and hogs, loading and unloading feed and hay trucks, helping operate farm equipment, planting and maintaining the pastures, feeding and moving pigs. Additional help may be required with farm store, customer interactions, product marketing, farm tours and events.

As part of your apprenticeship you will be working with:

  1. Livestock. Our livestock are to be respected and well-cared for at all times. It is essential to always be attentive to their needs and health issues. Apprentices will be taught how to handle and work with the livestock and expected to follow and remember instructions. Working with animals demands the development of intuitive intensive observation skills.
  2. Farm equipment, machinery, tools, tractors, vehicles, etc. You will be taught how to safely operate farm tools, machinery and equipment and are expected to follow the instructions and handle the equipment safely and responsibly.

General Expectations:

We expect for you to want to be here, to be interested in learning about everything we do, to work hard, to laugh when you trip over a fence or fall on a manure pile, to learn from your mistakes and ours, to be challenged, to have grit and determination, to look for inspiration, to ask questions, to try new things, to be observant, self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team, able to do repetitive tasks without complaining, with a willingness to be taught and accept constructive criticism, and be self-confident. You must be motivated, thrilled and inspired about our farm and sustainable farming. At times you will be working in 100 degree heat, subzero cold, driving rainstorms, and blizzards.  Our methods of farming can be very challenging but also very rewarding in humble ways.

Compensation/Hours:

Starting compensation is $10-$12 per hour depending on experience, with opportunities for additional compensation based on performance. No overtime is paid for this position. During the growing season the workdays will average 10-12 hours – 6 days per week.  During winter months the hours will be limited to 6-8 hours per day with 1-2 days off per week. At this time we do not have housing available on the farm, but there is ample affordable housing nearby as we are located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. There is also an employee discount for farm produced goods including raw milk, grassfed beef, pasture-raised pork, chicken and eggs available at discount. We also offer 50% scholarship to the Stateline Farm Beginnings Course through the Angelic Organics Learning Center for those that are employed with us for at least 6 months.

For the right person, there will be potential to advance into farm management roles as well as entrepreneurial ventures on one of our farms. If you think you are that right person for this demanding job, please send a letter or note describing your background, interests, and why you would be a good fit for this role to cliff@allgrassfarms.com. Those individuals with the right qualifications will be invited to visit the farm and interview in person for the role.​

FARM INTERN POSITION

We are currently looking for two (2) highly motivated and hardworking individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in sustainable farming and thinks that our farm might be the right place to learn about and experience life on a regenerative farm.  Our ideal candidates will be able to start working with us full time in early May, and be able to stay until the busy season winds down, late September or early October.  Preference will be given to candidates that can work the entire 5 months of the internship.

All Grass Farms is a diversified 150 acres farm located just 45 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois. The primary focus of our farm is on pasture-based livestock production, utilizing humane, organic, and regenerative agricultural practices. The farm currently raises dairy cattle for raw milk, chickens both for meat and eggs, beef cattle, Berkshire hogs and heritage turkeys. We also have 7 acres vegetable production, herbs, flowers and soft fruits. Most products are sold directly to consumers at the busy onsite farm store. To learn more about the farm, please visit our website at www.allgrassfarms.com.                                  

Qualifications:

All Grass Farms is seeking individuals who are interested in becoming professional farmers. No experience is required but preference will be given to those with some farming experience and those who have knowledge of and willingness to strive for and work in sustainable agriculture as a profession and lifestyle. Applicants must be 18 years of age at start of position and able to lift at least 50 lbs to shoulder height (feed bags, bale of hay, bucket of milk etc.), and be available to work early in the morning - sometimes starting at 5 am - into the early evening (evening chores often stretch to 7 pm). ​

Job Description:

The All Grass Farms Interns will help with most farm activities including the micro-dairy enterprise on the farm, with requires AM and PM milking, cleaning the barn, feeding cows, cleaning out their shelter, preparing them for milking, prepping and cleaning the milking equipment, and moving cows out to pasture as well as assisting with pasture rotations.  Occasional assistance with calving and care of newborn calves is also required.

The poultry enterprise will include taking care of chicks and poults while in brooder phase of production, taking care of growing broiler chickens on pasture including feeding and watering, moving portable shelters, loading chickens and turkeys for processing, gathering, cleaning and processing eggs from up to 2000 hens, moving eggmobiles several times per week and taking down/setting up their portable fencing. Other farm tasks will include helping with pasture rotations for beef cattle and hogs, loading and unloading feed and hay trucks, helping operate farm equipment, planting and maintaining the pastures, feeding and moving pigs. Additional help may be required with farm store operations, customer interactions, product marketing, farm tours and events.

As part of your internship you will be working with:

  1. Livestock. Our livestock are to be respected and well-cared for at all times. It is essential to always be attentive to their needs and health issues. Interns will be taught how to handle and work with the livestock and expected to follow and remember instructions. Working with animals demands the development of intuitive observation skills.
  2. Farm equipment, machinery, tools, tractors, vehicles, etc. You will be taught how to safely operate farm tools, machinery and equipment and are expected to follow the instructions and handle the equipment safely and responsibly.

General Expectations:

We expect for you to want to be here, to be interested in learning about everything we do, to work hard, to laugh, to learn from your mistakes and ours, to be challenged, to have grit and determination, to look for inspiration, to ask questions, to try new things, to be observant, self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team, able to do repetitive tasks, with a willingness to be taught and accept constructive criticism, and be self-confident. You must be motivated, thrilled and inspired about our farm and sustainable farming. At times you will be working in 100 degree heat, and other times torrential rains without complaining. The work will be very hard, but can also be very rewarding.

Compensation/Hours:

All Grass Farms Intern compensation is $10 per hour, with no overtime paid.  Interns are expected to work 8 - 10 hours per day, 5 days per week, with every other weekend off (40-50 hours per week).  At this time we do not have intern housing available on the farm, but there is ample affordable housing nearby as we are located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. There is also an employee discount for farm produced goods including raw milk, grassfed beef, pasture-raised pork, chicken and eggs available at discount. 

Successful interns will have the opportunity to move into full time, permanent farm apprentice and management positions. If you think you are that right person for this demanding role, please send a note describing your qualifications, interests, and why you would be a good fit for the internship to cliff@allgrassfarms.com. Those individuals with the right qualifications will be invited to visit the farm and interview in person for the positions.

All Grass Farms

Cliff McConville

cliff@allgrassfarms.com

www.allgrassfarms.com 

Farm Store Open 10 AM – 6 PM Daily

18N681 IL Route 31

Dundee, IL  60118

Farm Store (847) 852-7081

Emergency (847) 877-7580  (cell phone)

 

All Grass Farms Apprenticeships and Internships in Illinois
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Agriculture and the President’s Budget and More
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:13:15 +0000

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National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) News for this week including Agriculture and the President's Budget, Food Safety News, and More...

BUDGET NEWS  

Agriculture and The President's Budget: President’s Budget Puts Agriculture Back on the Chopping Block - Seemingly unphased by Congress’ resounding rejection of his previously proposed budget cuts to agriculture spending, the President has recommended $2.2 billion (a roughly ten percent cut compared to FY 2019 enacted levels) in cuts to federal food and farm programs as part of his FY 2020 budget proposal.READ MORE Check out the latest blog post about Agriculture and the President's Budget.

Stay tuned for our full analysis of the full FY 2020 proposed budget in next week's weekly roundup.

FOOD SAFETY NEWS  

The FSMA Produce Safety Rule: An Inspection Preview

Food safety inspections on produce farms are beginning this month, but there are still questions as to what the first round of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule inspections will look like. The fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be regulating farms for the first time is concerning for many produce farmers who have never interacted with FDA before on a regular basis. Adding to the anxiety for some producers, is the fact that this will be the first time in history that they will have to deal with regular inspections on their farm.

In order to help producers prepare, FDA has provided a preview of what a produce farm inspection might look like. Using the information provided by FDA and our own additional resources, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) details in this post what produce farmers might expect from the upcoming inspections, and provides some best practice tips for getting through the process as painlessly as possible.READ MORE

This post is not legal advice. For specific information on how a Produce Safety Rule Inspection might impact your operation, please contact an attorney.

NSAC JOBS  

NSAC is seeking a Coalition Director! - Are you deeply committed to public service and are experienced in administration in the field of sustainable agriculture? Would you enjoy leading a passionate, high-performing, member-engaged, and collaborative organization that is dedicated to working for racial equity? NSAC is looking for a new Coalition Director. NSAC offers competitive non-profit salary and benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.READ MORE

 

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FARRMS Intern Program in North Dakota
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:32:10 +0000

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FARRMS Intern Program on Sustainable Urban and Rural Farms Across North Dakota - 2019

FARRMS (Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resource Management and Sustainability) is seeking interns for the 2019 growing season. Don’t let another season go by without exploring your place in 21st century sustainable agriculture. Apply to the FARRMS Intern Program today. Through the FARRMS Intern Program, participants can access a unique, field based, educational experience that broadens their knowledge. Interns experience what sustainability looks like when applied on a real world farm.

A variety of placements are available in urban and rural environments. Explore local food systems with hands on, field-based experience tailored to your interests and aspirations. FARRMS matches interns with mentor farms across North Dakota and the Red River Valley. There is a range of experience available, from farmer’s markets to crop rotation to livestock management. Mentor farms and ranches provide guidance and hands-on learning opportunities.

FARRMS augments the internship experience with farm tours, book readings and discussions, a competency-based framework, and stipends. You bring enthusiasm, positive attitude, willingness to learn new methods, and commitment to work hard. FARRMS provides program orientation to both mentor farmers and interns prior to start of internship. Internships can start any time after May 1 and go through October 15. Students returning to school in the fall can complete their internships in August. Interns will be paid a $225/week stipend for a 25-hour work week. Additional hours and pay may be worked out with the mentor farm. Interns will need a vehicle to get to and from work, and to be able to attend farm tours. Housing may be available.

Applications are online and consist of a reference section and some short essay questions to determine your interests. Applications are due April 19, 2019. For more information, or to fill out an application, visit www.farrms.org/live. For questions, contact Heidi at hriddle@farrms.org.

 

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Access New Markets Webinar
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:00:16 +0000

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Access New Markets Webinar from Bekor on March 21st, 2019

Bekor is hosting a webinar on how to access new markets.  The workshop is 90 minutes and will cover the following:

  • How to identify new markets within your region
  • Benefits and challenges associated with accessing new markets for small
    farms and cooperatives
  • Tips for selling into new markets
  • Two market categories that are available to growers:
    -Small regional food and beverage companies
    -Seasonal & temporary food service businesses

The Access New Markets webinar is on March 21st at 11:00 am EST and is $10. You can register for
the webinar here:
https://www.bekor.co/events/untapped-how-to-access-untapped-markets

For a sample of what will be covered in the Access New Markets Webinar you can check out the most
recent article on Bekor's website which covers access to food and beverage
markets here:
https://www.bekor.co/blog/market-mondays-untapped-markets-packaged-food-and-beverage-companies

To access new markets is a continuous effort. Begin with the opportunities that will require the smallest investment on your part while you identify if it’s a good fit for you farm. Two markets to tap into are early stage packaged food and ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage companies. These are broad markets, so focus on the following: 

  • Early stage companies operating for 5 years or less

  • Companies operating exclusively within your region (i.e. State or Metropolitan Area)

Narrowing the focus will guide you towards the low hanging fruit as you evaluate businesses in the market.

What are the benefits to selling into these markets?

Local Reigns Supreme

These companies are still building their story and if local sourcing and production is a part of their values and brand, purchasing from your farm aligns their supply chain with their values and helps to build their brand equity among consumers. In an article by AT Kearney on consumer trends in food, they reported that consumers prefer local foods and that market growth for local foods has increased.[1]

Flexible Operations

Newer and smaller food and beverage companies tend to have more flexibility. Depending upon the product being sold, the company may be able to tailor some of their offerings based on your crop’s seasonal availability. They may also be open to testing out crops that you have that they weren’t initially sourcing.

Potential Organic Advertising

Many new food companies are transparent about their supply chains because of consumers focus on where their food is coming from. As a result, many packaged foods and RTD beverage companies list where they source their ingredients from on their website or directly on their packaging. If you supply a company that lists the name and location of your farm that could generate organic advertising for your farm. If you sell direct to customers on your farm or if you operate a U-pick operation this has the potential to increase the farm’s exposure to potential direct customers.

 

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Maryland Field Days and Workshops
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:48:25 +0000

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Upcoming Maryland Field Days & Events at Future Harvest CASA - 2019

Maryland Field DaysEvent Highlight: 3/23 Business and Legal Considerations for Your Farm, 8:30 am-1:30 pm, Upper Marlboro, MD

FHCASA sponsored: Learn about business and legal principles associated with managing a farm operation and how to comply with the complex network of laws and policies protecting the state's food system and environment. $15, Includes lunch and access to on-site lenders. ​Register here!

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Upcoming Maryland Field Days & Workshops

3/23 Business and Legal Considerations for Your Farm, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm in Upper Marlboro, MD (Southern MD). FHCASA sponsored: Held at the Prince George's County Soil Conservation District, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro, MD. $15, Includes lunch and access to on-site lenders. Learn about business and legal principles associated with managing a farm operation and how to comply with the complex network of laws and policies protecting the integrity of the state's food system and environment. Register here

4/6 Utilizing Annuals to Finish High-Quality Meats, 9:00 am-1:00 pm at Clagett Farm, Upper Marlboro, MD (Southern MD). Join Michael Heller, Farm Manager at Clagett Farm, Jeff Semler of Maryland Extension, and Brian Campell of NRCS for a hands-on look at how to incorporate annuals into pasture for high-quality meats. Plus, hear an update on the Southern Maryland Meats program from SMADC's Craig Sewell, and an introduction to Future Harvest CASA's new Go Grassfed campaign. Includes a light local lunch. Register HERE

4/28 Introduction to Permaculture: Food Forest Design and Planting, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD (Central MD). Held in collaboration with Pearlstone Center, Pearstone’s Chief Stewardship Officer Greg Strella and Perennials Manager Perri DeJarnette will offer an introduction to food forest concepts and design followed by a hands-on workshop to planting a ¼ acre food forest. Registration coming soon. 

6/30 Introduction to Permaculture: Site Analysis for Permaculture Design, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD (Central MD). Held in collaboration with Pearlstone Center, Patty Ceglia, a regional permaculture design matriarch, and Greg Strella, Pearlstone’s chief stewardship officer, will demonstrate and guide participants through practice site analysis, map sketching, zone planning, and other permaculture design exercises. Registration coming soon.  

  

Maryland Field Days and Events are presented by Future Harvest CASA, whose mission is to provide education, networking, and advocacy to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed, where food flows from farm and fishery to table in ways that strengthen farming and the regional food economy; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region’s communities and cities.

 

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Winterberry Farm Internship in Maine
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 16:50:46 +0000

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Winterberry Farm in Belgrade, Maine is Hiring an Intern for the 2019 Season
Winterberry Farm in Belgrade Maine has a opening this season 2019 for a intern. Winterberry farm is in central Maine one hour from the mountains and one hour from the coast. The farm was started 19 years ago, and grows vegetables and cut flowers. Winterberry Farm has a unpaid intern position available this season, for at least 3 weeks and preferably 3 months. This position is a education position where the applicant has housing included room and board on our certified organic horse and oxen powered farm in central Maine.
 
Included in the internship is education on growing vegetables, harvesting them, watering and weeding and planting, making flower bouquets, growing and care of flowers and harvesting them and attending farmers markets, caring for livestock that includes a flock of Romney sheep, chickens for meat, hen layers, turkeys, oxen and horses, all while living on a small 40 acre family farm. We are an 80 member three season CSA. We have a farm store with a commercial kitchen where we produce and sell value added items that we grow on our farm. We have a 2 week summer camp program for our community young folks, and many other community events.
 
Winterberry Farm Internship
We are looking for an intern that is interested in learning about commercial vegetable and cut flower growing, living on a family farm, and the value end of the farm. If you are a strong, independent and healthy mind and body person who is proud of the work they accomplish and is patient and understanding, we would like to meet you. We are a high energy family and we always have things to do, but also enjoy hiking and swimming and a bonfire after a long days work.

If you are interested, please send us your contact information and tell us why your want to spend your summer on a farm and what you hope to do with your knowledge gained through this farm experience, and we will send you an application. www.winterberryfarmstand.com
Mary Perry: 207-649-3331

 

Winterberry Farm Internship in Maine
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Work on a Sustainable Farm in California
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 09:29:49 +0000

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Now hiring for the 2019 season - Work on a sustainable farm and study agriculture in California

Job Summary

Apply now to work on a sustainable farm in Nevada County, CA, and join a cohort of emerging farmers for bi-monthly, advanced Ag Skills classes taught in the field by experts and successful farmers.  1 year of real farming experience required for job placement. 

Qualified Farm Crew job applicants are passed on to local farms for hiring for the 2019 season with hourly wage ($11/hour and up) and work schedules determined by individual farms.

Responsibilities and Duties

Job responsibilities, work schedule, and wages will be determined by individual farms. Full and part time jobs are available.  Job responsibilities vary by farm and may include all production aspects of commercial farms producing vegetables, fruit, flowers, eggs, milk and meat.  Early mornings and inclement weather to be expected

Work on a Sustainable Farm to Learn:  Ag Skills Education

To complete the program, Farm Crew students must attend Ag Skills class every other week from May to November. These classes are taught on a variety of farms by local, farming professionals.  Host-farm work schedules allow for class attendance.  Learn more about the course here: https://sierraharvest.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2018-Farm-Crew-Ag-Skills-Course-Calendar.pdf

With support from Sierra Harvest staff and feedback from host-farms, Farm Crew students set On-Farm Learning Objectives and track progress throughout the season.  There are many learning opportunities when you work on a sustainable farm and we want to ensure that students are able to focus on distinct areas of their choice. 

Qualifications and Skills – Experience & Education: Ideal candidates for Farm Crew are:

  • Serious about a career in sustainable farming and ranching,
  • Have spent at least 1 full season farming (interested applicants with less experience can apply for a farm-internship through Sierra College. Contact kalita@sierraharvest.org for more info.)
  • Prepared to commit to and work hard for a commercial farming operation the entire 2019 season,
  • Ready and willing to build community with other Farm Crew members,
  • Committed to independent learning.
  • A tuition fee (with payment plan) of $900 for the program includes placement into a paid farm job, participation in the 15-class Ag production skills class, mentorship throughout the season and regular meetings to assess the season and set learning goals.

Benefits

  • Assistance finding farm employment on a sustainable farm. Pay range-  $11/hour and up
  • 15, 3-hour classes focusing on various aspects of sustainable farming methods taught by experienced local farmer owners.
  • Guidance and support to set and track on-farm learning objectives.
  • Exposure to a diversity of local farms and the opportunity to learn directly from the farmers themselves.
  • Have fun and network at Ag related social & community events.

Farm Crew Ag Skills Course - Class Topics, 2019

  • Plant Propagation, Transplants and Green House Management
  • Field, Soil and Bed Preparation – Getting the Ground Ready for Planting
  • Best Practices in Row Crop Irrigation
  • How to Take a Soil Test and Interpret the Results
  • Ecological Weed Management, Cultivation and Direct Seeding
  • Diversified Farming: Livestock Integrated with Field Crops
  • Small Farm Machine Operation and Maintenance
  • Cover Crops and Soil Biology
  • Seed Production and Seed Saving
  •  Crop Planning, Successions and Plant Rotations
  • Crop Season Extension Ideas
  • Permaculture    
  • Biodynamics

To learn more and apply to work on a sustainable farm and study agriculture, visit our website: https://sierraharvest.org/farmers/farm-crew/

For more info, contact kalita@sierraharvest.org,  (530) 913-5480

https://sierraharvest.org/farmers/farm-crew/

 

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Community Farm Internship in NY
Sat, 16 Mar 2019 09:24:55 +0000

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Community Farm Internship Opportunity in Walton, NY for 2019 at East Brook Community Farm: a Regenerative Farm and Intentional Community

Community Farm Internship Opportunity

Location- East Brook Community Farm is in the Western Catskill Mountains of New York, 2.5 miles to the Village of Walton, a small bustling town on the West Branch of the Delaware River. We are 5 years on this beautiful 92 acre former dairy farm, with springs coming out of the mountainside to feed the house, garden, young fruit trees, chicken & ducks. The beautiful & clean East Brook runs through this ecologically diverse property.

Our Intentional Community-

  • We are a community of 8 people who live and work together, most of whom are income sharing. We are still in the formative stages of our community, and meet often during the growing season to discuss and make decisions about important aspects of community life.

  • Our infrastructure is expanding for our growing community, and there will be community-led construction happening throughout your time with us.

  • In addition to our farm business (description below), we as a community manage 40 laying hens & ducks, young fruit & nut trees around the property, honey bees, and shiitake mushrooms. We enjoy wild crafting and food preservation (fermenting, drying, canning, and freezing). Aside from homesteading, we like to eat together, meditate, take walks on the land, learn new things, play games, make art, write poetry, and have bonfires!

  • As a community, we expect & support each other to actively strive toward showing up with our whole selves (sharing about our emotional, spiritual, and creative sides with each other), to embody healthy leadership, considerate decision-making, healthy collaboration, self-management, an ability to listen and appreciate differing points of view from our own, and meet people where they're at.  We're fostering these things here by doing different forms of personal growth practices - collectively and individually.

The Farm Business- We operate a 2 acre no-till farm and an herbal business (medicinals and skin care). We market through our CSA, two local farmers markets, and wholesale to local stores and restaurants. We practice permaculture and holistic management. We care about giving back to the soil and land we grow on. We work collaboratively with a focus on each other’s health, well-being, and empowerment.

Community Farm Internship Description:

Beginning as early as April 1st and as late as May 1st. Ending Dec. 1st with flexibility

(Let us know when you can be here, and we’ll see if it works for us!)

  1. Interns participate in the day to day work of the farm, focusing primarily on the vegetable operation. Over the season, this includes greenhouse work, direct seeding, transplanting, cultivation, disease & pest management, no-till bed building and bed preparation, compost making, potting mix making, watering, planting, cultivating, thinning veg seedlings, and more. Our garden also has perennial vegetables and herbs to care for and your participation here can include learning about that as well.

  2. Assisting our market manager with our Sunday off-farm market is a key part of the internship. This includes morning harvest, loading vehicle, traveling 25 minutes to market, unloading and setting up, participating in selling the produce at the market, packing up at the end of market, traveling back to the farm and unloading the vehicle, including caring for unsold produce (10 hr days).

  3. While there are these necessary farm tasks, we welcome you taking on responsibility in your areas of interest/expertise. We encourage you to use your skills while you are here and be empowered to share your knowledge.

Ideal Community Farm Internship Candidate - You are: someone who sees themselves as an efficient and strong worker. You are excellent with physical work (including in unpleasant weather conditions) , good with time management, and are a quick learner.  You have a good amount of initiative, like working with others, can follow direction, and can work independently. You know your limits, are self aware, and are on a journey to continue furthering your self awareness. It’s important that you’re good with people, can assist in leading volunteers, and have a friendly, energetic and interested demeanor at farmers markets. Must have the ability to lift 50 lbs. You are interested in living in community with others. It’s helpful if you have some handy skills, like to cook/process food, research needed aspects of farming, and have a driver’s license. Previous farming/gardening experience is not required.

Accommodations and Benefits (Room/Board):

This is a work trade / unpaid internship. We are committed to offering as much support and as many resources as we are able in exchange for your labor here, including the following:

Housing- You will be tenting for the majority of your stay. There are several options of what that could look like depending on what is most comfortable and available for you. If you have a tent you like, you should bring it. We will have an indoor bunk space available for you to transition to in the Fall when it is too cold to camp. We all share a compost toilet, outdoor shower, and 2nd floor bathroom inside the community farm house.

Food- Our eating habits are centered around what we grow. We have a community kitchen in a shared farmhouse. We eat our own produce, herbs, eggs, and beef, and supplement with purchased grains, beans, oils, and other staples. All food items are communal unless otherwise noted. We can easily accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences. We have daily community dinners, and value eating together. Breakfast and lunch are on your own, but we often cook for each other and eat together for those as well.

Other-

  • Educational opportunities are all around every day as well as some organized. Each of us manages different areas of the farm and community and are interested in sharing our knowledge.
  • Our local NYFC (National Young Farmers Coalition) Chapter also connects area farmers / homesteaders through regular meet-ups, farm tours, and other educational events/opportunities.
  • We have bicycles, a creek to swim in, and 92 acres to roam.
  • We're 2.5 miles outside of town, which has amenities including a library, theatre, post office, grocery store, thrift store, & coffee shop.
  • There is a bus to and from New York City from a nearby town, Delhi.
  • Our region of the Western Catskills offers lots of outdoor recreational opportunities, a vibrant arts scene, and more.
To Apply for the Community Farm Internship Position:
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please email us (eastbrookcommunityfarm@gmail.com) with the following:
  • Resume (if you have one)
  • 2 references (can be current / former employers, housemates, colleagues, etc)
  • A bit about yourself including:
    • What is your farming experience / physical work experience?

    • Why you are interested in this internship?

    • What is your previous community experience / why are you interested in exploring community living?

Thanks for your interest in our Community Farm Internship. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
East Brook Community Farm

Community Farm Internship in NY
Taylor

Online Food Safety Liability Course
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:03:38 +0000

Beginning Farmers
Beginning Farmers - Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming

online food safety liability course

Farm Commons Presents a New Online Food Safety Liability Course for Farmers and Advocates

Farm Commons is excited to announce the launch of our comprehensive online food safety liability course, Cultivate Legal Resilience through Food Safety Law!

Farmers will learn actionable methods for reducing their risk of food safety liability and best practices for planning for recovery support if and when a food safety incident occurs through this learn-at-your-own-pace course.

This online food safety liability course isn't about how to grow safe food (important though that is). Rather, it's about how farmers producing the safest food possible can still be sued and/or subject to enforcement actions, and what they can do to manage that risk. 

We promise, this course isn't boring! It includes 11 interactive modules that cover personal injury liability, insurance needs, liability via sales contracts, relevant state and federal regulations, and the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules. A focus on best practices and actionable steps enables producers to move forward.

The course will be hosted online and live until Tuesday, April 30, 2019. 

Click here to register. You will receive a link to the course after registering. Reach out with any questions; my contact information is below.

Farm Commons believes that farmers should be empowered to take action on the legal situations that affect their operations. Our educational resources help farmers identify issues, break them down into manageable steps, and give farmers the confidence to move forward. Learn more about Farm Commons at their website.

This resource is supported by the Washington State Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through Agreement No. K2007. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the WSDA.

 

Online Food Safety Liability Course
Taylor


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