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Hiring: Harvest Crew

Kitchen Garden Farm is hiring full-time harvest crew members for the 2021 season. Harvesting positions start in mid-May and run through the end of October or later. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and work Monday through Saturday with speed, endurance, and good cheer.  Hours are generally 7am-5pm M-F and 8am-1pm on Saturdays, up to 50 hours per week. Part time schedules (4 days/week) are also available. Previous farm experience preferred and responsibilities include harvesting, weeding, working in the washroom, and many other farm tasks. Valid driver’s license, strong attention to detail, safe handling of equipment, ability to work independently and on a team, and eagerness to learn are all essential. We are looking for highly energetic, motivated and passionate individuals who want to do the work necessary to provide our community with the highest quality produce possible.

Location: 131 S. Silver Lane, Sunderland, MA

Pay: $14/hour, plus overtime > 40 hours/week, and unlimited vegetables.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume including references to info@kitchengardenfarm.com.

Hiring: Washroom Co-Manager

Kitchen Garden Farm is hiring for two managerial positions that will share responsibility for washing and packing all of the farm’s organic produce. These are 4 day/week positions, approximately 45+ hours/week. Work day is generally 7am-7pm. Schedules available are either MTWF or TThFS, beginning May 2021.

Two and a half days per week will be spent running the washroom, washing and packing vegetables, filling and managing orders, organizing a clean, efficient workspace that meets food safety requirements, and overseeing 1 to 2 other workers. (The other 1.5 days will be spent working on the Harvest Crew).

We are looking for high-energy, detail-oriented, self-motivated applicants with good communication and organizational skills and ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly. Some experience managing co-workers and/or being totally self-sufficient at work is required. These positions report to the Washroom Operations Manager. On the job training will be provided in forklift operation and order management software.

Location: 131 S. Silver Lane, Sunderland, MA

Pay: $15/hour, plus overtime > 40 hours/week, and unlimited vegetables.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume including references to info@kitchengardenfarm.com.

Andrew’s Greenhouse is a family operated garden center that has been established for over 40 years. We are located in the heart of the  beautiful and quaint village of South Amherst.  We specialize in offering a wide selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs. A popular local grower and retail greenhouse operation with one acre of greenhouses. We are searching for enthusiastic, energetic people with good mental and physical stamina who are willing to become part of a top notch greenhouse crew. You will be involved in all aspects of growing and retailing plants including transplanting, propagation,  watering and stocking. You will also be involved in retail sales and customer service.

This is an excellent opportunity to increase your expertise of growing plants while working in a fast paced, fun environment. Applicants should have a strong work ethic, enthusiasm for plants, and operate well within a team environment. Knowledge of plants and retail experience is helpful but not required. Love of plants a must! Both full and part time positions available. Also, two full time internship positions are available. Some weekend work required.

Full and part time positions start approximately mid-February or later and end mid-June with the possibility of continuing further into the summer.

Internship positions start mid-February/mid-March and end late August/late September. Housing option may be available for interns. Please inquire if interested.

Contact person: Andy or Jacqui Cowles

Phone 413-253-2937

Email interest and resume to andrewsgreenhouse@comcast.net

CSA Delivery Driver

The CSA Delivery Driver works Fridays from 10am-5pm delivering CSA boxes to members’ homes in western Franklin and Hampshire counties. This position entails packing boxes, organizing boxes in the van, following an order list, understanding the delivery route, and communicating with the managers and customers. This position runs from June-October. Pay is $15/hr. This position is prioritized for, but not limited to the worker who is Field Crew Member.

Skills and experience preferred:

Applicants can email conwayhartfarm@gmail.com with your letter of interest, resume, and three reference contacts.

Field Crew Member

Hart Farm seeks a part-time worker to join our crew for harvest day. Field work entails efficient harvesting, wash-up and packing of vegetables, fruits and eggs. The field crew member will work closely with the farm managers in effectively bringing in crops for market, wholesale, and our delivery CSA. The Field Crew Member works from 8am-5pm on Thursdays, June-October with a 1 hour lunch break. $15/hr. This position is prioritized for, but not limited to the worker who is the CSA delivery driver.

Skills and experience preferred:

Shelly Boisvert wishes more people understood just how much the North Hadley Market has to offer, and that the effort is all for us. “We felt our community lacked something — a true general store,” she says. So they started one, and it’s become a hub in our local food economy.

The market, which she owns with her husband, Joe, is one arm of the Boisvert family business that also includes maple sugaring (the North Hadley Sugar Shack) and other farming and retail endeavors.

What began as a seasonal farm stand seven years ago has grown into a full-service, year-round fixture, akin to the general stores that long anchored small town squares in New England. Here people can find almost anything they truly need, all in one place.

“Without coming into the store, you don’t realize,” Shelly says. “But when people visit for the first time, they say ‘Wow, I never knew you guys had all this stuff!’”

Like many local grocers, the market is an important central sales point for nearby food producers. For shoppers, it’s a great place to choose from a large selection of the region’s best.

This starts with fresh fruits and veggies that rotate seasonally, but also includes milk from nearby Mapleline Farm, as well as beef, chicken and pork from animals the Boisverts raise themselves just up the road. Then there are the locally made snacks and condiments. “We’re talking jams, dressings, popcorn, honey, coffee … the list goes on,” Shelly says.

It’s like a farmers’ market every day.

In recent years, and especially since COVID-19 started, the market has also offered prepared foods. Their in-house bakery whips up pies, muffins, fresh cider donuts and more. Their deli offers cold cuts, sandwiches, salads and soup. Don’t feel like cooking? They also have homemade grab-and-go meals to heat up and feed a family.

Their cooler offers local drinks, “and we also stock local beer, wine, and cider,” Shelly says. There’s also the ‘convenience shelf’ with baking needs, canned goods and “anything else you forgot at the grocery store.” Need a quick gift? They carry toys and cards. And don’t forget the maple goodies they’re famous for, which are “a big reason the store is here,” she says.

In Shelly’s eyes, what’s helped the North Hadley Market thrive is their willingness to change to meet community needs. After COVID-19 shutdowns in March, they ran curbside pickup only. Still, because they source so locally, they offered items larger grocers didn’t have. After figuring out how to reopen safely, “we’ve had new customers become regulars because they feel more comfortable in a small store with few staff,” she says. “We do everything we can to keep the store clean and safe.”

COVID-19 adaptation aside, they’ve always tried to keep things fresh to engage new customers and excite regulars, Shelly explains. “We keep products people like while looking for something different. Whether it’s a new beer or a new to-go meal, we always want people thinking ‘Geez, I wonder what’s new this week?’”

Each holiday brings new surprises. “We did Thanksgiving and Christmas takeout meals this year, which went great,” Shelly says. Soon they’ll offer an ‘everything but the meal’ pre-order Valentine’s Day special, including a tote bag with two bottles of wine and plenty of homemade and chocolate-coated maple candy.

The North Hadley Market is open 8-5 every day, and their Facebook page is updated regularly with new products and specials. Rather not come into the store? Email or call ahead and they’ll set aside a curbside pickup. Not sure they have what you need? Just ask.

“I think people are starting to appreciate the availability of local products more, honestly,” Shelly says. “What I hope people remember is that we’re here for you now, and in the future. Don’t forget all these farm stands up and down the Valley.”

You can find other year-round local markets and seasonal farm stands using CISA’s searchable online guide at buylocalfood.org/find-it-locally/. If you like what you find, be sure to tell your friends and neighbors. Places like these rely heavily on word-of-mouth referrals.

Says Shelly, ” We’re here for the community. We’ve been here, we are here, we don’t plan on going anywhere, and even after COVID we’ll still have the same great products.”

Jacob Nelson is communications coordinator for CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture).

Click here for more on North Hadley Market.

WRSI, January 22, 2021.Jeff Igneri, from Local in Northampton, talks about the great community support they have received during the pandemic.

Job Type and Schedule: Part-time and seasonal, February through early December.
Approximately 15 hours per week.
Compensation and Benefits: $18.00 per hour
To apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to michael@growfoodnorthampton.org. 
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

About Grow Food Northampton: Grow Food Northampton builds a community that supports its farms and farmers and makes local food accessible to all. Grow Food Northampton owns a 120-acre community farm that leases land to four different farmers practicing sustainable agriculture; manages a vibrant 310-plot organic community garden; grows over 8,000 pounds of produce annually that is donated to people in need; operates a thriving downtown farmers’ market; educates over 1,200 students about local food on the farm and in the classroom annually; and manages food access initiatives that invite people of all incomes into the local food movement. Founded in 2010, Grow Food Northampton serves the city of Northampton and nearby communities with four full-time
and four part-time staff members, Terracorps service members, and volunteers.

About Tuesday Market: Tuesday Market is a community-based farmers market in downtown Northampton, managed by Grow Food Northampton. The market operates from 1:30-6:30 pm every Tuesday between mid-April and mid-November. This year, due to the pandemic, Grow Food Northampton is also operating a monthly Winter Market.

Position Description: The Market Manager is responsible for all operations and the overall success, organizational mission fit, and community representation of Tuesday Market. The job requires personal confidence and the ability to effectively communicate with a variety of people, including customers, vendors, and municipal employees. The Market Manager’s general responsibilities include: running the Tuesday Market on a weekly basis, fostering community support for the market, helping promote the market and GFN, keeping accurate weekly records of market activities, and maintaining positive customer and vendor relations. Successful managers understand both the vendors’ and the shoppers’ needs and design and implement strategies to meet their needs. The manager is required to be on-site at market and available to vendors and shoppers for the entire market day. A Market Assistant will assist the Market Manager with on-site tasks the day of the market each week.

Responsibilities
Market Management
● Develop and maintain good working relationships with vendors, shoppers, relevant
municipal staff, community members, and partner organizations.
● Update and prepare vendor applications and contracts; track insurance and
communicate with potential vendors.
● Assist vendors, community representatives, and shoppers by providing market-related
information, enforcing market rules, and providing conflict resolution.
● Consider input from vendors, customers, neighbors, and other stakeholders; respond to
requests and complaints or escalate to supervisor as dictated by good judgment.
● Schedule guests to the market: musicians, entertainers, nonprofit organizations, etc.
● Seek new vendors as space becomes available, with consideration to the balance of
types of vendors and products offered.
● Participate as a member of Grow Food Northampton staff, attending staff meetings and
helping to make and implement organizational decisions as needed.
● Manage administrative duties including token reimbursements and invoices.
● Assist in hiring and supervise a Market Assistant; supervise volunteers, as needed.
● Plan and organize special events to maintain and enhance the vibrancy of the market.
● Provide a fluid response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related changes to the
market including working with the Northampton Health Dept. and on-site changes to the
market for the safety of vendors and customers.
Education & Outreach
● Work with other Grow Food Northampton staff and volunteers to promote the market and
to promote other Grow Food Northampton efforts at the market.
● Create promotional materials and coordinate displaying them throughout the community.
● Read and respond to all market email and phone communication.
● Update the market website and/or coordinate updates with staff.
● Create and post content on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and other forms of online outreach including Newsletter contributions.

Qualifications
● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, sound judgment, and professionalism
● Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and diverse groups of people
● Patience, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude
● Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail
● Demonstrated commitment to working in the community and enthusiasm for local food.
● Familiarity and experience with local farms, farmers markets, and Tuesday Market.
● Experience in event planning.

Grow Food Northampton is an equal opportunity provider and employer. People of all races, colors, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, national origins, and ability, are encouraged to apply. We embrace diversity and equal opportunity and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

CSA Manager, Powisset Farm (Dover, MA)

The Trustees of Reservations

Description: The Trustees is seeking a CSA Manager to oversee management responsibility for the CSA operation and all vegetable production at Powisset Farm. Responsibilities include management of: crop production planning and field and soil health; systems and infrastructure; staff hiring, training and supervision; budget planning and tracking; equipment procurement, operation and maintenance; CSA distribution; member and community relations; on-site farm-store oversight along with online farm-store order packing & distribution; coordination and occasional assistance with Powisset education programming and events. You are not only a farmer, but a farm ambassador with a public facing opportunity to support all activity taking place at the farm – farming, engagement, stewardship and education – with internal colleagues and the greater community.

Compensation: Full-time, year-round salaried position with full suite of benefits.

Contact: Desiree Robertson-DuBois ddubois@thetrustees.org

Link: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=31231&clientkey=A116ACB81F47E0050535F1FC4DA6EE15

Kroka Expeditions is seeking an experienced Farmer to work alongside our current farm manager through the leadership transition of Kroka Farm. Our current manager/founder of the farm will be moving on in 2022. Our diversified farm is comprised of 30 acres of pasture, hay fields and gardens amidst a beautiful 100-acre campus. Livestock includes dairy cows, laying hens, and a draft horse. Our gardens produce a variety of greens, root crops, fruits, and berries to feed 1,000 students who join Kroka’s programs annually. The farm is managed by two full-time farmers and aided by apprentices, staff, and students.
Working in a close-knit team, our farmers plan and execute food production and farm education, while caring for the land and the animals using biodynamic and organic practices.

Schedule: Year-round, full-time, salaried.

Responsibilities: Working in a team, the Kroka Farmer will conduct all aspects of managing Kroka’s diversified educational farm, balancing productivity with educational goals. Responsibilities include:
• Planning and execution of a diversified vegetable production – for consumption by students
and staff, market sales, and donations to local area food banks
• Overseeing daily chores and maintenance of the farm
• Developing educational curriculum for students and apprentices
• Facilitate daily and weekly work projects with students of all ages
• Train and mentor Farm Apprentices
• Maintain farm equipment and barn spaces
• Assist with pasture management
• Collaborate with program coordinators to meet the food needs of the organization

Qualifications & Experience: Qualified candidates will have a minimum of 5 seasons experience in organic farming/gardening as well as the following qualifications:
• Diversified gardening including season-extension
• Excited to engage in farm education with students ages 9 – 19, apprentices, and staff
• Desire to join a community of staff and students working towards a sustainable future
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a strong work ethic, a consistent positive
attitude, attention to detail, and a capacity for cooperative teamwork
• Valid driver’s license with clean record
• Ability to work outdoors in a physically active role year round
• Animal husbandry – including dairy and poultry
• Understanding of intensive rotational grazing, including fencing and pasture management
• Proficiency in operating a tractor and implements – mechanical skills are a plus

Compensation & Benefits: Being one of Kroka’s farmers is a year-round, full time, residential position.
Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Kroka staff benefits include health insurance, retirement benefits, vacation and health days, and participation in a vibrant community.

To Apply: visit www.kroka.org/hiring to begin an application, or email jobs@kroka.org

2021 ASSISTANT WASHROOM MANAGER – Riverland Farm

The Farm: Riverland Farm is a Women-run, Certified Organic Farm in Western Massachusetts. We grow high quality, organic produce for our community. We are invested in the health and viability of organic farmland in our region and continue to work to maintain and improve the land we farm.

We grow 40 acres of certified organic vegetables on prime agricultural soil along the Connecticut River in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. We take pride in the quality of our vegetables and the ongoing relationships we maintain with our customers, locally and regionally.

Our growing practices, inputs and systems reflect our high standards for healthy land, good food and worker safety. We use only sustainable practices and organic approved inputs. We are a USDA Certified Organic Farm, certified by Baystate Certifiers.

The Job: Working on a farm crew often fosters lasting connections and friendships. We have a small and tight knit crew that works very closely with one another on a daily basis. We aim to have our crew working together towards common goals and supporting one another through the wide range of ups and downs of farming. Farming is a very physically demanding job. The days are long and variable and require people with good mental and physical stamina.

All full time positions at Riverland include benefits of an hour paid lunch, allotted vacation time, paid holidays off, and use of vegetables for cooking and preserving!

All applicants will be considered for this position but preference is given to those with 2-3 years of farm experience. You must have a valid driver’s license to apply.

Job Overview: This is a key assistant management position on the farm. Once properly trained you will assist in management and implementation of all post-harvest produce washing and handling, packaging, organizing, and cooling activities. A person who excels in this role is someone that has a critical eye toward quality and consistency of produce, has good organizational skills, and is a great communicator. They are a good team player, have a positive attitude and good work ethic, strong spatial relations, are efficiently minded, and physically fit. Outside of the washroom responsibilities, you will be responsible for general farm work from seed to harvest and everything in between.

Assistant Washroom Responsibilities: 

Other General Farm Responsibilities: 

Description of Benefits:

Pay: starts at $13.75/hour and is commensurate with experience

To apply: email resume, cover letter and three references to employment@riverlandfarm.com

2021 FULL TIME FIELD CREW -Riverland Farm

The Farm: Riverland Farm is a Women-run, Certified Organic Farm in Western Massachusetts. We grow high quality, organic produce for our community. We are invested in the health and viability of organic farmland in our region and continue to work to maintain and improve the land we farm.

We grow 40 acres of certified organic vegetables on prime agricultural soil along the Connecticut River in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. We take pride in the quality of our vegetables and the ongoing relationships we maintain with our customers, locally and regionally.

Our growing practices, inputs and systems reflect our high standards for healthy land, good food and worker safety. We use only sustainable practices and organic approved inputs. We are a USDA Certified Organic Farm, certified by Baystate Certifiers.

The Job: Working on a farm crew often fosters lasting connections and friendships. We have a small and tight knit crew that works very closely with one another on a daily basis. We aim to have our crew working together towards common goals and supporting one another through the wide range of ups and downs of farming. Farming is a very physically demanding job. The days are long and variable and require people with good mental and physical stamina. A person that excels in this role is a good team player, has a positive attitude and good work ethic, is efficiency minded, has a good sense of humor, and is physically fit.

All positions include benefits of an hour paid lunch, allotted vacation time, paid holidays off, and use of vegetables for cooking and preserving!

All applicants will be considered for these positions but preference is given to those with prior farm experience. You must have a valid driver’s license to apply.

The people in these positions make up the core of our field production crew and will be responsible for a myriad of tasks in the production of fresh high quality produce from seed to harvest and pack out.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Positions start in May and continue through October or November

Description of Benefits:

Pay: starts at $13.50/hour and is commensurate with experience

To apply: email resume, cover letter and three references to employment@riverlandfarm.com