JOBS

Part-Time Garden Educator, New York Restoration Project

Surprise Lake Farm Director

Communications Manager, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Note the full list of jobs here)

Seeking Garden Instructors
(Part time; 5-20 hrs/week)

The Children’s Aid Society’s Go! Chefs program is seeking dynamic instructors to lead our garden program at Curtis High School in Staten Island.Go!Chefs is our hands-on cooking, nutrition education and gardening curricula for young people. Since 2005, Go!Chefs has introduced youth to the pleasures of growing, preparing and enjoying “real food” that is both nutritious and delicious – an essential step toward health and well-being. Our core goals are for children to embrace fresh fruit and vegetables, increase their food literacy, and build skills and self-sufficiency in the kitchen and garden.

Garden teachers will work 2-4 days per week and must be available for training at the end of June and for the entire summer session, July 6-August 21st. Responsibilities include:
• Effectively implementing our curriculum, which includes gardening,
plant science, journaling, and tastings
• Collaborating creatively with Go!Chefs cooking teachers
• Communicating with site directors about program progress and needs
• Managing all aspects of garden maintenance, and
• Reporting to the Go! Chefs Manager

Candidate must be:

• A dynamic teacher with significant teaching experience and a solid
knowledge of gardening and plant science
• Highly organized and able to work independently
• Energetic and self-motivated
• Extremely reliable
• Good communicator

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Kaitlin Dougherty, Go!
Chefs Manager, kdougherty@childrensaidsociety.org.

Assistant Farm Manager from Spring to late fall of the 2015 season. This job
is seasonal and will resume in Spring 2016.

Ideal candidates are highly self-
motivated with a minimum of 2 years experience in organic vegetable production. The Assistant Farm Manager in partnership with the Farmer-Owner will be responsible for greenhouse work, fieldwork, CSA distribution, and farmer’s market. Assistant Farm Manager will train, direct and work with apprentices, interns and volunteers.

Responsibilities will include:
Mechanical tillage, soil fertility, direct seeding, transplanting,
cultivation, irrigation management, disease & pest control, crop rotation,
routine equipment maintenance and daily record keeping. The ideal candidate
would be available to start in April/May 2015 and have excellent mechanical
skills, and valid drivers license, and the ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
Daily Responsibilities:
● Seed starting in greenhouse, thinning seedlings, and nutrient
application. Direct sowing in fields.
● Bed preparation: rock picking, cultivating, back pack flaming,
weeding, and working with drip irrigation
● Record keeping
● Foliar spraying of crops for feeding and pest control
● harvesting, cleaning, and storing vegetables
● Tractor and implement safety, maintenance, hookup, calibration and
operation
● Farm Upkeep: mowing tractor ways and grass borders, weed-whacking,
building, repairs, painting
● Working with apprentices, interns and volunteers—adults and children
If you have a specific area of interest please let us know!
Room & Board: We provide all the vegetables you need.
Location:
School Lunch Farm & CSA
69 Stephen Park Road
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Contact Info:
Please email cover letter and resume to:
Margaret Noon
Please use email contact first!
margaretmnoon@gmail.com
908-451-0051
School Lunch Farm Vision:
School Lunch Farm is founded on the desire create healthier soil and community
by growing nutrient dense organic vegetables and fruits, heirloom and
specialty crops for community supported agriculture shareholders, schools,
low-income community members, farm markets, and restaurants.

School Lunch Farm is conceived as an education center that bridges the gap
between the school garden programs of the 501c3 NPO Slow Food Northern NJ and
working organic small farms. Slow Food Northern NJ school garden programs
educate children to be stewards of the earth through organic vegetable
gardens. The programs combine experience gardening and integrated curricula
to foster children’s understanding of where food comes from, how it’s grown,
and the effects of food production on the environment.

Request for Proposals: Facilitator for Planning Process

Urban Farm Enterprise Pathways Project Issued by: NeighborSpace Deadline for Proposals: February 12, 2015

SUMMARY

Urban Farm Enterprise Pathways Project (Urban Pathways) is a planning process for creating a thriving and independent business structure for Chicago’s urban farmers that is based in the Englewood farm district. Through this year long process, Neighborspace, working with an advisory group of Chicago’s urban agriculture not for profits, neighborhood organizations, and farmers will explore and document a strategy for establishing trained urban farmers on available land in Englewood and the surrounding area, creating a sustainable farm business structure.

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

NeighborSpace, together with Grow Greater Englewood, representative urban farmers, Growing Home, Chicago Botanic Garden, Growing Power, and Angelic Organics Learning Center, will lay the framework for a farmer business structure based in Chicago’s Englewood urban agriculture zone. Through a facilitated year-long planning process, and with the assistance of consultants with expertise in relevant topics, the group will determine the issues that must be examined, communicate with the City and others in the urban agriculture community, research areas of concern, and draft a report relating the process for establishing a business structure to support small urban farmers. This project will leverage the substantial resources and expertise of Chicago’s established urban agriculture organizations for the benefit of the Englewood area. The creation of a successful business enterprise will have the capacity to transform the community in Englewood and beyond while providing a viable outlet for beginning farmers in training programs.

EXPECTATIONS:

NeighborSpace seeks an experienced facilitator to lead the year-long planning process.
· The facilitator will work with NeighborSpace to craft a planning process and will document all activities throughout the grant period.
· He/she will be responsible for organizing and leading monthly meetings including notifying meeting participants (organization representatives, farmers, and, as necessary, additional technical consultants), drafting an agenda, noting outcomes, and incorporating feedback and lessons learned into a cohesive framework.
· This individual will document processes, or coordinate additional consultants’ documentation process, related to obtaining land, mitigating and establishing the physical site, creating a business entity, obtaining a business license, and other issues that arise.
· He/she will also organize the documents established by the advisory group, for example, guidelines related to the technical process for production, governing structure of the cooperative and its relationship with the advisory group, and the process for applying to and criteria for being accepted into the cooperative.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

March-September 2015

TYPE OF CONTRACT

This is a fixed-price contract.

DEADLINE

Interested individuals and/or firms should submit a letter of intent indicating their interest and previous experience leading similar projects with nonprofit and/or nonprofit organizations. In addition all submissions should include the following materials:

–  Estimate of fees associated with project

–  A list of related projects completed by the individual/firm.

–  At least three references.

–  Any other relevant documentation

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Proposals will be evaluated by the advisory group based upon relevant experience, qualifications, cost, technical approach, familiarity with the geographic area and logistical capabilities.

Responses to this RFP must be received no later than February 12th 2015 and may be directed via email to bhelphand@neighbor-space.org or via mail to Ben Helpahnd, Executive Director, NeighborSpace, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612.

Food Sustainability Advocate/Coordinator

Chartwells Higher Education is pleased to announce a full­ time Food
Sustainability Advocate/Coordinator at Bard College. The advocate/Coordinator
will work to advance local and sustainable food purchasing and overall
sustainability in dining services at Bard. This is an exciting opportunity for
a qualified candidate to contribute to the growing sustainable food movement
in higher education. The successful candidate will expand, track, and raise
awareness about current practices with the ultimate goal of increasing local,
community­ based, and 3rd party certified food purchases. The coordinator will
also help to establish short­ and long­ term goals, complete annual reporting,
and work closely with local food producers and campus community members
(especially students) to raise awareness of the importance of local and
sustainable food choices. The advocate will also support Chartwells accounts
at other campuses.

Consequently, this position will require limited travel within the Hudson
Valley and beyond.

Our ideal candidate will be:

• A self­ starter with stellar communication skills and the ability to
effectively manage multiple priorities in a dynamic environment.
• Experienced in managing food service in an education environment.
• Able to work independently.
• Detail oriented and well­ organized.
Desired experience, skills, and abilities include:

• Three or more years of experience in local and sustainable food ­
related issues.
• Administrative and program management experience.
• Solid interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse
group of people.
• The ability to accomplish results in designated time frames.
• Be comfortable working in a fast moving/changing environment and have
the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Have the ability to effectively motivate students and community
members to action.
• Ability to travel between schools as needed.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Position is filled for the academic
calendar.

Please send your resume and one­ page cover letter to cborden@bard.edu no later
than Friday, February 13.

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