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Posted: January 23, 2015 | Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico,

About Us:  We are a ranch in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México looking for an experienced farmer to help us start a small, organic, no-till market garden.  This is an excellent opportunity for a farmer who has the skills to operate his/her own farm but doesn’t have the necessary finances to buy land.   Essential Duties:  To plan and put into practice an Organic farm utilizing no-till, no-spray agriculture - starting from scratch (you’ll be given the staff and budget you need to complete all tasks)  Preparing land, irrigation, erecting greenhouses, building raised beds  Detailed record keeping + budgeting (you will have assistance with this)  Crop rotation  2 year minimum commitment with a one season trial period   Qualifications:  Fluency in Spanish  Minimum 2 years managing a for-profit organic farm  Ability + desire to move to Mexico for a multi-year commitment  Valid US (or Mexican!) driver’s license  Flexibility in your work hours and overall attitude  You should know how to: build a greenhouse, practice no-till agriculture (or be ready, willing, and excited to learn), know how to create a thriving and healthy eco-system on the farm, as no pesticides, organic or not, will be permitted; how to compost, etc.  Demonstrated understanding of agricultural practices, whole farm planning, crop rotation, soil enhancement methods, soil science and general ecological principles  Ability to manage workers (in Spanish)  Ability to work with and for meticulous owners and managers  Passion for learning about not only plants, but the agricultural heritage of where you will be farming  Bonus: experience with animals, although we’ll be bringing on an HM livestock manager next, so this is not essential   Compensation:  $45,000 USD annual salary plus potential incentives in following years  Housing on the ranch + a vehicle to use locally will be included  2 weeks paid vacation The right candidate for this position will be sent to a farm in Northern California for a two-week intensive, paid apprenticeship this spring (ideally by April or May) to learn no-till vegetable farming from farmers who have mastered the practice. The farmers that train you will also act as consultants in San Miguel this summer to help us get the farm up an running, and provide phone and email consultations as needed in the months following.   Please send a note explaining why you are interested in this specific opportunity, and why you are the right person for it, along with your resume to:  farmersanmiguel@gmail.com

Posted: January 23, 2015 | Location: Rockport, Washington

Job Purpose  The Farmer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of production, developing and executing the long-term farming strategy, providing organic expertise, and assisting in education at the farm. The Farmer will provide strategic leadership for the Field Supervisor and seasonal farm staff and maintain a safe, clean, and organized environment for staff and customers. The Farmer will be a steward to the land and facilities by fostering a productive organic farm that nurtures the surrounding ecosystem and the people who work at and visit the site. Cascadian Farm® is one of the country's leading brands of organic foods. The story of Cascadian Farm begins over 40 years ago on a little stretch of land next to the Skagit River in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. Today Cascadian Farm has grown far beyond our original farm. Acquired by General Mills in 2000, Cascadian Farm sells cereals, bars, frozen fruits and vegetables, spreads, and juices.   The heart of our brand, our 28 acre organic Home Farm grows eleven acres of blueberries, one acre each of strawberries, raspberries, sweet corn, and pumpkins, as well as some hardy kiwis, and greenhouse peppers and tomatoes. The remainder of the land is planted in grassways. Located in a temperate rainforest zone, the Farm receives approximately 80 inches of rain a year with temperatures ranging from 25 – 50° F in the winter and 50 – 90° F in the summer. The Home Farm operates a farm and ice cream stand and serves the organic community through research and education.   Position Details  Reports to Home Farm Site Director Location: Rockport, WA  Travel: Limited  Weekend & extended hours required during growing season  Major Job Responsibilities Farm Production (80%) Responsible for farm operations including yield, production schedules, equipment, and employee supervision.  o Develop and lead execution of long-term strategy for farming operations;  o Directly manage the Field Supervisor and indirectly the seasonal field staff;  o Perform basic maintenance and improvements on farm infrastructure, facilities, and equipment;  o Ensure necessary supplies and parts are available for farm production and equipment repair;  o Operate equipment including berry harvester, tractors, and tractor implements (for soil prep, planting, harvest, and field and road maintenance);  o Manage and oversee all irrigation needs and repairs;  o Maintain farm records related to production, organic certification, and human and food safety;  o Promote and maintain a safe, clean, and organized work environment for staff and customers; and  o Assist field crew in planting, weeding, pruning, and harvesting crops and fill in as needed. Support overall operations as a member of the farm leadership team through active participation in meetings, progress reports, collaboration, and proactive communication with the team.  o Contribute to the farm business planning by providing expertise on farm enterprises including cropping systems, varieties, volumes, inputs, and capital investments;  o Facilitate a respectful, communicative, and team-oriented working environment; and  o Work with the farm leadership team to ensure all farm goals are met. Responsible for maintaining organic integrity on the farm.  o Ensure operations comply with local, state, and federal regulations (including, but not limited to, Good Agricultural Practices, Washington State Department of Agriculture, and USDA National Organic Program);  o Holistically manage soil fertility (cover cropping, crop rotation, and manage compost program), nutrient cycling, promote biodiversity, and weed, pest, and disease management; and  o Maintain technical expertise in organic and sustainable farming practices and issues by keeping up with the latest scientific research and attending relevant farm conferences.  Interpretation, Education, and Outreach (20%) Work with the Site Director to provide tours and organic farming education to visitors and brand customers;  Assist with development of organic education resources for staff and visitors;  Contribute farm and organic agriculture content to social media, website, and blog;  Support and represent organic farming work with industry and partners in the organic community; and  Other duties as assigned.   Qualifications  Bachelor’s degree required with emphasis in organic or sustainable agriculture desired.  At least two years of production management experience required (managing production schedule, managing staff, purchasing farm inputs, overseeing soil fertility, developing long-term strategy).  Demonstrated experience with operating and maintaining machinery (berry harvester, tractor, tractor implements) and ability to make minor repairs to farm tools, equipment, and farm infrastructure.  Experience in organic agriculture practices with an understanding of soil fertility, pest and weed management, and greenhouse management.  Knowledge of current organic research and emerging trends in organic farming systems.  Creative thinker and problem solver with the ability to innovate.  Strong oral and written communication skills.  Willingness to participate in videos and social media to promote the farm, organic agriculture, and the brand.  Must be able to comfortably lift 50lbs and perform work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.  Conversational Spanish is strongly desired.   Competencies Passion and enthusiasm for organic farming and stewardship of natural resources  Energizes & develops people  Delivers outstanding results  Integrity  Willingness to be flexible and adapt to changing job requirements and priorities  Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and under time constraints  Team player with positive attitude  Ability to work with multiple, diverse stakeholders   Compensation  This is a full-time, year-round position offering a competitive salary and generous benefits package.   To Apply  Please visit our General Mills Careers website, create a profile, and formally apply to the position at: http://careers.generalmills.com/en/jobs/descriptions/organic-farmer-cascadian-farm-home-farm-rockport-washington-job-1-5044922 Information about the farm is available at: http://www.cascadianfarm.com/our-farm/the-farm

Posted: January 7, 2015 | Location: San Francisco, California

VERITABLE VEGETABLE is seeking a full-time PURCHASER. As an organic produce distributor with 40 years of experience, Veritable Vegetable purchases, transports and supplies the highest quality organic fruits and vegetables on the market. We actively improve the sustainable food system by supporting organic farmers, increasing access to fresh produce, strengthening communities and cultivating a fair and dynamic workplace. What makes us unique is our commitment to running the business based on values rather than the bottom line. We believe in using the power of business to solve social and environmental challenges and have been certified as a B Corporation. Our company culture stresses high integrity relationships, quality produce, minimal environmental impact and active involvement in the community. POSITION SUMMARY: The Purchaser maximizes business opportunities for VV and ensures the selection, pricing and promotion of organic produce to meet VV goals for availability, sales, margin and quality. The position maintains excellent relations with vendors/farmers and participates in advocacy for sustainable food systems. ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP: Reports to Purchasing Manager. Close working relationship with Sales department, Trucking Managers and Inventory Control team. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: • Develop and maintain a supplier base that aligns with current customer needs and future opportunities • Maintain, grow, and strengthen relationships with organic vendors, obtain information about product availability, place orders, establish prices, and resolve quality issues • Provide coverage across all product categories for Purchasing Department as needed • Ability to communicate our company values to staff, our community and all outside contacts REQUIREMENTS: • 5+ years of experience in the Produce Industry, preferably in organic produce, with a proven track record of crop planning, negotiating and buying • Knowledge of organic produce varieties, organic growing practices, quality standards and seasonality • Outstanding relationship building skills; ability to manage strong vendor relationships • Strong analytical skills and creative problem solving capabilities • Ability to evaluate profitability and identify business development opportunities • Must possess strong communication and presentation skills • Proficient in MS Office suite software applications and experience utilizing databases • Knowledge of logistics and ability to work closely with our Transportation Department • Self-motivated, highly organized team player • Effective time management skills • An entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit DESIRED SKILLS: • Project management • Skill at development of promotion programs and identifying volume sales opportunities • Strong technical skills; ability to analyze and suggest improvements to database applications • Knowledge and/or experience in food safety compliance E-mail your COVER LETTER and RESUME to hr@veritablevegetable.com or fax to (415) 920-0448. Veritable offers an excellent work environment, competitive salaries and great benefits. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Posted: January 5, 2015 | Location: Carmel, California

Serendipity Farms is looking for a farm manager with organic row crop experience to assist in managing three parcels of land, totaling 20 acres in Carmel, CA. Farm manger would report to the owner, carrying out weekly directions and oversee planting, cultivation and harvest, and tractor work. Would be a liaison with our local restaurant and market accounts, doing deliveries as needed. Great opportunity to learn from a successful organic farm that has been in business for 14 years. Pay dependent on experience. There is no living situation on the farm. Interns would report to the farm manager. Interns that have no experience in farming would not be paid, but would learn all aspects of farming many varieties of vegetables and berries. Interns with significant experience would be paid, rate also depending on type of experience and what can be brought to the table. Interviewing now for position to start in March. Also no living situation. Please send a resume and letter to: info@serendipityorganics.com

Posted: December 16, 2014 | Location: Sacramento, California

Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education Project Sacramento, CA Phone: (916) 363-9685 website: www.soilborn.org Job Description: Assistant Farm Manager Program: Food Production and Farming Education – American River Ranch Reports To: Farm Manager, Co- Director Organizational Background: Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project is a non-profit educational farm in Sacramento, California. Our programs focus on promoting health and providing experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults, producing healthy food, improving access to healthy food for all and modeling land and environmental stewardship. Beyond producing healthy, certified organic produce for our 100 CSA members and local stores, local food banks, restaurants, and a weekly farm stand and farmers’ markets, Soil Born Farms has also developed several innovative education and food access programs in partnership with area schools and non-profit agencies. The American River Ranch, a 55-acre historic ranch located within the American River Parkway, is the permanent home of Soil Born Farms. It provides a wonderfully diverse landscape to engage both youth and adults in hands-on activities that educate and connect them with the natural world, healthy food, healthy eating, job and life skills, hard work, and service opportunities. The American River Ranch also provides the opportunity to expand the production of vegetables and fruit to meet the needs of more Sacramento residents, particularly those in underserved neighborhoods with little or no access to fresh, nutritious food. Our original site, the 1.5-acre Farm on Hurley Way, is a model hand-scale market garden and serves as a training and educational site. Job Summary The Assistant Farm Manager is a developing farmer with a passion for educating young farmers and growing high-quality organic fruit and vegetables. The Assistant Farm Manager must be able to manage their time well and provide assistance on a variety of farm duties. Main duties focus on apprentice training and supervision, produce pack oversight and general field assistance for the vegetable operation. Key Responsibilities • Conduct and assist management of daily vegetable production field work • Produce pack management • Assist in field-based training and instruction and apprentice management in all farm tasks • Oversight of field-based volunteers and work-traders to support harvests and field work Required Qualifications: • Two years experience working on a diversified vegetable operation • Knowledge of sustainable agricultural systems • Ability to work quickly, multi-task and be flexible on a daily basis • Ability to relate, interact and empower people of all ages from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds • Good communication skills and a “can do” attitude • Ability to lift 50# • Ability to work in all weather conditions and especially heat • Interest in learning and growing as a leader, both in farming and in educating apprentices Preferred Qualifications: • CSA program coordination and farm stand/farmers market experience • Experience managing interns, apprentices or staff • An inclination to mechanical knowledge and skill • Mixed fruit orchard management • Interest in long-term employment at Soil Born Farms Hours and Compensation • Between 40-50hrs/week. 5 day work week. Chore weekend rotation every 3 weeks. • Salary: Dependent on experience • Benefits: 90% medical and accrued paid time off of 10 days per year (PTO). • Opportunities for advancement Please email cover letter, resume, and two references to Shawn Harrison, Co-Director, at sharrison@soilborn.org. Position open until filled.

Posted: December 16, 2014 | Location: Groveland, California

Camp Tawonga is a children's summer camp located in the Sierra Mountains on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park. Camp's mission is to build positive self-esteem, create a cooperative community, build appreciation for nature, and foster positive Jewish identity and spirituality. Our outstanding staff includes people with both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds. The Garden Coordinator at Tawonga is a 6-month, paid position from mid-April to mid-October. Responsibilities include growing an organic garden, approximately 1/3 acre; caring for farm animals including goats, chickens and pigs; leading creative garden programs for children aged 7-17; and teaching about ecology, food systems, and Jewish connections to nature. Applicants must be 21+ years of age with significant gardening/farming experience, educational and/or creative programming experience, and experience working with children. Salary is $230/wk plus room and board, more DOE. To apply, visit www.tawonga.org. For more information, contact Becca Meyer at becca@tawonga.org or 415-543-2267.

Posted: December 16, 2014 | Location: San Francisco, California

The Sales & Merchandising Field Representative (SMFR) acts as an Ambassador of Veritable Vegetable, our mission, culture and policies. The SMFR builds relationships with identified accounts to increase customer loyalty and satisfaction and grows Veritable Vegetable’s business. The SMFR works closely with Sales Director and Account Managers, Marketing and Purchasing staff. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Utilize questioning and observation skills to build understanding of customer’s business challenges and growth potential. • In collaboration with Sales Account Manager, proactively identify strategies for adding value to the customer’s business (i.e. merchandising, new product introductions, staff training and promotions). Gain customer support and implement agreed upon strategies. • Measure and report on results of implemented strategies. • Assist customer in planning and forecasting to improve sales and profitability, reduce shrink and accommodate business growth. • Develop merchandising expertise and tools (i.e. best practices, sample ideas and plans) for the customer to use to enhance produce displays and increase sales and profitability. • Support customer events through attendance and arranging for appropriate Veritable Vegetable resources. • Develop comprehensive understanding of the competitive landscape, market conditions, and market trends. • Provide competitive information and insight on customer and consumer trends to Sales Account Managers, Marketing and Purchasing departments. • Represent the voice of the customer in the development of new marketing materials. • Support identification and integration of new accounts to ensure smooth transition into Veritable Vegetable and attainment of planned account goals. • Implement safety procedures to ensure compliance with food safety and general safety best practices (i.e. FSMA, GHP, and OSHA standards). • Keep abreast of professional and technical knowledge such as merchandising strategies, customer relationship management (CRM) trends, through educational opportunities; reading professional publications; participating in professional organizations and attending conferences ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: • Appreciation for the principles of sustainable agriculture and the value of organic produce. • Strong orientation for building customer satisfaction; actively look for ways to build business. • Thorough understanding of consumer buying behaviors including how shoppers flow through produce departments. • Understand specific display requirements of various produce items. • Think strategically and systematically. • Use logic, reasoning, research and creativity to identify and solve problems. • Self-motivated to determine tasks, priorities and goals. • Taking responsibility for work outcomes and results. • Being responsible for the health and safety of others and safe handling of product. • Work well collaboratively across departments and independently. • Strong working knowledge of produce and seasonality. • Knowledge and understanding of independent and cooperative community based retailer. QUALIFICATIONS: • 2 years combined retail organic produce merchandising and sales experience. Outside sales experience a plus. • Knowledge of produce varieties and seasonality. • Comfortable with office applications: Word, Excel, Outlook and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications. • Must have a valid driver’s license and be an insurable driver. • Job responsibilities will be performed primarily off-site and will involve overnight travel approximately 1 week per month; travel time may include nights and weekends. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. without assistance. • Must be able to stand, walk, bend and perform a variety of other physical functions on a consistent basis. • Must be able to follow safety procedures (i.e. proper lifting techniques, knife handling). Please send you RESUME, COVER LETTER AND SALARY REQUIREMENTS to hr@veritablevegetable.com or fax to 415-920-0448

Posted: November 24, 2014 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

CCOF seeks an experienced individual to provide oversight and lead day-to-day operations of fund development programs.  View the full job description.

Posted: November 18, 2014 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

CCOF is seeking an  Office and Sales Assistant to assist the sales team with fulfilling sales activities, and to provide receptionist and administrative support to the Office Manager. This full time position reports 50%/50% to Marketing and Office Management.  View the full job description.  

Posted: November 11, 2014 | Location: Yoncalla, Oregon

Experienced individuals or couple wanted for our farm team in 2015. Diversified organic nursery and farm business with established wholesale accounts and farmers' markets in its 25th year in western Oregon. Must have at least 3 years of on farm experience. Ideal candidates will be looking to stay for more than one year with increasing responsibility for farm planning and management. Salary plus on farm housing in a scenic quiet rural area. Contact hayhurstvalley@gmail.com.

Posted: October 27, 2014 | Location: Los Angeles, California

Farmscape is seeking a full-time sales rep to offer its installation and weekly maintenance services to residential clients, schools, restaurants and other organizations in the Los Angeles area. About Farmscape: Farmscape is the largest urban farming venture in California. Our mission is to connect city dwellers with fresh, organic produce through a network of urban farms, while creating living wage jobs for the new generation of farmers. To date, we have installed over 400 urban farms and currently maintain more than 150 of those plots. More information: http://farmscapegardens.com/#about Job Responsibilities: • Receive calls and emails from potential leads, prequalify and schedule site surveys • Conduct site surveys and provide potential clients with bids • Schedule installations with client and landscape contractor • Oversee installations to ensure that they meet Farmscape’s standards • Introduce clients to the farmer who will be maintaining their garden on a weekly basis • Network with local developers, landscape architects and green organizations • Track leads and clients within company database • Manage inventory of installation supplies to ensure quick fulfillment of sales • Collaborate with farm service department to improve quality of projects • Attend seasonal staff meetings • An element of self-sufficiency is necessary in this position. Qualifications: • Previous sales experience is strongly recommended • Highly motivated and can effectively execute responsibilities autonomously • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing • Experience with organic vegetable cultivation and/or landscaping is strongly recommended • Able to do strenuous manual labor as projects require • Experience working in a fast-paced environment • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, Google programs, and CRM software Compensation: Base salary commensurate with experience plus commission. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation and sick leave. To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to employment@farmscapegardens.com with the subject line “LA Sales.” NO CALLS, PLEASE.