The Farm Director (“Director”) manages the Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA. This includes planning and coordinating field operations, working with volunteers, and working with our school age farm education program. The Director works to ensure efficient and effective farm management, which includes maximizing production and engaging volunteers and community members. For this position, the Director will manage a number of staff members as directed by the Executive Director. Management of staff includes ensuring all staff members have accurate position descriptions, managing staff schedules, and ensuring efficient and effective program delivery. The Director works with the Executive Director to develop and maintain an annual budget for the farm.
Weatherlow Farms produces the highest quality grass-fed beef, lamb, chevon, pastured pork, poultry, and eggs in the seaside town of Westport, MA. We grow a curated selection of flowers and foliages. Food and florals are cared for with environmentally sustainable and socially responsible practices, which focus on the special link between soil health, animal health, and human health.
Job Description and responsibilities:
*Responsible for the development and production of food offerings for on-farm retail operation and farmers markets *Preparation of weekly staples and seasonal offerings (stocks, sauces, pies, etc.) *Responsible for kitchen ordering and procurement *Responsible for product management and order fulfillment *Responsible for kitchen certification, maintenance and cleanliness *Responsible for the oversight of farm composting and recycling program *Catering/event experience a plus *Canning & charcuterie experience a plus
Hourly compensation commensurate with experience
Full or Part Time:
PT / 15-20 hours per week year round. Potential for full-time employment.
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This summer saw SEMAP and the Livestock Institute of Southern New England’s 4th Annual Farm to Tapas – our most successful to date. Farm to Tapas celebrates the fruitful bounty of our region with splendid local dishes prepared by local chefs under the sea breezes of South Dartmouth and this year held at Barneys Joy Creek Farm graciously hosted by Kissy Russell. Guests, farmers, chefs, sponsors, and volunteers – thank you for your support – we really felt the love! Be sure to check out the fun we had – SouthCoast Today’s photos are here!
September brings us to the nominal end of the season, certainly for the tourists’ draw to the Southcoast and the changing schedules the school year brings, but the corn and tomatoes still dominate and fall greens and winter root crops are just around the corner. It’s the last of the tomatoes – get them while you can – and we have some prizewinners in Southeastern Massachusetts. Winners at the 34th Annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest include Langwater Farm in Easton, C&C Reading Farm in West Bridgewater, Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, and Under the Sun in Dighton. Although the season is winding down the flavor is still superb. Check out SEMAP’s Farmers Market page and MDAR’s MassGrown map for more yummy options to buy. It’s the most delicious part of the year.
We are excited about our recent work with local fibers with the development of the Southeastern New England Fibershed. We are looking for opportunities to connect farmers to processors and increase the economic potential of fiber farming for both plant and animal fibers. We hosted a “Wool Pool” with Bartlett Yarns at Bristol Aggie at the end of June, collecting sheep’s wool from multiple farms into one pickup to garner a better price per pound for our local farmers. We also had a fabulous workshop with Shelley and Chris Riley of Golden Touch Farm and the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool. There is much potential with fiber production given the increasing awareness of the damage synthetic fiber causes to the environment, the abysmal labor practices in many countries and the economic potential of producing fiber locally – all synergies with our local food movement a decade ago. We are excited to explore how this might develop. Watch for more fiber workshops in the next year, including raising animals, growing plant-based fibers and a focus on hemp production; a late June Wool Pool pick up and a winter workshop on Hemp production. Let us know if you are interested in different fiber topics.
Five years have rolled around again and congress is taking up the 2018 Farm Bill. Agriculture certainly hasn’t been exempt from partisan politics. The Senate got kudos for putting together a sensible document but the House was lambasted for a highly controversial version. Now the two versions are in the conference committee to resolve the differences. This committee includes Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts. We have a stronger voice with the Representative’s participation on this committee and input from the region will give him a stronger mandate to make changes. More information about the 2018 Farm Bill can be found at FarmAid and NOFA Mass’ policy update.
While the highly successful Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) is a state effort, the safety net Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, and formerly called Food Stamps) comprises about 80 percent of the Farm Bill’s budget. About 20 percent of the rest is for commodity crops, crop insurance and conservation programs like reserves, easements, and the working lands programs. A small one percent funds programs that are especially useful to farmers here in Southeastern Massachusetts – the organic program, farmers market support, marketing, and beginning farmer training. The House version is a threat to National Organic Standards.
Enjoy the shorter, and hopefully cooler, days ahead. We hope to see you at one of SEMAP’s Twilight Grower workshops this fall.