Weatherlow Farms in Westport seeks a reliable individual looking for an engaging farm experience in beautiful southcoast Massachusetts. This position will manage the overall operation of their farm store. The position requires hard work, enthusiasm, and discretionary decision making.
Do you struggle with getting all the work done on your farm?
Do you have challenges attracting and retaining employees? Are you interested in working with other farmers to design solutions to labor challenges? If so, consider attending the farmer focus group, Exploring Novel Approaches to Farm Labor, at the NOFA/Mass Winter Conference in Worcester on January 11th from 9:00—10:30. We will discuss four potential models and the opportunities, challenges, and interests of each one. Be prepared to provide your input and feedback! Register for the session now by clicking here.
Sometimes the rules need breaking and other times just tweaking. Which will it be? Right now, Massachusetts farmers have a chance to comment on the new on-farm composting regulations proposed by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR). Earlier this month I attended a listening session on these proposed regulations and wanted to share my concerns and to encourage our local farmers to comment to MDAR on the changes. The more voices MDAR hears, the more likely we will see favorable changes.
The recently proposed changes the Agricultural Composting regulations were spurred by a neighborhood dispute in Central Massachusetts. While the farmer’s activities were legal and met all existing regulations, the effect of odor on the neighborhood instigated a complaint to their State Senator. The bill filed as a result of this conflict was vetoed by the Governor and now MDAR has the opportunity to issue a revised set of regulations.
The 28-acre working farm in South Dartmouth, MA contains a four-bedroom, two-bath historic farmhouse residence (currently set up as two apartments), a separate garage, two large barn buildings and a storage shed, in addition to 20 acres of agricultural fields. Bids are due August 9th at 5pm. The minimum bid is $700,000.
Launching this June, Coastal Foodshed will be implementing the New Bedford Farm Stand, which will sell produce from local farms to New Bedford communities with limited access to local food. The Farm Stand will operate at 4-5 pop-up sites throughout New Bedford- schools, neighborhoods, and public parks. The position is an hourly seasonal role; 30-35 hours/week for 22 weeks (June-October) with an additional 10 hours in May (training) and 10 hours in November (wrap up). In addition to operating the farm stand, this role will also include a farm apprenticeship at a local farm to gain agricultural knowledge and skills.