Norwell Farms is a 501c(3) non-profit community farm in Norwell, MA, a small town located about 25 miles south of Boston. We have a license from the Town of Norwell to farm on 7 acres at the Historic Jacobs Farm, and we are in our 8th year of operation. The nonprofit organization of Norwell Farms runs community events and educational programs at the farm and supports local organizations and food pantries to address food insecurity.
Norwell Farms is seeking an experienced, organic vegetable farmer who shares our vision to build a small-scale, organic, market garden at Jacobs Farm. In this model, the farmer might grow only higher value crops for two or three markets (e.g. CSA, Farm Stand, Wholesale), with the goal of obtaining higher yields per acre through building soils with compost and other amendments, reducing tillage, maximizing plantings per bed, and controlling weeds. The vegetable farmer will have the advantage of starting with an established farm operation and “Norwell Farms” brand, which has become a household name in our surrounding South Shore community. Norwell Farms currently serves 100+/- member vegetable CSA, a farm stand, and wholesale accounts. In addition, our social media presence has grown to over 2,500 followers on Facebook and over has ~1,300 newsletter subscribers.
At Norwell Farms, we have access to a historic barn for storage and distribution and other key infrastructure, including:
• 10×10 ft. walk-in cooler
• 26×72 ft. heated greenhouse with ventilation
• Dodge van & storage for equipment
• Existing CSA and market supplies
• Two private wells and irrigation equipment
▪ Develop and implement a farm plan for a financially sustainable, organic vegetable farm operation with the goal of serving up to 100+ member Summer CSA and 30+ member Fall CSA, and seasonal farm stand hours
▪ Partner with Norwell Farms Non-Profit Organization to achieve our goals by:
▪ Cooperate with the other stakeholders of Norwell Farms (e.g. Non-Profit, town officials, etc.)
▪ Provide own primary tillage/cultivating equipment
▪ Maintain appropriate insurance coverage Requirements:
▪ 5+ years organic, vegetable crop production
▪ Understanding of whole-farm planning, crop rotation, soil enhancement methods, and general ecological principles
▪ Experience running and maintaining farm vehicles, equipment, irrigation, and greenhouses
▪ Ability to lift 50 lbs.
▪ Eagerness to partner with the non-profit arm of Norwell Farms
▪ Previous experience running a CSA and hiring and managing farm staff preferred
▪ Previous experience or interest in building a small scale, intensive farming operation
The farmer should consider their compensation and build it into their budget to be submitted with the farm plan.
Please submit a resume, interest letter, and three references to: Norwell Farms, attn: Mari Creatini, P.O. Box 5434, Norwell, MA 02061
We hope you will join us for our Annual Meeting on November 16th. It will be held at Groundwork in New Bedford starting at 5:30pm and will give you a chance to network with farmers, farm businesses, our supportive SEMAP members, and the broader agricultural community. For our keynote, we will hear from Shelley Cardoos about the innovative work EforAll is doing in the Southcoast region. EforAll is an innovative accelerator program for small businesses and nonprofits providing advice, mentorship and guidance to foster entrepreneurial growth. Please RSVP so we can be sure you are well fed.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching. I look forward to it for the celebration of both our historic, and living, food culture. It’s the epitome our culinary heritage and a great opportunity to bond over good food. With just a little effort, most Thanksgiving dishes can be made with uniquely local ingredients (ahem, cranberry sauce anyone?). Additionally, a trip to your nearest farmers market could yield local butternut squash, potatoes, turkey, and an incredible assortment of other options. Check out our guide to local farmers markets and farm stands here. The farmers need your support before the winter!
SEMAP is hosting two different training programs open to all farmers in Southeastern Massachusetts. Through the Farmers Market Promotion Program established farmers can learn how to increase sales, customer traffic, access training and technical assistance to engage new customers, and increase customer loyalty. If you’ve been thinking of improving your outreach and marketing over the winter, this is a good opportunity to start. We are offering marketing workshops, will hold a winter networking meeting, and provide 1:1 technical assistance for farmers in the region. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunities, please sign-up here.
We also have training opportunities for aspiring and developing farmers, foresters, and ranchers with less than 10 years experience. Targeted for those just starting out, the Beginning Farmer Rancher Program provides training in finances, business planning and marketing for long-term sustainability. We are able to provide heavily discounted rates to qualified participants who register. Sign-up here for the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program (Foresters welcome too).
Have a happy and healthy holiday,
This summer the Port of New Bedford unveiled its newly-created New Bedford Seafood logo and newbedfordseafood.org website as first steps toward a long-term plan to further highlight New Bedford’s commercial fishing industry at the local, national, and international level. The campaign has three goals:
Firstly, to work with restaurants and retailers to increase education and awareness around locally-landed seafood using the New Bedford Seafood logo.
Secondly, to provide international buyers a centralized location at newbedfordseafood.org to learn about the Port of New Bedford’s commercial fishing industry and find contact information for the numerous processors and wholesalers in the city.
Thirdly, to make New Bedford seafood products known nationally and internationally at the same level with Alaskan salmon and Maine lobster.
The importance of supporting the local fishing industry may seem obvious to Southcoast residents; however, 90% of the seafood consumed by Americans is foreign landed, and almost half of that farm raised. There is a need for further education and identification of locally-landed seafood.
Over the next year, it is the Port’s goal to work one-on-one with local retailers and restaurants to use the logo on their menus, advertisements, or other materials. Eventually, the Port would like to work with processors and wholesalers to ensure the logo is seen across the world on seafood landed and processed by the Port of New Bedford.
While many local residents know the fishing industry plays an important role in the region’s economy and culture, many may not realize to what extent. An Economic Impact Study prepared by Martin Associates last year found that the Port of New Bedford – and primarily the fishing industry – generates $9.8 billion in annual economic value, representing 2% of the Commonwealth’s GDP. The commercial fishing and processing industry directly supports nearly 6,000 jobs and hundreds of other indirect jobs and industries (ice, fuel, shipyards).
Residents can play a role by specifically asking for New Bedford seafood at their favorite restaurants and retailers, and letting them know about the new logo and campaign created by the Port of New Bedford! Learn more at the New Bedford Seafood website.
Seeds of Sustainability at BCC is hosting Dr. David Johnson, Molecular Biologist, Institute of Sustainable Agricultural Research, New Mexico State University on the topic of “Managing Soil Microbiology for Carbon Sequestration.”
Dr. Johnson’s research has developed technologies and recommendations for managing compost and soil microbiology for improved soil fertility plus significant increases in carbon sequestration. This clearly has major importance for agricultural productivity as well as addressing agricultural impacts on climate change. Dr. Johnson will also be a keynote speaker at the Biodiversity 4 Climate Conference on Nov. 18-19 in Cambridge, MA. He will also be speaking to several classes on campus on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
The event is Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2-3:00pm in the G Building, Staff/Faculty Lounge. For further information please contact Jim Corven at james.corven[at]bristolcc.edu